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VOL. 51 NO. 42


October 15, 2012

Life-saving is hands-on

Coffee Break

Get to know Hallsdale Powell Utility District president/ CEO Darren Cardwell – a graduate of UT in civil engineering and an HPUD staff member since 2000.

See page A-2

Miracle Maker West Valley Middle School special educator Matt Coe hadn’t planned to become a teacher at all. But a summer job at Camp Wesley Woods turned into a full-time job as an environmental educator.

See page A-9

Salute to Fulmer A host of Volunteers from the Phillip Fulmer era will toast their old coach this weekend. The theme will be congratulations on his forthcoming Hall of Fame enshrinement and thanks for all he did to make them better players and better men. If you are alert, you may even see Peyton Manning. The 1997 team will be there.

Rural/Metro supervisor Chris McLain provides instruction to Judy Lowe, Bev Spencer and Barbara Jones during a handson CPR class at the Heiskell Senior Center. Photo by Ruth White

Read Marvin West on page 5

Friends rally for Austin Gordon

New priest Union County has already come to know and love Pastor Steven Pawelk of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission in Maynardville. October brought Pastor Wessman Aaron Wessman to the staff.

See Cindy Taylor’s story on page 7

Index Coffee Break A2 Sandra Clark A3 Government/Politics A4 Marvin West/Lynn Hutton A5 Dr. Jim Tumblin A6 Faith A7 Kids A8-11 Miracle Maker A9 Business A13 Calendar A14

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By Sandra Clark An estimated 300 students and parents gathered at the Powell High School auditorium last week to pray for Austin Gordon, 16. The PHS junior was seriously injured Oct. 7 in a onecar accident on Conner Road. Pastor Rodney Arnold of OneLife Church led the service, and Powell High principal Ken Dunlap stood in the back of the auditorium. It was an expression of raw grief as Austin’s friends supported each other and his family. Later in the week, stepdad

Mike Courtney texted his nephew, Andy, who is Austin’s cousin, to report that Austin had opened his eyes. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon was traveling southbound in a black pickup truck on Conner Road when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the center line and struck a telephone pole on the opposite side of the roadway. The Sheriff’s Office responded at 9:44 p.m. Gordon was transported to UT Medical Center by Rural/ Metro for life-threatening inju-

ries. Speed was a factor in the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Gerry and Cindy Neeley, who live four doors from Austin’s family, are collecting money for the family at Humphammer’s. Andy Courtney, a UT student, works at Humphammer’s. Austin’s mom and stepdad are Jennifer and Mike Courtney. Jennifer was scheduled for back surgery on Friday, and Austin remained hospitalized in critical condition at press time.

Menu set for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ The deadline is near to reserve space for dinner and “Arsenic and Old Lace, a play by the Powell Playhouse. The play is $10 with tickets available at the door and performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 27 and a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets for both dinner and the play are $25, and must be bought in advance. Dinner is available only on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25-26. Mail a check, date selected and To page A-3

The war on planning By Betty Bean The elements are in place: Disagreement between city and county mayors. Muscle-flexing developers. A “goofy guys” tag on the commission by its chair. And a beleaguered Mark Donaldson cast out like a motherless child. Are the 1980s back upon us? No. It’s just a behind-the-scenes battle to starve out or perhaps even abolish the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

The money For the recipients of nearly $1.3 million in surplus revenue County Commission doled out last month, it was Christmas in September. There was $500,000 to transport senior citizens; $300,000 for preliminary work on a new Karns

“They just keep working people from getting jobs.” – Tim Burchett area senior center; $200,000 to the sheriff’s office for new tasers; and even $55,000 for the commissioners to split among themselves and dole out to pet causes. But it was supper at the orphanage for MPC director Mark Donaldson, who got slapped down like Oliver Twist pleading for a little more gruel when he asked for $100,000. It was money Mayor Tim Burchett had deleted from his bud-

get request. Donaldson said MPC has experienced a bottom line loss of nearly $400,000 in operating funds since Burchett took office in 2010, via a combination of $200,000 in budget cuts and nearly $200,000 in rent hikes. Additionally, MPC received no incremental funds for the increased work load generated by the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan, a 3-year undertaking authorized by a joint vote of County Commission and City Council. This project was concurrent with the recession that torpedoed development and further depressed MPC’s fee structure. “We had 44 people on staff five years ago. Today, we’ve got 36,” he said, explaining that his staff is having a hard time keeping up with its responsibility to update

countywide addresses and the Knox County Geographic Information System and is not able to service developers’ permit and zoning requests in a timely manner. Also, MPC is no longer able to take on the contract work that once supplemented its budget, he said. MPC asked for $656,000 and got $556,000, which Commissioner R. Larry Smith, a former MPC commissioner, said was plenty. He took the merciless role of Mr. Bumble to Donaldson’s Twist, advising the MPC chief that, “We’re not doing much business. We just need to trim our budget back.” The MPC request went down by a 5-3-1 vote – it needed six – with Sam McKenzie, Amy Broyles, To page A-3

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Coffee Break

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? My father-in-law, Marvin Hammond, has been a positive influence in my life for the past 23 years. He has always given me support, guidance and most importantly his time.

Darren Cardwell

I still can’t quite get the hang of …

Darren Cardwell is the president and CEO of Hallsdale Powell Utility District. Darren attended Gibbs High School, was a guard and defensive end on the football team there, and graduated in 1990. He went on to get a civil engineering degree from UT in 1995. Darren joined HPUD as a maintenance and construction supervisor in 2000 and later added the role of staff engineer. He became president of the utility in 2008. Before joining HPUD, Darren worked with railroad contractor Queen City and First Utility District. Darren and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Amber, 11, and Colby, who will turn 9 this month. The family lives in Halls, and attend Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Get to know Darren over a Coffee Break.

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


Keeping my desk clear.

A Hot Wheels race track.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” This advice taught me to be conservative of hardearned money and appreciative of the opportunity to earn it.

From Forrest Gump, “Momma always says there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been.”

What is your social media of choice?

What are you guilty of?

I don’t use social media.


What is the worst job you have ever had?

What is your favorite material possession? My great-grandfather’s pocket watch.

Baling and hauling square bales of hay on a hot summer day.

What are you reading currently? My Bible.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When I was a little boy, there was a sweet lady at my church that would give me hugs and plant kisses all over my face. These kisses left behind bright red lip prints!

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

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

What is your passion?


Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. 2. Elk hunting out west. 3. Mission trip.

What is one word others often use to describe you and why? Kind. I always try to let my actions speak louder than words. I genuinely care about people, and it must show.

I would be more assertive and direct.

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? Bugs Bunny and Road Runner. It is simple humor.

What’s one place in Halls or Powell everyone should visit? Halls Community Park.

I am passionate about teaching my children life lessons and preparing them for the future. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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

What is your greatest fear? Drowning.

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Buy a new car. – S. Carey

Jesus and my grandfather, Curly Adams. 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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The war on planning From page A-1

Mike Brown, Ed Shouse and Tony Norman voting yes. Smith, Jeff Ownby and Mike Hammond voted no. Dave Wright passed. Richard Briggs and Brad Anders were absent.

The mayors Interviewed after the meeting, Burchett was no more sympathetic to MPC’s plight than Smith: “The first budget, I cut them,” Burchett said. “They just keep working people from getting jobs. “We’re required by law to have an MPC, but I’d like to use them on a contractual basis in the future. Then if we need them, we’ll hire them.” The city, though, has appropriated $905,000 to MPC in each of the last three fiscal years, indicating support from mayors Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero. Holding a master’s degree in planning, Rogero is unequivocal in her support for MPC: “The Metropolitan Planning Commission performs crucial work for the citizens of Knoxville, and the city is committed to continuing support of its operations. Effective planning protects the property rights of residents, businesses and all property owners, and ensures that we balance short-term and longterm interests for the benefit of all Knoxvillians.”

The legislature Last year, state Rep. Frank Niceley introduced a bill to abolish MPC. The bill didn’t go anywhere, but Niceley did. He won the Republican primary and is likely headed to the state Senate. Sens. Becky Massey and Stacey Campfield, along with Rep. Steve Hall, have

served notice that they intend to have another go at it next session when they sent separate letters to County Commission asking them to postpone action on subdivision regulations for ridgetop developments until the legislators address the issue next session. In a speech at a local Tea Party meeting, Hall said that MPC, which was established in 1956 to serve the city and county in matters of planning, zoning, and subdivision regulations as authorized under Title 13 of the Tennessee Code Annotated, “…has a philosophy on property rights that the property is yours until they want it.” Hall said Massey is leading the move to curb MPC’s powers. Massey seemed surprised by Hall’s statement: “I know we’re looking at the regulations that are on the books, but we won’t start actively working on anything until January. The part that has caused some folks concern is there’s no real recourse if somebody disagrees with an MPC decision.” When told that contested MPC decisions are regularly appealed to City Council and County Commission, she said that she wasn’t sure what the exact problem was, but that her staff is working on it, “looking to see if it’s clear or if it’s vague. Some of my constituents have asked me to look at it.” When asked, she identified the constituents as “the development community.” Commission chair Tony Norman had a hard time disguising his contempt for the Massey/Campfield/Hall

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Seniors learn lifesaving techniques Demi Elkins practices CPR techniques learned during a training course at the Heiskell Senior Center. Members were encouraged to participate in the handson course provided by Rural/Metro employees. Photos by Ruth White

request, which his colleagues voted to honor: “I am very disappointed that certain legislators are attacking planning. As we grow and progress, we don’t need less planning, and we’re going to pay in significant ways,” he said. “They are trying to take us back to the ’50s, and I greatly resent them sending a letter before the commission meeting asking us to defer an ordinance until the next legislative session. That was way out of bounds – they don’t call, they don’t talk to anybody and the goofy guys on commission let it happen.”

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be in Knoxville visiting the UT College of Law on Friday, Oct. 19, speaking at the Cox Auditorium at 1 p.m. Tickets are not required to attend this talk. ■ The Duncan Family Barbecue will be held again on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Civic Coliseum. It is held every two years at election time and it goes back to when John Duncan Sr. was in Congress. The Victor public is invited. Ashe In 2000, then-presidential candidate George W. Bush, who had campaigned in south Knoxville that afternoon, made an appearance at the barbecue. It is Kane’s candidacy may be a must-attend occasion for one of the few issues the po- candidates. Even Demotential rivals will agree on. cratic candidates such as Kane is unopposed for Phil Bredesen have made election on Nov. 6 and has appearances. a sure ticket to Nashville This tradition started for the next two years. He in 1968 and this year will defeated former Sheriff Tim mark the 23rd edition. Hutchison comfortably this Other notables who have past August as Hutchison attended include Elizabeth attempted a comeback after Dole in 1996 when her his overwhelming loss to husband, Bob Dole, ran for Mayor Tim Burchett. president. Lee Greenwood Campfield is the oftenand the Drifters have percontroversial state legislaformed. Often it has been tor who gets frequent media kicked off by the UT Pep attention. Band. State Sen. Becky Kane has established Massey for many years himself as an up-and-com- helped organize the event. ing GOP leader by winning ■ Former Demohis primary convincingly. cratic Senate Majority Kane ran a grassroots cam- Leader George Mitchell paign in the primary with of Maine will join former modest funding and incred- Republican Senate Majorible door-to-door effort by ity Leader Howard Baker himself and avid supportat the Baker Center on ers. Kane is supporting Tuesday, Nov. 13, for an Beth Harwell to be Speaker afternoon talk. Details will of the House again. become available later. If the 2014 contest is between Campfield and Briggs only, Campfield will face a major challenge to ■ Commissioners now have prevail. If another candi$55,000 to share for pet projdate emerges to create a ects. What will each choose? three-way or four-way field, ■ Tony Norman and Larry then Campfield’s chances Smith can donate to a “Free are enhanced. Jeff Ownby” fund, and Jeff In the past, Campfield’s can too. opposition has been split, ■ Rick Briggs can restripe the allowing him to win the parking lot at Frank Strang GOP primary by a plurality Center. instead of a majority and ■ Brad Anders can play Solothen face weak Democrats mon and divide his senior in November. If Democrats center planning money like Tommy Schumpert or among Ball Camp, Karns and Wayne Ritchie ran then it Hardin Valley. Then each would cause Campfield maplace can have a cabana. jor problems. ■ Dave Wright can replace his However, Briggs is a sigCarter Elementary green ties nificant opponent who can with middle school gym ties – raise the funding necessary green with a bouncing ball. to prevail in a two-way con■ Amy Broyles and Mike test. 2014 is already upon Brown can stop flipping us in this race. 2014 will spit-balls across the dais and also include the governor’s try to give county employees race and a U.S. Senate conyet another break on parking test. in the City County Building ■ Associate Supreme garage. Justice Elena Kagan will


– S. Clark


Alexander rocks U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander pretty much got rock star treatment from the enthusiastic crowd at last week’s meeting of the West Knox Republican Club.

