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Meet Robbie Norman, principal at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School since 2003. Norman says, “The staff, students and parents are so fabulous that I consider it an honor to be a part of their team.”

See Coffee break on page 2

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VOL. 51 NO. 45



November 5, 2012

Powell Church of God 40 year homecoming Children give cards and hugs of appreciation: Caleb Lambert, Madison Payne, Sydney Payne, Beverly Cox, Pastor Jerry E. Cox and Randy Lambert. Photos by T. Edwards


Todd Cook poses with President George W. Bush on a campaign stop in Knoxville. Shopper file photo

Cook named to HPUD board Todd Cook, an employee of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected by Mayor Tim Burchett for a 4-year term on the board of commissioners for the Hallsdale Powell Utility District. Cook was sworn in Friday. He replaces Jim Hill, who had served on the board since 1974 and was not reappointed by Burchett.

Night owl Bob and Louise Collier have a visitor in their yard: “Our owl was still sitting there quietly ... but it was already gone by early the next morning, undoubtedly having spent the night terrorizing the local neighborhood mice and, hopefully, dining on several of them. Welcome to our yard, owl.”

Enjoy the story & photo on page 5

By Theresa Edwards Powell Church of God celebrated its 40th year by honoring Pastor Jerry E. Cox and his wife, Beverly, for 32 years of service. Members of the church came one by one, giving testimonies of how much the pastor and the church have enriched their lives. “You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for us,” said Billie Barber. “Thank you and your precious wife, Beverly, for coming to Vanderbilt to pray for my mom and myself before she had six-hour surgery the next day,” said Kelsey Loveday. “Beverly and Pastor Cox really go out of their way to do things for people,” Kenny Loveday said. “It’s amazing. I don’t know how he ever rests. There are always people who have situations in their lives, and pastor and his

Previous Elder Kenneth Byrd (1982-1992), Gracie Byrd and Susan Byrd

Dr. Thomas Propes, Church of God secretary general, delivers the message. wife are always there for us, night or day.” “I love both of you. It’s been

21 years that I’ve been coming to this church. Thank you for leading me to the Lord in May 1981,” said James Brinkley. “Every time I’ve called pastor, he did whatever he could for me,” said Randy Lambert. “Pastor, you’ll never know how much you mean to me and my family.” Lambert presented a gift from

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the congregation to Jerry and Beverly Cox, followed by the children giving them hand-crafted thank-you cards. The congregation applauded in appreciation. The sermon was presented by Dr. Thomas Propes, Church of God secretary general. A luncheon followed the celebration. Info: 938-2522.

Powell branch library features story time

Read Marvin West on page 6

The cold and rainy weather didn’t keep Cassen Huffaker away from story time at the Powell Library last week. Dressed in his favorite costume, Huffaker enjoyed listening to stories with an autumn theme and playing games with reader Becky Gibson.

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dementia and I long to sit and talk with him as he was before the dementia took him away from us.

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? Wow! It’s hard to narrow that down to just one. I’ve lived long enough now to be able to look back and see that there have always been those special people who influenced me in the way I needed it at the time.

Robbie Norman

Meet Robbie Norman, principal at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School since 2003. Even though it was hard to leave Mooreland Heights Elementary, where she had served as principal for five years, Norman says working at the school between Halls and Powell is rewarding. “The staff, students and parents are so fabulous and I consider it an honor to be a part of their team.” Norman spent her childhood in Middle Tennessee, moving about every three years and making great friends along the way. She graduated from Carter High School, University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University. She taught first grade at Carter Elementary for 20 years, and then became curriculum instructional facilitator for three years, where she was able to observe five different principals in five very diverse schools. She is married to Jim Norman and has “two fabulous children, who are married,” Abigail and Charlie Lynch Jr. and Andrew and Elizabeth McGowan. “They have blessed me with five beautiful grandchildren with whom I am totally smitten,” she says. Settle back and enjoy Robbie Norman’s insights.

What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie? Loretta Lynn from Coal Miner’s Daughter: “I just can’t believe it! I can’t believe that I am standing right here in the same room as Patsy Cline! I just can’t believe it!”

What are you guilty of? Eating too much frozen yogurt!

What is your favorite material possession? My grandmother’s Bible. My mom found it the day my grandmother had a stroke. It had a Baptist “quarterly” placed in it with notations beside each day that she read her “daily Bible readings.” It reminds me of the legacy she left behind to my Mom and all of her grandchildren. I am honored to have it.

What are you reading currently? Actually, I’m reading many books. My closest friends know this about me … I don’t read just one all of the way through without beginning another one. Eventually, I get them all read though!

In the library at Brickey-McCloud are Mackenzie Chittum, principal Robbie Norman and Mallory Moore.

I still can’t quite get the hang of… Using my new smartphone!

What is the best present you ever received in a box? What was your most embarrassing moment? I’ve had many, but the first that comes to mind was when I was 9 years old. My aunt had taken my cousins and me skating. I mopped the floor with my pants more than I skated. As luck would have it, my ticket was drawn for a $10 prize given away from the center of the rink with everyone watching. My cousins pushed me out on the floor so that I could navigate to the center of the rink to claim my prize. I coasted to the appropriate spot, but then I was stuck! I couldn’t get back to my place at the side of the rink! Everyone watched as I skated … and fell … got up … skated some more … and fell … you get the picture!

What are the top three things on your bucket list? Gee, I don’t have a bucket list, although there are many things I do think I’d like to do and places I’d like to go!

What is one word others often use to describe you? Passionate. I hope it is because they see my passion for loving children and doing whatever it takes to provide the best education for them!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would not be so lazy about exercising regularly.

What is your passion? My life’s verse is, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the passions of your heart.” Some passions have come and gone, but the passion I have for making a positive difference in the lives of children through education, as well as the passion I have for my two children and their families, has never waned.

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? My Dad. He passed last December as a result of

The Disciple’s Bible that I am still using after about 20 years!

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? “Don’t ever let the little things get you down. If you do, you will not be able to keep going when things really get rough!”

What is your social media of choice? Facebook

What is the worst job you have ever had? I was the janitor at one of the churches my dad pastored and I was only 14 years old! Oh, how I hated that job!

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why? I don’t remember watching Saturday morning cartoons growing up, but after my children were born, I enjoyed watching some with them. My favorite was Babar.

What irritates you? The entitlement mentality I see in some folks today.

What’s one place in Halls or Powell everyone should visit? The greenways of Halls – a great place to walk and enjoy being outside!

What is your greatest fear? Heights! I have an unreasonable fear of heights!

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Take my family on a weeklong stay at some exotic resort! – Ruth White 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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Lunch at Pete’s

EMAC gives second chance to kids

Most of you read Marvin West’s column in this newspaper every week. But only the (really) old-timers know that Marvin and his wife, Sarah, lived in Powell for a (really) long time.

Sandra Clark They lived here and raised four kids and went to hundreds (maybe thousands) of ballgames. Now they live in Union County where I met them for lunch last week. Married for 58 years, Marvin and Sarah have outlived their doctor. “Don’t ask me,” I said. “Mine had to quit because he couldn’t get health insurance. Now he’s working in a hospital ER.” Nothing to do but meet at Pete’s Place to eat catfish and cake. Sarah did a lot of things. Her name is on the wall at the National PTA house in Alexandria, Va., and it’s on the church roll as the first woman elder at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Marvin is a reporter. When somebody says, “Don’t put this in the paper, ...” I typically zone out. That phrase triggers all of Marvin’s instincts. “The guy pulled a gun on the cop,” I said. “Was it loaded?” asks Marvin. Telling about Lisa Carter and the EMAC, I said, “I guess that’s what physical education teachers do when their knees give out.” And Sarah said, “I wonder whatever happened to June Goforth. She was kind to our children.” “She’s playing a dulcimer in Fountain City,” I said of the retired Powell Middle School P.E. teacher. The Wests are a treasure wherever they live, and a treat to those who might dine with them.

