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A great community newspaper

VOL. 52 NO. 12

March 25, 2013

Fun with Phil & Fred



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Powell residents Fred Russell, former Powell Elementary principal, and Phil Campbell, former “Hee Haw” star and son of entertainer Archie Campbell, share some good ol’ gospel music with members of the group 4Given at Christ United Methodist Church last week. The group had the crowd tapping their toes and clapping their hands. Photos by Ruth White See more photos on page A-7

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Miracle Maker

There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.”

See Wendy Smith’s story on A-9

Mary Costa shines

Mary Costa still gets nervous before a performance, believe it or not. She says she’s given maybe 10 “perfect” performances in her career, although you know the number is more than 10 times that. And she can still light up a room like the star she is, in the best and truest sense of what that means.

Warming hearts for Easter By Cindy Taylor

See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-3


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@, 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,

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The Duncan strategy After listing the savings he’s achieved during three years as trustee, Duncan alluded to the scandal that’s plagued his tenure. “Some people want to focus on a program that I didn’t manage well and that caused embarrassment to me and my family.” Duncan said delinquent tax collections were 43 percent higher last year than the year before he took ofFlanked by his mom, his wife fice. With collections this high, the and his dad’s chief of staff (Bob delinquent tax attorney would have Griffitts), Duncan enjoyed a polite been paid $600,000 under the proand even pleasant reception at the gram used by previous trustees. Halls Republican Club – his first Instead, Duncan brought the job speaking engagement since two key in-house for about $100,000. Now, staffers resigned after guilty pleas with Chad Tindell gone, Duncan in Criminal Court. has outsourced it to the county’s law

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The crown prince of the Duncan Dynasty gave a glimpse of his reelection strategy last week. Knox County Trustee John Duncan believes he, like a football coach, should be judged by his body of work.



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More than 100 seniors and shut-ins had a brighter day March 22 when an unexpected gift arrived at their door. The combined efforts of volunteers and employees at the three Knoxville Tennova locations made the gifts possible. Sister Thomasetta Mogan began distributing Easter baskets to seniors and shut-ins more than 15 years ago at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Employees and volunteers continue the tradition by collecting and delivering personal and fun items to include in Easter bags and baskets. Gail Williams, chaplain and mission leader at Tennova North, is all smiles as she and others handle the final prep for the project. “It warms my heart that we are



John Duncan with wife Jennifer at Halls Republican Club Photo by S. Clark department where “we’re getting nine attorneys for (the cost of) one.” Duncan said he will take bids on state-mandated advertising, currently about $100,000 a year to the News Sentinel. He’s reduced travel expenses, resulting in a $5,400 pay cut to some staff. He’s opening sat-

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able to bless the community in this way,” said Williams. “Our staff and volunteers are happy when we make others happy. That’s what Easter should be about.” Williams assists in the packing and distribution of the gifts and says she has volunteers who absolutely love taking the gifts into the community. “I love that my office is the collection area for the baskets,” she said. “It brings a smile to my face every time I look at them.” Tennova works with agencies such as Samaritan Place and the Office on Aging to place the baskets. Williams says she hopes the ministry will continue to grow as word gets out and more people become involved.

ellite offices only during tax season, saving another $100,000 annually. Duncan said the county’s investments have “improved by 19 percent” on his watch. His office now has 34 full-time employees, down from 59 at one time. “We’ve returned $13 million to the general fund to date, and I hope to add another $6 million at the end of this fiscal year,” he said. If Duncan can avoid indictment (a judgment call by Attorney General Randy Nichols to present to the grand jury), he may coast to reelection. The Duncan strategy: run for the most bloated office in town. Cut expenses. Increase collections. Hire grown-ups (at least the second time around). And trust the team, led by Mama Lynn. After all, you’ll never get beat if no one runs against you.


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POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS • MARCH 25, 2013 • A-3 The proof lies in the students’ eyes, smiles and sweet tears at Gibbs High last week. Only a star, a real one, a true one, can do that. “Once Upon a Dream,” indeed.

Once Upon a Dream Mary Costa visits Gibbs High

Mary Costa, renowned opera singer, actor, and the voice of Princess Aurora from Disney’s 1959 “Sleeping Beauty,” spoke with students in a surprise visit to Dean Harned’s film studies class at Gibbs High last week. Photos by Ruth White

She still gets nervous before a performance, believe it or not.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS She says she’s given maybe 10 “perfect” performances in her career, although you know the number is more than 10 times that. And she can still light up a room like the star she is, in the best and truest sense of what that means. Mary Costa, Knox bornand-bred (the family homeplace was on Emory Road and she first attended the now-closed McCampbell School), opera star, Princess Aurora from Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty,” came to Gibbs High School last week. Anyone touched by her spirit will never forget it. She came, as a surprise, to speak to Dean Harned’s film studies class. Junior Seth Hall wrote to Costa when he found out she was from Tennessee. Turns out, Costa knew Harned’s late grandmother, Helen. Seth had only asked for an autograph. You should have seen the look on students’ faces when Costa walked into the room. Each smiled. Seth Hall Some cried. I’m not kidding. “I never expected a call or anything like this,” Seth says. Costa had even been following the Gibbs boys bas-

Mary Costa greets Gibbs High teacher Dean Harned. A close-up of the base of the Disney Legends Award, presented to Mary Costa in 1999 by Michael Eisner and Roy Disney.

sue it with perfection. Oh, and by the way, if all you know of Mary Costa is “Sleeping Beauty,” take another look. She has performed in “Manon Lescaut” and “La Traviata” and at least 42 other and told her not to catch a operas in San Francisco, in cold), rubbing shoulders with London, at The Met, elsenames like Sinatra and Stew- where. Bing Crosby introart (yep, Frank and Jimmy), duced her as “the opera singer being asked by Jackie Kenne- from Knoxville, Tenn.” on an dy to sing at JFK’s memorial in Los Angeles. But encouraging the kids was the prevailing part of the program. “When you decide on a lifetime passion, it has to be something that makes you so happy that when you By Sandra Clark wake up in the morning Spring means it’s time you’re ready to go.” for the annual meeting And, you gotta have the of the Broadacres Homethree Ds – dedication, deowners Association, set termination and “work it up for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April with” discipline. 2, at Powell Presbyterian “Anything for me that Church, Emory Road is worthwhile to achieve is across from the Berkshire hard. But that’s the fun part Blvd. entrance to Powell’s for me.” largest subdivision. Off she went after President Ed Smith Harned’s class ended, with said dues of $50 are paymembers of the school choable to P.O. Box 1101, rus, to meet their teacher. Powell TN 37849. Anyone She asked them about their needing information can favorite pieces of music and, call him at 947-0129 or again, encouraged them to

