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VOL. 51 NO. 49


December 3, 2012

Powell honors its best

It’s been a year since the Tennessee high school rushing record for a single season was broken. Powell’s own Dy’Shawn Mobley reached yard number 3,068 in the 2011 Class 5A state championship and secured his spot in Powell football history. Though the Panthers lost that night, football was far from over for Mobley. He played as a true freshman for Kentucky, and he played recently at Neyland Stadium where photographer Doug Johnson patrolled the sidelines. Cory Chitwood says Mobley will be back to Neyland in two years.

See Cory’s story on page 8

Miracle Maker Pizza is a healthy food choice? Yes, when it’s made Jon Dickl’s way. The crust is whole wheat (not that you’d notice) and the 25 percent sweet potato puree he’s sneaked into the tomato sauce boosts the vitamin A content (not that you’d notice).

See Betty Bean’s story on A-9

Another Heisman goes astray Ho, hum, it is Heisman time again, Marvin West writes. For the 78th consecutive year, a Tennessee Volunteer will not win the trophy. If we didn’t know better, we might think the vote is rigged. Back in August, there was talk that Tyler might be a candidate. You know how that turned out.

See Marvin’s story on page 6

The gift She came asking for help, Lynn Hutton writes. She sat in my office and told me the truth: about her life, her mistakes, her regrets. I was stunned by her candor, her calm acceptance of her situation, her honesty about what led her into her line of work. She was young. She was pretty. She was smart. She was a prostitute.

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Powell Man of the Year Dan Jarvis, Woman of the Year Camille Keck and Businessperson of the Year Mike Byrd. Photo by Jake Mabe

By Jake Mabe Dan Jarvis was named Powell Man of the Year, Camille Keck was named Woman of the Year and Mike Byrd was named Businessperson of the Year at the Powell Business and Professional Association’s 30th annual banquet Nov. 30 at Beaver Brook Country Club.

Jarvis is a longtime Powell resident. He is an active member at Powell Presbyterian Church and with the Boy Scouts. He oversees a quarterly distribution of food at the church to those in need, has helped mentor Eagle Scouts and is active with Family Promise. Keck is the owner of 1 Source

Printing and Graphics, a business she started in Powell four years ago. She offers services at no charge for various nonprofits, is an active PBPA member, a community activist and is the incoming Lions Club district secretary. Byrd is the general manager at Frontier Communications. He

has worked at the telephone company since he was 17. He organized the first Powell Connection event earlier in the year, offers free webinars and other programs to the community, is active in the annual July 4th parade and oversaw a special program that brought 25 jobs to the community.

Powell teacher is ‘ambassador’ By Sandra Clark Powell High School teacher Kristy Starks-Winn is embarking on a new professional journey as “ambassador” to low performing schools in the region. She will undergo training for the next 6-8 months while teaching at Powell and then take a professional leave of absence next year for the new position. “We’ve got a building full of outstanding teachers,” she said. “This (selection) is humbling. I just hope I will earn the right to the attention I’m getting right now.” Powell High earned the selection by being Knox County’s only high school Reward School among the top 10 percent of schools in Tennessee for performance and progress. Starks-Winn was one of 15 teachers selected statewide for the new Reward Schools Ambassador Program. In a release, the state Department of Education said the program “enlists highly effective teachers from the state’s top schools to share best practices and help improve student achievement across the state.” Starks-Winn said she will be assigned to work with “focus schools,” those failing to meet state goals for achievement for all students. She will work to reduce achievement gaps for minorities, low income students and those 10% off total purchase through Dec. 24!


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Powell student Klay Leeper receives instruction from English teacher Kristy Starks-Winn during class period in the library. Photo by Ruth White with disabilities. Powell High principal Ken Dunlap nominated Starks-Winn. “It was a significant application process,” she said. Applicants must have received a top score of “five” on the teacher evaluation and be a lead teacher at their school. Starks-Winn said she doesn’t know if anyone else from Powell High applied. Her salary will be covered next year by the state. In addition, Powell High will receive $20,000 for its educational programming. Kevin Huffman, state commissioner of education, said: “There

are schools in Tennessee that have shown impressive growth and reached high levels of performance thanks to their effective approaches to instruction and training. We want to make sure that other schools can learn from what’s working for them. “It’s in the best interest of Tennessee students that our schools and districts share this kind of information and knowledge. The department is doing more to facilitate opportunities to learn from each other.” At Powell, Starks-Winn teaches junior English and journalism.

She taught seniors last year and is a former college instructor and reporter. Her movement from journalism to teaching was “not a conscious choice,” she says. “It was an intervention from God.” The family lived in Chattanooga where she worked as a reporter while pursuing a master’s degree. She got pregnant and wanted more family time. She took an adjunct position at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where she worked for three years while getting certified to teach secondary education. This is her fifth year at Powell High. She previously taught one year at West High. She believes Powell High achieved Reward School status because “our staff genuinely cares about our students. … And (Ken) Dunlap and the administration as a whole did a really good job of permitting us to do whatever it took to get each child ready to compete. The staff rose to their challenge?” And how will she motivate teachers in schools where the principals may not be so encouraging? “That’s a good question,” she said after a pause. “This is a new program for teachers and for the Department of Education. We’re all learning.”

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Spirited Christmas at Beaver Ridge By Theresa Edwards Jonathan Cring and Janet Clazzy gave a presentation “Spirited Christmas” at Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, com-

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Machine which looks like traditional music. a clarinet. However, it Sunday, Dec. 16, there boasts 250 different pos- will be a dinner at 5:30 p.m. sible instrument sounds. followed by a talent show. She played sounds of a Info: saxophone, piano, tuba, banjo and violin. Some of the tunes were from her CD “Have Yourself a Clazzy Little Christmas.” Cring performed dramatic readings and songs with a humorous tone. He has written several short books. There will be special Christmas music both services Sunday, Dec. 9, at Beaver Ridge UMC. At 9 a.m. the Praise Team will perform along with hand bells. At 11 a.m. the Chancel Choir will present its Christmas program with both contemporary and

View of Grainger County – the Valley of Independence – from the Clinch Mountain Overlook, 2012 Photo by Bonnie Peters

