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Caravan rolls on Contrary to reports elsewhere, Marvin West is very much alive and writes this week that “the Big Orange Caravan includes food and other refreshments but comes with a price tag – Germantown this week, Chattanooga next week, Kingsport, Atlanta and Franklin to follow. “If all those stops are standing room only, you can believe that Tennessee fans believe better days are coming.”

Heather Napier gets the results of her simulated driving test from Arrive Alive International member Tyler Herbstreith.

See Marvin’s story on page A-6

Joining the ranks The Powell Business and Professional Association welcomed new members during a networking reception April 30 at Powell Auction and Realty. “Business meetings are always good but are a pretty quick in and out. Tonight is a great opportunity to get to know each other and our families,” said PBPA president Kelley Jarnigan.

See Cindy Taylor’s story on A-3

Trout lilies sprout This news just in: trout lilies found blooming in woods near Portsmouth, N.H., on April 25! Not much of a news item for us, Bob Collier writes, but to our friends 1,000 miles north of here who thought winter would never end, they were an awesome sight.

See Dr. Bob’s story on page A-5

By Cindy Taylor Teen drivers at Powell High School got a graphic view of the results of texting and driving April 29 during Teen Driver Awareness Week. Videos were shown in assemblies, and the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE brought the Stop-Loss Texting While Driving Simulator. Sgt. Randall Martin has been a Tennessee state trooper for 16 years. He spoke to students after they tried their hand at the simulator, most of them unsuccessfully. “I try to talk to the students about what they experienced in the simulator,” he said. “It can be a fun thing to try. My job is to bring it back to reality. There are no doovers in real life and often the life you change isn’t your own. You

can put the phone down.” Martin says 95 percent of those who tried the texting simulator hit a pedestrian or another vehicle. He says talking on a cellphone while driving is illegal in Tennessee if you are under 18 years old. Texting while driving is illegal at any age. A distracted driving citation can come with a fee of $100 or more and usually requires a court appearance. “The simulator was hard,” said

State Trooper Randall Martin talks about the impact of driving while distracted. Photos by Cindy Taylor

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Winners of $50 gas cards: Rachel Crocker, Alex Lambert, Tori Patterson, Brittany Qualls, Cleo Collier, Naomi Mayes, and Austin Bloomer.


Glenwood Cemetery to hold decoration Glenwood Cemetery will hold its annual decoration on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. Friends of Glenwood are encouraged to decorate the graves of loved ones. Donations for the maintenance of the cemetery will be accepted at the cemetery or may be addressed to Glenwood Cemetery Trust C., PO Box 734, Powell, TN 37849.

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Let’s give Dream Academy a chance By Wendy Smith If someone is drowning, it’s easier to rescue them with a kayak than an ocean liner. That’s the analogy Russ Smith uses to explain why charter schools are better-equipped to rescue failing inner-city students than Knox County Schools. As the founder of SOAR Youth Ministries in Lonsdale, he knows the challenges that inner-city students face. And he knows that what works in Powell doesn’t necessarily work in Lonsdale. “The disparity between the education provided for some kids, compared to others in the same district, is inconceivable,” he says. Smith is director of Genesis Rock, a nonprofit applying to operate a charter school called the Dream Academy. The school would be part of the nonprofit New Tech Network, which currently supports 120 schools in 18 states. The New

Tech model emphasizes projectbased learning, one-to-one technology and a culture of trust, respect and responsibility. No one would say that Knox County hasn’t tried to reach inner city kids. But almost everybody would agree that it hasn’t worked. According to the state report card, only 16 percent of Vine Middle School students tested proficient or advanced in 2012. The district average is 52.10 percent. At West Valley Middle School, 78 percent of students tested proficient or advanced.

Analysis Amy Crawford, founder of “Reach Them to Teach Them” and a teacher at West Valley, has seen the needs of inner-city students firsthand. She taught at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School for two years while

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participating in the federally-funded Talent Transfer Initiative. “Generally, students in suburban schools have a head start on innercity students. Because urban students start off disadvantaged, they have to work harder to catch up, without altering their circumstances,” she says. “We can’t do one size fits all.” Crawford was part of a group that included Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County School Board member Doug Harris and tnAchieves founder Randy Boyd on a tour of New Tech East High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in April. She reports seeing a culture of empowerment and meeting teachers who refuse to let kids fail. Harris, who has studied different charter school models, thinks that the project-based learning (PBL) approach supported by New Tech lends itself to better results in urban schools. PBL encourages students to


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think creatively and work collaboratively to solve problems. “They know how to change the culture, to get kids to work harder and stay focused.” Knox County needs to be shown how to run an effective school in an urban setting, Harris says. “I’m not an expert in education, but I’m good at seeing something that works and implementing it. The New Tech model works.” The Dream Academy would target underachieving students from Vine, Whittle Springs and Northwest middle schools. Knox County Schools is datsdriven, and the data show that we are failing these children. It’s a sign of strength, rather than weakness, to look for help when it’s needed, and we need help with guiding these students to a successful future. Let’s try something different to see if we can get a different outcome.

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David Douglas, Kelley Jarnigan, James and Adrienne Bailey, enjoy the PBPA’s networking reception at Powell Auction and Larry Sharp, Jesse Holden, Glen Coleman, Charlotte Johnson, Realty, which welcomed new PBPA members. Chandler Abbott, Terri Gilbert, Lori Gibson and Howard Phillips

Joining the ranks The Powell Business and Professional Association welcomed new members during a networking reception April 30 at Powell Auction and Realty.

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“Business meetings are always good but are a pretty quick in and out. Tonight is a great opportunity to get to know each other and our families,” said PBPA president Kelley Jarnigan. Knox County mayor Tim Burchett, state Rep. Bill Dunn, Knox County commissioner R. Larry Smith and school board member Kim Sepesi were on hand to greet the newcomers, along with other PBPA members. “Everybody in this room has had to work for what you’ve got and I respect that,” Burchett told the group. Door prizes and a tour of the facility added to the fun.

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A highlight was seeing a restored candy apple red 1948 F-4 Ford pickup. Powell Auction and Realty owner Howard Phillips and friend Rick Carnes, owner of Clinton Highway Wrecker Service, restored the truck together. Phillips spoke to new members and encouraged them to attend auctions. “In 1974 I quit a good job and liked to have starved to death in the auction business,” said Phillips. “I was too stubborn to give in and bought Powell Auction in 1979. I jumped in over my head until my wife Barbara quit her job and joined me in the business. She is still with me after 53 years.” Powell Auction and Realty hosted the PBPA new member reception. Manager Stephanie Kitts, Phillips said the key to Barbara and Howard Phillips, Rick Carnes and Justin Phillips show off the Phillips’ rebuilt 1948 having a good business is F-4 Ford pickup. honesty. tertainer Phil Campbell will “When we sing I just feel ley from “Les Miserables.” ■ Let there be music! like we are praising God,” The group will continue its be a featured performer at The Singing Seniors of said Lucille Shreve. “Our tour with an appearance at the Union County Arts Festhe John T. O’Connor Senior chorus was started in 1978 the Ben Atchley State Veter- tival Art on Main on SaturCenter brought their spring and has a love of singing in ans Home on Friday, May 10. day, June 1. concert to Powell UMC on their hearts.” Campbell will entertain May 1. the audience with music, stoDuring the performance ■ Campbell to More than 50 members the sanctuary was filled with rytelling and comedy. He also entertain at are directed by Jean Os- melodies from sacred music plans to make a special preArt on Main borne and accompanied by to contemporary and patrisentation to the Arts Center. otic songs, including a medThe event will be located Dora Love. Powell resident and en-

