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Miracle Maker

“Read, Read, Read” has long been Nancy Maland’s motto. She’s still preaching the gospel of the written word as Knox County Schools’ executive director of elementary education and is proud to report that an early literacy initiative piloted in five elementary schools last year has expanded to nine more schools.

See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-9

Coffee Break

Bill Brewer, music director at Pellissippi State Community College, genuinely enjoys working with his music students, and they love him. After he received the “FullTime Faculty of the Year” award in May 2012, the variations ensemble choir sang a tribute to him after their spring concert. They ended it singing, “We love him just because – he’s our Bill.”

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September 3, 2012

Powell High is Rewards School Only high school in county on list

work. They’re the ones that have accomplished this.” Now Powell’s challenge is to stay at the top. Dunlap says the By Jake Mabe school will initiate periodic inPowell High School is one of tervention (progress reports ev169 schools statewide and the ery 4 1/2 weeks) to track student only high school achievement and earmark any in Knox County needs or areas of improvement. to be designated “And, for a lot of the results, as a Rewards I have to give credit to our new School by Gov. Bill (teacher) evaluation system. When Haslam and state you embrace the new system, it education com- forces you to continuously look at missioner Kevin how you get better. It basically says, Huffman. no matter how good you’re doing, Powell is among let’s talk about getting better.” Ken Dunlap the top 5 percent Dunlap says the adoption of the of schools in the state in annual new Common Core standards has growth. Principal Ken Dunlap also “raised the bar on how we test gives the credit to his teachers and and raised the bar on how we’re students. teaching. And that complements “They’re the ones doing the the teacher evaluation system.”

He also points to parental and community support as a reason for the school’s success. “They value Powell High School; they trust us to do the job we do. Instead of challenging or questioning or undermining our efforts, they support those efforts.” He also thinks the success of last year’s football team led to both community pride and to school achievement. One of his goals for the school year is to continue to foster and promote teacher collaboration. “As long as our staff is growing and getting better, the kids are, too.” Dunlap says graduation coach Jim Porter has been essential to the school’s progress. And new instructional coaches will help too. “Jim has done a phenomenal

job. At the end of students’ sophomore year, he’s on them. He helps determine whether a student (for example) might have a learning disability or an attendance issue. “(Superintendent) Dr. (Jim) McIntyre has raised the bar on everybody. And the additional support staff through the instructional coaches is a huge asset. We have created goals for everybody – art teachers, math teachers.” His staff is also examining its grading practices. “We’ve got them thinking about it in ways that 25 years ago they didn’t think about at all.” Entering his seventh year as principal at Powell High, Dunlap says accountability is the biggest change he’s seen since his arrival. “It has increased expectations, which trickles down to the kids.”

Powell wins big at home … against Halls

Let’s talk about academics...

“Georgia State?” Marvin West asks. “I think not. Let’s talk about something exciting, academics and athletics.

See Marvin’s story on page A-5

Autumn is just around the corner

“It may be 90 degrees outside as I pen this column,” Bob Collier writes, “but there is no doubt that Mother Nature plans to have autumn again this year. Already the earliest yellow walnut and locust leaves are fluttering down with every little breeze. Spots of orange, black, and yellow fall colors abound in our back field.”

Powell High’s Montario Washington carries the ball for yardage during a Thursday night home game against Halls. The Panthers won the battle, defeating the Red Devils 55-12. Photo by Doug Johnson See more photos on A11.

See Dr. Bob’s story on page A-6

Index Coffee Break A2 Theresa Edwards A3 Government/Politics A4 Marvin West/Lynn Hutton A5 Dr. Collier A6 Faith A7 Kids A8 Miracle Maker A9 Calendar A12

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Computers are tools, not toys By Wendy Smith Do students learn better if they have their own computers? Yes, says Mooresville, N.C., superintendent Mark Edwards, and he has the data to prove it. The district ranks second in the state with 89 Mark Edwards percent of students meeting proficiency standards and boasts the state’s third-highest graduation rate of 90 percent, up from 68 percent in 2006. Edwards, who grew up in Knoxville and attended

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and West High School, was a guest speaker at the ninth annual Knox County Council PTA Education Forum, “The 21st Century Classroom.” The success of Mooresville’s “digital conversion” has been on Knox County Schools superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre’s radar, and he plans to visit the school system soon. He called Edwards’ presentation “great food for thought. “To me, it seems like a great initiative for us to be pursuing – not as an end, but as a means to an end, where the end point is student learning and student success.” Mooresville students in

grades 4 through 12 were provided with MacBook Airs in 2009. The goal was to bride a divide of digitalization, academics and hope, says Edwards. The computers were also intended to bring relevance to classroom instruction and help students better understand real-world work. It required a cultural shift. Teachers had to let go of traditional ways of teaching, and parents had to agree to ongoing training. Students had to learn a little extra responsibility. The district has become a model for digital conversion. A limited number of visitors are given a tour each month. Representatives from 38 states have visited

so far, says Edwards. “They come in looking at the laptops, but they leave talking about the culture.” Part of the culture is collaboration. Students often work in groups and don’t sit in straight rows of desks. They use online resources instead of textbooks. Immediate feedback allows teachers to target specific needs and allows students to work at their own pace. As a result, test scores have risen in all ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups. While one laptop for every student seems piein-the-sky given today’s budgetary constraints, Mooresville demonstrates that budgets can be flexed to accommodate technology. A Charlotte, N.C., bedroom community with 5,800 students, it is mostly

working-class, says Edwards, and 42 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch. The district spends $7,463 on each student annually, or $1.25 on each student per day. Only 15 of the state’s 115 districts spend less. Knox County spends $8,508 on each student annually. McIntyre estimates that it would cost several million dollars to develop the infrastructure for Knox County Schools to provide “one-to-one” technology. For the community to get behind such an initiative, it would have to understand the return on the investment, he says. He echoed what he was recently told by a teacher: “What we need to communicate is that technology is not a toy, but a tool.”

