Since she was a child, Wanda Lacy has had a passion for math. “I love it. I love how things connect,” Lacy said. Because of that love, she changed her course of study in college from engineering to teaching. Meet this week’s Miracle Maker inside.
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Changing your business culture Powell resident and business consultant Rick Ross says if there’s anything he’s learned in 12 years it’s this: “If sales is a problem, training is not the answer.” Speaking at the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, Ross said getting your company culture right is “easy when you’re smaller, and harder as the business grows.”
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Powell Alumni to meet April 6 Powell High Alumni Association will meet Saturday, April 6, at Jubilee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Center Way, off Callahan Dr. Grads Phil Campbell and Lynnus Gill will speak. The Golden Grads of 1963 will be recognized. Registration lines open at 4:45 with dinner at 6 p.m. and a short business meeting to follow. Reservations: Lynette Brown, Lbrown8042@ aol.com, 947-7371, or Vivian Jett McFalls, 607-8775. This year’s scholarship will be given in memory of Allan Gill. An alumni endowment is being established. Info: Mary Whittle Mahoney, email@example.com.
Church-wide flea market is April 5-6 Church-wide Flea Market at Powell Presbyterian Church 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5 (twice the price for first choice), 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Donate items for the sale: drop-off April 4 -5 until 4 p.m. All proceeds support church ministry and missions. The church is located at 2910 W. Emory Rd, Powell, TN 37849. Info: 9388311 or www.powellpcusa.org.
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Karns Connector moves forward By Theresa Edwards It will be easier to get around in Karns if County Commission approves a contract March 25 to complete the Karns Connector. Mayor Tim Burchett is recommending $222,000 for Cannon and Cannon Inc. to provide surveying and engineering services. Commissioner Brad Anders said completion will “draw a lot of traffic off the narrow back roads around Karns High School and the (Ben Atchley) veterans’ home. And it will give access from Oak Ridge Highway to Hardin Valley through the industrial park (at Westcott Boulevard off Hardin Valley Road).” Anders and state Rep. Roger Kane met Friday with state and local road personnel to discuss the design. “We will hold public hearings to receive the community’s input, complete the environmental process and acquire the necessary rights-of-way,
Paul Beebe, TDOT survey and design manager; Jim Snowden, Knox County Engineering and Public Works deputy director; state Rep. Roger Kane and Commissioner Brad Anders discuss the traffic problems at Pellissippi Parkway and Hardin Valley Road. Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com
said Jim Snowden, deputy director of Knox County Engineering and Public Works. “The earliest people would see groundbreaking for road construction would be the spring of next
HPUD sets public meeting The Hallsdale Powell Utility District management has prepared a budget that does not require a rate increase. General manager Darren Cardwell and financial officer James Smith will present the budget to the board of commissioners at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the headquarters on Cunningham Road. Commissioners Kevin Julian, Bob Crye and Todd Cook had requested a hard look at the upcoming budget. A recent bond refinancing enabled savings that made an increase unnecessary, Cardwell said. Julian said a small increase was scheduled, but “a lot of work by a lot of people” made it possible to hold the rates steady.
year,” he said. “Then we hope it would not be more than 18 months from that point for construction, totaling 2-1/2 to 3 years to complete the project.” The connector will help drivers turning right off
Watoto Children’s Choir coming to town A children’s choir from Africa has set concerts in area churches, part of a sixmonth tour. The Watoto Children’s Choir will be at New Covenant Baptist Church, 10319 Starkey Lane, Farragut, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21; Faith United Methodist Church, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30; and Rogers Memorial Baptist Church, 520 College Street, 10 a.m. Sunday, March 31. All performances are free and open to the public. Each child in the choir has lost one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country. Info: www. The Watoto Children’s Choir rehearses in Uganda watoto.com/. before starting a tour of the United States.
Going to extremes Legislative majority presents challenges for Haslam By Betty Bean During the 2012 national elections, there was talk about a Republican War on Women. In 2013, Tennessee’s 108th General Assembly widened the battle into a multi-front conflagration, hitting hot-button themes that used to work so well as wedge issues when the GOP was in the minority. Now that they are a supermajority, the only significant obstacle in their way is Gov. Bill Haslam, a cautious man not inclined to extremes. Showdown No. 1: Medicaid expansion. These lines were drawn when the United States Supreme Court left Medicaid expansion up
Oak Ridge Highway onto Pellissippi Parkway then making dangerous U-turns in the Solway area to go in the other direction. “There were 39 crashes reported in Solway January 2011 to January 2012, and
that does not account for those not reported,” said Kane. Snowden said the Karns Connector will have wider lanes and flatter curves, which will be much safer than the current roads which were not designed to carry a lot of traffic. Another area of concern is Pellissippi Parkway at Hardin Valley Road. Vehicles line up on the parkway at rush hour, waiting to exit. The congestion on Hardin Valley Road has caused accidents, including a recent fatality. The roads there were probably built in the early 1970s, said Paul Beebe, TDOT survey and design manager. “They were built for rural conditions, but now we have urban conditions,” said Amanda Snowden, TDOT director of operations. Anders and Kane asked for help, including possibly an additional lane on Hardin Valley Road under the Pellissippi Parkway bridge.
to the states. Some Republican governors (Rick Scott of Florida, Jan Brewer of Arizona) have opted in; others (Rick Perry of Texas, Scott Walker of Wisconsin) have opted out. Haslam is being heavily lobbied by the state’s major hospitals, who want to offset looming Medicaid cuts with billions of federal dollars available under the new law. Showdown No. 2: It may not rise to the level of war, but few school boards or PTAs support diverting public money to private schools via vouchers. Haslam supports vouchers, but his bill is limited to 5,000 needy students in failing school districts during the first year, and gradually increases thereafter. Cultural conservatives favor a competing bill to make vouchers available in all districts immediately. Showdown No. 3: Some call
Haslam’s workers’ compensation reform initiative a War on Workers. Others call it a War on Lawyers. Whatever it’s called, there isn’t much daylight between Haslam and the most conservative elements of his party, who share a common distaste for organized labor and trial lawyers. This one will create a state agency run by a Haslam-appointed administrator to hear workers’ compensation cases, replacing courts and lawyers. It will negatively impact collections from fee offices as a revenue source for county governments. Showdown No. 4: Clerks hate this Stacey Campfield-sponsored bill because it will force them to shoulder half of the burden of notifying creditors when garnished debtors change jobs. Senate Bill 243 will make work for clerks, but will be far worse for debtors, who will be subject to contempt of court if their creditors aren’t notified – re-establishing debtors’ prisons in Tennessee.