(Warning: Skip this if you only read about Powell. Otherwise, look what an innovative teacher is doing in Union County. It’s cool.)

By Sandra Clark With a “Bless Your Heart” sign on her wall and a hearty laugh, Lisa Carter runs the Union County Elementary Middle Alternative Center, or EMAC for short. A teaching principal, Carter works with students in grades 3-8, and last week had 10 enrolled. EMAC can accommodate 25 kids and Carter expects to be full by spring. “We’re getting five more this week,” she said. “This is not just a punitive program,” she stressed. Kids are assigned by their principal, some for acceleration and others for make-up. A few are there for committing an offense that could lead to a full-year expulsion. Carter explains: A student might have failed a grade or missed several days because of illness. That student can come to EMAC to catch up so she can re-enter the age appropriate grade. A student who can’t cope in a regular classroom might thrive in a smaller setting. Special education students attend EMAC, but are never more than 50 percent of the class. Currently only 20 percent are special ed. EMAC is housed in a doublewide modular building on the grounds of Maynardville Elementary School. The students use the MES playground when it’s free. The innovative program is perhaps the state’s only such facility. Carter can’t say for sure, but she’s

not heard of another. The program was started last year by Director of Schools Wayne Goforth. “Parents are initially concerned (when their child is assigned to EMAC), but I talk with every family ... explain our program.” The rules: Students make the rules, after Carter and teacher Lee Oszust state the main rule: “We are here to have school. We are here to learn, not to sleep (or goof off).” So then students brainstorm ways to achieve learning. Their rules include such ideas as “no interruptions” and “do not argue.” There’s a lot of respect of others captured in their classroom rules. The rewards: Students can earn 5 points every 2 hours, or 100 a week for perfect behavior. The kids decided on the rewards and the value of points. It’s a complex system. Rewards include a homework pass, computer time, mechanical pencils, coupons for tea at a fast-food restaurant, a CD case or flash drive. A big prize is the right to wear a hat to school for an entire week. Carter and Oszust buy the gifts so that excluded some student ideas such as brand-name sports shoes. On a good week, the group can earn an extra 10 minutes of recess. So kids spend their hard-earned points on these rewards, and the system supports each student’s behavior plan. EMAC students are restricted from attending school functions at their home school, but they can ride the bus. Occasionally their principal will stop by

Kathy Cox, behaviorial specialist, gets a certificate from EMAC principal Lisa Carter at a recent Union County school board meeting. Photo by S. Clark to check up on them. “All the principals in the county are wonderful to work with,” said Carter. You know if a program is working by the rate of recidivism, and so far EMAC has 85 percent of kids who’ve returned to their regular classroom stay there. EMAC alumni have made honor roll and ball teams.

They go back to their home school with enhanced selfconfidence. “We don’t do a computerized (academic) program. We try to model what their class is doing at their home school. We follow that curriculum so when they return they will be current.” The principal: Lisa Carter graduated from

Mary Sue Miller is honoree Mary Sue Miller, retired business teacher, is an inductee in Central High School Wall of Fame. She joins Bob Temple and Barry Litton as an honoree. Miller Miller sponsored Central’s yearbook from 1979-1988 and she frequently sold football tickets in “the sewer booth.”

She and husband Ed are active at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, Mission of Hope and the Fountain City Lions Club. She teaches computer classes at Smithwood Baptist Church, and she wrote a history of Beaver Dam Baptist Church covering 1775-1958. Miller graduated from Central High School in 1956 and worked as a cashier at White Stores while attending college. She graduated from CarsonNewman College in 1961.

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government A fence for KPD? A resolution to construct a $290,000 chain-link fence around a portion of Knoxville’s Safety Building (home of the Police Department) was deferred on motion of council member and former mayor Daniel Brown on Oct. 16. Brown received numerous calls from leaders of the African American community such as the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, civic leader Margaret Gaiter and others. Brown and council member Duane Grieve feel that a chain-link fence presents a bad image on the major gateway to East Knoxville. It is also a questionable expenditure of $290,000 when the citywide tree planting budget is less than $100,000 for the same calendar year. An initial reading of the resolution on the council agenda was not clear as to where the fence would be or if there was more than one phase to it. Brown hopes the 4-week deferral leads to its demise. More and brighter lighting around the parking area might solve the vandalism problem to the degree there is one. Chain-link fences by defi nition are an eyesore to any community. The mayor would be smart to let the idea disappear. KPD Chief Dave Rausch is an able and effective leader appointed by former Mayor Brown. ■ Sen. Lamar Alexander is quietly but methodically putting together his 2014 re-election campaign by hosting luncheons around the state for past supporters as a thank you for help. This will be Alexander’s third Senate term. His political career began as a campaign aide to Howard Baker in his 1966 U.S. Senate campaign and as legislative aide to Sen. Baker in 1967-68. He hosted a Knoxville luncheon at Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Oct. 23 where longtime supporters like John King, Susan Richardson Williams and Bill Sansom attended. All served in his cabinet when he was governor. Younger persons attending included state Rep. Ryan Haynes and law student Alexander Waters who were not yet born when Alexander was first elected governor in 1978. ■ Dawn Coppock wants to be the next federal judge to replace Thomas Phillips who retires next summer, 2013. Her nomination would depend on President Obama’s re-election. She is in solo practice and is an activist in fighting ridge top mountain removals for coal. She is

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also a recognized expert on adoption law. Nasvhille Rep. Jim Cooper is the senior Tennessee Democrat in Congress and will make recommendations to President Obama. If Mitt Romney is the next president, then Sens. Alexander and Corker will make the recommendation and it probably would not be Coppock. ■ Hallsdale Powell Utility District stunned County Mayor Tim Burchett when they sent him a list of three nominees for the open seat on the board. The names were listed in order of their preference. Topping the list was recently defeated GOP legislative and county mayoral candidate, former sheriff Tim Hutchison. Burchett defeated Hutchison with 80 percent of the vote in 2010. Roger Kane handily defeated Hutchison this August for state representative in District 89. Why would a utility district recommend such a politically controversial name as Hutchison for a nonpolitical position? It is hard to understand or explain in a rational way. Public relations-wise this was a foolish decision. It is almost as if HPUD is tonedeaf. Surely there are other qualified persons in the utility district. State law should be changed to conform the selection process with the current city charter provision which impacts KUB. It requires that KUB submit five or more names annually to the mayor for appointment to the KUB board. This year KUB sent the mayor six names. Burchett should be commended for trying to break up the good ol’ boy network at HPUD.

Alves promoted Dr. Elizabeth Alves has been appointed by Superintendent Dr. Jim McInt y re to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instrucAlves t i o n /c h i e f academic officer. She has been serving in this position in an acting capacity for several months since the resignation of Dr. Donna Wright.


Just one more day … maybe By tomorrow night, if all goes smoothly, former Knox County GOP chair Ray Hal Jenkins and U. S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan – along with all the rest of us – will know if their predictions in the presidential race were right or wrong.

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“I’ve been saying for two months that I think Romney will win with 300 electoral votes,” Jenkins said, “and I think I might have been a bit low.” Duncan, speaking to the Concord Farragut Republican Club last Thursday, wasn’t as specific about the numbers, but said he, too, believes Romney will win, adding (to laughter from his audience), “and I just can’t wait to see Chris Matthews (liberal MSNBC commentator) have to announce it.” Duncan excoriated “limousine liberals” for their claims that Republicans don’t care about the middle class. “Over the years I have spoken in about 100 congressional districts all across this country, and I can tell you that most of the people I met at those events

At last week’s meeting of the Concord Farragut Republican Club are former Knox County GOP chair Ray Hal Jenkins, U. S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, Knox County Assistant District Attorney Charme Knight and club president Wayne Sellars. Photo by A. Hart are middle-class, and those that have money worked for it.” Duncan talked about his grandparents, who lived in Scott County. “They were poor. They had 10 children and an outhouse, and my grandfather used to say that people could make it to heaven if they weren’t Presbyterian or Republican, but if they were, it would sure give them a leg up.” Duncan said he could “sum up the Republican philosophy in one word: freedom. Republicans believe in free enterprise, private property rights and religious freedom. We know the best way to grow the economy is to leave money in the

private sector where it can grow. The least economical way to grow the economy is to turn our money over to the Feds.” He cited a study “that shows it costs $229,000 per person for the government to create a job and $50,000 for the private sector to do it.” In answer to a question about the recent attack on the U. S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that left the U. S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, Duncan said that during his time in Washington, Congress has consistently given large increases in funding for security for our embassies around the world.