ketball team’s state tournament run. She postponed her visit five days because of it. “I thought to myself, ‘Gosh, this school must be something. They excel in so many things.’ I’m just very proud to be here.” “This is a great day for Gibbs High School,” Harned said. You should have seen student MaKayla Mounger. To say “Sleeping Beauty” is her favorite is like saying Dale Earnhardt knew how to drive. Purses, dolls, T-shirts, blankets, she’s got it all. “I’m trying to contain myself,” MaKayla said. Costa says speaking to young people is “Once Upon a Dream” (the song from “Sleeping Beauty”) come true. “I have something in my heart for young people,” Costa said. “They don’t know how really gifted they are.” She told them about getting the part of Princess Aurora, meeting Walt Disney (he called her “Happy Bird” find their passion and pur-

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Jim Tumblin reports that retired Realtor Robert “Sonny” Mullins Jr. will review his book, “Growing up Country,” for the Open Door Book Review on Thursday, March 28, at the Fountain City Branch Library. “Mullins’ book describes a way of life that was once taken for granted but is now fast disappearing,” Tumblin says. “He tells what it was like growing up in Hancock County where he planted tobacco, hunted squirrels and attended a oneroom school house.” Coffee and conversation begin at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30. Free admission. Visit Jake at

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government Don’t expect new tax in Rogero budget Mayor Rogero will present her second city budget message to Knoxville at the traditional Mayor’s Luncheon on Friday, April 26, at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. This will be the 26th budget message presented in this fashion having started in 1988. Mayors over a single 4-year term have five speeches which are guaranteed an audience of attentive listeners. One is the Inaugural Address and the other four are the city budget messages, or the State of the City address which it really is. The attention paid to other speeches often depends on whether a crisis exists. Mayors sometimes give three or four talks (as opposed to speeches) in a single day. Knoxville’s city charter requires the budget be presented to City Council by May 1. It does not say when, where or how the budget will be presented. Prior to 1988, the city mayor simply met with council and handed copies of it to the nine members. The stories generated from such an informal procedure usually highlighted a council member’s pointed question on an issue of interest to him/her. Seldom did the mayor have the chance to outline a vision or broad intentions for the coming year without competing critics. After I became mayor on Jan. 1, 1988, I decided to break with past practices and hosted the first mayoral budget address at a luncheon in the community room of the Candy Factory at the World’s Fair Park. Council members each hosted a table and the first audience was roughly 200 people. It was then a novelty and not the tradition it has become. Sue Clancy and Roseanne Wolf, who led the special events office, masterminded the event. It was there that I urged an increase in the local sales tax by a referendum of city voters to pay for services which had been neglected or dropped for many years such as paving of city streets and regular hiring of police and firefighters. Ultimately, on Sept. 15, 1988, the voters approved a 3/4 cent increase in the local sales tax by 62 percent. Such an increase had been rejected on five separate occasions over the prior 25 years.

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There was no negative fallout from a tax increase enacted by popular vote. This year the mayor will not propose a tax increase and five council members are seeking a second term this November. The audience has grown from 200 to over 750 last year. It has become an event to attend. Some criticism has been leveled for the cost of $25,000 for it. Personally, I think it is a cost worth spending in terms of being a true community event where the elected leader of the city can outline how the taxes we all pay will be spent subject to council approval. ■ Helen Heatherly, longtime Republican precinct worker, died this past week. She was a Norwood resident, 84, and stuffed more envelopes and mailers for my various campaigns over the year than I can remember. She served on the Norwood GOP precinct committee over 30 years. ■ Claude Ramsey, former Hamilton County mayor and state representative, now deputy to Governor Haslam, has been calling local government officials asking their views on Tennessee signing onto the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Financially it would assist Knox County. A decision is expected in weeks by the governor. ■ Commissioner Ed Shouse is sponsoring a resolution before Knox County Commission urging the legislature not to enact the Steve Hall legislation to sell Lakeshore Mental Health Institute property but to transfer it to the current Lakeshore Park owned by the city. Shouse is a regular park user and advocate for it. ■ Knox County GOP legislators will meet soon to recommend three persons to serve on the Knox Election Commission. Rep. Gloria Johnson has not announced who she will recommend to replace Dennis Francis who is retiring from the commission.


Council undoes Dunn deal Former City Council member Carlene Malone rarely attends council meetings anymore, but she made an exception last week when she showed up to opMalone pose state Rep. Bill Dunn’s bid to buy two lots in a Harrill Heights flood zone that the city had acquired for flood control 40 years ago. The Rogero administration had approved selling the lots as surplus property and Dunn’s sealed bid of $1,500 was the only one received. Dunn, who lives in the neighborhood, proposed to use the lots as a community garden, had a petition signed by neighbors and brought in a neighbor who said she was looking forward to seeing vegetables grow.

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City engineers said that tilling the soil posed very little risk to – and might even improve – the environment surrounding the large sinkhole that is the area’s only means of drainage. Public works director Christi Branscom extolled the economic benefits of putting property back on the tax rolls and attracting people to the neighborhood. The reaction was vintage Malone: “There are some who think that government should be run like a business. There is no business in the world that would ever increase a flood risk for a one-time payment of 1,500 bucks and 10 bucks a year (in tax revenue).” Council voted 6-3 to reject the sale, which was also

opposed by Jamie Rowe, whose property adjoins these lots. She said selling the property back to a private owner could pose a risk to the sinkhole, which is the area’s only means of drainage. Several council members were puzzled about the definition of community garden, since the deed would have identified Dunn as the sole owner. It also carried a drainage easement and a restriction against building. Dunn drove in from Nashville for the meeting and planned to return to the Legislative Plaza early the next morning. He has a degree in agriculture and said he understands the nature of sinkholes. “The key word here is incentive. I have an incentive not to lose any topsoil,” he said. Malone and Rowe were represented by Jon Roach, who was law director when the city bought 21 houses there and cleared the land

for flood control. He said the issue of the sale turns on three questions: “Is the property truly surplus? Is this an appropriate use? What’s the property owner’s liability?” Roach said the city code defines surplus property as “property no longer needed or suited for its purpose,” and answered the first two questions in the negative. He said the area has been identified in the city’s Land Use Policy as a critical sinkhole basin, so there is potential liability if sedimentation from tilled soil chokes the sinkhole. Mark Campen, Brenda Palmer and Daniel Brown voted to approve. Marshall Stair, George Wallace, Nick Della Volpe, Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve and Finbarr Saunders voted no. There was no mention of a bill sponsored by Dunn and Sen. Becky Massey making it legal to sell produce grown in community gardens. It became law March 11.

