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Do you know your roots? Kizzy said, “My pappy real name Kunta Kinte. He a African.” “You don’t say!” Miss Malizy appeared taken aback. “I’se heared my greatReneé Kesler gran’daddy was one dem Africans, too.” This dialogue between a young slave girl and a slave matriarch was taken from an excerpt of the book “ Roots, The Saga Of An American Family” by Pulitzer Prize w inner Alex Haley. Kizzy demonstrates the grit of a young slave girl determined to be defined not by her current enslaved situation, but rather by her strong ancestral heritage. What’s more, Kizzy’s staunch affirmation of her heritage aroused and inspired an elder to recall the stories told of that same proud lineage. Do you know your roots? Discovering our roots is about uncovering the stories of hidden treasures buried in our history while also unearthing layers of one’s self. Zack F. Taylor Jr. has researched and written five volumes of “African American Family Genealogy for Jefferson County, Tennessee,” and it is an extensive work. His dedication to uncovering the black families of Jefferson County is extraordinary. Additionally, Robert A. McGinnis has researched and compiled many books, including “Gone and All but Forgotten, The AfricanAmerican Cemeteries of Knox County, Tennessee.” Neither my friend Zack nor Robert resembles the people they have researched. Yet, when I asked them why they choose to do this work, both reply among other things, “It’s important.” This year marks the 40th anniversary of Alex Haley’s American classic, “Roots,” a To page A-3

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Family gets Dodge Caravan By Sandra Clark A Powell business made Christmas extra special this year for the family of Dana Stevens. Her daughter, Haley Bell, 21, has multiple medical issues. King Collision Repair gave them a van. Cindy McCoy, daughter of company founders Bill and Anita King, explains: “Haley has cerebral palsy, scoliosis, seizures and blindness, and is non-verbal. She can walk short distances with assistance and can seat herself in the back seat of her grandmother’s car.” The grandmother, Elaine Pyne, and Stevens were driving a 17-year-old van which required constant repairs. “Haley needs a van for transportation to school, doctors’ and therapy appointments and community outings. She sees her primary care doctor and four specialists, so she has many appointments. She also likes to go to the special needs playground at Lakeshore Park. She goes to her Dana Stevens is overwhelmed to see the car donated to her family by King Collision Repair in Powell. Photo by Amy grandmother’s house on weekends Mynatt and when she is out of school,” pointments and I couldn’t imagine ployees want to do it again next unteer Rides of Knoxville. Sue Stevens wrote in her application. The King family chose to ben- attempting to do so without reli- year. King Collision Repair was Renfro, director of marketing and founded in 1990 by Bill and Anita communications for Knox Area efit someone with cerebral palsy able transportation,” she said. From the applications re- King. It is located at the corner of Rescue Ministries, said two went because McCoy’s young daughceived, the King employees chose Clinton Highway and Old Callah- to female graduates of KARM’s ter has CP. She reached out to Bob Sexton of the Cerebral Palsy the recipient. And on Dec. 22, an Road near the Powell Walmart. Serenity program, which helps Center. “When we heard about they gathered at the shop to pres- “We do collision repair, sell tires people with drug and alcohol longthe (Volunteer Ride) program, I ent their gift – a 2014 Dodge and also repair and service cars,” term addiction recovery. Those were donated by Foster’s Auto McCoy said. “We do it all.” knew I wanted to help someone or Grand Caravan. McCoy said it was wonderful to Three restored vehicles were Body of Blount County and Coura family dealing with CP. I know make the gift, and the King emgiven away in December by Volit is tough to make the many apTo page A-3

Brantley undecided on seeking re-election By Sandra Clark A political conundrum has surfaced two years ahead of the 2018 elections. Knox County Commissioner Ed Brantley confirmed Monday that he’s undecided on whether to seek re-election to Seat 11, one of two at-large seats on the commission. Former commissioner R. Larry Smith has already named a treasurer and is raising money as a candidate for Seat 11. Commissioner Bob Thomas, who holds atlarge Seat 10, has announced his candidacy for county mayor, leaving his seat open in 2018. Both Brantley and Thomas are eligible to run for a second term on the commission. When contacted, Brantley, 70, said, “I haven’t made up my mind, yet everyone has announced for my seat.” He said Ivan Har-

mon and “some woman” have also mentioned running. A check at the Election Commission shows Smith as the only candidate to name a treasurer for Seat 11. Larsen Jay, who founded Random Acts of Flowers, is also exploring a race for an at-large seat. Smith said he picked Seat 11 rather than Seat 10 because it could become the tiebreaker on a close roll-call vote. He said his eight years on the Metropolitan Planning Commission and another eight years as county commissioner from District 7 make him especially suited to hold an at-large seat. He announced early so he could start raising money. “In four weeks, I’ve raised $52,300 with another $20,000 pledged,” he said. His budget is $175,000. Smith’s fund-raising has triggered calls to Brantley to see if he’s seeking

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re-election. “ The y ’re calling me and I’m saying I’ve not made up my mind,” said Brantley. He expects to decide “this

time next year.” Political scuttlebutt had Brantley helping Thomas, with neither seeking re-election, and then taking a job in his administration. Brantley said he strongly supports Thomas for mayor but no job has been offered. “Maybe I can help Bob more on the commission.”

