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See how to run By Nick Della Volpe Should you seek one of the five Knoxville City Council seats up for election this year? The primary is just seven months away. You and your family must decide if you have the time and the inclination to serve. To start: Della Volpe Examine your district boundaries at Visit knoxvotes. org for rules and forms. Get a petition signed by at least 25 registered voters from your district (get 50 to be safe). Appoint a treasurer before you raise or spend the first dime. Ground game: Plan how you reach potential voters and persuade them to support you by their votes, campaign contributions, signs, and by contacting others to support you. That’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down. You have to ask people to vote for you. Talk to them in person if possible or use your phone, email or other social media. Recruit friends to help. Find the active voters. Of roughly 20,000 people in your district, fewer than 3,000 will actually vote. Get a disc of the regular voters from the election office and get your message to them. Money: How do you ask friends and strangers to cough up dough for your campaign? It feels kind of creepy. You hate to be a mooch. ... Get over it! You will need to raise at least $10,000 to buy several hundred signs, send two or three voter mail-outs, and maybe buy a few radio and newspaper ads. Name Recognition: Most folks will not be focused on the race until voting time is at hand (August primary and November general). Repetition means recognition. Save your main bucks for showtime. But To page A-3

Sherri’s photo feature:

The Glass Guys

The “art” of Dogwood Arts Festival took center stage last weekend with the re-scheduled open house for the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday. An impressive collection from glass artists who call the East Tennessee region home was expertly showcased at the organization’s new offices.

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January 18, 2017

‘Skinny park’ coming to Powell Middle

This land in front of Powell Middle School will be landscaped and maintained as a linear park along the greenway. The power poles and old fence (on the right) will be removed. Photos by S. Clark

By Sandra Clark A new fence at Powell Middle School, installed to enhance security, created an opportunity for the Powell Business & Professional Association to add landscaping in front of the campus and create Hannah Thress Noll and Keith Thress a “skinny” or linear park along adjacent to the soccer field. Emory Road. Thress Nursery Gardens will install trees and shrubs and the ley is asking Knox County to mePBPA’s Enhance Powell commit- ander it through the new park. tee will install picnic tables, said Doug Bataille, senior director of committee chair Justin Bailey. Parks & Rec for Knox County, alThe sidewalk already extends in ready maintains community tenfront of the school, although Bai- nis courts at the rear of the middle

talk with PMS assistant principal Steve York about adding shade trees

school campus and maintains the Emory Road greenway from Powell High School to Powell Middle. He identified the land at PMS as a potential expanded skate park, but school leaders rejected that

idea. The principals did, however, agree that the new fence could be set back, creating space for passive recreation. To page A-3

Landscaping project comes to life By Sandra Clark Hearty back-slaps and big grins were in order as the Powell Business & Professional Association presented a check for $5,497 for landscaping to Knox County at the PBPA meeting last week. Jim Snowden, assistant director of Engineering & Public Works, accepted the funds. Kim Severance thanked the PBPA “for holding this money sacred for almost 10 years,” and Snowden said the landscaping

project on Emory Road at I-75 was the vision of Lillian Williams, who “raised matching funds for the grant back in 2008 and 2009.” “I’m just thankful I lived to see this,” said Williams. Snowden said more than 60 trees and shrubs will be planted on state right-of-way at I-75 and Emory Road by Volunteer Erosion Control, a county vendor. He expects to have everything installed by mid-April. As time wore on, costs escalated. The win-

ning bid was $40,532 for a project that was estimated at $27,485 to be split 80/20 between the state and PBPA. Knox County kicked in $13,047 to make the difference. (The state’s portion is $21,988 and PBPA’s part is $5,497.) Severance thanked Snowden for his persistence. “You are too kind,” he said. “I just did my job.” Snowden said plantings will include evergreens and dogwood trees. The contracTo page A-3

‘Supremes’ singer Mary Wilson to visit Knoxville By Carol Z. Shane Pop singers come and go, some trailing clouds of glory, some disappearing after their allotted 15 minutes. Few have as generous a heart as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, who will perform as part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s News Sentinel Pops Series on Feb. 4. Wilson has graciously agreed to appear as a guest speaker at the Sister to Sister conference of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Knoxville Chapter (NCBW, Greater Knoxville) at the Phyllis Wheatley Center earlier that same day.