The smartest kid in the class The wheels seem to be rolling off the wagon for Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. There was a time, through last year, in fact, when the school board was in lock-step on budget matters. Sure, you might get some pushback from Cindy Buttry or a few snarky questions from Mike McMillan, but even Buttry called last year’s financial proposal “the budget I’ve been waiting for.” And McIntyre’s proposal for $37 million in new money passed the board 8-1. I supported that budget. It clearly listed how the funds would be spent and tied expenditures to measurable outcomes. McIntyre and his backers believed the budget could pass despite Mayor Tim Burchett’s opposition. In retrospect, that was a serious miscalculation. The Chamber of Commerce was foursquare behind McIntyre. Many of the innovations had been piloted with positive results. County commissioners seemed intrigued by the prospects and committed to the shared vision of creating one of the best school systems in the Southeast. You know what happened. Burchett taped some Robo-calls and a couple of suspect “polls” were handed out. Suddenly, nary a commissioner would step up to make a motion for the school board’s budget.

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It didn’t just die; it was never birthed. So now we’re in another budget season and this time even the school board is taking pot shots at McIntyre. Indya Kincannon doesn’t see a reason to double the district’s security budget (from $2 million to $4 million), calling it “a big investment to allay fears that doesn’t buy us more safety and security.” Somebody else asked why a proposed $3 million increase for technology is in the district’s capital budget rather than operations. Because that’s the only way we’ve got a snowball’s chance of getting it, is the answer no one gave. Doug Harris, who replaced Buttry on the board, challenged McIntyre’s plan to make Vine Middle a “STEAM” magnet along with a “community school.” “What does this do to help the 300 students who live there and currently attend Vine?” Harris asked – twice. Last year we compared Jim McIntyre and Tim Burchett to decide who’s the smartest kid in the class. This year we know the answer.

Maynardville method, Part II Why is Horace Maynardville Middle School principal Melanie Maples dipping ice cream? To raise money for school security. How did she get that Sheriff’s officer to help? “Husband,” said Chris Maples with a grin. Photo by S. Clark

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Sex Week at UT had to be privately funded after legislators complained about some of the content. Without a hint of irony, Rep. Ryan Haynes suggested “the inmates are running the aslyum over there.” ■ We thought UT’s had Sex Week forever. It’s called Spring Break. ■ “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares,” sang Travis Tritt. Little did he know that could be Knox County’s new theme song. Finance director Chris Caldwell told County Commission thatthe agreement with Blount County (when Knox invested $5 million for a business park there), was that Knox County would receive 25 percent of land sales and a portion of the property taxes. ■ So Blount County swiped the new ProNova plant right away from Knox County by offering land in the new park for $1. “Guess we’ll be getting our quarter soon,” Caldwell said. Commissioners were not amused.

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Judging and golfing: Put the ball down and whack

LAW DOGS | Betty Bean The hardest thing a judge ever has to do is sentence a human being to die. Even though the lifeor-death decision is up to the jury, it is the judge’s responsibility to look the defendant in the eye and deliver the verdict. Mary Beth Leibowitz has been the Division 3 Criminal Court judge in Knox County since February 1989, when Gov. Ned McWherter swore her in to fi ll the term vacated by George Balitsaris, who retired for health reasons. She is the first woman to serve as a Criminal Court judge in Knox County and the seventh woman to serve as a trial judge in Tennessee. When she retires in 2014, she will be the first Criminal Court judge to do so voluntarily. (Most departures are caused by health, death or prosecution.) Leibowitz delivered her first death sentence in 1996. The defendant was 20-yearold Christa Gail Pike, who was convicted of being the ringleader in the particularly cold-blooded murder of fellow Job Corps participant, Colleen Slemmer, whom she suspected of trying to steal her boyfriend. Leibowitz said she prepared herself for the moment. “I said it to the mirror over and over again, and (in the courtroom) I had it written on a piece of paper that I put on the bench. I’d look over at the person and then look at the piece of paper. We had been warned by other judges in ‘baby judge school’ (the class that newly-elected trial judges take to learn the ropes): ‘Never do this without preparing yourself.’” Pike, who crushed Slemmer’s head with a chunk of asphalt and toted a piece of skull back to her dorm

room to show her friends, had enlisted two other Job Corps participants to help her lure Slemmer to a remote area south of Tyson Park and north of the UT agricultural campus, where they attacked her with box cutters before Pike administered the killing blow. Eighteen at the time of the murder, 20 when she was sentenced, Pike became the youngest woman on death row in the USA and has since been convicted of attempting to strangle another inmate with a shoelace and of attempting to escape. She will likely still be alive and well in the death house when Leibowitz leaves office. So how did the sentencing go? “It was very dramatic. Christa started screaming, ‘Mama, Mama!’ The mother started screaming; the girlfriend started screaming. It would have been pandemonium if I hadn’t already prepared my officers to hustle her into the dock and clear the room so I could talk to my jurors.” She confesses that she’d had a bit of advance warning because jurors must sign a petition when sentencing a defendant to either death or life without parole. “With any kind of difficult case, I close my office door and stay in here a few minutes, just to ready myself for what I have to do.” Leibowitz hasn’t officially announced her retirement, but concedes that everyone knows that she’s not going to run for re-election when her term is up in 17 months. Although she still has plenty of work ahead of her, she’s started the process of putting it all in perspective. She is the daughter of