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Powell resident and business consultant Rick Stacey Cox talks with Ross says if there’s anything he’s learned in 12 Fountain City BPA years it’s this: “If sales is board member John a problem, training is not Fugate about the the answer.” April 12 PTA Family Speaking at the FounFun Night at Sterchi tain City Business and Professional Association Elementary School. last week, Ross said getCox (207-4269) and ting your company culture co-chair Stephanie right is key, and “it’s easy Riffey (660-8779) are when you’re smaller, and harder as the business seeking business grows. sponsorships and vol“Smart companies typiunteers. Photo by S. Clark cally focus on marketing and sales, products and services, finance, technology and infrastructure,” he said. Managers know these things, but not so much about culture. Culturally healthy comcentury. Davidson’s nar- panies have clarity, high By Cindy Taylor rative encompasses letters productivity, low turnover, According to Elizabeth between Stowe and others, high morale and minimal Davidson, legend has it that quotes from the book and politics and turf wars, President Abraham Lincoln descriptions of how Stowe’s Ross said. referred to Harriet Beecher life affected her writing of Stowe as “the little lady who the book. wrote the book that started “Stowe believed that you a great war” in reference to didn’t have to use violence the Civil War. to change things, and that Students from Union is why she wrote this book,” County schools heard DaBy Wendy Smith said Davidson. vidson at live performances Nancy Irvine was just out During her performance March 7-8 at Horace MayDavidson portrays many of UT when she began teachnard Middle School. The characters from Stowe’s life ing 1st grade at Oakwood presentation centered on the and from the book – up- School in 1954. She’s been life and legacy of Stowe, auwards of 29. Prepping for a sad to watch the building dethor of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” performance of this caliber cline over the years, and is pleased that it’s coming back Davidson, a 30-year vetwould be difficult at best. eran actor and graduate of “I don’t think of this as to life. “I have such fond memoIndiana University School prepping for characters. I ries of this place,” she said of Music, began portraying prep for the piece,” said DaStowe in 2007 after working vidson. “The main prep is as she looked around durmore than a decade to revocalization since there are ing a Knox Heritage tour of the building, which is being search and perfect the play. so many characters.” “Performing a play about Davidson performed both renovated as an assisted livStowe was suggested by a vocally and physically – ing facility. The building was hardly throwing herself down onto friend and started out as a new when Irvine began her the stage at one point when way to make money,” said portraying a slave. Not an teaching career. The origiDavidson. “Stowe was a dieasy move for a 62-year-old nal structure was built in minutive white woman who with a history of leukemia, 1914, with additions made had many characteristics but Davidson pulled it off in 1946 and 1955. It closed in in common with me. Her 1995, and since then, neglect dramatically. middle name was Elizabeth Teachers brought Da- brought down the roof as well and her husband’s name was vidson to Union County as the neighborhood. Calvin, same as mine.” When Ethiel Garlington through a Teaching AmeriDavidson said that Stowe of Knox Heritage took Rick had complete support from Elizabeth Davidson in char- can History Grant adminisDover of Family Pride Corp. her husband to pursue her acter during the play. Photo by tered by the East Tennessee on a tour of the school, it was Historical Center. writing, unusual in the 19th Cindy Taylor in “awful shape,” says Dover. But he could see that the layout was good for senior livFind us online at www.budgetblinds.com ing. The resulting project is a $6 million injection into the county’s economy, the return of the building to the tax rolls, new jobs, and quality care for 45 seniors. Kim Trent, executive director of Knox Heritage, is optimistic about the future
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Rena Amerson, who has launched a marketing business, talks with Rick Ross following Wednesday’s meeting of the Fountain City Business and Professional Association. Photo by S. Clark To create clarity, you must answer six questions: Why do we exist? How do we behave? What do we do? How will we succeed? What is the most important thing right now?
Who must do what? Ross said to move past traditional, wordy mission statements and keep it simple. Most businesses exist to provide jobs for the people who work there. Don’t be afraid to say it.
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Former Oakwood School teacher Nancy Irvine is presented with a door prize by Becky Hancock at a Knox Heritage tour of the building. Photos by Wendy Smith onto the trail, and water, with a slew of outings. The new schedule, which includes 21 day hikes, nine back-packing expeditions and five canoe and kayak floats, is available under “outings” at www.tennessee. sierraclub.org/broome. Anyone can participate, but registration is required. Most of the outings are ■ Hitting the trail within 50 miles. Out-ofSpring is almost here, state destinations include and the Sierra Club’s Harvey Mt. Rogers National RecreBroome Group hopes to coax ation in Virginia and Shinhikers of all experience levels ing Rock Wilderness Area. of other vacant schools, since Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre is from Boston and is “used to dealing with historic properties.” She hopes the school board will follow this advice: “When a building is no longer being used, go ahead and let it go to someone who can use it.”
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Ronnie Speeks signs an autograph for a fan during a special birthday dinner at The Bistro at the Bijou organized by Bradley Reeves and Louisa Trott of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS), which also reunited Speeks with his longtime guitarist and Happy Holler native, Gene Pike. Looking on is Ronnie’s wife, Linda Deal Speeks. Photo by Jake Mabe
Ronnie Speeks and his band: Gene Pike (guitar), Dino Danelli (drums), and Knox native, the late Rick Walker, on keyboard. Photos courtesy of TAMIS
Ronnie still rocks! Deadline day goes down with Pike on guitar. easier when you get to meet “If you got your songs totwo legends of the Knoxville gether, you could come in music scene. and sing before the cartoons and movies would start,” Ronnie says. Ronnie’s brother, Red, also helped him out, and he soon moved to Chattanooga Jake and then played at the faMabe mous Metropole in New York. The band was known then as Ronnie Speeks and his MY TWO CENTS Elrods. If you don’t remember it, surf over to YouTube Ronnie Speeks and Gene and listen to Ronnie’s single Pike were reunited at a spe- “What is your Technique?” cial dinner at The Bistro at It’s an early ’60s rock classic. the Bijou organized by BradPlaying the Metropole was ley Reeves and Louisa Trott, “kinda tough,” Ronnie says. co-founders of the Tennes- “We played in the daytime. see Archive of Moving Image People stood on the sidewalk and Sound. Ronnie and Gene and watched. Nobody’s gonna were celebrating birthdays. drink during the daytime.” Those of a certain age But he met Neil Sedaka might remember Ronnie as and shook hands with a boxer an Elvis Presley tribute art- who at the time went by the ist, but his musical career name of Cassius Clay. Maybe stretches farther and wider you’ve heard of him. He now than that. goes by the last name Ali. Ronnie was an athlete at “My hand was swallowed Rule High, even named a state up!” champ in physical fitness. They also rubbed shoulIt must be a lifelong interest ders with jazz legends of the because let’s just say Ronnie period. Gene even tells a fundoesn’t need any bodyguards. ny story about Dizzy Gillespie He got his start singing cringing when Ronnie’s buddy Saturday mornings at the and bandmate, the late Rick Tennessee Theatre during a Walker, was trying to learn segment called Teen Time, the trumpet.
A Ronnie Speeks publicity shot, 1965 Ronnie recorded Knoxville’s own Don Gibson’s hit “Oh Lonesome Me” (“Don called my brother Red and told him to tell me how much he appreciated me recording that song”) as well as a country/pop mellow classic called “Gentle Woman,” my favorite Ronnie Speeks cut that isn’t an Elvis song. And, yep, Ronnie began performing an Elvis tribute show before Elvis’ death. Local fans will remember shows at the old WNOX Auditorium. Ronnie also played a 10-year gig at The Sands in Ft. Wayne, Ind., six nights a week. That’s where he met the woman who would later become his wife. “Did you think he was cute?” somebody asked.
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“Yeah. Everybody did,” Linda said. She still remembers the night Ronnie got her out onto the dance floor after a set and serenaded her with “Until It’s Time for You to Go.” The Speekses now live in Lexington, Ky. Ronnie meets regularly with some of his Rule High classmates. He was headed to Memories Theatre earlier this month not only to see Eddie Miles, who’s back singing Elvis, but also to meet up with a longtime fan who also became an Elvis tribute artist, Michael Kevin Chambliss. Here’s one thing I learned: Ronnie Speeks might occasionally sing along with a Ronnie Speeks record, but Linda says he’ll never sing along if Elvis is on the radio or the record player. They didn’t call him The King for nothin.’ ■
Curtis is called home
Longtime local pastor Curtis Tindell passed away March 11. He was 82. A member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Curtis pas-
tored at several churches, including Texas Valley Baptist for more than 20 years. He was wise, had an unforget table timbre to his voice and Curtis Tindell loved music. One of his favorite gospel songs was “Be Looking for Me,” especially when sung by his beloved wife, Joy, and he told me once he thought the greatest singer of all time was Jim Reeves. I didn’t disagree. Curtis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joy Weaver Tindell; sons and daughtersin-law, Charlie and Pam Tindell, Tim and Robin Tindell, Joel and Tina Tindell; grandchildren, Dustin, Carly, Cody, Shamus, Whittney, Dalton and Dakota Tindell; step-granddaughter, Nakisha Mannino; great-grandchildren, Lucy, Jack, and Hallie Tindell; step-greatgrandchildren, Karson and Karter; sister, Dessie Hayes; brother, Terry Tindell; brother-in-law, Frank Weaver; several nieces; nephews.