Valley of Independence By Bonnie Peters History buffs traveled from far and near to attend the reception and premiere showing of Volume II of “The Valley of Independence,” an historical documentary of Grainger County. The celebration was held Nov. 17 at the beautifully restored old Rutledge High School. Working under the leadership of the Grainger County Historical Society, its president Linda Sommer and county historian Ken

Coffey, citizens have made great strides in historic preservation in just a few years. Grainger County Archives was established and housed in a small space in the old high school through the perseverance and hard work of Mary Lynn Stiner Gilmore, who took on this project after her retirement as a teacher at Rutledge High School. It appeared that all hope of preservation of this great old school had faded when one of

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those characters of a success story was contacted by Ken Coffey, who convinced Lyle Finley that restoration of the school was a worthy project. Coffey secured the commitment of $100,000 toward the project. What a difference this has made! In addition to the auditorium and the county archives, a museum has been developed and is continuing to expand. For example, there is a sports room, a

school activities memorabilia room and on and on. Grainger County sports figures of note are Phil Garner, who played for several teams but is best known for taking the Houston Astros to a World Series. A. W. Davis was a star on the UT men’s basketball team, where Skylar McBee currently plays. Melissa McCray played for coach Pat Summitt when UT’s women’s basketball team won its first national championship. One of Grainger County’s earliest residents, John Long, tried in the 1700s to buy a tract of land from the Indians but was refused. After the chief got word of Mr. Long’s blacksmithing skills, he sent an envoy with the message that he would be glad to sell or trade him the land he wanted in exchange for Mr. Long’s knowledge of the “magic stone.” After the reception and great entertainment by terrific guitarist/vocalist Lon White, the documentary was shown in the restored auditorium. This second volume provided pictorial sketches of the participants in the Battle of Bean Station and highlighted the tragedy of a three-vehicle accident in the 1970s that killed 14 persons. Incidentally, there is a re-

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enactment of the Battle of Bean Station planned for the summer of 2013. Several historic homes, schools and taverns still stand to the memory of celebrated citizens such as Albert Miller Lea of the Lea Springs community and the Tate family of Tate Springs, where presidents and many other elite visited. A highlight of the film is the love story of Gertrude Grubb, who at age 18 married Civil War Union veteran John Janeway, age 81. The Janeway log cabin was moved from the Indian Ridge area to Blaine after Gertrude’s death in 2003 at age 93. It can now be enjoyed by generations to come.

One of Grainger County’s current celebrated citizens is Kim Williams, songwriter extraordianare, who has written at least 18 top hits, including “Three Wooden Crosses,” recorded by Randy Travis. Kim and wife Phyllis Williams, a remarkable couple, make their home at Thorn Hill. The Cope Brothers, whose family had a restaurant at Bean Station, are also Grainger countians. DVD copies of both volumes of “The Valley of Independence” are available from the Grainger County Historical Society or Citizens Bank and Trust Company for $10 each.


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No opposition in sight Visiting Myanmar

When you are reading this I am just arriving in Myanmar (formerly Burma) after flying 22 hours from Knoxville across the Pacific through Tokyo and Bangkok to reach Yangon (formerly Rangoon). I am there as vice chair of Radio Free Asia. Our delegation will also visit the new capital city of Naypyidaw, built 200 miles north of Yangon in 2005.

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President Obama made the first visit of any American president ever two weeks ago to Burma/Myanmar, which is now making a transition from a harsh military dictatorship to an emerging democracy. I am there along with two other members of the Radio Free Asia board, Michael Meehan and Susan McCue. This is a congressionally funded broadcasting network which reaches nations in Asia which do not have a free media including China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, North Korea and Cambodia. We will meet Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest for 17 years three separate times during which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but was not allowed to receive it. The meeting will be at the home where she was under arrest and listened daily to Radio Free Asia broadcasts. Bordered by India and Bangladesh to the west, China to the northeast, and Thailand to the east, Burma is centrally located in southeast Asia. For 25 years it has had a pariah regime

which is now in a fast process to change. Aung San Suu Kyi has been elected to Parliament and leads the opposition. It is widely believed she will be elected president of Burma when free elections are held in 2014. We are meeting with both government and opposition leaders to establish an office to report the news from Burma in an objective and unrestricted manner. Many political prisoners have been freed but some remain in jail. The current government wants to move Burma into this century from a political and economic standpoint. It is exciting to see nations such as Burma and South Africa move forward and assist in that process. Burma still does not have consistent Internet access so my column for Dec. 10 may be written before the trip and not during it. Credit cards are not accepted as it is a cash society at present. Visa and Mastercard are working to be there. Travel conditions are difficult. ■ Reports that the University of Tennessee wants to repeal the current local tax on UT tickets does not mean less expensive football tickets. Rather, it is an effort to shift tax dollars the city and county now receive for services provided during the major events from the city/county to the university whose athletic department is facing major financial issues. One has to assume mayors Rogero and Burchett will oppose this and not let $1.5 million annually disappear from their budgets. The legislature would need to repeal it. Next week more on the South Knoxville Parkway.

KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS NOTES ■ Community Forum with Superintendent Jim McIntyre is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Brickey-McCloud School on Dry Gap Pike. Parents and community members are invited. ■ Nakia Towns is the system’s chief accountability officer. She joined KCS in 2010 as a resident from the Broad Center. She managed implementation of the TEAM teacher performance evaluation system and the APEX strategic compensation initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering

and a master’s in business administration from Duke. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in education leadership at Vanderbilt. ■ Millicent Smith is the system’s executive director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development. She previously taught social studies, served as assistant principal at Fulton and Karns high schools and as the district’s social studies supervisor. She serves on the leadership team for Common Core implemen-

What does a guy have to do to draw an opponent?