Knoxville to state: Get us some money and leave us alone

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Mostly, what legislators heard at their annual breakfast with city officials is that Knoxville wants the state to help pay for a new treatment facility and otherwise stay out of city business. Yes, they’d like the state to help foot the bill for a behavioral health urgent care center (formerly called the safety center). The sheriff and the police chief and the attorney general and the city and county mayors all want this facility, which they say will take the pressure off the Knox County Jail by removing mentally ill inmates and substance abusers from the jail population and placing them in a short-term treatment facility. But Mayor Madeline Rogero politely informed the local lawmakers that what she wants most from Nashville is for the state to

stay out of the city’s business. She doesn’t want any “deannexation” laws, and said the city of Knoxville has not attempted any involuntary annexations for more than a decade. “The prospect of allowing deannexation for properties that have been part of the city and receiving city services and investment for more than a decade raises complicated legal and financial questions that would likely take years to resolve” is how a handout summarizing the city’s legislative wish list put it. City officials would also like for the state not to attempt to regulate short-term rentals (like Airbnb), and refrain from interfering with the city’s ability to jumpstart redevelopment projects by using tax abatement tools like TIFs and PILOTs.

The majority of the lawmakers present pledged their support for the behavioral health urgent care facility, led by Sen. Becky Massey, who outlined a threepronged plan to get it done, with her preferred option being for the governor to include it in his budget from the get-go. Plans B and C would be a “backup” bill she and Rep. Eddie Smith are sponsoring and, as a last resort, a budget amendment. The general sentiment was that chances are good that the state will support the facility, which is also strongly supported by county Mayor Tim Burchett this session. Rep. Bill Dunn said he’d like to hear more specifics. There was little pushback from the lawmakers until Rogero brought up diversity. “We consider diversity a

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strength,” she said, citing the difficulties North Carolina ran into after its Legislature passed a so-called bathroom bill. She said North Carolina’s losses were other localities’ gains, including Knoxville’s. “We got an event because of that … Please keep Tennessee opening and welcoming,” she said. This plea struck a nerve with Dunn, who said the North Carolina legislators were forced to act to counteract an ordinance passed by the city of Charlotte. He said he believes in “the diversity of the individual,” and cautioned against telling people how to run their businesses. Rep. Martin Daniel told Rogero that he hears complaints about the city disregarding property rights and being “ultraregulatory.” To page A-3

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Cold or When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can’t-move-a-muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have a cold or the flu? While it can be hard to tell, it’s important to know the difference between the symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness that can make you feel badly for a few days, while the flu can make you feel very sick for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia which may require hospitalization.

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King Collision Repair staff members stand with the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan given to the family of Dana Stevens through Volunteer Ride. Pictured are: Jessica Watson, Anthony Long, Wesley Walker, Cindy McCoy, Jeff Mynatt, Bill King, Dana Lavender, Anita King, Tracy Radford, Baker Evans, Brandon Olson, Mitchell Irwin, Daniel Clark, Carl Fain, Bob Jones, Charlie Fox, Doug Kirchhofer, grandmother Elaine Pyne, Shane Mink, Roger Sikes, Chad Whitehead, Josiah Lamb, Haley Bell, mom Dana Stevens, Darko Puljiz, Stan Brock, Bill Ruble, Aaron Johnson and Stan Johnson.

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King Collision Repair lost a member of its work family last week. Chad Whitehead (at left) worked very hard repairing the donated vehicle, said Cindy McCoy.

Ijams hires new director Ijams Nature Center last week announced the hiring of Amber Parker as executive director of the 300-acre greenspace and wildlife refuge in South Knoxville. Parker will join the organization Feb. 20. Parker has more than 20 years of professional experience in the environmental education field, most reAmber Parker cently serving as executive director for Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Virginia, where she cultivated partnerships with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, NASA and other educational institutions and conservation agencies. “Amber is going to make an outstanding leader for our organization,” said Kim Bumpas, board chair for Ijams, in a press release. “Through our extensive interview process, we found the perfect candidate.” Ijams Nature Center is an award-winning urban greenspace located less than four miles from downtown Knoxville. The

nonprofit organization ensures the preservation and maintenance of wildlife habitat, natural areas and facilities, as well as oversees and expands educational and recreational programming. Parker succeeds Paul James, who resigned in September 2016. Bo Townsend will continue to serve as interim director until Parker’s arrival in February. Townsend served as executive director for Ijams Nature Center for 10 years prior to leaving to become a minister in 1999. He returned Oct. 3, during the search for a new executive director. Parker also has experience in East Tennessee. She served as special programs coordinator and education director at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont from 2001-08. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from North Carolina State University in 1994, as well as a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona in 2007. In 2015, Ijams entered a multiyear regional partnership with Navitat, a treebased canopy zip line adventure.

which are often listed as the three car recipients with ‘totaled’ by insurance com- the car title and six months’ panies and end up in sal- auto insurance.” The local program had vage yards can be restored support from State Farm Inand returned to service. “Labor to fix the cars is surance and Byrd’s Automodonated by auto body tech- tive. Info: nicians, and paint is donated by Akzo Nobel. In addi- or King Collision Repair at tion, donors hope to supply 865-947-5940.

Discovering your roots story that sparked an extraordinary dialogue about slavery and ignited a new interest in genealogy. As we celebrate this 40-year milestone, perhaps we will also take the opportunity to reignite the search for our roots. Like many others, the untold stories of my ancestors remain hidden and are awaiting discovery. We need to know our roots because as Haley so eloquently surmised, “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage … Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning no matter what our attainments in life.”