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It was standing room only in the largest meeting room at Red Lobster on Kingston Pike, with still more guests and members of the media spilling out into the surrounding dining rooms, all to greet Tennessee’s former two-term governor, president of the University of Tennessee and sitting senator. And Alexander didn’t disappoint his fans. He posed for the cameras with babies, local politicians, old friends and new, warmed up his audience with his trademark folksy stories and then

got their collective Republican blood churning with predictions of a big win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Every major crisis we have ever had in this country has been solved by presidential leadership, and Obama just doesn’t have it,” Alexander said. “He’s been a complete failure when you look at the big problems we have. “Romney’s biggest advantage is his ability to lead. It’s his best skill. America will have a brighter future with Romney as president and (Paul) Ryan as vice president. “I like it when Romney talks about how he worked across the aisle as governor of Massachusetts and got results. President Obama is a nice fellow, but he hasn’t been able to work across the aisle and get results, and I think the American people are tired of that. They want a president who can lead, who has presidential leadership and who can work with Democrats and Republicans to reduce the debt and get

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander with Ruthie Kuhlman, president of West Knox Republican Club, and Wallace McClure, the first president of the club. Photo by A. Hart the country moving again.” Alexander said his three personal goals in Congress are: “To stop spending money we don’t have … to let states make their own decisions … to get results in Congress.” He deplored the tactics of Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. “Reid is ruining the U.S. Senate by the way he leads it. We’re there to work for the people, we want the Senate to function so we can get our jobs done, but Reid won’t bring us a budget. It’s like being asked to join the

Grand Ole Opry and not being allowed to sing.” While not exactly a “hometown boy” – he’s a native of Blount County – Alexander, a seventh generation Tennessean, knew his audience well and played it perfectly. “Knox County is the heart of the Republican Party in Tennessee,” Alexander said. “We haven’t elected a Democrat to Congress from this part of the state since Lincoln was president.” The GOP faithful loved it and gave their senior senator a standing ovation.

Painter’s union spruces up Tarleton Burchett says the Tarleton campus is close to his heart. “I was in the legislature with a state representative from Chattanooga named Jack Sharp who grew up at John Tarleton and was one of the finest people I ever met. I found out about the history there and how they raised their own food on the farm. The kids who lived there grew up to have productive lives.” Betty John Tarleton was a sucBean cessful Texas rancher who had lived in Knoxville as a young man. He died in Business agent Eric Sur- 1895 and left a hefty berett responded by recruit- quest to found the Institute ing a local contingent from for Homeless and Neglected the International Union of Children here. Painters and Allied Trades. The crew of painters gave up two weekends to repaint the rails and strip and repair A work in progress: A memthe deck. ber of the Painters’ union “That’s how I train my stains the deck at John Tarapprentices,” said Rodney leton. Photo submitted R. Reeder, IUPAT apprentice and training coordinator. His program teaches drywall finishing, concrete application, sandblasting, and industrial coatings and decorative finishes, and his work crew has taken on many volunteer projects in the area, including extensive repainting of YoungWilliams Animal Center. The former county-run orphanage, which Helen Ross McNabb took over in 2003, houses foster care, adoption, residential, psychiatric assessments, medication treatment and community-based counsel- Jason Whaley, Robert McKeever, Marilynn Surrett, Rodney Reeder, Tim Burchett, Josh ing services for children. Breeden, Eric Surrett Photo by Betty Bean When Mayor Tim Burchett noticed the peeling paint and weather-battered floors on the deck of two of the foster care administration buildings at the John Tarleton campus of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, he called the Painters’ Local 437 for help.


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Salute to Phillip Fulmer




host of Volunteers from the Phillip Fulmer era will toast their old coach this weekend. The theme will be congratulations on his forthcoming Hall of Fame enshrinement and thanks for all he did to make them better players and better men. The university will invite polite applause on Saturday. Coach will return to Shields-Watkins Field for a brief ceremony at an early stop in the Alabama game. If you are alert, you may even see Peyton Manning. The 1997 team will be there. For those who came in late, this Fulmer recognition is for 152 victories against 52 losses, a national championship and seven wins in a row over the dreaded Crimson Tide. Alabama remembers. Fulmer’s success ranks somewhere between outstanding and best-ever. His teams, against better opposition, fell 21 short of Robert R. Neyland’s career total victories. As you may have noticed, the stadium is named for the General. What Fulmer did is worth at least a bronze statue. Opinions remain divided about his 2008 exit. Some thought he stayed too long. Others are convinced Tennessee football would be much better than it is if he was still coach. Just the other day, a Shopper reader dusted off Ronald Reagan logic and

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asked (via email) if we are better off than four years ago. He answered his own question this way: Eight wins used to be barely tolerated. Now, eight would be excellent. We’ll reserve that better-or-worse debate for later. I will say Mike Hamilton botched most of 2008 as it related to Fulmer. That spring, the athletic director gave the coach a new seven-year contract. In the summer he said, “I am very proud to have Phillip as our coach for many years to come. We are fortunate to have such a talented and proven coach leading our program.” Leading didn’t last long. That November, early in Homecoming week, Fulmer was fired. As we now know, changing coaches didn’t turn out real good. The initial miscalculation by the athletic director cost $6 million. Many more are still draining

away during this recovery period. Set aside the sad part. Now is a good time to remember the good times. It is meaningful that Phillip Fulmer is Tennessee through and through. He grew up in Winchester. As a recruit, he picked the Vols over the Tide. He thought he would be a linebacker but became an offensive guard for Doug Dickey. John Majors brought him back as an assistant coach and promoted him to offensive coordinator. He was a great recruiter. Dickey put Fulmer in charge during Majors’ 1992 illness and gave him the job after the controversial conclusion to Majors’ career. Fulmer highlights, in addition to the remarkable comeback against Arkansas and the national title victory over Florida State, were the 1992 romp in the rain over the Gators, the 1995 rout of Alabama (4114) that started with an 80-yard Manning to Joey Kent touchdown and the terrific 2001 triumph in the Swamp. I really liked the bowl victory over Ohio State, the 2004 win over Georgia in Athens and the unlikely rally at LSU in 2005. Thanks, Coach, for a hundred more good days than bad. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero. com


