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A veteran Knox County Schools educator says Copper Ridge Elementary School 1stgrade teacher Natasha Patchen is “the most creative and organized teacher I have ever seen.” But the description goes beyond organized in the sense of use of classroom space, and Patchen’s creativity is quickly apparent.

See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-9

Next year is now for UT hoops Good teams are gathering for the peak of this exciting basketball season. Tennessee, not being one of them, is pondering “next year.” Cuonzo Martin is on the clock. He must know NIT one and done is unacceptable. Too much is invested for a 20-13 return – big building, rich recruiting budget, $$$ checks to coaches.

See Marvin West’s story on A-6


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,, 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,


Keeping marble history alive While the Ross and Mead’s marble quarries have found new life as a recreation area, Ijams Nature Center executive director Paul James doesn’t want to lose their history. The cabins that housed the men who worked there are long gone, and their stories will be, too, if family members don’t share them, he says. Ijams is hosting a show-andtell session from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Read ShopperNews writer Wendy Smith’s interview with James online in this week’s Bearden edition.

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Recovery steady for Koby Hyde By Betty Bean Brian Hyde got the call around lunchtime on a cold, rainy Saturday. He’d planned on watching the Tennessee/Georgia basketball game with his 15-year-old son Koby, but Koby had texted him a little earlier saying he was going to play a pickup basketball game with some buddies and then spend the night with a friend, so Brian was on his own for the day. The deputy sheriff’s voice on the phone changed everything. “Is this Mr. Hyde? Your son’s been in a car wreck.” “Is he going to be all right?” “You need to come to the hospital.” The Hydes live in Powell, and Brian got across town to the University of Tennessee Medical Center as quickly as he could. Once there, he was directed to the Neuro-Intensive Care section of the Trauma Center, where Koby – a bright, funny Powell High School sophomore who is equally gifted in art and athletics – had arrived unconscious, but breathing. He’d been on his way to pick up some basketball shoes when the car he was riding in hydroplaned on West Copeland Road. His ribs and lungs were bruised by the seat belt, but that was the least of his problems. “When he got there, he hadn’t come to yet and they thought maybe he had had a concussion and would wake up in an hour or two. But that turned into three, four days. The brain scan was fine, but we didn’t know if he was going to wake up, or what state he was going to be in,” Brian said. He remained in a coma and on a ventilator. On March 5, his family finally started getting some answers in the form of an MRI that showed deep lesions in his brain. The next day, he began to wake up.

Koby Hyde is working hard at rehab in the Patricia Neal Center. He is flanked by his cousin Hunter Helton and his father, Brian Hyde. “By Friday, he was squeezing people’s hands,” Brian said. The nurses propped him up in bed, and he started tracking movement with his eyes. “That’s when I finally felt like we’ve got a shot,” Brian said. Koby’s mom, Jamie Helton, has a large extended family. His cousin, Alison Helton, is an accomplished user of social media and Koby’s portrait of LeBron James joins his UT game day jersey had been spreading the news, and and his Powell High School football jersey. Photos by Betty Bean the Powell community responded. A prayer service at Callahan up for Koby, who remains in the Road Baptist Church drew hun- support. The family appreciates both Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Cendreds of well-wishers, and a fundraiser in the Powell High School the prayers and the financial asMore on A-3 cafeteria drew strong community sistance that have been offered

Powell native joins Visit Knoxville Tammy Ivey has joined Visit Knoxville as a sales director, responsible for bringing new conventions and meetings to town. A Powelll native, Ivey has worked most reTammy Ivey cently in corpo-

rate sales for Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn. “I’m extremely excited about representing all the hotels in town,” she said. “This job is the highlight of my professional career.” At Visit Knoxville (the former Tourism and Sports Corporation), Ivey will sell Knoxville to meeting planners – for conven-

tions both large and small. She said a recent group was “wowed” by the amenities at the Knoxville Convention Center. She’s not worried about the new center in Pigeon Forge, saying it will complement Knoxville. “We can host very large groups or book parts of the center for smaller groups. The maximum convention size would depend

Duncan School of Law battles on By Sandra Clark Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law opened with great promise, but now it’s fighting for its life.

Analysis With enrollment underway for the Class of 2016, students and staff await a decision on accreditation by the American Bar Association, a decision that may not come until year’s end. Pessimists worry. Without accreditation, graduates who pass

the state bar exam can practice law only in Tennessee. Optimists don’t. The ABA’s accreditation committee was in town March 1720, touring the campus (the Historic City Hall on Henley Street Williams downtown), talking with students and meeting with members of the bar. The Tennessee Bar Association gave a boost, saluting the school for pro bono work in excess of 5,165

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hours by 84 students assisted by faculty. And the optimists are counting on the credibility of the interim dean, the legendary Parham Williams. With a degree from Yale School of Law, Willia ms has 35 years of experience having served as a professor and dean at Chapman University School of Law, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has chaired or served on many ABA site inspection teams.


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on the layout,” she said, but she targets groups up to 10,000 to 14,000. “I come to work every day loving what I do,” she said. “This is the best job I’ve ever had.” Along with Ivey, president Kim Bumpas has added two others to her staff. Brad Keaton has joined Visit Knoxville as creative director for the marketing department. Kimberly Womack has joined as an associate in the Knoxville Visitor Center.

