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‘Hands in the Air’


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IN THIS ISSUE Bigfoot and Yeti and mayors Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s embrace of the legendary Bigfoot has sparked a rivalry with his city counterpart, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “I proclaim June 2 Yeti Day in Knoxville,� Rogero recently announced. “We don’t need no stinkin’ Bigfoot in our fair city.�


Jim Kennedy arrives at the Bijou for the premiere of “Hands in the Air.� Photo submitted

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dy. “Turns out it was not so much about the singers as it was about me. The film is filled with students from different years speaking about how they remember high school and singing.� Nathan Hinckley, founder of Milestone Pictures, claims Kennedy as the brothers’ inspirational mentor. “This film is about a man, his passion and his ability to mold lives for the better through music,� said Hinckley. “If I only had 20 seconds to tell someone about him, I would say that he has affected generations and will continue to do so.� After 30 years in the classroom, some wonder why Kennedy isn’t considering retirement. “When I watch this movie I see myself, but I also see a teacher who knows why he teaches,� said The Powell High Singers posing with favorite teacher Jim Kennedy are (floor) Kennedy. “I can’t think of doing Trent Walton, Noah Muncy; (seated) Karyn Padgett, Abigail Brown, Kennedy, anything else. When asked what I Krista Jeffers, Erin Parks; (back) Garrett Boles, Tori Palmer and Lauren Kitts. Photo teach at Powell my response is, ‘I by Cindy Taylor teach kids.’ � “Hands in the Air� premiered at past year he has been shadowed by the Bijou Theatre May 20 to a full By Cindy Taylor Jim Kennedy is more than a teach- the Hinckley brothers – former stu- house. Tickets were $10 with 10 perer. Just ask any of his current or for- dents, musicians and filmmakers – cent of the proceeds donated back to mer students at Powell High School. Derek, Nathan and Spencer. Kenne- the Powell High choral department. They describe the man as mentor, in- dy thought they were documenting The Hinckleys will enter the spiring, life-changing, dedicated and The Powell High Singers, but they documentary in upcoming festiof course, hairy. Now they can add were secretly compiling an original vals. To see the trailer and clips film about Kennedy. one more descriptor – movie star. from the movie and to follow “It was overwhelming when they the film’s progress go to www. Kennedy has been the choral teacher at PHS for 24 years. For the showed me the trailer,� said Kenne-

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Phillip and Louise Lim, owners of Asia CafĂŠ North and Asia CafĂŠ West, have contracted with Sandy Loy at Construction Plus to build a new restaurant at 1708 North Callahan Drive near the Jubilee Banquet Sandy Loy Facility.

The proposed 12,270-squarefoot building will include a Hibachi grill, state-of-the-art kitchen with ample prep and storage rooms, a karaoke bar, spacious front and rear patios, a sushi bar and separate dining facilities for Western-style foods (steaks and potatoes), Mexican, Italian and Asian dining, along with a 192-square-foot dance floor. Phillip Lim said that the time has come for this expansion. Asia

CafĂŠ will leave its current location at the corner of 6714-B North Central Avenue by July 2015. “Louise and I are truly excited,â€? he said. “This is something we have been dreaming about for quite a while. We have enjoyed the planning process. It is awesome to see our ideas come to life. We are doing everything we can to make our new building beautiful as well as environmentally friendly. We

have already been working with TVA for help with solar energy.� The plans were drawn by Benjamin Conway Garlington, Architect & Associates of Knoxville. Lim said that the New Asia CafÊ will require more employees. He is always on the lookout for good cooks who know how to prepare authentic Malaysian, Japanese/ sushi, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.

Expect a battle Last Sunday, state Rep. Gloria Johnson threw herself a multipurpose birthday/fundraiser/ icecream social in Edgewood Park, near the heart of North Knoxville, which is no longer the geographic heart of the 13th House District. But it’s where she lives, and it’s where the former chair of the Knox County Democratic Party must win heavily in November if she is to get a second term.


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Educators bow out early; cite ‘attack on teachers’ By Betty Bean When Stan Kelly and Peggy Leland retired two weeks ago, 45 years of teaching experience at Central High School walked out the door with them. “I kept asking Stan, ‘Are we really old enough to be doing this?’ � said Leland, who taught art at Central for 20 years and directed her students in creating high-profile art projects like the huge banners hanging in the school commons and other areas. “In my mind, I just thought this was a chance to expose kids who had never had a chance to experience the visual arts to the great artists. Later, I started another project to do framed pictures in the hallways. I hope someone continues it,� Leland said. “Most of the time, you just know when it’s time,� said Kelly, who spent 25 years teaching history and was one of a dwindling handful of educators left there who were also Central High School alumni. And he says he worked at Central much longer than his teaching tenure.

Central High School lost 45 years of teaching experience with the early retirement of teachers Stan Kelly and Peggy Leland. Leland’s art students produced the banner behind them. Photo by Betty Bean

“While I was at UT, Mr. (Dan) Boring let me work as a janitor here, and after that Mr. (Rex) Stooksbury. Then I was a student teacher here and came here for my first and only teaching job. It all adds up to about 37 years,� Kelly said.

His father, the late Cecil Kelly, spent many years as principal of Fountain City Elementary School and was later a member of the school board. His mother, Polly, was a kindergarten teacher. “We saw a young man at church

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yesterday; Mama had him in kindergarten, Dad had him in elementary school and I had him at Central. It’s that community connection,� Kelly said. Leland nodded. “That’s what I have loved so much about Central,� said Leland, who grew up in Oak Ridge, where everybody was from somewhere else. “There just wasn’t that longterm connection.� Kelly is 60, Leland 62. They don’t seem tired. Kelly’s going to do a lot of hiking and kayaking this summer and enjoy the luxury of fall travel, for the first time. Leland is going to spend the summer working in her studio and traveling to Italy and will start a part-time job in the fall. So why are they leaving early? “I do not believe in a lot of things that are being done – the overly zealous emphasis on data, on test scores – it is an outright attack on teachers,� Leland said. “I’ve always been evaluated To page A-3

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While you were out …

Anesthesia team watched every heartbeat, every breath They’re the doctors you never met, the nurses you didn’t see. They’re the ones who lulled you to sleep without ever singing a lullaby, the ones who enabled you to gently awaken right on time. They are Parkwest Medical Center’s anesthesia team, an elite group of 10 anesthesiologists and 45 anesthetists who, like an army of guardian angels, watch over you as you sleep peacefully through anything from an appendectomy to neurosurgery. You may think you’ve never met them. More likely, however, the anesthesia just wiped them from your memory. “We say that it’s a good thing if your patient doesn’t remember you, because that means everything went well,” says Dr. Jeff Fuqua, an affable Tennessee native who chairs the hospital’s anesthesiology department. Not so in labor and delivery, however. There, Fuqua says, the mothers are more concerned about the epidural than childbirth. But when they discover the IV was the most painful part of it, they are quick to recall the kind doctor or nurse who eased their labor pain. “Now, those women,” he says with a laugh, “are grateful!” Last year, Parkwest anesthesiologists and anesthetists worked 14,200 cases, including about 500 heart surgeries and countless general; orthopedic; neuro; and ear, nose and throat surgeries. When it’s time for your colonoscopy, they’re there. When you need a breathing tube, they’re there. When you’re unconscious and lying on the operating table, they’re seated inches away behind the drape above your head as they keep close watch over your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and other critical functions. “The whole time they (patients) are asleep we are monitoring, monitoring,” says Dr. Mitch Dickson, who has also served as Parkwest’s chief of staff and is a member of Covenant Health’s Board of Directors. “Monitoring their oxygen level, their EKG, their blood pressure, the gasses they are breathing in and out. We measure brain waves to determine the depth of anesthe-