Entertainer Phil Campbell and friend Molly Photos by Cindy Taylor

on Main Street in downtown Maynardville close to the Union County Arts Center and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now in its third year, the festival will feature more than 40 artisans, crafters, all-day live entertainment and local fare. Malone’s Chuckwagon will be a featured caterer along with other food vendors to allow for picnic on the grounds. The Union County Farmers market will be onsite with spring offerings. There will be a student art exhibit and judging. Lil’ Thunder Railroad, a kidsized, off-the-track train, will offer rides for only $1. Drawings for door prizes will take place throughout the day along with a special surprise at noon. Folks are invited to bring blankets and chairs and plan an allday outing. Info: 607-9594. Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. com

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said Powell High senior Heather Napier, who has been driving for a couple of years but still crashed in the simulator. “I’m a good driver and I don’t text and drive.” Students who signed commitment cards promising not to text or talk on phones when driving, not to speed and to always wear seatbelts were entered into a drawing for $50 gas cards. Ten students won those. Drawings were also held for scholarships at $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Marisa Koskela, Zach Henry and Sydni Starnes won. The Powell Business and Professional Association sponsored the event and provided funds for the gas cards and scholarships. Chick-fil-A and Bojangles promoted seat belt usage by distributing coupons in the parking lot all week. According to State Farm agent Sage Kohler, between 20 Powell High School students and graduates have died in traffic-related accidents since 1999. These statistics inspired the PBPA to start this program. Powell High students and Arrive Alive Club members Alex Lambert and London Anderson, scholarship winners Zach Henry, “These are the real numbers so there is no question Marisa Koskela, Sydni Starnes and State Farm agent and PBPA member Sage Kohler; (back) PBPA members Steve Mouser, Cindy that distracted driving can kill,” said Kohler. “One choice Wegener, Gary Cunningham, Katy Jett, Kelley Jarnigan, Matt Garrett and Terri Gilbert. can change your life forever. We’re hoping this event will convince students to make good choices.”

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government New home for the Mannings The Wall Street Journal reports that Peyton and Ashley Manning have purchased a home in Cherry Hills Village just 20 minutes south of Denver for $4.58 million for a 16,464-square-foot gated home.

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Cherry Hills Village is one of the most exclusive and affluent towns in the United States. It is very posh. With a population of just under 6,000 and 2,100 single-family homes, it is just 6.5 square miles with 47 acres of parks. The median house is valued at $1.193 million and the median income per family is $200,001. Interestingly, it may be the only city or village in the U.S. where two secretaries of state, both women, attended school. Condolezza Rice is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, and Madeline Albright is a graduate of Kent Denver School, both in Cherry Hills Village. President Eisenhower played golf at Cherry Hills often while President. ■ This writer as mayor was proud to have recommended to City Council the naming of a street off Circle Park Drive leading to Neyland Stadium as Peyton Manning Pass. The street sign was so popular that it was regularly lifted and had to be replaced often. To keep the replacements from becoming a drain on the city budget, the sign was raised higher off the street than a normal ladder could reach. ■ Rick Atkinson, noted World War II author, will speak at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, for the East Tennessee Historical Society. County Commissioner Richard Briggs is helping fund the cost of the free event. Public is invited. ■ Two other wellknown Knoxvillians also have served on the KCDC board, which I failed to mention last week. They are UT trustee and construction leader Raja Jubran and public relations practitioner Mike Cohen. ■ Mandatory raise: Recently, several have written about the mandatory 2.5 percent annual

pay raise for Knoxville city employees. It goes back 31 years to 1982 when then-Mayor Randy Tyree bowed to uniform service demands for guaranteed annual raises to prevent a work stoppage during the World’s Fair. Very few cities have such an assured pay raise written into their ordinances. While city employees naturally love it, taxpayers should be concerned as such a guarantee (despite the merit of city employees who are overwhelmingly dedicated, hard-working persons) does not take into account economic changes and financial difficulties. It was an ugly scene in 1982 when a blue flu was threatened by then-police officers (all now retired) if the mayor did not agree to demands. Firefighters were along for the demands, too. And now the politics of changing it are such that only a total recession would trigger its repeal. Council member Nick Della Volpe two years ago wondered aloud if it should be repealed. The negative response to him personally from employees was so intense that the normally talkative Della Volpe has been silent on this subject ever since. Knox County and Tennessee do not have such a provision. From a financial management view, it does not make sense. During one of my 16 years as mayor, the budget recommended a 6-month suspension of the 2.5 percent raise due to reduced income to the city. Council with difficulty approved it. If it had failed, some layoffs would have occurred. Due to improved economic circumstances, I was able to recommend its restoration with only a 3-month suspension. Less media attention has been given to the city pension plan which guarantees a 3 percent annual increase to all retired city employees, which is more than the 2.5 percent increase for working employees. Mayor Rogero and council skipped dealing with that issue in the pension reform package, so the drain on the city treasury continues. It would take a charter vote by city residents to change this. The pay raise can be changed by a vote of city council, which effectively means it is up for consideration annually. It will not change this year or for many years to come.

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Giving adequate notice Knox County officials may have to ante up for some newspaper advertising following an opinion by chief deputy law director David Buuck. (Shopper News does not sell legal notice advertising in Knox County.) Buuck opined May 1 that notice by press release, the current policy to announce meetings, does not comply with state law. The short-term consequence was cancellation of Thursday’s meeting of the Education Committee, with membership from both the county commission and the school board. The long-term consequence is far-reaching and expensive. Buuck wrote: “... Notice must be geared to informing the public of a public meeting so that they may attend.

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“... It is not sufficient to simply send a press release notice to the newspaper as the newspaper, in its sole discretion, may or may not print the notice.” He also said under the commission rules, all commissioners must have five days notice of any committee meetings. We polled our Shopper News editorial writers: “Looks reasonable and correct,” wrote Betty Bean. Jake Mabe agreed that Buuck is correctly reading

state law, but suggested the law itself is antiquated. “I knew the meeting was happening because I heard Karen Carson mention it at the school board meeting – but that presumes one was either watching the meeting or following on Twitter (like I was). “Seems like five days and publishing a legal notice on everything is a bit excessive.” One thing’s for sure. When Amy Broyles gets a hankering to meet with Rick Briggs or Sam McKenzie at the Time Warp Tea Room, somebody’s gonna have to buy an ad.

Burchett’s budget For a guy who governs with loose reins, Tim Burchett got it right with this year’s proposed budget. The school board got its full re-

Rader slams UT Sex Week leader was valedictorian of Halls High By Betty Bean

The first sign of trouble came in March when a guy from Chattanooga wrote a negative story about UT’s Sex Week for an online news site aimed at college students. A week later, Fox News had Brianna Rader’s cellphone number. Soon she was going toe-to-toe with Bill O’Reilly. Even though she told Fox the original story had incorrect information, Fox did an online article almost identical to the original piece and “that’s when all the news started happening,” said Rader, a Haslam Scholar who plans to enter medical school next year and will also get a master’s degree in

public health. She and Jacob Clark co-chaired Sex Week, and she worked hard last summer because she was going to spend the fall semester studying public health in India. “Everyone at the university knew about Sex Week,” she said. (Sex Week began at Yale University in 2002 and has spread to other Ivy League schools. Rader consulted with Sex Week organizers from Harvard after reading about the event in the New York Times.) As class valedictorian at Halls High School in 2010, she donned a fake moustache to illustrate the principle of individuality. She was glad to move on. “I don’t believe high school really affects you that much,” she said. “Bright people are born everywhere, whether they go to the best school or the worst, and

quest. That’s good. There’s no tax increase. That’s good. The county is set to muddle along, which generally happens in a pre-election year, and virtually everybody is running in 2014. Yes, Tim Burchett announced his budget. Yawn.