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Bill Brewer, music director at Pellissippi State Community College, genuinely enjoys working with his music students, and they love him. After he received the “Full-Time Faculty of the Year” award in May 2012, the variations ensemble choir sang a tribute to him after their spring concert. They ended it singing, “We love him just because – he’s our Bill.” Bill and his wife, Sharon, have been married 35 years. They met at Carson-Newman College in the music program. Bill and Sharon enjoy traveling and have set a goal to visit all 50 states. Their last trip was to the Northeast and included Bar Harbor, Maine. He likes to visit each area for a while, getting to know the culture, attending concerts and theatre performances. Their next adventure will probably be to the Northwest around Washington and Oregon. He also enjoys traveling with his students. They have traveled during five of the last six spring breaks, and it has revolutionized their way of thinking about the world, he says. “It gets them outside of the United States and they see the world is not scary, and the people are the same. They speak a different language; they might dress differently, look differently and have different customs. But music is that unifying factor,” Bill says. Through music they connect, and the students are forever changed, he says. “I am blessed in that my job combines my two passions: music making and teaching, and travel. Pellissippi has offered me this opportunity that I would have never dreamed was possible,” Bill says. Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Bill Brewer:

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? From “Under the Tuscan Sun.” The people built a railroad over the Alps before there was a train that could make the trip. They knew one day the train would come.

What are you guilty of? Worrying about what might happen and it almost never does.

What are you reading currently?

I still can’t quite get the hang of …

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (The PSCC Common Book for 2012-2013).


What is the best present you ever received in a box?

What was your most embarrassing moment?

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Falling off the bus into the mud, in my tux, before a concert with my college choir at Farragut High School.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Learn to iron your own shirts.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Visiting all 50 of the United States with my wife, Sharon. 2. Standing on the Great Wall of China. 3. ?

What is your social media of choice?

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

What is the worst job you have ever had?

Crazy! I love to have fun and can find the humor in almost anything.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

Facebook. Mowing lawns.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Bugs Bunny who often spoofed musicians.

What irritates you?

I would have a full head of hair (which proves the previous answer to be true).

The lack of tolerance so prevalent in today’s culture.

What’s one place in Karns or Hardin Valley everyone should visit?

What is your passion? Music making/teaching and travel. I am so fortunate because my work at Pellissippi State has allowed the two to coincide so often.

Pellissippi State Community College for a fine arts event.

What is your greatest fear?

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

Losing my health before I am finished seeing the world.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?

What is your favorite material possession?

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

Hop on a plane to Paris with my wife for the weekend. – Theresa Edwards

I love the 75-year-old house in which my wife and I have the pleasure of living.

My wife, Sharon, because she keeps me grounded and moving in a positive direction toward our life goals.

Have a friend or neighbor you think we should get to know? Nominate them for Coffee Break by emailing Jake Mabe at or calling 922-4136. Please provide contact info if you can.

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PSCC president Dr. Anthony Wise and Tracey Bradley of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies admire the headdress mask at the opening reception for the art exhibit “Masks of Michoacán” at the Bagwell Center. Photo by T. Edwards

Pellissippi State hosts masks exhibit Pellissippi State Community College with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies held an opening reception for the “Masks of Michoacán” art exhibit in the Bagwell Center gallery.

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through Friday. “These are ceremonial masks, with eyeholes cut out so they could be worn,” said art instructor Jeff Lockett. “One has real goat teeth in it,” he said. Another has a real hide, and some have goat hair. One has a hinged mouth. “This is the first of three exhibits that TnCIS will co-sponsor this semester at PSCC. The second will also be from Mexico. The third is a student exhibit of photographs,” said Tracey Bradley.

Troy Goodale spoke to the District 6 Democrats about why he is running for C o n gress and how he believes he can make a difference. Goodale is running against Rep. Jimmy Duncan, who has been in office for 24 years. Goodale likened himself to David in the story of David and Goliath. “But it’s like Goliath on steroids and I don’t have a sling,” he said. Lala Smith expressed similar thoughts. “One word used at Truman Day (fundraising) dinner to introduce Troy Goodale was ‘guts.’ ” Goodale teaches college political science and lives in an apartment downtown. He says that coming from a hardworking background, he understands the needs of the community.

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In honor of its 25th anniversary in 2013, ETTAC is inviting other organizations that work for people with disabilities to participate. An informational meeting will be held for interested organizations 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 10. Info: Tracey Farr, 219-0130.

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Late Friday came the word from Mayor Tim Burchett. He has asked the Hallsdale Powell Utility District to submit three more names for his consideration for appointment to the Jim Hill board of commissioners. And with that the 38year service of board chair Jim Hill has ended. The customers upset about high rates for water and sewer service will be pleased, and nothing we can write here will change anyone’s mind. But remember, Hallsdale Powell is the economic engine that drives development and quality of life in Powell and Halls. Jim Hill understands that. Jim will leave HPUD in much better shape than he found it, and we’re all better off because he served.

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Cutting edge or money scam? A look at the short history of the Tennessee Virtual Academy

collections by the Trustee’s Office, we projected a $17.3 million surplus and suggested that it be spent on one-time capital projects for Knox County Schools. You would have thought I had spit on the preacher. After two brutal meetings and Larry Smith saying the Shopper never was known for its financial savvy, I considered retreating. Instead, I bet finance director Chris Caldwell a lunch. Last week Caldwell announced he will be returning $23 million to the fund balance and offered me lunch. Chris is an honorable man. Not so much so the commissioners. I don’t expect another penny from them for Knox County Schools.


Surplus higher than we guessed

■ Joe Jarret will leave his post as law director this week, and we’ll miss his sense of humor. Last week Mike Hammond read a resolution honoring him. Joe asked later why I had laughed. “Because (fellow reporter) whispered you had written it yourself.”

Remember the $17.3 million we wrote about a couple of months back? Based on

■ If I had written it, it would have been infinitely longer!!! Jarret responded.