Parkwest’s anesthesia dream team, Dr. Mitch Dickson and Dr. Jeff Fuqua. sia. We’re doing all those things while the surgeon is working. “Keep in mind, too, that the surgeon has more patients waiting,” Dickson adds. “So we need to do an anesthetic in a way that will wake patients up in a timely fashion. Obviously, if it takes three hours for them to wake up, the surgeon is not going to do another case in that operating room.” It’s a challenging task that requires much training and skill. Even so, it is one of those medical procedures often taken for granted. “It’s fun to watch surgery, but if you came back and watched me do anesthesia, you would be bored stiff,” says Fuqua. “Watching anesthesia is just boring! But when you are the one who’s got to get that tube in, the one who’s got to keep that patient alive but still and unconscious, it’s a totally different thing.” Yet, the critical role anesthesia professionals play in healthcare is seldom seen or understood by the patients they serve.

“Every patient thoroughly researches the surgeon when they need surgery, but no one looks into who is sedating them,” said Rick Lassiter, Parkwest’s chief administrative officer. “These are very skilled but often overlooked medical professionals who deserve recognition for the complex work they do.” It is the anesthesiologist who “holds the trump card” before surgery begins. Having formulated an anesthesia plan in advance of the surgery based on height, weight, age and a host of other factors, the anesthesiologist is well-versed in the patient’s medical history although he or she may have never met the patient. “We are the patient’s last medical clearance before proceeding with surgery,” says Dickson. “If we see any concern about their medical history – or if they’re having chest pain the surgeon didn’t know about – we’re the ones who would prevent them from going ahead with the surgery.”

From ‘takeoff to landing,’ anesthesia gets you there safely Dr. Jeff Fuqua says the work of the anesthesiologist is much like that of a pilot for an airline. “If you think about it, there are a lot of similarities between anesthesia and airline flying,” says Fuqua, an anesthesiologist at Parkwest Medical Center. “You get on a plane and give control to that pilot, trusting that he’s going to take that plane up safely and get you to where you are going. We’re kind of the same way – we have the takeoff, we have the landing. You are putting your life in my hands and I take that seriously. That’s important to you, your kids, your family. Every patient is a person with loved ones who want to see them come back safely.” Yet, just as there are passengers with a fear of flying, there are also patients with a fear of anesthesia. “Most people don’t realize how safe anesthesia is now. Years ago, the American Society of Anesthesiologists launched some safety initiatives that have really helped, and our safety data have been tremendous over the years,” says Dr. Mitch Dickson, Parkwest anesthesiologist. “Now, anesthesia is one of the safer medical procedures you can have.” Fuqua concurs that the ASA’s initiatives have “taken safety to a whole new level.” Furthermore, he says, technological inno-

vations in monitoring equipment such as the capnograph which measures the CO2 a patient exhales, the pulse oximeter which measures oxygen levels and pulse, and the introduction of the sleep drug propofol have “revolutionized” anesthesia safety. “When I was in residency in the early 1990s, the chance of a major catastrophic event was 1 in 10,000. Those are pretty good numbers,” Fuqua says. “Recent numbers say it’s 1 in 250,000. That’s how much safer it’s gotten in 20-25 years. When I think about people in the 1970s doing anesthesia without having those monitors I have now, it scares me to death. Of course at that time, you didn’t have them and you did the best you could do with what you had.”

Patients are encouraged to talk with the anesthesiologist or anesthetist about any concerns. “Tell them if you’ve had any problems with nausea or vomiting in the past, tell them if you have had any complications with your previous anesthetic history or if any member of your family has had any significant problem with anesthesia,” advises Dickson. “Everybody has different anesthetic tolerances – some have lower tolerances and some have higher tolerances. All those things are important to know.” “I think it’s good to know who is providing your care,” adds Fuqua. “Is this person a physician or a CRNA? It’s good to know what kind of relationship is there. But mostly, a person should talk about any concerns they have. “What I think patients really need to know is: What’s going to be done to me? Are you doing regional anesthesia or general? Then, is there anything you are particularly worried about? For instance, if I’m a smoker and have COPD, I’m going to be worried about that as an anesthesiologist. So it’s good to know what your concerns are going in. You want to know the type of anesthesia and then have trust that they are going to do fine.”

The “art and science” of anesthesia, as Fuqua calls it, is more than “putting a person to sleep.” “We’re responsible for taking care of patients in the recovery room; we do epidurals for labor and delivery. Any time there is a difficult intubation or a procedure where somebody needs an airway on the floor – typically in the intensive care unit – we’re called,” says Dickson. “We’re called for sedation in the GI Lab. We do sedation in the emergency room. We have different roles all over the hospital.” “Anywhere that needs deep sedation or general anesthesia, we’re involved,” Fuqua says. With more than 14,000 cases a year, it isn’t surprising that a culture of teamwork has prevailed between anesthesiologists and anesthetists at Parkwest. “They’re critical. They allow us to cover all the surgeries here that need to be done. They’re our ‘extenders,’ ” says Fuqua, noting that the anesthetists, who are advanced practice nurses most often referred to as CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), actually handle “98 to 99 percent” of the cases while working under the supervision of the anesthesiologists (or MDAs – Medical Doctor-Anesthesia). “We work together,” says Dickson. “We function as a team, and they enable us to do our job better and more efficiently because of their expertise.” Fuqua said he feels “fortunate” to have such a competent group of anesthetists. “I know I can trust them on a routine case,” he says. “I know they’ll be diligent about it, and that they’ll call me if they need to. In anesthesia, that is a key.” It’s the kind of confidence that helps everyone sleep well. “In anesthesia, you don’t get a pat on the back every day from your patients saying, ‘you did a great job,’ ” says Fuqua. “They are asleep so they don’t know. So when you leave at the end of the day, you have to know you did a good job. You know if you’ve done well. That’s your gratification.”

Parkwest earns top marks from the following esteemed hospital review organizations ✓

Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, for providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, a national online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“A” grade in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, whose annual survey is the most robust national measure set comparing hospital safety, quality and efficiency in the clinical areas consumers and healthcare purchasers value.

“National Excellence in Healthcare” awards from Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC). Parkwest’s Outpatient Surgery Services, Outpatient Services and Childbirth Center received the 5-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care, meaning these units scored in the top 10 percent of the PRC database. Our Emergency Services Department earned the 4-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care, scoring in the top 25 percent of the PRC database.

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The missing man table. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Humana Memorial The Memorial Day Tribute program at Humana Guidance Center May 22 was both heartening and tearful.

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The UT ROTC presented the colors to open the program. Guest speakers included Clyde Vincent, program manager with Volunteers of America; Jess Hernandez, American Red Cross; members of Rolling Thunder; and Wilson Valenzuela with Humana.