And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. (John 12:32 NRSV) Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2: 9-11 NRSV)


was drowning in paper that afternoon: reports, checks, check registers, forms, write-ups, vouchers, notes to self. Normally, I don’t mind. I am one of the few people on the planet (according to the results of my limited surveys) who still balances her checkbook every month. There is something pleasing and quite satisfying about wrestling all those numbers to the ground, lassoing them, and making them stand up tall and straight, in neat lines and perfect agreement. But on that particular day, I was not handling it well: unable, it seemed, to corral the information I needed without wading through a lot of other – apparently extraneous – names and figures. I should add here that math is not my native tongue. When I was in high school, I told my math teacher that algebra made my stomach

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hurt. As my daughter Eden often declares, “We are musicians. We count to four.” (This, as her hand describes in the air a conductor’s pattern for 4/4 time). “If it is written in six, we count it in two.” This time she directs the simple up and down pattern for 6/8. Where the thought came from, I can’t really say. But there it was, fully formed in my brain. Paperwork is the antithesis of grace. It was such a revelation to me that I walked down the hall to my supervisor’s office, stuck my head in, and informed him of that new insight. He just grinned at me, but I saw the tacit agreement in his eyes. Paperwork is all about keeping records, keeping score, keeping track. Grace is about love, acceptance, inclusion, forgiveness: no adding up good deeds (or sins, for that matter), no keep-

ing score, no C-minuses. And along with the thought came a mental picture: St. Peter sitting at his desk at the Pearly Gates, with a great book (alongside stacks and stacks and stacks of folders!), checking the records for everyone standing in line, like so many customers at the bank. Then Christ shows up, and steps over to Peter’s desk and starts vouching for people. “She’s one of mine. Yes, I recognize him. Yes, this little one – in fact, all these little ones are mine. Oh, and that fellow over there, the one with the threadbare coat? He’s mine. The woman talking to herself? Yes sir, she is definitely one of mine.” Finally, in frustration, St. Peter says, “Are you just accepting everybody today?” And Christ holds out his hand over the crowd – a hand that still bears a scar right in the middle of the palm – and says, “All of these are mine. I died for all of them.” T hen, with that same nail-scarred hand, he rakes all of St. Peter’s precious paperwork right off the desk and beckons to the rest of the line. “Come into my house, and welcome.”

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Litton named to Central Wall of Fame HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin Food – that’s what the Littons do. Grandfather Eldridge Litton (1899-1975), a native of Scott County, operated grocery stores in Oak Ridge and Lake City first but moved to Knox County in 1946. He established Litton’s Supermarket on Central Avenue Pike in Inskip and brought his son Edwin E. Litton (1922-1980) into the business in 1953. When a deli counter was added in 1962, the very first Litton Burger was served, costing 89 cents. Edwin Litton continued to operate the business until his retirement in 1976. He was elected to the Knox County school board in 1970 and served as its chair for five years before he resigned to serve as administrative assistant to county finance commissioner William Tallent. He also served as president of the Norwood Kiwanis Club and as a trustee of the Baptist Hospital board of directors. The third generation of Littons in the food industry, Barry N. Litton, added yet another dimension in 1983 when he founded the full-service restaurant that became North Knoxville’s most successful eatery. Barry Norman Litton was born to Edwin and Betty Rose Litton on June 6, 1951. He attended Fountain City Elementary School and the Tennessee Military Institute and graduated from Central High School in 1969. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps that same year and completed basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He served at El Toro Air Base until deployed to Vietnam in 1971 where he served in I Corp (Force Logistics Command). When he was discharged from the Marine Corps, Barry returned

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Barry N. Litton, Central High Wall of Fame Honoree. Following his service in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Litton established a meat market on Essary Drive in 1980. home to join his father in the grocery business for the next seven years. In January 1980 he recognized an opportunity to open a meat market in Fountain City and found a suitable building on Essary Drive. He stocked the best of Western beef, serving as his own specialty butcher. About a year later one of his customers asked if he would prepare him a hamburger. There was an electric skillet on site and Barry did just that. The customer returned the next day for another, and the “Litton 10 Burger” was born, originally with 8 ounces of beef, bacon, cheese and French fries, selling for $1.99. The secret is in the beef ground on site from Colorado sirloin tip and/or chuck roast seasoned during the grinding with a secret blend of spices but without salt, which tends to dry the meat. Sometime later the electric skillet

was retired and replaced with a gas grill which allows the fat to drip onto the embers to enhance that special charcoal taste. Kelly Litton, Barry’s sister, presides over the kitchen where the Litton’s menu has evolved over the years to include daily Blue Plate lunch specials with various meats and fresh vegetables (beans, greens and potatoes) prepared on site and seasoned for East Tennessee tastes. The evening menu includes fi llet, T-bone and Kansas City strip steaks and chicken and fresh seafood (scrod, shrimp, oysters and scallops) flown in twice a week from Boston. And, of course, the baked potatoes and peel-on French fries have that special Litton touch. Demonstrating the expertise of the longtime bakery and dessert chef, Lynda Jones, Litton’s dessert menu is, as they say, “to

die for.” The menu includes the Baby Jane (a special strawberry shortcake), cheesecake, coconut and lemon ice box pie, German chocolate cake, bread pudding and several kinds of cookies. Litton’s Market and Restaurant has been recognized several times by Southern Living magazine and has placed first in the Best of East Tennessee polls for many years. It continues to be one of East Tennessee’s most popular restaurants. Barry Litton was chosen Fountain City Town Hall’s Fountain City Man of the Year in 2009. Goodwill Industries recognized him as Employer of the Year in April 1998 for supporting employees with disabilities for more than three decades. Quietly and without fanfare, Barry N. Litton has supported sports, recreation and civic causes in Fountain City, beginning with his arrival and continuing to the present. The Lions Club, the Fountain City Recreation Commission, Fountain City Park and Lake, Fountain City’s elementary, middle and high schools and many citizens old and young have been the beneficiaries of his counsel, kindness and assistance since he first established his business.

