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March 3, 2014

Cool under fire

Ogan’s Powell legacy defined in frantic final four seconds

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What comes next Most of us, even the slow learners, are now convinced Butch Jones and his people can recruit. We’ve been told several times. Tennessee signing success was pretty good. Among our friends and neighbors, only Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn had higher quality ratings. Georgia was within a hair of equal.

Read Marvin West on page A-5

Women in Jazz The history of women in jazz is the highlight of a musical event Tuesday, March 4, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus. “Transcending Boundaries and Shaping Jazz: The Women Behind America’s Original Art Form” is 10:45 a.m.-noon in the Community Room of the site campus.

Read Heather Beck on page A-13

Pension surprises The five re-elected members of City Council are in their final four-year term; they’ll have served eight years by 2017, when their new term expires. They will be the next-to-last council members to receive a city pension as the new charter limits pensions to persons who worked 10 years or more. With term limits, no one will serve on the council or as mayor more than eight consecutive years.

Ogan’s actions in the final 3.9 Mike Ogan is as cool as they seconds could arguably be the difcome. ference in Powell’s 35-34 win over The Powell coach has seen too its rival in a Region 2AAA semimany of these nail-biters to be- final last Tuesday night at Oak come overly concerned. Ridge High School. Then, with 12 seconds remainThe win, the first for Powell ing, a high school basketball ri- after two losses to Halls this seavalry like few others in the state is son, kept Ogan on the Panther switched full on. Two Dallas Fields bench for a minimum of two more free throws give the Panthers a games. The Panthers followed one-point lead. up with a 72-70 stunner over the When Halls gets the ball into Oak Ridge Wildcats in Thursday frontcourt after a timeout, the game explodes. To page A-9

TSD boosts literacy

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Biggest winner? Sandra Clark has fun with the upcoming county election by naming the big winners from Thursday’s withdraw deadline.

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Alex Hill puts in two points for the Powell Panthers in the Region 2 semifinals.

Nita Buell Black: Putting Powell on stage

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The night featured dancing, music, art, fellowship, cookies and cake and just all-around celebration when the Tennessee School for the Deaf hosted the Literacy Imperative for a program called “Black History: Art, Dance, Literature – A Valuable Cultural Experience.”

Powell players Charlie Richards and Alex Hill jump for joy as their team defeats Halls to advance to the Region 2 final game. Halls had beaten Powell twice during the season, and the third time was the charm for the Panthers. The win guaranteed Powell at least two more games. Powell beat Oak Ridge in the finals Thursday night. Photos by Ruth White

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Nita Buell Black Photo by Nancy Anderson

to our ideal of “teacher” and By Nancy Anderson “friend.” Nita gave us the There’s no one in PowServices Sunday most important tool needed ell who doesn’t know Nita Funeral services were held March 2 for Nita to be successful. She taught Buell Black. She was a beauBuell Black, 76, retired teacher and founder of us how to become fearless tiful soul who was loved by the Powell Playhouse. She is survived by husin the face of insecurity. virtually everyone. Every band Jim Black and many relatives and friends. “Act as if, and you become.” greeting brought a smile She was a member of Sharon Baptist Church. When I was her drama and a hug; every goodbye At Powell High School for 35 years, she was student, I told her once that ended with “I love you,” and the drama coach and senior-class sponsor. I’d like to be a photographer she meant it. Upon her retirement, the faculty named “The but felt shy about approachNita had the magical Nita Buell Auditorium” in her honor. ing people. I couldn’t underability of making everyone stand it because I was a loud feel special. If you were her and rowdy class clown. She friend, you were her best friend. If you were her student, you dents were her children and each told me the shyest people are often the loudest. were her favorite student. In fact, one was her favorite. she said many times that her stuShe was a rare soul who lived up To page A-3

Bounds wins as deadline passes By Betty Bean When Patti Lou Bounds started planning her school board campaign kickoff for Feb. 27 at Beaver Brook Country Club, she had no way of knowing that it would turn out to be a coronation. Bounds, who has taught for Patti Lou Bounds 23 years, already had made plans to retire from her job as a kindergarten teacher at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School at the end of this school year when she heard that incumbent Kim Severance wasn’t going to seek re-election. She and her

husband, Tommy, talked it over during Christmas break, and she announced her candidacy shortly thereafter. “I’m a lead teacher. I’ve evaluated teachers, and I’ve been evaluated. I’ve done Common Core. And I thought that, knowing parents and knowing kids, I would be an asset to the school board,” she said. Still, she was just as surprised as anybody else in Knox County to be the only candidate left standing in what she’d expected to be a three-way battle for the 7th District school board seat in Halls and Powell. But on Wednesday, R. Larry Smith announced that he was withdrawing from the race. On Thursday, Andrew Graybeal followed suit. “I am delighted, overjoyed, elated,” Bounds said. “There are

no words to describe it. I never anticipated that this would happen. When I heard that Larry Smith was going to have a press conference, I had no idea he was going to drop out of the race. On Thursday, we held our breath all morning, and around noon, somebody told me he’d dropped out. “One thing I’ve learned already is there’s a lot of speculation and rumors out there.” Bounds the candidate has been tight-lipped about the plans of Bounds the school board member, but on Thursday, she shared some policy views, from her perspective as a career teacher. “I’m not a big proponent of testing children that young (kindergarteners through second-graders). I see the effects it has on the children. We did that a few years ago when I was at Powell, and I would spend all year building

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their self-confidence, and here’d come the test and destroy it. It’s hard. It’s very hard – they’re just not equipped. I would really like to come in and be a voice for the kids and the parents and the community and the teachers, and not just the teachers. The custodians work very hard, and the cafeteria people work very hard. I’d like to be a voice for all of them.” Bounds said she plans to spend a day per week in each of the nine schools in her district. “It’s very important to keep in touch with what’s happening in the classroom.” Severance will serve until the new board member is sworn in Sept. 1. Two Republicans qualified for the 7th District seat on County Commission. Charles Busler and Bo Bennett both live in Powell, as does Bounds.

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No quick fix for Washburn man’s hernia The surgical community continually looks for less-invasive methods involving smaller incisions, hoping to shorten hospital times and the chance of infection. However, in some cases, a larger incision is needed for a successful surgical procedure. That was the case for William “Gary” Stephens of Washburn, Tenn., 61, who had not one, but three surgeries for a hernia before it was finally repaired at Fort Sanders Regional Center. A hernia is when fat or tissue squeezes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Stephens’ hernia began about 10 years ago and grew larger over time, probably the result of his work in construction. Eventually the pain became severe. “It was just real painful, and I couldn’t do any physical work, because when I did, my hernia would come out. Eventually it kept me at home,” Stephens said. Stephens had two separate surgeries that attempted to repair the hernia, in 2010 and 2011. Surgeons used small pieces of surgical mesh each time to try to repair the weak spot in the abdominal wall. Surgical mesh helps bond muscles together, reducing the recurrence of hernias. “But it kept coming back,” Stephens said. On the recommendation of a friend, Stephens turned to Dr. Michael Kropilak at Fort Sanders. Kropilak determined that Stephens would need another surgery, this time with a larger inci-

At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, doctors develop the best approach for each patient in an effort to eliminate the need for multiple surgeries and extended stays in the hospital. sion. “He went more intense on the surgery, he put in a bigger mesh,” said Stephens. Even though it was more extensive surgery, Stephens spent

only one day at Fort Sanders and went home that night. He said he was fully recovered in three months. Today, he’s back to tending

cattle on his 100-acre farm and spending time with his family. He said he would recommend Fort Sanders to anyone who needs a surgical repair for hernia.

“I’ve had no problems since,” he said. “I went home the same day. I was in and out, and it was all good. They took care of me real well.”

Latest news in abdominal surgeries Laparoscopic techniques have greatly improved gallbladder removal. Instead of 6-inch scars for open surgery, patients now go home with only four tiny incisions, spots where the slender laparoscopic instruments have been inserted.

“Appendectomies have become preferable, if they can be done. It definitely leads to shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times and, more importantly, a significant decrease in wound infections,” said Kropilak.

Appendix removal

A hernia is a weak spot in the abdominal wall where fat or organs begin to protrude through. There are many types of hernias and just as many ways to repair them. But almost all surgeons use surgical mesh material. “It’s like patching a hole in a tire. The mesh helps reinforce the repair so much that, in the last 10 years, it’s really cut down on the recurrence rate of hernias,” said Kropilak. Hernia repairs can either be done with laparoscopic instruments or with an open incision, depending on the location and size of the tear.