From page A-1 This new year and this new day mark the perfect time to discover your roots. Beck – “The Place Where African American History Is Preserved” – is a great place to start. The Beck Genealogical Society is the genealogical and family history research community of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The group meets monthly, providing information and support on family history research. You are invited to come and discover your roots. Renee Kesler is executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

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Knoxville to state From page A-1 “If you want us to keep our hands off, only do that which is minimally necessary.” Rogero said her administration has streamlined a lot of processes in order to make the city business-friendly. Police Chief David Rausch, who gave the final presentation, stayed with the “handsoff” theme, asking the legislators not to decriminalize marijuana and not to interfere with civil asset forfeiture laws. Veteran lawmaker Harry Brooks huddles with rookie Rick Staples at meeting with city officials. Photo by Betty Bean

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JOY Choir at Morning Pointe

The JOY Choir from First Baptist Church of Powell brings the sounds of the season to the residents at Morning Pointe of Powell. The residential facility welcomes church choirs, musicians and performers from all genres. Choir members are: (seated) Pam Taylor, Mabel Sherlin, Ann Wright, Marilyn Sebby, Donna Rasmussen; (standing) Glinda Arnold, Janet Scarbro, Vivian Henley, Miguel Figueroa, Joann Strickland, Dixie Schultz, Darla Armstrong, Sid McBee, Stacy Batts, Sylvia Harris, Chris Taylor, Phyllis Darrow, Steve Zirkle, Elsie Ringley, Alan Dunsmore, Margaret Jones, Wilbur Harris, Marci Edwards, worship pastor John Gardner and Charlotte Richey.

Todd Stinnett: From Wallace Memorial to Black Oak Heights By Stacy Levy When Todd Stinnett reached high school, he began to sense that God was calling him into the ministry. Todd didn’t have any family members in the ministry, so he really didn’t know what that meant. He just knew he liked the idea of preaching God’s Word and helping God’s people. “Yet, going into the ministry is not just something a person ‘decides’ to do,” Stinnett said. “It’s a work someone can desire, but the calling must come from God. After I finished my senior year of high school, it was clear that God was calling me into the ministry. I announced my call at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in the summer of 1995. Thankfully, the pastor (now pastor emeritus) Jim McCluskey gave me many opportunities to preach. I will always be thankful for that. “Growing up at Wallace Memorial was a wonderful experience! I can honestly say that it changed my life. I started out in the nursery and stayed at the church until I was 21 years old when I got married and moved off to seminary. Every part of the church’s ministry impacted my life, and some of my best memories involve Wallace Memorial.” Stinnett attended Norwood El-

ementary and Powell Middle and High schools, so he knew this was a loving community. He spent 12 years in ministry in Morristown before coming home. “The city and this community have taken me right back in and I’m very thankful.” Todd and wife Shelby have six children: Todd Stinnett Madison, Tanner, Nicholas, Benjamin, Charisma and Elijah. He has been the pastor of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church since August 2015. Since that time, 204 people have united with the church and 51 of those new members were baptized into fellowship. God has sent a revival to the church that Stinnett is praying will continue for many years. The mission is very simple, he said. “We exist to make disciples for the glory of God. If we’re not making disciples, then we cease to be a church and we’ve turned into a country club. There are enough clubs in the world – our Lord is looking for some churches on fire for Christ. I’m praying Black Oak Heights will always be that sort of church.”

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The church has a weekly television ministry, “The Word of Truth,” on WKNX (Comcast channel 4, satellite channel 7). It is also available in high definition. The congregation is trying to raise funds to update its equipment to HD. They estimate it could take $250,000 to $500,000 to update all of the equipment. “Jesus gave our church its marching orders in Matthew 28:19-20,” said Stinnett. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. ...” He encourages everyone to come and see what God is doing at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church. If someone has a church home, they can still be involved in our ministry, he said. “The best thing anyone can do for us is to pray for us daily. We covet the prayers of our community. “Also, if someone feels compelled to contribute to the ministry, they can do that anytime at We don’t want Black Oak to be a ‘secret’ anymore. We want everyone to know that this is a place where love and worship can always be found.” Located between I-75 and Clinton Highway on Black Oak Drive, the church campus is not visible. Firsttime guests often say, “I never knew this was back here!”

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What’s in a name: West High

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Andrew Baker picks out some books at the Pleasant Ridge Elementary book fair with his grandmother Lynn Howard. The pair shared a special lunch together before heading to the gym to the fair. Photos by Ruth White

Keira Cook and her mom, Kat, take a selfie during lunchtime to remember their day together.

One of the great things about having so much family living in our house is that we have friends from all over the city. When Kinzy and I began researching the history of schools in Knoxville, our friends kept asking us to find the history of their schools, too. Lately Talisha’s friends from West High School have really been bugging us to find out Kip about their schools, so this week’s story will focus on their history, and there was some really interesting information to be found. For instance, West High School was one of four high schools built when Knoxville High School closed in 1951. I have already written about SouthDoyle and Austin-East, which were two more of the four. West High School is in the Bearden area – named for Marcus Bearden, who was a mayor of Knoxville and a Tennessee legislator – and was built where the first McGhee Tyson Airport was located on Sutherland Avenue.

Bearden Elementary and Bearden Middle are two of the schools whose students go to West High. There are some other elementary schools near West High School who have really odd names with cool stories, too. Pond Gap Elementary is named for the Pond Gap community – after a natural pond that was the only water used for cattle and farmers back in the old days. Sequoyah Elementary is in the middle of Sequoyah Hills, a community named after Cherokee Indian Chief Sequoyah. Lonsdale and Maynard are two other elementary schools whose students end up at West High School. Both have interesting stories tied to them. Lonsdale is named after the neighborhood where the school is. The area was part of a large farm owned by a man named William Ragsdale. Lonsdale is a combination of William’s mother’s name “Lonas” and the last part of his name “dale.” Maynard Elementary School was started in 1897 in an area called Mechanicsville, named because of the number of mechanics who moved into and lived in the area at the time. If you have comments, send them to

New sign for Powell High is closer By Sandra Clark Knox County school board meets today (5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11) at the City County Building downtown. Agenda items include acceptance of three donations to finalize the new digital sign coming to Powell High School. The sign is being bought by the school through a donation from the Haslam Family Foundation. But when principal Dr. Chad Smith showed a sketch to Enhance Powell, a group that is working to beautify the business district, members suggested a monument sign with a brick base.