LMU president B. James Dawson has said Williams “will play the crucial role of guiding (the school) through American Bar Association accreditation. We could not be in better hands.” Optimists include students like Scott Frith who, along with wife Stephanie, will graduate from the Duncan School of Law in May. “Planning to pass the bar and practice law,” says Scott. Optimists include Pete DeBusk, who started a multinational business from his garage on Cunningham Road. DeBusk chairs the LMU Board of Trustees. He pushed to launch the DeBusk School of Osteopathic More on A-3

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‘Growing Up Country’ Sonny Mullins will tell you that losing his brother, Jim, in 2009 is the worst thing he has ever gone through. The second worst thing was sitting through the trial of the couple who were ultimately convicted of killing his brother.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS Keep in mind that Sonny spent a tour of duty in Vietnam. Doesn’t matter. This was family. This was his brother, his best friend. They spent part of their mornings together “365 days a year,” Sonny says, scanning the headlines, telling stories, drinking coffee. “Jim was the family historian,” Sonny told the Open Door Book Review at the Fountain City Branch Library last week. “Not in the genealogical sense, but through the stories he passed down. Jim loved the old-time tales, country garden ideas and family stories. When I lost Jim, I felt

Sonny Mullins tells stories from his memoir, “Growing Up Country,” to the Open Door Book Review at the Fountain City Branch Library last week. Photo by Jake Mabe like I lost some of my heritage.” Unable to sleep in the weeks after Jim’s murder, Sonny had time to think. During moments of quiet contemplation, he decided to write a book. “Growing Up Country” tells some of Jim’s stories, as well as Sonny’s memories of his childhood in Hancock County, circa the 1950s and early 1960s. He never will forget the first time he and Jim first saw an indoor bathroom, at Sneedville Elementary School. “If you can fall in love with a bathroom, Jim and I did.”

Their toilet at home was a “two-hole” outhouse at the edge of a creek. “You had to check for copperhead snakes.” Sonny says that Jim decided the family had to have an indoor bathroom. He got the bright idea to push the outhouse into the creek. Their daddy had a temper, but Jim figured he’d do the deed right before jumping on the bus for school. Surely, by late afternoon, their daddy’s red-hot temper would be cooled. “Dad was waiting out front holding a belt in his hand. He was like (B-western movie star) Lash LaRue

Recovery steady ter, where he is undergoing six hours daily of physical, speech and occupational therapy. His tracheotomy has been capped and he’s able to speak, but nobody yet knows how complete his comeback will be. His Panther football jersey – number 89 – hangs on the wall at the foot of his bed, between a pen and ink portrait he drew of LeBron James and the orange and white jersey he wears to Tennessee football games. His UT game day shoes – white canvas boat shoes hand decorated in orange with checkerboard patterns and a portrait of Cordarrelle Patterson – sit on the shelf under the window next to a baseball signed by members of the UT baseball team and other memorabilia. Brian has pictures of Koby’s artwork on his cellphone, including impressive Peyton Manning and Eric Berry wall murals. Koby’s brother Tucker won the “Panther” award last year at Powell High School and

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is a freshman at Tennessee Tech. Koby has aspirations to become an artist, and is an admirer of the work of local illustrator Daniel Proctor. Brian says those dreams are still possible. “He’s all there – but sometimes it just doesn’t process quite as quickly,” he said. “He’ll really start taking off when that trach closes up.” Meanwhile, family members take shifts sitting with him, and he is never alone. His aunt Linda Hyde says community support has been

with that belt, and he was one-handed.” Jim fessed up to the deed, but told his dad he thought telling the truth was the right thing to do, like when George Washington admitted to chopping down the cherry tree. “Dad said, ‘Son, the difference is when George Washington chopped down that cherry tree, his grandmother wasn’t in it.’” Now retired from a career in real estate, Sonny sells his book at roughly 15 festivals each year. He likes meeting new people, especially those who have ties to the people and places in his book. He’s writing a second one, tentatively titled “Days Gone By,” but says he isn’t as motivated as he was after Jim’s death. But former “Heartland Series” host Bill Landry recently gave him some advice. “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” “I may be using some of Landry’s sage advice (in the book),” Sonny says. “I’ll leave that for you to decide.” “Growing Up Country” is available by sending $15 (hardback) or $10 (paperback) to Sonny Mullins, 10011 Rutledge Pike, Corryton, TN 37721.

Medicine at LMU and the Duncan School of Law. His aim: to serve underserved populations in Southern Appalachia. Optimists include the school’s founding dean, Sydney Beckman, whose vision of technology in the classroom has put Duncan School of Law way ahead of many other institutions. Pessimists see the ABA as a gatekeeper to limit those entering the legal profession. Low-cost, hightech legal education is anathema to the ABA, they say. Plus, law school enrollment is down across the country. And who needs more lawyers, anyway?

Knoxville High seeks hall of fame nominees Nominations are being sought for Knoxville High School’s hall of fame. Inductees will need to have been a part of the historic Knoxville High School between 1910 and 1951. Any former alum who has excelled at the local, state, national or international level is eligible. Those who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in art, academics, entertainment, religion, science, the military or any other area that would bring honor to the school would be ideal. Inductees will be recognized at a hall of fame banquet Oct. 18 at The Foundry. Nominations/info: 696-9585.

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The ABA has denied accreditation once. DeBusk and Beckman responded by suing. That lawsuit was settled and the ABA is now dealing with Parham Williams. Will that be enough? We’ll know by year’s end. Meanwhile, this optimist says, “come on down.” The school has a solid faculty, convenient hours (you can hold a fulltime job while attending) and a fair price. Duncan School of Law is a boost to downtown and to working adults who want to better themselves. Let’s make it work!

■ The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has won two Awards of Excellence from the 2013 Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM). One award recognized “Zen Buddhism and the Arts of Japan,” an exhibit featured at the museum late last year. The other recognized the film “Continents Collide: The Appalachians and the Himalayas,” created by producer Steve Dean to

accompany a temporary exhibit of the same name. More info: http:// ■ Two master’s degree programs in the College of Business Administration have earned prestigious international rankings. The Master of Science-Master of Business Administration dual-degree program in engineering and business administration and the master’s in human resource management are both top 40 programs in North America, according to Eduniversal’s Top 200 Best Master’s Programs Worldwide. The master’s in human resource management ranked 38th, while the MS-MBA offering ranked 40th.