Betty Bean There have been times over the past three years when Nick Della Volpe ticked off segments of constituents so badly – like the time he suggested a newlyopened crematorium would be “roasting Grandma” in the heart of Fountain City – that it seemed inevitable he’d see opposition when he ran for re-election to City Council. But now, with the 2013 filing deadline drawing nigh, no challengers have emerged. This also appears to be the case with the less controversial members of the Class of 2009 – Daniel Brown, Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer and Nick Pavlis – prompting observations that installing term limits has delivered the unintended consequence of ensuring incumbents eight years in office for the price of four. Della Volpe might be

the best illustration of this theory. This September when the developers of the Walmart project on Cumberland Avenue, who had already gotten Tax Increment Financing from city government, came back to ask for money for infrastructure improvements, Della Volpe stood alone in opposition and defended his position on the online City Council Forum in a message he called “Flatbacking For Broccoli” that sent folks off to websites like the Urban Dictionary to figure out what the heck he meant. Curiosity turned to indignation once they got there: “A sexually promiscuous woman who prefers the missionary position. Originally used in detective novels of the 1930s and 1940s as ‘flatbacker.’” “Looking past the mythic fears of mass starvation in the so-called ‘food desert’ (aren’t ya getting a wee bit tired of all that sustainability lexicography), we are left with either a badly executed project pro-forma on the part of the developers, a planned two-step negotiation to revisit taxpayers

Nick Della Volpe at Thursday’s TDOT meeting on the Broadway-640 interchange Photo by S. Clark pockets, or a city willing to pick winners and losers by funding select developers in a tight economy,” Della Volpe’s post said. He drew a tart response from Pavlis, who said, in part: “The City now receives $7,000 (annually) for property taxes for this plot of land. When and if this project comes to fruition we will realize $120,000 in property taxes, not to mention the sales taxes and jobs we desperately need. I think this is a good return on investment. “Folks can disagree and I hope you understand why I will support the $60 million investment to utilize a blighted brown field to boot. Cas has been gone for some time now.”

Della Volpe accepts the criticism cheerfully, joking that he’s fulfilling his campaign promise to become “the thinking man’s Lumpy Lambert.” “I don’t always govern the old tongue, and I enjoy the taste of shoe leather from time to time. If I think something needs to be aired, even if I’m for it, I try to do my preparation for every meeting. I try to bring out the facts so the public will know. “If it’s just (city recorder) Cindy Mitchell out front reading the caption, followed by a bunch of ayes, that’s sort of The Dumb Show. I think that’s important to the process of open government. It’s the people’s government and they need to know.”

GOP contest heats up

Just when you thought the elections were over and you could finally relax, here comes another one. But this time you don’t have to worry about whom to vote for unless you’re a Republican.

who will be elected chair of the Knox County Republican Party when delegates gather early next year to Kuhlman fill the seat Anne vacated a few months early Hart by Ray Hal Jenkins, who is in the running for the Knox County Circuit Court Judge’s seat now held by It’s not easy to predict Judge Wheeler Rosenbalm, who is retiring effective Jan. 1. No question, though, that it’s going to be a hard-fought tation for the State of Tennes- contest between three candidates, each of whom appears see. Smith holds a bachelor’s to be very serious about degree in history, a master’s wanting the job of keeping in curriculum and instruction rein on local Republicans – and an education specialist an undertaking some have degree in administration and likened to herding cats. supervision, all from UT. Two of the candidates – ■ Central High basketball coach Ruthie Kuhlman and John Jon Higgins and students Gabriel – are both members Chandler England, Ryan Haaland and Marcelus Roberts will of the West Knox Republican Club. Kuhlman is the be recognized by the school board in its regular meeting, 5 current club president and p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Gabriel is a past president. That could make for some City County Building. squirming at club meetings ■ West Knox elementary re– somewhat analogous to zoning is also on Wednesday’s seating the mother of the agenda. The school board’s bride next to the new wife of preliminary workshop will start at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, the father of the bride at the in the Andrew Johnson Build- rehearsal dinner. We’ll give Kuhlman ing boardroom.

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and Gabriel credit, though. Both have been extremely polite to each other – in public. But in private, Gabriel they both want this seat and are willing to fight for it. Actually, the workings at the top of the West Knox Club get even more byzantine. Gabriel was club president two years ago. When his term was up, he was followed by Gary Loe, who ran unsuccessfully for the state Legislature in the most recent election. Loe vacated the club presidency because he thought it was a conflict of interest to hold that position while campaigning. His opponent, Gloria Johnson, had no such reservations. She was chair of the Knox County Democratic Party and kept the seat and played it for all it was worth, winning the election. After Loe’s loss, Kuhlman graciously offered to resign the West Knox club presidency and return the job to Loe if he wanted it back. He demurred and Kuhlman remains in charge. Gabriel and Kuhlman

are both longtime party activists on the west side of town. Gabriel has been active on the behalf of many Burkhardt candidates, as has Kuhlman, who ran for County Commission a few years back but lost to Finbarr Saunders, who is now on City Council. Buddy Burkhardt, on the other hand, hails from the north side of the county and is a GOP delegate from the Pedigo precinct. He, too, is extremely active in the party – to date only in support of other candidates. During the most recent election, the popular Burkhardt was all over town putting up signs for Bud Armstrong’s successful campaign for law director. A farmer, small business owner and computer guru for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Burkhardt attends meetings of the Powell and Eighth District Republican clubs and serves as secretary of the Halls Club. As we said, prepare for a party battle. At least in this campaign we won’t have to stay up late to see who wins.



Beggar’s lice

Those pesky ‘fellow travelers’ NATURE NOTES | Dr. Bob Collier There are countless ways that a humble, well-meaning husband can get into trouble with home management. I certainly won’t list any of those here, except for the one that is our subject for today. This particular shortcoming has a specific name, which I first saw in print years ago in the Last Page column of an issue of Wildlife in North Carolina. The author called this sin “tracking in,” and he blamed it on his faithful old work boots. He even scolded them, saying “bad boots!” and put them out on the back porch. Well, maybe that worked for him, but it sure wouldn’t fly around my house. Now, miscellaneous leaves, shop shavings and grass cuttings can possibly be stopped outside the back door, especially if those errant boots happen to be in a cooperative mood that day.

But then, as is so often true in life, there are problems out there that prove more difficult. Some things just won’t stop at the door. We used to tell the 3rd and 4th graders on Ijams Nature Center walks that we call this group of troublemakers “fellow travelers.” Fellow travelers are those pernicious little weed seeds that have managed to work out, over 150 million years or so, ingenious ways of getting themselves spread all over the place, often far away from their original Mother Weed. Just think about such botanical friends as beggar’s lice, Spanish needles and the delightful cockleburs. They use a variety of clever devices to latch on to us. Cockleburs are so effective they became the basis for the idea behind Velcro, invented by a Swiss engineer in 1948. They have the hooks, we are the loops.