Haslam’s budget Gov. Bill Haslam got a no-new-taxes budget adopted, and it fully funds the Basic Education Program. The state budget also invests $51 million for school technology upgrades, $35 million for K-12 teacher salary increases, and $47 million to help the state’s lowest performing public schools. The voucher bill was derailed. And Stacey Campfield is heading to Turkey. Maybe they will keep him.


there are a lot of ways someone can be a leader. I’ve always tried to be in a non-traditional leadership role – not being the president of a club, but starting a new club. I had good friends and good teachers, but high school was way too boring for me.” But back to Sex Week, Rader said the real trouble came after state Sen. Stacey Campfield stepped in. “There was a week between the Fox News article and the funding being pulled. The chancellor got calls from trustees and people in Nashville. UT’s president got called by politicians whose priority is not education. The University had released a statement supporting us right after the Fox News article. Within a week that had completely changed.” Private donors replaced the $11,000 in lost funding and the event was very successful, but Rader is angry.

like Stacey C a mp f i e l d are crazy and are always going to be like that, but I expected better from the university,” she Rader said. “In the 1950s, Dr. Alfred Kinsey was at Indiana University and their politicians freaked out – ‘This is awful. You’re losing your funding!’ – the president said ‘No. This is our faculty member. This is his research. A university must stand up for academic freedom.’ “The University of Tennessee is a public research flagship university and represents academic freedom. “No offense, but this is not a small Christian school. “When the funding was pulled, I felt like I’d decided to go to CarsonNewman College. And I did not choose to go to CarsonNewman. I chose a flagship university.”

County battles eco-crime By Betty Bean Got a problem with illegal dumping in your neighborhood? Tired of looking at a lot full of old tires? Know a creek being fouled by runoff? Jackie Paul would love to hear from you at 215-5766 or jackie.paul@knoxcounty. org/. Paul is Knox County’s environmental crimes investigator. He has arrest powers complete with badge and gun. But although he’s been on the job for about a year and a half, he figures most people still don’t know about him. “I really want to get the

word out. The more eyes, the better,” Paul said. “I’m on call and go all over the county, wherever I’m needed. I’m here to help stop environmental crimes.” Paul spends most of his time chasing down illegal tire dumps, which constitute the county’s biggest illicit solid waste headache. The most frequent offenders are freelancers who haul worn-out tires from used tire dealers, for a price. His job description will probably diversify as he settles into the job, however. He just returned from an intensive training session at the Federal Law Enforce-

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Trout lilies spring up NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier This news just in: trout lilies found blooming in woods near Portsmouth, N.H., on April 25! Not much of a news item for us, but to our friends 1,000 miles north of here who thought winter would never end, they were an awesome sight. Our trout lilies were late this year, due to the Easter week snows and other chilly weather. We found them in full bloom along the Norris River Bluff Trail on March 29, still a month earlier than the New Hampshire ones. We were on an early spring birding trip through Pennsylvania and New York, and had seen almost no flowers out yet. When we came upon the trout lilies in New Hampshire, it reminded us of how fortunate we are to live where we do. We can enjoy the early flowers near home, and then follow spring up the slopes of the hills and mountains , and find them still blooming in the high places like Mount LeConte, Clingman’s Dome and the Cherohala Skyway into May and even June, the same times Vermonters are enjoying theirs. Favorite spring wildflower? Mine is usually the one I’m looking at now. But overall, I think the trout lilies have to be near the top of the list. They aren’t generally the first ones to bloom, but when they do, a couple acres of little nodding golden bells do a great job of announcing that spring is finally here. It was a rainy, 45-degree day when we found them in big patches along the Riverbluff Trail, with most of their usual early spring friends, many looking as if they had come up only the day before. The bloodroots, often among the first flowers to bloom, were there, most of them just blooming out even before their leaves had unrolled. The hepaticas were in full bloom up on the rocky cliff faces, and the little white, pinkstriped spring beauties were coming out along the path. About the only usual early flowers not yet in bloom were the trilliums, the yellow sessile and the purple wakerobins. They were up and going, but only leaves and buds. There were blue wild phlox and white twinleaf. The deep yellow of the celandine poppies was just beginning to show. We had wondered if we were too early for the Dutchmen’s breeches, another dependable favorite along the trail. But there they were, hundreds of them, toward the end of the lower part of the trail. First one, then several, then zounds! The whole woods floor covered with them, little stalks of white and yellow upside down pantaloons, like tiny clotheslines full of wash. It’s always fun to suddenly come upon 1,000 of something that you’ve been searching carefully for, hoping to find maybe just one. Ah, but the trout lilies. There they were, covering the lower slopes, on up to the foot of the bluffs, uncounted numbers of yellow bells and speckled leaves. And looking in the other direction, there in the river, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, was their namesake: the trout fishermen. A trout lily by any of its other names (fawn lily, adder’s-tongue, dogtoothed violet) is still a

trout lily, one of nature’s loveliest ways of announcing spring. Named trout lily because its speckled leaves reminded folks of the speckled sides of the brown trout, it so happens that its emergence usually coincides with the beginning of trout season. Like most of its lily cousins, trout lilies come up each year from bulbs (properly called corms). Beginning as a seed dropped from a dried seed pod, little runners go out and sprout into new lily plants. Each seed can develop as many as 10 runners and corms over the space of several years. This is what leads to the extensive carpet-like colonies of trout lilies that cover the bare, leafless early spring forest floor. The yellow bell-shaped flowers open up more each day, but tend to close up at night or even on cloudy days, which is very frustrating at times for the wildflower photographer. Unfortunately, most of the wildflowers that grow from bulbs, trout lilies included, fall prey to a number of predators that find the bulbs delicious. Though the bulbs are usually tiny, a sufficient number of them add up to

a tasty night’s meal. The most destructive are the wild hogs. They can root up half an acre of bulbs in an evening and destroy whole colonies of lilies in a few hours. As is often the case with wild plants, people have found uses for trout lilies as well. From ancient times, Roman soldiers used a poultice of trout lilies to ease the miseries of foot blisters and corns. With as much walking as they did, I would imagine they were experts in such matters. Later on, Native Americans used tea made from the lily leaves as a treatment for stomach cramps and other disorders. Recent studies have proven that water extracts of lily leaves do indeed have antibacterial properties. We live in a great place for wildflowers, and we have lots of places to see them. One event that testifies to this is the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, held in Gatlinburg and featuring nearly 150 flower, birding and nature walks and hikes into the Smokies. They just finished the 63rd annual Pilgrimage on April 27. The event began in 1951, and people come to it from

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all over the country; some have been coming for decades. All these delicate early flowers are called “spring ephemerals.” My favorite definition for “ephemeral” is “here and gone in a day.” They really don’t last long. All traces of many of them are gone by the time the trees standing above them have fully leafed out. But don’t give up on them. You can still seek them out in the higher places at the At high or low elevations, wonders unfold. Try to take same time our friends in New Hampshire are find- now is one of the best times the time to see some of it. ing theirs. of the year to go out and see You will be enriched.

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Rolling with the caravan The spring football game was free. That helps explain part of the crowd. The Big Orange Caravan includes food and other refreshments but comes with a price tag – Germantown this week, Chattanooga next week, Kingsport, Atlanta and Franklin to follow. If all those stops are standing room only, you can believe that Tennessee fans believe better days are coming. Butch Jones, Holly Warlick and Cuonzo Martin are promised as informants and/or entertainers. Bob Kesling will be the moderator. Dave Hart may show up to deliver state-ofthe-union addresses. Incidentally, he is the resident expert on job security. At each site, the theme will be optimism. And recruiting. And talk of

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football tickets. Many are available. A few questions are sure to emerge. Some will be planted. Some may be spontaneous. Coach Jones might be asked if the Tennessee defense is as good as it looked on April 20 or did the absence of a big-play offense create an illusion? I’d like to know that answer. Coach may be asked how he established such a warm relationship with former Volunteers in such a short time. I think I know that one.