Hernia repair

Although its function is unknown, the appendix can cause serious problems if it becomes infected or ruptures. Located between the small and large intestines, surgery is the only way to remove the appendix. In the past five years, surgeons have improved techniques to remove the appendix. First, the infected organ is placed in a small plastic bag called an endobag, before being pulled out of the body. “This means it Gallbladder removal never touches any abdominal wall The gallbladder is a “pouch” tissue, so the wound infection rate that sits below the liver and stores is very low,” Kropilak said. “We’ve bile to be used to help digest fats. been using it for a while, but it’s When a gallbladder stops working helped that surgery a great deal.” “Generally the outcomes are Also in the last five years, lapa- equal and the recurrence rate is properly, gallstones can develop and are very painful. Removal of roscopic techniques have reduced low. With laparoscopy there’s the gallbladder is the next step. incision size and healing time. slightly less pain and the ability to

get back to work quicker. If open groin hernia surgery can be done with light sedation instead of deep anesthesia, that’s easier on the patient,” Kropilak said. When choosing a surgical center for any kind of abdominal surgery, it’s most important to find a skilled surgeon and quality center, said Kropilak. “At Fort Sanders, some of our surgeons have been doing this for 20 years, and they’re very good at what they do. We have a lot of ex-

perience,” said Kropilak. “We also think we’re a conservative group of surgeons who really only operate when we think it’s necessary. The staff at Fort Sanders treats all our patients as if we were treating our own family. We’re striving for the best care you can get.” As with any medical procedure, discuss treatment options with your physician. Together, you can decide the best approach to meet your specific medical needs.

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Laparoscopic techniques have transformed abdominal surgeries in the last 20 years, replacing the need for one long incision with several smaller ones. This means less pain, quicker healing and fewer complications. Gallbladder removal, appendix removal and hernia repair have all been improved with laparoscopic procedures. Here’s the latest on three common surgeries, according to Dr. Michael Dr. Michael D. D. Kropilak, a genKropilak eral surgeon with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center:

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ICA president and Good Neighbor Award nominee Betty Jo Mahan is congratulated by Knox County Trustee Craig Leuthold. Photos by Cindy Taylor Emotive conductor Jill Lagerberg takes the musicians and singers through practice.

Taking music to the masses Who doesn’t love listening to handbells and beautiful singing, or watching well-choreographed dancing and acting? These are opportunities not often afforded to inmates or the homeless. Enter KnoxCAM.

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Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM) is a multigenerational, community-wide outreach involving Christian musicians, actors and dancers who desire to use their artistic gifts to proclaim the gospel outside their local church. And what a proclamation! Hearing the combined instruments and voices just during practice sends chills up the spine. With a troupe of 80 performers, ranging in age from 16 to 83, from 30 congregations representing 11 denominations in the Knoxville area, KnoxCAM is one of the largest volunteer performing-arts groups in Knoxville – but with a

unique focus. The ministry brings together believers whose hearts are to provide art to prison inmates, the homeless, the abused, and the elderly and ill. Packing up to travel, even locally, is not an easy job, but members don’t seem to mind. It takes two buses plus a trailer to transport members and their instruments. North Knoxville resident and singer Tomi Robb has traveled with KnoxCAM for more than a year. “This is an opportunity for me to do something I enjoy while ministering to others,” she said. KnoxCAM ministry opportunities are expanding. There are immediate openings for instrumentalists, actors, dancers and handbell ringers for the 2014-2015 season beginning in August. Practices take place at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. Info: ■

The ‘H.A.B.I.T.’ of rescued pets

Slick Rickie doesn’t have the training to sense traffic flow or help a human cross a busy street. What he can do is offer comfort and emotional support to his owner,

Nita Buell Black Nita set up a skit with me in the lead role as a famous photographer with a magic camera that could never take a bad photo. Everyone loved having his or her picture taken by my magic camera and me. Today, thanks to Nita Buell Black and my magic camera, I am indeed a photographer, and there are hundreds of stories like mine. Nita started the Powell Playhouse in 2010 with Gina Jones, Mona Napier and many more who wanted to see her dream come alive. It is her legacy, her gift to the

community, and we plan to keep the dream alive. The last time I spoke with her, she said, “I’m 76 years old! Met and married the love of my life at 66, kept the home fires burning at my family farm, had the best friends I could ever hope for, saw my life’s dream come alive, and raised thousands of children. I’ve had a charmed life. Oh yes, God is good.” An excerpt from Frank Denkins’ poem, “Become Who and What You Are:” “… hey Frank, I’ve been awaiting to hear from you.

KnoxCAM dance troupe rehearses. Pictured are (front) Casey Viau, Grace Peters, Pua Coffman, dance director Kathleen Aspiranti; (back) Maria Richardson, Cassie Giles and Leah Hodge.

and soon to others, through the Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.) program. Slick Rickie, 10, is one of three rescued Papillions who live in the home and serve as canine companions to Katherine Smith. The oldest of the group, Gracie, is a retired therapy pet. Newest addition Slick Rickie is learning by following Gracie, Katherine Smith and Slick Rickie Gracie’s response to people as well as through reasons we have registered H.A.B.I.T. training. him with H.A.B.I.T.” “I find that most people Community volunteers are very accepting of animals work through H.A.B.I.T. to in their midst. We rescued explore and promote the Slick Rickie last year, and he bond between humans and just loves people,” said Smith. animals through animal-as“He is content to be petted by sisted therapy programs in a anyone. That is one of the variety of settings. The organization evaluates pets medically and behaviorally for From page A-1 entrance into the program. Owners are required to comI hear you can sing, no plete the training with their ma’am, I write poetry, pets and accompany them when they go out on visits. words spoken. Would you mind sending Karen Armsey is the Knoxville program administrator. me what you have? “We work with facilities I obliged and from her response a few days later, she in 14 counties to provide asked me to perform on stage H.A.B.I.T. animals,” Armsey I’ve always been in a cage, said. “Our program includes this phase, I wasn’t ready dogs, cats and rabbits.” Armsey noted the differfor, or so I thought. ence between service aniBut she sought after me. mals and therapy animals. She was persistent “Service dogs are specialAnd before I knew it, I ly trained to provide a spewas on stage I saw her eyes that said, cific service for a single human,” she said. “A therapy do not fear I’m right here.” pet is a personal pet that is

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evaluated to provide comfort. Legally they cannot enter a business unless the owner approves.” Before retirement Gracie often worked in libraries as a reading companion. Children who are too shy to read aloud often enjoy reading to pets like Gracie. Smith is a member of the Powell Library book club and plans to talk to them about allowing Slick Rickie to be involved in a reading program there. Smith works hard to get the word out about the importance of choosing a rescue pet and getting rid of puppy mills. “All of my dogs are rescue animals, and I find that they are so grateful. They seem to know they have been rescued,” she said. Once Slick Rickie completes his H.A.B.I.T. training and becomes certified, he will visit facilities where there is a need for short-term companionship, and he may be allowed inside businesses at the owners’ discretion. Numerous agencies such as humane societies provide adoption for rescued animals. To volunteer with H.A.B.I.T., visit edu/habit or call 974-5633. ■

Good Neighbors in Inskip

Inskip Community Association (ICA) president Betty Jo Mahan was nominated

for the Knoxville Good Neighbor Award and is now in the top five. The winner will be announced March 8. “I don’t know anyone who is more involved in our community than Betty Jo,” said ICA member Jennifer Mirtes. “She has done a great job in opening up barriers.” Members spent the Feb. 25 meeting deciding on the top five projects they wanted to pursue in 2014. Sidewalks garnered the most votes, “paint the driveway” was next and a dog park was third. Tying at No. 4 were traffic calming and walkways/greenways. Ideas were submitted on where to start, why these were needed, which should be long- and short-term and who should take the lead on each project. Mirtes, president of Inskip Park and Pool Neighborhood Watch, suggested looking into the land for sale across from the pool for the dog park. “That land has been for sale for a long time, and there is already a hydrant there,” she said. “A dog park in that area would increase value and add security for the pool.” Knox County Trustee Craig Leuthold attended and spoke on property-tax relief for low-income and elderly property owners. The ICA meets at 6 p.m. each fourth Tuesday, generally at Inskip Baptist Church. Community residents are encouraged to attend. The next meeting is March 25. Info: Betty Jo Mahan at Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. com

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government Pension surprises The five re-elected members of City Council are in their final four-year term; they’ll have served eight years by 2017, when their new term expires. They will be the next-to-last council members to receive a city pension as the new charter limits pensions to persons who worked 10 years or more. With term limits, no one will serve on the council or as mayor more than eight consecutive years.