Humans weren’t around when all these devices first showed up on the scene, but there were plenty of furry creatures around, on which they could hone their latching-on skills. If you think Skippy the golden retriever is a mess after a romp in the cockleburs, just imagine what a wooly mammoth or a giant ground sloth would have tracked in! Through the eons, most every plant has developed a strategy for getting its seeds spread around as widely as possible in order to sprout and grow in as many places as possible. Early on, back in the Coal Age, clubmosses and ferns, which often grew to be tree-sized, used microscopic spores, so small they floated away on the air currents, to seek out new territories. Then plants figured out flowers and produced a wide variety of fruits, like blackberries, grapes, cher-

Spanish needles ries and apples, which were good food. This enticed the birds and animals to eat the fruits and disperse the seeds abroad. Using a different idea, the touch-menots have developed seed pods that, when ripe and then touched, snap open with such force that it tosses the seeds some distance from the plant. Plants use some sneaky strategies, too. Take the trilliums, for example. Trilliums produce a fat-rich food body called an elaisome, attached to the outside of the seeds. These food bodies attract ants and yellow jackets, which then nab the seeds and carry them off to colony or nest. There, the fat body is eaten and the seed is tossed aside, hopefully to sprout and grow far away from the original trillium plant. And some of the more interesting flower seeds, like fern spores, depend on the air and the wind to disperse them far and wide, those little tiny seeds with fluffy parachutes. Who hasn’t puffed away a cloud of dandelion seeds from their round seed head? And others, such as thistles, milkweeds and clematis vines, use variations on that same theme. But, back to our fellow

Milkweed seeds travelers. These guys get themselves spread around by using us (and getting us outdoor types in trouble at home). They don’t just drop off harmlessly. They cling tenaciously to shoe laces, socks and pant legs until they land on destinations such as carpets, couches and bedspreads, and to other clothes in the dryer. Some are worse than others. Spanish needles can be plucked off fairly easily. The little round sticky seed balls from bedstraw aren’t too hard to remove. But those tiny adherent triangles of beggar’s lice, known in some places as tick-trefoil, can be a chore to dislodge when they attach to clothing by the dozens. And they seem to keep on turning up for days.

Among the champions of fellow-travelling are the cockleburs. The plants can grow to be five feet tall and can produce more than 5,000 sticky burs covered with hooked spines, each containing two seeds, or a total of more than 10,000 seeds per plant. And when you try to remove the attached burs, unlike the more benign beggar’s lice, the cockleburs bite back with those spiny things. I suppose all those plants with clinging seeds are just trying to make a living too. But I sure wish they would figure out a different way to disperse their young, or at least cling to something besides me. It’s tough being in trouble all the time.

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boy, an all-around busybody for Notre Dame. The Fightin’ Irish won two games that season. They were not particularly impressive. Paul was good. He carried the football 94 times. He gained 420 yards, as in wow. He completed 59 of 111 passes for about 900 yards. Just how outstand-

ing and valuable and at least slightly sensational can you be if your team staggers in at 2-8? Hornung was the first Heisman winner to not win in first-place votes. Majors was the all-American leader of a 10-0 Tennessee team, No. 2 in both polls. Majors was player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. He was a smart coach on the field and one of the best two or three tailbacks I ever saw. Hank Lauricella wasn’t too bad. He was the Heisman runner-up in 1951. Heath Shuler was runner-up in 1993. He threw for 2,353

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One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.” (Luke 7: 36-39 The Message) She came asking for help. her mistakes, her regrets. I She sat in my office and told was stunned by her candor, me the truth: about her life, her calm acceptance of her

Lynn Hutton situation, her honesty about what led her into her line of work. She was young. She was pretty. She was smart. She was a prostitute. That conversation happened three years ago. To that point, I had led a sheltered life, but I realized, in that moment, that in my new job, I was going to learn things I never expected to know. Several months after

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yards with 25 touchdowns and did more than his fair share in winning nine games. I thought second-best in the country was about right for the quarterback. The vote that still causes acute indigestion was 1997. From the day Peyton Manning played band director, from the moment he announced he was returning for his senior season, he was the Heisman favorite. ESPN, motivated by money, cost him the trophy. It shamelessly promoted defensive back Charles Woodson because ABC had TV rights to the Rose Bowl and Michigan and Charles were going to Pasadena. Woodson helped himself. He was spectacular against

Ohio State just before balloting. Woodson’s overall production did not compare to Manning’s 36 touchdown passes, 60 percent completions and nearly 4,000 yards – in the SEC, no less. OK, he couldn’t beat Florida. Which was best? The NFL said Peyton. Tennessee, with four second places, leads the country in coming relatively close. Maybe that doesn’t mean much but being mentioned is better than not. In 1939, all-American tailback George Cafego was fourth in voting. He was the first pick in the pro draft. In 1940, guard Bob Suffridge was sixth. In 1964, Tennessee middle guard Steve DeLong

Tennessee’s Heisman runners-up are featured in Marvin West’s coffee-table book, “Legends of the Tennessee Vols.” Signed copies are available by mail from WESTCOM, PO Box 38, Maynardville, TN 37807. Send a printed return address and a check for $25.

that first meeting with her, I pulled into the parking lot one sunny morning, got out of my car, and walked toward the door. She was standing there, waiting for me, smiling. She had a book in her hand. “Here,” she said. “This is for you.” It was a slim volume called “Leadership Prayers,” written by Richard Kriegbaum. (I recommend it to anyone who is a person of faith in a leadership position of any kind!) It sits on my desk to this day, and I pick it up whenever I need a word of wisdom, or just an “Oh, help!” moment.

As precious as the gift of the book itself, however, is what she wrote to me on the flyleaf: “… you were there for me at a very crucial point … and you made a difference when no one else cared.” With the book was a card she had made. The front of the card was an original watercolor drawing: a picture of a little girl, kneeling in the sand, looking out across the sea to just the suggestion of a sunrise. She had signed it in the lower righthand corner. Inside, there was yet another surprise. In beautiful calligraphy, she had penned, “We serve the

God of redemption Who buys back Our sins And weaves them Into the fabric of a Beautiful future.” I will never again hear the story of the woman who bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears without thinking of my friend, who has the wisdom to understand what redemption means, and the faith to believe that God has a sunrise in mind for her. Two women – who lived 2,000 years and half a world apart – who had hard lives, hearts full of love and the humility to offer grace to another.

finished eighth in the Heisman poll. In 1967, center Bob Johnson was sixth and quarterback Dewey Warren eighth. In 1969, linebacker Steve Kiner was ninth. Receiver Larry Seivers and quarterback Condredge Holloway were very, very good but didn’t make the top 10. Will a Volunteer ever win? Seventy-eight to zero says no. The Heisman is a popularity contest and seemingly sane sports writers sometimes vote in crazy ways. One told me orange is a disturbing color. I wish.