Butch came with respect for tradition. He honored accomplishments and recognized ol’ Vols as the foundation of historical success. He invited them to come see him, to take a look at the new training facility, stay for practice, let’s have dinner. He did his homework. He noted that John Boynton is from Pikeville and Larry Seivers is from Clinton and Curt Watson is from Crossville. Jones made a very smart move in asking ex-Vols to address the team. Inky is a living sermon. Arian Foster is a super success story. Al Wilson is a fantastic motivator. Most of us know there is far more to Big Orange football than the negativity of three losing seasons. Tennessee, through the

Overlooked promise Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. (Isaiah 46: 3-4 NRSV) In preparation for Bible classes I have taught, I have read (by actual count) more than 80 percent of the Bible. I also have read lots of other passages, for other reasons, so I am sometimes surprised by a passage that sounds absolutely new and astonishing to me. The passage quoted

above is a perfect example. Now, it is possible that I have read it before, and have simply forgotten it. However, when I ran across it recently, it struck me as an especially important promise. Perhaps that is because it includes that phrase “even when you turn gray,”

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CROSS CURRENTS which is certainly happening to me. When I was in my mid-20s and discovered a couple of gray hairs at my temples, I chalked it up to my Petree ancestors, who were prone to graying early. Why couldn’t I have inherited the Whited genes when it came to hair color? My Grandfather Whited

years, somehow won 799 games. The new coach and I know who did it. The real caravan question is who can make the big plays to raise the record to 806 or 807? When it is time to stand and applaud, Holly Warlick deserves the loudest ovation. She had a tough act to follow and followed it well. Her basketball team lost a couple it could have won but certainly exceeded my expectations. She and her staff have recruited boldly. Impressive, very impressive. So, tell us Holly, what can we expect for an encore? Cuonzo may get a free pass because this is May and he is well-liked and respected. A fun question would be how he thinks Kesling will pronounce Rawane Ndiaye? The coach will say ruhWAH-nee N-jie, or Pops for short. That may be the solution when Bob and Bert are describing a heated rebounding battle.

Conversation about Ndiaye replacing Yemi Makanjuola is an uncomfortable part of the Tennessee basketball dilemma. I don’t know what Coach Martin will say if somebody asks who he beat to get those two, if either was on Kentucky’s recruiting list. Fans will surely want to know what the coach expects from Jeronne Maymon, he of the gimpy knee. And how long will it take Jarnell Stokes to master the 15-foot jumper? If fans tell Cuonzo the truth, the message, politely expressed, will be that so-so is simply not good enough. Tennessee basketball really, really needs to achieve entry into the NCAA tournament. That is the minimum level of sustainable pride. One other question: Barbecue is very big on the caravan menu. Why not for the breakfast meeting?

had brown hair when he was in his 80s! Even so, I have kept my gray hairs, figuring Mother Nature knows what she is doing. Besides, I earned every one of them; they are mine! But here I discover that the prophet Isaiah interprets the word from the Lord as saying that He has borne me from my birth, and carried me from the womb. Then, even more extravagantly, God promises that He will carry me to my old age – gray hairs and all! “I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save,” God declares. The commentary in my Bible points out that the false gods of Babylon (BelMarduk and Nabu), were fashioned by their devo-

tees and had to be carried around by their worshippers. Furthermore, the idols were incapable of protecting their followers. God, on the other hand, bears and protects that which He has made: “I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” Granted, there have been times in my life when I felt as if the everlasting arms had failed me, that God was somewhere out of earshot, unable to hear my prayers. Intellectually and spiritually, I knew better, believed better, but that was how I felt. Here, however, is God’s own promise. God made me and God will bear me up. God will carry me, and God will save me. That is a promise I can and will count on.

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Burchett recommends requested school funding SOS is pleased that County Mayor Tim Burchett recommended the school board’s Burchett requested budget at his May 1 presentation before County Commission. His words, “Education remains one of my top priorities,” were exactly what our community needs to hear from its mayor. The four major funding initiatives in the school board’s budget are: ■ Raising teachers and staff salaries ■ Sustaining improved instructional programs ■ Enhancing school technology ■ Bolstering school security Now, the mayor’s proposal goes to County Commission for final approval. Even though there is no controversy in this year’s budget concerning education, we hope citizens will thank the mayor for his recommendation (tim.burchett@ and encourage commissioners to approve the proposed spending for our schools.

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Michael Swanger, a member of Fountain City United Methodist Church, has a curl cut from his hair by Carley Baldwin (behind Swanger) as FC UMC minister Melissa Smith and Michael’s wife, Becky, celebrate. Swanger cut his hair for Imagine No Malaria, the church’s mission project. “We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” he said. “This is for a great cause.” The church raised $1,570 at the event, which will help purchase mosquito netting and save the lives of more than 157 individuals.

Michael Fuller and Brandon Savage work to restore a 1987 truck with guidance from director/instructor Michael Mabe. Both students plan to work in the automotive field after graduation either as a supplemental income or a full-time vocation. Photos by Cindy Taylor

‘Crown’-ing glory By Cindy Taylor Crown College is celebrating 20 years. And what better way to do so than to offer new vocational training. 2013 is the prime kickoff year for the Crown College School of Trades and Technology. Students can now enroll in auto-diesel and welding technician training programs. Each can be completed in two years and prepares students for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master mechanic certification. Michael Mabe directs the new trade school, which is now in its second semester. Mabe hails from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., and has ASE certification in all 17 possible areas.

Mabe has worked in the automotive and aviation field for more than 40 years. “When our students finish this program they are required to have at least two ASE certifications to graduate,” said Mabe. “You are a master mechanic when you achieve eight but I encourage our students to get them all.” Along with their studies, Crown College also wants students to develop spiritually and in social integrity. “To work in this field it is critical to have a love for young people and a love for this profession. Learning a trade to make a living is only part of what students need. We have not completely educated students

Putting faith in action Paul Morehouse practices vehicle alignment. Morehouse is pursuing auto-diesel certification as a supplement to his career vocation choice in pastoral ministries. until we have touched all areas of their lives.” Crown College was founded by Temple Baptist Church and many church members offer their vehicles for practice at the new trade school. Nine students are currently enrolled in auto-diesel and most are in their 20s. However, high school graduates of any age may apply. Mabe hopes to broaden the trades program to possibly include carpentry,

nursing or cosmetology in the near future. Registration is now in progress for the upcoming semester. The college also offers courses in ministry, education and business. Credits are transferable and room and board is available. The theme of Crown College is academic excellence with a biblical foundation. Info: 938-8186 x445, email michael.mabe@ or visit

WORSHIP NOTES Food banks ■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes Of Blessings (food) 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, or until boxes are gone. Anyone who would like to come and receive a box of blessings is invited. You must be present to receive a box of food. One box per household. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

Meetings, classes ■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will host Vibrant Faith Workshops:

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■ Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road offers Wednesday Night Community Dinner for $2 at 6 p.m. followed by “After Dinner Special”: May 8, 15, 22: “Bingo.” Come for the food

and stay for the fun. Info: ■ Jesus Centered Ministries will hold its 11th annual auction and dinner 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bearden Banquet Hall. Tickets are $15.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4014 Garden Drive, is hosting a celebration luncheon in honor of retiring Pastor Don Ferguson and his wife, Debby Hall, a retired teacher with Knox County Schools. The lunch will follow the worship service on Sunday, May 19. The church is providing the lunch, and welcomes any member of the community who would like to attend. A “Giving Tree” will enable attendees to pin cards, letters and words of well wishes and gratitude.

■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will celebrate Eve of Ascension Day Holy Eucharist and Healing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Info: 523-5687. ■ The Church at Sterchi Hills, 904 Dry Gap Pike, invites all Christian musicians and singers to visit and possibly join the worship team. Sunday service starts at 10:30 a.m.