“We have thrown money into embassy security. What I can’t understand is why we aren’t spending more of that money in countries where there is a greater threat than in others. I think we should have pulled security out of places like Canada and Bermuda where there is little or no threat, and put it where it is needed.” Duncan predicted a close look at what happened in Benghazi in the months ahead. “We would be hearing a whole lot more about this if Congress were in session.” ■ Republicans will gather downtown at the Crowne Plaza Tuesday night, starting at about 7:30 p.m.

Teachers break it down at Farragut Teacher Talk No one was angry at the Farragut Middle/Farragut Intermediate schools Teacher Talk with Dr. Jim McIntyre, superintendent of Knox County Schools, on Thursday. No one was really happy either. And no one was in a hurry to leave. McIntyre had a special guest drop in for the first part of Teacher Talk, which are teacher meetings the superintendent does periodically at individual schools. Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman came by to give a few opening remarks, then take questions from the approximately 30 teachers and administrators gathered in the Farragut Middle School gym. The meeting was scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m., and wrapped up a little after 6 p.m., an hour after the commissioner left. The teachers pulled few punches, and neither McIntyre nor Huffman dodged any. It was clear what is keeping teachers up at night: Teacher evaluations, the ongoing shifts in how children are to be taught, seemingly endless student testing, the lack of even adequate technology in West Knoxville schools and time to do all that is now expect-

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ed of classroom teachers. Huffman wanted to talk about the State Report Card that was released on Nov. 1. He praised the improvements and the teachers’ roles in moving the state forward but reminded everyone of how far there is to go. “If you look at data from past years, we are getting a little better, but other states are getting better faster. That is why we see rankings like 46th in math even though we are improving. And the numbers are true no matter how you slice the data. We have to ground ourselves in the reality that this is where we are starting.” None of the teachers questioned that reality, even in what one teacher pointed out are “the highest performing schools in the district.” The questions and heartburns come in the processes being implemented to correct the problems. In the two hours, there were approximately a dozen

questions asked. A consolidated look at some of the questions from the teachers include: ■ At FMS, where 8th grade math scores were among the highest in the state, those same students were not able to solve a handful of mathematical problem when denied their calculators. Are we really teaching children critical thinking? ■ In moving to Common Core standards and assessments and teaching critical thinking, there are more writing exercises and openended questions in the tests. As good as that is, where do teachers find the time to grade these types of tests when a middle school teacher has 150 students? ■ Are we testing kids to death? “I am giving up 11 to 13 teachable days just to do assessment tests,” said one teacher. ■ Whatever the “rules” are, the evaluation process is still open to subjective assessments. There is a need for consistency in Lead Teachers, who should be high quality and highlyrespected. ■ At Farragut Middle School, access to technology is a critical problem. The school uses every bit of extra money to improve

technology, but it isn’t even coming close. In order to do a recent trial test that teachers wanted the students to take on iPads, teachers and administrators had to borrow iPads from the students and their own family members to get enough to do one class. After the comment on technology, school board member Pam Trainor, who represents District 9 and was in the audience, had one of the best comments of the evening, which, unfortunately came as no surprise to the West Knoxville teachers and administrators: “I just have to tell you that there is no way I could sell that story as truth in South Knoxville,” Trainor said. “No one would believe that there is a lack of technology in a Farragut school. This is a story that needs to be told.”

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Visitor from the night NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier


hings that go bump in the night! There are really a lot of things going on out there in the dark. And they are often scary, because they are so unknown. Hordes of critters come out after dark, and hunt, catch, and eat things that are out there trying to hunt, catch and eat a bunch of other things. Most of us don’t realize how much activity bursts forth when the sun goes down. Think about moths, for example. There are way more night-f lying moths than there are day-f lying butterf lies – about 11,000 species of moths in North America to about 600 species of butterf lies. And most of us don’t realize that more than a few of the more spectacular ones are out there. Then there are the frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes – one reason why all those camping tents have f loors sewn in them. Many of our mammals do their best work at night, such as the everpopular duo of skunks and possums, plus raccoons, coyotes and foxes. And you wouldn’t believe how many little rodents such as rats, mice and shrews are out there scurrying around every night, until you walk out on a morning with fresh snowfall and see all those hundreds of tiny footprints going

in every direction in field and woods. All these creatures have learned to cope with the dark and use it to their advantage, both for cover for their hunting activities, and for their protection from what’s hunting for them. But the group of critters that, to me, seem to have mastered the dark and made it theirs, are the owls. The owls f ly completely silently, yet have a voice that can carry for miles. They are seldom seen, but when they are, they have a unique and intense appearance. Owls have been objects of superstition and awe down through the ages, and they are considered omens of good or bad fortune and symbols of wisdom by all sorts of people. Here in the environs of the Beaver Creek watershed, we have four species of owls, out of the 12 species that occur in the eastern parts of North America. Our largest is the fearsome Great Horned Owl, powerful enough to subdue a skunk or a rabbit. The smallest is the little Screech Owl, very difficult to see, with its feathers a perfect tree-bark pattern of camouf lage. The

least common is the pale, ghostly Barn Owl, who in spite of its habit of nesting in old barns, seems the least comfortable around humans. And that leaves my favorite, the big, round, f luffy Barred Owl. It is the one by far the most likely to be seen during daylight hours. Instead of the fierce intense gaze of the big yellow eyes of the other three, the dark brown eyes of the Barred Owl seem to look at you with a gentle and benign curiosity. We used to have a Barred Owl that came and sat on a branch over the driveway and stared at the cat, and the cat would sit and stare back at the owl, but we hadn’t seen one here in years. I had been hearing an occasional “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for youall� hoot-owl call from the creek bottom this summer and fall, but two weeks ago I got a rare treat. The current creek-bottom Resident Owl paid a daytime visit to my yard! About 5 p.m. one clear afternoon I had just put up the mower and was enjoying the quiet, when I heard a peculiar bird-type noise that I wasn’t famil-

iar with. I thought it might be a blue jay; they are good imitators and seem to enjoy making off-thewall noises. As I closed in on the area of the noise, a big stocky silent bird f lew right in front of me and glided smoothly up into a cedar tree. It perched, looked up, looked down, and then, satisfied that everything else was OK, settled down to stare at me. After enjoying the great look at the seldom-seen bird, I eased into the house and got Grandma and the camera. The owl perched patiently, and stared at us both with those big, dark eyes. It let me photograph

it (from a respectable distance) and even shut its eyes for a mini-nap as we stood there and discussed what a cool bird it was. Owls have a special feather design that enables them to fly in total silence. Their big eyes are designed to gather lots more information in dim light than human eyeballs, greatly improving their night vision. But unbelievably sharp hearing is really their thing. They can accurately pinpoint the sound of a mouse’s footfalls in total darkness at a distance of 25 yards! Goodbye, mouse. It turns out that the primary staple of the Barred

Owl’s diet is rodents – rats and mice. And at this time of the year, with all the field mice having meetings to discuss which parts of my house they plan to spend the winter in, I’m glad they are the owl’s favorite meal. Our owl was still sitting there quietly when we had our fill and finally headed back into the house, but it was already gone by early the next morning, undoubtedly having spent the night terrorizing the local neighborhood mice and, hopefully, dining on several of them. Welcome to our yard, owl.