The architecture firm sk3 donated a design valued at $800, and the Powell Business & Professional Association and the Powell High Alumni Association each added $1,925 – for a total donation of $4,650. Also on this month’s agenda is a $50,000 contract with The Lewis Group Architects to design bid specs for a new roof for Corryton Elementary School and a partial roof replacement at Holston Middle School. The board also will vote on allowing Fulton High School to purchase furniture for the school library using $40,743 in Haslam Family Foundation donation funds.

KCT to present ‘Three Little Pigs’ The Knoxville Children’s Theater will present “Surprising Story of Three Little Pigs,” a live comic play, beginning Friday, Jan. 20 and running through Sunday, Feb. 5. This play, originally produced by Dallas Children’s Theatre, has been a smash hit across the United States. Three classic fairy tales, with three famous trios (the Little Pigs, the Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Bears) begin in their usual “once-upon-atime” fashion, but things change on the way

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to “happily ever after.” The pigs imagine life without a wolf, the goats can’t face another troll, and Papa Bear has had enough of Goldilocks. The trios join forces for a hilarious mashup of some of the world’s oldest tales. Show times will be 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets and info: 2083677 or The Knoxville Children’s Theatre is at 109 E. Churchwell Ave.

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Knoxville High’s influential principal “A firm, steady, stable and human person.” When W.E. Evans was honored at his retirement in 1955, those were the words his former students chose to describe their principal.

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Having served one of Knoxville’s longest careers in public education, Evans retired in 1955 at the compulsory retirement age of 70. He served 33 years as principal of Knoxville High School, and after that school closed, moved to East High as principal for four more years. William E. Evans was born in Ashland, Ohio, on April 4, 1885, the son of the Rev. Amos and Lillie “Ernst” Evans. When asked where he grew up, he once said, “All over Ohio, since my father was a Methodist minister.” He attended Ohio State University, graduated from Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) and received postgraduate education at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. He soon became a teacher

and coach at Woodstock (Ill.) High School before coming to Knoxville. Beginning in 1913, only three years after the school was born, he taught chemistry and mathematics for five years and then became principal of Knoxville High School in 1918. The school enrolled 646 (grades 8-10) when it opened in the fall of 1910. There were 800 students when he became principal and 2,300 in 1950-51 when the school board decided it was too large and created smaller regional high schools at Fulton, East, West and South. Only four other principals had preceded Evans at KHS: W.J. Barton (19101912), H.M. Woods (1913), Samuel Hixson (1914-1916) and E.E. Patton (1916-1918). Evans’ students regarded him as both an inspiration and a role model. Evans gave this earnest advice to each incoming freshman class: ■■Study at home, ■■Be attentive in class, ■■Be honest, ■■Have an ideal. Community spirit was a hallmark of Evans’ leadership. In his long career he never resorted to corporal punishment, but rather used the “heart-to-heart conference method” with his students, and he extend-

Chuck James swaps stories with past KOC board president Dr. Michelle Lanter Brewer at the opera dinner.

Shown with his wife, Helen Stewart Evans, near the time of his retirement, Principal William E. Evans served Knoxville High School from 1918 to 1951. His character-building influence helped more than 16,000 KHS graduates to achieve successful careers and dedicated community service. Photograph courtesy of

the McClung Historical Collection, Knoxville Journal Archive

ed the method to their parents when necessary. His handling of an impending problem in the 1930s is typical of his keen understanding of youth. The Theta Kappa Omega fraternity was organized at the school. Evans knew secret organizations did not belong in high schools. Instead of using threats and anger, he organized groups of other kinds – debating teams and Hi-Y, home economics, art, photography, hiking, future teachers and other clubs. These met the

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ists going to New York City when five overall winners are chosen.” Three judges came to Knoxville – braving the snow and enduring the cold – to conduct the competition last weekend. The Knoxville Opera Guild hosted a potluck dinner for guild and board members to meet the judges and show their appreciation. Maestro Brian Salesky was present, with guild president Eden McNabb Bishop conducting the evening’s festivities. Judges, all three first-timers in Knoxville although not new to judging the competition, were Keith Wolfe of Opera Birmingham; Melissa Wegner with the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Mark Gibson with the College of Conservatory Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Gibson, one of the judges for the competition, gets some refreshments from guild member Robin Gold.

FAITH NOTES Community services ■■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-7 p.m. each second Tuesday and 1011 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, will distribute “Boxes of Blessings” (food) 9-11

ship in 1939, 1941 and 1951. Evans’ progressive ideas on education and character building surely equaled or surpassed other principals of his time. He turned out graduates who went on to attend Harvard, Yale and MIT and to become leaders themselves in various fields. Many prominent Knoxvillians and executives throughout the country were positively influenced under his tutelage. Until a week before his death, Evans was in apparent good health. He suffered a heart attack and entered Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 30, 1957, and passed away of a second attack late Tuesday night, Dec. 3, 1957. He was survived by his wife, Helen Stewart Evans, and four sons, Col. William Stewart Evans, Col. Richard E. Evans, John A. Evans and Tom H. Evans. Dr. John H. McKinnon officiated at his services at First Presbyterian Church preceding his interment at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In touching the lives of more than 16,000 students who attended the school during his years of service, William E. Evans made a contribution to his community and the nation matched by very few – well done, good and faithful servant.