Herb Moncier remembers the first time he saw representatives of K12 Inc., the Virginia corporation that made more than $7 million last year running an online school called the Tennessee Virtual Academy. Moncier, a Knoxville attorney, represents Wayne Goforth, who was fired in February as the director of Union County Public Schools. “I remember maybe the first board meeting I went to, the corporate people were making their presentation and it struck me Herb Moncier at the time, ‘This is a corporation for profit, and the reason they are here is the County Commission is unwilling to fund the schools so what they are having to do is hire a private, for-profit school to come in here and make money,’ ” Moncier said. “Every time the school board hits a financial glitch, they have to beg the commissioners to dip into the rainy day fund to give them money

Betty Bean to cover that glitch. “They forced (Wayne) Goforth to come up with some way to make money, and that’s where K12 Inc. comes in. “They prey on poor counties. The Union County school board cannot possibly run the schools on what they are given.” In the spring of 2011, Goforth was scrambling for money. This was not an unfamiliar position; he’d been fighting losing battles with Union County Commission since he was appointed in 2008. Goforth learned of the Virtual Public Schools Act, a controversial piece of legislation that created the Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school to be hosted by an existing school system that would hire a staff, enroll students, collect the state money that follows each student and then pass it on to a for-profit corporation/curriculum provider that would pay the host school system an ad-

ministrative fee. Supporters said the bill represented a cutting edge educational opportunity. Critics called it an industrywritten scam designed to siphon Tennessee tax dollars to a Virginia corporation co-founded by junk bond king/convicted felon Michael Milken and run by a CEO who made $5 million last year. Supporters said the Tennessee Virtual Academy would be useful for a variety of students, including those who need enriched academic environments or who have failed to thrive in a traditional classroom. Critics said that K12 Inc. sites schools in poor, underfunded school districts that receive hefty state-funded financial supplements that go straight to K12 Inc. Virtual Academy principal Josh Williams, who formerly taught chemistry and has experience as an assistant principal, personally interviews teacher candidates. He says his staff of 120 will serve some 2,850 students this year and that his teachers work with “learning coaches” (usually parents), often conducting live, online sessions. “Teachers work side by side with learning coaches. You’ve got to have great relations with parents and teachers to be able to do that. … We had a grandfather sitting with his grandchild, learning to read for the first time. That’s just one of our feel-good stories.” Goforth has a pending lawsuit and was unavailable for comment. School board

chair Brian Oaks says Goforth told the board about the bill after getting a call from state Sen. Mike Faulk. Union County competed for the Virtual Academy against two other counties in Faulk’s district, Claiborne and Hawkins. Although the Republican-dominated General Assembly strongly supported the bill, Democrats and educators from the state’s largest school systems were successful in delaying approval until mid-June. Once the deal was sealed, Union County Public Schools had two weeks to hire staff, admit students and get a program running. Oaks says the K12 money (some $240,000 last year and due to nearly double with this year’s increased enrollment) has made a real difference for a school system that couldn’t afford to keep its buses on the road the last eight days of last school year. “We’d been asking for an increase in our preliminary budget, and when this money became available we were able to present a balanced budget and do some great things with it,” he said. “We funded a chorus/ band director position and long-overdue maintenance projects. These are things we were going to have to cut or do without,” Oaks said. “Unfortunately, it turns out that one of our biggest needs was putting more money into our attorney.” The school system is also paying Goforth’s $86,000 salary while his lawsuit is pending.

Johnson vs. Loe: This time one will win The House race in the revamped Harry Tindell district is clearly the most competitive one in Knox County on Nov. 6. It is between Republican Gary Loe, Democrat Gloria Johnson and independent Nick Cazana. The district stretches from Alice Bell and Springhill in Northeast Knoxville to Sequoyah Hills and Mount Olive in South Knoxville-Knox County. It is a district both Johnson and Loe say will be close between Romney and Obama while countywide, Romney will be an easy winner. This writer talked with both major candidates. Each is currently single and each sought a seat in the Legislature within the last two years without success. This time one of them will win. Johnson is 50 and Loe is 55. This column will include some of the Loe interview with the Johnson interview to follow next week. Loe came to Knoxville more than 34 years ago to run track at UT after a stint

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at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He made the SEC All-Conference for track and field. He later ran for Reebok Racing team for three years. Today, he has the same lean figure runners need. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from UT. He attends All Saints Catholic Church and lives on Boright Place. He has spent 25 years in local television and now has his own company. He wants to repeal the Hall Income tax for seniors over 65 and prefers it be done immediately. He spent much of the interview criticizing government regulations which he feels lessen job creation. He opposes any state income tax. He supports the right to work law. He says he is the “candidate most likely to be

supportive of Gov. Haslam’s legislative agenda.” He commended Haslam’s civil service overhaul and crime package. He added that “Gov. Haslam and Beth Harwell (House Speaker) have made a great team for Knoxville. I want to see it continue” which effectively endorsed Harwell for a second term as Speaker. Harwell is the first woman to serve as House Speaker. Loe was noncommittal on whether he supports a closed primary or party registration. He said it is a conflict for his opponent, Johnson, to be a state representative and Knox County Democratic Party chair. (She told this writer she will resign as party chair if elected.) Loe has not taken a position on the closing of the Belle Morris voting precinct. Johnson has secured lots of free media opposing the closure and points out she lives in that precinct. Loe has raised $25,000 and hopes to raise another $50,000 with visits from Haslam and Harwell. Johnson has raised $40,000 so

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far. Loe has a fundraiser planned for Sept. 25. Gary Loe comes across as a pleasant, attractive individual who is devoting every day to the campaign. He campaigns daily, while Johnson is tied to her teaching position from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Loe has held fewer neighborhood receptions or fundraisers than Johnson. Expect a close, competitive race here. ■ Mayor Madeline Rogero will have another appointment to the Knoxville airport authority soon as Earl Taylor, a Haslam appointee, has resigned to assume a position in state government and will be in Nashville. Her appointment must be approved by City Council. The airport celebrated its 75th birthday this year. ■ Federal Judge Tom Varlan’s “knock them dead decision” against TVA on the ash spill on Aug. 23 secured extensive media coverage in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. TVA will start having to defend the spill

on hundreds of property parcels as the extent of damages is explored. This lawsuit has a long life ahead. TVA’s legal team lost a big one here. Federal Judge Thomas Phillips has not yet ruled on TVA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit over dress code for TVA public hearings. ■ Betty Sterchi, longtime Knox Republican activist, is recovering well from a broken ankle. She turns 80 this year and was instrumental in helping Winfield Dunn win the 1970 governor’s election. ■ Gov. Haslam will lead a delegation of more than 60 Tennesseans to Japan next week, departing Sept. 10. The group includes Dan Hurst, who is president of StrataG, in Knoxville. ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty will be in the delegation as well. ■ Larry Cox Recreation Center had renovations which were celebrated recently at a ceremony with Mayor Rogero and several City Council members. While Rogero made several complimentary comments

Gary Loe about Cox, who was present with his wife, Brenda, the former council member for whom the center is named was not asked to speak. Seemed odd at the time.