Color Guard from the University of Tennessee Air Force ROTC Detachment – David Place, Patrick Burns, Adrian Valenzuela and Emily Brooks – presents the colors during the Humana Memorial Day Tribute. Rolling Thunder set the ing each item at the table Missing Man Table. Ann and what it represents. PFC Wolf read the tribute list- Bowe Bergdahl was cap-

Educators bow out by people who have never taught art. Teaching art cannot be compared to an academic class.� Kelly agreed: “Teaching cannot be compared to a business. We’re doing so much wrong in education. It’s bad for teach-

quirement) is creating grade inflation that damages academic integrity. ers and horrible for kids. But “A couple of years ago, I teachers are easy to push was teaching an economics around. We see these cycles course that is required for come and go, and we sit back graduation. I was asked to and let them happen. This turn in the names of kids in time, it finally broke us.� danger of failing, and I gave Kelly said the emphasis them the name of one boy on four-year graduation who never got above a 40 rates (a Race to the Top re- on a test. From page A-1

Humana senior center visitor Charles Cate receives empty bags to fill with clothes for homeless veterans from Clyde Vincent at the Humana Memorial Day Tribute.

ishable food and personalhygiene items for Volunteers of America and Project Stand Down – a program to provide services to homeless veterans. The Humana Guidance Center is at 4438 Western Ave. For program info, contact the center at 329-8892.

tured in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, and is still listed among the missing. His photo was placed on the table. Veterans were recognized and thanked for their service. “The average age of a soldier killed in action is 19 years old,� said Wilson Valenzuela. “Our servicemen give up their minds, bodies and spirit just so we can have our freedom. Coming from another country, this is very dear to me. I love this country and just want to thank every veteran.� Seniors at the center are collecting clothes, non-per-

said president Rick Long. The club held a joint pancake breakfast with the Farragut Lions Club last Saturday to raise funds. Scheduled speakers Jim McFarland and Dave Crawford had to cancel but with good reason. The two had a last-minute meeting with an ophthalmologist group to talk about the possibility ■Knox North Lions of pro bono cataract surgery plan ahead for Lions Club sight patients Knox North Lions held a who can’t afford the proceplanning meeting May 21 to dure. Knox North Lions meet decide on future projects. at 1 p.m. each first and third “We have a few bucks in Wednesday at Puleo’s on the bank and need to get Merchants Drive. back on track with some new Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. community involvement,� com.

“Two weeks later, he walked across the stage and graduated.� Surprised, Kelly learned the student had been placed in a last-minute, accelerated cram session aimed at making him graduation-eligible. But much as they disagree with today’s test-and-assess business model, they don’t regret their career choice.

“I’m leaving a little earlier than I intended, but I’ve known so many great kids. I ran into a kid yesterday that I gave a scholarship to, and I was tickled to death to see him. I’ve taught kids of my kids,� Kelly said. Leland, for whom teaching high school art was the fourth career (she’d worked in planning at UT, at TVA

in regional arts and at the TVA Credit Union in staff development), says she has no regrets about her teaching career. “I thought I’d stay longer, but I’m happy. I’m glad this was my fourth career. But staying would mean going along with these current policies, and I just can’t do that anymore.�



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Ivan Harmon considers race for mayor reelection, the open seat for mayor in 2019 will likely draw several serious candidates including more than one now serving on City Council. All City Council candidates running in 2017 and 2019 will be new as no current council member will be eligible to run in those years. ■ House Speaker John Boehner, who is Victor third in line to the presiAshe dency after the president and vice president, was in Knoxville May 24 as the main guest for U.S. Rep. The event has a 70-perJimmy Duncan’s fundson host committee of both raiser at the Pete and Cindi Democrats and RepubliDeBusk home on Cunningcans. It is an impressive ham Road. Afterward, he group, although it does and Duncan had dinner at include several persons who the popular family-owned do business with the city. Litton’s in Fountain City, Light hors d’oeuvres and where he had one of Knoxwine will be served, accord- ville’s best hamburgers. ing to the invitation. All They ate in the back of the current council members restaurant, so most patrons have been invited by Mandid not realize Boehner was nis via email to be guests at there. the event (meaning they do ■ The UT proposal not have to pay). for the historic Williams Mannis, who owns Pres- House on Lyons View Pike tige Cleaners, recently reto be leased for a 50- or 99placed the roof on his house year period may be the best after living downtown, sell- possible outcome in terms ing his condo to TVA CEO of saving the house. The Bill Johnson and moving significant sticking point back to his West Knoxwill be finding a person or ville home. His showcase persons willing to spend $3 gardens have been open to million-plus to renovate the the public several times. Staub-designed house plus Mannis hosted a fundraiser the UT Board of Trustees for Rogero in 2011. signing off on it. Not many It is smart politics by people fit that profile. Rogero to hold such an After spending that large event 15 months ahead of a sum, are they willing for the September 2015 mayoral it to revert to the University primary. It shows her inten- at some future point? Good tions to seek a second and news is that there is posifinal term (not that there tive movement to rescue was any doubt). It allows her the house from neglect. But to showcase broad-based this story is far from being support for her candidacy concluded. through her host committee ■ City Council memand thus encourage some ber Marshall Stair is credible rivals who may moving to North Knoxville want to be mayor to defer in a few months to a home their plans until 2019. It he is purchasing on East also replenishes her camAnderson Avenue. Stair paign bank account and lets currently lives downtown on people know she will be well Market Street. His new home funded. is a 1900 Colonial that labor At present she does from the neighborhood has not have an announced helped restore, according to opponent although former the sign in the front yard. county commissioner, city More can be found on it at school board member and council member Ivan dersonProject.ONK, which Harmon has said he is clearly shows how much considering it. Harmon was hard labor went into rescuan unsuccessful mayoral ing this house. His purchase candidate in 1995 and 2011. and occupancy of the house He did not make the runoff show strong personal combetween Rogero and Mark mitment to historic preserPadgett in 2011. He says, “I vation and neighborhood am not going to let her run revitalization. unopposed. I will decide by As an at-large member August or September. I am Stair is not required to live in good health.” in any particular district. No incumbent mayor or The other at-large memcouncil member has lost bers live in West Knox. All reelection to a second term three are up for reelection since term limits were imin 2015, along with council posed. Assuming Rogero’s member Mark Campen. If there was any doubt that Mayor Rogero is seeking reelection, it ended with invitations being sent out for a $250 suggested donation for a fundraiser on Wednesday, June 11, at the Kingston Pike home of former Rogero deputy Eddie Mannis.