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government Rogero endorses Pavlis Mayor Rogero will lead observances on April 9 at the Ross Building on Western Avenue celebrating National Community Service Day in Knoxville as it is celebrated across the USA. More than 400 cities across the country will participate in honoring the volunteer work of thousands of Americans since the National Corporation for Public Service was created in the mid-1990s at President Clinton’s initiative. I was privileged to serve on the first board by appointment of the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. ■ Barbara Monty will retire from Knox County’s Community Action Committee after 45 distinguished years and be honored Monty with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, also at the Ross Building on Western Avenue. Public is invited. ■ Ann Baker Furrow Boulevard will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. It is located in the new UT Sorority Village Center. Furrow was the first woman to serve on the UT Board of Trustees, appointed by Gov. Winfield Dunn in the early 1970s. UT will host a reception afterwards. ■ Mayor Rogero broke new ground for city mayors when she publicly endorsed the re-election of Nick Pavlis to city council. He Pavlis is the vice mayor by vote of council. She did it at a recent Pavlis fundraiser. Pavlis is currently unopposed, as are the other four council members whose terms expire in December. She told the attendees that she favored Pavlis’ re-election. (This writer also attended this reception and made a donation to the Pavlis campaign, as I favor his re-election too.) However, incumbent mayors usually do not openly endorse council candidates. There are several reasons for this. One reason is while Pavlis is appreciative of

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the mayoral nod, the other eight councilmembers must wonder if they too will receive a mayoral endorsement. If not, why not? What will be the standard Rogero will employ on whether to endorse Brown, Palmer, Della Volpe and Grieve who are also running this year? Rogero and Della Volpe have had several pointed email exchanges recently. Brown plans a fundraiser reception in a few weeks. The question here is not the endorsement of Pavlis, who is widely applauded, but whether the mayor should endorse a council candidate at all, and what it means beyond the single endorsement. Will she endorse the other four councilmembers running in two years when she too will be on the ballot? When she ran in 2011, she studiously avoided endorsing those candidates. Also, if the challenger should win over the mayor’s endorsement, it weakens the political clout of the mayor as occurred when Kyle Testerman tried but failed to defeat Jean Teague for city council 32 years ago. Rogero is enthused about Vice Mayor Pavlis as they work as closely together as I worked with then-Vice Mayor Jack Sharp. Perhaps she did not consider these issues and just wanted to do it. Rogero has a right to endorse whoever she wants. But is it wise when it comes to local offices? Does it set a precedent which may later come back to haunt her? There are other ways to support your preferred candidate short of a public endorsement. ■ President Obama renominated Marilyn Brown on March 21 to the TVA board of directors after she was blocked in January by Sens. Alexander and Corker. Her chances of being confirmed to a second term can be rated as slim to none. The board will continue with one vacancy. Even the Georgia senators where she lives in Atlanta are not pushing her nomination.


Nashville ‘know-it-alls’ strike again Richard Briggs, already up and running against state Sen. Stacey Campfield in 2014, has coined a phrase voters are going to hear a lot in that campaign – “knowit-alls in Nashville”– referring to legislators who claim to be advocates of small government while shoving burdensome laws down the throats of local governments. Now Briggs can add a new arrow to his quiver – a law requiring local school districts (called local education agencies or LEAs in Nashville) to allow homeschooled students to participate in school-sponsored interscholastic athletics. Prompted by complaints from a family in Williamson County, its sponsors are from Knox County. Campfield is the Senate sponsor, but it’s House sponsor Roger Kane whose rhetorical bombs are causing homefolks’ jaws to clench and teeth to grind. While presenting his bill in the House education subcommittee, Kane accused

Betty Bean the Knox County Board of Education of dealing with home-school students in “an arbitrary and capricious” manner after the TSSAA changed its bylaws in 2011 to permit home-schoolers to participate in athletics, but said LEAs could opt out. The Campfield/Kane bill makes it mandatory. The bill sailed through the Senate, but Kane got pushback from a couple of members who told him that they didn’t want the state meddling with their counties. He then took a broad swipe at LEAs, specifically accusing Knox County of causing home schoolers to miss TSSAA’s registration deadline. School board member Thomas Deakins initially opposed the rule change, but then worked with the TSSAA and the Tennes-

see School Board Association (of which he is a board member) to allow home schoolers to participate. He has questions about enforcing discipline and academic qualifications under the new law and says Kane misstated the situation. “Our board put a policy together that allowed (sports participation) as long as they met the same qualifications as other athletes and didn’t displace another athlete,” he said. Supporters of the Kane/ Campfield law are happy that LEAs will no longer be allowed to charge home schoolers additional fees, on the theory that their families already pay taxes. School board chair Karen Carson says they’re ignoring the fact that school funding is based on average daily attendance (ADA), and home schoolers aren’t counted. “What I am against is if you do not enroll in Knox County schools, we do not get funding. If a homeschooled student enrolls in sports, how is that fair?”

Since the policy change in 2011, five home-schooled students have signed up to participate in school athletics in Knox County. McMinn County Republican John Forgety, a former schools superintendent who holds a doctorate in education, said Kane’s bill is unnecessary meddling. “I have a great deal of heartburn with mandating anything for a local school board.” TSSAA general counsel Rick Colbert resisted pressure from Rep. Harry Brooks, who wanted him to agree that the new bill merely replaces “may” with “shall.” “This bill does more than just say follow the TSSAA rule,” he said… “If those kinds of things are put in statute, there will be no exceptions. … I believe it would be bad policy for the state to try to legislate it.” “Perhaps we ought to file a bill doing away with LEAs, the way we’re going,” said Clarksville Democrat Joe Pitts.