In the family tradition, Barry’s three children, Erik, Ashley and Elizabeth, have periodically worked at Litton’s over the years. Erik, a fourth generation restaurateur, has joined his father in the business. Barry and his wife, Jacquie, are residents of the Gibbs community. Barry Litton will be honored by the Central High School Foundation and the CHS Alumni Association at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the 11th annual Wall of Fame Breakfast. A highlight of the breakfast is the outstanding video with interviews of the honorees prepared by David Dixon, former band and technology instructor at Gresham Middle School. Proceeds from the Wall of Fame Breakfast will be being used to provide supplemental technology for the school, to help upgrade Central’s library, to support mailings for school organizations, to establish a contest for Web design by technology students and possibly for upgrades to the Heritage Room. Look for announcements of the other 2012 honorees in the Shopper-News and other media outlets. Tickets for the breakfast are $20 and may be purchased at the school office, by calling Larry Smith at 9225433 or by email to courtshea@

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installing a bell in the new chapel they hope to build. “The thing that has never changed about Heiskell UMC is the ordinary folk with big hearts and loving arms that have reached out to the community for years. The love of God and the simple preaching of the Good News continues to this day,” said lay leader Ron Milligan. “It is a privilege and a blessing to be the pastor of this church, and especially Pat Bishop, who was pastor at Heiskell UMC from 2002-2008, on this day to celebrate its stands with her husband, Lee Bishop. 100 years of service,” said pastor Paige Wimberly. “My Mike Hall, pastor at Heiskell UMC from 19911998, with John Mays, a retired pastor from hope, prayer and belief are Millers Chapel in Maynardville that this church will continue to be here another 100 years in the Lord’s service.”

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■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distributes free food 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry distributes food boxes 5-6:30 p.m. each third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.

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■ Bookwalter United Methodist Church will hold homecoming 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The Rev. Nathan Malone, Knoxville District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, will speak. Covered dish luncheon follows.

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By Theresa Edwards Heiskell United Methodist Church, located at 9420 Heiskell Road, celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a homecoming Oct. 7. The Rev. Dr. Adam E. McKee III, district superintendent, delivered the message. Other special visitors included former pastors Pat Bishop (2002-2008) and John Mays (1991-1998). Heiskell UMC began in 1912 and was located in the heart of the community. The little white church on the corner was known for the quaint bell-ringing to announce church services. It is the hope of the congregation to continue this tradition by

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The big game-changer in special education is technology. – Matt Coe West Valley Middle School special educator Matt Coe hadn’t planned to become a teacher at all. But a summer job at Camp Wesley Woods turned into a full-time job as an environmental educator, and he found that teaching appealed to him. So he obtained a teaching license through UT’s Become a Special Educator in Tennessee (BASE-TN) program. At the time, participants received tuition credit for committing to become special educators in Tennessee schools. Once he made the decision to be a teacher, special education was a natural choice. His father, Fred Coe, worked for Tennessee’s Department of Mental Retardation Services (now called the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) for 35 years. His mother, Priscilla Coe, became a special educator herself after working with mentally disabled adults for several years. Because of his dad’s job, Matt was used to being around kids with disabilities. When Fred worked at summer camps for disabled kids, Matt and his brother went along, and the family occasionally provided transportation for Fred’s clients. “My whole life, I’ve been working with this population,” Matt says. Priscilla began her teaching career in 1990. She worked at Dogwood and Beaumont elementary schools until she retired in 2005 – the same year Matt began his teaching career at Sterchi Elementary. There have been many changes in special education since Priscilla’s early days in the classroom, but some philosophies and practices have been consistent. The students Priscilla taught were very different from the students Matt currently works with at West Valley, where he has taught for five years. Many of her students were medically fragile, she says, and his students are gener-

Priscilla Coe and her son, Matt, look at the technology he uses to teach special education students at West Valley Middle School. Priscilla is a retired special education teacher herself. Photo by Wendy Smith

ally higher-functioning. But Knox County’s special education program is individualized so that each child receives the attention he needs, no matter his ability level. “I had 10 kids, and they had 10 different programs. I was organized so I could do things in a group setting, but there were different goals for each kid,” she says. Each special education student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by the child’s parents, teachers, doctors and therapists – anyone who works with the child, says Matt. The IEP determines the accommodations and modifications the child needs in the classroom. Special education students spend as much time as possible in regular classrooms. The concept of inclusion was gaining momentum when Priscilla began her career in 1990. The primary goal of Knox County’s special education program is independence, and West Valley students work on life skills by going into the community twice a week to shop or visit a work site. Priscilla’s elementary-age students also took regular trips away from the school. Students could learn a

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skill in the classroom, like counting money, but be unable to use that skill in another environment. If they practiced in multiple environments, they were able to generalize such skills, she says. The big game-changer in special education is technology. New software, like the SOLO literacy suite, makes word predictions and allows students to listen to what they write. Such modifications allow students to further participate in mainstream classrooms and even take benchmark exams with their peers, says Matt. With apps that allow students to communicate using both symbols and words, iPads and iPods have also transformed special education. “There’s less frustration. Now they can tell me what they want and what’s bothering them,” Matt says.

But it takes money to fully implement technology. The SOLO software doesn’t work on all of the school’s computers, and there aren’t enough computers to go around. “It’s a great tool, but it’s completely useless if your computers don’t run smoothly,” Matt says. “The things we can do with technology these days are incredible. But it’s all about money.” Proceeds from coupon book sales will help, but West Valley teachers are trying to think of additional ways to raise funds to update the school’s computer labs. Being a special educator is a never-ending cycle of trying new things, and days are often filled with paperwork and meetings, Matt says. But the payoff comes in the form of good days, like a recent Special Olympics bowling event, and academic progress, like the enthusiasm he’s seeing as his students study “The Three Musketeers.” “Most of the time, I love what I do.”

Fun with football Like all teachers, Matt Coe has to get creative to engage his students. One of his most popular ideas is his football and reading program. Each student picks a major league football team at the beginning of the season, and the class keeps a chart of each team’s wins and losses. Each student’s behavior and reading scores can bolster their team’s performance. West Valley Middle School principals and other staff members can participate, as well. So far, there have been no arguments about who gets which team, and Matt has been able to hang onto his beloved Miami Dolphins. “Some students pick the same team every year, but others want to win, so they do their research,” he says. The competition ends before Christmas break, and the winner receives an award. The basketball and reading program tips off next spring.


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A free Kindergarten Readiness Festival will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, for all rising kindergarten 20132014 students and their parents. Theresa Wishart, Knox County Reading Specialist, will speak to parents about important skills children should have as they start school. The Festival includes hands-on activities for children and parents alike. Reservations are required. This communitywide event is sponsored by AJCC Preschool, Knox County Schools and S.E. Knoxville Jewish Day School. Info or reservations: 9638001 or Kindergarten.