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This means Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will be eligible to receive $153.28 a month upon concluding his current term as he will be 63 then. Brenda Palmer, Duane Grieve and Nick Della Volpe will be eligible for $171.04 a month as each will be 65 or older when their terms end in 2017. Former mayor and council member Daniel Brown will make out the best due to his 10 months’ service as mayor between Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero. His city pension is based on $130,000 annual mayor’s salary, while council pay is $19,000 a year. Brown will receive $774.47 a month when he retires in 2017. Council members Marshall Stair, Mark Campen and George Wallace are much younger than their other colleagues and will not have reached age 62 when they depart council in 2019 (assuming re-election in 2015). When they do reach 62, their council pension will be $145.68 a month. Of course, if one of them runs for mayor and is elected, that pension will increase significantly based on whether he serves four or eight years. Since the charter provides for an annual 3 percent increase for retirees, each 10 years will have a 30 percent compounded increase in their pensions by 2027 for all of these individuals. Mayor Rogero (assuming eight years as mayor plus her prior service in the Haslam administration) will earn $2,734.89 per month. This also assumes council does not raise the mayor’s salary, currently at $130,000, which is less than five other current city employees and $23,000 less than the county mayor. However, Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons, if he stays eight years with Rogero plus his eight years with Haslam and Brown, will enjoy a pen-

sion of more than $58,000 a year based on 16 years with his highest two years being $180,000 a year. Right now it is $168,000, but it will increase $3,000 a year compounded for the next six years for an $18,000 total increase or perhaps more due to the 2.5 percent annual pay raise for city employees. Assuming the four council members who are eligible for a second and final term in 2015 are re-elected, then the city will have two years in which no member of council can seek re-election. Neighborhood groups and developers will have little influence on them in terms of opposing their re-election as they cannot run for a third term. But some of them may consider a 2019 mayoral bid to follow Rogero. ■ Judith Foltz, city director of special events, deserves high marks for her efforts to revive the Christmas trees on the downtown rooftops in the city for 2013. Her efforts resulted in 75 new trees, but 60 of them were on the top of the City County Building (actually on the side of the roof). Mayor Rogero issued a statement in strong support. Unfortunately, two major city buildings in downtown Knoxville apparently did not know about the RogeroFoltz effort as the main fire hall and the city convention center did not have a single lighted Christmas tree on their rooftops despite the mayor’s public backing. Foltz says this next Christmas will be different. Certainly, there should be trees on these two cityowned buildings, which are centrally located. It is hard to convince private owners to install Christmas trees on their rooftops at their expense if the city itself is not doing it for its own buildings. The project was started by Sue Clancy and Roseanne Wolf and reached over 400 trees on roofs in downtown Knoxville. It was continued by Mickey Mallonee, who was the next director of special events. ■ Ambassador Cameron Munter will speak at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center on Cumberland Avenue. He served as ambassador to Pakistan when U.S. Special Forces took out Osama bin Laden. He also was ambassador to Serbia 2007-09 and deputy chief of mission in both Poland and the Czech Republic. The talk is open to the public and should be fascinating. He is a noted authority on international relations.

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Why Knox County? First District County Commissioner Sam McKenzie is one of Schools Superintendent James McIntyre’s most reliable allies. A certifiably smart guy with a master’s degree in physics, McKenzie has supported McIntyre’s budget requests and repeatedly reminded colleagues that running the schools is not their job.

Betty Bean “Let’s stay in our own lane,” he tells them. But last week when McIntyre spoke to the commission about the onslaught of teacher complaints against his administration and repeated the mantra that the state makes him do all that stuff teachers hate – which is not exactly the case since the state doesn’t mandate SAT10 testing of kindergarteners through second-graders, Discovery Education online testing or two unannounced

teacher evaluations per year – McKenzie said he hasn’t heard of mass teacher uprisings in any other county. Then he asked the big question: “Why Knox County?” McIntyre paused and got bailed out by Mike Brown, who jumped into the conversation and drove it down Memory Lane, mentioning teacher complaints as far back as 1963. By the time the others threw in their pet theories, the hijacking was complete, and McIntyre had made a clean getaway. Asked later if he got a satisfactory answer, McKenzie said not really. “I just wanted to understand why this doesn’t seem to be such a problem across the state,” McKenzie said. “Teachers don’t seem to be up in arms in other parts of the state. What I want to know is, why are teachers in Knox County so disgruntled? “The answers I got were, ‘Let’s don’t say we’re not doing well’; ‘Change is difficult’; ‘The pace of this change has been a lot for everyone to absorb.’

“I’ve been asking Dr. McIntyre a lot of tough questions. As good as the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores were, the achievement gap between AfricanMcKenzie A merican and Hispanic students and the rest of the population has not narrowed, and that concerns me.” State Rep. Gloria Johnson, on leave from her KCS teaching job while the Legislature is in session, didn’t hesitate to answer: “I would say it’s the topdown management style of someone with no teaching experience and not taking any input from the folks on the ground.” Meanwhile, up in Union County, Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter was presenting a performance pay plan he worked out with a group of teachers that isn’t tied to student testing.

It will involve four annual evaluations and reward selected high-performing teachers for working longer hours directly with students. Also, stronger teachers will mentor teachers who need help, and there will be extra pay for coordinating the school’s professional learning community. “The extra pay won’t be based on student test scores or principal evaluations,” Sandra Clark reports. “Carter said it’s just not fair to evaluate teachers in non-tested areas on other teachers’ work. And he didn’t want to put added pressure on his principals that would come if their evaluations alone put money directly into teachers’ pockets.” The Union County plan, like all others, must get state approval. Clark’s article is online at www. Tony Norman, a retired teacher and one of McIntyre’s toughest critics, is interested in hearing more about the Union County plan. “So you get paid when you work harder and stay after school? Wow, what a concept!”

What’s next for Larry? When cable television was relatively new, country-music singer Jim Ed Brown used to host a show from Nashville called “You Can Be a Star!” Think of it as a lower-budget, Music City version of “American Idol.” Winners got a record contract.

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Hadn’t thought about it in years until R. Larry Smith made the surprising announcement that he was withdrawing as a candidate for the 7th District Knox County school board race. No, it wasn’t nostalgia. It’s my “guestimate,” as the kids say, at where Smith is headed. Finishing up his second term on County Commission, Smith seemed a lock for the school board seat. He raised $25,000 in three weeks. He campaigns effectively and has great name recognition. So why the sudden split? Smith said other candidates (i.e. educator Patti Bounds, who is now unopposed after Andrew Graybeal also dropped out last Thursday) “have educational expertise and professional experience that I do not.” The stakes are too high, he said, adding that he’s concerned about “unreasonable benchmarks im-

posed by lawmakers who lack a full understanding of educational issues” as well as recent teacher trauma over fear of job loss. “Knoxville schools are in dire need of school board leadership that has the necessary expertise and insight to find effective solutions. “Because our children deserve the most qualified school board members that we can elect, I respectfully withdraw my name from consideration.” Some will say Smith looked at his hand of cards and didn’t see a full house. The rumor mill (take your grain of salt) swirls and says he was receiving a cool reception when knocking on doors in the district. My two cents is that Smith saw the proper path and took it. Bounds will play well among the old Diane Dozier coalition. She does have experience and expertise that Smith lacks. He’s not going to endorse Bounds, says he’s not even met her. And school board isn’t commission. Larry is a political animal. He can be more effective elsewhere. He says he’s not ruling out another run for something when the time is right. He mentioned the City County Building. He even said somebody encouraged him to run for Congress. But I heard him say “Nashville” twice. Hence my flashback to Jim Ed Brown. Smith would fit well in the General Assembly. One

of his best friends, Mark Pody, is a state representative. God knows politics rules the roost with that bunch, probably down to where they choose to eat. Meanwhile, Smith will pick up trash, rake leaves, battle illegal signs, promote UT basketball history, sell insurance. Something keeps telling me, though, that we’ll see him in Music City one day. Larry Smith signs a statement “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at withdrawing from the 7th trict school board race.

Wow! week in local politics Big winner: Attorney General Randy Nichols who hand picked his successor, Charme Knight, and cleared the field for her to walk into an 8-year term unopposed. It’s the most powerful office in the courthouse, and if you don’t believe it, remember that Nichols resigned as Criminal Court judge to accept appointment from then-Gov. Ned McWherter. Bigger winner: Bob Thomas, the radio guy who went to California, came back to do a morning show on a station no one heard, lost his job when the station changed hands, and announced his candidacy for county commission at-large. Scary Bob is unopposed.

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Meanwhile, Ed Brantley – who never left town, rose so high in the radio business that he was Mike Hammond’s boss, and also lost his job – is facing Michele Carringer in an all-out brawl for the GOP nomination for the second at-large seat. Guess nobody’s scared of Ed. Biggest winner: Tim Burchett – unopposed for re-election with the season free to dabble in school board races.