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A-6 • NOVEMBER 5, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS Alas and alas, that was then. Big Orange football is not what it used to be. We no longer hear of opponents reluctant to get off the bus. Rivals hit the ground ready to rumble. They certainly do not quake in fear. Noise is not deafening. Here and there are empty seats. | Marvin West Smokey has been trained not to bite. Music critics say There is no reason to pre- course photographs are the band, supposedly the Pride of the Southland, is tend. Neyland Stadium is no permitted. The green grass has barely keeping pace. There longer terribly intimidating. We’ve heard about you, been the scene of many is no one in charge of feroctoo, that you consider this great battles, going back ity, no linebacker named something like an educa- several decades, even be- Steve Kiner or Al Wilson. Yes, Tennessee has contional adventure, a field trip. fore the invention of checksiderable talent but no allEast Tennessee is a erboard end zones. Several hundred bold Americans and not much beautiful part of the world. The big ballpark remains a men have earned ovations sense of defensive direction. No doubt you Tigers landmark, a magnificent and respect there. Some already discovbuilding of historical sig- have achieved fame that led have nificance. It is properly to fortune. Recommended ered the SEC to be a bit named with the bronze reading? Legends of the more than anticipated. statue for emphasis. Of Tennessee Volunteers. Increased earnings will

heal most of the hurt. Going new places and bumping into strange things is called on-the-job training. The Volunteers may or may not add bruises. It won’t be easy-does-it. Both teams probably had this game penciled in as a victory. It appears Tennessee won’t have a great home advantage. In numbers, yes, but not necessarily in will-to-win. Both sides have only been talking about bowl eligibility. I suppose you realize you guys have been a disappointment, much like Tennessee. I hear the Tigers have not matched up well at the line of scrimmage and that is where a lot of things happen in the SEC. So, offense was projected as a strength but quarterback James Franklin

and too many linemen have been injured. Even Vanderbilt took advantage. Injuries? Yes, we can relate. Offensive coordinator David Yost sent word that his group has been plagued by unforced errors. He calls them self-stops. He says you have made opposing defenses look much better than they are. Tennessee can only hope it happens again. The Vols, too, have endured self-inflicted pain. Fortunately, each Saturday is a new opportunity to get things right. This might be a chance to slip up on somebody. Maybe Missouri, winner over Kentucky, but still very new, has not yet grasped the significance of an SEC victory.

As so much of our country lies devastated by the perfect storm – a combination hurricane and blizzard – and stands at the crossroads called an election, there are many of us feeling the clinching of a fist right in the center of the chest. Elections are always moments of high emotion: excitement, anticipation, joy, elation. There are also moments of other emotions: anxiety, disappointment, dread, fear. A die will be cast, and a decision will be made. The course will be set, at least for four years. Now, added to all those emotions are the shock and devastation of Mother Nature. Beaches eroded,

houses struck by lightning, homes f looded, cities shut down, neighbors drowned, October snow measured in feet. There are also the personal tsunamis, the misspoken – or misunderstood – word that can change a relationship for years, or forever. The unspoken word that could heal a hurt, but goes left unsaid, causing the hurt to deepen, darken, petrify. Is there a passage through all of these? There has to be, lest we just sit down in utter defeat and give up, opting to spend the rest of our lives wandering in the wilderness. And what does such passage require of us? Faith that there is

meaning in the journey. Trust that there is a mighty hand that leads. Determination that we will get through. Hope that we will grow and mature along the path. A dream that at the end of the road, there will be blessing. Perhaps most of all, the passage requires that we make the journey with others, that we have companions along the way, that we are aware of the love that surrounds us, that we share that love with all of God’s children, and that we help those who stumble. If we are faithful in those steps of the journey, we will find the passage through.

Missouri may not be too frightened TALES OF TENNESSEE Behold, a stranger knocks at the door. Well, well, so you are Missouri, a newcomer to the big, bad Southeastern Conference. Come in, come in, have a sip of orange Gatorade, make yourself at home. Why, yes, we do wear shoes. Don’t worry about manners or politeness. Go ahead, be yourself, excited, optimistic, borderline bubbling over with enthusiasm.

A passage through CROSS CURRENTS | Lynn Hutton Terror and dread fell upon them; by the might of your arm, they became still as a stone until your people, O Lord, passed by, until the people whom you acquired passed by. (Exodus 15: 16 NRSV) There is a feeling like the clinching of a fist, There is a hunger in the center of the chest, There is a passage through the darkness and the mist, And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest. (“Shed a Little Light,” James Taylor)

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HEALTH NOTES ■ The Caregiver Support Group Meeting, affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., will meet 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Concord United Methodist Church room 293 (new location). Anyone in the community who gives care to an elderly individual is welcome. Refreshments are provided. Info: 675-2835.

■ Guiltless holiday foods cooking class, presented by the Healthy Living Kitchen team at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, will be noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Suite E-170 of the Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute building. Cost: $20. Advance registration is required. To register: 3056877 or

■ Ethics workshop, sponsored by Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: Dorothy Gage, Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center. Cost is $40 per person for NASW members and $60 for nonmembers. Register by Nov. 5: 877-810-8103 or visit

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Right place, right time By Cindy Taylor City on a Hill Church is thriving and expanding. A tour through the facility today makes it hard to believe that it almost ceased to exist. Lead pastor Tony Colson and co-pastor and wife LaShea are dedicated to seeing the church continue and grow. So much so that they make the drive from Sevierville for every service. But that wasn’t always the case. “The congregation had decreased in number so much that we stopped taking a salary,” said Tony. “In 2010 we were at a very desperate time in our ministry and I was sending out my résumé.” Following an ordination service they attended, the couple were told by an anonymous person that they were at the right place at the right time. Within that same week they were

WORSHIP NOTES Food banks ■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes of Blessings (food) Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9-11 a.m. or until boxes are gone. Anyone who would like to come and receive a box of blessings is invited. You must be present to receive a box of food. One box per household. Info: 689-4829. ■ 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. ■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Harvest Food Ministries to the community. Info and menu: oneharvest/index.html or 689-

touring apartments and saw the same wording. Then during a prayer the phrase “City on a hill, right place, right time” was used once again. “That was the third word to us within a week,” said Tony. “I tore up my résumé in front of the congregation and recommitted to the body. God would not let us transition out and we have been able to reach a lot of people.” The phrase, “You are at the right place at the right time,” is now a banner hanging at the entrance to the church, and the congregation has more than doubled in the past year. The church caters to a diverse congregation and the décor reflects that diversity. “We try to be creative with what God puts in our hands,” said LaShea, who has collected furniture and art to make the church welcoming and exciting to visit. 3349, 9 a.m.-noon. weekdays. ■ Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. Pike, is accepting appointments for the John 5 Food Pantry. Call 938-2611 or leave a message; your call will be returned.

Special services ■ Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon meets at noon each Tuesday at Golden Corral in Powell. Info: www.kfl-luncheon. com. ■ The CrossRoads, located at the corner of Maynardville Pike and Emory Road, has a new contemporary service each Sunday at 6:30 p.m. High energy, loud music and inspirational messages. Come as you are.

Vendors needed ■ Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, is seeking vendors for the church Craft Fair to be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the family life center. Rent is $25 per table or $20 per space if you bring your own table. For application: Julie, and include name, address, phone and e-mail.

Co-pastor LaShea and lead pastor Tony Colson at the entrance to the children’s area inside City on a Hill Church. Photo by C. Taylor The entrance to the kids’ area boasts a castle guarded by a life-size lion and the sanctuary has a warm, theater feel. The church provides large, separate areas for parties. The church hosted gatherings during October to

pray for the upcoming election and plans to start an outreach for parents’ night out. The Colsons have a vision for the church that they hope to put into play in the coming year. The couple have four children; daughters, Kiera,

9, Makena, 6, Aliyah, 4, and son Tegan, 3. City on a Hill Church is located at 3001 Knoxville Center Drive, Suite 2961B in the upper level of Knoxville Center next to The Rush. Sunday service times are 9 a.m. and

11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a Wednesday night bible study for all ages. Alternate Friday evenings are reserved for special events such as poetry readings, comedy presentations and musical expressions. Info: 659-7729.