Hannah Chea Brown celebrated her 11th birthday Aug. 25 with a Dance Moms slumber party. Hannah is a 6th Brown grader at Horace Maynard Middle School. Parents are Chip and Missy Brown of Corryton. Grandparents are Hobert Brown of Corryton, Judy Gideon of Corryton, Don Gideon of Halls and the late Beulah Brown and Wanda Brown.

REUNIONS ■ Gibbs High Class of 1977, Oct. 27. Info:, 6884727 or 922-3060. ■ Inskip Elementary School will host its 100th birthday celebration on Friday, Nov. 2, with an open house 3:30-7 p.m. Visit with former classmates and teachers, share stories from your school days and once again find your home at Inskip. Copies of old pictures or memorabilia to be shared may be brought to the school 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by Wednesday, Oct. 31. ■ Michael Ault II descendants will meet after church Sunday, Oct. 21, at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 4630 Holston Drive. Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m. Info: Maude, 6893111. ■ Rule High classes of 1939-91 sports reunion, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 27, Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Drive. Cost is $10. Deadline: Oct. 17. Mail check to Doyle Human, 7101 Oak Meade Road., Powell, TN 37849. Info: 687-2816.

Halloween events Dark in the Park will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Wilson Park in Union County. Free refreshments, vendor booths and a “Ghoulish Gazebo.” Costume contest at 5 p.m. with competitors in three age groups. Branson’s Farms Haunted Forest, 3208 Dutch Valley Road in Washburn, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, October 19, 20, 26 and 27. $3. Info: 497-3500, or http://www.facebook. com/BransonsFarms HauntedForest Halloween alternative, sponsored by Club Shabach at World for Christ Church Inc., 4611 Central Ave Pike, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Candy, urban gospel music, dancing and fun for all. Info: 455-4302.

Nine down, one to go The postseason is one game away and the Panthers are looking as sharp as ever. The Powell team is peaking at the perfect time. There’s one regular season contest left: a home game against the Central Bobcats. Despite being “down” the past few years, Central looks stronger this year and should be a good test for Powell right before the playoffs. But there’s probably not much reason to fret. Even with an unlikely loss, the Panthers are 8-2 on the year; that’s not too shabby. Regardless, the Panthers’ offense looks ruthless. Powell rushed for a massive 356 yards against Clinton underneath the Friday night lights at Powell High’s Scarbro Stadium. The Panthers finished off the Dragons with a score of 53-20 to beat Clinton for the third year in a row. Also for the third year in a row, the Panthers will finish with at least a .800 winning percentage. Powell is currently 8-1 entering the game against Central, and a victory against the Bobcats should guarantee home-field advantage in the playoffs – for the third year in a row. The Panthers will be heavily favored to win the game,

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but Central always seems to give Powell a run for its money. Playing a solid team such as Central should give Powell a good feel for what they need to improve on before the playoffs begin. But after the showing they had against Clinton, it was hard to see that Powell did anything wrong. Home-field advantage combined with a lethal offense should prove to be a strong combination in the postseason. Having two solid tailbacks is big, but having a quarterback who can throw well is big too. Quarterback Hagen Owenby threw for 127 yards and rushed for another 119. Owenby showed great awareness, finding the holes on the field and cutting around defenders for big gains. Tailbacks Montario Washington and Tyshawn Gardin also showed their ability to deal with solid defenses; each had two touchdowns as well. At the wide receiver spot, it seems like Marcus Weaver has been open all season,

as he keeps racking up the touchdowns – and he got another one against the Dragons. It wasn’t just the offense that was shining, though. Powell showed great promise on both ends of the field. Powell showed an ability to score quickly and efficiently – and the ability to play solid defense. The Panthers blocked a field goal attempt and allowed only seven first-half points. If the Panthers can do that in the postseason, they’re in really good shape. As the football team enters the postseason, however, Powell’s volleyball team has just wrapped things up. The Panthers finished seventh in the district overall and had shown signs of improvement when they beat Lenoir City on senior night. But the Panthers ended up facing second-seeded Hardin Valley in the first round of the district tournament. The result was a season-ending loss in three sets – by scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-18. “We had a good season and (moved up) one spot from last year (in district standings),” said coach Michael Blair. “I just want to thank all of my girls and parents for everything.”

Military Child of the Year Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides assistance to military families, is accepting nominations for the Military Child of the Year awards to be announced in April. The award recognizes children who stand out among their peers. Ideal candidates demonstrate resilience, strength of character and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They embody leadership within their families and communities. An award will be presented to a child from each branch of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Winners will receive $5,000 and a laptop. They will also be f lown to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for a recognition ceremony April 11. Info: www.


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Pep rally at Windsor Gardens Windsor Gardens Assisted Living has a pep rally for its residents before each UT football game. Pictured at a recent rally are: (front) Edna Weiland, Cecil Campbell, Ernie Ingle; (back) Freida Coram, Elsie Ford and Chris Haynes. Photo submitted

Seniors collecting items for Totes of Love Members of the Heiskell Senior Center are collecting items to fill “Totes of Love� with supplies for area schools. Last year the group distributed 102 totes filled with personal hygiene products and school supplies for needy students at Copper

Ridge Elementary School, Powell Elementary School and Powell Middle School. The goal this year is to fill 150 tote bags for the holiday season. Needed items include: notebook paper, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, crayons, safety scissors, folders with pockets,

markers and pencil boxes. Personal hygiene items needed include shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, BandAids, brushes, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, face wash, and tissues. If you can help, call Janice White, 548-0326.

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Critter Tales According to a website dedicated solely to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (yes, I’m serious), the insect has invaded 38 states in America but does not pose a threat to anyone other than farmers who have experienced damage to their crops.

They cause so much agricultural damage, however, that in 2010 many corn, pepper, tomato, apple and peach farmers in the mid-Atlantic states reported total losses because of stink bugs. Even though they don’t bite or sting, they have been given their name for a reason – they produce an unpleasant odor when

threatened or killed. Pest control information from Orkin discourages vacuuming stink bugs because it will take some time for the odor to leave your vacuum cleaner. The stink bug has ancestral roots in Asia (which may be why it appears to be wearing a shield similar to a Samurai warrior’s armor). It was accidentally introduced to the U.S. in the ’90s. They cozy up in homes, offices and warehouses in the wintertime, so keep an eye out for a stinky, uninvited guest during the coming months. Researchers from 10 universities are collectively researching ways to manage the stink bug population including parasitic wasps, naturally occurring fungus and insecticides. Their efforts can be tracked at www.stopbmsb. org.