Echo Ridge welcomes seniors for the holidays Pitney Bowes Inc. will screen, package and ship the cards at no charge, and Red Cross volunteers will sort and deliver them throughout the holiday season. To ensure the cards are delivered in time for the holidays, cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 7. More information can be found at redcross. org/holidaymail.

Echo Ridge, an independent senior living community in Knoxville, invites community members, especially seniors, to attend these events: Coats for the Cold drive, 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Bring coats for children and adults to be donated to the less fortunate during the holidays. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.

On Saturday, Dec. 8 new toys will be collected for the Toys for Tots drive. Bring new bought toys to donate to local children during the holiday season. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Lunch seating is limited both days. Reserve a seat by calling 769-0111. Echo Ridge is located at 8458 Gleason Drive.

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Kristen, whose nickname is Kmac, was diagnosed at age 13 with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a form of juvenile arthritis (JA). The Farragut High School senior has dedicated herself to helping young people living with the disease. Her main focus, she says, is to give inspiration and hope to families

touched by juvenile arthritis. “That’s what we all need,” she says. “Hope.” The faculty and students at Farragut High School have rallied around Kristen with her latest efforts to raise funds for her team at the Jingle Bell Run and Walk for the Arthritis Foundation. The event is Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at Market Square. Kristen’s own journey with JA likely began before it was diagnosed, she says. “We’re not sure how long I had it,” she says. “We’ve looked back at photos of me as a 3-year-old, and my knees and fingers appear to be swollen.” Chances of the illness going into remission are much better when diagnosed early. “It’s not likely that you will ‘grow out of it’ if you’re

Kristen also must take injections of an aggressive medication weekly and an IV drip once a month. The not in remission by age 16,” medication affects her immune system and has danshe explains. The young woman has gers of its own. Kristen reeducated herself on the sub- mains positive, however, ject not just for her own un- which has made her a local derstanding, but so she can and national symbol for help other young people liv- the hope she embraces. The Knoxville Optimists Club ing with the disease. “I want to help find a recently awarded Kristen its cure, but I also want to make Service to Humanity award, more people aware that kids and the Arthritis Foundaget arthritis, too. Whether tion has featured her in a that’s with a billboard or a national advertising campaign as one of the “Faces conference …” Kristen has spoken in of Arthritis.” She is also this front of several groups of year’s youth honoree for the children with JA and their Jingle Bell Run and Walk. Although she doesn’t adfamilies, and she plans to become a pediatric occupa- mit it very freely, Kristen tional therapist. Her own says it can be hard to balance experiences will dovetail “regular” high school life and with what she learns. “I have life with arthritis. “My social occupational and physical life isn’t what everyone else’s therapy three times a week. is,” she said. “I have a modiI know what feels good and fied school schedule, and what doesn’t.” sometimes I can’t make it

PELLISSIPPI NOTES MILESTONES ■ Lisa Grunwald is the first Pellissippi State Community College student to receive an American Express Scholarship from the American Grunwald Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation. Grunwald, a student in the Hospitality concentration of the Business Administration degree program, competed nationally with other hospitality students from two- and four-year institutions for the $1,000 scholarship. She was one of the six recent awardees and the only student from Tennessee.

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through the day.” Even on those days when she goes to bed feeling sick and not sure what the next day will bring, “I still lay out my cute outfit (for the next day) and plan for the best. If I wake up feeling bad, I throw



Jeremiah White will celebrate his sixth birthday Dec. 8 with a surprise birthday party with family and friends. Parents are Jeremy White and Tina Miller. Grandparents are Kenneth and Lynn Spencer and Lyn

and Angie White. Greatgrandparents are Archie and Mable Dalton of Halls and the late Fred Dalton.


UT NOTES ■ The full-time Master of Business Administration program at the University of Tennessee, is one of the nation’s best, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s newly released biennial rankings. UT’s program ranked No. 60 in the nation and No. 26 among U.S. public universities with full-time MBA programs. ■ Seven professors have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to their 2012 class of fellows. The appointment of seven new AAAS fellows

gives UT a total of 45. The newly honored fellows are: Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics; Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security; Jimmy Mays, professor of polymer chemistry and UT-ORNL distinguished scientist; Gary Sayler, Beaman Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology; Jan Simek, distinguished professor of anthropology; Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair in Polymer Science; and Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s professor of information sciences.

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on my sweats. No big deal.” Kristen says her teachers at Farragut have helped her tremendously and are very good at telling her when a virus is going around so she can be home schooled on those days. Her fundraising efforts for the Jingle Bell Run have her currently in first place with more than $13,000. “Most of the people signed up to donate to my team, I don’t even know,” she says, adding that at press time there are 176 people who have joined “Kmac’s Crew.” People can still donate in honor of Kristen’s team until midnight, Dec. 31. More information can be found about Kristen’s story and the Arthritis Foundation at www.kmacscrew. com. Folks are also encouraged by Kristen to follow her journey on Facebook, which can also be found by visiting her website.



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■ Dante Church of God will be distributing Boxes of Blessings (food) on Saturday, Dec.8, 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:

■ 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 6893349, 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.

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Mobley finishes first year at Kentucky By Cory Chitwood It’s been a year since the Tennessee high school rushing record for a single season was broken.