Echota District holds recognition dinner
Ted Hatfield reports that the Echota Scout District held its annual recognition dinner March 9 at Fountain City Presbyterian Church. The district covers Cub Packs, Scout Troops and Venture Crews in Fountain City, Halls, Powell, Corryton, Gibbs and Maynardville. Major awards: Gene Gates, the George Johnston Training Award; Greg Barnett, District Award of Merit; Bill Thomas, District Award of Merit; Amy Heatherly, District Award of Merit and Doug Buchanan, the Wood Badge honor. Other honorees: Stephan Nobert, Samantha Sharpe, Tommy Whitehead, Justin O’Hara, Ray Tant, Den Leader Training; Robert Byrd, Eric Mowers, Melissa Campbell, William Campbell, Scouting for Cubs; Roger Hyman, Scouting for Boys; Don Dare, Thomas Warwick, Scott Newby, Scoutmaster; Gaye Maley, Crew Advisor; Gaye Naley and Kathryn Howard, Venturing. Troops 55 and 448 received the National Outdoor Challenge honor. ■
Belle’s book review
Due to an unexpected illness, I was unable as promised to post my full review of 1974 Halls High grad Beverly “Belle” Blackburn’s first novel on my blog, http:// ja kemabe.blogspot.com, last week. It will be up today (Monday, March 18). Also, the Halls High teacher’s name listed in last week’s column was incorrectly spelled. Her name is Elizabeth Boynton. I regret the error.
government Plan to sell flood-prone land draws opposition A-4 • MARCH 18, 2013 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS
Dancing mayors Soon after Rogero became mayor, the Gloria Ray pay scandal became public. While both she and Burchett called for Ray’s resignation, they did not do it in a joint news conference, although their news conferences were only hours apart in the same building on the same day. The offices of Rogero and Burchett are on the 6th floor of the City County Building and no more than Victor 300 feet apart, but when it Ashe comes to joint announcements they are miles apart on timing and scheduling while in agreement on From a personality and content. ideological standpoint it Burchett is first out of would be hard to find two the box on many issues. more different persons. ■ The next governor Burchett loves non-stop of Pennsylvania could be campaigning and pressthe sister of longtime 4th ing the flesh. He prefers and Gill resident Nancy Wright’s Cafeteria to the Young, wife of activist Jeff City County Building. He Talman. She is Democratic often takes on issues asU.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, sociated with the underdog. who represents a congresCarter School is being built sional district in southeastbecause Tim Burchett made ern Pennsylvania and part it happen. Burchett is poof Philadelphia. litically very conservative A former state senator and Rogero is much more and public health advocate moderate to liberal, having by education, she is 64 and been an Obama delegate would be the first woman to last year. be governor of PennsylvaHe won the higher nia. Gov. Tom Corbett has property tax battle with the popularity ratings below 40 school board, Chamber and percent and looks vulnerschool superintendent by able to any credible Demodigging in his heels and cratic nominee in 2014. threatening a veto if county ■ Chattanooga’s new commission enacted a tax. mayor is former 8-year Burchett often operates state Sen. Andy Berke who on impulse, while Rogero won with 72 percent of the is much more cautious in vote and takes office April temperament and planning. 15. Three members of the She has won over much current 9-member city of the Chamber in her first council were defeated, and 15 months in office – detwo more face runoffs as spite their lack of trust no one got 51 percent of the when she ran, feeling she vote in those districts. was too close to unions. One of the winners The extended closure of was Chris Anderson, who the Henley Street Bridge becomes the first openly has caused further hardgay person to be elected to ship to Chapman Highway public office in Tennessee. merchants. Burchett was He defeated the incumthe first to champion their bent by tagging him as a cause with a well-publicized rubber stamp for outgoing trip to Nashville where he Mayor Ron Littlefield who met with the local legislahad many 5-4 votes on the tive delegation and Lt. Gov. council and saw his popuRon Ramsey. All these larity drop. businesses are located in Anderson’s website is the city. Rogero was not www.andersonforcity with him on that trip. council.com. Weeks later the city an■ Sam Anderson, nounced support of meaformer Knox County school sures to help the merchants. board chair and longtime One suspects Vice Mayor city Parks and Recreation Pavlis was instrumental in director, has been hired getting Rogero to make a by superintendent Dr. Jim public announcement as he McIntyre as a part-time represents South Knoxville special assistant to help inon city council and wanted ner city schools meet state to be more public in backing standards. measures to assist the merHe will work 16 hours a chants. It is unusual when week. Anderson is highly the county mayor takes the respected and will give lead on an issue within the McIntyre solid advice. city, although he can argue He might even help the correctly that the city is superintendent out of the part of the county which he current school security serves. controversy. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero say they like each other, and a few weeks ago they were dancing together at the John T. O’Connor pancake breakfast. Recent events, however, suggest a slightly different take on how close they really are.
City Council to decide on $1,500 deal to Dunn City Council this week will consider approving the sale of two lots in Harrill Heights acquired in 1973 for flood control to state Rep. Bill Dunn, who says he’ll be present, even though he’ll have to drive over from Nashville after his Tuesday afternoon committee meetings and return the next morning for Wednesday’s legislative session.
Betty Bean Dunn says he intends to plant a garden on the lots, which he bought for $1,500 in a sealed bid process. Fountain Citians Jamie Rowe and Carlene Malone oppose the sale of land set aside for flood control adjacent to a sinkhole in a lowlying area with no surface drainage. City Engineering director Jim Hagerman says Dunn’s gardening plans won’t pose a significant threat to the sinkhole, and that the lots will be restricted to prohibit any other use. “We didn’t initiate (the sale), but we don’t have any problems with it from a technical perspective,” Hagerman said. “Any risks to the sinkhole drainage are so small that we don’t see it as a problem. As long as it’s a limited amount of tilled space the risks to that sinkhole’s ability to drain are microscopic. Many other things in that sinkhole basin are more risky than that – yards,
trees, cars – anything in there has some microscopic, incremental risks. “If you took out all the houses and just put a bunch of trees in, maybe the debris from the trees would clog it. There has to be a balance between human use and the natural system,” he said. Malone, who dedicated most of her discretionary funds to flood control in this area during her decade on City Council, says Hagerman’s reasoning stuns her because sedimentation is the biggest threat to sinkholes. She called the property sale “As bad an idea as I have seen. “How is this surplus property?” Malone asks. “This is property fulfilling the purpose for which it was purchased. For 1,500 bucks they’re willing to risk destroying a sinkhole? Do the risk analysis. That’s the only way to drain that area, and if it fails it will flood more homes. “Unbelievable. We just bought a bunch of houses (in East Knoxville) because a sinkhole failed, and we haven’t learned our lesson? Just leave it alone. … It’s not a question of if; it’s a question of when.” Dunn lives near the lots, has a degree in agriculture and says he wouldn’t do anything to hurt the neighborhood where he has lived for more than 40 years. He says he went through the proper channels, and the $1,500 he bid was more than city officials expected – “So nobody can accuse me of getting a sweetheart deal.
Jamie Rowe stands with the city’s notification that land in Fountain City acquired for flood control was available for sale. “The garden will be good for the neighborhood and it will be good for the city to put this property back on the tax rolls,” he said. Rowe, whose property backs up to the lots Dunn wants to buy, says the tax take will be miniscule, and
is beside the point anyway. “When the city purchased those homes and lots, city engineering said there wasn’t any way to lessen the flooding there, so to consider selling this land back to citizens is not something I really understand.”