Co-director of the opera competition Phyllis Driver welcomes opera supporter Doug McKamey to dinner. Photos by Sherri Gardner

Welcoming the judges Knoxville Opera Company has had no shortage of stars to come from these humble Tennessee hills – from the iconic Mary Costa and Delores Ziegler, to such talents as Cheryl Studer, Roy Smith and Kristen Lewis – just to name a few. And since everybody has to have that “start,” there are competitions every year to pick the best of the area, who then go on to compete regionally and, possibly, nationally. Phyllis Driver, a longtime KOC and KOC Guild member and supporter, is co-director of these annual auditions. “We alternate between Nashville and Knoxville,” explains Driver, “bringing in renowned judges to listen to young singers under the age of 30. The winners go on to the district level, then the Southeast regionals, with those final-

diverse interests of his pupils, and the secret fraternity died a natural death after dwindling in membership for two years. One of his science teachers observed, “He met and resolved disciplinary and other problems before they got too far along. He gave students so much of good to do that they had little time to think of doing wrong.” The Knoxville High School Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion was the pride of the school. Founded after

World War I, the unit was frequently inspected and received high ratings. There was keen competition for officer positions in the four companies and the band each year. These ROTCtrained officers and men made a considerable contribution in many theaters during World War II. For example, all four of Evans’ sons made their contribution to the war effort as all of them were pilots or crew members in the Air Force. High school changed dramatically during his years as principal. It changed from strictly academic schools to become comprehensive and specialized. At Knoxville High School, a three-piece orchestra expanded to over 70 pieces, small choral groups grew to huge concert organizations and competition between schools grew from debating teams only to football, basketball, track and other sports. The Knoxville High Trojans football team claimed the state championship in 1930 and the national championship in 1932. Always a power, the “Blue and White” set a record by capturing the state football championship again in 1942, 1943 and 1944. And the Trojans won the state basketball champion-

a.m., or until boxes are gone, Saturday, Jan. 14. One box per household. Info: 689-4829. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each third Saturday. Free to those in the 37912/37849 ZIP code area.

Classes/meetings ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service)

The green beans were a hit at the potluck dinner. Filling plates are Paula McMorran and Dr. David Snow.

Knoxville Opera Guild president Eden McNabb Bishop introduces Phyllis Driver at a dinner to welcome audition judges to Knoxville. Driver is the co-director of the auditions.

Former guild president and current KOC board member Chuck James enjoys the dinner conversation.

A smorgasbord of good food awaited the diners. Going through the line are judges Keith Wolfe and Melissa Wegner with guild member Evelyn Hopp. noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. The support group is offered for those who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Cost: $15 for workbook. Info: 689-5175. ■■ Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, hosts Recovery at Powell each Thursday. Dinner, 5:45 p.m.; worship, 6:30; groups, 7:40. The program

embraces people who struggle with addiction, compulsive behaviors, loss and life challenges. Info: or 938-2741.

Special services ■■ St. Paul UMC Fountain City, 4014 Garden Drive, hosts Agape Café each fourth Wednesday. Dinner is served 5:30-7 p.m., and the public is invited. Jan. 25 program: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Ina Hughs will speak on the church in transition. Info: 687-2952 or

Powell/Norwood Shopper news • January 11, 2017 • A-7

News from Office of Register of Deeds

December caps off strong 2016 By Sherry Witt Price






BIZ NOTES ■■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association meets 11:45 a.m. each second Wednesday, Central Baptist Church fellowship hall. President is John Fugate, or 688-0062. ■■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet noon Tuesday, Jan. 17, Beaver Brook Country Club. Speaker: Janet S. Hayes, an attorney who specializes in employment law. President is Michelle Wilson, michelle. or 594-7434. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association meets noon each second Tuesday, Jubilee Banquet Facility. President is Bart Elkins, or 859-9260. ■■ Roger Ball and Dr. Carroll Rose have joined the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) board of trustees. Lynn Duncan, who served on the board in the early 2000s before joining the division of University Advancement, has rejoined the board following her retirement. ■■ Dr. William L. Harvey has joined Tennova’s medical staff and has opened his practice at Tennova Primary Care – Turkey Creek. Harvey specializes in caring for men, women and children ages 6 and older. Info: 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682). ■■ Lisa Hood Skinner has been named Director of Development at Sertoma Center of Knoxville. She was 2014 president of the Sertoma Center board and has served since 2009 in various board positions and on the MyLife Foundation board.

■■ Amber Price, Rusty Curtis, Jennifer Shepherd and Melanie Smith have received promotions within Y-12 Federal Credit Union. Price has been promoted to director of marketing. Curtis was promoted to regional branch Skinner Smith manager, overseeing branches ways to donate: purchase a in Sevierville, Roane County donation coupon when shopand Clinton. Shepherd was ping at Food City; make a dopromoted to regional branch nation at any Knoxville area manager, overseeing the Home Federal Bank location; Eagleton and Alcoa branches send a check to: Project Help, in Blount County and the P.O. Box 59017, Knoxville, TN two branches in Campbell 37950; or check the donation County. Smith was promoted box on your next KUB bill to branch manager for the Oak for a one-time donation or Ridge Branch. monthly pledge. Project Help ■■ Candlewood Suites-Knoxof East Tennessee is a 501(c) ville hotel recently received (3) organization, and all donathe IHG (InterContinental tions are tax-deductible. Hotels Group) 2016 Quality Excellence Award, given to hotels achieving distinction in all aspects of their operations. ■■ KUB customers who enroll in paperless billing by Feb. 28 may receive a $5 gift card to one of 25 participating retailers. To enroll, visit kub .org and register or log in to your account. Click on “Billing Options” and follow the instructions. ■■ The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority is adopting a new look and feel to its website, FlyKnoxville. com. The upgraded website highlights the most soughtout airport information, such as flight status, new airport maps, a trip cost calculator and ground transportation, which includes ride-sharing opportunities. ■■ KUB’s Project Help campaign, which provides emergency heating assistance to those in need, will run through Feb. 3 and offers four

The final month of 2016 brought a nice ending to a very good year for local real estate and lending markets. In December, 1,020 property transfers were recorded in Knox County. Although that was just short of the number of sales registered last December, it was slightly more than the November total. About $244 million worth of land was transferred last month, compared to just under $287 million in December 2015. The total value of properties sold, however, increased nearly 13 percent between 2015 and 2016. Mortgage lending in December was ahead of the November pace, but below levels of a year ago. Last month, approximately $352 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County, compared to $346 million in November. Lower rates produced nearly $433 million in mortgages and refinancing in December 2015.