It all started when Joshalyn Hundley, newly elected vice president of resource and development for the organization and vice president of community development at Mary Wilson First Tennessee Bank, noticed that the date of Wilson’s performance coincided with the conference. Hundley says, “One of my primary roles is to search for opportunities that align with the NCBW’s mission.”

She spoke with Jennifer Barnett Harrell, the KSO’s director of education and community partnerships, with whom she’d worked on MLK Day events. Harrell advised her to submit a written request, and she would forward it to Wilson’s team. Hundley handed the assignment to Delores Mitchell, human resources manager for Lowe’s in Knoxville and president of NCBW, Greater Knoxville. “I wrote the proposal,” says Mitchell, “and the KSO did the rest.” “The KSO has been a superb long-term partner with the Martin Luther King Jr. of Greater Knoxville Commission, where I also

serve as a commissioner,” says Hundley. “The orchestra is known as a pillar in our community with a reputation of inclusiveness, which encouraged me to reach out.” With its Knoxville chapter established as a 501(c)(3) organization in July 2015, the NCBW is an advocacy group for women of color in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. The Sister to Sister conference will focus on HIV/AIDS, body image, breast and other cancer risks, sex and abstinence, date rape and domestic abuse.

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The gift of healing Fort Sanders Regional chaplains and Stephen Ministers help ease pain Nine days before Christmas, hospital chaplain Randy Tingle was checking his list – twice. After all, finding anything in his office at that time of year is next to impossible. Bags full of gifts were scattered all about, making it difficult to get behind his desk inside Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The bags, containing gifts for children or grandchildren of the hospital’s employees, were part of FSRMC’s annual “Angel Tree” campaign. As hospital chaplain, Tingle collects and distributes the gifts every year. “It’s a treat and a mess every year,” he said with a smile. “I get the privilege of being the one who hands them out and organizes them coming in, but I don’t do the work of buying them. I take the angels in, not knowing how I’m going to serve them, and the employees really come through. Our environmental services department did several angels, the radiology department did six angels and the doctors provided for 10 kids.” But handing out holiday gifts isn’t the only service provided by FSRMC’s chaplain’s office. Tingle stays busy working with three oncall pastors and others to help attend to the spiritual needs of patients, employees and families through bedside visits, thriceweekly worship services, daily prayer services and special seasonal services for Christmas and Easter. The chaplain’s office also holds a yearly memorial service for families of palliative care patients who have died. Tingle’s duties also include the dis-

On top of his other duties, Fort Sanders Regional Chaplain Randy Tingle coordinates the hospital’s participation in the Angel Tree campaign.

tribution of daily devotionals, stocking the hospital’s chapel with helpful information, keeping each patient room stocked with Gideon Bibles and working with 1,000 registered clergy from the community to help them better serve their congregants. The 45-minute worship services Tingle holds in the hospital’s chapel twice each Wednesday and once on Sundays include devotional time, hymn singing and prayer. “What’s powerful about the services here is that you’re preaching to a specific population,” he says. “In a church, you’ve got all kinds of things going on, but when you know everybody in the room is dealing with a stroke, you can share in a little more

poignant way.” Tingle’s office serves those of any faith and can provide a rabbi, a priest, an imam, or other spiritual adviser including some Spanish-speaking clergy. “Our role as chaplains is a little bit more ‘clinical’ in that we meet the person where they’re at, wherever their faith walk is,” he says. “We’re there to serve them no matter the doctrine or theology iand to walk with them in that setting. For the most part, it’s trauma care, crisis care. It’s helping folks get through the heat of the moment, whatever it is that’s going on with them.” Occasionally he’ll perform communion, but said he’s often reluctant because his parish pa-