The Maynardville method Shall we laugh or cry? Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who advocates transparency for everyone but himself, met surreptitiously with “eight or nine” commissioners last week to dissuade them from support of a requested $219,000 to start equipping and hiring 58 armed school security guards. This is the same Tim Burchett who found an almost identical amount to “audit” school security. And it is the same commission that virtually threw money at Jim McIntyre last month. You read their quotes in The Other Paper: “a ploy to get more money,” said Mike Brown. “The mayor said they have a pot load of money,” said R. Larry Smith, apparently confusing “boatload” and “pot full.” We’re spending almost $2 million annually for school security. Let’s buy some locks and rely on the
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Sheriff’s Office and KPD to provide the security we need. That’s their job. Meanwhile, up in Maynardville, where money is harder to find, an innovative principal has hit upon a neat idea. Melanie Maples, principal at Horace Maynard Middle School, wrote a letter to her parents and staff, asking each family to donate $10 toward a goal of $7,000. That’s the quote from the Union County Sheriff’s Office for 16 cameras that link to the E-911 Center. In two weeks, Maples had raised $3,600 and is well on her way to getting the secu-
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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • MARCH 18, 2013 • A-5 Mrs. Retha Hammonds operated the switchboard from the bedroom of their home and her husband, Sim, maintained the land lines. If you lived out in the country, you had to buy your own telephone pole. Otherwise, Sim just strung the line through trees or along fence rows. Actually, this worked well except when the wind blew, which caused some static on the line. All of Concord was on six- to eight-person “party lines,” as they were called. I can remember that our phone usually rang in the early morning, and although each person on the line had their separate ring, everyone picked up and joined in the conversation. My mother knew each of our neighbors by their voice, and sometimes there would be several talking at the same time. The in-house equipment was a wood box affixed to the wall with an extended mouthpiece and a separate ear piece. It had a crank on
the side which had to be turned to reach Mrs. Hammonds, who then routed you through to the person you were calling. Several days ago, I was serving as a docent at the Farragut Folklife Museum and had the pleasure of conducting a tour for a Boy Scout troop. Of all the items featured in the museum, the one that drew the most attention was an old wooden box telephone. Many acted as if they had never seen such a piece of equipment and were anxious to take pictures of it with their smartphones. During the early ’80s and ’90s, we owned a service-type firm and probably had one of the first portable phones in our area. The equipment consisted of a briefcase with a crank not too different from our phone in Old Concord. You called the mobile operator who put you through to your party. It required a high antenna on the car and there were many “dead spots” where the service
was not available. There can be little doubt that the advancement in communications has had a positive impact on productivity. With the advent of space satellites and GPS systems, it would be hard for anyone born in the past 20 years to comprehend just how far we have progressed. But I still think there is something nostalgic about our old wooden telephone, and it seemed to serve the public well in an era when the pace of life was much slower. And while I can remember pots boiling over on the stove while someone was talking on the phone, I don’t recall that we ever walked into decorative fountains or put people’s life in peril by talking on the phone when driving. The noted German physicist Albert Einstein once said, “When technology replaces humanity, then we will become a nation of idiots.” I wonder how he would feel about that if he were alive today.
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went because he told us to go and that we’d have a free booth. We thought, ‘How is this going to benefit the school system?’” Well, that happened to be the year the school system’s coupon book’s main sponsor dropped out, leading to a new relationship with SunTrust Bank. The annual school coupon book sale (The Original Knox County School Coupon Book) is the PIE’s main fundraiser for the year. Another company at the expo also donated $1,500 to the school system, helping to purchase playground equipment for Fort Sanders Educational Development Center. Barney Thompson Memorial Scholarship applications are available from any high school guidance counselor or can be downloaded by visiting www.
knoxschools.org and clicking on the Partners in Education link. Applications must be turned in to a student’s guidance counselor by Wednesday, April 10. The awards ceremony will be held for the second of what is planned to be a yearly event May 9 at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors complex, in – where else – the Barney Thompson Education Room. “We just think it’s a fitting way to honor a guy who did so much,” Bacon says. “We’re thankful to the Association for providing funding and a Association member and Barney’s widow, LaRue, pick a winner as well.”
The evolution of the telephone MALCOLM’S CORNER | Malcolm Shell One of the most frequent questions I am asked is: “What is the biggest difference in your community today from the way it was 60 years ago?” From a technological standpoint, the telephone would have to be high on my list of answers. Today, smartphones do everything from take pictures to allow you to check email. They have a lot of other capabilities that I have yet to learn how to use. Moreover, these devices have created a vocabulary, such as “texting,” that Webster’s Dictionary has yet to include in its compilation of English words. It
By Jake Mabe Scott Bacon and Mary Kerr couldn’t have found a better name for a memorial scholarship than the one named in memory of Barney Thompson. Each year since Thompson’s death due to complications from pancreatic cancer in April 2007, Knox County Schools Partners in Education (PIE), which Bacon and Kerr oversee, through the primary sponsorship of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, awards a $500 scholarship named for Thompson to one graduating senior from each Knox County high school. Funds are also provided through donations from individual Realtors and monies
is hard to go to any public place without seeing people of all ages with their eyes fixed on their phone, completely unaware of the world around them. Some time back, a TV station ran a clip on a woman who was leaving an office building in New York with her eyes fixed on her phone and walked into a fountain in front of the building. And that reminded me of a personal experience several months ago when I was turning left from Smith Road onto Kingston Pike. It had been raining and the road was slick. A woman talking on her
raised from PIE’s annual Dine Out for Education event Thompson was a teacher and coach at South High School. He entered the real estate profession in 1980, continuing to teach aspiring Realtors. An education room at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors’ complex is named for Thompson. He was also the PIE advisory board’s (the program was initially known as Adopt-A-School) only treasurer until his death. “I was at Coca-Cola and was the Adopt-A-School president when we went to see the Association of Realtors,” Bacon says. “That’s when we started the association with Barney.
phone failed to notice the light had changed and that I was out in the middle of the road. She applied her brakes very hard and her car turned around once before jumping the curb at CVS Pharmacy and ended up in its entrance heading north towards Kingston Pike. But the most phenomenal thing was she still had the phone at her ear. In Old Concord, the advent of the wireless telephone was still decades in the future, but we did have a pioneering feature: teleconferencing. Our phone system was operated by the Hammond family, and it was a family operation.
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He jumped on board and asked if he could also be a part of the advisory board because he was passionate about kids. He was so good at keeping the Association involved and was a good treasurer.” Kerr jokes that “for the
longest time, members of the (PIE) board didn’t think there was a Barney. Because of his job, he often couldn’t make it to monthly board meetings. But he was very loyal about faxing over the treasurer reports every month. And he would come to our spring luncheon, and when we started having our kickoff luncheons in August, he would come to those.” Several Realtors have remained active PIE members due to Thompson’s influence. Kerr remembers a serendipitous meeting she and Bacon attended that paid big dividends for the school system. “They were having a Realtors Trade Expo at the Knoxville Expo Center. We
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A-6 • MARCH 18, 2013 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS multi-talented people as Archie Manning and Gary Beban. They are in the hall of fame. The NFL created the prostyle quarterback. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are perfect examples. They run only if their life is at risk. With the occasional sack counting off, Peyton’s career rushing totals at UT were minus 181 yards. Casey Clausen was minus 130. Tyler Bray finished at minus 207. Erik Ainge was minus 227. Let me say this gently: They were not runners. So, how much mobility does Butch Jones need? Prime payoff will still come from sound protection and accurate pocket passes. The ability to throw on the run adds an important dimension. Pulling it down and moving on is another. The read option is a weapon. From the shotgun, running attacks are hampered without the threat of a mobile quarterback. So, how much is enough? Keeping us and defenses guessing is Jones’ goal.