Harold and Sylvia Leibowitz, who were married during World War II. Harold was an officer in the Army Air Corps, and was on a bombing run over Germany when his plane crashed. He was taken prisoner and spent a year in a POW camp. After the war, he became a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service stationed in Knoxville. Mary Beth’s sister, Peggy Headrick, lives here, and her nephew Joshua Headrick is a Knoxville lawyer. She and her husband, Michael Eisenstadt, a neurologist specializing in sleep disorders, became engaged the night before she was sworn in as a judge. Her stepson, Matthew, is a Knoxville attorney, and most importantly, she says, Matthew has given her a grandson, Charlie. “He’s 4-months-old and has already rolled over, so clearly he’s a going to be a genius.” She also has Reggie, a handsome German Shepherd rescued from a shelter, who is suffering from cancer. She worries. He’s hanging in. A Bearden High School graduate, Leibowitz got an anthropology degree at the College of William and Mary, a course of study that she says has served her well in her legal career. “People and their culture and the way they think fascinate me. I’m not any better than anybody who walks into my courtroom, and I treat them all like people.” She got her law degree at the University of Dayton in Ohio and returned to Knoxville to practice law – mostly criminal. She also got active in Democratic Party politics, particularly in Al


Mary Beth Leibowitz at her desk Photo by Betty Bean

storm of scandal surrounding her former colleague Richard Baumgartner, whose misconduct got him removed from the bench and may yet send him to prison, and is dealing with the increased workload generated by his ouster. She will not address the substance of the case against him, but spoke briefly of its consequences for the court. “Richard’s situation has been very, very hard on all of us and on me personally. If it weren’t for Judge (Jon Kerry) Blackwood, I’m not sure I’d be sitting here.” (Blackwood was appointed to hear Baumgartner’s case as well as appeals in the Christian-Newsom murder trial Baumgartner had presided over. His decisions were deeply unpopular in both cases.) Leibowitz says she’s hoping Reggie will be around to share some leisure time with her, and she is looking forward to cleaning her house, stepping up her work with charitable organizations like the Jewish Federations of North America and playing some golf.

Gore’s campaigns, and was a leader in a Tennessee to Israel tour. Gore put in a good word for her when McWherter started looking for a replacement – preferably a woman – for Balitsaris. Still, she was surprised when she got the call, and was surprised in a different way by the pushback from some prominent members of the Knoxville bar, who leveled a barrage of petty criticisms at her. But she persevered. “The day I was interviewed (for the judgeship), my father was having his second bypass. I told him I would cancel my interview and he said, ‘No, do what you have to do and I’ll do what I have to do,’ and I gave the interview of my life.” Years later, McWherter said that appointing her was one of the best things he ever did. She treasures the memory of that conversation. Once on the bench, Leibowitz made a point of being cordial and scrupulously fair to her critics. Today, she wins kudos for her demeanor, temperament and considered decisions. She has weathered the

“I’m a golfer now. I wasn’t when I started (this job), but I’ve found that it’s a wonderful thing to put a ball down, name it and whack it.” She will continue to be an active member of Heska Amuna Synagogue. Deeply religious, she wants to continue her study of the Torah and Talmud, where she has learned much of what is important and true. “Treating someone as I would want to be treated – or not treating someone the way I would not want to be treated. That’s from Rabbi Hillel, who lived at the same time as Jesus. That can carry you a long way. “I have always tried to treat people humanely because I know what inhumanity does to people. In 1985, I walked through the gates of Auschwitz and I’ve never forgotten a minute of it.”

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Track team saves money Tennessee football is jumping around in rehabilitation. We don’t know how long it will take the Vols to learn to win. Tennessee basketball generated some excitement but that was a tease. It just wasn’t good enough. Tennessee baseball is a maybe for some day in the distant future. An old Vol, trying to decide whether Volunteer athletics is a comedy or tragedy, spotted a silver lining to the disaster known as track and field. Considering that UT sports is a deficit operation, think how much was saved on the NCAA indoor championships. Only three athletes qualified for the trip to exotic Fayetteville, Ark. The school could have spent less if more administrators, coaches and support people had stayed home. Best I can tell, they didn’t accomplish much.

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OK, Tennessee’s one-man team produced progress. Freshman Jake Blankenship placed fourth in the pole vault. Last year, masculine Vols failed to scratch. Nothing. Zero. The women have had relatively recent success. This time the two who went drew a blank. Failing to score had happened before – if you go back 13 years. This is what Tennessee track has become – five total points for the combined forces. Thirty-nine teams finished ahead of the Orangemen. Everybody who did anything finished

What will people think? Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19: 47-48 NRSV) Public opinion is a funny thing. Nowadays we have pollsters and news anchors and pundits to let us know what “the people” are thinking. We hear from them daily the latest on who or what is “trending.” (Who could have imagined 10 years ago that “trend” would become a verb?) We know more and more details about the lives of people who are famous mostly for being famous, not for any particular service to humankind or for any leadership ability or for extraordinary courage. But in 1st century Palestine, the people were busy spreading their cloaks on the road to honor Jesus as he passed by. At the same time, the Pharisees were planning to kill him. So much for public opinion. I am reminded of President John

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Kennedy, who rode through Dallas with throngs of people lining the streets, waving and cheering. Somewhere in that crowd, there was a man (or several men, we may never know) who had other thoughts and plans. The president was young and handsome and soaking up the adoration of the crowds, when suddenly shots were fired, and the president was dead. Will Rogers said, “You can fool

ahead of the women. The Volunteers were much better in the Southeastern Conference. The men finished in a tie for eighth. They nipped Kentucky and placed well ahead of Ole Miss and South Carolina. Mississippi State and Vanderbilt chose not to play. Tennessee women earned eighth place all by themselves. The Vols didn’t win a single event but Blankenship was the secondbest vaulter. Chase Brannon, another vaulter, was fourth. There is a story behind this show of strength. Giving credit where credit is due, Russ Johnson is in his seventh year as the truly volunteer coach of the men’s pole vault. He does it for the love of the game. His people have won 10 SEC titles. Johnson was an academic allAmerican at UT. He was pretty good as an athlete. He stands second on Tennessee’s storied pole vault list with a best of 18 feet, 6.5 inches, trailing only collegiate record holder Lawrence Johnson. In real life, Russ works as a physical therapist and site coordinator