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David Watson is proud of his 42-year career at the Community Design Center, and he wants everyone who also appreciates the organization to buy a ticket or two and come enjoy the long-awaited Founder’s Celebration, set for Wednesday, Meet Sandy Loy, president of Construction Plus. A Oct. 24, at the Knoxville Fountain City native now living in Museum of Art. Farragut, Sandy says he enjoys “the The evening will recogbest of both worlds.� At Construcnize the men and women tion Plus, he provides professional who founded the organizaconstruction service with certified tion in 1970, and acknowlconstruction managers and designedge its 887 community imbuild specialists. provement projects. So get to know Sandy Loy and Thirteen of the 16 foundadd him to your network. ers are alive, he said. From parks, sidewalks Who inspires you professionally? and community centers to Steven Covey, author of facade improvements and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective historical preservation, it is People,� especially his habit of Win/Win or No Deal. That is a harder habit to practice hard to travel anywhere in East Tennessee without seethan it sounds. ing this group’s positive efMany people want to win, so they are adverse to the fects, he said. Watson spoke Win/Win paradigm. The temptation to capitulate and let last week to the Powell Busiyourself be a martyr to get business is one which leads to ness and Professional Assobad results in the long run, but is an easy trap to fall into, especially when the economy is as tough as it is right now. ciation. It was hard not to notice Learning to say no deal when you work like the Powell’s Airplane Filling dickens to find deals is a hard habit to form, but it Station front and center has been one I have worked hard to develop and find among the success stories. it pays huge dividends. There are terrific clients out there who also want to be in Win/Win relationships. Finding them and holding onto them by honoring the Win/Win paradigm is the key to small business success in my opinion.

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Refinancing two existing bond issues could result in some hefty savings for Hallsdale Powell Utility District. The HPUD Board of Commissioners heard from Larry Brown of Stephens Inc., on Oct. 8. According to Brown, with interest rates at an historic low, two existing bond issues from 2002 and 2004 could be combined and refinanced to save the utility district upward of $3 million. The board voted to be ready for refinancing by December. The utility set 33 meters and inspected 13 sewers in September. HPUD president Darren Cardwell said the new businesses at the new Walmart shopping center and Aldi Food Store will be on November’s meter count.

Due to a large number of applicants, the board voted to wait until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, to decide on a fresh slate of commission candidates to replace board chair Jim Hill, whose term is up this year. At the end of the meeting, the board recessed without adjourning to reconvene Oct. 24. President emeritus Marvin Hammond announced that he will not seek renewal of his HPUD consulting contract when it expires at the end of October, giving up his vehicle privilege and any future compensation. The HPUD Board of Commissioners meets 1:30 p.m. every second Monday, at the HPUD offices on Cunningham Road in Halls.

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The seventh annual FCAC Membership Show, Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. second, third, fourth Saturdays. Info:, 357-2787, www.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16 Night in the Park in the Fountain City Park, hosted by Fountain City Town Hall, 5-8 p.m. Hot dogs, s’mores and other treats. No charge, but a donation toward Honor Fountain City Day event appreciated.


Baseball tournament at Halls Community Park. Open to all. T-ball, 6U coach pitch, 8U-14U. Info: 9925504 or

SUNDAY OCT. 21 Japanese Temari Balls class, 1-5 p.m. Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris. Instructor: Eiko Travaglini. Register by Oct. 17. Info: 494-9854,


“Centennial: Past, Present and Future,” a GCA Flower Show, presented by the Knoxvillle Garden Club, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Knoxville Museum of Art. Free admission. Info:

Bits ‘n Pieces Quilt Guild meeting, 1 p.m., Norris Community Center. Peggy Garwood will speak. All welcome. Info: Pat Melcher, 494-0620 or Free Health and Safety Fair, 1-3 p.m., Willow Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 215 Richardson Way in Maynardville. Open to all. Info: 992-5816.



Scarecrows in the Park kick-off, 3-6 p.m., New Harvest Park’s Farmers Market, 4775 New Harvest Lane. Info: Silent auction/cake auction hosted by Halls Republican Club, 6-8 p.m., Beaver Brook Country Club. Food and drinks will be served. RSVP/ donation to auction: Sandy Merryman, 250-1603. Info: Bob Crye, 806-2361.

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” Jubilee Center, 6700 Jubilee Center Way, presented by the Powell Playhouse performers. Tickets for play only, $10 at the door. Info: 947-7428 or 256-7428.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, OCT. 18-19 Free document shred event hosted by New South Credit Union branch, 3261 N. Mall Road near Knoxville Center Mall, during regular business hours. Refreshments; register for prizes. Info: 523-0757

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 19-20 Rummage sale sponsored by the Women’s Missionary League of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4110 Central Avenue Pike; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.noon Saturday. Info: 687-6622.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20 Fall festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Beverly Park Place Health and Rehab, 5321 Beverly Park Circle. Music, crafts, other vendors and food. Bring a chair. 35th annual Fall Apple Festival, hosted by Washington Presbyterian Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info/ directions: or 776-4523. Fall festival and car show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., hosted by Union Missionary Baptist Church at Corryton Community Center/ballfield. Car show info/ registration: Linda Hicks,748-9357. Festival info: the Rev. Jack Walker, 679-9658. Fall festival, 3:30-7 p.m., Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pike, Luttrell. Gospel singing on the porch, food, games, antique cars. All are welcome. Fall festival, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at future home of Clear Springs Baptist Church, in front of Midway IGA, Tazewell Pike at Emory Road. Proceeds to building fund. Info: 688-7674, www.clearspringsbaptistchurch. net. Fall festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Norwood UMC, 2110 Merchants Drive. Dr. Carvenstein will carve pumpkins from 10 a.m. to noon. Vendor booths, children’s activities, food and more. Info: 687-1620. The Union County prayer service to fight drugs

FRIDAY, OCT. 26 Gibbs High Homecoming game vs Austin-East, 7:30 p.m. The second annual Hearth Scares Ball, 7-11 p.m., James White’s Fort. Music by the Chillbillies, special lighting by Bandit Lites, “frightening” finger food by Rothchild Catering, decorations, costume contest, silent auction, and more. Tickets: $75 each available at or mail payment to JWF, 205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 26-28 The Fanboy Expo at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., noon-7 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets: 280-2023 or