Eddie Smith and Lanna Keck Smith at Honor Fountain City Day. Gloria Johnson (at top) poses with family at her birthday bash in Edgewood Park. At left are her nephew and his wife, Spencer and Stephanie Rouser; on the right are her brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Sheri Johnson, and their son, Landen; Gloria’s mom (center) is Nell Johnson. Photo by Patricia Williams

Expect a battle in the fighting 13th Last Sunday, state Rep. Gloria Johnson threw herself a multipurpose birthday/fundraiser/ ice-cream social in Edgewood Park, near the heart of North Knoxville, which is no longer the geographic heart of the 13th House District. But it’s where she lives, and it’s where the former chair of the Knox County Democratic Party must win heavily in November if she is to get a second term. The 13th has been sending Democrats to Nashville for more than 50 years, with the exception of the brief tenure of Republican Joe Burchfield, who won a special election in 1989 over the widow of the late Ted Ray Miller to serve out the second year of the term vacated by the death of the incumbent. Burchfield was promptly defeated in 1990 by Harry Tindell, who remained in office until 2012 despite numerous attempts to oust him by candidates with ties to conservative Re-

Betty Bean publicans Stacey Campfield and Bill Dunn. Tindell, a fiscal conservative who specialized in government finances, became an important cog in the power structure of a House dominated by Democrats and was the favorite Democrat of a lot of Republicans. Over the years, he survived the gradual GOP takeover of the House unscathed. The Republican takeover was completed with the wave election of 2010, which gave the GOP the power to redraw House district lines. By 2012, the 13th District had been stretched south and west with the addition of Bonny Kate, Mount Olive and Sequoyah Hills. Privately, Republicans maintained that it could have been worse, but for their re-

spect for Tindell, who nonetheless bowed out in 2012. Common wisdom was that the Republicans would take the seat, but Johnson, a special-education teacher fresh off a 2011 run for state Senate that nobody expected her to win against Republican Becky Duncan Massey (she mostly ran because no other Democrat volunteered to take the bayonet in the breadbasket), took the House seat with a strong election-day showing in the North Knoxville wards, where demographics skew older and more sympathetic to the labor, education and civil-rights issues that are her strengths. This year, two Republicans will go at it in the primary – the heavily selffinanced Jason Emert, a Farragut High School graduate and former Blount County resident who moved to Sequoyah Hills a year ago and has a recently acquired law degree from the University of Miami and a penchant for

shooting himself in the foot, and Eddie Smith, an arranger of church music and Inskip resident who grew up in Alice Bell and is married to former Miss Tennessee Lanna Keck and has ties to Bill Dunn (who is now a committee chair and wields power commensurate to that which Tindell enjoyed when his party ruled Capitol Hill). It will be ugly. Smith will be heavily outspent by Emert but should win the primary. And the November battle with Johnson, who will have the support of a legion of ticked-off teachers, will be epic. Note: A photo accompanying last week’s column about a campaign reception for Chancellor Daryl Fansler identified his colleague, Chancellor Mike Moyers, as a Fansler “supporter.” Moyers says he was merely in attendance at the reception and the Fansler sticker he was wearing was a nametag.

Bigfoot and Yeti and mayors, oh my! Satire alert! Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s embrace of the legendary Bigfoot has sparked a rivalry with his city counterpart, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

County Building yesterday,” Rogero said, “but it was just Burchett’s communications guy, Michael Grider.” Rogero later apologized for bashing Grider with the Louisville Slugger she uses for the annual City-County softball game. Not to be outdone, BurLarry chett has been trolling Van countywide for Bigfoot with Guilder his Nikon camera. “Thought I had the rascal cornered last Thursday evening outside Wright’s “I proclaim June 2 Yeti Cafeteria,” Burchett said. Day in Knoxville,” Rogero “I want to say publicly how recently announced. “We sorry I am for smashing don’t need no stinkin’ Big- Michael Grider in the head foot in our fair city.” with my tripod. Get well “That’s a danged politi- soon, Big Sexy!” cal maneuver,” Burchett reInterest in the Bigfootsponded, “trying to distract Yeti rivalry has spread becity folks from the tax in- yond the mayors’ offices. crease. Besides, everybody “I smell opportunity,” knows Bigfoot would make said Knox County Commisspaghetti of the Yeti.” sioner Amy Broyles. “TourRogero disagrees, and ist dollars could make up for says she is personally lead- the property-tax increase ing the hunt for the Yeti in we didn’t get – again.” downtown Knoxville. Broyles says she will bring “I thought I spotted it on resolutions before County the sixth floor of the City Commission and City Coun-

cil proposing the purchase of specially equipped patrol cars to be manned 24/7 by sheriff’s deputies and city police officers. “I’m volunteering to ride shotgun,” Broyles said. “And when the Safety Center is completed we’ll have the perfect place to house and display the critters.” Other commissioners expressed support for Broyles’ idea. Richard Briggs, who will claim the local record for most honorifics if elected to the state Senate this fall, sees merit in the proposal. “Can I fit Commissioner Colonel Senator-elect Dr. Richard Briggs on a standard business card? Is that the question? Snaring Bigfoot or the Yeti will be a snap, by comparison,” Briggs said. Commissioner Jeff Ownby has also signed on to the Broyles initiative. “I’m very interested, I guess you’d say bi-curious, about both those big fellows,” Ownby said. In Nashville, even Gov.

Bill Haslam is taking notes. “If the electric chair is cruel and inhuman, how about a date with old Bigfoot for condemned prisoners?” Haslam mused. “Put ’em in a steel cage, let ’em rassle, invite the public, closed-circuit television, the works!” the governor crowed before being nudged away by several aides. Out west, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill took little note of the Burchett-Rogero contretemps. “We have very strict codes in Farragut,” McGill said. “Hairy monsters have no place in this town unless they play for the high school football team or guard our liquor taxes.” Should Bigfoot or the Yeti slip into Farragut, he added, they would be “cited on sight.” UPDATE: After his release from the hospital, Michael Grider was cited by a Farragut codes-enforcement official who subsequently apologized for the mistake in identity.

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Talent or experience? Take your pick

We shall soon see the difference in football talent and experience. Beginning on the last Sunday in August and continuing for three months, Tennessee will present a case study for the comparison of superior athletic ability and jungle warfare survival. Butch Jones has assembled a bright, young cast of highly regarded prospects. Alas, the foundation of his brick-by-brick building program is thin. There just aren’t many Volunteers who have enjoyed learning experiences against Southeastern Conference foes. That’s double trouble. There haven’t been many winning games to enjoy, and there are too few seniors.

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Back when freshmen were not allowed to play because of perceived immaturity and sophomores were considered generally inadequate, the late, great Robert R. Neyland said college teams could expect to lose one game for each underclassman in the starting lineup. Thankfully that philosophy is no longer applicable. There aren’t enough games. Now is an OK time to guess which Tennessee

freshmen might be in the opening lineup against Utah State. Offensive tackle Coleman Thomas, tight end Ethen Wolf and corner Emmanuel Moseley are best bets. Wide receiver Josh Malone appears ready enough. Tailback Jalen Hurd is not far behind. At least two incoming missiles will try to take a safety spot. A rookie could become a starting linebacker. I suppose it is possible that a freshman could be a defensive tackle. Another rookie might emerge as kicker. Sophomores? They are everywhere. Neyland would shudder. In trying to compare the values of talent and experience, consider this: Coaches can intensify practice to a

level that is somewhat similar to “experience.” There is no way to fake talent. You are or are not athletic. You can or can’t run fast. Reaction time is excellent or less. You can jump or you can’t. OK, that doesn’t matter as much if you are a big, strong lineman. Talent can be enhanced with improved technique, but it is really hard to teach speed. Coach Jones knew what he was getting into when he took the Tennessee job. As soon as he analyzed the roster, he saw that his second season would likely be more challenging than his first. He inherited experienced linemen on both sides of the ball, but they would soon be gone. He couldn’t be sure that Tiny would go

but he did. I remember when the coach said: “I knew right away that we were in trouble in Year 2 in terms of depth and experience. We had to make a commitment in recruiting.” Did they ever! Butch and his people recruited one of the finest classes in the country. As is almost always the case, most new Vols are very young. The truth is that Jones still doesn’t know what his defense will look like until the summer freshmen are integrated into the program. There is powerful incoming potential among linebackers and defensive backs, but it is too early to forecast what Derek Barnett, Dewayne Hendrix,