Haslam can’t win on Medicaid “Wow!” I thought last Wednesday. Within a 30-minute interval, I was yelled at by two very different people about the same issue. Both were upset that Gov. Bill Haslam had announced earlier that day his decision not to recommend Tennessee take federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

treatments, there will be an insatiable demand for health care. How to pay? By rationing. How to ration? By ability to pay. Haslam misstepped when he suggested using federal funds to buy insurance for poor people. All of you who think our friends the insurance com-

panies will save health care money (except by rationing), raise your hand. Funding health care is tough. Escalating costs have pressured businesses into higher and higher deductibles and put U.S. industries at competitive disadvantage with overseas firms. Perhaps that’s why the state’s organized business community through

the Chamber of Commerce united with liberals to urge Haslam to sign on to Obamacare. Unpaid emergency room bills from uninsured patients continue to drive up costs. Doctors are hurting. The smartest kids are not applying for medical school. Haslam was correct in calling our current system “unsustainable.”

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Whoever thought Haslam would sign on to Obamacare just doesn’t know our governor, who bravely made a nowin decision. One of my liberal friends said, “People will die!” before hanging up on me. A more conservative friend wondered how Haslam could turn his back on “all of those rural hospitals” which Mayor Tim Burchett fist bumps with county Commissioner Jeff Ownby during a reception may be forced to close. at the Goodwill Industries ribbon cutting. Photo by Cindy Taylor Were we not paying attention during the eight years of Don Sundquist’s administration when the expansion of TennCare threatened the state’s solvency? ■ Steve Griffin, security chief ■ Amy Broyles spoke harshly to of school security officers. Remember the squeeze fellow commissioners when “If KPD has 17 (officers in city for Knox County Schools, on traditional state prothey tried to sidestep an earlischools), and the Sheriff ’s announced Friday that he will er indication they would fund Office has 24 and you have 41 grams such as higher eduretire. He’s been suspended increased school security. “I’m now ... and you want to add cation and state parks? Repending the outcome of an really tired of this ‘our money, 58 that’s ... (140 officers for 88 member how close we came investigation. A wit online schools).” their money,’” she said. “It’s joked that it was approprito a state income tax? the taxpayers’ money.” ate that Griffin quit on Good As long as people get sick ■ Jim McIntyre responded: Friday because, “someone “Yes, it’s “a robust deploy■ Tony Norman challenged and die, as long as doctors had to die for our sins.” ment matrix.” Jim McIntyre on the number and scientists invent new

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A trip to the Low Country NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier

When you grow up within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains and you’re an outdoor person, I suppose it’s only natural to assume that “being outside” conjures up images of cool high elevations, rushing clear streams with clean gravelly bottoms, tall poplar and evergreen trees growing up from dense rhododendron thickets, and hiking trails that go either uphill or downhill most of the time. It turns out that there is other outdoors out there, some of them a lot different from the environs in our neck of the woods. In fact, there are places where “high” means one or two feet above sea level, where the rivers and streams have water the color of tea and the currents f low slowly back and forth, rising and falling twice a day. The groves of tall straight pine trees grow on land as f lat as a tabletop, a dense undergrowth of palmettos at their feet, between miles of grass-filled salt marsh. Other trees, the massive, gnarled old live oaks, stand on higher ground, embellished with ferns and Spanish moss. This is the strange land that you encounter all along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, from the beaches inland for 30 miles or so. It’s the Low Country. Armadillos and alligators,

snakes and mosquitoes, what more could an outdoor person want? Well now, the first day of spring was scheduled for March 20, and the meteorologist was calling for snow. Grandma and I decided we needed to be somewhere farther south, and hopefully some place with a lot of birds already there, not just to be expected in a month or so. We had already wanted to add some more birds to our Georgia list. And so, we decided. The middle of March, the state of Georgia, lots of birds, an easy day’s drive. We headed for the Low Country, and Jekyll Island seemed to be the right destination. The barrier islands along the coast of Georgia – Tybee, Ossabow, St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland and others – are different from the long, narrow ribbons of sand we’re used to visiting along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. On the coast of Georgia, because of the shape of the coastline and the work of the wind and tides, the barrier islands are plump, wider, higher affairs, with well-established maritime forests of live oak, pine and palmettos.

The Low Country is a land of water. The gentle two-foot tides of the Outer Banks are replaced here by big six- to eight-foot tides. The boat docks you see with many steps up and down to their landings attest to the significant twice-daily water level changes. Eight major rivers flow into the ocean in the 100 miles between Savannah and the Florida line, plus sounds, creeks and marshlands without number. The early colonials depended on the waterways for their transportation, at least as far inland as they could navigate. After the Native Americans, the Spanish and the British came and went, those hardy early colonials established homes in the Low Country, and built large rice plantations there in a land that I would have considered uninhabitable before the days of air conditioning and window screens. And I recalled that the folks in Boston and Philadelphia could only harvest the oak trees for sailing vessels from those islands in the winter because not even the toughest crew of timber cutters could tolerate

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the snakes, bugs, alligators and deadly fevers of the Low Country summers. But early spring is really nice. There’s not a lot going on, tourist wise. About the only people around are the locals, some indoortype snowbirds, and the fishermen and birders. Which brings us to the birds. The ocean, beaches, woods and ponds and marshes give you a variety of places to look. And there are some great human-made places as well. Several wildlife refuges have been developed using the ponds and dikes from the old rice plantations. On one of those ponds we saw hundreds of nesting wood storks and scores of yellow-crowned and black-crowned night herons. And big alligators. All that added up to a marvelous three days of dawn-to-dark birding, and a list of 111 species for the trip. Some were excit-

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ing single sightings: one glossy ibis f lying over, a yellow-throated warbler in the Spanish moss, a little chicken-like sora rail skulking through the marsh grass. We found a plump little long-distance migrating shorebird called a red knot hunkered down among a f lock of other species as if trying to keep a low profile and avoid any publicity. There were some “Oh wow!” moments, like seeing 20 white pelicans soaring high over the marsh in the morning sun, just as a bald eagle f lew across the sky in front of them. And then there were the scenes that I like to call “the way Nature was intended to be” moments, where the abundance of life is just too much to count. We stood and watched 1,000 little sandpipers and plovers feeding on a mud f lat at low tide. Suddenly, they would all swirl into the

sky and sweep around like a single huge organism, and then calmly settle back down and begin feeding again as if nothing had happened. Out on the beach, the scene repeated itself, only bigger and noisier. Out there, the gulls and terns, black skimmers and oystercatchers were hanging out. They did the resting and swirling thing, too, with a lot more squawking and calling. You just won’t see birds like that in the Smokies. It’s like being at Disney World for birdwatchers. Given a little space, nature produces beautiful things in numbers and varieties beyond our imaginations. A few days at the right times and in the right places could convince even the most committed indoor person of the truth and wonder of that. When it stops snowing, we’ll be on the road again.