SATURDAY, OCT. 27 Harvest Celebration, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Thorn Grove Baptist Church, 10200 Thorn Grove Pike. Food, music, live auction, games, vendors. Info: 933-5771 or Pottery Handbuilding for Kids, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 6 and up, Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris. Instructor: Alison Greenhouse. Register by Oct. 23. Info: 494-9854, Fall festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Little Flat Creek Baptist Church, 9132 E. Emory Road Antique cars, food, refreshments, games, horseshoes, music, guest speakers preaching in the log church; Vesper service at cemetery. Fall festival, noon-2 p.m., Greenway Baptist Church, 2809 Addison Drive. Hot dogs, chili, inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, cake walk and more. Everyone welcome. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, World’s Fair Park, join the race that benefits the fight against breast cancer. To join an existing Race for the Cure team or to start a new one: http://www.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCT. 27-28 Baseball tournament at Halls Community Park. Open to all. T-ball, 6U coach pitch, 8U-14U. Info: 992-5504 or

SUNDAY, OCT. 28 Fall festival, 5-7 p.m., Central Baptist Fountain City, 5364 Broadway. Inflatables, door prizes, trunk or treat, candy, food, games. Free. To preregister: 688-2421 or

MONDAY, OCT. 29 Trip to Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., with Happy Travelers of North Acres Baptist Church. 2 days, 1 night. Cost: $99. Sign-up deadline: Oct. 15. Info: Derrell Frye, 938-8884.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 1-3 Tapestry Weaving Basics, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris. Instructor: Tommye Scanlin. Register by Oct. 26. Info: 494-9854,

SATURDAY, NOV. 3 Bazaar, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 7535 Maynardville Highway. Crafts, bake sale, country store, white elephants, pecans, Rada knives, knife sharpening, breakfast and lunch. Info: 522-0914. Rummage sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Ave. $3 brown-baga-bargain at noon. Proceeds to missions. Free women’s self-defense class, noon, Overdrive Martial Arts & Fitness, 7631 Clinton Highway. Info: or 362-5562. Chili supper with music by the Woodpickers and a silent auction, 5-8 p.m., Norris Community Building, hosted by Appalachian Arts Craft Center. $7.50 for meal only; $20 for meal plus handcrafted pottery bowl. Info: 494-9854 or

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 Annual Holiday Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St., in the auditorium. Info: 523-1135.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 Arts and Crafts Show, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jubilee Center, 6700 Jubilee Center Way, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Info: 947-7428, 256-7428.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16 Inskip Elementary School fall festival, 5-7 p.m. Armbands: $10 at the door, includes hot dogs, chips and drink for dinner and games; tickets: 25 cents each, sold at the door.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 16-17 Mini Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Powell Branch Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Info:

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 “Beaded Christmas Earrings” 1-4 p.m., with Kathy Seely, at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris. Registration deadline: Nov. 26.To register: 494-9854 or City of Luttrell Christmas Parade, noon. To register to participate: 992-0870.

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n Oct. 5, Temple Baptist Academy’s elementary school held its annual Grandparents’ Day. Parents and grandparents came, some from long distances, for the special program. The day’s festivities began with a program in the Curtis Hutson Center Auditorium. Each class presented songs, recited poems and quoted Bible verses. Temple principal David Whitaker spoke to the audience about the importance of the partnership that exists between the school and its families – including grandparents. “Temple Baptist Academy is here to come alongside families who not only want to provide a solid education for their children, but want an education that is built on a biblical foundation and belief in our creator God. It is this foundation that gives distinction to what we are providing in educa- Grandparents Emily and Leo Sullivan participate in classroom activities with their grandtion here at daughter, Temple 6th grader Mallory Sullivan. Photo by Ali Sexton Temple.” After the program, grandparents and family members games, art projects and crafts. learn in such a short time.” Another grandparent, Mary “Many of the grandparents exhad the opportunity to go to class with the students. Once pressed how much they enjoyed Lee Kozick, said, “We loved in their classrooms, students Grandparents’ Day,” said Acad- every moment. It was just a fun day!” showed what they were learn- emy secretary Betty Manning. “All the songs were unique. Grandparent Peggy Goring in school. Teachers and students invited their guests don said “It was a delight to It was terrific!” said another to participate in classroom see them perform. It is amaz- TBA grandparent, Barbara activities, which included ing to see how much they Padgett.

Temple High School establishes STEM Society This fall, Temple Baptist Academy high school students are taking part in a new student club called the STEM Society. The society brings together students who share an interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The purpose of the society

is to encourage students to explore, investigate, discover and connect with STEM subjects in a dynamic and practical way. The society provides a forum for students and club leaders to work together and explore many different ideas and activities related to STEM fields. Students who participate in

the society will gain an understanding of the relationships between their academic studies and the practical application of those studies in reallife settings. The STEM Society faculty sponsor is Tim Missey, who notes that the society is “designed to be a complement to

Temple Baptist Academy 6th graders (front) Jesse Howe, Tyler Brown, Benjamin Jones, Havana Bryant, Taylor Padgett, Ashley Tyler, Lauren Vaught; (back) John Mawia, Gabriel Salonga, Emma Tarner, Katie Newport, Vyala Gano, Autumn Arsenault, Madison Jones and Mallory Sullivan give a presentation during Grandparents’ Day. Photo by Meaghan Vowell

Bill and Donna Vaught of Russellville, Ky., visit with their grandchildren, 4th grader Tyler Vaught and 6th grader Lauren Vaught, at Grandparents’ Day at Temple Baptist Academy. Photo by Scottie Crabtree

the curriculum, not a substitute for it.” Activities will include practical experiments, investigation, discussion and reflection. These activities are intended to be interesting, engaging, and enjoyable. “One of the goals of the STEM program is to motivate and build confidence in young people who struggle with STEM subjects, and provide an extra outlet for students who already show aptitude and are interested in furthering their learning,” says Missey. Society leaders outlined five objectives for the club:

■ To enrich, enhance and extend the Academy’s curriculum. ■ To inspire higher student achievement in STEM subjects through interaction and experimentation. ■ To facilitate collaboration between students, teachers and professionals in STEM fields. ■ To expose students to exciting opportunities in the STEM fields. ■ To provide guidance and inspiration to students who feel led by God to continue their education in STEM subjects beyond high school.


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