Ballroom dancing offers fun By Ruth White With cold weather setting in quickly, one way to get some exercise while having fun is to attend a ballroom dance class at the Halls Senior Center. Carolyn Holden teaches dance classes at 1 p.m. every Thursday and during the month of November will teach techniques on swing dancing. Cost for the

month is $35. In December, Carolyn will offer a sampler of dances she teaches free of cost. This is a great opportunity to take a spin on the dance floor and make new friends. Carolyn’s classes are perfect for the dancing novice or someone with dance experience. Info: Halls Senior Center, 922-0416.

Health fair at Sunnybrook Sunnybrook Apartments held its first health fair for residents recently with local vendors, door prizes, healthy foods and more. Resident Linda Davis won the gift basket from East Tennessee Personal Care Service. Photo submitted

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Celtics win JV high school division The Celtics won the JV high school division of the Tinseltown Sports Fall League Tournament defeating Impact Oranges 57-41. Pictured are (front) William Snyder, Jake Elkins, Austin Duncan; (back) coach Bill Snyder, Bryson Cowden, Charlie Richards, Conley Hamilton, Chris Zion, Matthew Eggert, Coach Brett Zion and Coach Marc Elkins. Photo submitted

Angels win state tourney The Angels 8U softball team won the ISA Fall State Tournament and had a 9-1 season at Willow Creek Youth Park. Team members are: (front) Madisyn Thacker, Sadie Brantley, Makayla Walker, Halli Seal, Kaylee Houston; (middle row) MacKenzie Chittum, Amiee Flynn, Brinkley Galyon, Alicia Reeves, Blakley Hall, Brylee Galyon; (back) Casey Hall, Casey Chittum, Ronnie Galyon, Kevin Thacker, Eric Flynn and Tim Reeves. Photo submitted

‘Don’t Drop the Ball’ reaches 111 The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley held its first “Don’t Drop the Ball” spay and neuter weekend recently with a goal to spay or neuter as many animals as possible. With help from other local clinics and shelters, 111 animals were spayed or neutered.

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lation, the event also kept costs down for pet owners with low-cost services. Special discounts on heartworm tests and rabies vaccinations were also offered. The Humane Society plans to make the event bigger and better next year. Info: visit

Young-Williams to close Nov. 7 Young-Williams Animal Center plans to close its adoption facilities on Division Street and Kingston Pike Wednesday, Nov. 7, for routine cleaning and building maintenance. The adoption centers will reopen Thursday, Nov. 8, with the special electionthemed adoption promotion “Elect to Adopt.” Anyone who brings in their “I voted” sticker from this year’s presidential election will receive $10 off any regular pet adoption fee. Info: 215-6599 or visit If you have a question or comment for Sara, email her at or call 218-9378.

FC Alliance wins Region 3 The FC Alliance U16 Boys Black team won the championship in the Region 3 Premier League, which is comprised of state champions and finalists from Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The team finished the season 8-1 and will compete for Tennessee’s state championship Nov. 9-11 in Murfreesboro. The team is coached by Josh Gray. Pictured are: Anthony Buzzeo, Chris Fernandez, Shawn Foster, Dallas Dunn, Andrew Conley, Austin Foy, Jameson Elmore; (back) Cameron Schneider, Jalen Long, Ian Schomer, John Lucchesi, Grayson Garland, Dezmond Thompson, Sean Ryan, Steven McKinney, Carter Phillippi, Mark Coffey and Shawn Healy. Photo submitted



Adrian Burnett Fall Festival will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The evening will feature food, fun and games, a gift basket auction and vendors to help you get a jump on holiday shopping.

Gibbs Elementary Veterans Day celebration will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The event will feature a coffee and dessert reception and program. All veterans are invited to attend.

■ Baseball tournaments at Halls Community Park. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18. Open to all T-ball, 6U coach pitch, 8U-14U teams. Info: 992-5504 or ■ Tennessee Girls Hoops Team League, competitive league for all-girls teams. 14-16 games. All 10-minute quarters. Assemble your team or bring your existing team. $150 per player. Info: Chris, 389-5998; Ann Marie, 300-8463. ■ Fall Golf Camp for rising Knox area middle school golfers, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Williams Creek Golf Club, 2351 Dandridge Ave. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Cost: $15 per player includes instruction, range balls, lunch, 9-hole green fee and awards. To sign up: 546-5828 or email: rcoker@

Acuffs to celebrate 60th anniversary Clifford Ray and Betty Rines Acuff of Knoxville are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 1, 1952, in Jeffersonville, Ind. Both are retired and have three children: Robin Acuff, Bryce Acuff and Chris Acuff, all of Knoxville, as well as five grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

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Holly Warlick’s UT team surrounds her, all wearing Bearden 22 shirts: Bashaara Graves, Meighan Simmons, Nia Moore, Isabella Harrison, Jasmine Jones, Jasmine Phillips, Kamiko Williams, Ariel Massengale, Warlick, Cierra Burdick, Taber Spani and Andraya Carter.

for 2 years at Carson-Newman before By Betty Bean finishing up at UT. Like many Tennessee fans, Joyce Warlick accepted a track scholarship Burchett High was sweating it out for at UT, where brand-new head coach Holly Warlick last Tuesday. Pat Head offered her the chance to join Mercedes Russell, an agile, 6-5 centhe women’s basketball team as a walkter from Oregon and the No. 1 high on, whereupon she became Tennesschool women’s basketball prospect in see’s first standout point guard, setting the country, had narrowed her college school assist records, choices to Louisville and winning games and layTennessee, and was set ing the foundation for a to announce her decidynasty. sion at a 5:30 press conHigh wasn’t surference. This was head prised. coach Holly Warlick’s “Holly was just that first recruiting class at gifted – tenacious and UT since taking over for gifted and quick. She had Pat Head Summitt, and the talent and the leadershe needed to make a ship. She was the point statement. guard in high school, By the end of the day, even when it was just the Russell was Tennesseethree of us. She could see bound, and High wasn’t the big picture.” surprised. She’s known The Bulldogs were since high school that her old teammate, Holly, Joyce Burchett High reflects on good in those days, her Bearden High teammate High says, but not is a winner. quite as good as the Actually, she’s known Holly Warlick. Photo by Betty Bean legendary Blount it a lot longer than that. County powerhouses Porter and Wal“She was always a gifted athlete, land who kept knocking them out of even in rec league. She stood out from the tournament. Warlick and High the time we were kids. I never wanted were among the last players in Tento play her – I always wanted to be on nessee high school girl’s basketball her team. She just wasn’t like the rest of us,” said High, who graduated in 1977, who played the old half-court, threea year behind Warlick. She went on to on-three game. play for a year at Cleveland State, then Teams consisted of three guards who

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The road to Cookeville The arrival of November means the postseason – where every game is a win or the end of a season. For the third year, Powell enters the TSSAA playoffs with high hopes. But can the Panthers deliver? Emory Road’s finest will soon find out as the postseason moves along and the field of surviving teams is sliced in half every Friday night under the lights. Anything can happen on a Tennessee Friday night. Underdogs shine, powerhouses fall, and only the toughest get to play in Cookeville. The Panthers were among the elite last year. This year, it’s time to map out the road to Cookeville for Powell. Powell was dealt the task of beating a district foe in

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the first round of the playoffs – a team they had already beaten before. Beating a team like Central is tough enough during the regular season, but when you have to do it two weeks later with everything on the line, it’s even tougher. The first game was a good test for Powell. Beating the Bobcats twice in a span of three weeks is a good sign for the Panthers. Now the field is down to 16 teams vying for the 5A state championship. The going is about to get a lot