School board to meet twice this week New leadership is coming to the Knox County school board. Former chair Karen Carson has expressed interest in resuming the chair from Thomas Deakins who is not seeking reelection. Lynne Fugate is interested in the vice chair post. The board workshop will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. and the meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 5, also at 5 p.m.

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HEALTH NOTES ■The annual flu shot clinic offered by East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa, will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 4-28. Most insurance accepted; no appointment necessary. Info: 984-ETMG (3864) or ■ The fourth annual Pink Ribbon Celebration will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Knoxville Expo Center. Individual tickets are $60. Sponsorships are available. Info: www.; Janine Mingie, 607-9664 or ■ The 2013 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has added a two-person relay to next year’s events. Registration is currently open. The marathon will be held Sunday, April 7. Info and to register: ■ The eighth annual charity golf tournament hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee and the YMCA will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Three Ridges Golf Course. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Sponsors and players are needed. Info: 5224991 or 922-9622. ■ The “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer� 5k will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Plaza, 800 Howard Baker Ave. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Info: 558-4048 or www.makingstridesknoxville. org.

school, he was the only football captain and valedictorian to be thrown out of the honor society. How come? At 16, he was a man. He would not wear a dress at an initiation. He refused to be hazed and no one dared press the issue. Rader says he was amazed to receive a scholarship to Tennessee. His faculty advisor was amazed to hear that Rader wanted to major in chemistry. Charlie remembers it well: “He laughed and explained that football practice and chemistry labs were afternoon activities and it wasn’t possible to do both.� It wasn’t easy but Rader did both very well, thank you. During spring practice and the fall season, he fell behind in lab work. He was such a good student, one professor urged him to give up football. Charlie asked who or what would pay the bills. Rader went to Calvin A. Buehler for help. The dean wrote a personal note, to whom it may concern, granting permission to miss and make up any lab necessary. You wouldn’t believe how the Volunteers benefitted. Much of science is rooted in Germany and the chem-

istry curriculum called for three years of German. Rader studied diligently and became a foreign language teacher on the football field. “Single-wing linemen had to communicate regarding assignments, especially on double-teams and trap plays.� Rader, guard Bruce Burnham and end Buddy Cruze communicated in German. Rader would ask, “Was machen zie?� If Cruze said, “Aus gehen,� he was going out for a pass. If Burnham said, “Bleiken,� that meant he would stay, no pull or trap. Opponents took it all in, exchanged dazed looks and shook their heads. Tennessee won 10 games (John Majors had a little something to do with that). University professors were dazzled as Charles Rader mastered academics and athletics. He had the last laugh. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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uring my recent bout of house refurbishing (reported in this space last week), I had stopped work for a minute to look out the kitchen windows onto the back yard of the neighbors. There was a line of trees and a fence row between where I was standing and the house that sat on the hill. I watched as a young girl – maybe 7 years old – tried valiantly to come down the hill on her bicycle. She was upright for three or four yards and then fell over. Again and again, she fell. Undaunted, she got up every time and trudged back up the hill to try it again. I leaned on the window sill, smiling, remembering the day Daddy brought home a bicycle for me, and how he ran

beside me, holding me up, and then – at last – letting go without warning me that I was on my own. I rode that bike around and around the house, often pretending it was a horse (I wanted a horse even more than the funny papers’ Priscilla did.) Eventually I was cleared to ride on the road, and I could go to my friend’s house all by myself! The little girl came down the hill again, toppled to one side again, and gamely climbed on again. I sat down in one of the two chairs in the house to rest a minute. The windows were



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open to let the paint fumes escape, and I was enjoying the light breeze when I heard a childish voice yell, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom! I did it!â&#x20AC;? I was at the window in a flash to see her there, pushing her bike back up the hill to do it again. She looked somehow taller in her excitement and sense of accomplishment! I watched to be sure her mother came to celebrate her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success (she did, thanks be!), and I could sit down to rest again, still smiling. I was grateful for the privilege of sharing her triumph (albeit vicariously). It set me thinking about how we try and fail, and try and fall, and try again in our spiritual lives. I wondered how many times the little girl tried before she got it right. Surely not the formulaic 70 times seven, but that is Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expectation for us. We make mistakes and we sin and we fail. We stumble and fall. We crash. Sometimes we get bruised in the process. But we are called to get up and dust ourselves off and try again. And again. And again. Until one day, one bright sunny day, we can yell, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord, I did it!â&#x20AC;?


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Autumn feathers NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier It may be 90 degrees outside as I pen this column, but there is no doubt that Mother Nature plans to have autumn again this year. Already the earliest yellow walnut and locust leaves are fluttering down with every little breeze. Spots of orange, black, and yellow fall colors abound in our back field. Lots of bright orange butterfly weed, along with the yellow goldenrod and purple ironweed and asters are doing a land-office business in orange, yellow, and black butterflies. We have Monarchs, Tiger, Pipevine, and Black Swallowtails, Common Buckeyes, bright yellow Sulphurs and speckled orange-and-black Pearl Crescents. The goldfinches, still in their bright black-and-yellow summer plumage, are reappearing at the feeders. Now is their nesting season, timed to coincide with the ripening of the thistles, used by them for both food and for nesting material. They are the last to nest. The rest of the birds have finished raising the kids and the whole family is now busy partaking of the late summer abundance of food in preparation for the Big Trip South, which will begin in the next few weeks. And speaking of birds, we had a typically fall bird experience here at the house last Tuesday. Usually, sitting at my desk and writing checks for the bills is not all that interesting, but that morning it was. My window looks out into the top of a crepe myrtle bush, and suddenly the bush was full of a flock of busy little birds, chirping and foraging for tiny bugs. There were at least one chickadee, four titmice, three first-year robins, two cardi-