at Ortho Tennessee Therapy, part of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic. Now, for the rest of the story: Merging the men and women’s track teams under the direction of J.J. Clark sounded like an OK idea in 2010. He had two national championships and three SEC titles as the women’s coach from 2003-09. What has happened since is inexplicable. One of the most storied collegiate programs in America has fallen into irrelevance. Out of sight. Off the cliff. Fortunately, there are no complaints about inequality. Both teams are bad. The future? There might be one. Sometime. Three freshmen picked up SEC points. There is a possibility other young Vols will improve with age. J.J. delivered a summation statement: “We have to definitely do some evaluation on how we can be in better contention for outdoors. Overall, we have to continue to move to a higher level.” Coach didn’t say how. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time….” The Pharisees, however, were not able to fool all of the people. The people could see that Jesus was different: wise, deep, canny and spiritual in a way they had not seen before. He was connected to the Source. He was different. As we begin this Holy Week, let us consider the ways in which Jesus was different. Let us watch his life unfold. Let us walk with him, see the people, hear his words, watch his movements, feel his compassion, know his sense of dread, share his anguish. Allow your imagination to picture the crowds. Hear them shout. Watch them gather around Jesus. Imagine his eyes, his expressions, the sound of his voice. Look for the disciples; observe how they respond to this festival atmosphere. Such a journey of imagination will allow you to experience some of the feelings of the crowds, the disciples and Jesus himself. But always – forever and always – the question is the same: where

would you stand when Jesus came by? Would you be one who would cheer until things began to get testy? Would you stand with him at trial, walk with him toward Golgotha, stay with him until the end? One of his friends betrayed him, some of his friends denied him, all of his friends abandoned him, except the women, who counted for so little in that culture that they were nonentities. But they were the ones who stood with him, at the foot of the cross, along with John, the youngest of the Twelve. So in Jesus’ last hour, when he was sure that his heavenly Father had turned away from him, he was surrounded by mocking Roman soldiers, weeping faithful women, and a lad too young to do anything but remember, and remember long enough and well enough to write the story when he was himself an old man exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Remember the story this week. Walk with Jesus. Make the journey to the foot of the cross, at your church, in your home, in your heart.

News from SOS More Knox County schools are slated to become multipleuse community centers that support children, families and neighborhoods. As this integrative approach gains traction, a brief narrative of our history with the community school concept is useful. The vitality of today’s community schools initiative exists because of the intensive investment of Knox County Schools, the lifelong work of Dr. Bob Kronick, an earlier group called The Consortium for the Development of FullService Schools, the visionary investment of Randy Boyd, the leadership of Buzz Thomas and the Great Schools Partnership, United Way and many others who have shared the concept over the years. In Knox County, Dr. Kronick led the development of the concept in 1998 at several center city schools staffed with university student volunteers. In 2001, the regional volunteer organization, Our Community Schools (OCS), grew out of a Nine Counties, One Vision task force with participation from educators, social services and businesses. OCS aimed for pilot sites in three counties that would use schools for community services. This group raised $44,000 for Inskip Elementary from a state grant for afterschool childcare. OCS disbanded in 2006 and reassembled in 2008 to assist in the development of the Knox County Schools (KCS) Strategic Plan. KCS worked in partnership with Kronick’s UniversityAssisted Community School project to develop the Pond Gap Elementary Full-Service Community School with the support of a grant from local business owner Randy Boyd. The school board committed to three more start-ups for 2012-13 – Norwood, Lonsdale and Sarah Moore Greene elementary schools.

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Worship, works and words By Cindy Taylor The main sanctuary at Smithwood Baptist Church is just three years shy of its 100th birthday. While those 100 years encompass a great history, Smithwood pastor Mark Gaskins is looking to the future. “Smithwood is a wonderful church with a rich history and a bright future,” said Gaskins. “Our involvement in mission work extends from Knox County throughout the world and will continue to expand.” Plans to renovate older areas damaged by moisture were in place when Gaskins joined as pastor more than three months ago. Reconstruction began in January, and the church is hoping to be finished by Easter. But the congregation isn’t waiting on the finished facelift to move forward. The church has sent

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groups on mission to Montana, Kentucky and Romania. They reach out to the local community through events such as Fountain City Day in the Park, 5th Quarter – a youth outreach following football games – and Vacation Bible School. “VBS is always an op-

portunity to touch the lives of children and families,” said Gaskins. “We have held picnics on the grounds for the community and are looking for additional ways to minister as we move into the future.” Gaskins left a ministry of 33 years in North Carolina to move to Knoxville with his wife Jo Ann, a teacher by profession. The two were high school sweethearts and have adult twin sons and one granddaughter. “Jo Ann knew I would be going into the ministry and she married me anyway,” Mark laughs. The move to Knoxville was not expected. “In my prayer times I sensed that I needed to be open to the possibility of a move, but we really didn’t think it would happen,” he said. “When we entered

into conversation with the committee at Smithwood it soon became clear that God was leading us here.” Smithwood Baptist expresses its mission with three biblical phrases: Love God, love people, make disciples. “This is based on what Jesus said are the two greatest commandments. It’s impossible to improve on that,” said Gaskins. The new pastor is interested in discerning God’s vision for Smithwood rather than bringing his own vision to the church. “We are grateful God brought us here. As the body of Christ we continue to grow in unity toward maturity,” he said. “We will bear witness to the world about Jesus through our worship, our works and our words.” Smithwood Baptist Church is located at 4914 Jacksboro Pike. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:45 a.m. Info: 689-5448.

Church to host conference A Church Called Home will host a training course on child sexual abuse awareness from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 11, at Halls Cinema 7 Theater. Pastor Jason Creech hopes it will Jason Creech be the first of many such gatherings. All are invited, but reservations are required by calling 643-8900 or writing Ambler Brown at The cost is $10 for workbooks. The course allows for those employed in child care and related professions to earn Continuing Educations units, Creech said. Evidence-based statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and compiled by the national child

abuse prevention organization Darkness to Light indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of child sexual abuse before they turn 18. “Those statistics are unacceptable and we want to raise awareness among adults to end the scourge of child sexual abuse.” The congregation of A Church Called Home learned of the program from church lay leader Valerie Whitaker, a child care professional with the YMCA. “I was immediately overwhelmed by the stories of victims who are now adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and I knew our pastor and other church members needed to see this and do our part to help train more adults. “We want to reach our community and help to make it a safer place for our children,” said Whitaker.

WORSHIP NOTES Building, 6125 Lacy Road. Open to the public 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every second Saturday.

Food banks ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. Info: 922-9412.

Revivals ■ Faithway Baptist Church, 4402 Crippen Road, will continue its Spring Revival, 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, and will feature the Greater Knoxville Baptist Fellowship meeting with W. Boyd Bingham and the Clear Springs Choir.

■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

Special services ■ 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.