Chaplains lend aid, comfort to wildfire victims A day after the horrific Gatlinburg wildfires, Fort Sanders Regional chaplain Randy Tingle was witnessing its terrible toll as he and other clergy offered aid and comfort to patients at Covenant Health’s sister facility, LeConte Medical Center. Tingle was one of several Covenant Health chaplains and local clergy who visited LeConte in the days after the wildfires that claimed 14 lives, injured 191 and caused an estimated $500 million in damages. Throughout the night of the fires, LeConte Medical Center became a hub of activity as rescue workers brought in patient after patient. During the time Tingle was there, he worked alongside three nurses who lost their houses, “and all three of them worked that day,” Tingle said. “They said, ‘I can sit around and worry about this or I can work.’ So they were there being a nurse and taking care of people.” Meanwhile, back at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, employees were filling the hospital’s chapel with hygiene products, clothes, water, food and other items collected for families in need. “It took several pickup loads to get it all down to LeConte,” said Tingle, adding that being able to provide tan-

gible assistance helps a community pull together. “That’s what happens in a disaster – it makes us feel better to be able to respond in a tangible way.”

An update: How to help Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Sevier County, surrounding communities and even other states, LeConte Medical Center’s warehouse is at storage capacity and currently is no longer accepting in-kind donations for wildfire victims. However, the Sevier county community will need additional items in the future. Please do hold any items you have generously collected, and contact the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation at 865-446-9627 to let them know what type of items you have gathered. They can help you schedule a delivery to the warehouse if space becomes available. LeConte Medical Center is still filling care package requests for those who need the clothing and other essential items available in their warehouse. If you know of anyone who needs assistance from the warehouse or if you are seeking ongoing volunteer opportunities to help those affected by the wildfires, go to www.lecontemedicalcenter .com for information.

tients might have swallowing issues. “When I first came I didn’t think about those things, and I got trained by the nurses,” he recalls with a chuckle. “I’ve learned you have to be very careful and get permission.” He also has performed a half-dozen weddings and does one or two baptisms a year. Between those duties and other campaigns like United Way and Covenant Health’s WeCare drive for employees in need, it’s little wonder that Tingle and his three on-call chaplains rely heavily on a small army of volunteers known as Stephen Ministers. Together they try and visit every person admitted to Fort Sanders Regional, with referrals coming from the hospital’s doctors or nursing staff, particularly in oncology, cardiology and palliative care. “We’re at about a 90 percent rate at seeing all the admitted patients,” says Tingle, adding that he personally visits 12 to 15 patients a day, and he and his Stephen Ministers made 12,500 visits last year alone. A third of his Stephen Ministers are former patients looking to “give back.” All have undergone 50 hours of training in pastoral care basics and developing skills such as listening to patients and understanding their own counseling techniques. Tingle currently has about 40 Stephen Ministers on the roster, about half of whom are actively giving the minimum four hours a month. Others volunteer as much as 15 hours a week. When the latest Stephen Ministry class is commissioned, he will have 10 more Ste-

phen Ministers to help. “Stephen Ministers are a huge, huge help,” Tingle says. “We wouldn’t be a department without them.” Tingle said that while the Stephen Ministers’ role is not counseling, they “come with a counseling spirit or compassion.” As an example, he notes that Stephen Ministers’ 30-second to two-minute visit is largely informational, telling the patients about worship times, how to contact the chaplain’s office, contacting their church family if desired, and just letting them know they’re available if the patient needs them. “Stephen Ministers are for the folks who need a prayer, folks who need a listening ear, folks who are just going through a rough time. Anytime someone’s in acute care it’s not necessarily the diagnosis that bothers them – it’s the other stuff going on in their life.” Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, all faith groups, “retired teachers, retired professors, actively working insurance agents, pastoral counselors, and even a former hospital chief nursing officer. The professional nature of these folks, the intelligence of them, the gifts that they have just in terms of serving is amazing,” says Tingle. For more information about FSRMC’s Pastoral Services, visit For more information about the Stephen Ministry opportunities, call the chaplain’s office at (865) 331-1235.