In need of a mobile quarterback Butch Jones is a confident coach. He is convinced his way will work. He says his system is infallible if players buy in. I say the market is open. Step right up. Butch would have us believe he is flexible and adaptive to available talent. You won’t hear another word about those who departed early for the NFL. Well, you may hear congratulations if they are drafted high. Coach Jones’ focus is clearly forward. He will not dwell on what is missing or how chaotic was Sal’s sad defense. Spring practice is not half over but I already know Butch has a positive, passionate personality. He thinks the Vols can and will make the necessary adjustments and have an improved look come September. Jones needs a quarterback who can protect the football and throw it to the correct color shirt. History says a mobile quarterback adds to offensive efficiency. We’re not talking about a
sprinter who takes the snap and goes flying toward the corner. Tennessee can get by without a Tim Tebow comparable who runs over people if there are no openings. All Butch needs is a smart guy who can read defenses and convert third and three if eight of the bad guys drop into coverage. I suppose it would help if the QB was a threat to do something other than throw deep on second and seven. Junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman have the immediate opportunity to demonstrate the necessary skills. In August they
A rush of jonquils Arise my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2: 10b-12 NRSV) The things one learns when chasing trivia! I have been watching jonquils for several days now. Their sunny yellow, trumpet-shaped heads have been announcing spring all this past week, and I smile when I see them. But this year I am also remembering: remembering a spring when I lived deep in the country (a mile from my own mailbox). One spring day, on a walk with Hasso, the German shepherd, I discovered an anomaly in the woods: an open space with jonquils surrounding the remains of an old foundation.
I stood long, looking at what was left of someone’s home. I drank in the beauty and peacefulness of the place, and wondered about the person (a woman, I presumed) who had knelt in the dirt and placed bulbs there to make her yard a living wonder.
will be compared to newcomers Joshua Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and Charlie High. Since there is a system change, experience may not be decisive. Worley is 6-4 and 213. Nimble and fleet? Not exactly. Jones and associates recruited Peterman as a fit for their Cincinnati power spread – if that is what they run. Dobbs has credentials. Ferguson is a warrior. High brings awesome stats. All five are intelligent. Mobile quarterbacks are the in-thing. Even the pros have caught the fever and are taking the gamble. Alas, the odds of injury do go up with open-field exposure. See RGIII. Tennessee has a great dualthreat quarterback just down the hall from Jones’ office. Condredge Holloway could throw or go. After him were Jimmy Streater and Heath Shuler and Tee Martin. Before the Artful Dodger, college football had such famous
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The house was gone, the woman was gone, but her f lowers remained. I remember every spring: that ghost of a house, those happy, fragile flowers, and the woman I never knew. Every time I see jonquils growing in some odd place, some forlorn bit of ground far from any house or garden, I think of her, and wonder if the beauty she planted (and no doubt loved and enjoyed) continues to flower – to beautify a small, hidden corner of the world. I hope they are still there, standing testament to her industry and careful love. Even if a young woman and her dog were the only ones who ever saw. Because I love words at least as much as jonquils, I looked up the derivation of their name, and discovered it is from the French word jonquille, which means rush. (Aha! I thought. That’s what they get for being in such an all-fired hurry to bloom in the
spring! But I was wrong!) They are named for rushes (think: bulrushes) because they have hollow stems. (There are worse rationales for naming a flower, I’m sure, but I can’t think what it might be!) By that time, I was off on another tangent: what might be the collective noun for a whole bunch of jonquils? I was disappointed to learn (at least according to my fabulous and useful book of collective nouns) that there is none. At which point, I decided I would create one: a rush of jonquils! There! My very own collective noun! Rush, because of the derivation of their name, but also because of their tendency to hurry spring! So, the next time you see a “rush” of jonquils, let it remind you that spring is almost here, and these yellow heraldic trumpets are announcing its coming for all they are worth.
News from SOS A state House committee March 6 created a new nine-member board with the authority to override charter school decisions made by a local school board. An earlier version of the bill, which applied only to Nashville and Memphis, called for the state Board of Education to appoint a single state “authorizer.” The recent bill designates a board, with the governor and the speakers of the state House and Senate each appointing three members. The law will apply statewide. The new board will consider a charter school only after a local school board has reviewed it. Impetus for the bill arose last year when the Metro Nashville school board defied a state Board of Education directive to approve a charter in West Nashville run by Great Hearts Academies, a Phoenix-based charter school system. The current bill is promoted by Nashville mayor Carl Dean. SOS opposes this bill. It amounts to an unfunded mandate since the nine-member board could require a local system to accept a charter school they might have reason to oppose. The school system, however, would be required to fund the school from its current budget if their decision were overruled. As well, we are concerned about challenges facing a school administration made to work with a charter school it had not approved. Also, let your legislators know your opposition to electing school superintendents. Knox County Commission tabled a resolution but the effort is apparently still alive at the state level. We urge you to join SOS in opposing it by contact your state senators and representatives.
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NewsTalk boosts KARM The fourth annual NewsTalk 98.7 Radiothon on March 6 to benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries successfully raised $30,000 for those who receive shelter, food and other services at KARM. Former KARM clients joined Hallerin Hilton Hill from 6-10 a.m. and Phil Williams 3-7 p.m. They contrasted compelling stories of previous life experiences on the streets with their lives today. Volunteers answered calls from the phone bank established in the Cumulus Broadcasting studios. KARM serves nearly 1,000 meals daily and
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Singing with silver of bonding among members during travel, performances and break-downs of the bus variety. “We were on our way back from Nashville one year when the bus broke down,” he said. “We had to spend the night at a rest stop. We had such a great time together and formed a very tight bond.” Bundon has retired from Beaver Dam, but the Silvertones continue under the direction of Angie Cook. Vicki Van De Griff accompanies the group on piano. It has grown to more than 50 members and become a sought-after singing sensation. “We are preparing now
WORSHIP NOTES Revivals ■ Faithway Baptist Church, 4402 Crippen Road, will host a Spring Revival, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24,
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baseball game at least once each season for a number of years. “This group is so fun to work with,” said Cook. “Last fall was my first time to work with them and I am enjoying it so much.” Practice brings the
Silvertones together every other Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s choir room. But the emphasis is on fun and fellowship. Those with a heart for any of these purposes are invited to join. Info: 925-9323.
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■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, Knoxville, offers Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, through March 29. Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, through March 29. Info: 523-5687 or www.
■ Center of Praise Ministry, 8502 Sunrise Road, Corryton, holds worship services 6 p.m. Sundays. Now accepting members for praise and worship team as well as musicians. Info: David Osborne, 405-6468.
Special services ■ North Knoxville SeventhDay Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road, will host a free, one night only
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By Cindy Taylor More than 20 years ago Mike Bundon formed the Silvertones choir at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. The group of senior singers started with around 30 members and was one of the first of its kind in the Southern Baptist Convention. The name lends itself to visions of white-haired seniors, but Bundon said folks of all ages who love to sing have always been welcome. “People often think they aren’t old enough to join, and by the time they think they are old enough, they decide they’re too old,” said Bundon. Bundon recalled years
A-8 • MARCH 18, 2013 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS
Spring rolls into Panther Country With every March in Powell comes baseball fever. And as the temperature goes up so does the importance of what’s going on out on the diamond by Beaver Creek.