nals, a white-breasted nuthatch, a blue-gray gnatcatcher and some really interesting visitors: a golden-crowned kinglet, a northern parula warbler, a black-and-white warbler, and a fall-plumaged chestnut-sided warbler! You’ll notice as fall approaches that lots of small birds around here gather up in small, mixedspecies feeding flocks. They are usually led by the overachieving chickadees and often include those mentioned in my Tuesday bunch, along with a downy woodpecker or two and other visiting warblers. In fact, those of us who lust after warblers know to listen at this time of the year for any chickadee conversations out there, because where there are chickadees, there may very well be warblers. The wood warblers, as they are most properly called, with their many colors and patterns, have been called “the butterflies of the bird world.” They are many birders’ favorites. There are nearly 40 species of warblers in the eastern U.S., and their springtime arrival here is a highlight of the birding year. It turns out, though, that those spiffy warblers that we emote over in the spring are not the warblers coming back through in the fall. Same birds, different feathers. In fact, Roger Tory Peterson, master field guide creator and bird guru, in the introduction to the warbler family in his field guide, writes a definite understatement: “Identification in autumn may be a challenge.” A challenge indeed! To help us out, he includes two wellknown (to birders) pages in his field guide entitled “Confusing

Fall Warblers.” Those two pages illustrate 24 of the 38 eastern warblers in their off-season plumage, along with a couple of non-warblers that may be confused with them. Many fall warblers are very hard to identify in the field; some, by only a few advanced birders; some, not at all. So, why the big difference between spring and fall? It’s because most birds change out their feathers, known as molting, on a regular schedule, depending upon species. Generally, they molt once in late winter/early spring as they come north for courtship and nesting, with lots of bright, showy colors and then again in the fall as they prepare for the migration and winter ahead, often with a much plainer appearance. All this feather renewal is vital for keeping a full complement of those rain-shedding, warmthgiving and flight-enabling attachments essential for keeping

the bird alive. But, in addition, the seasonal changes are important for other reasons as well. Those bright colors that we enjoy so much in the spring play a huge role in deciding who gets the best nest sites and who gets the most desirable mate. The biologists have learned that brighter spring colors indicate a male bird with a better immune system and therefore an overall better constitution. They are able to select and hold better territories and forage more food for mate and nestlings. Females of the various species are programmed with instincts that cause them to select better, more fit males for mates, and bright colors are one of their key indicators, good singing being another. Well, it’s not spring now. The cardinals, blue jays, robins and titmice are growing their warmer, more downy set of body feathers for the winter ahead, but they look the same as always,

nice and familiar and recognizable. But some of the gaudiest birds, like those male wood warblers, take on a plainer, drabber appearance that is believed to boost their chances of survival on their wintering grounds, because of its camouflage effect. And that effect certainly works on the birders who are out there trying to identify them. It’s mostly those birders, the ones in the strange clothes and binoculars, who worry very much about those drab little brown and yellowish warblers passing through, their bright spring friends turned plain. But they’ll cope, and learn, and look at the books a lot. Practice, experience, time in the field all make many mystery birds identifiable. The challenge makes us all better, more observant bird watchers. The challenge and mystery are part of what keeps birders coming back for more, even before sunrise.

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WOW kick-off at Grace Baptist By Theresa Edwards The new “Women on Weekends” kick-off was a great success Aug. 26. “You have turned out in record number this year. You have proven this ministry is needed and valid,” said director Pat Wade. The evening was filled with laughter, tears, praise music and good old fun with friends enjoying being together. “What’s WOW about? It’s about friendships,” said Wade. “It really is about relationships,” said Becky Stewart, wife of the church’s pastor. She reminded everyone that we are not alone, and we need to become a sisterhood for one another. It starts by being connected, getting involved. One way to get to know one another is the restaurant blitz Saturday, Sept.

Tracy Hickman plays “Vanna White” in giving away door prizes. One interesting prize was “dessert of the month” for a year to be baked by pastor’s Karyn Sloas sings a solo, leading the congregation in praise. wife, Becky Stewart. Photos by T. She also sang in a trio with Jennifer Carey and Michelle King. Edwards of

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■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes of Blessings (food) 9-11 a.m. or until boxes are gone Saturday, Sept. 8. Anyone present may receive a box of food, one per household. Info: 689-4829. ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, will open the John 5 Food Pantry from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. For an appointment: 938-2611. Your call will be returned if you leave a message. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.


■ City View Baptist Church will host homecoming Sept. 23. Church pastor Luckey Steele will speak, followed by a noon luncheon and singing. Info: 522-2364 or ■ Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley Road in Heiskell, will hold a History of the Church and Old-timers Day on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Dan West will speak. Everyone is welcome.

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Sharon Northcutt, Christy Fisher and Erin Brewster are among the 400 women at the WOW kick-off.

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■ Inskip UMC will hold camp meeting services 7 p.m. Friday thought Sunday, Sept. 7-9, with an additional service 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Bishop Richard Looney, retired evangelist and leader in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC, will preach during each of the services. ■ Church of God of Knoxville, 5912 Thorngrove Pike, will hold its annual camp meeting Sept. 16-21, with services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Everyone welcome. Info: 522-9520.

Women’s programs ■ Knoxville Day Women’s Aglow Lighthouse will host an eight-week Bible study 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Sept. 13 at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Ave. Pike. Subject: “The Bride Awakening” presented by Judy Burgess. Info: Diane Shelby, 687-3687. ■ Church Women United will meet 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 3023 Selma Ave. Tamara Ownby with Bethany Christian Services will present the program “Safe Families for Children” Info: 523-3011.

“Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Powell Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. Back to Church Sunday (www.backtochurch. com) is an initiative that is “Inviting America Back to Church.” It seeks to reach the “un-churched” and “dechurched” — people who once attended church, but don’t any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday. Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service. “This is a great way to connect with a church if you haven’t been in a long time. I compare it to the gym. We all know that it’s good for us, we feel better when we do it, and sometimes we get busy. Church is a place where we hear how much God loves us and sometimes we get so busy and need to hear it

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over and over again.” said the Rev. Jonathan Warren, pastor. Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited more than five million family members, friends and neighbors to their churches. About 14,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than two million visitors. The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church. “Back to Church Sunday” has an interactive Facebook page (

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MILESTONES Wells completes Army basic training Army Pfc. Steven M. Wells has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Wells is the son of Vickie Wells and the brother of Nick Purcell, both of Knoxville. He is a 2010 graduate of Gibbs High School.

Lyons completes Air Force basic training Air Force Airman Corwin R. Lyons graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lyons is the son of

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Football rolls to 3-0 Fall’s getting closer, and that means football season is underway at PHS and the volleyball team will be busy.

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The football Panthers have had a tremendous start and were ranked ninth in the state after a destruction of the Austin-East Roadrunners. The Panthers bulldozed A-E with a 35-14 victory. Senior running back Monterio Washington rushed for 122 yards and 2 of Powell’s 5 touchdowns while senior Shar’ron Moore had another monster night. Moore had 7 tackles for losses and 4 sacks at Austin-East. Powell went into halftime with a 21-0 lead. First-year quarterback Hagen Owenby showed off his scrambling side, rushing for 135 yards while throwing one touchdown pass. Powell also utilized

two tailbacks and junior Tyshawn Gardin scored the Panthers’ last two touchdowns on 14 and 60 yard rushes. The Panthers are 3-0 and appear to be much improved after a sluggish opener against Rhea County, but the road’s about to get a little rougher. Powell’s next game is Friday at Oak Ridge. Powell’s won two straight against the Wildcats, scraping by last year 21-17. Should the Panthers continue to run the ball as well as they have, it’s hard to hate the odds. Volleyball is getting going as well, and the mostly junior squad has already opened the season. Their first game was a loss against West, but the schedule abounds with opportunity for redemption as the team has 16 games scheduled before the district tournament on Oct. 9. Powell’s next volleyball game will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Clinton. After the Dragons, Powell will take on the Wildcats of Oak Ridge on Sept. 6 at ORHS.

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Three members of the Powell High School drama club prepare to wash a really dirty SUV. They are Meredith Denney, Kelsie Shipley and Cameron Kendrick. Shipley is a candidate for homecoming queen, representing the drama club. FrightWorks Haunted House, which recently opened at 1904 W. Emory Road, hosted the event and said many of their best monsters were trained by the drama club. Photos by S. Clark

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he three words became as ubiquitous at Hallss Elementary School as homework and homeroom: Read, Read, Read! Former principal Nancy ncy Maland preached the gospel of the written word on the school billboard, ard, during morning and afternoon announcements, and in the blue-paged aged newsletters sent home to parents. nts. It’s a passion she’s always possessed, one she’s brought with her to the Knox County Schoolss central office as executive directorr of elementary education. You don’t n’t have to nudge Nancy into talking ng about the necessity of literacy. The school system piloted an early literacy initiative ve (now called the 1st grade initiative) itiative) at five elementary schools ols last year with grant moniess received through the Great Schools Partnership. It was a success. All five schools ols showed significant gains.. Instructional coachess were hired to provide not only intensive coaching with 1st grade teachers, but also to organize intervention groups and work with struggling students. This year, the program m has expanded to nine more ore elementary schools, ffunded d d in part by $7 million in additional school funding approved by County Commission last spring on the recommendation of mayor Tim Burchett, as well as by a grant secured in partnership with the Great Schools Partnership through United Way. The goal is to ensure that all Knox County Schools children are reading at grade level by the 3rd grade. “I compare it to having a personal trainer, whether you are a beginner or are very experienced or are somewhere in between. I’m excited for it to be in more schools this year.” Literacy, after all, is the fi rst and most essential building block toward a successful education. Maland says nothing surpasses the look in a child’s face when the words register and the bulb illuminates. “There’s nothing better than to be a great reader, to let the literature sing and dance. When you see a word on a page come alive for a child, see their eyes light up and they are proud beyond belief. … If you can be a good reader, you can be more successful in anything.”

Knox County Schools executive director of elementary education Nancy Maland with (what else?) books! Photo by Jake Mabe

Twenty additional instructional assistants will also be serving students in grades 3 through 5 while the primary grades program grows. Eighteen schools will have an afterschool tutoring program for those grades as well, split into 30 minutes (apiece) of additional time for reading, math and technology. “And the technology won’t be games. It will be to practice reading and math skills. Studies have shown the kids need more time to master those skills.” Full-day kindergarten will also allow for extra instructional time, which Maland says will ensure that teachers aren’t rushing through the curriculum and that students will have a wellrounded day that will include science and social studies as well as math and reading. It will also allow more time for enrichment and intervention. She said the fi rst full day of kindergarten at Farragut Primary School, which has 330 kindergarten students, the county’s largest, went off without a hitch.

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This chart shows the results of the literacy initiative piloted at these five elementary schools last year. Because of the dramatic gains, the program was expanded into nine more schools this year. “But it was all hands on deck, everyone working together. And at this time of the year, doing things in kindergarten can be like herding cats.” Elementary instructional coaches can specialize in literacy or math but also have to be a generalist. Maland says they help on an individual basis and within Professional Learning Communities, as well as offering professional development either before or after school or during an in-service. “Part of the time they’ll work with the PLCs, usually at grade level in elementary schools, to look at data and see which kids are ‘getting it’ and which are not, and more importantly, ‘what are we going to do about it?’ Also, they can teach model lessons in the classroom and work with a teacher individually during a planning period.