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Holt ready for district tourney By Cindy Taylor Powell

High School’s softball team has finished its regular season and Grace Holt has district tournament play on her mind. The Holt center fielder and senior team captain has played the game most of her life. “I just started throwing the ball when I was a kid,” said Holt. “My dad helped me get better.” The team finished 9-7 in

district play and 17-19 overall. “Our coaches are great,” said Holt. “The team has played so awesome this year. They are my best friends in the world.” Coach Jeff Inman says Holt will be missed. “Grace is the type of player every coach wants,” he said. “She always has fun and will do whatever it takes to help the team win. As captain, she plays hard and leads by example.” Holt plans to attend Pellissippi State to pursue a career in film. The Panthers open district play against Oak Ridge.

Collection for Goodwill Knox County elementary and middle schools will collect items Monday through Friday, May 13-17, to benefit Goodwill Industries during the 26th annual Straight from the Heart Sack Pack Material Drive. Gently used household items and clothing will be accepted for Goodwill’s 28 area retail stores. Students who donate items will receive a McDonald’s “Be Our Guest” coupon, a buy one, get one free coupon for a Smokies baseball game during June 2-6, and a free admission coupon to the American Museum of Science and Energy. Info:

Still giving Her name was Abby. She was lively and fun and loved making people laugh by making goofy faces. She loved all animals, especially dogs and horses, and couldn’t wait to have her own farm and veterinary practice. On June 6, 2010, she died from injuries sustained in a horseback riding accident. She was 10 years old. Now, thanks to the Abby Gibson Veterinary Scholarship Endowment at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, other aspiring vets get a chance to realize their dreams. Abby’s mother, Jennifer Gibson, established the endowment last year as a way to honor her daughter’s memory. Its first recipient was Ellen Yungmeyer, a graduate student in veterinary medicine who hails from Kingsport. “I’m so honored to have received Abby’s memorial scholarship,” says Ellen. “Vet school tuition has risen exponentially over the last few decades, so every little bit of financial aid is a huge help.” After she graduates on May 11, she’ll head to Mississippi State University for a veterinary internship in the

university’s equine hospital. Ellen’s wanted to be a horse vet since she was 5 years old, and she wishes she could’ve met Abby Gibson. “From everything I’ve heard, she was a vibrant girl who really embraced life. I think I would have really liked Abby and she would have reminded me of myself as a kid.” You can contribute to this worthy cause by taking your pooch and friends for a day of fun at the second annual Walk and Wag Dog Walk. Abby’s mom started the event as a fundraiser for the scholarship endowment. Animal lovers of all ages will find plenty to do; in addition to the waggy walk through the park, there will be prizes given for best-dressed dog, dog/own-

er lookalikes, best Vol pride dog and best trick, plus lots of activities for kids. There will be hot dogs and snacks, and the event will take place rain or shine, so come one, come all! The Walk and Wag Dog Walk, sponsored by PetSafe, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Victor Ashe Park. You and your pup can register that morning at 9 a.m., or in advance

at knoxvillewalkandwag. com. The first 150 registrants get a doggie goodie bag, so hurry! You can also make a donation online, or just learn more about the event and the special little girl who inspired it. The little girl who, through the scholarship endowment in her name, is still giving.

old March 26 with a Spiderman party at home with friends and family. Caleb’s parents are Chad and Beth Albright of Corryton. He has an older brother, Caden, and a baby sister, Emori. His grandparents are Kathy Jones, Karren Weaver Cox and Bill and Brenda Weaver. His great-grandmother is Myrtle Weaver.

Savannah Brooke Dyer celebrated her third birthday April 29 with a Disney Princess party with family and friends. Parents are Greg and Jill Dyer of Maynardville. Grandparents are Gail Wollard of Corryton, Garry “Buck” Wollard of Maynardville and Mildred and the late Carnes Dyer of Corryton. Savannah has a big sister,

Ashley, and a big brother, Justin. Lawson Branch celebrated his 5th birthday with family and friends at Gatti’s Pizza. Parents are Chris and Amanda Branch. Grandparents are Curt and Jo Middleton, Mike and Tammy Branch and the late Rose Branch. Neyland Lee Starnes turned 1 on April 18,

celebrating with a Mickey Mouse party with family and friends. He is the son of Don and Jessica Starnes. Grandparents are Sue and Ray Starnes of Knoxville, Susan and Wayne Cox of Maynardville, Jeff and Pauline Caldwell of Maynardville, and Mike Boles of Maynardville. He has two older brothers, Austin and Jake.

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A conversation with Uncle Travis By Wendy Smith

Travis Parker is 93, but he still enjoys going to school. He’s volunteered at A.L. Lotts Elementary School for 18 years, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. He has an agreement with 2nd grade teacher Rebecca Tipton that he will continue to read to students in her classroom until she retires after 40 years of teaching. He’ll fulfill his end of the bargain at age 101. Parker and his wife of 51 years, Dorothy, have five children scattered across the country. But they have nieces, nephews, great-nephews and even one great-great-nephew in Knoxville. He began volunteering at A. L. Lotts when two of his great-nephews, Travis and Austin Musgrave, were students at the school. Since then, he’s been known to students and teachers as “Uncle Travis.” When Austin moved on to West Valley Middle School, he encouraged his uncle to continue his work at the elementary school, and Parker agreed. He started out reading to 2nd graders, but in time, he began to share his talents, and experiences, in other ways. He talks to 5th graders about the Great Depression and World War II. He served in both World War II and in Korea. He’s also an avid horticulturist who has spent countless hours working on the school grounds. This year, he helped 2nd graders plant tulips in containers. The signs that said “Shhh – Bulbs are sleeping” came down when the tulips bloomed recently, he said. Parker created two memorial gardens at the school – one for a custodian and one for a student – and put up bulletin boards in portable classrooms. “He just works tirelessly,” Tipton says. He also keeps the classroom treasure chest supplied with trinkets to keep students motivated. “They just love him. His goal is to help them become better readers.” As much as Parker enjoys going to school these days – he’s typically at A.L. Lotts three days a week – he didn’t always enjoy school as a child.

Eliza Hammond holds the book while Travis Parker, a.k.a. Uncle Travis, reads to students in Rebecca Tipton’s and Kimberly Cope’s 2nd grade classes. Photo by Wendy Smith

But he does have fond memories of particular events and teachers. He remembers a Maypole dance in the 4th grade, when Mrs. Johnson was his teacher. A few years ago, he helped a 5th grade class at A.L. Lotts put together a Maypole dance. “It took me back,” he says. “I always got a new pair of shoes in springtime. We would dance around to John Philip Sousa music.”

He remembers a high school English teacher, Ms. Moore, who helped him develop an interest in poetry. She began each day by reading from the book of Psalms, he says. “I don’t think we ever saw her smile, but we knew she cared.” Parker says he has great rapport with all the teachers and administrators at A.L. Lotts, and not just because he keeps the candy jar filled. “They’re molding those kids. Not just by teaching, but through example.” He admits that he selfishly enjoys the attention he gets from students. When he walks down the hall, the students all want to give high-fives to Uncle Travis. Students remember him even after they’ve moved on from elementary school. He recalls hearing a student call to him at West Town Mall, only to be shushed by his parents, who didn’t believe they actually knew each other. “That’s my Uncle Travis,” the boy told them. Parker also enjoys learning new things. After looking closely at a dollar bill, he researched the meaning of each symbol and shared his findings with a 5th grade class. When they asked questions he couldn’t answer, he sent them to the computer to find the answer. “I learn something every time I go out there with the youngsters.”

Travis and Dorothy Parker meet Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy on a recent tour of Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Travis Parker has been recognized for his community service by Kingston Overlook Chick-fil-A owner Marshall Wilkins. Photo submitted

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Asher Scarbrough and Westin Williams practice for a future in show business.

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Ty the camel says “Hi” as he gives a ride to Powell Elementary School kindergartners Keira Phillips and Araya Browning. The kindergartners visited the zoo last week. Photos by Cindy Taylor

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Jacob Houston takes a peek at the otters.