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Powell’s own Dy’Shawn Mobley reached yard number 3,068 in the 2011 Class 5A state championship and secured his spot in Powell football history. Though the Panthers lost that night, football was far from over for Mobley. Mobley went on to the University of Kentucky to play football for the Wildcats. Throughout the season, former head coach Joker Phillips could be heard talking about how impressed he was with his freshman running back. It wasn’t just talk. Mobley was given the chance to make an impact for his team in several games. Mobley averaged about 3 yards per carry in SEC games against Missouri and Georgia. That’s not bad for a true freshman. Most recently, Mobley took carries on senior night against Samford in Lexington. He rushed for 82 yards, highlighted by a 21-yard run, the longest of his collegiate career to date. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry during the Wildcats’ 34-3 Wildcat victory. Phillips’ firing was announced shortly after senior night. One last game remained, against Tennessee in Mobley’s hometown. Though both teams came in with losing records and no possibility of bowl eligibility, the game still meant something, especially to those who could look on the Kentucky sideline and see a former classmate or teammate. Some people are still bewildered

Former Powell High football standout Dy’Shawn Mobley traveled back to Knoxville with the Kentucky Wildcats when they faced the Tennessee Vols in the final game of the season.

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University of Tennessee junior football player Tyler Drummer holds the ball for the kicker during the UT/KY game at Neyland Stadium. Drummer is a graduate of Powell High School. that Mobley wasn’t offered anything by the Volunteers. Mobley didn’t get any carries against Tennessee. But it’s only a matter of time. He will be back at Neyland Stadium in two years. Call it a

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SCHOOL NOTES Copper Ridge Elementary ■ Music program featuring 4th and 5th grade students, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the gym.

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A long way from mystery meat Meet Jon Dickl and today’s healthy, tasty, school cafeteria food By Betty Bean Pizza is a healthy food choice? Yes, when it’s made Jon Dickl’s way. The crust is whole wheat (not that you’d notice) and the 25 percent sweet potato puree he’s sneaked into the tomato sauce boosts the vitamin A content (not that you’d notice). Taken as a whole, a serving-sized slice combines the correct snap of crunchiness with the right amount of chewiness, a proper dab of zingy sauce and the perfect touch of gooey cheese and serves Knox County Schools director of school nutrition Dickl’s deceptively simple goal to a T: “To feed as many kids as I can and to establish confidence in the community,” he said. “We’re working hard to improve customer service.” Dickl is in his third year with Knox County Schools, and earlier this year was named Southeast regional director of the School Nutrition Association. He had been working on making cafeteria meals more nutritious even before new federal regulations went into effect this year requiring school systems receiving federal reimbursements to offer more fruits and vegetables and cut down on sodium, fat and refined sugar. His challenge is to make the lunch menu tasty and affordable, as well as healthy. Knox County Schools direc“We used to have tartor of school nutrition Jon gets. But this current Dickl serves slices of whole year they’ve given us wheat crust pizza at Bearden ranges instead of tarHigh School. Photo by Ruth White gets. We can’t go under, can’t exceed. “We try to balance that with food kids actually enjoy, that can our students paying for meals. They be prepared by people with various are our customers. We operate very stages of skill while trying to keep it much like a restaurant.” affordable. The new federal regulations forced “We receive no local tax dollars Knox County to raise the price of and a very small amount of state reschool lunches by 25 cents. High imbursement along with federal reschool and middle school lunches imbursement for some meals, but the majority of what we use is through are $2.75; elementary school lunches

are $2.50. Forty-five percent of the county’s students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, which represents more than a five percent decrease since Dickl arrived. Not surprisingly, pizza is the most popular item on the schools’ menu, followed by sandwiches. Dickl has

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Up in a down economy By Pam Fansler Although Tennessee has fared better than the nation in terms of unemploy ment, and Knox County better than the state, there Fansler still is a tremendous need not only for jobs but for job training, and one of the best organizations readying our workforce is Goodwill Industries-Knoxville Inc. Since 1971, Goodwill has provided vocational programs and employment opportunities to individuals facing barriers to employment. These programs and employment opportunities have brought selfsufficiency and confidence to individuals challenged with physical, psychological, educational, vocational and/or social disabilities, who might otherwise have become financially reliant on government assistance. The growth of Goodwill over the last 41 years has been impressive, with more than 3,800 individuals served during 2011. Most people know Goodwill best for its thrift stores, which help fund its job training programs and which employ many of Goodwill’s clients. But what many people do not know is the entrepreneurial creativity that Goodwill’s president and CEO Dr. Robert Rosenbaum has used to find other revenue streams that fund the organization’s work.

Goodwill is more than 97 percent self-sufficient through its store sales and governmental and private contracts ranging from janitorial services to clean interstate rest areas and court and office buildings to recycling contracts with schools, medical offices, governmental offices, and city/county programs. In fact, Goodwill and its community partners recycled a combined 47 million pounds of materials during 2011. Its Industrial Services division began in 1992 and offers a wide range of services, including packaging, assembly, mailing, heat sealing, inserting, labeling, sorting and shrink wrapping. Due to the success of its programs – earning a client program satisfaction rating of 96 percent for 2011 – Goodwill has increasing demand for employment training and vocational rehabilitation services and recently purchased a shopping center at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Pleasant Ridge Road. This 43,000 square foot facility located on the bus line will allow Goodwill to expand its employment training and vocational rehabilitation services. During a down economy, Goodwill has increased its contracts to provide even more jobs for its program participants. It’s nice to see success in any sector, but particularly in one that will help people be as selfsufficient as they can. Pam Fansler is president of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region.

‘Can you hear me meow? Good.’ Virizon is a 6-month-old domestic short hair mix that wants a home for the holidays. The adoption fee has been sponsored through the Furry Friends program. Virizon can be seen at Young-Williams Animal Center’s Division Street location. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily. See all of Young-Williams’ adoptable animals online at

Rate hike to follow Rural/Metro selection By Sandra Clark Consumers can expect up to a 12 percent increase in the cost of ambulance service if Knox County Commission adopts the recomWebb mend at ion of a 7-member committee to give a five-year contract to Rural/Metro. The contract will be considered by the commission this month. The committee picked Rural/Metro, which has held the county contract as the county’s provider for emergency medical services for 25 years following a Request for Proposal process initiated by Mayor Tim Burchett.

He called the RFP process “thorough and professional,’ and thanked committee members and the three firms that submitted proposals. Knox County itself will save more than $600,000 annually, a subsidy paid under the current contract for transports of the indigent and other uncompensated transports. Rob Webb, division general manager, said Rural/ Metro will provide the same level of ambulance service (respond to every call within 10 minutes 90 percent of the time) it has been providing and will invest in new technology and system infrastructure. He said a “modest rate increase of 12 percent” is allowed under the new contract, but Rural/Metro cannot raise rates for three years.