The largest real estate transfer in December involved the sale of multiple self-storage facilities in the area, which were sold to Self-Storage Portfolio II for a total price of just over $17.5 million. A Deed of Trust in the amount of Sherry Witt $18,975,000 financing the transfer was also the largest mortgage loan of the month. All in all, 2016 outperformed 2015 in virtually every statistical category. The total value of property sold for the year was just over $3.05 billion. By comparison, 2015 produced about $2.71 billion in real estate sales. Mortgage lending in Knox County saw about a $350 million increase during 2016 as well, to the tune of nearly $4.35 billion. On behalf of all of us at the Register of Deeds office, we hope you have a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Project to aid in job interviews By Tom King

■■ Kevin Perry is the city’s new community outreach manager in the Community Relations Department. He graduated from Austin-East High School and earned Perry a master’s degree in biblical studies and theology from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. In 2001, he and his wife, Natalia, founded Word of Life Ministries.

“Serving Humanity” is the theme for Rotary International President John F. Germ’s year as the worldw ide leader of Rotary. The Tom King Mainstream Committee of the Rotary Club of Knoxville has a project this month that speaks to serving humanity here. The Mainstream Committee is composed of the ■■ The Knox County Health club’s newest members, and Department is offering a free this year’s committee chair Diabetes Management Series, is Amy Sherrill, partner and 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12-26, principal architect at BeneKCHD auditorium, 140 Damfield Richters Architects. eron Ave. Individuals with a And how are they servdiagnosis of Type 2 diabetes ing humanity? Amy’s club or pre-diabetes and their fammembers will be donating ily members are encouraged professional-style clothing to attend. Info/registration: during January to the Vol215-5170. unteer Ministry Center and the YWCA for their respective clients to use when going out on job interviews. “There are people at how putting good habits both the Volunteer Minisinto practice will help with sleeping. The cost of each workshop is $54, but discounts are IT’S TIME TO STOCK YOUR POND! available. Preregistration Delivery Will Be: and payment are required: Friday, January 27 457-8237 or Camille@ Knoxville 8:45-9:30

try Center and the YWCA – men and women – who are s t r u g g l i ng and trying to get their lives back on track and back to normal and they need jobs,” Amy said. Amy Sherrill “They need clothes to look nice for their interviews.” The committee is collecting business suits, shoes, belts, ties, jackets and sport coats, and skirts, pants and blouses for women. “These men and women are basically starting their lives over,” she added. “They have very little, especially when it comes to dressing appropriately for job interviews. It’s about helping them feel good about them-

selves.” She said plans are to have a “boutique-style” rummage sale day where Rotary volunteers will help women shop for the clothes at the YWCA – except no money will change hands, only clothes. ■■ Farragut Middle

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A new Interact Club is about to get off the ground at Farragut Middle School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Farragut. Its first meeting will be Jan. 23. Nancy Welch, co-chair of Youth Service for Farragut Rotary, will work with the club as it begins its work. Interact gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year.

Watson to lead healthy living workshops Camille Watson, holistic health coach, is offering two workshops in January at Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd. in Clinton. ■■“Cook’s Workshop: Warming Soups and Stews” class, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Watson will

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A-8 • January 11, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news

Adjustable aspect of recruiting

How to achieve ‘red to the roots’