Charles Mosley and Michael Sawyers can do. There is evolution to come. Jones says there is no way around playing some rookies in the defensive front. “That’s just where we are. And, as we know, this is an unforgiving league when it comes to the line of scrimmage.” Coaching tip based on many years of observation: If you really must make a choice, take talent over experience. There will be mistakes. There will also be more big plays. NFL scouts prove that point each spring. They sometimes recommend basketball players.

lect a territory each spring that offers good nesting sites and an adequate food supply. A female comes along and chooses a male based upon the quality of territory he oversees. They mate, and then that’s it for the father. Away he goes, and the female then builds the nest, lays the eggs and sits on them, with brief breaks for a bite to eat. When they hatch, super-mom finds all the food and feeds the two babies by herself. What’s really amazing is that she will often mate and start a second nest by herself, while finishing up with the first one! Certainly something for the neighbors to watch and talk about over the back fence. But all this June activity is not just programmed into the birds for our entertainment. Mother Nature has worked things out so that on

average, over the years, we will end up with about the same total number of birds each season. And it’s not easy being a baby bird. Weather such as cold snaps and storms, disease and predators, especially outdoor house cats, wipe out millions each year. Many first-year birds fail to make it back to their nesting grounds on that first migration. And so to replace all those losses, plus losing parent birds annually as well, there has to be a goodsized batch of replacement birds each year. It’s a huge job, and it takes a lot of trips to the nest with your mouth full of worms. But it seems to be a system that’s worked out well through the eons. Just be glad that kids don’t grow that fast. Imagine what jeans and sneakers would cost.

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A busy June: Nesting Around these parts, the month of June is about the busiest time of the year, at least in the bird world. All those nice calm birds that spent the winter munching seeds at our feeders have had a big dose of hormones kick in. They’ve been joined by dozens of migrant species like hummingbirds, house wrens, swallows and vireos, jostling for both groceries and housing opportunities.

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The neighborhood is full of drama, with such familiar characters as supermoms, absentee dads and overworked parents trying to cope with fussy, demanding kids. Of course, we’re not talking reality shows here, we’re into actual life in the June bird world. The name of the game is nesting. The object of the game is to produce as many new baby birds in as short a time as possible. Nesting includes building a place, laying some eggs, sitting on them till they hatch (the process called incubation by the biologists) and then feeding those hatchlings from dawn to dark till they go from helpless little blobs to independent, flying creatures. This all takes place in a late-May-to-June frenzy of activity covering two or three weeks and is often followed up with a second round of the same stuff, producing a second, and

sometimes, here in the South, a third brood. At our house we are presently hosting (or putting up with) nests of Carolina wrens (back porch – they tried hard for the garage), cardinals (crepe myrtle bush just outside my desk window; momma bird gives me a scolding every time I sit at my desk) and phoebes (on a shelf I built for them last year, under my shedroof overhang). And then the bluebirds and the house wrens are in constant disputes over who gets which nest box this year. The blue jays, instead of being loud and raucous, are skulking around the yard, quietly gathering food, a sure sign of a nest with babies, and the blue-gray gnatcatchers are just finishing up their first brood and are starting on their second. Bird nests come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. They range from the tiny hummingbird nest woven from cobwebs and lichens, to the massive hundredpound-plus pile of sticks constructed by our bald eagles. The artistry ranges from the carefully woven baskets of the orioles and vireos, to the precise, mudlined cups of the robins, to the half-dozen twigs thrown together by the mourning doves. The killdeers don’t even bother – they just plunk their eggs down on a driveway or in a parking lot somewhere and call it a nest. After the nests are built and eggs laid, then comes the easy part – incubation. The average length of time to hatching for our smaller songbirds is about 11 days.

Ah, but then – feeding. Bird parents face one common sight all day long every day – a nest full of big, wide-open, hungry mouths. Baby birds must have protein to develo p properly, and even species that usually eat seeds feed their growing youngsters protein. This means caterpillars, worms, spiders, insects. As many as they can find, constantly foraging, day after day. People have watched and counted the feeding trips parents make to their nests, and some number in the hundreds per day. This is interesting and fun to watch, but think also of the millions of grubs eating your lawn, and caterpillars eating your garden and trees, and gnats and mosquitoes tormenting you, that are gathered each spring and fed to growing birds, that

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would otherwise be eating us people out of house and home! There is no way we could ever keep up. Just like in the average American neighborhood, the arrangements for rearing a family vary from one household to another, only with the birds it’s determined by the species. For example, our good old American robins mostly cooperate in the enterprise, with the male bird helping the female build her nest, then keeping a watchful eye on things while she incubates the eggs for 12 to 14 days. The dad then joins the mom in the monumental task of stuffing hundreds of worms and caterpillars into the ever-open hungry mouths till the babies are off the nest and on their way. The opposite end of that spectrum is the hummingbird family. The male rubythroated hummingbirds se-

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A principal’s perspective By Nathan Stevens, GCA High School principal

Anticipation As I was asked to reect on my rst year at Grace Christian Academy, this is the word that most clearly represents what attracted me to this opportunity and what still inspires me on a daily basis. Stevens In all honesty, this is a word that would have described my perspective in my previous experience at an independent school in South Carolina. We were constantly challenging our current models and working towards consistent improvement. We were anticipating that our purposeful efforts were going to impact our students as they prepared for their futures. What makes the anticipation that I feel as the high school principal at Grace Christian Academy different from my leadership in South Carolina? Why does the

anticipation that I feel have a palpable intensity that was not present in my previous experience? Grace Christian Academy is pursuing excellence in partnership with families who recognize that learning is founded on truth. This allows us to work diligently and wait with anticipation as God works through us for his purpose.

Excellence Many of you may be reading this and have begun to question how this anticipation based on faith is any different than what other organizations experience. I can only speak from my personal involvement and say that Grace has been blessed with educators who are willing to challenge our current models for the betterment of the students. As a relatively young school, we have grown consistently since the school was founded in 1997. Just this year we graduated our 10th and largest senior class of 90 students. What I have found in the last year is a group of people who are thankful for the blessings that God has given us but are not satised with the

status quo. It is this pursuit of excellence that has served as a tangible reinforcement of the anticipation that I felt as I transitioned into this community one year ago.

have lost loved ones. To see the people of GCA rise up around those who are hurting has been the clearest representation of community that I could have ever experienced.



While the commitment to pursue excellence has been a foundational component of my anticipation, the depth of community has surpassed any of the expectations that I had prior to my arrival on the campus of GCA. Fine arts performances, school-wide worship experiences, and athletic events are all more traditional community-building opportunities. What sets GCA apart is that this sense of community can be seen clearly through the daily interactions on campus. This community is founded on teachers who have a genuine love for their students and are responding to a call on their life. The most concrete example of how the Grace community models rich relationships is through loss. This has been a challenging year for many members of our school as they

The pursuit of excellence and sense of community is bolstered through working in partnership. As a K-12 school we have a unique opportunity to partner together as educators to build a synchronized program which supports students in their development educationally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. My previous experience was a school that had a K-12 structure; it too worked for a synchronized program that supported student development. The distinction that is present in the Grace Christian Academy experience is the recognition that in order to reach the whole child, we must partner with parents in the spiritual development of their child. Our partnership with parents is a foundational aspect of the experience at Grace

Christian Academy. We desire to continue to strengthen this partnership throughout the coming years, and we anticipate that God will bless these efforts as we come alongside families, raising the next generation of servant leaders.