The contract, if awarded by the commission, will prohibit competitors from opening shop here. American Medical Response (AMR) and Falck also had responded to the RFP. Evaluators were not identified prior to last week’s announcement to avoid lobbying. They were: Martha Buchanan, M.D., director, Knox County Health Department. Jason Lay, CPA, Knox County Finance Department accounting manager who handles financial reporting for the KnoxvilleKnox County Emergency Communications District. Matt Meyers, the county’s deputy director of purchasing. Capt. Brent Seymour, a paramedic and chief of EMS with the city of Knoxville Fire Depart-

ment where he oversees the fire department’s First Responder Program. He holds a master’s degree in public administration. Jeff Gregory, a 34year EMS with experience with the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad. A paramedic, he currently serves as the director of aero-medical services for UT Medical Services. Ken Wilkerson, an emergency room paramedic who now serves as mayor of Lakesite, a suburb of Chattanooga. He is a certified EMS administrator. Randall Dobbs, M.D., a physician with TeamHealth, EMS coordinator for Neyland Stadium and medical director for Knox County E-911.

Urban League honorees Principals at Brown Pearman Russell LLC (from left) Rick Russell, Gwen Brown and Barbara Pearman receive the Minority Business award from celebrity presenter Louis Gossett Jr. at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s annual Equal Opportunity Awards Gala. This year’s sold-out event held at the Knoxville Convention Center featured guest speaker Martin Luther King III and entertainment by En Vogue. Photo submitted

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ting the right coverage for the right price,” said Johnson. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Safeco Insurance as one of its top agency partners.” The Award of Excellence celebrates outstanding agents with superior underwriting skills who have developed a solid underwriting partnership with Safeco and whose agencies have qualified for membership in Safeco’s H.K. Dent Society, the company’s elite agency

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PleasanTree Apartments restored Mayor Tim Burchett and others will join Child & Family Tennessee (CFT) for a ribbon cutting at the nonprofit’s newly renovated PleasanTree Apartments, 1905 Dawn St., at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

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A visit from Santa Claus, 6 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Church Women United meeting, Sentertown Baptist Church, 7147 Millertown Pike. Coffee at 10 a.m., program at 10:30. Singers from West High School will present Christmas music. Officers for 2013 will be installed.


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

MONDAY-FRIDAY, THROUGH 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.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show and works by Gibbs area students in the student exhibit area, Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave. Now through Dec. 21, all items in the Parkside Open Door Gallery at the center are 10 percent off with a $20 or more purchase. 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,

MONDAY, DEC. 3 Storytime for Adults: Season’s Readings, 6 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Settle in by the metaphorical fireplace for a variety of stories with a holiday slant, both funny and somber, satirical and sincere. Readings from works by David Sedaris, Harlan Ellison, Anne Frank and more. Pajamas optional. Info: 689-2681.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 Faith United Methodist Church’s Young at Heart group will host organist Hugh Livingston 10 a.m.-noon. Potluck lunch. Everyone welcome. Church is located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike. Info: 688-1000 or www.faithseekers. org. Holiday Writing workshop, 1 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Turn your holiday memories into a holiday memoir. What to bring: a notebook, pen, any form of Christmas memorabilia: photos, ornaments, letters, cards, toys, etc. Presenter: Sherry Palmer. Info: 922-2552.

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. Pre-school aged children and their parents.

WEDNESDAYS, DEC. 5, 12, 19 Advent services, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4110 Central Avenue Pike. Dinner, 5:30 p.m.; service, 7 p.m. The public is invited. Info: 687-9206. Advent services, 6:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Communion will be served. Info: 524-0366 before noon.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 Open Door Book Review, 10:30 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library. Jake Mabe will review “Hank Hung the Moon (and Melted Our Cold, Cold Hearts)” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson. Coffee and conversation begins at 10.

Christmas Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Sunnybrook Apartments clubhouse, 4500 Doris Circle. Christmas crafts, baked goods and snacks. Info: 922-9124 or The Life of Christ Christmas Drive-Thru exhibit ,7-9 p.m., 746 Tazewell Pike, Luttrell. Hosted by Fellowship Christian Church. Also participating: Cedar Ford Baptist, Clear Branch Baptist, New Friendship Baptist, Hubbs Grove Baptist, Union Baptist and Warwick’s Chapel Baptist. All invited. Buy Local Art Sale, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, 23 Emory Place, across from the Old Gray Cemetery on Broadway. All proceeds go to local artists and A1LabArts. Info: Sara Blair McNally, 604-5691 or

Branch Library, 7733 Corryton Road. Info: 688-1501. Dear Santa, 2 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Create Christmas Cards for Santa’s visit at 2:30. A visit from Santa Claus, 2:30 p.m. Info: 922-2552.

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 Chanukah Storytime, 6 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Discover and celebrate the Festival of Lights through stories, games and crafts with storytime extraordinaire, Laurie Fisher. Info: 947-6210. 55 Alive, First Lutheran Church’s senior group, will meet at noon. Featuring “Special Thoughts on Christmas” by Pastor Bushur and Christmas carols. Bring a gift for the kitchen: paper hand towels, sugar, liquid dish detergent, plastic drinking cups, etc. Everyone welcome. A hot meal is $6.50 per person. Reservations requested. Info: 524-0366 before noon. The church is located at 1207 N. Broadway.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 14-15 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robins, presented by The WordPlayers and The Arts at Pellissippi State, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Clayton Performing Arts Center on the main campus of Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Info/reservations: 694-6684 or theatre.



Needle-Felted Snowmen class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway 61 near Norris. Registration deadline, Dec. 3. Info or to register: 494-9854, or stop by the center. Christmas bazaar, 1-5 p.m., City on a Hill Church, 3001 Knoxville Center mall, next to The Rush. Admission: $1 per person. Vendors include: Thirty One, Premier Jewelry, Sail-Away Candles and Lamps, Arbonne, Signature Formal, Art by Jackie, Homemade Goods and more. A Visit With David Hunter, 2 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Join local author David Hunter as he launches his new story collection, “A Mouse’s Tale.” Info: 947-6210. Karns Christmas parade, lineup at 9 a.m. in Ingles parking lot; stepoff at 10 a.m. Info: Alisa Pruett at 603-4273.