Care for dying: FSRMC launches No One Dies Alone In 1986, a dying patient asked Sandra Clarke, a nurse at a hospital in Eugene, Ore., to stay with him. The busy nurse promised she would do so as soon as she finished her tasks with other patients. When she returned, the man had died. Alone. It was an event that triggered a national volunteer program that recognizes the right of every person not to die alone. The program, now in its 16th year, has been implemented at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after nurses there also recognized the need. “One of our case managers in oncology came to me and said, ‘You know we have about 10 deaths a year where there’s no family and nobody to be with them,’” said Randy Tingle, FSRMC’s chaplain. The nurses asked if one of FSRMC’s Stephen Ministers might be able to sit with patients in their last hours. At the time, Tingle didn’t think he had enough Stephen Ministers available to stay with patients for extended hours, and he knew the volunteers would need additional training. Tingle began researching the problem and discovered No One Dies Alone, the program launched by Clarke after her experience in Oregon. He also learned that the NODA program has been in place at Fort Sanders Regional’s sister facility, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, for six years. After customizing NODA’s training program, recruitment of volunteers began. Roughly half the first 26 NODA volunteers at Fort Sanders Regional are University of Tennessee students,

while the remainder are either Covenant Health volunteers or employees. “The biggest piece of this is teaching people how to listen and how not to worry about not ‘doing things.’ When you’re sitting for someone who’s dying, there’s really nothing you can do for them,” said Tingle. “What you can do is just be present and care for them and treat them with respect and dignity. A lot of times they just need someone there to hold their hand, moisten their lips and make sure they’re warm.” Tingle says there are myriad ways patients might find themselves facing their final hours alone. “Some are estranged from family, whether it be through addiction or just years of life,” he said. “A lot of times they have outlived all their family and there is nobody left to be with them in those last hours. And we get people who are traveling . . . and they wind up here in their last hours because they’re away from home when some crisis happens. “NODA provides a service to make sure patients get the respect and dignity that they deserve,” said Tingle. “We all have a right not to die alone … it doesn’t really matter what you think theologically, whether or not you believe God’s got their back or not. What matters is what’s going on around them. They deserve to have the dignity of having someone to hold their hand or be in the room with them.” For more information about NODA or to volunteer, call the chaplain’s office at (865) 331-1235.

To ALL of Our Volunteers - Thank You! For more than 50 years, members of the Fort Sanders Regional Volunteer Auxiliary have helped support the mission of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. During National Healthcare Volunteer Week, we recognize each of our volunteers for their selfless commitment to our patients, staff and doctors.


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Kari Sanders has a way with words and movement “At the age of 10, my mom told me about the power of the pen,” says Strawberry Plains resident Kari Sanders. “At that time I didn’t know how to express myself so I just held it in. Then, when all of my anger built up, I’d just blow up randomly. So my mom said, ‘Instead of holding things in and blowing up, write.’ And I did. I’ve been writing ever since.” Originally from Atlanta, Sanders is a young entrepreneur who writes, dances and performs under the name “Kari Werde Sanders,” taking her middle name from a form of the German word that means “to become” or “to turn into.” She’s performed poetry since the age of 13, when she won the First Word Youth Poetry Slam sponsored by the Chicago urban and hiphop radio station V-103. “I was able to perform at Earthlink Live Atlanta and did a commercial spot for (sitcom) ‘Girlfriends.’” Sanders is a fixture on the Knoxville poetry slam scene, appearing frequently at Big Fatty’s and the Open Chord, both on Kingston Pike. But she’s not just a “word nerd,” another self-descrip-