Anticipation Many times what we anticipate never comes to fruition. We project how an upcoming opportunity will serve as a panacea in comparison to the challenges we have faced in the past. Although Grace Christian Academy is far from perfect, the anticipation with which I started the year has only been strengthened as I reect on my rst year of ministry here. This anticipation is not because we have created the perfect program of excellence. It is not based solely on the sense of community and partnership with families. This anticipation is founded on the people that God has brought to Grace Christian Academy and how he is going to use us to lead, build, and equip students for their future.

Spring sports a success Jenkins placed fourth, fth, By Danielle Taylor or At Grace Christian Academy and sixth respectively. The swimming relay team of senior we strive to produce athletes who rst and foremost have an Aaron Prieto, junior Jordan Keelty, and freshmen Jack active and growing relationO’Connor and Sean O’Connor, ship with Jesus Christ, and who can perform at the highest qualied for the State Meet in level within the sport in which both the medley relay and 200yard freestyle relay. O’Connor they participate. This year qualied individually for the was no exception as we had National Meet in the 50-yard six Spring sports represented freestyle. at a State Tournament or In addition to their success State Championship, with one individual champion and three as Rams, four GCA athletes signed scholarships to play state runners-up! sports at the collegiate level GCA sophomore Rhett Elwood earned GCA’s rst State (two in baseball, one in wresChampionship this year for boys tling and one in swimming). discus. Our baseball and softball We wish them and all seniors the best of luck in their future teams both earned the Class A endeavors and good luck to our State Runners-Up titles after returning students as they try winning both the Region 2A to build on this year’s success! and District 3A Championship games. In girls doubles tennis, junior Lexie Hill and freshman Shelby Rogers ended the season with a 19-1 record, Class A-AA State Runners-Up, and Region 2A-AA and District 3A Champions. Five Rams wrestlers qualied for State: seniors Todd Hargis, Dalton Jenkins, Michael Johnson, Austin Saporito, and junior Girls doubles tennis team Lexie Hill and David Comfort; Hargis, Johnson, and Shelby Rogers (center) stand with coaches Alysia Haluska and Tracy Rodgers

Boys Discus State Champion Rhett Elwood, a GCA sophomore

The 2014 Grace Christian Academy baseball team

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Dinner and a missionary By Cindy Taylor

Mandi Meek, 3rd-grade teacher at Powell Elementary, doesn’t back away from a challenge. When she was presented with the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip to Poland as a teacher, she thought, “I am a teacher. I can go do this.” Three years later, Meek is making her third mission trip to Szczecin, Poland, this time for seven weeks, and is open to the possibility that God may be calling her there long-term. “My goal is to deepen the relationship between myself, God and those I am going to serve,” she said. “There are also some very interesting questions I hope to find answers to.” Friends and fellow church members from Fellowship North Church saw Meek off with a launch party May 21 that included dinner, fellowship and prayer. “Poland is where my heart is and has been for three years,” said Meek. “I am exploring what God has for me and if that is going to be long-term in Poland. I don’t feel the word missionary applies to me. I am an ordinary person following God’s call.” Meek is keeping a blog for those who wish to follow her progress in Poland at http://

The desert in bloom The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. (Isaiah 35: 1-2 NRSV)

Fellowship North Church members offer a prayer for Mandi Meek at her Poland launch party. Pictured are Joyce and Lee Bell, Joe and Sharon Key, Meek (seated), Ward Engle and Lindsay Myers Stone. Photo by Cindy Taylor

atravelingordinary.tumblr. com. “I am looking forward to this but scared to death at the same time,” she said. “Trust me. You don’t have to have it all together to do this.”

Powell Elementary teacher Mandi Meek gets a goodbye hug from student Kaela Hatcher before leaving for Poland.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS ■ Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, 405 Black Oak Drive, will host Jungle Safari VBS 6-9 p.m. through June 5, age 35th grade. Dinner for participating children will be served 5-5:45 p.m. Info: 689-5397. ■ Black Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 6404 Old Maynardville Pike, will host Cruisin’ the Amazing Amazon VBS 6:30-9 p.m. June 9-13, age 4-adult. Meal provided. Activities: games, crafts. Info: 688-9073. ■ Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 North Broadway, will host Have u Herd VBS 9 a.m.-noon, June 9-13, age 3-rising 6th-graders. Preregister: ■ Christ UMC, 7535 Maynardville Pike, will host Weird Animals VBS 5:45-8:15 p.m. June 16-20, for age 4 through rising 6th-graders. Supper will

be served. Info: 922-2890. ■ Faith UMC, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, will host Weird Animals VBS June 2-6, for age 3 through 5th grade. Snack and supper provided.. Info: ■ Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, will host Adventure Squad Returns VBS, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 1820, for preschool through 5th grade, with nightly giveaways and activities. Preregistration is required. Info or to register:

nardville, will host Agency D3 VBS, 6:45-9 p.m. through June 6, with classes for all ages. There will be Bible stories, games and snacks. Info: 9928128 or ■ New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, will host Weird Animals VBS 6-9 p.m. June 9-13, with nightly Bible lessons, music, games, crafts and food. Info: 546-0001 or

■ Greenway Baptist Church, 2809 Addison Drive, will host Agency D3 VBS 6:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday, June 8-13 for ages pre-K through youth. Registration will be held at 6 p.m. June 8.

■ New Fellowship Baptist Church, 4626 Nora Road, will host Wilderness Escape VBS June 16-20, with skits, games, dinner and crafts every night, and a family pizza party and carnival June 20. Call 3630916 or 688-1073 for info or transportation.

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East Beaver Creek Drive, will host VBS 7-8:45 p.m. June 9-13, with classes for all ages. ■ Salem Baptist Church will host Agency D3 VBS 9 a.m.-noon, June 9-13, for age 4 through 5th grade. Info: or 922-3490. ■ St. Paul UMC, 4014 Garden Drive, will host Made with Love VBS 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and Saturday, July 19, for all children through 5th grade. Lunch will be provided. Activities will include Bible stories, games, music and crafts. ■ Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchants Drive, will host Agency D3 VBS 9 a.m.-noon, June 2-6. Info:

During our explorations of the Southwest, my husband, Lewis, and I had the opportunity to visit Carlsbad Caverns. The caverns were vast and beautiful, old and mysterious, dark and foreboding. The small pools of reflecting water amid the swirling rock were like gems set in a great diadem. My astonishment was almost overpowering; as I rounded the next curve in the path, I wondered if I would be able to comprehend more majesty, more beauty, more wonder. When we emerged from the darkness of the caverns, the sunlight was warm and welcome. As we drove down the highway (the entrance to the caverns is high on a mountain), we paid closer attention to our surroundings. The mountains were rocky and rugged, barren of trees. I was reminded of the mountains in Israel, particularly those on the road that leads from Jerusalem down to Jericho – the forlorn setting of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There were more caves among the hills, but it was the vegetation that surprised me. New Mexico is desert after all, I reminded myself. There were varieties of cactus – not the upraised arms of the Saguaro cactus, but the broad, low-to-theground, paddle-shaped, flatleafed types. Do cacti have leaves??? They certainly do have spikes: fierce, needlelike, defensive weapons that clearly say, “Hands off, Buster!” They were everywhere, reminiscent of so many settings of Western movies. And they were blooming! Large yellow blossoms everywhere! Multiple blooms on each cactus! It was incongruous and as “mules in horses’ har-