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Next year is now for baskets Good teams are gathering for the peak of this exciting basketball season. Tennessee, not being one of them, is pondering “next year.” Cuonzo Martin is on the clock. He must know NIT one and done is unacceptable. Too much is invested for a 20-13 return – big building, rich recruiting budget, $$$ checks to coaches. Nobody expects the Volunteers to win the national championship. They’ve been playing for 114 years without ever reaching the Final Four but they do need to go in that general direction. The university cannot afford mediocrity. Basketball must succeed and look good doing it. Empty seats at Thompson-Boling are a very bad omen. Do not blame the customers. Attendance was better than the team. Orange was ugly at times.

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“Next year” is crucial for Cuonzo. He is not a circus barker or slick seller of snake oil. He does not talk a good game but I still think he has the potential to be a star – if, if, if. Improvement starts with keeping NBA dreamers from making a mistake. Getting Jeronne Maymon back on the court would be a boost. Recruiting people who can play would be encouraging. It appears adjustments are waiting to be made. Solving the point guard problem would make Martin’s motion offense better. Some of us believe it is best

to get the ball inside now and then. It would be good to have more assists than turnovers. The coach could improve his chances against zone defenses. Most teams use dribble penetration and passes to the post. Tennessee plays bombs away. If perimeter shooters connect, they discourage zones. If they miss, the zone wins. (See Alabama tape). Wouldn’t it be great if Coach could teach his guards to guard quick guards? Teaching speed is difficult. Perhaps the focus might be on improving technique. Dare we mention defense? Cuonzo’s reputation is rooted in defense. His key strategy is effort. Statistics create suspicion. Tennessee ranked 114 in the country at preventing field goals. It was 339 in steals. Lack of quickness? Could be. Thousands of UT fans who

April Fool! At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus. They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. (Luke 24: 1-4a The Message) This is strange and dangerous ground, I realize. It is April Fool’s Day, which seems a frivolous way to celebrate the second day of Eastertide! Until one considers that Death is the one who was fooled! I have a “surrational” picture on my office wall. It was given to me by a dear friend, someone who understood the role of the deacon better than most of the average

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churches, yes, but also in hospitals and schools and social service agencies and missions. People frequently look at my “surrational” picture and ask, “What am I seeing here?” That is because at the top of the picture, it appears to be a city street full of cars, with tall buildings on either side of the street. However, if one lets one’s eye travel down the picture, suddenly the street becomes an aisle in a church, and the buildings look like church pews. It is a little disconcerting.

respect the coach as a standup guy, a role model and rock-solid mentor of young men appreciate the leadership he offers. He apparently follows the rules and seems highly unlikely to embarrass the establishment. That isn’t quite enough to compensate for losing home and away to Georgia. That does not explain scoring 37 and 38 in back-to-back losses at Georgetown and Virginia. Inexplicable January slumps by Trae Golden and Jarnell Stokes were major factors in the 3-6 start in the Southeastern Conference race. The Vols were on the edge of awful when their overall record was 11-10. They recovered. Martin changed his lineup and picked up the pace. Jordan McRae turned into a remarkable scorer. Stokes became a double-double machine after the coach filed a formal complaint about SEC officiating. The Vols won eight of nine. They were combative on the road. They outrebounded

most foes. They killed Kentucky by 30. They upset Florida. They gutted out four overtimes at Texas A&M. They never played beautiful basketball but they were generally tough. Alas, they did not finish. The late loss at Georgia was terminal. They bounced back with a thriller over Missouri. They were dull again in the SEC tournament loss to Alabama. Hearts were broken when they were ignored by NCAA selectors. They didn’t show much zip against Mercer. Here is where Cuonzo stands: A coach in the big leagues must field a team that draws a crowd. Apathy is fatal. He must compete for conference crowns. He must resist violations. Tennessee, with all its resources, really should appear in the NCAA tournament. Cruel world, isn’t it. You are part of the buzz or you start early on “next year.”

That picture makes this deacon happy because the church and the world are integrated into one thing. But recently I found another of Scott Mutter’s surrational pictures that gave me one of those true “Aha!” moments. It is titled “The Grave.” It is a photograph of a mausoleum in a cemetery. The beholder can clearly see the other tombstones and the grass around the mausoleum. Then, the viewer realizes that the entrance to the vault is not the usual heavy wooden door with a lock and bolt. It is a revolving glass door. When I realized what I was seeing, I smiled. Then I laughed out loud. “There it is!” I thought. “That is the Easter miracle in a single picture!” We, like the disciples

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Inasmuch is April 13 By Cindy Taylor On Saturday, April 13, 11 churches in Fountain City will work as one through Inasmuch ministry to provide services across the city of Knoxville. Inasmuch United Knoxville is in its eighth year and executive director David Crocker says it should be an outstanding opportunity for churches to minister to their communities as a reflection of God’s love. “Thirty-seven churches throughout Knox County will mobilize more than 3,500 volunteers to serve thousands of our neighbors in need,” said Crocker. “The exciting thing about this event is that

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Fourth- and 5th-grade students at Copper Ridge Elementary School recently participated in a science fair. Each student was required to select a topic, research the project and present their findings. Emily Evans shows her study of which brand of microwave popcorn leaves the least amount of kernels after popping.