Youth services ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is accepting registrations for Preschool, Parents Day Out and T-N-T Summer programs. To register: 5312052 or email imacindo@ Info:

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Meetings and classes ■ Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon meets at noon each Tuesday at Golden Corral. Info: ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, hosts Wednesday Night Supper at

■ Salem Baptist Church, 8201 Hill Road, hosts Joy Ministries available for God’s Special Children. Special Needs classes available Sundays for: Bible Study beginning at 9 a.m.; Worship beginning at 10:15; and Evening Worship beginning at 6:30. Classes also on Wednesday nights beginning at 6:30. Info: 9223490.

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■ The Church At Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, offers New Beginnings, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Info: 281-8717.

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UT seeks children’s book entries The UT Rocky Top Institute needs short stories for its upcoming interactive electronic children’s book “Tales from Rocky Top.” Three winners will be chosen and their work published in the first edition. Each winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize. Stories will be accepted from current UT students and alumni and from Bearden High School students. Since this is the inau-

gural year of the contest, the institute worked with the Knox County school system to select Bearden High as the pilot high school, with a plan to expand the contest to all Knox County and surrounding high schools in coming years. Stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words and should convey the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective. The stories must be geared toward children

in preschool and primary grades, and they must be designed to be read aloud. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15. Entries should be submitted to rhtmast@ Winners will be notified by May 15. The book should be available for purchase in the fall. It will also be developed as an app. Info: visit http://rhtm. html .


Beaver Ridge UMC wins championship Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church’s junior high boys basketball team won the championship recently against First Baptist 41-35. Pictured are (front) Zach Knott, Bryson Baker, Josh Morton, Matthew Graham, Jaret Kahm; (back) coach Dave Kahm, Jonah Kahm, Chris Garrett, Cole Knott, Dylan Graham and coach Mike Graham. Photo submitted

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■ David B. Byrd has been named Managing Director for the Clarence Brown Theatre, a LORT Theatre in residence at the University David B. Byrd of Tennessee. Most recently, Byrd served as Director of Marketing at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn. Prior to his tenure at WCP, he was Director of Marketing for the American Dance Festival at Duke University in his native North Carolina. ■ The College of Law has received two honors this month. The National Law Journal has named UT’s College of Law as one of the nation’s top 50 schools, The college ranked 50th in the journal’s top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released this month ranked the college 32nd among America’s public universities and 61st among all public and private law programs.

SPORTS NOTES ■ CYF Warriors Tackle Youth football has openings for the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old teams for the 2013 season. Rosters are limited. All practices at CAK. Equipment will be distributed in April. Info: Jeff, 765-2119.

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Nominations sought for HHS Hall of Fame Nominations are being sought for the Halls High Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must be Halls High alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements, leadership and/or contributions in the following areas: the arts, business, public service and athletics at the local, state, national or international level. Nominees must have been out of school for 30 years. A maximum of three can-

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REUNION NOTES ■ Central High School Class 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@; or mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37918.

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Menhinick understands meaning of ‘try harder’ By Wendy Smith There are two amazing things about Knox County Elementary Teacher of the Year Kitty Menhinick. One is that she absolutely knew what she wanted to be – a special education teacher – at the age of 14. The other is that she was able to achieve her goal in spite of her own difficulties with school. “I was an information overload kid,” she says. “School was a mighty struggle.” She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., with teachers who told her she needed to “try harder.” When she got to high school, a guidance counselor asked about her goals. When Menhinick said she wanted to be a special ed teacher, she was told she wasn’t “college material.” The counselor suggested she pursue secretarial work. Bill, the high school sweetheart who eventually became her husband, encouraged her to apply for teaching programs in spite of her mediocre grades. She was thrilled to be accepted into a progressive special education teaching program at California State College (now University) of Pennsylvania in 1974. Her father gave her one semester to prove herself. She became her own advocate and took advantage of every tutorial session offered. Only 40 out of the 150 students who began the program completed it – including Menhinick, who graduated with honors. Her struggles, and her accomplishments, made her perfectly suited for her job. “If you’ve never struggled to really learn something, then, to me, it would be hard to understand the depth of challenges that children can face,” she says. “It was my cross to bear as a child and a gift.” She stumbled into her position at A. L. Lotts Elementary School almost by accident. She had taken 15 years off from teaching to stay home with her three children, and was tutoring an A. L. Lotts student. The child’s parents invited her to participate in a meeting at the school, and as she conversed with school staff, they recognized that she was a special ed teacher. They told her the school had a part-time position available and encouraged her to apply. She has now been at A. L. Lotts for 16 years. She gladly shares her background with her students. If a child struggles with reading, she tells them that she couldn’t read, either. Then she tells them to keep trying and not give up. “You have to be encouraging. But I’m also a bit of a taskmaster. Behavior is important to me. And you had better be working as hard as I am!”

A. L. Lotts Elementary School special educator Kitty Menhinick stands beside a bulletin board where students can show off good grades. “A lot of it is believing in yourself,” she tells them. “Figure out a way that makes sense.” Photo by Wendy Smith

Menhinick praises everyone who works with her at A. L. Lotts, especially those on her team. She can’t imagine being a regular classroom teacher with the task of getting a class full of students to the same academic place at the same time. She likes that different students spend time in her classroom for different things, and that she gets to work with some throughout their career at A. L. Lotts. Those longterm relationships are her favorite

thing about her job, she says. The fact that they come back to visit is another perk. She’s been teaching long enough to have received college graduation announcements from children who spent time in her classroom. When former students come to her door and ask if she remembers them, she always does. Menhinick was surprised and delighted to win elementary Teacher of the Year this year after being nominated by the staff at A. L. Lotts several times. She knew that she had won because she was allowed to bring two guests to the banquet

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and sit with superintendent Jim McIntyre. She invited her husband and her daughter, Rachel Riley, a brand-new 5th-grade teacher at A. L. Lotts. She had to work hard to fulfill her dream of being a teacher, and Menhinick continues to work hard. In addition to teaching with everincreasing rigor, she offers extra help to students before school and has frequent meetings with parents. But she loves what she does, and feels uniquely qualified to do it. “My job is to take the D-I-S out of disability, and then say, ‘Look at the possibilities.’”