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What comes next is coaching Most of us, even the slow learners, are now convinced Butch Jones and his people can recruit. We’ve been told several times. Tennessee signing success was pretty good. Among our friends and neighbors, only Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn had higher quality ratings. Georgia was within a hair of equal. (I am always suspicious of high-school football player evaluations that go out to three decimal points. What if the analysts are homers?) Ratings don’t matter at the moment. Of considerable importance is did Ten-

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nessee fill voids? Did Butch find playmakers? Let us hope that happened. The Vols got two five-stars and a heaven full of fours. Some other things really matter. Did winter workouts produce any miracles? Is the team really ready to start getting better? What comes next is coaching. Key word is de-

velopment. That covers a multitude of necessities under the subheads of physical and mental. Without being ugly about it, I didn’t think Tennessee coaching was any better than the talent last season. It might not have been as good. Some teams exceed expectations because of coaching. The Vols did not. We think the roster has improved. Let us hope ideas and execution get better. Some of that is tied directly to developing a satisfactory quarterback. Better receivers and secondary play might make everybody appear smarter.

The earliest birds arrive Polar vortexes, snow and ice, used-up snow days, rain and gloom. By the first week of March, I imagine there aren’t many of us who wouldn’t love to see spring burst forth. Now.

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For the hardy birdwatchers among us, there is one more happening we would really like to see – the arrival of the spring migrants. It’s our biggest happening of the year! Lately, there have been hints of coming changes. Our year-round birds, the chickadees, titmice, song sparrows, robins, cardinals and Carolina wrens, have perked up and begun singing on the few but nice re-

cent mild sunny days. That’s a good sign. But those migrants! Dressed in their resplendent new spring plumage, they arrive here from their tropical winter homes in the Caribbean, Central America and South America with their hormones flowing. In the bird world, that means being hungry, conspicuous, courting the ladies and challenging rivals, singing for hours on end, being visible and beautiful. They’ve been gone since September, a long six months, so we’ve been contenting ourselves with our faithful resident birds, plus a few winter visitors from farther north, like the white-throated sparrows and the yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and a few gulls, ducks, loons and grebes on the lakes. We’ve even had a couple of rufous hummingbirds, a western species, wintering at feeders here, and last month enjoyed

the amazing appearance of a beautiful male painted bunting, a bird of the Southeast coast and Texas, coming regularly to a feeder in Maryville. Our bird populations will more than double, as will the number of species, as the birds of spring return, first with a February trickle with more in March and a huge flood in April. Birders have kept records forever, and there has been a notable change in the dates of the spring arrivals. As the climate warms, some birds are arriving on their usual nesting grounds up to three weeks earlier than they did even as recently as the 1950s. Many species are nesting much farther north now. But overall the change is slow, and in spite of being subject to problems of local daily weather as they travel, our migrants generally return on a fairly predictable schedule. Thankfully,

What matters this spring is teaching and pushing people as hard as possible, as fast as possible, to get ready for the end of August. At best, this will be a young team. At worst, it may need diapers. Keep in mind that Tennessee plays in a line-ofscrimmage league. Remember that the Vols, on both sides of the ball, will be far less experienced than the dearly departed who helped go 5-7, 5-7, 5-7 and endured some losses by astronomical margins. There are returning lettermen to help the team get better. A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt come to mind. Perhaps Marlin Lane will become a senior leader. It is much too early to

guess at a starting lineup, but now is a good time to say Von Pearson and Josh Malone will add excitement to the receiving corps. No matter what mysterious voices say in the background, running back Jalen Hurd has great potential. The young tight ends are almost certain to play. Junior college all-American Dontavious Blair, 6-8 and 300, came to claim an offensive tackle position. Hope he is in shape for combat. At the spring game or perhaps against Utah State, you’ll notice younger, faster, more athletic types in the defensive front. Won’t it be exciting to see a big body come roaring in and run smack over a blocker? OK, I’m ahead of myself but it

could happen. Those same young people will probably make mistakes. They may lose contain. Oh, you’ve already seen that with adults? Linebacking might be a team strength, so much that Maggitt could become a variety show. Secondary improvement is almost guaranteed. Alas, it does come with error probabilities. I eagerly await Todd Kelly, Rashaan Gaulden, Evan Berry, Emmanuel Moseley and others. There is enough optimism to inspire increased ticket sales and perhaps donations. Tennessee needs that, too. Coaching salaries are going up.

Mother Nature doesn’t blast us with everything at once. The spectacular scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, 25 species of warblers, the vireos and the hummingbirds would be overwhelming if they all showed up at the same time! But it turns out that instead of some of those more spectacular species, our earliest birds are a bunch of hardworking, perpetualmotion, blue-collar, somewhat less flashy ones – the swallows. Here in the East, we have six species of swallows. The two “mud swallows” build cup- or jug-shaped nests of mud, clinging to barn walls and the underside of bridges – the barn swallows and the cliff swallows. Two species tend to nest in burrows in banks and cliffs – the bank and northern rough-winged swallows. And we have two that prefer to live in houses and tree hollows – the purple martins and the tree swallows. Of all those, the ones that get the most attention are the purple martins. They

have an army of dedicated landlords that fuss over their houses and look after them as attentively as a bunch of grandparents. The purple-martin people are experts at the game of watching for the earliest spring bird and getting bragging rights over their neighbors for having the first one. This year we saw our first tree swallows on Feb. 18 at that wonderful nearby birding haven called the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery. Located in the big Ushaped bend of the Clinch River at Clinton, it is one of the 10 state fish hatcheries run by the state Wildlife Resources Agency. There are dozens of huge ponds there, as well as big open fields, bushy fence rows and, of course, the river. I have seen around 80 species there myself; others have recorded more than 100. I have seen several life birds there, and there is nearly always something interesting to see – a bald eagle, an unusual goose, a rarely seen migrating shorebird.

The following Monday, master birder Ron Hoff observed a flock of 150 tree swallows at the fish hatchery, a big flock either arriving to spread out and nest in these parts, or maybe just working their way on north. They depend on halfway decent weather for their food supply, and they nest as far north as northern Canada and Alaska, places now still in full-blown deep winter. Tree swallows like to nest in old, abandoned woodpecker cavities near water. A great place to watch them is Cove Lake State Park, where they live in hollowed-out dead willow snags standing in the edge of the lake. But they will also take readily to a bluebird house. If a string of bluebird houses is too close together to suit the bluebirds, the tree swallows will move into a house between the occupied ones. Tree swallows feed on the wing. Masters of speed and agility, they course over fields, ponds and lakes throughout the day, nabbing untold tons of flying insects. They’re beautiful to watch. Good birding!

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faith Playing hide and seek with God Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. (Joel 2: 12-13 NRSV) Ye people, rend your hearts, rend your hearts and not your garments. (“Elijah,” Felix Mendelssohn)

Pastor Jonathan Warren presents the “Most Unique Chili” certificate to Pat Gibson.

As is so often the case, I Serving up 12 different chili dishes are Jody Jarvis, Courtney Bemus, Ric Brooks, Howard Shoudy, Pat Gibson and pastor know this verse of scripture because I have sung it. Not Jonathan Warren. Photos submitted actually in public, mind you, but at my piano, in my own living room. I give thanks to and for Harry Whitt, who taught me both music and singing, who introduced me to such wonderful music, and at the same time exposed me to the great truths of Scripture that I might very well have missed in Sunday school. Rending a garment is no longer the way we express grief. It seems an odd custom, and I can only assume that the import of it was that the hearer of bad news was utterly distraught. Fife and friends are (front) Sammy Sawyer (Barney), However, Elijah, that fiRuby Henson, Joyce Grogan; (back) Dan Jarvis (Otis), ery prophet, upped the ante. Kurt Alexander (Gomer), and Trey Ussery (Goober) He preached that the people God called His Chili was Pat Gibson’s “BSA own should not tear their OA Chili.” The Not Chili Chili clothes, but rather that they winner was “Hot Tamale Pie,” should be heartbroken by prepared by Pam Brooks. their sinfulness. Other entries included Another way they exTennessee Vols Chili, North pressed their repentance Twelve varieties of the Carolina Chili, Road Kill was to cover themselves By Cindy Taylor Winter’s chill went its spicy dish made their way to Chili, Vegetarian Chili and with ashes, or literally to merry way long enough for the judges’ table. Voted Best Thanksgiving Turkey Chili. sit in the ash pit. That, of Judges Marcia Fisher, course, is the source of the Powell Presbyterian Church Chili was “Chicago Chili to hold its first Chili Cook- Dog,” prepared by Siobhan Trey Ussery and the Rev. Dr. custom that so many of us off Feb. 23. For a mere $7, Warren; runner-up was Brad Palmer of New Hope will re-enact this week, on folks could try every chili “White Chicken Chili,” pre- Presbyterian Church made Ash Wednesday, as we kneel the call on winners. Enter- at the altar and have ashes dish, have a dessert and en- pared by Carolyn Gilliam. Voted the Most Unique tainment was provided by smudged onto our foreheads joy entertainment. Sammy Sawyer with Fife in the form of a cross. and Friends. Now to be honest, most of “This went so well we’re us have not been in the habit thinking of making it an of tearing our clothing in annual event,” said pastor grief over our sins. Nor, sad Jonathan Warren. “Anyone to say, have many of us been s t r a t e g i c Stika said, “Jim has a zeal could enter, and proceeds made physically uncomfortand op- for the faith and the role it raise money for our church able by our sinfulness. But I can tell you from experience e r a t i o n a l plays in the new evangeliza- ministries.” c o m m u n i - tion of the Catholic Church. cations, acCombined with his backcording to ground and professionalT a press re- ism, he will be a continued EN nd! V E ie lease. gift to the entire community EE fr B i s h o p of faith in East Tennessee.” FR ng a i Richard F. Jim Wogan Br