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‘The most creative and organized teacher I have ever seen’ By Jake Mabe A veteran Knox County Schools educator says Copper Ridge Elementary School 1st-grade teacher Natasha Patchen is “the most creative and organized teacher I have ever seen.” Patchen laughed when told she was described as being organized and said, “Well, I am, but people don’t always see it. Look at this desk, merciful heavens!” pointing to the various papers and bric-a-brac. “Look around my classroom. There’s stuff all over!” But the description goes beyond organized in the sense of use of classroom space, and Patchen’s creativity is quickly apparent. Within the confines of the curriculum, Patchen exposes her students to artists, to holiday traditions around the world, even to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. At the mention of the race, Patchen stopped, ran up to a map at the front of the classroom and pointed out the trail. “I’m teaching them social studies and we’re using technology on the web to follow the trail and we’re working on telling time. One student said (of one dog), ‘She’s only one-half mile behind!’” Patchen’s students even held their own version of the race, called the Iditarod Read, in which they took a “dog sled” wagon around the school, stopping in different classrooms, with books in preparation for Accelerated Reading testing. “So we covered reading and covered math with a time-telling test.” Why is all this important? “They (the students) need to stretch and grow. Children are not robots. They are creative individuals with individual needs.” Patchen has visited 49 states and underwent her student teaching in West Germany. “I do like to expose (students) to the world, art and culture, even Navajo fry bread. I do a lot of cooking!” When it snows, a rarity in Knox County anymore, “we rejoice in the snow if we have school. “I have a snow curriculum, in which I tell the students that a snowflake has six points and we read Alaska stories. So you have science, reading and social studies. That’s how I get away with all this fun. I’m very good at tying it all together. That takes experience and this school is filled with wonderful teachers.”

Copper Ridge Elementary 1st-grade teacher Natasha Patchen assists Cynthia Miles as she pulls weeds from the classroom garden. Photo by Ruth White

Now in her 20th year of education, Patchen has taught kindergarten, 4th grade, 5th grade and 1st grade. “I prayed I wouldn’t get 1st grade, and when I did my student teaching, I got 1st grade.” Originally from Jamestown, N.Y., Patchen has taught 10 years at Copper Ridge and eight years at Sterchi Elementary. Prior to moving to Knoxville, she taught for two years in Wyoming. She says she did not want to be a teacher and had a miserable experience in school. But after she was first married she taught preschool and thought, “That’s not so bad.” At the University of Wyoming, mentors were telling her, “You’re a natural.” (A professor there showed

slides during a presentation on undergoing student teaching in Germany. That’s how she landed there.) “I went where I was led. I believe God leads you places.” She knows it is a cliché, but Patchen says she loves the sweet moments when the “light bulb” goes off in a student’s mind. “And it goes off often.” One student came to Patchen the other day holding a recently-read book. “I knew from the look on the face that the student had really read it.” Patchen also takes her students on the school’s nature trail. She says seeing them “fi lled with wonder” at the world around them keeps her young. “I have great classes, great kids and great parental support. When I go ask (my colleagues) if I can go run

through the school with 16 children and a wagon and book bags, they say, ‘Sure, Patchen, come disrupt class!’ But they know exactly what time we’re coming by and what we’re going to do.” She says 1st-grade students are expected to add and subtract easily when they leave her classroom for the year, read at a 1st-grade level and write four or five sentences that connect together. The biggest challenge? “Knowing nouns, verbs, adjectives, knowing how to write a paragraph. We have to write a research paper. And the math skills they have to know would make your jaw drop.” During the Iditarod race unit, several students went home and followed the race on their computers. “So, the learning is carrying on!” Patchen says with a smile.

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Marketing association honors Townes Lavidge Osborn By Sherri Gardner Howell The Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association (KAMA) will honor one of its own as Outstanding Marketing Professional on April 11, but any who think it is a token award based simply on service to the chapter would be terribly mistaken. The recipient has already received the national organization’s highest honor as well as an international leadership award. A gala 25th anniversary party on Saturday, April 11, at the Knoxville Museum of Art gives the local organization an opportunity to highlight not only its founder, but an outstanding marketing professional: Townes Lavidge Osborn. When Osborn says marketing is “in her blood,” those in her hometown of Knoxville have only to look at her maiden name to understand. The daughter of Art Lavidge, founder of Lavidge & Associates, joined the family-owned agency in 1983 when she and her children moved back to Knoxville after living and working in Asia, Europe, New York and serving in Washington, D.C., for 11 years as executive director of the National Communications Lobby. She is now president of Lavidge & Associates, an agency whose client list has included several Fortune 500 businesses, such as Coca Cola Fountain NA, Link Belt,

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Great Lakes Chemical Corp., TVA, Schaad Companies, and a variety of restaurant chains, hotels, tourist attractions, tourist related organizations, residential and commercial development businesses, financial services, and consulting companies. She continues to handle High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, N.C., which, since 1953, has been the agency’s longest standing client of record. Her creativity can be seen in numerous campaigns for her clients, including a moniker she promoted for Oak Ridge when hired to help them with tourism marketing. Osborn said she couldn’t figure out how to make a visit to the Atomic City appealing, since atomic energy was controversial, but that a trip to America’s Secret City would be alluring. Thus, Oak Ridge became The Secret City.