Powell Elementary kindergarten students received a treat April 24 with a visit to the Knoxville Zoo. A highlight was meeting Khaleesi, a 19-month-old Komodo dragon. Khaleesi, a recent transfer from Zoo Atlanta, weighs 8 pounds and can easily grow to 80 pounds and 8 feet. But a four-foot lizard behind glass can only keep a kindergartner’s attention for about a minute at the zoo. Kids, teachers and chaperones roamed the 53 acres for more than four hours, taking in red pandas, penguins, gorillas and more. The group also enjoyed lunch on the school grounds.

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She never asked for riches, of silver and of gold, Just for everyone to be happy and to love her when she grew old. She taught me how to love God first and I didn’t understand. My mother was so kind to me – how could anyone else be so grand? Each night she knelt with me and taught me how to pray, To always love and trust God and to stay in His narrow way. Now that I have grown up and the Lord is in my heart, I thank my mother tenderly who played a special part. As I look back over those years, all these treasures I do hold, And Mother, don’t you worry, I’ll still love you when you grow tired and old!

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Attitude Dance Company opens in Halls Attitude Dance Company offers a wide variety of classes, including ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, baton and more. Owner Sonya Whaley, pictured with members of her classes, also offers all-star and competition teams, and this year the company will participate in Fantasy of Trees, local parades, Winter Review, Spring Recital and more. The company is located at 6808 Maynardville Highway near Grocery Outlet and is open 3:30-9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 386-1859. Pictured at the studio are: (front) Jaydence Hardin, Karra Graham, Allie Hale,

Breslin Pastore, Lydia Smith, Harper Fariss; (second row); Karah Warren, Alyssa Graham, Savannah Hardin, Brooklyn Martin, Makayla Irwin, Sydnie Curran, Abby Williams, Ella Hale, Marissa Lucas, Jayden Simmons; (third row) Hannah Ross, Katie Warwick, Cara Mitchell, Cheyenne Befini, Lexie Powell, Kendall Whaley, Kaitlynn Mamula; (back) owner Sonya Whaley, Addison Graham, Megan Campbell, Taylor Johnson, Autumn Robertson, Katie Hueser, Emily Connor, Rebekah Hartless, Haley Phelps, Brooke Tatum, Kyla Robertson, Amber Hardin. Photo by Ruth White

Heiskell school reunion By Theresa Edwards Although it rained, about 127 folks came to the annual Heiskell school reunion at the Heiskell United Methodist Church on April 27. People shared old school photos, albums, school minutes and a journal from the early 1900s titled “Council No. 217 Jr. O.U.A.M.” It was a mystery what “O.U.A.M.” was. Most importantly, they enjoyed seeing old friends once again, some who still live nearby and others who moved away and visited for the reunion. Bill Irwin, a genealogist who wrote a book of the families of the Heiskell community, said the new Heiskell school opened in December 1931. It had six rooms, an improvement over the old school’s four rooms for eight grades. He attended the school in the 1930s.

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Holt ready for district tourney By Cindy Taylor

Cline Jones and Robert Fox look at vintage school photos.

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Powell High School’s softball team has finished its regular season and Grace Holt has district tournament play on her mind. The center fielder and senior team captain has played the game most of her life. “I just started throwing the ball when I was a kid,” said Holt. “My dad helped me get better.” The team finished 9-7 in district play and 17-19 overall. “Our coaches are great,” said Holt. “The team has

played so awesome this year. They are my best friends in the world.” Coach Jeff Inman says Holt will be missed. “Grace is the type of player every coach wants,” he said. “She always has fun and will do whatever it takes to help the team win. As captain, she plays hard and leads by example.” Holt plans to attend Pellissippi State to pursue a career in film. The Panthers open district play against Oak Ridge.


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either by drinking or eating will become part of your cells approximately 12 hours after you eat or drink People around the world it. Therefore, if you don’t think it is something you continue to fight for the everelusive fountain of youth. We all want to become part of your body or you don’t want to replace certain cells with this material you are continue to look for the magic consuming, then I suggest you do not eat it. pill or the magic diet that will take away the pounds and make The first step to helping you lose weight forever us feel better. This is especially includes eating non-processed, all-organic foods the case in springtime when the way Mother Nature intended. If it wasn’t on the Dr. Wegener people realize that the warmer planet 10,000 years ago you don’t need it. If you weather is coming and they want to achieve a flatter can’t pronounce what’s on the label you don’t need midsection or better-looking legs. it. As much as possible, eat only whole, unprocessed, unrefined, organic meat, produce or dairy. Finally, Along with the diets comes millions of dollars use supplements and good whole foods to enhance spent annually on abdominal flattening gimmicks, an organic diet, not to compensate for bad diet most of which people stop using simply because they don’t work. Let’s face it, if it’s as simple as just choices. In other words, don’t spend an extra halfexercising, every man in the gym would have a great hour of exercise or spend a whole day of perfect six-pack of abdominal muscles and all of the women eating so that you can make bad choices at a later would have flat tummies. Well if you look around the meal. local gym you realize that this is not the case. Next week: You are how you eat. To get in shape and to flatten your midsection you must adhere to five golden rules. Rule #1: You are what you eat. Dr. Donald G. Wegener Rule #2: You are how you eat. Powell Chiropractic Center Rule #3: You are when you eat. Powell Chiropractic Center Rule #4: You are what you don’t excrete. 7311 Clinton Hwy., Powell Rule #5: You are the sum total of your stressors. I know most of you have heard Rule #1 before. 865-938-8700 You are what you eat. Everything you consume

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Sculptures of steel at Gerdau

Sculpture Installation Celebrates National Recycling Month and Dogwood Arts Partnership

By Sandra Clark Allan Gill was a community leader, and Hilda Gill was the woman who “let Allan be Allan.� That’s the tribute paid to his grandmother by Justin Bailey at Mrs. Gill’s funeral service at Powell First Baptist. Allan and Hilda were well-known around Powell where the big house on Emory Road welcomed family, friends and strangers. “Come see us, anytime the gate’s open,� Allan once said. The gate was always open. Pastor Phil Jones said he wonders who will fill the huge holes left by faithful old-timers like Hilda Gill. It’s a question that should cause soul-searching. Hilda created a home “where we all felt safe,� said Justin. She was a classy Allan and Hilda Gill dance at woman and a friend to their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. many. She will be missed.

The sculptors responsible for the artwork in Lonsdale include Chris Szaton and Matt Salley of Marble City Glassworks, Zophia Kneiss of Burning Art, and Preston Farabos of Aespyre. Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of the Knoxville mill, said: “To the employees at Gerdau, rebar is the foundational framework of bridges, building and roadways. Through the vision of these sculptors, it becomes the bark of a tree.� One piece of steel was from the Henley Street Bridge.

NOTES ■Fountain City Business and Professional Association will meet 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Central Baptist Church. Attorney and mediator Joe Jarret will speak on Labor and Employment Law. Jarret will give insight into how to prevent lawsuits. He also will discuss how to correctly terminate problem employees, thereby reducing the potential for wrongful termination claims. ■ The nursing staff at North Knoxville Medical Center has launched an alternative to pain medication called “guided imagery� for use in times of pain and/or stress. This tool is a not a substitute for medical treatment, but is designed to engage the power of the body, mind and spirit to help relax and calm the patient in times of stress related to pain.

A close-up shot of the squirrel created from scrap metal.

■Children’s Hospital got a $1 million boost last week from the estate of Wade Travis. He, along with his brothers Leon and Hilliard, were the original Shoney’s Big Boy franchisee owners for Knoxville and its surrounding counties.

At left, the new 15-foot tree at the Gerdau steel mill is named Dogwood Chestnut Gerdau. It was created by local sculptors with discarded steel scraps. The project began in April, 2012 when Gerdau opened its Knoxville scrap yard to a dozen local artists selected by the Dogwood arts to use in future works. The sculpture was installed on April 26. Photos by Ruth White

■BPV Capital Management will donate $120,000 over five years to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation’s Youth Arts Alliance, a program for disadvantaged school-aged youths to experience culture and arts programming at the Tennessee Theatre. The gift will provide $24,000 each year to the program. Tickets will be provided to those who qualify as funding is available. Info: 684-1143.