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Lynn Pitts that those ashes are itchy, and if you are one of those folks who go to church early on Ash Wednesday, you get to wear your itchy sins on your forehead all day. It wears on you, much as our sinfulness should wear on us. And it is humbling as well, this wearing our sinfulness on our foreheads. It declares, “I am a sinner.” But the good news is this: God also made a promise, which Mendelssohn faithfully quoted in his oratorio “Elijah,” that “If with all your heart ye truly seek Me, Ye shall ever surely find Me,” Thus saith our God. You see, God does not play hide and seek with us. We are the ones who try to do that with God. We have been doing it since Adam and Eve tried to hide from God in the Garden. If we are wise and fortunate and penitent – or even, come to think of it, just penitent, God will find us. So will we find God, or will God find us? Does it matter which way it happens, as long as it happens? In my way of thinking, God knows exactly where we are. We just have to be willing to hear God calling, “Olly, olly, oxen free.”

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Kyndal Phillips made great use of the color blue.

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powered kids By Cindy Taylor Students in Mandi Meek’s 3rd-grade class at Powell Elementary School are studying the solar system. To make the learning more fun, Meek asked the kids to choose a specific planet to study, write out facts and create a model or poster. Students loved the idea and worked hard on their projects, producing colorful and inspiring posters and prototypes.

the eight talented entries. Junior Lauren Kitts took the win, singing “I Will Always Love You.� Taking second place was the a cappella group Perfect Fifth, and finishing third was Tori Lentz. Kitts will go on to participate in the CTE Idol competition in May. The show was organized and sponsored by SGA, and funds from the show will support that organization.

Storyteller Georgi Schmitt interacts with children at the Powell Library during Saturday Stories and Songs. Photo submitted

Feb. 22 brought the last entertainer for this winter. Georgi Schmitt, a renowned Anna Dunlap with her storyteller who has traveled poster of Neptune the globe, interacted with kids at the Powell Library, bringing together songs, stories and movement for ■Stories and Songs audiences of all ages. ■ Powell’s got talent Kids have been enjoying Pajama-rama is still goAfter much rescheduling Saturday Stories and Songs ing strong at 6:30 p.m. each due to weather, Powell High at local libraries thanks to first Thursday at the Powell Friends of the Knox County School finally held the Pow- the generous support of the branch. The next PJ event Public Library March 8-16. ell’s Got Talent show Feb. Margaret Dickinson Fund will be March 6. Check libraries for hours. The annual library used- Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. 24. More than 100 people through the Knox County showed up to hear and see Public Library Foundation. book sale will be held by com

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Teens for Jeans By Cindy Taylor

Deidre Gilley almost disappears into the mass of jeans she has collected for homeless teens. Photo by Cindy Taylor

Paying college tuition is tough. Even when you are awarded a scholarship you still have expenses. Powell High School senior Deidre Gilley is hoping to offset some of that additional cost with a unique plan. She has been collecting gently used jeans that she will turn in to a local Aéropostale for its Teens for Jeans and DoSomething. org program. From there

the jeans will go to help the homeless. “I was looking online for a way to earn money or find sscholarships for college,” ssaid Gilley. “My name will be entered into a drawing b ffor a scholarship, but what I really hope is that what II’m doing will help other people.” p Gilley said her chances of winning the scholarship are w eextremely slim. Her main reason for collecting the jeans was a result of her research which revealed that one of three homeless people is under the age of 18. Once she found that statistic she knew she had to jump in and help. Gilley set a goal to collect 250 pair of jeans and so far has collected more than 100. Gilley signed Feb. 5 to play soccer with Pfeiffer University. She will play goal keeper and plans to major in special education.

Career Fair is fun, informative By Ruth White The annual Knox County Career Fair is a great opportunity for 8th-grade students (and their parents) to get an idea of the path they want to take in the future. Exhibitors of every type gathered at the Expo Center and chatted with the students about careers. Many offered hands-on experiences that were crowdpleasers. Whether students were interested in college, nursing, construction, cosmetology or civil service, there was someone on hand to answer questions. ■

Reading excitement

The school book fair is one of the most exciting times. Don’t believe me? Just sit in the school library as a class of 2nd-graders files in for the first time. They can’t seem to get to the books quickly enough and want to look at everything offered. Watching them brought out my inner bookworm. I walked to a table just to touch the cover of a book, all shiny and new. Students at Shannondale Elementary got to enjoy the Scholastic book fair last week, and hopefully many wish lists were fulfilled. ■

Austin Nicely (right) tries his hand at masonry at the Resource Valley Construction exhibit.

B-ball heartbreaker

The Halls High basketball team has had many nailbiting, down-to-the-wire games this year. Three of them have been against Emory Road rival Powell High. Last week, the Red Devils’ run came to an end during the semifinal round of Region 2 play. At the buzzer, Powell was able to hold on to a 35-34 lead and advance to the final round. ■

Patrick Jung demonstrates a 3D printer at the fair. Jung is a student at Hardin Valley Academy and an intern at the ORNL manufacturing/demonstration facility. Jung is also a member of the RoHAWKtics team at the school.

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Powell cheerleader Carly Ducote helps raise spirit with a sideline chant for the Panthers during the regional semifinal game against Halls. Photo by Ruth White night’s regional championship game. Powell hosts Jefferson County in Monday night’s sectional round, a statetournament berth hanging in the balance. “I’ve been enjoying myself all season with looking back on all that’s happened the last 40 years,” said Ogan, who has been Powell’s coach for 39 seasons. “I’ve looked at how many times I’ve been in this gym, how many times I’ve been in that gym, how many times I’ve been in this situation …” On a tough night shooting for both teams, Powell senior Alex Hill led the Panthers with 13 points, Fields had 11, big man Conley Hamilton adding seven to go with a team-best eight rebounds. Swingman Kenny White and Peyton Booker paced Halls with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Ogan took only one timeout as the Panthers struggled early, opting instead to let them play through it. “I didn’t think calling another timeout was going to help at that point,” he said. When the contest hit the finish, all the stoppages Ogan hadn’t called for proved priceless. The last four seconds

erupted in chaos when Halls guard Peyton Booker and a Panther defender collided in front of the Red Devil bench, the ball squirting free and out of play. Ogan and Halls coach Randy Moore were immediately at the scorer’s table. Officials first awarded possession to Powell, a decision that would all but end things with the time remaining. After a conference, the call was reversed. Halls would inbound in front of the Red Devil bench. With fans from both schools in an uproar, Ogan strode back to the Panther bench with calmness that only having coached in hundreds of such moments can supply. The veteran coach burned two quick timeouts before Halls took the ball out, the first to get a look at the Red Devil offense. The chess game at work on both benches, Moore twice asked for time as well. Powell covered every look once the ball came in, a contested Red Devil shot from the corner as time expired missing the mark to punch the Panthers’ ticket at least as far as sectionals. The calm in the storm, Ogan had again gotten Powell through.

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“At the same time, millions are working to destroy their own lives. They are doing it with drugs, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and other behaviors they know to be working against their own best interests.” Dr. Justice’s new book, “Life Wish Versus Death Wish,” examines not only the obvious but many subtle reasons and methods that millions are using to commit suicide on the installment plan.

The Rev. Dr. William G. Justice has had his 39th book published by two eBook publishers: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Powell resident said, “People take vitamins, quickly turn to their doctors and the rush to a hospital if they think their lives are in peril. Many even work out hard in exercise spas.