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and Cardwell to look at another year of zero rate increases. Jim Vaughan asked if the district has a mission statement. “I’d be interested in understanding the scope of this business,” he said. The gathering of 33 included County Commissioner R. Larry Smith and a dozen people employed by HPUD. Crye asked management to get an appraisal for the lot at the corner of Cunningham Bonnie Holloway confronts Road and Maynardville Pike the HPUD commissioners. with an eye toward selling it. James Smith said the flat Photo by S. Clark rates were possible because and commissioners Bob Crye of savings from a bond refiand Todd Cook asked Smith nance.

CASA aids abused, neglected children By Anne Hart The volunteers of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of East Tennessee work to provide a safety net for children who have come under court jurisdiction through no fault of their own. The children are not criminals, but rather have landed under the pur- Ann Bowman view of the court because of their life situation. CASA volunteers are CASA executive director Ann Bowman and vol- sworn officers of the court unteer director Erin Fa- authorized to make home vier, told West Knox Rotary visits, meeting with famimembers that their volun- lies, neighbors and others teers work with children to do assessments of the assigned to them through child’s situation. “These kids aren’t juveJuvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin and juvenile court nile delinquents. They’re just magistrates. kids whose families aren’t

By Jake Mabe Thinking about stepping into social media for your business? Have you already started a business Facebook account and need to know what to do or where else to look? Are you a longtime social media user looking for an extra “oomph” for your business? Bob Wilson has some answers. Wilson, a Halls graduate and digital media manager for the Moxley Carmichael public relations firm, gave tips on using social media for a business to the Halls B&P at Beaver Brook last week. He says social media sites at their essence continue what human beings have been doing for generations. “It’s just conversations, only we’re doing it online, with a lot more people and faster.” Its biggest power is the quick ability to share information or links, Wilson says. Using a “hub and spoke” analogy, Wilson says the hub is a company’s website or a blog. The spokes are whatever a business attaches to social media

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Vein Treatment Makes Knox Mom Love her Legs Again Until recently, Ashlea Daniel hid her legs. “I was so selfconscious that I avoided skirts and shorts,” says the 31-year-old mother of two. “People would notice the blue spots and bulgDr. Akers ing veins on my legs. The veins looked like snakes running down my legs!” What started as spider veins when Daniel was a teenager became huge varicose veins after two pregnancies. And as a nurse practitioner, standing all day made it worse. The veins not only looked bad, they hurt. “They would swell, burn and itch,” remembers Dan-

iel. “It was very painful.” She turned to vascular surgeon Donald L. Akers, Jr., M.D., FACS, at the Premier Vein Clinics for help. Over several months, Dr. Akers treated Daniel’s legs with Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) and sclerotherapy. Both are non-invasive procedures that are performed in the Premier Vein Clinics office in less than an hour. EVLT uses laser energy to heat and close off larger veins without surgery. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into spider veins that make them shrink and collapse over time. Dr. Akers says even though these simple procedures do improve varicose and spider veins, they aren’t a “quick fix” that will make sixty-year old legs suddenly

can’t have the treatment and go back to sitting on your couch eating chips all day and expect not to have varicosity again.” Dr. Akers stresses that people must be active participants in the long-term care of their legs and overall health. That means exercising, adopting a healthy diet and keeping your weight down. Daniel agrees. Since her vein treatments she is walking regularly and maintaining a balanced weight and diet. And her legs look and feel great. “There is absolutely no burnBefore treatment at the Premier Vein Clinics, the veins in Ashlea’s ing, swelling, or itching now,” she reports. “I’m very pleased with legs were swollen and painful. the results and can’t wait to be in look eighteen again. shorts and skirts this summer!” “I tell patients ‘this will help For more information about vein your varicose veins, but it won’t treatment options, please call 588cure them,’” says Dr. Akers. “You 8229 or visit

Touring the Home Show By Sandra Clark The Real Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, drew a crowd to the Knoxville Convention Center, but several of the old favorites were missing and it seemed as many financial institutions as actual builders were on hand. Powell guy Chris Folden says he’s living the dream. Chris used to have a real job (9 to 5 with benefits), until he went full-time into homebuilding 15 years ago. And he no longer owns rental property. “Some things you just have to learn by doing,” he grinned. Pam Neuhart, owner of Closet Solutions in Franklin Square, had several innovative products on exhibit. And we noticed she’s got a new website as well. Check it out at My prize for baby with an attitude goes to little Kaylie Ritchey, 6 months, whose parents, Steve and Kassie Ritchey, own Re-Bath of Knoxville. It’s a family business for sure as Kaylie was hanging with her mom while her uncle led tours through the exhibit. Re-Bath is located off Sutherland Avenue. Steve Ritchey has been in construction for 11 years.

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Cissi Reagan, Bridget Mounger and Clint Porter of ORNL Federal Credit Union The coolest product (in more ways than one) was illustrated by Cassi Hawkins, who was lurking in the back while owner Adam Davis visited other vendors. The Nashville-based business is E-Z Hang Chairs – a blend of hammock and high style suitable for your front room or your front yard. Cissi Reagan, assistant vice president of ORNL Federal Credit Union, is back in Halls after a stint

Kassie Ritchey and Kaylie of Re-Bath of Knoxville in Oak Ridge. The credit union paid good money to be “presenter” of the event, winning my award for event with longest name. Along with Cissi were mortgage loan officers Clint

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were highly visible, primarily because Landon aggressively handed out flyers. A 6th-grade student at Jefferson Middle School, Landon says he wants to work in construction. He’s already got a knack for sales. Jimmy Wells is an installer for the company which offers new roofs and seamless gutters along with general home repairs. The red rocking chair of Home Federal Bank caught my eye. It was a prize from a drawing in the Home Federal booth, which was staffed by Susan Bradley, of the mortgage department at Home Federal’s Powell branch, and LeAnn Heidenreich, manager Cassie Hawkins of E-Z Hang of Home Federal’s Karns Chairs Photos by S. Clark branch.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Good Friday service, 7 p.m., Graveston Baptist Church, 8319 Clapps Chapel. Pastor Charlie Lynch will bring message; special music by GBC Choir. Info: 6860186 or Good Friday services, 7 p.m., Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4119 Central Ave. Pike. Everyone is invited. Friday Prayer Vigil, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Worship service with Communion, noon; Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness), 8 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Good Friday service with communion, 7:30 p.m., Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Road. Good Friday Celebration sponsored by Club Shabach, 8 p.m., World For Christ Church Inc., 4611 Central Ave. Pike. Urban gospel music, dancing, food and fun. Info: 255-1837. Good Friday services at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, 4365 Maynardville Highway. Spanish Way of the Cross, 5 p.m.; English service, 7 p.m. Info: 992-7222. Good Friday service, 7 p.m., Glenwood Baptist