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AAA’s astounding growth By Anne Hart

Walters honored as Hometown Hero

Gregory Walters (seated) was honored as a Hometown Hero for his volunteer efforts with Friends of Literacy. He was surprised last week to be selected as the overall program honoree. Pictured with Walters are Debra Smith, Home Federal Bank president Dale Keasling and Melissa Nance, executive director of Friends of Literacy. Home Federal made two donations to Friends of Literacy in Walters’ name: $2,500 for being an honoree and an additional $2,500 for being the overall winner. Walters has logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours over the past six years with Friends of Literacy and Knox County Schools Adult Education and has helped countless adults learn to read or earn a GED. He has also taught non-native speakers to read and write English. “People like Gregory Walters, whose volunteer efforts help improve the quality of life for adults, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero,” said Keasling. Photo by Ruth White

When the huge organization known today as AAA was founded in 1902, there were only 8,000 automobiles in the U.S., and even more astonishing, only 144 miles of paved roads. In an effort to promote better roads and to assure driver-friendly legislation, nine social clubs pooled their efforts and formed AAA. A few years later, in 1916, a group of Knoxvillians organized the Knoxville Automobile Club, predecessor of AAA of East Tennessee. Tim Wright, AAA regional president, told West Knox Rotarians last week that the original group included Cowan Rodgers, grandfather of Roddy Rodgers, a former president of the West Knox club. Today Wright oversees an organization that boasts 8.9 million members in 11 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that has expanded far beyond the vision of the founders. In addition to its traditional roadside assistance services, today’s AAA provides financial services, sells several types of insurance and serves as a travel

John T. Carver Jr. and Dr. Walter Beahm visit with AAA regional president Tim Wright after last week’s West Knox Rotary meeting. agency, while offering its members discounts on attractions, trip tips, maps, mobile maps with turn-byturn driving directions and tour books. It has retained its strong position of public advocacy. Wright said his organization recently lobbied the Tennessee Legislature to increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt – now at $10. “Statistics show that increasing the fine will result in fewer deaths,” he said. AAA also opposed the

recent bill which would have eliminated the requirement for wearing motorcycle helmets. As far as summer travel is concerned, Wright pointed out that gasoline prices “are down 44 cents from where they were at this point last year in Knoxville, and down about 52 cents statewide. That’s good news for travelers. As long as gas stays under $4 a gallon, people will travel. When it goes over that amount, travel slows significantly.”

Rotary adds stream cleanup By Sherri Gardner Howell Members of the Rotary Club of Farragut will soon go walking down by the stream, but not for a leisurely stroll. Their walks, however, should enhance the beauty and viability of area streams. A club project is participation in Adopt-a-Stream, co-

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Beaver Brook Nine Hole Women’s Golf Group results The Beaver Brook Nine Hole Women’s Golf Group handicap play results from April 16: first place, Connie Sharpe and Shirley Spignardo; third place, Karen Brown; fourth place, Sandy Schonhoff; low putts and chip ins, Connie Sharpe. Three straight play results from April 30: first place, Connie Sharpe; second place, Sandy Schonhoff; third place (tie), Nina Dolin, Nancy Guay, Nicole Workman, Carol Young-Williams Animal Center adoptable animals Kita and Henley; low putts, Sandy Schonhoff and chip in, Carol Henley. Kinna are each 1 year old. Kita is a Shih Tzu mix and Kinna is a terrier mix. Both girls are sweet and loving and they must be adopted together. Their adoption fee has been sponsored by the Furry Friends program, which means there is no adoption fee. Kita and Kinna have both been spayed and microchipped and are up to date on vaccinations. You can meet the girls at Young-Williams’ Division Street campus noon to 6 p.m. daily. Info: or 215-6599.

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THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 11 Union County High School Greenhouse open, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday though Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Large assortment of vegetable plants, bedding plants, container arrangements. Info: Linda Baxter, 992-0180.

THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 12 Registration open for “Best Friends,” a dog training class for kids ages 10-16. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon, six weeks, starting May 25. Info/register: www.orkc. org and click on “Training Classes.” Knoxville Symphony League Show House, 1462 Rudder Lane. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MondaySaturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Benefits outreach programs of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. No on-site parking; free shuttle service from Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Info/directions: 986-3411 or www.

TO SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Registration open for American Museum of Science and Energy’s Science Explorer Camp for rising 5th (10 years old), 6th and 7th graders. Info:

THURSDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER New Harvest Park Farmers Market, 4775 New Harvest Lane, 3-6 p.m. Venders include local farmers, crafters and food trucks. Info: http://www.knoxcounty. org/farmersmarket/index.php.

SATURDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Union County Farmers Market, 8:30-11:30 a.m., front parking lot of Union County High School. Expected items: Asparagus, lettuce, onions, radishes, rhubarb. Nursery products: plant sets. Info: 992-8038.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Reading Roundup storytime, 3:30 p.m., for school age kids, Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Stories, flannel boards, music and printouts to take home. Info: 947-6210. Noweta Garden Club meeting, 10 a.m., Thress Nursery Gardens. Program by Greg Clark: “Vertical Gardens.”


p.m., Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchants Drive; sponsored by Maryville Christian School and Feed Your Faith. Info/tickets: Meet and greet VIP dinner, 6:30 p.m., will benefit the Maryville Christian School Scholarship Fund. Info/ tickets: 268-9146. Painting demonstration by Brett Weaver, nationally recognized plein-air painter and featured artist for Artists on Location, 7 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art. Info: Gala Day, Union County Senior Center; live band 10 a.m.-noon, door prizes, a catered lunch and guest speaker Bonnie Heiskell Peters.

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Benefit sale, Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2500 Mynatt Road in Halls. Info: 687-9012. Leave a message. Rummage Sale, beginning 8 a.m., New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 7115 Tipton Lane off East Beaver Creek. Follow signs from East Beaver Creek Drive and Central Avenue Pike.

First Line - First Page - First Chapter writing class, 6-8 p.m., with Kathleen Fearing, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline May 9. Info: 494-9854 or

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Fountain City Art Center Garden Party/Luncheon/Benefit, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ginger and Bill Baxter’s Gardens, 3901 Sam Cooper Lane. Reserved seats: $35. Info/reservations: 357-2787; fcartcenter@knology. net; 213 Hotel Ave. Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Wildflowers, bushes, ferns, herbs and other plants. Local author Lanny Payne with his new book, “The Reformation in Scotland,” 2-4 p.m. Info: 494-9854 or www. Rummage sale, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 4329 E. Emory Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothes, household items, Proceeds will be used for mission projects. Soy Candles class, 1-4 p.m.; instructor: Victoria Nicely; Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Registration deadline: May 9. Info: 494-9854 or Yard sale, 8 a.m., River of Hope Church Missions, 6919 Maynardville Pike, Black Oak Plaza. Rain or shine. Lots of everything. Kick-off celebration for Hardin Valley Academy’s Outdoor Classroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hardin Valley Academy, 11345 Hardin Valley Road; signs will guide you to the outdoor classroom site. All volunteers welcome to help prepare the grounds for an outdoor learning space. Lunch will be provided; bring a chair or a blanket for your picnic. Author Talk with David Hunter, 2 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 9476210.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 11-12 Glenwood Cemetery Decoration Days. Friends of Glenwood are encouraged to decorate the graves of loved ones. Donations for the maintenance of the cemetery will be accepted at the cemetery or may be addressed to Glenwood Cemetery Trust C., PO Box 734, Powell, TN 37849.