“The goal is for all schools to be places where everyone is a learner, from the youngest person in the school to the principal. You have to stay current just like a physician undergoes professional development to stay current on the latest surgery. We want our teachers to be using cutting-edge educational practices because our kids deserve it.” Maland visited Halls High School on the fi rst day of the calendar year with superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. While there, she saw former students from Halls Elementary. They offered waves and hugs and remembered aloud Maland’s three little words: Read, Read, Read. (And then read some more.) “If you have a lasting legacy like that,” Maland says, grinning, “it’s worth a million bucks.”

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SPORTS NOTES ■ Baseball tournaments at Halls Community Park, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9; and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16. Open to all. T-ball, 6u coach pitch and 8u-14u. Info: 992-5504 or ■ Knox Youth Sports fall baseball registration for ages 3-12, featuring T-ball, coach-pitch, farm, 9-10 and 11-12 leagues. Season begins early September. Info on each league, fees and to register: www.KnoxYouth ■ Knox Youth Sports flag football registration for boys and girls ages 4-14. Fee for all age groups: $175. Season begins early September. Info: Joe Riffey, 3008526. To register: www.

Hagen Owenby hands the ball off to a teammate and the Panther offense takes advantage, winning big at home against Halls last Thursday. Photos by Doug Johnson

■ Knox Youth Sports fall lacrosse registration for boys age 9-14 (no high school students). Registration fee: $175. Info: 584-6403. To register: www.KnoxYouth

UT to host essay contest The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee will sponsor an essay contest for high school and college students. Essays of 500 words or less will be accepted in response to Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr.’s quote, “I’m ready to wager my life’s meaning that what America will be remembered for in the centuries to come is the staggering achievement of taking different people from all over the world and building a great civilization.” Students may agree, disagree, provide examples, propose an alternative viewpoint, expand upon this thought or relate the quote in some way to the United States Constitution. Winners will be chosen in the high school category and the college category. The first prize winners of the contest will receive $250 and the second prize winners will receive $150. Essays should be submitted to bakeressaycontest@gmail. com by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 10. Winners will be announced Sept. 17. For a complete list of rules, visit http://bakercenter.

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Count on us. Sterchi families buy two, give one Sterchi PTA Community Outreach Committee sponsored a school supply collection for needy students in the community. Students and parents were encouraged to “Buy 2” and donate one of the items on their own supply list. Sterchi student Marinna Andriopoulos donated supplies to the Sterchi Community Outreach Project. Photo submitted

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■ Knox Youth Sports basketball offers two leagues for boys and girls. The recreational draft league, for ages 4-12. Recreational team leagues, coaches bring their own teams, age 7-12. KYS also organizes a Challenger League for players of all ages who are physically or mentally challenged. Challenger league info: 922-1418 or 637-1403. Draft and team leagues info: www.KnoxYouth


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The Sunshine Ambassadors dance class for children and adults with disabilities will meet at 5 p.m. Details: 384-6156. Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, offers Wednesday Night Dinner 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Full meal with dessert, $5; $3 for children under 10; $16 for families. Classes and activities follow for youth and adults; nursery care provided upon request (make reservations by Monday). Info/reservations: 690-1060. Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road, resumes Wednesday Night Community Dinner at 6 p.m. Full meal with dessert, $2. Info: 938-8311.

Bookwalter UMC, 4218 Central Avenue Pike, will hold a children’s consignment sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 8 (half-off sale). Consigners are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to buy mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Africa. Info:

Rubber Duck Race, benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, will start at 12:02 p.m. at the World’s Fair Park pond. Pre-race activities and on-site adoptions begin at 10:30 a.m. Grand prize is $10,000. First prize is $5,000. Second prize is a $2,500 gas certificate and a Royal Caribbean cruise. Cost to adopt a single duck is $5; adoption packages are available. Info: Tennessee Shines will feature Jerry Butler & The Blu-Js and Bethany Hankins at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Tickets are $10; available at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets. com. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Children 14 and under accompanied by a parent are admitted free. Info: www. and

Kid Crafts – Fun with Fuzzy Sticks will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Carter Library, 9036 Asheville Highway. English teacher James Yoakley will speak to the Knoxville Writers’ Guild at 7 p.m. at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. The former Lenoir City High School English department chair and journalism adviser, who was removed from his positions after a profile on a gay student was included in the school’s 2011-12 yearbook, will speak on his experiences with high school journalism and censorship. Admission: free, but $2 donation requested. Info:


Northside Christian Church, 4008 Tazewell Pike, will hold a rummage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8. New and used clothes, household goods, toys, etc.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical, will play on the Clarence Brown Theatre mainstage with shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4-7 and 11-14 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and 16. Tickets: 291-3310, 974-5161, or

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, SEPT. 4-7 Blood drive sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Fair will increase supplies for Medic Regional Blood Center and earn free admission to the fair for donors. Donor centers include Medic Center, 1601 Ailor Ave., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; Food City, 917 Main St., New Tazewell, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday (Bloodmobile); Sharon Baptist Church (inside Ministry Center), 7916 Pedigo Road, 2-8 p.m. Wednesday; Powell library (conference room), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; and Grainger County Community Center, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. The fair runs Sept. 7-16.



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First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway, will resume its regular worship schedule and fall activities at Rally Day. Worship with communion begins at 10:30 The Tennessee Valley Fair opens at 3 p.m. at a.m., followed by a lunch provided by the youth group. Chilhowee Park on Magnolia Avenue. Hours are 3 p.m.This fundraiser for the group’s trip to San Antonio will midnight Sept. 7, 12, 13, 14; 10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 8, be a cookout that includes hot dogs and hamburgers. 10, 11, 15; and noon-midnight Sept. 9 and 16. Rides open Info: 524-0366 before noon. one hour after gates open. Great Amazing Race, patterned after TV’s “The Movies on Market Square, presented by the Knox Amazing Race,” will start at 2 p.m. at Sequoyah Park, 1400 County Public Library, will begin with pre-show activiCherokee Blvd. Teams of two (adult/kid or kid/kid through ties including pet tips and advice at 6:30 p.m. followed grade 12) will compete in challenges spread across a oneby a screening of “Footloose” (PG-13, 1984) at dusk. mile cross-country course. Registration: $40 advance, $50 Bring your own seating. Well-behaved dogs on leashes day of race. Info: are welcome. Free. The 27th annual Symphony in the Park will Backstage Pass, a showcase of arts-related events be at 5 p.m. at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home slated for the inaugural season of The Arts at Pellissippi Ave. The concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, State, 7 p.m. at Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View conducted by Maestro Lucas Richman, is an outdoor Pike. Backstage Pass offers a behind-the-scenes look at fundraiser for Ijams. The event begins with cocktails the season plus a live auction and cocktail buffet. Tickets and a silent auction. Info: Mary Thom Adams, 577-4717, ext. 117, or are $100. Info: 539-7351.