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ness,” to quote Scarlett’s Mammy. But it also was a lesson in the abundant goodness of God. Robinson Jeffers wrote a poem titled “The Excesses of God,” in which he posed the following question: “Is it not by his high superfluousness we know our God? For to be equal a need Is natural, animal, mineral: But to fling Rainbows over the rain And beauty above the moon, And secret rainbows On the domes of deep sea-shells …?” God created a universe that is wild with wonder, and our little planet Earth is teeming with its own amazing miracles. We need to explore our world and discover what God is up to. We need to open our eyes and really see the world. Discovery doesn’t necessarily mean distant places either. Open your eyes on your drive to work. Pay attention to sunrises and sunsets. Notice the flowers. Look – really look – at the greenness of the grass. Stand at a window and look into the distance. How far can you see? Is there a mountain within sight? Go outside tonight and look up at the stars, the planets, the moon. “Lift up your eyes,” as the psalmist says. And if your life feels desert-like just now, remember: The desert will bloom.

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Osteoporosis By Dr. Donald G. Wegener

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. There are currently an estimated Dr. Wegener 10 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, as well as another 18 million who have low bone mass, or osteopenia.

absence of trauma. Researchers estimate that about 20 percent of American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. In addition, another 30 percent of them have osteopenia, which is abnormally low bone density that may eventually deteriorate into osteoporosis, if not treated. About half of all women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra. There are no symptoms in the early stages of osteoporosis. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include low back pain, neck pain, bone pain and tenderness, loss of height over time and stooped posture.

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Saying goodbye sprint winner for kindergarten was Kayln Stirone; Hula Hoop winners were Kaitlyn McDonald and Anthony Diaz, and the applesauce eating contest was won by Brycen Covington. Northwest Middle School celebrated the end of the year with an 8th-grade prom at Jubilee Banquet Facility. Powell High math teacher Nick Green held a class in the hallway to teach students about exponential regression. And to wrap up the year in history, Powell Elemen- added a Wax Museum to dents were asked to portray tary 5th-grade students their research papers. Stu- a character as though they

By Cindy Taylor Students dressed as their favorite character or letter, participated in field days and said goodbye to friends as the school year ended. Third-grade students and teachers at Powell Elementary designed costumes depicting their favorite letter or phrase. The entire school lined the hallways as the 3rd grade marched through for the annual Vocabulary Parade. Students at Pleasant Ridge Elementary took to the street to make the trek to Northwest Middle School for their field day. Long

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Pictured at Tug-o-War during field day at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School are Dylan Bolt, Arman Ashouri, Kylie Gay, Kaitlyn McDonald, Kalyn Stirone, Anthony Diaz, Lizzy Quirino, Kendra Bray, Kenley Workman-Long, Brycen Covington and teacher Kara Israel.

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Latham signs with LMU By Cindy Taylor Powell High School senior and Panther baseball catcher Tanner Latham has signed with LMU. Latham was instrumental during the Panthers’ 2014 season in bringing the team to regular-season and tournament district championships. The team ended the regular season 30-10. “Tanner is an outstanding catcher with a good arm who is good defensively,” said coach Jay Scarbro. “For the past two years Tanner has been our guy behind the plate and has done a fantastic job of stopping other teams from figuring out our strategy.” Latham also hit a high average as designated hitter and threw numerous runners out at second base to keep opposing teams’ scores low. Latham caught 38 out of the 40 games Powell played this season. With such a phenomenal year behind him, he is still humble. “They just came and found me,” said Latham of LSU. “I am looking forward to playing ball at the next level.” Latham was recruited as a catcher by the Division II Railsplitters. Scarbro says the athlete will jump right in and do a great job.

Powell Elementary 3rd-grade student Maria Nshimirimana blossoms as a “Bouquet of Hannia Hernandez is “extra” Flowers” at the Vocabulary special as “Newspaper Girl” at the 3rd-grade Vocabulary Parade. Parade at Powell Elementary. Savannah Parker poses as Gracie Stooksbury shows con- Kanon Williams gets gruff as Linda Brown for the Powell El- fidence as Amelia Earhart at Theodore Roosevelt for the the PES Wax Museum. PES Wax Museum. ementary Wax Museum.


Powell Elementary student Bryce Jardret sports “Robot” style at the Vocabulary Parade.

■ Central High School’s class of 1959 will hold its 55th reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Info: Judy Edenfield Hodge, 531-4837 or or Harold Knott, 947-3486 or ■ Central High School’s class of 1989 will reunite June 14. Tickets are $40. Make checks payable to CHS Class of ’89 and mail to Felecia Turner, 1103 Darby Lane, Forest, Va., 24551. Info: Felecia (Robbins) Turner, feleciaturner@ or Mark Allen,

Powell Elementary teacher Mandi Meek dresses as a “Sleepy Head” for the 3rdgrade Vocabulary Parade.

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Riding the buzz

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is riding the buzz. On Monday, the mayor spoke of the momentum around Knoxville. “A budget is not just a financial document,” she said in Fountain City Park. “It’s about our vision for our city. It is where we set our priorities and invest in the future that we want to see. She drew loud applause from the neighborhood crowd when she mentioned her budget includes $250,000 to make a “longterm solution” to the algae problems at Fountain City Lake. On Tuesday, she secured passage of her budget and its accompanying 34-cent property-tax increase. The vote wasn’t even close.

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On Wednesday, we learned of a fundraiser set for Wednesday, June 11, at the Kingston Pike home of Eddie Mannis, owner of Prestige Cleaners. It’s a $250 ticket with a 70-person host committee of Democrats and Republicans. Rogero is running for reelection, and I’m not betting against her. We’ve always known Rogero was smart. Now we’re learning that she’s tough enough to fight and survive in the quagmire

known as city politics. She’s a Democrat, which could limit her options for higher office. But she’s sure riding high on the buzz of progress, energy and optimism for the city. People forget that the late U.S. Rep. John Duncan secured victory in his first election to Congress on the buzz created by urban renewal, construction of the Civic Coliseum and a massive annexation that nearly doubled the size of the city. Well, and he had a little help from Mose Lobetti and friends. ■


Justice Sharon Lee, a lifelong Democrat who was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen: “Well, I’m troubled by the partisan attack on our judicial system,” Lee said. “Politics has no place in the courtroom.”


East Towne Area Business and Professional Association will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at New Harvest Park Community Center with breakfast sponsored by Legends at Oak Grove Apartment Homes. The guest speaker will be Mike North, dean of the Strawberry Plains Campus of Pellissippi State Community College. Potential members and interested business people are invited to find out what the east side buzz is all about. Powell Business and Professional Association will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Jubilee Banquet Facility. The president is Sage Kohler. Halls Business and Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, June 17, at Beaver Brook Country Club. The president is Bob Crye.