Christina, Gabby and Jaclyn Bogart

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Gabby needs help To reach blanket goal By Betty Bean It hasn’t been easy, but 12-year-old Gabby Bogart is inching her way toward her goal of providing warm blankets for the residents at Beverly Park Place Health and Rehabilitation (formerly Hillcrest North) before winter sets in. She wants to collect 270 blankets and so far has 114. She could use some help. Gabby, who is a Gresham Middle School 7th grader, hatched the idea of organizing a blanket drive in honor of her Nanny, Opel Williamson (actually her great-grandmother), who died in the nursing home on Sept. 6. Gabby noticed two things that made her sad when her mom, Jaclyn Bogart, used to take Gabby and her little sister Christina there to visit their Nanny, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s: It was cold in there, no matter what the season. And many patients didn’t have warm blankets or socks. “I was cold whenever I went there, even with my sweatshirt on,” Gabby said. So she came up with the idea of getting blankets for every resident, something her Nanny would have approved. She was getting a little discouraged because her

mid-November delivery deadline is approaching, but two recent events have perked her up: Kathy Edwards, owner of Bounce USA, 7312 Morton Lane in Powell, is going to hold a fundraiser 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. Edwards volunteered to help and said her employees have offered to volunteer their time, as well. “The admission is one blanket for every two children,” said Jaclyn. “We are just thrilled that Kathy has offered to do this. There have been times when Gabby has wondered if this was going to happen, especially when we were counting the blankets the other day.” The other encouraging event was a $200 check from an anonymous donor, which will allow the Bogarts to make a blanketbuying trip to Big Lots. They’ve got their fingers crossed that Gabby can meet her goal. “She’s had a tough year,” Jaclyn said. “Besides Nanny dying, Gabby’s had a dislocated knee, a torn MCL, a sprained MCL and a torn meniscus and got diagnosed as a cystic fibrosis carrier. It’s time something good happened, and we’re hoping to get this blanket drive back on track.” Info: Jaclyn Bogart at 865809-3712 or jbogart3507@

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tougher for the Panthers – the second round separates the men from the boys. And Powell’s game will be a grudge match, too. The Panthers will take on the West Rebels this Friday at Scarbro Stadium at Powell High School. This is an interesting matchup for two reasons: Powell eliminated West in the state semifinals last year in an intense game at Powell, and Powell head coach Derek Rang was West’s defensive coordinator last year. These factors combine to make this one of the most interesting games in the state this Friday. West comes into the game with 9-2 record overall and a first-round victory over a tough South-Doyle team. The Rebels are the fourthseed in the bracket and

are, of course, looking for revenge against top-seeded Powell, which now stands at a record of 10-1 overall. Panther fans looking over the bracket should find many positives. On Powell’s side of the bracket there are no undefeated teams, and no records better than Powell’s. This means that the Panthers will have home-field advantage in every playoff game they participate in – excluding the state championship. The state championship game is played at neutral site, Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Another positive is that Oak Ridge – the only team Powell has lost to this season – is not a 5A team. This means there is no possibility of the Panthers playing Oak Ridge on their route to Cookeville. The stars are really aligned in Powell’s favor here. If Powell should win (and they are favored to do so)

against the West Rebels, they will most likely play second-seed Morristown West – a team they played in the 2010 playoffs in the first round. A win against MoWest in the quarterfinals would send Powell to the state semifinals, the “final four” 5A teams left in the playoffs. In the semis, Powell is most likely to meet top-seed Columbia (9-2) or secondseed Lenoir City (9-2). Both teams have had stellar seasons and would be great matchups for the Panthers. Regardless, one of the three aforementioned teams will go to the state championship game in Cookeville for a chance to be crowned the top 5A team in Tennessee. In the state championship, if the Panthers should advance that far, they would more than likely play undefeated Beech or undefeated Jack Norths. Both of these

teams have had ridiculously successful seasons and would bring a great game for Powell. But this is all speculation. Anything can happen. Powell could win out and play a team that entered the playoffs 5-5 or 10-0. How a team performed in the season doesn’t matter anymore. What happens under the lights on a cold Tennessee night in November is what determines a team’s fate now. Powell seems to be peaking at the right time – the running game seems unstoppable, the defense keeps producing shutouts, and Powell QB Hagen Owenby is a dual threat as a runner and passer. If the Powell team that Panther fans have seen the past few weeks shows up in November, Cookeville might be orange and black when the first Friday of December rolls around.

Duncan for Congress Working on Issues that Matter to You A Personal Message from Congressman Duncan

Energy Production I support increased energy production of all types to help bring down gas prices and utility bills and keep the high cost of energy from driving up prices on all goods and services.

Job Creation I want to eliminate government over-regulation so more businesses can open and expand, creating better jobs for Americans.

Balanced Budget I don’t believe in spending money we don’t have. With one of the most fiscally conservative voting records in Congress, I consistently vote to reduce government spending in order to protect your Social Security and other pensions.

America First I oppose spending billions of dollars on people in foreign countries who hate us. Our federal dollars are better spent taking care of our own people.

A VOICE YOU CAN TRUST IN CONGRESS “Congressman Duncan earns our ‘Hero’ rating for his consistent work to eliminate government waste, fraud and abuse.” Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

“Congressman Duncan has the probusiness focus we need to help grow the economy, create jobs and get our country back on track.” Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

“We represent more than 4,000 fire fighters and EMS workers across the state, and we endorse Congressman Duncan in his bid for re-election.” James E. Mitchell, President, Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association

“A true ‘Friend of Farm Bureau,’ Congressman Duncan’s voting record shows he is a passionate supporter of the people and he is committed to legislation critical to keeping our country strong.” Mark Maslyn, Executive Director of Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation

“Congressman Duncan’s re-election is critical not only to small business in East Tennessee but to protecting our freeenterprise system across America.” Lisa Goeas, Vice President, National Federation of Independent Businesses


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Oceanic art By Cindy Taylor Jeannie Koenig is an artist with an amazing technique. But she doesn’t take the credit. She says her art has a Godgiven flair. “All I do is put three colors of paint on paper, spray it with the salt water and then fold the paper over,” said Koenig. “I move my hands across the back of the paper and God does the rest.” Koenig says she never knows what will appear until she opens the paper. And what appears is truly remarkable. Koenig has paintings that look like canyons, waterfalls and fish to name just a few. Her use of color brings to mind the psychedelic 1960s and fuels the imagination. Koenig and husband Tom have a lake house in Sharps Chapel but divide their time between that location and Sarasota.

“Every time we go to the beach we bring home a gallon of the ocean,” said Koenig. “I don’t strain it or change it. When I spray the paper, the most wonderful things emerge.” Koenig keeps the ocean water refrigerated so it doesn’t sour, fills up a spray bottle and she’s ready to begin a new masterpiece. She says the salt water with its shell and coral fragments cause a reaction on the paper. She quickly covers it with another sheet to quiet it down, and then gently rubs the back of that sheet. The process takes about 30 minutes and produces extraordinary results. Perhaps the most extraordinary result of all is that Koenig keeps none of the money she makes from the sale of her work. All in-

Artist Jeannie Koenig with a couple of her latest pieces Photo by C. Taylor

come from her paintings is donated to Heritage Christian Academy or the Union County Humane Society. “This is God’s art, not

Screening Colonoscopy Day Gene North stands by the bedside of his wife, Sharon, after she received a free colonoscopy during the 4th annual Screening Colonoscopy Day. It is recommended that people have their first colonoscopy at age 50; sooner if they have a higher risk of colorectal cancer. Info: www. Photo submitted

mine,” said Koenig. “The money should go to benefit others.” Koenig even signs her pieces with her mother’s

name “Oleita” rather than her own. Koenig is a frequent traveler to art fairs around the country and her art has been


■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8-9, Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Drive.

Auction to benefit HonorAir

■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 429 Sandy Springs Road, Maryville.