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Local author Amy Greene grows up By Wendy Smith New York Times bestselling author Amy Greene claims Morristown as her hometown, but in fact, she hails from an area so obscure that she calls it “near Bull’s Gap.� Her parents were natural story-tellers, and her writing, and life, have been deeply influenced by those stories, she says. “Storytelling and writing are my way of sort of making sense of the world. If I couldn’t figure something out, I wrote it down.� The Knoxville Writ-

ers’ Guild hosted a book launch party for Greene’s second novel, “Long Man,� last week. Her nationally successful debut novel, “Bloodroot,� was published in 2010. The heart-wrenching tale of family dysfunction, set in the hills of East Tennessee, is particularly memorable because of the depth of the characters, who each participate in telling the story. Since childhood, Greene has written her stories longhand, in a notebook, while sitting in bed. She was mar-

had a son at 20, and began her undergraduate degree at Vermont College when her daughter was 1. “That’s when I knew I was Appalachian,� she laughs. Greene compares publishing books to pregnancies – no two are alike. She worked on “Bloodroot� for a year without letting anyone read it, not even Adam. But she screwed up her courage to allow novelist Jill McCorkle to read the story during a writing conference, and within a Amy Greene speaks during few months, Greene had an the Knoxville Writers’ Guild agent and an editor from launch of her new novel Knopf Publishing. “Long Man.� The event was Since then, she’s been held at the West Knoxville grateful and surprised by home of Warren and Annelle the support she’s received. Neel. Photo by Wendy Smith She wasn’t sure how well “Bloodroot� would be received in her hometown, ried at 18 to her childhood given that the fictional Milsweetheart, Adam, who un- lertown is loosely based derstood that she would al- on Morristown in the dark ways need time to write. She novel. The success of the


book, in East Tennessee and beyond, has made her feel confident and appreciated, she says. While the plot of “Bloodroot� evolved after a painstaking development of each character, “Long Man� began with the story. Long Man is the Cherokee name for the Tennessee River, which is about to flood the tiny town of Yuneetah. A TVA dam has condemned the town, and all but a few residents have evacuated their homes. One holdout is Annie Clyde Dodson, who wants her 3-year-old daughter, Gracie, to inherit the family land. As the floodgates prepare to close, a storm rages, and Annie and her husband realize that Gracie is missing. Greene grew up hearing family stories about TVA and the dams that covered much of East Tennessee with water, and it was a

topic she embraced. But as she followed the plot she’d created, she got stuck because she didn’t know the characters well enough, she says. So she returned to the process that worked for “Bloodroot� and fully developed each one. While waiting for “Long Man� to be published, Greene began work on her third novel, a contemporary coming-of-age story that is slightly autobiographical. The plot revolves around a young woman who devotes herself to finding the truth after she’s orphaned by an industrial accident. While Greene didn’t have a social agenda in mind when she wrote “Bloodroot,� she hopes to address the plight of the working poor with her third novel. “As I’ve grown as a writer, and a human being, I do look beyond the mountains a little more.�

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Keeping the dream alive The night of Feb. 24 featured dancing, music, art, fellowship, cookies and cake and just all-around celebration when the Tennessee School for the Deaf hosted the Literacy Imperative for a program called “Black History: Art, Dance, Literature – A Valuable Cultural Experience.”

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Carol’s Corner The Literacy Imperative is a national faith-based, not-for-profit initiative providing books and other tools of literacy to underserved communities. The organization often partners with Habitat for Humanity to provide in-home libraries for new residents.

The evening began with a rousing welcome by DUeX (“Divine Urban Expressions,”) a dance/spokenword team led by Felicia Outsey-Pettway, originally from Birmingham, Ala. “I wanted to keep the dream alive in Knoxville by working with disadvantaged youth through dance, poetry, spoken word and art,” she said. “I am the seed of change!” the kids shouted in rhythm, as they danced and strutted to the beat. John Sibley, local president of the Literacy Imperative chapter based at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, spoke of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and great men and women in general. Addressing the crowd of over 200, he stressed that everyone is capable of greatness. “We may not impact a nation, but we can impact the community in which we live,” he said. “God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”

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This rowdy group provides the evening’s dazzling entertainment! Dance troupe DUeX includes (from left) Robby Mathews, parent volunteer Ngina Blair, Camariana Whitaker, Devon  Arnold, Damya Blair, Eshanna Houston, Myari Jones, Rayshard Pettway,    Chenai Jones, Mkynlei Vaughn, D’Azaria Cain, Annalicia Ellis, director Felicia Outsey-Pettway, Dequann Vaughn and interpreter Rachelle Whittington.


The committee for the evening: James Baughn, Laura Edmondson, Amy Minolfo, Landon Perry, Bev Gibson and Camille Belle

Director of student living Steve Farmer, who is hearing impaired, enthusiastically signs his appreciation for all those who came together to make the event possible. “From the music to the dance to the art to the speech – this has been a very exciting evening!” he says.

John Sibley, president of the Mt. Zion Baptist-based local chapter of the Literacy Imperative, talks about the similarities between Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. “They were both religious,” he says. “They were both family men, both dreamers and both willing to die for their beliefs.”

Artist Alan Jones, who paints under the name “Theophilus,” shows off his oil-on-wood painting titled “Reflections.” “It’s a portrait of a young black urban male,” he says. “He’s thinking about his life and what he has to deal with as a black man. He’s highly intelligent and feels ostracized from society.” Jones, who has had lessons in drawing but not painting, currently has a show up at the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Maryville College.


This multimedia piece is titled “Life Flow.” All artworks may be purchased by contacting Jackie Holloway at 382-3599. Proceeds go to benefit the Literacy Imperative. Photos by Carol Zinavage

Alan Mealka and Steve Farmer, superintendent and director of student living for the Tennessee School for the Deaf, are having a great time!


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Volunteers needed for Angelic Ministries Visiting Angelic Ministries is uplifting. Meeting the people who make this amazing place run smoothly is off the chart. Debbie Weddington is a volunteer who coordinates other volunteers and directs the Men’s Recovery Program. Debbie grew up in the Fountain City/ Weddington Halls area. As a registered nurse, she stayed busy working and raising four children. Then she found herself unemployed and started praying about God’s plan for her. Angelic founder Betsy Frazier visited her church, and Debbie knew immediately that she wanted to be part of Betsy’s team. That was nine years ago. Debbie says her position gives her “the perfect opportunity to demon-

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strate God’s love.” Clients come for varied reasons. Job loss or some type of disaster brings the majority in for help. Angelic Ministries helped many who relocated here after Hurricane Katrina. Debbie welcomes everyone with open arms. More volunteers are needed. Currently 12 are enrolled in the Men’s Recovery Program. Misuse of drugs or alcohol often brings them to seek help. These men learn job skills while residing in ministry housing. The program lasts for one year, and Debbie is obviously proud of her “graduates,” some of whom now mentor others in the program. Spring cleaning? It is the perfect time to gather up everything you aren’t using and donate to Angelic. Every item will be given to a family in need. Donations may be dropped off at 1218 N. Central St., the former Merita Bread building. For pickup of large items such as furniture and mattresses, or to learn more about becoming a volunteer, call 523-8884 or visit www.angelicminis

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Annazette Houston has been named by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, representing East Tennessee. Houston She currently serves as the director of the Office of Disability Services at UT. She holds a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Langston University. She serves on the boards of the Beck Cultural Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. ■

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Daniel J. Moore is the new board advocate chair for the American Diabetes Association’s Knoxville office. “I am thrilled Moore to have him help lead our efforts to bring down the barriers and fund research to stop diabetes,” said Wendi Mullins, associate director. “With the percentage of adults who have Type 2 diabetes rising sharply, it is imperative to spread the word about the risks, symptoms, detection and treatment of this deadly disease.” Moore is a member of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter PLLC, a Knoxville law firm. His areas of practice include real estate, contracts, general business and corporate law. Info: 1-800-342-2383 or

Patrick Hurley takes the helm New leader at Union County Chamber By Libby Morgan Norris Shores resident Patrick Hurley has been hired as Union County Chamber president and CEO. Hurley has lived in Union County since 2004 and travels frequently as a consultant in the electric power industry. He and his wife, Laurie Oppel, also a consultant in the power industry, live

on Norris Lake. “I wanted to live in a place that feels like a vacation. We absolutely love it,” he says. “ We’ve seen a lot of Patrick Hurley good things happen in Union County since we’ve been here – the new HPUD water supply, the big grocery store, the widening of the highway, regular lake cleanups and marina improvements. “Internet service has

improved quite a bit, and new lines are in the works. Broadband service is extremely important. People cannot run their business from home without a fast connection. “It’s terrific that many of the retirees in my neighborhood and the other lake developments are getting involved with volunteering in the community. “In the recent past, I had more money than time, so I gave to several causes, including the Chamber. Now that I’m scaling back on work, I look at this new role at the Chamber as my way of actually giving of my time. “Frankly, there are so many irons in the fire at the Chamber, I’m a little intimidated. There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on here. But I’m a quick learner – I can always pick up stuff.”