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ay Lyons thinks downtown Knoxville is so friendly and livable that she once described it as “Mayberry with tall buildings, crepes and gelato.” Even so, she and her husband, Bill, took their time as they transitioned from suburbanites to city dwellers. They were happily installed in a roomy home with a killer pool in West Hills when both began spending more time downtown. Gay, who taught English and political science at Pellissippi State Community College for 31 years, began conducting interviews downtown for her doctoral dissertation in 2000. Bill, who is currently Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to the Mayor for the city of Knoxville, was put in charge of renovating Market Square in 2002 as the chairman of the KCDC board. Gay had always liked downtown, even during the 1980s, when few could imagine calling it home. She was especially fond of Kendrick Place, which preservationist Kristopher Kendrick renovated shortly before the 1982 World’s Fair. The townhomes, built in 1917, were originally called Masonic Court for the Masonic Temple next door on Locust Street.

Gay Lyons relaxes with her cat, Caesar, in their Kendrick Place home. Photos by Wendy Smith In 2007, the couple purchased a Kendrick Place townhome as a pied-à-terre – a second home – so they could be close to their work. Soon, they realized they weren’t spending many nights in their West Hills home. Gay enjoyed the pareddown lifestyle of living in a smaller space. They didn’t keep much furniture or clothing at the townhouse, and she found that she didn’t miss it. The Lyonses moved downtown full-time after purchasing a second Kendrick Place town-

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March 29-31 ............. Ohio Amish Country “Special” ..................................................................$ 189.00 April 4-7 .................... Azalea Trail/Historic Charleston/Carolina Opry ..........................................$ 339.00 April 12-14 ............... Washington, DC/Cherry Blossom/Mount Vernon ........................................$ 299.00 April 19-21 ................ Pennsylvania Dutch Country/Hershey/Gettysburg .....................................$ 229.00 April 24-28 ................ Branson, Mo/Eureka Springs, AR/Memphis ...............................................$ 629.00 May 2-5..................... New York City “Economy”/Penn. Dutch Country ........................................$ 449.00 May 25-June 8 .......... Southwest/Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam/Kings Canyon ...............................$1649.00 June 15-16................ Memphis/Graceland/Dinner Cruise ...........................................................$ 199.00 June 15-19................ Niagara Falls/Penn Dutch Country/Hershey/”NOAH” .................................$ 459.00 June 22-23................ Renfro Valley Barn Dance .........................................................................$ 139.00 June 22-July 7 .......... The Great Pacific Northwest .....................................................................$1879.00 July 5-7 ..................... Loretta Lynn’s Ranch/Memphis/Graceland ................................................$ 329.00 July 11-14 ................. Niagara Falls/Great Lakes/Henry Ford Museum ........................................$ 410.00 July 17-25 ................. North Central U.S.A. .................................................................................$1079.00 July 27-Aug 11 .......... Canadian Rockies/Columbia Ice Fields......................................................$2099.00 Aug 12-14 ................. “NOAH”/Pennsylvania Dutch Co/Hershey/Gettysburg ................................$ 299.00 Aug 15-21 ................. Eastern Canada/Niagara Falls/Ottawa/Quebec City ...................................$ 799.00 Aug 22-25 ................. New York City “Economy”/Penn Dutch Country .........................................$ 449.00 Aug 28-Sept 1 ........... Branson, MO/Eureka Springs, AR/Memphis ..............................................$ 529.00 Sept 3-5 .................... Pennsylvania Dutch Country/Hershey/Gettysburg .....................................$ 229.00 Sept 14-29 ................ Nova Scotia and New England Fall Foliage ...............................................$1349.00 Sept 26-29 ................ Penn Dutch Co/Hershey/Gettysburg/Wash, DC ..........................................$ 359.00 Oct 5-11 .................... 7-Day New England Fall Foliage ...............................................................$ 819.00 Oct 19-23 .................. Niagara Falls/Penn Dutch Co/Hershey/Washington, DC “NOAH” ................$ 479.00 Oct 26-Nov 6 ............. Southwest/Grand Canyon/California .........................................................$1099.00 Nov 8-10 ................... Washington, DC/Mount Vernon Off-Season ...............................................$ 239.00 Nov 16-19 ................. Niagara Falls “Festival of Lights”/Ohio Amish ...........................................$ 410.00 Nov 20-23 ................. New York/”Macy’s Christmas Parade”/Radio City Music Hall .....................$ 819.00 Nov 30-Dec 2 ............ Williamsburg Grand Christmas Illumination ..............................................$ 399.00 Dec 7-8 ..................... Nashville/Opry Mills Mall/Grand Ole Opry .................................................$ 189.00

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Spring fling must-haves Spring provides the perfect opportunity to host a party and show off all of the hard work you’ve put into your lawn and garden. Before your first guest arrives, make sure you have made all the preparations for your blooms to blossom, your garden to grow and your outdoor space to be pest free. There’s nothing like uninvited guests or a dull landscape to ruin a gathering of friends or family. Keep in mind these housekeeping tips for spring entertaining:

In fact, one of the best defenses from pests is a strong, actively growing and well-maintained plant.

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Given last year’s recordbreaking heat, and the corresponding uptick in insect activity, your garden may be faced with another pest invasion this season. Protect your growing garden from feeding and foraging pests by applying insecticides, such as GardenTech Sevin products, which breaks down in Create a beautiful floral cen- the environment. Depending on terpiece of freshly-picked flow- the produce, this insecticide can be applied throughout the growers from your landscape Include a range of colors, tex- ing season, right up until the day tures and smells. A landscape before harvest. Remove unsightly weeds maintenance plan that provides flowering plants with a proper Warmer weather also will unblend of nutrients will ward off doubtedly introduce the presdestructive pests and guarantee ence of ugly growth on decks and a centerpiece guests will enjoy. walkways, and in landscapes. A

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Prevent pesky party-crashers To prevent pest infestations while guests enjoy themselves, apply insect bait around the perimeter of planting beds and entertainment areas. The bait serves as a protective barrier, so insects don’t come inside those areas to cause mischief. Foraging insects take the granules back to their nests and share – eliminating colonies at their source.

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