“Santa Paws” pet photo session with Santa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 4856 Harvest Mill Way. $20 donation includes a photo session with Santa, a 4-inch by 6-inch print in a Christmas card display and a CD of all the photos taken with your pet. Proceeds benefit the dogs and cats of Noah’s Arc animal rescue. Info: 423-586-2293 or www.noahsarc.



Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, presented by the choir of St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, 5 p.m. Free to the public. A reception will follow. Info: 523-5687.

MONDAY, DEC. 10 Joint Christmas/Hanukkah Party – Halls Republican Club and West Knox Republican Club, 6 p.m., Rothchild Catering Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Tickets: $25 per person. For tickets: Suzanne Dewar, 689-4671, or Nick McBride, 680-8807.

SUNDAY, DEC. 16 “What Child is This?” Sunday school Christmas program, 5 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. A gathering at the live Nativity scene outside, 5:30-8 p.m. The public is invited. Info: 524-0366 before noon. Handbell Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway. All are welcome. Info: 524-0366 before noon.

Holiday Writing workshop, 1 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Turn your holiday memories into a holiday memoir. What to bring: a notebook, pen, any form of Christmas memorabilia: photos, ornaments, letters, cards, toys, etc. Presenter: Sherry Palmer. Info: 922-2552.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 A visit from Santa Claus, 3:30 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.


TUESDAY, DEC. 11 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, The Fountain City/North Knoxville Republican Club Christmas dinner, 5:30 p.m., Louis Restaurant on old Broadway. Cake auction at 6 p.m. Everyone invited. Info: Michele Carringer, 247-5756. Fingerprinting and identification cards for kids, 4:30- 6:30 p.m., Kid -N- Me Child Care Center , 7323 Tazewell Pike, in the Gibbs Center. Free service; open to all children. Info: 247-5284.

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MONDAY, DEC. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Communion will be served. The public is invited. Info: 524-0366 before noon.

TUESDAY, DEC. 25 Christmas Day worship, 10:30 a.m., First Lutheran Church, 1207 N Broadway. Communion will be served. The public is invited. Info: 524-0366 before noon.

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Grace welcomes grandparents By Shannon Morris One of the highlights of the year at Grace Christian Academy’s elementary school is the annual Grandparents Day, a time when our school and our students have the chance to give grandparents a special Christmas gift. This year, this special event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Under the leadership of director Tracy Rodgers, the GCA K-5 students have been working diligently since the beginning of the school year on these presentations, and are very excited to share their hard work with their Grandparents. Our youngest students, kindergarten through 2nd grade, will be performing a Western Christmas musical called “From Our Herd, To Your Herd, Merry Christmas.� Our 3rd through 5th grade students will be performing an upbeat, contemporary Christmas musical titled “A Rockin’ Royal Christmas with the King.� Each of these productions promises to be entertaining, with the message of Christmas presented throughout. To give you an idea of the scope of these productions, more than 175 students auditioned for spots in the cast, and of those, 63 were selected to perform various cast roles. A 386-voice choir will be performing as well. Our grandparents certainly have a wonderful gift in store. On a related note, this incredibly talented group of children will also be presenting a spring show, the Disney Broadway musical, “The Little Mermaid.� At GCA, we realize that grandparents

Daniel Carrasco, Joshua Williams, Addie Peterson and Abigail Kelley prepare for their roles in the Grace Christian Academy Grandparents Day production. Photo by Julie Bass are special for many reasons. We also realize that many grandparents have made a tremendous investment of time, prayers and ďŹ nancial resources on behalf of their grandchildren at the school. The love that grandparents provide for their

children’s children is a wonderful thing, and that bond between grandparent and grandchild is incredibly special. We love honoring and thanking our grandparents for all that they do, and for all that they provide for their families.

All GCA grandparents are invited to attend the Friday morning production on Dec. 7. Family, friends and community members are invited to attend the Thursday evening production on Dec. 6. Info: 691-3427.

Will McKamey is Mr. Football By Shannon Morris Each year, the best of the best athletes from the high school gridirons are nominated for the prestigious title of Mr. Football in Tennessee. Since 2007, the NFL’s Tennessee Titans have sponsored these awards, which are given to the top linemen and offensive backs from across the state. Grace Christian Academy running back and wide receiver Will McKamey was selected as the Division 1 Class A back, and honored at a luncheon held in Nashville Nov. 26. More than 500 people were in attendance, including players, family members, coaches, school administrators and media representatives. Nominees are selected based upon greatness on the football ďŹ eld, of course, but it takes more than that to be considered as Tennessee’s Mr. Football. Other criteria include academic excellence, high character qualities, and exemplary leadership on and off the ďŹ eld of play. For those who know Will, it’s easy to see why he was such an excellent candidate for this incredible honor. McKamey accounted for more than 2,400 all-purpose yards in the 20122013 season, and was a standout on the defensive side of the ball as well. McKamey, a senior, has signed to play football at the US Naval Academy, giving further evidence to his academic

Hannah Sloas and Shelby Rodgers in the Grace middle school production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.� Photo by Randy Down

Herdmans invade Grace By Shannon Morris Grace athletic director Johnny Cox, Mr. Football Will McKamey and Grace head football coach Randy McKamey celebrate Will being named Mr. Football for Division 1 Class A. Photo by Kara McKamey

excellence and his high level of character and integrity. The honor of Mr. Football is well deserved, and GCA is very proud that Will has been a part of our increasingly successful football program, and our school.

The Grace Christian Academy middle school ďŹ ne arts department recently performed a wonderful Christmas production, the timeless holiday classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.â€? This production included a cast of 23 students, all of whom committed to early morning practices before school, which is no small task. As a result of their efforts and dedication, the Christmas show was presented on Nov. 15, in the Grace Baptist Church Worship


Center under the direction of Tonya Wilson. The show tells the story of the struggles a couple face as they are casting roles for their Christmas musical, and are faced with giving main roles to the Herdman children, the worst kids in the history of the school. Mayhem and fun are the result when the Herdmans collide with the true meaning of Christmas. “It’s exciting to see our ďŹ ne arts department grow every year at Grace. Plans for future productions are already in the worksâ€? says Wilson.






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