Looking ahead instead of behind … The dead period in college football recruiting is ending. It was in place to protect coaches of bowl Like a football team that Nick Pavlis, Nick Della Vol- teams from being overtakgoes for a touchdown in the pe and George Wallace are en by coaches with time on not ideologues. While they waning minutes of a 50-12 their hands. game, rumbles have begun would probably be comfortThe turn of the calendar that the state’s legislaable wearing the label of means Tennessee can retive GOP supermajority is fiscal conservative, none of sume pursuit of young tallooking to take over the last them is cut from the same ent supposedly better than cloth as the county’s most frontiers left for them to what it has in the bank. conquer – city governments outspoken right-wingers. Butch Jones and associPavlis, who has served and school boards. ates assembled a strange four four-year stints on the preliminary list of threecouncil, refused to knuckle star commitments while under to NRA activists who looking all around for more Betty flooded the audience to pro- famous names. This is the Bean test the city’s opposition to controversial shotgun ap“guns in parks” legislation. proach to recruiting, based Della Volpe is a strong on bountiful travel budgets How? By making those neighborhood advocate. – go here and there and look elections partisan. And that Wallace, who has inherat everybody, extend scholwould be a mistake. (Let’s ited wealth and runs a pros- arship offers to 300 possisave the school boards disperous real estate business, bilities and hope to hit a top cussion for another day.) has surprised his skeptics 25 as permitted by NCAA The state’s four largest with his moderate views restrictions. cities (Nashville, Memphis, and willingness to listen. Each time the collection Knoxville and Chattanooga) Brenda Palmer, Daniel appears complete, a better all have Democratic mayors Brown, Duane Grieve and possibility suddenly develand generally vote that way Finbarr Saunders are all ops an interest in Tennesin national elections. Democrats, although (and see. To create space, one Naturally, this cannot be I’m going out on a limb of the early commitments tolerated by a GOP estabhere) they probably weren’t mysteriously goes away. lishment that controls the among the crowd that was Hard to tell if 18-year-olds governor’s office, walkout feeling the Bern last fall. read tea leaves precisely majorities in both houses of They’re business-friend- or coaches suggest looking the General Assembly, both ly, mindful of neighborhood U.S. Senate seats, seven interests and moderate in of nine Congressional disapproach. tricts and county commisMarshall Stair, the son of sions from Pickett to Polk a prominent West Knoxville counties. family, fits the profile of a But pulling off such a Republican. He hasn’t said Former GOP state chair coup could be harder to do much about party affiliaRyan Haynes will become than to talk about if Knoxtion, but did confirm (to head of the Wine and Spirville – probably the most this reporter) that he is a its Wholesalers and will Republican of Big Four citDemocrat. Stair is also a fis- not be a candidate for loies – is any example. cal conservative who looks cal office in Knox County Knoxville Mayor Madout for neighborhoods. anytime soon or ever if this eline Rogero is a lifelong Mark Campen likes bebecomes his career path. Democrat who enjoys ing independent. As such he will replace the strong support from her “We’re just trying to fabled Col. Tom Hensley of nine-member city council, make Knoxville better. To Jackson, known for years whose members are elected make it more partisan like among legislators as “the on a non-partisan basis. the county is, it will just Golden Goose.” Hensley In her first run for office, create factions.” also worked closely with the she handily beat all comers Wallace, who was presMiss Tennessee pageant in in the primary, including ent at the city’s breakfast Jackson. a well-known Republican meeting for the Knox Hensley had been a fixformer officeholder and a County legislative delegature in the Legislature for Democrat who was suption, noted some tension over 50 years. Whether this ported by Republicans in among conservative turns out to be a 30-year job the runoff. legislators when Rogero for Haynes or not remains This year’s Knoxville asked them to stay out of to be seen, but compensacity council elections may Knoxville diversity issues. tion (while not public) is prove to be a better testing He said he wishes that were very comfortable and is in ground for GOP ambitions. not the case. the six-digit range. Haynes But it’s probably not going “There’s trepidation on a served as state representato be easy, and even if some lot of these issues, but we’re tive from Farragut for five Republicans get elected, in the trenches here, and years and will maintain a they are unlikely to be the our issues are not partisan.” residence in both Knoxville red meat, Trump-supportIf the Legislature tries and Nashville. He has a law ing kind. to make city elections pardegree. Take the sitting council, tisan, expect vigorous local ■■ The big news in for example: Republicans opposition. Knoxville’s legal community is that prominent, highly regarded attorney L. Caesar Stair III, 72, father of City Council member MarAndrea Kline, an Elder Abuse Unit prosecutor with shall Stair, has retired as a the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, will speak partner of Bernstein Stair to the Halls Republican Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. and McAdams law firm 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry and is now of counsel. This Gap Pike. Come early for refreshments. means his law practice has Since its inception in October 2014, the DA’s Elder been sharply curtailed and Abuse Unit has reviewed over 1,600 cases with nearly he no longer is a partner in 900 referrals made during last year alone. It is the first the firm. unit of its kind in the state of Tennessee. Stair’s retirement folThe club will elect 2017 officers. lows well-respected atto-

Marvin West

around for more favorable playing opportunities. Prep players, relatives, girlfriends and high school coaches are often befuddled or offended by the shuffle. They have told all their friends about the scholarship at Tennessee. Even worse than the embarrassment, they are sometimes left to learn of changing plans through osmosis. One father said coaches never said anything. They simply stopped calling his son. He took that as a clue. Recruiting travels a twoway street. Future stars, apparently dedicated and all locked in, may succumb to rival lures and simply walk away, leaving terrible voids and fever blisters. Recruiting is a cruel and often heartless sport. Promises don’t count until signed in blood and legally notarized – or the young man enrolls in school.

Securing that December commitment from Trey Smith, best offensive lineman in the state and maybe America, did not eliminate all alarm among experienced recruiting followers. It appears there are holes in the fence that Butch built around his turf. Clemson is causing consternation. Texas A&M has invaded. Alabama is a constant threat. LSU and Oklahoma think they have one each of ours. Others are circling like hawks, looking for a free lunch. In times past, Tennessee recruiters went elsewhere due to the perceived shortage of talent in our state. Now the shoe is on the other foot. In some cases, there are disagreements about how good is a certain prep player and how much does it matter which college he chooses. There is no disagreement about wide receiver Tee Higgins of Oak Ridge. The Vols know he is good. Clemson has him. There are whispers about academic shortages. The Tigers haven’t noticed. Amari Rodgers of Knoxville Catholic, son of exVol Tee Martin, never has shown deep interest in Ten-

nessee. Clemson wins again. Clemson success is relevant. Are there secret recruiting weapons? Dan Brooks is no secret. He is associate head coach. He was a key man with Phillip Fulmer for 15 years. Marion Hobby is a sharp Tiger who played at Tennessee. Both know which interstate exits to take and a lot of people who live nearby. John Chavis, once a gritty Volunteer, longtime defensive coach for Fulmer, crosses state lines while wearing a Texas A&M shirt. He signed two from Tennessee last winter that UT didn’t make much fuss about. He is back, trying to take someone Tennessee wants. Maybe you’ve read and fretted about de-commitments. They make headlines but should be evaluated carefully. Ten who said they would be Volunteers have since said so long and are going elsewhere. Sometimes that means better prospects have appeared. If more emerge, others will clear out. It is the law of the recruiting jungle. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

Ex-GOP chair joins private sector

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ney Bernard Bernstein, who retired several years ago from the same firm, located in West Knoxville’s Bearden on Agnes Street. Stair will maintain an office there.  His specialty has been divorces, and virtually every affluent  individual (and some not so  affluent)  in Knoxville who had marital issues sought him out to be their attorney or, in the alternative, hoped the other spouse did not retain his services. He was that good. His older son, Caesar Stair IV, continues working at the firm. He was superb in maintaining confidentiality with well-known clients who were often a who’s who in Knoxville and often getting positive results for his clients. His civic leadership over the years in the arts has been outstanding and tireless, heading up both the Knoxville Museum of Art and Knoxville Opera at different times. He has been an advocate along with his wife, Dorothy, of historic preservation.  Their home, Hilltop Farm, on Lyons View