Digital workflow expert at PSCC

Pellissippi State Community College will host R. Mac Holbert, the cofounder of Nash Editions and The Image Collective Mac Holbert and an expert on digital workflow, at a lecture 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The event is free and is open to the community. Digital workflow is the process of taking a raw digital photo on a camera and converting it into a high-quality fine-art print. “Mac is one of the leading people in digital print and Adobe Photoshop,” said Kurt Eslick, an associate professor in photography. ■

March meetings

■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association will meet at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Central Baptist Church. Lunch is $10 (first come, first served). The speaker is G. Larry Hartsook, president of Global Integrated Security Solutions. Info: or 688-2421. ■ Powell Business and Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, March 11, at Jubilee Banquet Facility. Lunch is $14, and the speaker will be Rick Ross. Info: Sage Kohler, 938-2800. ■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, March 18, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Buffet lunch is $10, and the speaker is school board candidate Patti Lou Bounds. Info: Bob Crye, 922-2793.

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Sophia Brown first contacted the K nox v ille Area Urban League, she was just looking to improve her comPhyllis Nichols puter skills. Howe ver, she gained much more than that. Working with the Urban League gave her the confidence to realize she could do even better. “I learned I could have a career beyond working in the fast-food industry,” Brown said. “The Urban League equipped me to go out into the business world and be successful.”

Brown was part of a pilot program to help women get out of abusive relationships, support themselves financially and get involved in the community. The class taught business and computer skills, as well as how to deal with their current situations. After graduation, the Urban League placed Brown in an internship at the Appalachian Community Fund and then helped her get a job with a funeral home. “I was quiet and shy,” Brown said. “Working with the families brought me out of my shell and built my people skills as I helped families cope with their loss.” Now, Brown works at the University of Tennessee College of Law as a director’s assistant and recently self-published “In the Blink of an Eye,” a book on her journey of surviving and getting away from domestic violence.

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Smyth opens counseling center Dr. Randy Smyth has opened 180 Counseling Center at 7119 Afton Drive in Halls. Smyth uses Biblical principles and a temperament profile to help people work through problems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UT, a master’s in divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in counseling from Cornerstone. He holds advanced certification in the areas of marriage and family, death and grief, substance abuse and crisis therapy. Info: 804-1039. Photo by Ruth White



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BZA delays variances for Emory Road dentist By Jake Mabe The Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance last week waiving the minimum required parking stall area from 200 square feet to 162 square feet for Powell dentist Dr. Patrick Kennedy’s office at 2529 W. Emory Road. But the board also voted to delay other variance requests for 30 days so that Kennedy’s architect – Brewer, Ingram Fuller –can re-examine them to ensure this section of Emory Road – near Powell High – remains pedestrian friendly. The postponed variance requests were to move the front setback from 35 feet

to 3 feet, change the parking lot side setback from 10 feet to 0 feet, and reduce the landscape screen required from 8 feet to 3 feet. Dan Brewer, who was representing Kennedy, says the dentist took over a building that was originally a residence and had previously housed an insurance agency. “We only want to add a net parking (increase) of seven parking spaces in front of the business,” Brewer said. “The difficulty is that the zone has a large setback in the front.” Bill Sewell, who represents the 7th District on BZA, says his main concern about extending the

front parking area closer to Emory Road is that it could affect pedestrians on the sidewalk. “We could very easily add curb stops and we can also landscape that buffer.” “The Powell area has done a remarkable job keeping (the area) peoplefriendly. It’s a school walking route and we don’t want to interrupt the integrity of that.” Cindy Pionke, an engineer who works as the county’s director of planning and development, said the county would expect that any sight visibility triangle to be maintained, as would the state of Tennessee since Emory is a state road. “You don’t want anything growing higher than 10 feet,” she said. Brewer said the 30-day delay – which passed unanimously – “is not a difficulty.”

Airport’s past includes dirt runway, super-cheap airfare

Tennova notes Sleep Awareness Week By Anne Hart While some still debate the issue of Daylight Savings Time, Dr. Dewey McWhirter of Tennova Healthcare’s Sleep Centers knows the truth: the practice does our bodies no good, and can actually be quite harmful.

Dr. Dewey McWhirter “A lot of people will have problems after “spring forward,” McWhirter says. “In fact, we’ll see an increase in car accidents and a little bit of an increase in heart attacks.” And that’s just for starters, as the body’s circadian rhythm is jarred by a two-hour alteration to the normal sleep pattern – an hour on each end of the sleep cycle. It all starts when America sets its clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday. To help the general public become aware of the problems that can result from irregular sleep patterns – and the fact that treatment is available – Tennova’s Sleep Centers in North, South and West Knoxville, and also in Jefferson and Cocke counties,

By Betsy Pickle “Airplane rides for 5 cents” – that’s something you’re not likely to see in today’s economy. But when Knoxville’s first airport was operating on the site of what’s now West High School, that was the advertised rate. Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, shared that slice of history and many more at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Farragut. The dirt runway on Sutherland Avenue was a popular attraction in the 1920s. “People would ride their horses out to that location to get their mail or just to watch the only airplane come in once a week,” said Huckaby. “People were very interested in aviation, and it caught on very quickly. Our area was so inundated with people who were building their own airplanes and who were very interested in bringing routes and travel by air to our community that we were very much on the forefront of aviation for our country. “Because of our geographic location … we be-

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Airport PR chief Becky Huckaby and pilot and Rotarian Charles Mattingly joke around after the Farragut Rotary meeting. Photo by Betsy Pickle

came a very popular location for people to stop over and fill up their aircraft and get gas and move on. So a lot of people would plane-spot here for a while.” Huckaby said the family of Lt. Charles McGhee Tyson, a U.S. Naval aviator who was killed in action in the North Sea during World War I, donated the land for Tyson Park to the city of Knoxville with the stipulation that the airport be named for their son. The original airport was operated by private business, but the city purchased

it, created an aviation department and soon ended up buying land in Blount County for a larger airport that could meet the needs of bigger, more modern aircraft and an expanding flight schedule. McGhee Tyson Airport, which celebrated its 75th anniversary two years ago, has been operated by the nonprofit MKAA since 1978. It is governed by a nine-person board whose members serve seven-year terms. Farragut Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at Fox Den Country Club. Info:

Council of West Knox County Homeowners Council of West Knox County Homeowners will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cedar Bluff.

Women in Jazz is campus event By Heather Beck The history of women in jazz is the highlight of a musical event Tuesday, March 4, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus. “Transcending Boundaries and Shaping Jazz: The Women Behind America’s Original Art Form” is 10:45 a.m.-noon in the Community Room of the site campus. The event is free. The community is invited. “March is Women’s History Month,” said Rosalyn

Tillman, dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. “At this concert, we celebrate women in history who became prominent through their musical talent as jazz musicians or vocalists.” Contemporary artists Aubrey Baker, Pamela Klicka and Emily Mathis will perform as they highlight historical female jazz artists. “Transcending Boundaries” is part of The Season of Music at Magnolia Avenue. The Season of Music is a

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Waggoner for Sheriff fund-raiser set Bobby Waggoner’s campaign for Knox County Sheriff will host a barbecue supper fund-raiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Karns Community Youth Center. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the door.

are taking part in Sleep Awareness Week – March 2-9 – sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation. Amy Harris, Tranquility Sleep Specialist with Tennova, will have informational booths set up at the hospital’s south location on Chapman Highway and the north location in Powell, as well as in Jefferson City and Newport. Dr. McWhirter says the booths will have materials that explain to the public “that we all need to think about our sleep, and if we have a problem, we need to do something about it. At Tennova we are confident we have the very latest in technology and innovation to help with most sleep disorders.” Among those disorders, Dr. McWhirter says, are decreases and stoppages of breathing, insomnia, sleep walking and others. He adds that even if we do not have serious issues, there is still much the average person can do to sleep better, including a mental and physical winding down before bedtime, turning off TVs, computers, cell phones and all things with bright lights. “We want to encourage people to not think of sleep as something that interferes with their life, but rather something that is good for them and will make them feel better. “When we have slept well, we tend to have more energy during the day, to think more clearly, to respond better to stress and to be in a better mood. People are happier if they are getting a good night’s sleep, and there are many long term health benefits.”