Elmcroft of Halls will hold a silent auction 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, to benefit HonorAir. Info: Melanie, 925-2668.

■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 17, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2717 Buffalo Trail, Morristown.


■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14-15, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, 950 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. ■ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, East Tennessee Medical Group, 266 Joule St., Alcoa.

In recognition of their dedication and ser- ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 1415, Mid East Community Action Agency, 1362 N. vice to the country, all military veterans and Gateway Drive, Rockwood. their family members will receive free admission to the classes. For registration info about ■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Fort Sanders Senior Center, 1220 W. Main Street, Sevierville. these and all other AARP driver safety classes, call Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. ■ 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Poplar Creek ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, South Knoxville Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane. ■ 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6-7, Everett Senior Center, 702 Burchfield Drive, Maryville.

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on display at the Union County Arts Co-op and the Sunset Bay clubhouse. To contact her about her art or for info, email

Baptist Church, 490 Marlow Circle, Clinton. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26-27, Chota Recreation Center in Tellico Village, 145 Awoli Drive, Loudon.

■ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Dandridge Senior Center, 917 Elliott Ferry Road, Dandridge.

■ Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 2728, Kingston Public Library, 1004 Bradford Way, Kingston.

■ 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike.

■ Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2829, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St.

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News from First Tennessee

■ Halls BPA banquet will be Friday, Dec. 7, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Tickets are $50. Info: Sue Walker, 922-9200.

Artsclamation! funds vital services

■ PBPA banquet will be Friday, Nov. 30, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Tickets are $50. Info: Teresa Underwood, 951-9959. ■ Nominations are sought for Powell’s Man, Woman and Business Person of the year. Submit nominations to Dr. Don Wegener at (fax) 938-8706 or email powell.chiro@

Sertoma Center job fair Sertoma Center will hold a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at two locations: 1400 E. 5th Ave. and 120 Debusk Lane in Farragut (off of Kingston Pike between Lovell Road and Pellissippi Parkway beside Commercial Bank). Director Becky Massey said, “We have several positions open for caregivers and need some LPNs as well.” Sertoma Center provides residential, recreational, vocational and medical services in home-like settings for people with disabilities. Jobs pay $8 to $9.25 per

hour, depending on experience and shift. LPNs can earn $16 to $16.50 per hour. Benefits for full-time workers. Applicants should have a helping heart, good work history, strength to assist with bathing and toileting and transfers from wheelchairs, high school diploma or GED, valid Tennessee drivers license and good driving record, no misdeameanor convictions in past 10 years, no felony convictions, ability to pass drug test at any time, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

By Pam Fansler

First Tennessee was proud to be the major sponsor of Artsclamation!, the annual fine art sale benefiting the behavioral health services of Peninsula held at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Approximately 30 artists, including painters, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists and sculptors participated with a percentage of each sale donated to Peninsula. Featured Artist Jonathan Howe’s painting “Goldenrods,” an oil painting Fansler with a custom frame handcrafted by the artist, was auctioned at the preview party Friday night with all proceeds benefiting the behavioral health programs and services of Peninsula. Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, sets the standard for effective, innovative, and caring mental health services in East Tennessee, helping thousands of people recover from their disorders and dependencies to lead healthy, positive and productive lives. Peninsula Hospital is a 155-bed facility providing inpatient mental health and alcohol/drug crisis stabilization services for adults, adolescents and children. Peninsula Outpatient Centers, located in several East Tennessee counties, offer a number of mental health and alcohol/drug programs.

2012 weather lore By Bonnie Peters What kind of winter are we facing? I’m all ears as I listen to people talking weather. The other day an acquaintance said he’d heard of a new winter weather predictor – the persimmon. Persimmons are said to show three winter weather-types. First, a winter of heavy snows is confirmed by cracking a persimmon seed, and seeing the image of a spoon. I have a persimmon tree, so I rushed out and gathered a few persimmons, cleaned off the seeds with paper towel and used pliers to crack open the seed. Sure enough, in about 10 seeds I found the image of a spoon. Expect to shovel snow this winter. I checked the Almanac and this is what the National Weather Forecast had to say for Zone 13 – Kentucky, Ten-

nessee and West Virginia: “We expect seasonal temperatures for November 2012, followed by above normal temperatures for December. Cooler than normal weather is anticipated for January, seasonal conditions

“However, cooler than normal conditions are expected to move in again for the summer and early fall months. October will likely be milder than the seasonal norm, but lower than normal temperatures will again prevail for the rest of the year. As for precipitation, moisture levels are predicted to be very low overall for this forecast period, to present problems for agricultural endeavors in many areas.” This is just too much information for me to retain, so it’s back to nature’s predictions. I used to be intrigued by the predictions of the late Helen Lane of Crab Orchard for February. March is likely (Crossville), Tenn. I wish I to bring some of the coldest had purchased her book of temperatures of the year to weather predictions. the region, and April should Her daughter, Melinda be colder than usual, but May Hedgecoth, continues Helen’s will likely bring above aver- legacy. I haven’t seen her readage temperatures to warm ings for 2012, but a friend who things up. read Melinda’s newspaper

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Osteoporosis By Dr. Donald G. Wegener

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

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

Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both. Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that Chiropractic care works on relieving are essential for normal bone formasymptoms and complications associated tion. Throughout youth, the body with osteoporosis. uses these minerals to produce bones. If calcium intake is not sufficient, or if the body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer. As Dr. Donald G. Wegener people age, calcium and phosphate Powell Chiropractic Center may be reabsorbed back into the body Powell Chiropractic Center from the bones, which makes the 7311 Clinton Hwy., Powell bone tissue weaker. Both situations 865-938-8700 can result in brittle, fragile bones that are subject to fractures, even in the

account is quoted as saying: “This year, due to nature’s signs, “Bundle up! Winter could be a humdinger.” However, I talked “signs” with Earl Bull at his and Ginger’s Molasses Makin,’ and Earl declared the local woolly worms non compos mentis and assured me that weather is too important for the Lord to leave weather predictions to a bunch of woolly worms. Ginger is looking forward to a cold winter so maybe she can get caught up on some of her projects. Neither Earl nor I counted the August fogs, but here’s what Melinda observed – the woolly worms were black on both ends and brown in the middle. She says that shows we will have cold at the beginning and ending of winter with a warm spell in the middle. The woolly worms

Dollars generated through Artsclamation! will allow Peninsula to continue to increase awareness of mental health issues and promote accessibility in our community by funding early identification programs and enhancing mental health resources available through the behavioral health services of Peninsula. Earlier this year the state of Tennessee announced the closing of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute as Tennessee moves toward more community-based mental health services. Covenant Health CEO Tony Spezia said Peninsula would do everything it could to help the vulnerable population Lakeshore served. Peninsula pledged to take as many Lakeshore patients as it feasibly could, adding staff (including some former Lakeshore employees) and expanding facilities to handle the expected influx. “Our mission states that Covenant Health is dedicated to improving quality of life through better health,” said Spezia. “That includes meeting the needs of people who struggle with mental health issues. Behavioral health services are expensive to provide and woefully underfunded by government medical programs. As local programs have closed or decreased services, Peninsula and Covenant Health remain committed to providing behavioral health care that is critical to the health of our communities.” Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.

were seen earlier this year (in June and July) than usual (September and October) and that is a sign of a cold winter. There were six early morning fogs in August (one heavy, one moderate and four patchy). This is interpreted to mean one big snow, one moderate snow and four blue darters, which give no measurable accumulation. This is a Helen Lane weather reading of several years ago: “The woolly worms are scarce this year, maybe because of the two-month dry spell, the one that induced the maples, oaks and sycamore marching high up the mountains on the Cumberland Plateau to skip turning red and gold and go straight to dead, brittle brown. “The worms that have been found; however, are solid black, while the hornets

are building their nests close to the ground and the spiders are sticking together, weaving their webs nearly on top of one another. “Taken together, these and other signs mean the coming winter “is going to be a humdinger.” Now back to the persimmon seeds prediction: I plan to check persimmon seeds for years to come – or at least until I’ve confirmed all three types of persimmon predictions. The persimmon philosophy also says a warm, rainy winter will be confirmed by the image of a fork in the persimmon seeds that particular year. The most fierce, very cold with icy winter weather – and hopefully the most rare – pattern is shown by the image of a knife in the persimmon seeds that year.