Osborn was born in Chicago, coming with her family to Knoxville after her father completed graduate school at Northwestern. She graduated from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem and from the University of Tennessee. In the marketing industry, Osborn has received the American Marketing Association’s Lemburg Award, the AMA’s highest honor, and received a special AMA International Leadership Award. She founded the Knoxville Chapter in 1988. During her time as president of the chapter, Osborn initiated the Eagle Endowment for Marketing Education in order to provide scholarships in perpetuity to outstanding marketing students at the University of Tennessee. The Eagle Endowment has grown to $275,000 and to date the Knoxville Chapter has awarded $77,000 in scholarships. She remains its co-executor. Osborn is also president of her family’s LAMP Foundation, whose purpose is to support non-profit programs and projects that benefit society. Her local involvement in the arts and charitable endeavors has included serving on 34 nonprofit boards and chairing 16, including serving as president of the Rotary Club of Knoxville and chair of UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre’s Board. She has received Rotary Interna-

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tional’s highest honor, the Service Above Self award and was selected to be an Olympic Torchbearer for “being a person who has inspired so many people.” Internationally, Osborn initiated and chaired what became a huge endeavor to create business and marketing libraries in universities throughout the former communist countries when the Iron Curtain came down in 1989. She helped raise over $4 million in support, which led to the creation of 24 Eastern European Business Libraries beginning outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, and finishing in Irkutsk, Siberia. Osborn went on to Chair the AMA International’s Leadership Conference, its Leadership Forum and to serve as vice president of its Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Management Council, where she launched the first World Marketing Congress in San Diego. For the past 15 years she has served on the American Marketing Association Foundation’s Board of Trustees and has continued to fund the distribution of current business and marketing journals to universities in developing countries worldwide through the LAMP foundation. Tickets for the KAMA celebration honoring Osborn are $75 per person, with table sponsorships available for $750. Reservations are being accepted online at through Thursday, April 4. The organization will also be celebrating its silver anniversary, and Laura Mansfield Bower will receive the chapter’s Locander Award.

Thomas “Tank” Strickland, representing the city of Knoxville, talks with Dr. Robert Rosenbam at the ribbon cutting for Goodwill Industries’ new vocational training center on Pleasant Ridge Road. Photo by Cindy Taylor

Goodwill grows on A great crowd joined Dr. Robert Rosenbaum and the folks at Goodwill Industries for the official opening last week of a new 43,000 square foot facility at 5412 Pleasant Ridge Road.

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“This store will triple our ability to work with clients and expand the industrial part of our contract to provide training,” said Rosenbaum, Goodwill Industries CEO. Mayor Tim Burchett attended, along with county commissioners and city council members. Mark Field represented the Knoxville Chamber, along with Chamber ambassador Stephen King. Goodwill’s 28th retail store location will be adjacent to the vocational training center, a repurposed Food Lion store. Goodwill Industries has five employment training and rehabilitation centers throughout its 15 county service area.

Employees earn a training wage while learning skills in processing, quality control, packaging and shipping. Goodwil Industries was founded in Boston by a Methodist minister, Edgar James Helms, according to the Goodwill website. It came to Knoxville in 1971 when former Mayor George Dempster donated $10,000 to begin Dempster Memorial Workshop overlooking Gay Street. Stephen Casey was the workshop’s first executive director from 1971-73 until sidelined by a heart attack. Rosenbaum was hired as interim executive director in 1975 as the agency faced bankruptcy. Since that time, the staff has expanded from six or seven to more than 350, while the number of individuals that Goodwill serves has grown from roughly 75 to more than 3,800 in 2011. The budget has grown over the years, from bankruptcy to a budget of more than $13 million in 2012. Robert G. Rosenbaum has exhibited leadership that surely would have made him a millionaire in the private sector. Instead, he’s worked 39 years at Goodwill Industries, creating a legacy that is more enduring.

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MONDAY, APRIL 1 Annual meeting of Taylor’s Cemetery in Sharps Chapel, 7 p.m. at the cemetery. Family members urged to attend. Donations needed for mowing season. Info: Elizabeth Williams, 9928944, or Darrell Beason, 278-3515. All donations appreciated. “Sweeney Todd” preview performance, noon, at the historic Tennessee Theatre’s Mighty Musical Monday. Presented by Central High School Choral Music Department. Info: 689-1428, www. “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. Registration begins for summer semester at Walters State Community College. Seven different sessions are offered. Deadlines/ info: Debra Williams, 423-585-6824 or

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TUESDAYS THOUGH SATURDAYS, APRIL 2-13 Free tax assistance provided by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Goodwill Industries, 5307 Kingston Pike. Info about eligibility requirements:

TUESDAYS, APRIL 2-30 Small Figure Sculpting class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; instructor: Amy Hand; Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Info:; 357-ARTS (2787);

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 Union County Next Chapter Book Club for adults with disabilities, Adult Day Services, 1545 Maynardville Highway. People of any reading level are welcome. Info/sign up: Lorrie Crockett at ETTAC, 219-0130. Adult Day Services info: Kathy Chesney, 745-1626. Halls High School Percussion Ensemble performance, “Passage,” 7 p.m., Halls High School gymnasium; followed by a “meet and greet” in the

Churchwide flea market, Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road; 6-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. To donate items: drop-off April 4-5 until 4 p.m. Proceeds support church ministry and missions. Info: 938-8311. Rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., hosted by Faith UMC United Methodist Women, 1100 Dry Gap Pike. Info: 688-1000 or Paulette Volunteer Fire Department Rummage Sale, Paulette Community Building.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 5-14 “Sweeney Todd” presented by Central High School Choral Music Department. A total of eight performances. Info/tickets: 689-1428, www.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Singing, 7 p.m., Hilltop Baptist Church, 8211 Walker Road. Special guest: New Grass. All welcome. Free women’s self-defense class, noon, Overdrive Krav Maga & Fitness, 7631 Clinton Highway. Info: www. or 362-5562. Big Orange STEM Symposium (B.O.S.S.): High School Outreach, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the John C. Hodges Library on the UT Knoxville campus; hosted by the University of Tennessee Libraries. Junior and senior students from Knox, Anderson and Sevier counties are invited to participate. Lunch will be provided. Info/ registration: Painting lessons for kids, taught by Carol Pratt, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Union County Arts Co-op, 1009 Main St. Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament, Fort Loudoun Lake at the Tellico Canal Ramp. To benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center. On-site registration begins at 5 a.m.; weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Preregistration 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at C&C Outdoors, 1122 Concord Road. Info: Beth Farrow, 329-9030 or Small Container Gardening, 3 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Learn to grow plants you will actually want to eat fresh. Maynardville Police Department Pharmaceutical Disposal Program, 9 a.m.-noon, Okie’s Pharmacy, 4221 Maynardville Highway. Pastel Workshop with a Twist!, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; instructor: Paul DeMarrais. Bring a basic set of soft pastels. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Info:; 357-ARTS (2787); www. Gospel singing 2:45-4:45 p.m., Bargain Shopper Mini-Mall, 5713 Clinton Highway. Local groups featured; free admission. Info: Warren Biddle, 945-3757, or D.C. Hale, 688-7399.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 6-7 Exploring Patterns for Handbuilding with Slabs, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, with Jane Cartwright, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline April 1. Info: 494-9854 or