The baseball Panthers got things started out on a high note with a 3-1 victory in the Crossroads on March 12 over rival Halls before heading to the McMinn County Tournament last weekend. But that’s just a snippet of what’s going to be a season that will extend all the way into the summeresque heat of May. The team is, as always, expecting success despite having a younger squad with only two seniors on the team. “We are a very young team that should see several underclassmen playing very key roles for us this year,” said head coach Jay Scarbro. The Red Devils saw that last week as junior pitcher Hagen
Owenby gave up just four hits in seven innings. In fact, pitching could give the Panthers a winning edge throughout the season. “Hagen Owenby, Zach Roberts, Dalton Long and Dean Kidd all saw key innings for us last year. I expect these guys to have an even greater impact for us this year,” said Scarbro. “We also have several young guys who didn’t pitch for the varsity last year who should help our pitching staff this year.” With the pitching/hitting combination the Panthers will have this year, it’s hard for Panther fans not to be optimistic when it comes to contending with Hardin Valley, Oak Ridge, and Halls for the top of the district. “We will be competitive in our district,” said Scarbro. “We have had a lot of success the past couple years within our district and I feel that we can do the same this year. We have good pitching and a solid defense that can keep us in games.” The coach believes that this year’s district will be one in which anyone can beat someone else on “any given night.” Scarbro is in his first year as head coach after having
been an assistant under Jeff Inman for a few seasons. “I greatly appreciate all of the community support I have received … I am very excited,” said Scarbro. But he doesn’t believe that he will be implementing anything too foreign or that his coaching style will be anything that will be too drastic for the team, community or fans to handle. “Our preparation has changed because we have three new assistant coaches who are doing a great job preparing our guys,” said Scarbro. “We have set out to prepare our players by position and we have done a very good job of that so far this year … I am very eager to get started,” he said. The community and especially the players are eager, too. Last year’s team dominated district play throughout the season but puzzlingly crumbled in the district tournament. Scarbro believes his team’s hunger is alive more now than ever. “We had great potential last year and I feel that we have the same potential this year if we are willing to come together as a team,” he said.
Teacher honored Kathy Hanna, a kindergarten teacher at Powell Elementary School, was nominated by student Kellie Whiteley to be B97.5 teacher of the month, and she was selected for February. Pictured are Kellie and her teacher. B97.5 brought lots of goodies for the teacher and her students, too. Photo submitted
Corisa Gross enjoys rocking and reading a book while dressed as a bunny. Photos by Ruth White
Nyalee Seiver enjoys reading “The Cat in the Hat” and portrays the perfect Cindy Lou Who from “The Grinch who Stole Christmas.”
Celebrating Dr. Seuss Students at Brickey-McCloud Elementary enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday last week with a read-a-thon in the lobby. Students were able to sit together and read during specific times of the day. Emmy O’Hara and Sophie Tharpe enjoy reading books with their principal, Robbie Norman (dress as The Cat in the Hat).
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A dream job for Wanda Lacy By Sara Barrett Since she was a child, Farragut High School teacher and math department chair Wanda Lacy has had a passion for math. “I love it. I love how things connect,” Lacy said. Because of that love, she changed her course of study in college from engineering to teaching. “I don’t think you ever graduate from high school thinking you want to teach. But somewhere along the line, I just knew that I had to teach. I changed my major to math education.” The University of Tennessee graduate says she does not see her work as a job. “I come to school every day, I do not come to work. I love my kids. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Lacy has been named Knox County Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year for 2013. This is the second time in her career that she has received the honor. Having begun teaching at Farragut High School in 1983, Lacy took an extended leave of absence to begin work on a Ph.D. in education. But her love of teaching pulled her back to the school. She still values the experience and research she gained during her leave, and she credits it for much of her current teaching method. Lacy starts each lesson with a Power Point presentation before she breaks the class into small groups. She said it has taken a number of years to get a good working order to the idea, but says, “I think I’ve finally arrived with groups.” Lacy steps back from the spotlight during group work to become more of a facilitator. Each group contains students from opposite ends of the learning spectrum, similar to running a business. One student is designated group leader and everything is presented to the class from the
Farragut High School juniors Maddie Strnad, Lam Tran and Akshay Soni review a recent test with math department chair and teacher Wanda Lacy, who is the Knox County Schools 2013 High School Teacher of the Year. Photo by S. Barrett
team as a unit. “We have great students at Farragut.” Lacy said she enjoys the diversity of the students and how well they get along with one another. She also teaches in the school’s math academy, where students who have a genuine interest in math-related careers are paired up with mentors in those career fields from the community. “Everybody has a passion about something.” Since she started teaching calculus in 2007, 97 percent of Lacy’s students have earned at least one semester of college credit by taking the course during high school. “That’s the goal in my class. Can we get you college credit?” Without getting to know her students personally though, Lacy
said it would be impossible to help them learn. If they are struggling with other classes, they can come to her as a whole to reschedule a test for a chapter. She has an opendoor policy and wants each student to feel comfortable coming to her with an issue. After they graduate college, many students return to visit Lacy. After catching up, she always asks each one what she could do differently to improve upon her teaching method. And she always takes their advice seriously. In addition to her work with her students, Lacy is a lead teacher at Farragut High, and she conducts evaluations for other teachers in the department. She considers herself a proponent of the teaching evaluation program. She thinks it allows teachers to find room for improvement on their methods, and although she says she may have initially been a bit hesitant to
buy into the idea, she now thinks it’s made her a better teacher. “It’s easy to say something doesn’t work. But you’ve got to try it first. You have to be open to change. “These students don’t want to see (their teacher) as someone who will make them come in and sit down and be quiet. They want to see you as someone who wants them to be successful. “When they walk back in from college, I want them to say ‘Thank you Ms. Lacy, I am successful.’ Because that’s what we all want, is to be successful.” When she’s not teaching or doing something related to it, Lacy spends time with her husband, Ray, and their two daughters and four grandchildren. She has already found a fan of math in her 9-year-old grandson, whom she tutors in geometry.
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A big heart This week we mourn the passing of a special soul.
Carol’s Critter Corner She wasn’t very big, but she helped more people in her brief life than most of us do in our long ones. She brought joy to everyone who knew her. Her name was Daisy, and she was a Shih-Tzu/Chihuahua mix. A week ago Thursday in that split second before her harness was fastened for a walk, she darted out the door and was hit by a car. She didn’t survive.
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The folks at Shannondale Healthcare Center are particularly sad. Daisy was “their” girl. She showed up every Wednesday for the past three years to spread her special kind of therapy. Daisy was a HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee ) dog. HABIT dogs receive no special training, but they do undergo evaluation. HABIT program administrator Karen Armsey says she looks for a certain temperament. “You can teach a dog how to walk on a leash and how to obey commands, but HABIT dogs have to enjoy people, and you can’t teach that. Daisy had the right temperament from the getgo. She just melted everyone’s heart.” Daisy’s owner, Mali Glazer, who is understandably heartbroken these days, remembers their first visit to HABIT in 2010, when the little dog was not yet a year
Ray and Elsie Lett are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary during the month of March. They are pictured at the Corryton Super Senior Luncheon on March 12. Photo ■ Central High School Class
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of 1963 is planning its 50th reunion and is missing contact information for some classmates. Any member of the Class of 1963 who hasn’t been contacted by the reunion committee is asked to send contact info to: ajrader@ bellsouth.net; or mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37918.