Anderson Chamber to honor businesses Anderson County Chamber has announced the winners of the Tribute to Business Awards. Receiving the awards for Small Business, Samuel Franklin; Mid-Sized Business, All Occasion Party Rentals; Large Business, Techmer PM; Woman-owned Business, Temp Systems Inc.; and Lifetime Achievement, The Fox Family. These businesses will be honored during a dinner at the Museum of Appalachia Friday, June 6. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, photos and live music. Dinner on the lawn begins at 7:30 p.m. with a brief live auction and awards ceremony. Members of the Oak

Honorees of the Inskip Lions Club are Brickey-McCloud, Kate Luttrell; Christenberry, Adrian Moto; Inskip, Breanna Angel; Norwood, Emma Wright; Sterchi, Elaine Sheddan. Photo submitted

Inskip Lions honor students The Lions Club of Inskip held its 60th Scholastic Achievement event at Days Inn Banquet Room on May 12. The project began in 1954 when the club honored a 5th-grader at Inskip Elementary School and engraved the student’s name on a plaque that hung at the school for a year. As years went by and more elementary schools were built, these schools were included in the project

so that now students representing Brickey-McCloud, Christenberry, Inskip, Norwood and Sterchi elementary schools are honored. Parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and principals from these schools were invited to a dinner and presentation of these awards. A gift was also given to each honoree. A brief history of Lions and the Inskip Club was given by Lion Johnny Cecil, a 51-year Lions member.

The keynote address was given by Sarah Brengle, assistant principal at Ball Camp Elementary School. Brengle was introduced by Melissa Johnson, principal at Christenberry Elementary. Her topic was “Habits Are What We Are.” Honorees are: BrickeyMcCloud, Kate Luttrell; Christenberry, Adrian Moto; Inskip, Breanna Angel; Norwood, Emma Wright; and Sterchi, Elaine Sheddan.

Rising juniors from the Oak Ridge Schools orchestra program will provide live music for the Anderson County Chamber’s 3rd annual Tribute to Business. Pictured are orchestra members Megan Peters, Brittany Rowe, Evelyn Piper and Lucas Potter. Photo submitted

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POWELL – Private 1 acre Setting. This 3BR/2BA on permanent foundation features: Lg 16x20 covered front deck w/stg underneath, mstr suite w/garden tub & shower. Updates include heat pump 2011 & laminate flooring. $69,900 (887070)

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focusing on the play “Much Ado About Nothing.” Info: 688-2454. Summer Library Club presents magician Michael Messing, 4 p.m., Mascot Branch Library, 1927 Library Road. Info: 933-2620. Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 4 p.m., Corryton Branch Library, 7733 Corryton Road. Info: 688-1501. Pajama Rama, 6:30 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Kids can wear PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal or toy. Info: 947-6210. Bee Friends beekeeping group meeting, 6:30 p.m., Walters State Community College Tazewell Campus auditorium. Speaker: Lynda Rizzardi, Executive VP of the Tennessee Beekeeping Association and president of the Knox County Beekeepers. Info: 617-9013.

American Legion meeting, 7 p.m., 140 Veteran St., Maynardville. All veterans are invited. Info: 3875522.


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TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Neighborhood Watch meeting: Big Ridge 4th District, 7 p.m., Big Ridge Elementary School. UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277. Amazingly Awesome Science with Dr. Al Hazari, 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Knoxville Day Aglow Lighthouse outreach meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Speaker: Patty Johnson. Bring dish to share if possible. Beverages and child care provided. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687. Summer Reading Program: Ronald McDonald, 1 p.m., Luttrell Public Library. Info: 992-0208.

Countywide Rally for all candidates in Union County, 7-10 p.m., Wilson Park. Live music; food. In case of rain, will be held in UCHS commons. Farm Fresh Fridays: Union County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., downtown Maynardville. Info: 992-8038. “Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer,” noon-1:30 p.m., Tennova Health Care, North Knoxville Medical Center, Sister Elizabeth Assembly Room 1st Floor, 7565 Dannaher Drive, Powell. Speaker: Hesamm Gharavi, MD, of Tennessee Cancer Specialists. Light lunch provided. RSVP: 546-4661. Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 2 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Yard Sale/Multiple Family to benefit Union County HOSA, 8 a.m., front parking lot of Union County High School. Baby stuff, furniture, household items/decor, seasonal stuff, clothes for all ages, toys and more.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Fun on the Farm presented by Tennessee Valley Fair, 11:30 a.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: 922-2552. Computer Workshop: Introducing the Computer, 2 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Preregistration required. Info/to preregister: 525-5431. Summer Library Club presents magician Michael Messing, 11 a.m., North Knoxville Branch Library, 2901 Ocoee Trail. Info: 525-7036.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Fun With Shakespeare, 3 p.m. Norwood Branch Library, 1110 Merchants Drive. The Tennessee Stage Company will present an interactive workshop designed especially for elementary school age children,

Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9 a.m., departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $50 per person; includes light snacks and a cold beverage. Reservations required: 448-8838. The Art of Handmade Books, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Instructor: Bob Meadows. Part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshops Series. Registration deadline May 31. Info: 494-9854 or www. Art on Main Street Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street in Maynardville. Featuring artisans, live music, vendors, Lil Thunder Railroad ride for children, student art contest. Info: 992-9161. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn, 11

a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Info: 947-6210. Friends Mini Used Book Sale, 1-5 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431. Hard Knox Roller Girls in roller derby doubleheader, 6 p.m., Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Ave. Brawlers vs Smoky Mountain Roller Girls; All Stars vs Vette City Rollergirls. Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Tickets available at Coliseum box office, team members and team website. Info: www. Community yard sale, 8 a.m.-noon, Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Ave. Pike. No setup fee; bring own table; setup 7 a.m. Info: 689-3349. Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry, 7:30 a.m., Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Rd. Parking lot will open at 6 a.m. No prerequirement to receive food. Volunteers should arrive at 6:30. Info: 938-8311 or Church yard sale, 8 a.m., Fountain Valley Church, 705 Satterfield Road. Community Fun Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Clear Branch Baptist Church, 1300 Tazewell Pike in Corryton. Admission free. Proceeds benefit outreach programs. Day with the Lions – Walk for Sight, sponsored by the East Tennessee (District 12N) Lions Clubs, 9 a.m., Karns Lions Club Community Pool, 6618 Beaver Ridge Road. Registration: $25 which includes 4 individual day passes for the pool. Activities: motorcycle run, car show, health fair, kids games and food vendors. All invited.

MONDAY, JUNE 9 Market Basket, 6-9 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 in Norris. Instructor: Sheri Burns. Registration deadline: June 2. Info: 494-9854 or Coffee, Donuts and a Movie: “Saving Mr. Banks,” 10:45 a.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. PG-13, 110 minutes. Info: 525-5431. Family Movie Night: “The Nut Job,” 5:30 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. PG, 85 minutes, Info: 525-5431. Tickets go on sale for gospel singer Ivan Parker in concert, to be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Christ UMC, 7535 Maynardville Highway. Concert sponsored by United Methodist Men. Tickets: $10, available through the church. Info: 922-1412 or 938-3585.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 “Kid-to-Kid: Fun with a Purpose,” 5:30-7 p.m., Cancer Support Community, 2230 Sutherland Ave. Will help children gain coping skills and they will have opportunities to talk about a loved one’s cancer diagnosis while also having fun. Parents are invited to attend “Talking to Kids about Cancer” at the same time. RSVP: 546-4661.

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