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 TUESDAYS THROUGH MARCH 11 Living Well with Chronic Conditions, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Knox County Health Department classroom, 140 Dameron Ave. Free. To register: 215-5170.

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THROUGH MARCH 12 Enrollment open for 2014-15 school year for Little Creations, Beaver Dam Baptist Church Parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Out program, 4328 Emory Road. Registrations accepted 9 a.m.-noon Monday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 12. Info: 922-7529.

THURSDAYS THROUGH MARCH 13 Weekly Bible study, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Topic: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gate Keeperâ&#x20AC;? with host Judy Burgess. Info: call Diane Shelby, 687-3687. Dining with Diabetes, 2 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. A three-class series for people with diabetes and their family members. Topics include learning how to manage diabetes, food demonstrations and tasting of healthy foods. RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 25. Info/RSVP: 922-2552.

THURSDAYS THROUGH APRIL 3 Art classes for children ages 6-9, 2-3 p.m., Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Art classes for children ages 10-13, 3-4 p.m. Classes taught by Jen Austin Jennings. Info: 357-2787 or

MONDAY, MARCH 3 Keith Mowery, Pastor of Buffalo Trail Baptist in Morristown, will be guest speaker, 6:45 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, 7916 Pedigo Road. Part of March Gladness series. Info: www.Sharonknoxville. com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Laissez Le Bon Temp Rouler cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Avanti Savoiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Cucina, 7610 Maynardville Pike. Cost: $50. Info/reservations: 922-9916 or

Pajama-rama Storytime, 6:30 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Stories, music, flannel board activities and a craft. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite toy or stuffed animal. Info: 947-6210. Free Music Jam: country, bluegrass, etc.; pickers and grinners, acoustical only; 7-9 p.m., Escapeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RV Park, 908 Raccoon Valley Road. Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or Free â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating and Maintaining a Home Rain Gardenâ&#x20AC;? workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tusculum College , Room 101, 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. (off Lovell Rd.). Advanced registration required. To register: 974-9124. Info: Reception for Amy Greene marking the publication of her second novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Man,â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m., R. Jack Fishman Library on Walters State Community College Morristown campus. Admission free; community is invited. Info: Glenda Nolen, 423-585-6922 or Bee Friends beekeepers meeting, 6 p.m., Walters State Community College Tazewell campus auditorium. Charlie Parton of the TBA will be speaking on swarms, making splits and hive management. Info: 617-9013.

Planning for Everyoneâ&#x20AC;?; 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consumer Rights & Responsibilities: Protect Yourself and Your Assets.â&#x20AC;? Free. Preregistration requested: www.knoxbar. org or 522-6522.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Benefit for Mary Cooper Cox, 5-8 p.m., Union County High School. Gospel singing, live auction and dinner: hot dogs and fi xins, $5 each or $8 couple. All proceeds to help with medical expenses. Thunder Road Gospel Jubilee, 6 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Easter Craft Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. 35+ vendors. Fundraiser for Adrian Burnett Elementary Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5th grade Safety Patrol trip to Washington, D.C. Community Law School presented by the Knoxville Bar Association at Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike. Sessions: 9-10:45 a.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wills & Estate Planning for Everyoneâ&#x20AC;?; 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consumer Rights & Responsibilities: Protect Yourself and Your Assets.â&#x20AC;? Free. Preregistration requested: www.knoxbar. org or 522-6522. Soup and chili supper, 6 p.m., Faithway Baptist Church, 4402 Crippen Road. Silent auction donations welcome. Info: 254-4605. Clapps Chapel UMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mens club meeting, breakfast at 8 a.m. and program at 9. Guest speaker: Knox County mayor Tim Burchett. Everyone invited. East Tennessee Kidney Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucky Kidneyâ&#x20AC;? 6K Run/2K Walk, 9 a.m., downtown Knoxville. Presented by Fresenius Medical Care. Advance run/walk registration: $26 at http://www. On-site registration: $30 beginning 7:30 a.m. Registration is free for children 10 and younger.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 8-9 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Stop at the End-Of-The-Road CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;? mystery dinner theater presented by Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Performances: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds support Hands-On Missions at the church. Info/tickets: Leslie, 804-6642, or the Church office, 690-1060.



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Arts are flying high at Grace By Shannon Morris While Grace Christian Academy has seen its reputation grow in many areas over the past decade, one of the aspects of our school that has seen some tremendous advancement is the Theater and Fine Arts Department. In this area, students are given the opportunity to excel in the arts, honing the talents and skills that God has given them, and then putting them on display. Whether the medium is drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, chorus, or some other method of creative expression, GCA students benefit from excellent teachers to help mold their passions and their crafts. Recently, the already established and highly successful theater program soared to new heights in a high school dramatic presentation of “Peter Pan,” performed twice on Feb. 11. The sets, costumes and talented cast were made even more impressive by the addition of a flying mechanism which allowed Peter Pan and three additional cast members to “fly” through the air, high above the stage. This

was made possible by diligent fundraising and the hard work of the troupe. Peter, Wendy, John and Michael took to the air throughout the presentation, much to the delight of the audiences! Especially excited were some of the attendees of the matinee presentation, a group of 5th grade students from Lonsdale Elementary School. These children were able to see a fabulous production, followed by lunch and some “hang time” with the GCA 5th graders. At the end of the afternoon, our students sent 56 Lonsdale 5th graders home with gifts of travel bags or small luggage they could use, a nice gesture that continued the GCA tradition of building relationships with other schools in our area. Besides our high school drama production, the GCA Lower, Middle and High Schools are busy making preparations for their upcoming musical presentation of “The Wizard of Oz,” a production that has already been several months in the making. Our musical productions have quickly become

Two from Grace are National Merit finalists



By Linda Comfort Congratulations to Grace Christian Academy seniors Jeremiah Roberts and Nathan Silver who were named 2014 National Merit finalists. Jeremiah, Nathan and other National Merit finalists represent a nationwide selection of 15,000, less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Finalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state from the 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools who took the PSAT in their junior year. Of these, 8,000 will be named National Merit Scholarship winners. Every finalist will compete for National Merit Scholarships; winners of these scholarships will be announced in four nationwide news releases in the spring. Scholarship winners are chosen on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Jeremiah and Nathan mark the third and fourth National Merit finalists to be named in GCA’s history. Reid Rankin (2007) and Stacia Firebaugh (2009) honored our school by their selection and standing as finalists.

Abigail Seal, Katelyn Lewis and Jonathan Seal are the Darling children, and Katie Borden soars as Peter Pan in the Grace Christian Academy drama production. Photos by GCA Yearbook Staff

favorite events for our students, as well as family members and others in our community, and they are becoming known for incredible stages and sets, costumes, choreography and cre- Katie Borden as Peter Pan and Sean Sloas as Captain Hook battle it ativity. Grace has been blessed out in the classic musical “Peter Pan.” by an incredibly talented student body, and these young This year’s production of everyone who comes will walk performers enjoy sharing their blessings and gifts with the “The Wizard of Oz” will be held away singing the familiar tunes community during these per- April 3-5. There is no cost to at- of a long-time favorite musical tend, and it’s a guarantee that production! formances.

Grace goes to State for swim, wrestling By Shannon Morris High schools from across Tennessee were competing two weeks ago at the State Swim Meet competition in Nashville. While we were enjoying a snow day in Knoxville, our Grace swimmers did an outstanding job in their events as multiple members of our swim team qualified to compete. Our relay team (Jordan Keelty, Sean O’Connor, Aaron Prieto and Jack O’Connor) placed 37/54 in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, bettering their time from 1:52.31 to 1:50.04, setting a new GCA record for the event. Jack O’Connor finished the 50-Yard Free Style during prelims in eighth place, earning his Junior National Cut with a 21.65. He moved to sixth place in the finals with a time of 21.58. In the event 100-Yard Free Style, Jack placed 17th in the prelims and made first alternate for the finals. He

Representing Grace Christian Academy at the State Wrestling Tournament were Michael Johnson, Dalton Jinkins, Todd Hargis, Austin Saporito and David Comfort.

has earned his bonus cut for Junior Nationals in this event. Our team had an impressive showing at this year’s event. Also representing GCA well at their state championships were our five state qualifiers in wrestling: Dalton Jinkins,

Sean O’Connor at the State Swim David Comfort, Competition in Nashville. Austin Saporito, Michael Johnson and Todd pounds) also earned his Hargis. Three came back 100th GCA career win at with medals, a first in State, along with a fifth GCA history! Senior Aus- place medal, and senior tin Saporito (126 pounds) Todd Hargis (152 pounds) earned sixth place. Senior earned fourth place at Michael Johnson (160 State. What a great honor!

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