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tor. “I have been performing dance since the age of 6 or 7, learning in church. “When I was growing up, Atlanta was on the rise for entertainment and very well-known for its dance scene. I was introduced to all types of dance styles – jazz, African, ballet, contemporary, mime, you name it! I moved to Knoxville at the age of 21. The dance isn’t as much on the forefront but it’s definitely here!” And Sanders is doing her bit to help the art form grow. In addition to teaching Intro to Dance and Beginner Hip-Hop at Knoxville Fine Arts and Crafts Center, she’s now on the faculty of Inskip Elementary School. “My job came through another local artist, Michelle Gore, who does amazing painting and poetry. She invited me to come in and do a dance workshop for the children last summer. While doing the workshop, the co-

ordinator, Blaine Sample, observed and at the end, she offered me an interview.” Sanders not only teaches dance but also tutors through the UT-assisted Community Schools program. “In performing arts we teach dance, theater, music and circus. We are currently preparing for a performance in February for Black History Month alongside Austin East High School’s West African Drummers and Dance Troupe. At the end of the semester, we will do a musical production called ‘It’s a Jungle Out There.’ “In tutoring, we go over any curriculum the child is struggling with. We have at least three teachers in a classroom so that each child can get the proper enrichment.” Students’ schedules also include Spanish lessons, nutritional information, and learning about veggies, fruits, planting and harvesting in their school garden. All this fits right in with Sanders’ youthful energy and passion. She says, “It is still fairly new for Inskip Elementary, but it is definitely making a positive impact on the students, parents, faculty and community.”

Young Kari Sanders channels her passion for poetry and dance into enrichment for her community. Photo submitted

Mary Wilson

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Wilson, who with her fellow Supremes represented the height of glamour and sophistication during the golden days of Motown in the ’60s and ’70s, is herself a passionate advocate for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, traveling as a CultureConnect ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. On the U.S. Embassy website, she stresses the need for celebrities to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. “People listen to your songs. You can get their attention. “How sad this disease is. I’m not speaking as a victim. I’m speaking on the level that we all need to recognize Bart Elkins (standing) and Jim Snowden at the PBPA – there are all different approaches to take to get to that area of healing. meeting. We have to start right at the family, From page A-1 at the little girls. We’ve got to teach those little children how to survive, go on to live, and have a future.” tor will be responsible for the plants during the She has raised thousands of dolfirst year. The company will work from 9 a.m. to lars for AIDS awareness, and here 3 p.m. as a safety measure in the high-traffic area, in Knoxville, she’ll have her boots Kim Severance and Lillian Williams discuss the land- Snowden said. on the ground, walking the walk, scaping project at Emory Road and I-75.

Landscaping project

‘Skinny park’ Originally designed with black vinyl chain link, the fence was modified at the request of school board member Patti Bounds to have brick columns on the front with a wrought-iron look similar to the fence at West High School on Sutherland Avenue. The new fence is under construction and Thress Nursery Gardens is designing a landscape plan. Keith Thress said he and his family installed the maple trees near the school “about 30 years ago.” His daughter, Hannah, now a landscape designer, attended school at Powell Middle as did Bailey. Both played soccer.

From page A-1 It’s like coming full circle for the Thress family to enhance the land in front of the middle school. Keith Thress said trees on both sides of the new fence would look more natural. Assistant principal Steve York said he will talk with the soccer coaches. This writer has nudged the project forward. Benefits are “dressing up” the western entrance to Historic Powell Station, a quiet place for middle school students to socialize after school, and a resting place for adult walkers along the greenway. Anyone with suggestions for this area should call 865-661-8777.

when she speaks directly to some of those girls and their families. KSO executive director Rachel Ford says, “It is very kind of a celebrity like Mary Wilson to donate her time like this. We are looking forward to the KSO Pops performance that will feature Mary on Feb. 4 at the Civic Auditorium and are glad to have engaged an artist who cares about the community she’s visiting and is willing to volunteer her time to speak about important social issues.” “We believe that Mary Wilson is capable of speaking into the lives of our participants and can encourage those of us who are walking alongside of her championing these efforts,” says Hundley. “It was simply a gift from God that she agreed.” Info: about Mary Wilson’s work as a CultureConnect ambassador,; about the NCBW, 100blackwomen; for ticketes to the KSO’s Pops Series,

See how to run you will need signs earlier to let folks know you are running, and maybe pay for a mailout and/ or a meet-the-candidate gathering. Meanwhile, keep talking to people. Show up at community meetings. Ask for their vote. If you survive the August primary, you will then be running citywide – so yeah, more money is needed. Those last few weeks are a sprint with lots of additional ground to cover. Also, be sure to file the city and state financial disclosure reports on the schedule set by rules. Platform: This need not be formal. Why are you the best person for the job? What distinguishes you from the two or three other serious candidates in your primary? Write it out. Talk it over with friends. Keep it simple.