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THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV. 9 The 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.

THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV. 30 Halls Cleaners’ coat drive. Drop off used coats at either Halls Cleaners, 7032 Maynardville Highway, or Robbins Cleaners on Broadway in Fountain City to be cleaned and distributed. Info: 922-4780.

Fountain City Branch Library. Join KSO musicians as they explore the importance of numbers and counting. Pre-school aged children and their parents. Customer Appreciation Day, First Century Bank. Food, beverages, prizes throughout the day at all locations.

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KSO Storytime - How Many Cats? 10:30 a.m., Powell Branch Library. Join KSO musicians as they explore the importance of numbers and counting. Preschool aged children and their parents.

Christmas Fair, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway. Admission: $5; children under 12 free with parents. Vendor info: 687-3976.

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: 4949854 or **City of Luttrell Christmas Parade, noon. To register to participate: 992-0870. Free women’s self-defense class, noon, Overdrive Martial Arts & Fitness, 7631 Clinton Highway. Info: or 362-5562. **Halls Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

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.

MONDAY, NOV. 12 Fountain City Town Hall membership meeting, 7 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike. Featured speaker: Cindy Pickel from Knoxville Area Transit will discuss getting bus shelters in Fountain City. Info:

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 KSO Storytime - How Many Cats? 10:30 a.m., Halls Branch Library. Join KSO musicians as they explore the importance of numbers and counting. Preschool aged children and their parents.


SATURDAYS THROUGH DEC. 29 Turkey Shoot and Trade Day, 8 a.m., 6825 Tendell Lane, off Tazewell Pike. Fundraiser for summer baseball team.

MONDAY, NOV. 5 The Fountain City and North Knoxville Republican Clubs meeting, Shoney’s on Broadway. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m. Speaker: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Info: Michele Carringer, 247-5756. Everyone is invited.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, NOV. 5-DEC. 17 Food drive held by the Edward Jones office of Justin Myers, 713 E. Emory Road, Suite 102, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring nonperishable food items to be donated to local food pantries to help those in need this holiday season. No cash or checks as donations can be accepted. Info: Barbara Allison, 938-4202.

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.


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. Opening reception for Fountain City Art Guild Holiday show and Knox County Schools student show featuring works from Gibbs and feeder schools, 6:30-8 p.m. Info:, 357-2787, www.

Holiday After Hours, sponsored by Fountain City Business and Professional Association, 4:30-7 p.m., $6, Commercial Bank. Silent auction, networking. Info: Beth Wade,

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 Comedy Night – Rhythm & Laughter, 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Center, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Info: 947-7428, 256-7428.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 16-17 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Powell Branch Library. Info: www.



Are we Listening?: “The Diary of Adam and Eve” and “Louder, I Can’t Hear You,” 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Center, presented by the Powell Playhouse. Info: 9477428, 256-7428.

Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show and Knox County Schools student show by Gibbs and feeder schools students, 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,

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



FRIDAY, NOV.9 KSO Storytime - How Many Cats? 10:15 a.m.,

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Telling tales Taking part in the Grace Christian Academy annual storytelling competition are: (front) Sharee Gilbert and Michelle Silva of WVLT, Autumn Hess, Bess Helt, Hannah Cobb, Hannah Johnson, Abigail Kelley, Kaitlyn Marshall, Michelle Lower, Bob Yarbrough of WVLT; (back) Dylan Davidson, Haleigh Fuller, Mackenzie Watson, Benjamin Francisco, Travis Tyimok and Alyssa Radford. Photo by Julie Bass

Annual storytelling competition at Grace By Shannon Morris On Oct. 26, Grace Christian Academy held its annual storytelling competition for 3rd through 5th grade students. Each competing student had to audition and be selected to participate in the ďŹ nal competition. Finalists performed for a panel of celebrity judges who declared a winner in each grade level. Our judges this year were WVLT news reporters and anchors Sharee Gilbert, Bob Yarbrough and Michelle Silva. Grace staff thanked the WVLT news team for giving of their time to serve as judges.

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme was â&#x20AC;&#x153;storybook characters,â&#x20AC;? so for this event, all of the elementary school students were invited to wear costumes of a storybook character. A few favorite stories actually took on a different twist this year, as in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trust Me, Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beanstalk Stinks,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winners were: 5th grade, Haleigh Fuller; 4th grade, Abigail Kelley; 3rd grade, Alyssa Radford. The storytelling competition is an annual event that family, friends, and the entire elementary school look forward to. Congratulations to all of the students who participated, and to those who were selected by the judges as our winners. Each student did an amazing job!

Missions Month at Grace By Shannon Morris

November is a special time at Grace Christian Academy, in large part because of our annual missions emphasis month, a time for students and faculty to engage in various activities that assist others, all in an effort to demonstrate the love of Jesus. Two very special events that will be taking place are the annual Toy Drive and the high school Rice and Beans Days. In the eyes of most children, Christmas is a time of joy and presents. In fact, most adults can remember a time in their childhood when they anxiously awaited Christmas morning so they could open gifts, many of which contained wonderful toys with which they could play. While those are fond memories for many people, there are some children who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to enjoy such simple pleasures as opening a present to ďŹ nd a shiny new toy. During the month of November, students from the entire school (K-12) will be bringing in toys, collecting them for distribution to an area school through Mission of Hope. In addition, toys will be distributed to other charities which will be chosen by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worship Arts team. On Nov. 8 and 9, the high school stu-

dents will participate in Rice and Beans Days, an event that will bring attention, and dollars, to hungry children in another part of the world. Students can pay their normal lunch fee and receive a dish of rice and beans for those two days, or they can opt to pay extra to add the rice and beans to their existing meals. The funds raised will be distributed to Respire Haiti, an orphanage founded and operated by 24-year-old Megan Boudreaux. You can check out for more information about Megan and the orphanage that our students will be supporting. Most of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know what it means to go hungry, or to subsist on a meager diet of rice or beans, so these are important days for the Haitian children, and for our students. These important events will allow all of our GCA students to help ďŹ nancially and materially. The Mission Month activities will serve as important reminders that many people are not as blessed or fortunate as others. It often takes just a small amount to make a huge difference in the life of a hungry or impoverished child, and when we do those small things in Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; name, he will bless our efforts in a mighty way.

The Grace Christian Academy volleyball team recently qualified for the state tournament. They are: Belle Karel, Mariah Free, Brittany Lane, Shea Saunders, Sofi Grayson, Ashlyn Robbins, Morgan Crawley, Kennedy Wade, Tessa Irwin, Carolena Pridemore and Hayden Hopkins. Photo by Beth Fellhoelter

Setting school records By Shannon Morris The Grace Rams volleyball team has just completed its most successful season in school history. The Rams qualiďŹ ed for the state tournament in Murfreesboro to play the best teams from Tennessee. The squad lost a close battle in their opening match, which meant they had to advance through the loserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bracket of the tournament, which they did with tremendous poise and pride. They defeated a powerful Loretto team in the semi-ďŹ nals to force a rematch with Boyd


Buchanan, the team that defeated them in the ďŹ rst round. Grace won the ďŹ rst game in an overtime thriller, 30-28, but lost the next two games and rallied to take the fourth. This drove the match to a ďŹ fth and deciding game, where the Rams eventually fell short, 15-9. As a result of their valiant efforts, our Rams ďŹ nished third in the state, the best ďŹ nish in school history in volleyball. A big thanks goes to the many fans who made the trip to Murfreesboro, and thank you to the Rams for a super season!






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