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Symphony on the Square, a free concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, sponsored by Home Federal Bank; 7:30 p.m., Market Square stage. Carter Family and Community Education Club meeting, 10:30 a.m., Carter Senior Center, 9040 Ashville Highway. Info: 933-5821. Halls Family and Community Education Club meeting, noon-3 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road.

Reading Roundup storytime, 3:30 p.m., for school age kids, Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Stories, flannel boards, music and printouts to take home. Info: 947-6210.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, MAY 14-30 “Never-Ever” Senior Novice Tennis Program, offering basic instruction in tennis for seniors over the age of 50, Tyson Family Tennis Center. Registration forms: Knox County Senior Citizen Centers and Tyson and West Hills Tennis Centers. Info: Lynne Keener,

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THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MAY 16-17 AARP Driver Safety Class, noon-4 p.m., Halls Senior Center, 4200 Crippen Road. Info/registration: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964.

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SATURDAY, MAY 18 Jewelry 101 class, 2-4 p.m., with Kathy Seely, Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline May 18. Info: 494-9854 or Children’s Festival of Reading, the kick off celebration for the Knox County Public Library’s summer reading programs, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., World’s Fair Park on the Festival Lawn and Amphitheater. Free admission.

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MONDAY, MAY 20 Luttrell Seniors will meet 10 a.m., Union County Senior Center. Betsy Stowers Frazier of Angelic Ministries will speak and pianist Andrew Merritt will perform. Covered dish lunch will follow. All invited. Info: Linda, 216-1943.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Reading Roundup storytime, 3:30 p.m., for school age kids, Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Stories, flannel boards, music and printouts to take home. Info: 947-6210. Healthy Choices, a plant-based Free Cooking Class #2, 6 p.m., North Knoxville 7th-Day Adventist Church fellowship hall, 6530 Fountain City Road. Space is limited. Info/register: 314-8204 or www.

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Sidewalk art with a message By Shannon Morris A rather unusual, but amazing, work of art recently appeared on a sidewalk outside of Grace Baptist Church. We are all familiar with children’s chalk drawings on our driveways, but a more recent art trend is vivid 3D drawings that provide depth on a flat surface and are a fabulous treat for the eye. As the church was planning for their annual Good Friday event, Jonathan Green of the church approached Grace Christian Academy’s art teacher, Shannon Johnson, about designing something that would help communicate the imagery of humanity’s separation from God. Johnson pondered the assignment and eventually came up with the idea of a 3D chalk drawing showing a deep chasm, something that depicts the great divide between God and humanity. Also included in the drawing would be a wooden

cross that traversed the chasm, which represents Jesus Christ bridging the gap. Johnson, accompanied by GCA art students Brittany Lane, Hayley Pope, Matthew Jones, Cody Clift, Noah Swezy and Alex Miller, had five short days in which to complete this task. Unfortunately, the weather decided not to cooperate with their efforts, and they lost their first day. Despite this setback, the drawing was completed in the remaining four days and was finished on the Friday before spring break. They covered it with plastic and used a special tape to seal it, but once again the rains came, washing away the bulk of the hard work that had been done. Not to be defeated, Johnson and Jones came back during spring break and worked for several hours repairing the drawing in time for Good Friday. The event, which lasted from noon until 8 p.m., was met with another round of rain

Grace Christian Academy art student Matthew Jones stands on a cross “bridge” across a chalk art chasm on the sidewalk at Grace Baptist Church. The chalk mural, created for Good Friday, portrays Jesus Christ as the cross bridging the divide between God and humanity. Photo by Shannon Johnson around 5 p.m., but all who at- and teacher. tended were able to see and enWhile this drawing was injoy the amazing efforts of the credible, and portrayed the inGCA art department’s students tended message in a beautiful

way, everyone agreed that perhaps East Tennessee in the spring is not the best time for outdoor sidewalk chalk drawings.

Grace student wins state essay contest By Shannon Morris

Baseball team gives back The Grace Christian Academy Rams baseball team recently visited some young patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, spending time over their spring break to brighten the spirits of others. The players saw many children, talking with them and giving out autographed baseballs in order to bring them a little cheer at a difficult time. Pictured here with patient Breonna (center) are Ty Myers, David Stallworth, Chandler Adkins, Tanner Fee, Kaleb Savage, Josh Liford and Brad Andrews. Photo by Patti Andrews

Several students from Grace Christian Academy’s middle school took part in the annual essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and several Grace students came away winners. The 6th grade English and geography classes were challenged to enter the contest by submitting essays on the topic of unsung heroes of the American Revolution. The contest began by competing in chapters, in this case the GCA 6th grade, and then moved on to district and state levels. One GCA student, Olivia Ellison, submitted an essay about Deborah Sampson, a female soldier in the Revolutionary War. Olivia’s intriguing story emerged as the winner of the Tennessee American History Essay contest. At the chapter level, GCA had the following finalists: Anna Arwood, Chase Disney, Virginia Pirkle, Morgan McMullen and

Grace Christian Academy student Olivia Ellison (center) is named winner of the Tennessee American History Essay Contest by Daughters of the American Revolution State First Vice Regent Susan Thomas and essay contest chair Margaret Terrell. Photo by Jane Ellison Eli Milligan, as well as Olivia, who was the chapter winner. She moved on to win the Appalachian Region, which is comprised of 21 districts, before having her paper selected as one of five state finalists. Each of those finalists went through the simi-

lar process of advancing through districts and regions. Olivia was invited to attend an awards ceremony and reception in Nashville on April 20, held at the Cool Springs Marriott in recognition of her award-winning essay.

University’s Programs for Talented Youth (PTY). Students who attend VSA are among the brightest in the country, scoring in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT and ACT. “VSA classes develop students’ critical thinking skills, encourage intellectual exploration and teach them how to thrive in a college classroom setting,” says PTY Executive Director, Dr. Tamra Stambough. “Students are able to push their intellectual

limits alongside peers who also appreciate the sheer joy of learning and discovery.” VSA consists of one-week, two-week and three-week sessions, each featuring challenging courses taught in university classrooms and laboratories by Vanderbilt scholars. The caliber of VSA’s teaching staff and students’ access to university resources make VSA unique among summer academic programs for gifted youth.

Elementary school presents ‘The Little Mermaid’ Grace 8th grader going to Vanderbilt By Shannon Morris

Each spring, the Grace elementary school musical provides a terrific blend of talent, entertainment, and celebration of the arts. This year, the students, under the direction of Tracy Rogers, performed an amazing rendition of “The Little Mermaid,” a top quality performance that was the result of hundreds of hours of practice and preparation. Students all the way up to our high school musical theater

class had a part in the musical. By Shannon Morris In three performances, May 2-3, thousands of guests were Riley Hester, Grace Chrisable to witness the talents and tian Academy 8th grader, has efforts of more than 300 stubeen accepted dents who were expressing to attend the their God-given skills: a mix 2013 Vanderof vocals, dance, costuming, bilt Summer set decoration, and a mesmerAcademy (VSA), izing display of lighting. This a program for musical is something that academically many people look forward to gifted students year after year, and this pro- Hester in grades 8 duction more than lived up to through 12 hosted by Vanderbilt that reputation.


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Forty-three thousand children, 60 books per child, 600,000 books per month, more than 2.3 million books to date. Since 2006, the Knox County Imagination Library has provided free, age-appropriate, high-quality books to children from birth to 5 years old in Knox County. And new children from all over the world join every day. Children start with “The Little Engine That Could” and finish with “Look Out, Kindergarten Here I Come.” The last book includes an inside cover letter from Dolly Parton, originator of the program. In Tennessee, Imagination Library is funded through community support and the Governor’s Books from Birth program. Parents are provided with monthly worksheets and extension activities they can use to better prepare their children for kindergarten. Opportunities to sign up begin at birth through all local hospitals in the Knoxville area. Currently, 68 percent of children in Knox County are registered. Holly Kizer has been the Knox County Imagination Li-

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