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Victory Camp is summer success By Shannon Morris Summer for students is a time for vacations, relaxation, and enjoying some time away from the normal routines of life. It’s no different for school teachers and administrators, as these hard-working individuals take well-deserved breaks. That’s why we celebrate members of the Grace Christian Academy family who are hard at work during the summer months, investing in the lives of children and making a difference in the community during that time. One shining example is the Eternal Athletes Victory Football Camp, a day camp that provides athletic training, skills and drills advice, and spiritual guidance for children ages 7-14. Eternal Athlete Camps were founded by Mike Smith, whose passion is developing within children the desire to live out principles of character, faith, self-discipline, integrity, sportsmanship, and leadership. Victory Football Camp gives young athletes the opportunity to learn how to strengthen both the physical and spiritual body. This year the camp was run by Lincoln Thomas, the Grace Christian Academy strength and conditioning coach. Along with Thomas, GCA biology teacher Jason Cobb served as a resource for advertising the camp, and Grace coaches

Eric Woodard and John Brewster served as volunteer coaches for the kids at camp. Thomas said, “Many GCA parents and Grace students-athletes helped make this camp a success by volunteering their time to the program.” In July, the Eternal Athletes Victory

Football Camp was held on the campus of West Park Baptist Church on a section of property that wasn’t being used. Neal Arwood, Pastor of Families at West Park, and others felt the need to be good stewards of the land and wanted to do so through an athletic event. Through mu-

tual connections, contact with Eternal Athletes was made. Thomas and Smith saw this as an opportunity to spread the Gospel and provide an incredible experience for children who otherwise might not be able to access quality coaching and training. More than 70 children took part in the camp, and more than 30 adults volunteered. Among the volunteers were a dozen football players from Carson-Newman College, and former Tennessee Volunteer and NFL player Antone Davis. Davis knows a lot about physical training, having finished second on a recent series of “The Biggest Loser.” In addition, former Vol Nick Reveiz shared his testimony with the campers by video. Without a doubt, the greatest reward for the kids, as well as for the many GCA family members who took part, was the fact that five children made decisions to accept Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of a hot summer, coaches and staff from Grace Christian were busy planting seeds and building lives. Thomas and Smith are busy planning another camp, this one based on soccer, to be held in November. We’re grateful for such dedicated staff members who have a heart for the community, even when school is out.

A multitude of multiples By Shannon Morris

Aly Coffey takes part in last year’s Pinktoberfest for breast cancer awareness. Photo by Theresa McNelly

War on Cancer By Shannon Morris Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is one of the scariest and most life-changing things a person can encounter. Grace Christian Academy is proud to sponsor an annual event that is aimed at bringing attention, and funds, to the battle to defeat this terrible foe. Last year, the entire student body and their families, as well as families from Grace Baptist Church, took part in Pinktoberfest, a huge outdoor festival and “pink out” prior to a home football game. Our football players wore pink as a part of their uniforms during the game, and cheerleaders and fans joined in the “pink out” as well. A great deal of awareness was brought to the cause, families were honored during the halftime activities, and money was raised in an effort to fund research for a cure for cancer. Our second annual family festival event, titled War on Cancer, will be held on Sept. 28 before the football game against Greenback. All families are invited to take part in the food, games, inflatables, dunk booth, music and ultimately the GCA Rams football game with pregame activities beginning at 5 p.m. In addition, the elementary cheerleaders will perform at halftime, and the GCA football team will be wearing their “camo” uniforms as a way to show support for this War on Cancer.


How many sets of twins do you know? It’s likely that many of us have known one or two sets of twins at some point in our lives, but with the birth rate of twins around 33 per 1,000 births, it’s not a surprise that twins are somewhat rare, and wonderfully unique. That’s why the start of the 2012-2013 school year is such a special one at Grace Christian Academy. We have been Some of Grace Christian Academy’s twins and triplets are (front) Walker and Willow Martinez; blessed with not just one (second row) Zachary Thornton; Aiden, Aleyah and Alden Troutt; Khloee Scott; (back) Tanner set of multiples, but 10. Thornton, Juliana Carrera, Isabella Carrera, Hannah and MaKenzie Bowers and Kingsley Scott. That’s right; this academ- Photos by Randy Down ic school year sees Grace with nine sets of twins and one set of triplets. The students range from first grade through 11th grade with four of those sets of twins in the high school alone. Out of those four, three sets are in the freshman class. We often think of multiple births as multiple blessings, so our blessings are multiplied tenfold at Grace. We are glad to welcome to the family this year, first graders Aiden, Alden and Aleyah Troutt; second graders Walker and More twins at Grace Christian Academy are Josie and Layla Zimmer, Geoffrey and Seth Willow Martinez; fourth Paczkowski, McKenzie and McKenna Krebs, Amanda and Cole Stooksbury. graders Isabella and Juliana Carrera; fifth graders Khloee and Kingsley Scott; brothers and sisters, at Grace we are quick to recognize seventh graders Hannah and Makenzie Bowers and the importance of each individual student. Every student, Tanner and Zachary Thornton; ninth graders Seth and faculty member and administrator is made in the image Geoffrey Paczkowski, McKenzie and McKenna Krebs of God, whether a twin, a triplet, or some other combo, or and Cole and Amanda Stooksbury; and 11th graders born all alone. As such, each person is treasured and valuLayla and Josie Zimmer. able, and we indeed value all of our students, and recognize While we are pleased to recognize these unique sets of each of them for the unique traits that God has given them.


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