Pike celebrated its 100th birthday and has one of the most spectacular views in Knoxville of both the Tennessee River and the mountains. The home was originally acquired by his parents. It has been the site of major fundraising events for charities in Knoxville. Govs. Ned McWherter, Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam have all been guests there, as well as George W. Bush before he became president. Stair was a strong advocate and proponent in the early 1990s of the creation of Lakeshore Park. He was a major player, along with Tom McAdams, in placing it on the city agenda. He even went to Nashville to lobby then-Gov. McWherter on the project. He is a 1962 graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn., and  a 1966 graduate of Yale University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as an officer. ■■ Beth Harwell was re-elected House speaker last week after a closer than anticipated vote among Republicans of 40 to 30 over Loudon County’s popular state Rep.  Jimmy Matlock. It will be interesting to see how she appoints members to committees and whether she attempts to punish those who opposed her. With a secret ballot, it is not possible for her to know the

identity of all who opposed her or pledged their support to both candidates. However, the smartest move she might make is to announce all 74 GOP members are on the same team and she would not sideline any member who opposed her in committee appointments. That would shock her rivals who expect retribution and go a long way toward healing the divisions which exist. It would help her if she seeks another term as speaker in 2018 or runs for governor that year. ■■ Mayor Madeline Rogero a week ago  on Jan. 4 opened her annual legislative breakfast to the public. Last year she tried to close it, got criticized and learned from the criticism by not repeating it this year. She deserves a compliment for transparency on this, in contrast to UT President Joe DiPietro, who misled the media as to the purpose of his legislative breakfast as he closed the meeting to the public. Rogero included the whole city council and several city directors, such as David Brace. Rogero often learns from her errors and does not repeat them. ■■ U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan made the front page of the Jan. 4 issue of USA Today when he was sworn into office for his 15th term.

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Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s 12-week program can help you By Carol Z. Shane Among those who’ve made sweeping changes to their lives, you’ll often hear this saying, “I’d just had enough of having enough.” Now, in the post-Christmas, dreary days of January, many East Tennesseans are contemplating their own conditions. Whether it’s from overindulgence in holiday goodies or a lifelong struggle with weight, many have undoubtedly decided they’ve “had enough of having enough.” Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s Training for Life (TFL) program can help. Now entering the 24th session of the popular, highly effective program, Tennova’s personal trainers are the experts you need to guide you toward a lifetime of health and fitness. “This program continues to inspire our personal training team every year,” says Nicole Yarbrough, Tennova’s executive fitness manager and coordinator of TFL. “We average over 50 participants per session. I am very proud of this program and the difference we have made in the lifestyle changes of so many!” The 12-week weight management program is in its 12th highly successful year. Each trainer leads a small group of three to five members, allowing for great discounts in training while accounting for the personal needs of the individual. Group mem-

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bers enjoy camaraderie and friendship, increasing motivation and incentive. Participants receive a total of 34 hours with a trainer, plus five classroom-style sessions in basic nutrition and food log reviews. Exercises focus on high-calorieburning weights and cardio to build lean muscle mass and help improve metabolism, cardiovascular health and strength. Workouts are tailored in intensity to

the individual. And, as always, your safety is assured. A Tennova personal trainer will make sure you maintain proper form and avoid injury, all the while keeping each workout as effective as possible. “We believe a little friendly competition yields motivation,” says trainer Muna RodriguezTaylor. Your team will be competing with the other teams. Results will be taken on averages

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Tennova Health & Fitness Center offers imaginative, fun workouts. These participants are using a TRX suspension trainer and their own body weight for a great workout!

Tennova Health & Fitness Training for Life trainers list these results which they know to be possible and realistic: ■ 10-20 pounds of weight loss ■ 10-30 inches trimmed ■ 50-80 percent increase in muscular strength ■ 50-80 percent improved cardiovascular endurance ■ Increased energy and improved metabolism Results may vary. Consult your physician before physical activity.

and percentage improvement in was hard work but fun at the various tests. Any individual who same time. It helped me make recompletes the 12-week program alistic goals and showed me how will receive a Training for Life to reach them. I now know how T-shirt. Those who attend all 34 to keep going on my own and sessions will be given a gym bag. have the desire to do so. I made The team with the best good friends. I really did enjoy results at it even the end though I The current session begins of the 12 whined!” w e e k s Y e s , Monday, Jan. 23, with a will each whining is discount offered if you win a oneallowed. hour reBut you’ll register before Jan. 16. la xation be having massage. so much The individual with the fun and experiencing so much greatest improvements excitement getting in the best at the end of the 12-week shape of your life that you’ll soon program will receive leave that behind. three months of FREE So if you’ve had enough of membership for their having enough, now’s the time hard work. to say “enough!” Call Tennova Lynne Palmer, a 2016 Health & Fitness at 865-859participant, says, “TFL 7909 today.

The Training for Life participant’s responsibilities include: ■ Listen and be honest with your trainer and dietary staff. If an exercise causes pain or abnormal discomfort, say so. Give the most accurate account of your dietary intake. ■ Attend all sessions. The nutritional session may not be at your normal training time, so some effort may need to be made to change your schedule. There are no refunds or makeup sessions; you know all of your days and times from the start. Consistency leads to success.

■ Meet with your trainer within the first, sixth, and twelfth week to get measured for your pre- and post-program results. This will take about 20-30 minutes for each session and should be done before exercise. ■ Keep up with your own food and exercise journal. Log all of your meals, snacks and beverages. We will give you sample journals. Bring your log for your trainer to review at each workout. ■ Work hard and have fun!

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