old. The evaluation team took Daisy into a closed room where they proceeded to expose her to all manner of nursing home apparatuses: wheelchairs, walkers, lift chairs. They tried to scare her by dropping lunch trays and making other sudden noises. Nothing fazed her. After 45 unperturbed minutes, the team brought the animal back to her owner with the warning, “You’re lucky to get your dog back, lady, because we all want to adopt her.” Paulette Beaulieu, Shannondale’s director of activities, says, “Daisy was very important to us. She was so sweet and the residents just loved her – she was a joy.” Beaulieu recalls that residents who were unresponsive in everyday life would light up at the sight of Daisy. Glazer remembers that on her first day, “she walked into that place and just took over.” The little canine therapist loved cuddling. She seemed to know who needed her most at any given time. She provided comfort and joy not only to the residents of Shannondale but also to their families. One staffer remarked that she was “the best HABIT dog we’ve ever had.” Glazer puts it in a nutshell: “She was a tiny dog with the heart of many dogs.” So, here’s to a sweet soul that came in a very small package. And blessings upon all HABIT dogs. Info: ht tp://w w w.vet.utk.edu/ habit/index.php. Send your interesting animal stories to news@ShopperNewsNow.com
Music and art and baseball, ‘Oh my!’ By Cindy Taylor Jason Earley has been accepted to Belmont University and received a scholarship there to major in songwriting. Approximately 30 people per year are accepted into that program. Multi-talented doesn’t even begin to describe the Union County High School 2013 salutatorian. Earley drew national attention with his music more than three years ago. His art has garnered multiple awards and his athletic abilities have helped keep the Patriots at the top of their game in baseball for four years. Jason Earley holds some of his favorite pieces of art including a His bio reads like a Who’s hand carved stamp. Photo by Cindy Taylor Who in America, not just Union County. And yet Earley remains shy when formed by Earley who plays hurting families. Needless it comes to singing his own guitar. to say, he is busy. praises. A highlight of his life was “I have to make time to “My favorite thing I do performing with the Chris- do all the things I love,” said is song-writing,” said Ear- tian group Third Day in Earley. “My personal time is ley. “My stepdad thought 2012. when I am at home. That’s it would be cool for me to Earley recently starred when I write my music.” write my own song so he in an online commercial for He is an award-winning helped me do that when I Lifeway Christian Stores. author and his work in was 7 years old.” He has received notifica- graphite reflects talent far This spurred an early tion that his song “I’m Not beyond his years. Baseball love for music and art and Stupid” is a semi- finalist season has begun, and Earstarted Earley on his chosen in the teen category of the ley will pitch and play first career path. He has artwork International Songwriting base for the Patriots. on display at the Union Competition. Through the past few County Arts Center, but his He will perform his song years of accumulated fame love of music and song writ- “Even When We Cry” in Earley is quick to give all ing trumps all else as his Newtown, Conn., this June. credit for his abilities to favorite pastime. His focus The song is a tribute to the God. is in performing arts and he lives lost in the Sandy Hook “My passion is to glorify has two professionally pro- School shooting. Earley said Jesus through the music I duced CDs currently on the he felt led to write the song write, sing and perform,” market. All songs on both in the hope that it would said Earley. “It’s all for CDs are written and per- bring peace and comfort to Him.”
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NEWS FROM CONSTRUCTION PLUS
Clients praise Construction Plus ‘Reasonable, fair and honest’ By Sandra Clark Dennis Koontz, owner of Consolidated Insurance Services, says he would trust Sandy Loy with any project. “He holds himself very accountable, both in his character and professionally. We’re very good friends. I would trust Sandy Loy with anything I have. Sandy Loy If someone wants a quality project, I would highly recommend Sandy and Construction Plus.”
Koontz partnered with Sandy on the Koontz Loy Taylor (KLT) Ofﬁce Complex in West Knoxville in November 1998. He also worked with Construction Plus when he moved into the Brookville Building No. 1 near Northshore Towers. “Sandy has probably more credentials than any other commercial contractor in this town,” says Koontz. “He has degrees (architect and engineering), 30 years experience, and was the ﬁrst Certiﬁed Construction Manager in the area. “He is meticulous and is very hands-on on every project that he does. Customers are cared for properly and get their money’s worth. His goal is to give you a quality product within budget and on time.” Koontz cited the recently completed $2 million project for Cherokee Health Systems in Morristown. “He built it in 60 days. That’s just astounding. They worked 24/7 and ﬁnished on time and on budget.”
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Dr. Jerry Fussell is now retired and a consulting engineer for JBF & Associates on Pellissippi Parkway. During his career, Dr. Fussell performed engineering work Jerry Fussell on safety and reliability for complex engineering systems worldwide, including nuclear power plants. He says he was “not entirely happy” when he built Phase I of
his ofﬁce complex. So he hired Sandy Loy and Construction Plus Inc. for Phase II, a project twice the size of Phase I. Six years later, he went back to Sandy for Phase III. Now JBF & Associates has contracted for $1 million worth of renovations, and Sandy is doing that as well. “If I were going to describe his organization, I would say he has a value-driven company where things like reliability, quality, customer service and respect would be the values that drive him,” Fussell says. “In dealing with Sandy, he has been reasonable, fair, honest and always gives more than anyone has a right to expect. He and I, in all these years, have stayed friends.” Sandy was not satisﬁed with the doors at one point and went around and hand-rubbed every door himself, Fussell recalls. Sandy expects detail work. “If I ever noticed an issue, he would already have taken care of it by the time I noticed it.”
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25th anniversary Construction Plus Inc. is celebrating its 25th year in 2013. In January we interviewed office manager Glenda Tipton, who has worked with owner Sandy Loy for 15 of those years. This month we’ve talked with several clients about their experiences.
Panther Sark Office Building built for Dr. Jerry Fussell in 1991 and 1998. Construction Plus Inc. is now restoring the building back to “as-built” quality with new infrastructure technology for energy management and security. “Sandy does value engineering and gets the cost down without sacriﬁcing quality or function,” says Fussell. “He’s very diplomatic. He never complained and just did his job. “I believe he surrounds himself with quality people who do good work. If it doesn’t meet his standards, he’ll redo it.”
Systems, says his company ﬁrst worked with Sandy Loy on a project in Englewood. “We liked his approach. He was a good ﬁt, and we’ve kept him.” Construction Plus Inc. is currently working for Cherokee to renovate a building for a new clinic on 5th Avenue in Knoxville. The company built a Crisis Stabilization Unit in Morristown and is getting ready to add a second ﬂoor there. “I like the approach of the Jeff Howard, chief ﬁnan- construction manager in which cial ofﬁcer for Cherokee Health he’s basically working for us. The
chemistry is really good. He understands how we think about the project, and I know he’s going to be looking out for our good. “We have very high expectations of the people we work with. The relationship we have, it’s like he’s part of our company. We just feel like it’s that kind of relationship,” said Howard. “We trust him. There are multiple instances in which he has found savings. We respect that in a contractor. Building up the cost is not a motivator with Sandy.”
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NEWS FROM COMFORT CARE
Comfort Care offers in-home care services In 2010, Baby Boomers began to reach the age of 65, and in the next few decades the number of elderly citizens in Tennessee will skyrocket. As they age, many who aren’t ready to leave their home for an institutional setting or to live with relatives can remain in their home with the help of an inhome caregiver. A new company called Comfort Care has been launched in Knoxville that provides quality and compassionate care for elderly family members and loved ones who prefer to remain in the comfort of
their own home, despite circumstances that make it difﬁcult for them to do so. Services include comprehensive, around-the-clock companion care for anyone, of any age, who needs it. Care advisor Jeannie Bates says, “Comfort Care has a unique understanding of the issues today’s families face, struggling to ﬁnd time for even the most basic activities amidst ever-busier lives. “Finding experienced, compassionate and affordable caregivers can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Keeping individuals engaged in life mentally, emotion-
ally, physically and socially can make a difference in their well-being. At Comfort Care, we call this philosophy Total Care. “It gives our clients a healthier and more meaningful quality of life. We customize a care plan that focuses on improving the health and well-being of those entrusted to our care. Our clients count on us for outstanding care and just about anything else they need, anytime, anywhere, so they and their loved ones can get the most out of life.” Comfort Care case manager Melanie Everett understands the need for competent and compassionate caregivers. She says: “Comfort Caregivers are professional and well-trained. “What truly puts them above other in-home caregivers, however, is their natural gift for caring for others. They have a heart for in-home service, and Comfort Care has a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify
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News from Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
By Cindy Taylor Guest speaker Eric Benson brought energy and excitement to the Powell BPA in March. Benson had the attendees on their feet in a “Chicago” dance move to shake off their negative energy. “Let’s all stand up and go like this,” said Benson with knees bent and hands shaking toward the floor. “I am power-sending the message on how to revolutionize your workforce.” Within 10 minutes Benson had most in the room convinced that they could strengthen relationships among employees and produce better results for their business. Benson asked pointed, often humorous questions and gave absolute answers for moving an organization forward in a positive way. “In order for individuals to bring their ‘A’ game I ﬁrmly believe that we need to calm them down,” he said. “A happy person is able to access more of their best and bring it to the table. The ﬁrst thing to do is move people from a stressed state to a happy state.” Benson is a professional speaker, facilitator and writer who imparts wisdom on “becoming one happy being.” Info: 6701944.