TUESDAYS, APRIL 9-30 Collage and Decorative Paper class, 1-3:30 p.m.; instructor: Doris Prichard; Fountain City Art Center,

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 10-28 Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens, open all day. Dogwood Trails: Chapman Highway, Farragut, Fountain City, Holston Hills, Lakemoor Hills, Sequoyah Hills, Westmoreland. Garden Byways: Deane Hill, Halls/Timberline, Island Home, Morningside and North Hills. Several residential and public gardens and camera sites also. Info:

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 Fontinalis Club meeting, Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 N Broadway. Board meeting, 9:30 a.m.; coffee hour, 10; general meeting, 10:30. Guest speaker: Jennifer Barnett, Director of Educational Programming for the Knoxville Symphony.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 11-14 “Puss and Boots” at Jubilee Center, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Dinner: 6 p.m. April 11-13 only; Play: 7:30 p.m. April 11-14. Info: 947-7428, 256-7428.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 12-14 Chris Newsom Memorial Classic baseball tournament for open/travel teams – t-ball, 6U coach pitch and 8U-14U –Halls Community Park. Info: 992-5504, or

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 The Art of Handmade Books, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with Bob Meadows, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline April 10. Info: 494-9854 or www.appalachianarts. net. East Tennessee PBS Appraisal Fair with Case Antiques, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Ave. All proceeds go to East Tennessee PBS. Info: Amy Hubbard, or 595-0230. Gospel singing 2:45-4:45 p.m., Bargain Shopper Mini-Mall, 5713 Clinton Highway. Local groups featured; free admission. Info: Warren Biddle, 945-3757, or D.C. Hale, 688-7399.

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MONDAY, APRIL 15 Early registration deadline for Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) Dragon Boat Festival. The KARM Dragon Boat Festival will be held Saturday, June 22, at The Cove at Concord Park. To register/info: www.karm. org/dragonboats. Senior program, Luttrell Public Library, 10 a.m.; special guest, Sue Hamilton, an author and the Director of University of Tennessee Gardens. Info: 992-0208.

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Grace student boosts Mission of Hope By Shannon Morris Sometimes, all it takes is a little inspiration to do great things. Grace Christian Academy 6th grader Amaya Barger is proof of that.

Grace Christian Academy Middle School students collected more than 3,000 cans of soup for Mission of Hope. Amaya and her family have been longtime volunteers with Mission of Hope, a ministry that partners with her church. Amaya has been helping since she was in kindergarten. She has worked in the Mission of Hope warehouse putting together hygiene bags, sorting food, and other much-needed chores. In addition, her family has delivered toys, food and other items to the Bell Central elementary and middle schools in Kentucky. As a result of being so closely connected, Amaya felt led to take on a project of her own that would benefit Mission of Hope.

Amaya approached Jared Clark, the principal of Grace Christian Academy Middle School, asking if she could initiate a campaign to collect 2,000 soup cans for Mission of Hope, as their food supply was running critically low at the time. Clark agreed that this was a worthy endeavor, and so an official Soup Can Drive was launched at the school with the goal of collecting 2,000 cans. To nobody’s surprise, the middle school students at GCA responded in a huge way, collecting a total of 3,108 cans in all. To top off the effort, Amaya, along with friends Anna Arwood and Virginia Pirckle, personally delivered the cans to Mission of Hope on March 11. The folks at Mission of Hope said that those cans would go out the very next day to be delivered to the distribution center for the various food pantries that they service. Amaya was inspired to begin this project because she was already actively serving others, and many people have benefited from her efforts. Our prayer is that Amaya’s work will inspire others, from students to teachers, to find ways to minister to the needs of other people in the name of Jesus. If you would like to continue Amya’s efforts in helping Mission of Hope accomplish their goals of reaching and blessing families in surrounding communities, you can contact their office at 584-7571.

Grace Christian Academy students Anna Arwood, Amaya Barger and Virginia Pirckle organize cans of soup collected for Mission of Hope. The soup can drive was organized by Barger, who is in the 6th grade at Grace. Photos by Heather Barger

A run at State By Shannon Morris The varsity boys basketball team from Grace Christian Academy had a successful season, culminating with a trip to the State Championship Tournament in Murfreesboro on March 13. It was GCA’s third trip to the tournament, and their first in four years. The Rams fell to Richland High School in the first round, but still managed a terrific season as one of the last eight teams in the state to be playing. Coach Matt Mercer’s squad won the regular season disGrace Christian Academy senior Trey Stewart signs to play basketball at Bryan College. Pictured are: (front) trict championship and battled Kristi Stewart, Trey Stewart, Todd Stewart, Dr. Ron Stewart; (back) Bryan College coach Don Rekoske, Ken- throughout the postseason to reach the State tournament, dra Stewart, Karis Stewart and Grace basketball coach Matt Mercer. Photo by Randy Down

which was a huge accomplishment in its own right. With just one graduating senior on this team, the future looks very bright for Rams basketball. That senior, Trey Stewart, had a phenomenal year, being named to the All-District team, the District All-Tournament team and the Regional All-Tournament team. To wrap up an incredible senior year, Trey signed on March 20 to play basketball for Bryan College. We wish Trey all the best as he takes his game to the next level, and will be praying for his continued health and success as he represents the Rams in the future.




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