Cherokee Health Systems purchased the Hardy Clinic in Five Points last year and will offer health services five days a week. Rick Carnes was awarded a Rural/Metro subscription for his dedication to growing the PBPA. Photo by Cindy Taylor
Healing a community By Alvin Nance
Clinton Highway Wrecker Service owner Rick Carnes made a personal commitment to bring at least one guest to each PBPA meeting the remainder of the year. Carnes’ idea was chosen as the best for growing the association. He was awarded a home subscription to Rural/Metro by the PBPA. “We have a good group of people and that is vital to the success of any association,” said Carnes. “Where else can you be involved with this many beautiful, professional people and sit down to a good lunch?” The PBPA is looking for sponsors for Teen Driver
Awareness week at Powell High School to be held April 29 to May 3. Info: Sage Kohler, 938-2800. Knox County Board of Education member Kim Sepesi spoke brief ly about school security and the possibility of having an armed guard in each school by fall. HRComp account manager Fred Braden gave a brief presentation on how his company differs from traditional workers’ comp carriers by offering HR services and payroll processing. PBPA meets at noon each second Tuesday at Jubilee Banquet Facility. Lunch is $14.
A change is coming for Five Points, and the neighborhood, with help from organizations that serve its residents, is working together to Nance make that change happen. As the redevelopment agency for Knox County, KCDC has facilitated public meetings to discuss the need for revitalization, and I have been gratiﬁed to see excellent organizations stepping up and taking action towards revitalizing this neighborhood. One of these partners is Cherokee Health Systems.
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MONDAYS THROUGH MARCH 25 “Job Help Mondays,” 1-3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Work one-on-one with a reference librarian and receive help with job applications, online forms and setting up email addresses. No reservations needed; first come, first served.
THROUGH MARCH 28 “Reflection” exhibit, Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Also on exhibit, works by students from Powell area schools. Info: email@example.com; 357-ARTS (2787); www.fountaincityartctr.com.
TO SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Call to artisans of all types of fine art for Union County Art in the Park. Bring works to sell to the public and demonstrate their art. Booth registration is $15 until May 1; $25 after. The event will be at Union County Arts Center and on Main Street and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For vendor form/ info: UC Chamber of Commerce, 992-2811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Spaghetti supper and silent auction, 6 p.m., Christ UMC, hosted by the United Methodist Men; $6 per person. Featured guests: Crossroads, 4GIVEN, Phil&Fred and Gibbs High students performing songs from “Godspell.” Snack and Fact open house, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cancer Resource Center, North Knoxville Medical Center/ Cancer Center, 7551 Dannaher Way. Learn how to join the Cancer Resource Center volunteer staff. Info: 5841669.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 “Where the Yellowstone Goes” film screening, presented by Trout Headwaters Inc., 7-9 p.m., Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at 900 Volunteer Landing. Advance tickets $10. Info: www.projecthealingwaters. org. AARP Driver Safety Class, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Info/ registration: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. Knoxville Writers Guild Open Mic Night, 6 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Open house, 4-7 p.m., hosted by East Tennessee Technology Access Center, 116 Childress St., to celebrate 25th anniversary. Official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Open house is free, but RSVP appreciated: 2190130. Info: www.ettac.org. Alzheimer’s support group meeting, 6-7 p.m., Elmcroft of Halls. A time for families to get together, talk, and share stories and ideas. Todd Green in concert, 7 p.m. in the International Lyceum, Walters State Community College Morristown campus. Presented by Walters State and the Rose Center. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to support the work of Rose Center.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Leather Dogwood Pin/Earrings/Pendant class, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; instructor: Diane P. Corey; Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Info: email@example.com; 357-ARTS (2787); www. fountaincityartctr.com. National Ag Day celebration, 9-11 a.m., Union Farmers Co-op; hosted by Union County Soil Conservation. Pick up a quick breakfast and program information. To RSVP: 992-8031, firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6279.
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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 22-23 Easter play “The Day He Wore My Crown,” 7 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 8244 Old Maynardville Pike.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Regional Medication Collection event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tennova North Medical Center, 7565 Dannaher Lane. Info: www.medicationcollection.org. Norris Lake Clean-up, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., multiple launch sites on Norris Lake. Info: Union County Chamber of Commerce, 992-2811, or Anderson County Tourism, 4574547. Right Here! Plants That Thrive in East Tennessee, 2 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Presented by the Blount County Master Gardeners. Fountain City Easter egg hunt at Fountain City Park, sponsored by Angela Floyd Schools and Virginia College, 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to the public. Hunts: ages 4-7, 9:30 a.m.; ages 1-3, 10:15; ages 8-12, 11. Bring your own basket. Easter egg hunt hosted by Hines Creek Baptist Church at noon. Everyone invited. Participants should bring an empty basket. Info: 9927729. World Storytelling Day, 2-4 p.m., hosted by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers at American Legion Hall #202, 1222 East Parkway, Gatlinburg. Proceeds benefit SMSA programs in schools and communities. Info: Jan, 429-1783, email@example.com; www. smokymountaintellers.org. Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4014 Garden Drive. Includes games, crafts, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Egg hunt, Shannondale Baptist Church, 5108 Villa Road, at noon. Activities include face painting and games. Info: 254-0521. Egg hunt, 1 p.m., Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, 9132 E. Emory Road in Corryton. Everyone welcome. Open house, 1-5 p.m. at The Courtyards Senior Living, 801 E. Inskip Drive, celebrating the grand opening of the new assisted living community. Info: 688-2666, www.courtyardseniorliving.com. “Lucky Kidney” 6K Run/2K Walk at Krutch Park Extension. Presented by Dialysis Clinic Inc. to benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Onsite registration begins at 7 a.m.; event begins 9 a.m.
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Temple high school students On March 5, a group of students from the senior class at Temple High School, led by Dr. Clarence Sexton, Temple Baptist Church pastor, along with his wife, Evelyn and principal David Whitaker along with his wife Jennifer, departed on a nine-day tour of Great Britain. The group landed in Edinburgh, Scotland where on the first two days they visited Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Stirling Castle. The group then travelled through the area known as the Lake District with a stop in the town of Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth and writer Beatrix Potter. Students spent one full day in Wales, where they toured Conwy Castle. The group proceeded to an area known as the Cotswolds, where they stayed in the Lygon Arms Hotel, where both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell stayed
tour Great Britain On the London Eye (left to right) Alex Hwang, Brittany James, Madison Sexton, Isabella Helget, John Whitney, Sam Pettit (back row), Steven Jones, and Brad Nicely (back right corner)
during the English Civil War in the mid– 1600s. The group visited Oxford University, Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford – upon – Avon, Warwick Castle, Windsor Castle
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Homecoming at TBA Isabella Helget was crowned the 2013 Temple High School Homecoming Queen on Feb. 15. The homecoming court was comprised of representatives from each class. Allison Cate and Abby Ryan represented the freshman class, Brooke James and Ciin Boi represented the sophomore class, and Abigail Houston and Autumn Bonifacius represented the junior class. The senior class homecoming candidates were Yasameen Akoobi, Isabella Helget, Meghan Vowell and Brittany James. Isabella Helget with sister Isamaria
Temple boys basketball (left to right) Steven Jones, Justin Sullivan, Assistant Coach Mike St. John, Head Coach Larry Nicely, Brad Nicely, and Alex Hwang On Feb. 23, the Temple fourth– place finish. The team Baptist Academy varsity boys finished with an overall rebasketball team defeated cord of 28-8. Mount Pisgah Christian Academy 60-47 to claim the title Alex Hwang cutting East Region Champions. The down the net team advanced to the semifinals of the TAACS state tournament, where they claimed a
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