From page A-1 You are asking to represent about 20,000 people in your district (and ultimately 190,000 people in the city at large). You will be reviewing budgets and contracts, deciding zoning questions, and helping to set public policy for the future through ordinances. You should expect phone calls and emails from confused or angry citizens dealing with issues that confront them – and you are now their knowledgeable ombudsman channeling help from city departments and workers. You understand how the local government works. Do you have the time and the inclination to work for the betterment of your community? Then wade in, the water is fine. Nick Della Volpe, an attorney, represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

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Powell takes down Central in basketball

Powell High PEP squad members Ellen Tillman and Sloan Brickey cheer on the Panthers during a time out of the Powell/Central basketball game.

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Powell’s Jack Richards (#5) is surrounded by Bobcats as he shoots for two. Powell defeated Central, 49-46, in a heated district matchup that went until the final buzzer.



■■ Emory Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Powell Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Speaker: storyteller Caneta Gentry. Visitors welcome.

■■ Knox North Lions Club. Info: knoxnorthlions.

■■ Broadacres Homeowners Association. Info: Steven Goodpaster, generalgoodpaster@gmail. com.

■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 688-3136.

■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 687-2161.

■■ Powell Lions Club. Info:

■■ Senior Winter Social, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Murphy Branch Library, 2247 Western Ave., LT Ross Bldg. Light refreshments provided. Info: 521-7812. ■■ Web Browsing class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Powell Branch, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 215-8700.


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Powell’s Brooke Huffaker (#11) goes in for a layup for the Panthers against Central. PHS defeated Central, 41-7. On the heels of Huffaker are Central’s Kayley Siler and PHS teammate Madison Tidmore.

PHS PEP cheerleader Daisy Dunn and varsity cheerleader Kynzie Stansberry show their Panther pride for the crowd during a time out.


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Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church has deep roots in the Powell community.

Community connection By Stacy Levy Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a mission: to glorify God in word and deed, to witness near and far to God’s love in Jesus Christ, lead others to faith and discipleship, help one another grow in faith, experience Christian fellowship through life experiences and cooperate with others in common concerns. The story of this church goes way back. In 1833, a congregation was officially organized at Bells Campground, original home of several Powell-area churches. On Oct. 8, 1833, Knox-

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 10-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■■ 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.

ville Presbytery approved the organization of the church. The denomination was only 23 years old, Knoxville Presbytery had been in existence for only five years, and the first General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church had been held only four years earlier. By 1873, the Beaver Creek congregation had moved to what is now the corner of Meredith Road and Old Clinton Pike. A frame building stood at the fork in the road for many years. In 1952, a new brick front, basement, Sunday school wing and pastor’s study were added.


in room 112. 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.

■■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, will host “Men’s Night Out” 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25, at the church. Speaker: Hank Parker, professional bass fisherman. Cost: $15. Info/registration: ■■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788. ■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare, 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday

In 1962, under the leadership of the Rev. E. H. Denman Jr., a majestic and stately sanctuary was constructed on the property. In 1982, an addition consisting of a larger fellowship hall and kitchen, new offices and additional Sunday school space was built. This addition was named Richardson Hall in 1985 in honor of longtime pastor the Rev. W. Jean Richardson and his wife, Regina. A Family Life Center was dedicated July 28, 2002. In recent years a pavilion and crossover have been added. The church opens for lots

■■ 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.

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of groups and organizations – Weight Watchers, home associations, garden clubs, etc. Members volunteer with a variety of local missions, the schools, and craft groups that sew for a variety of needs. Pastor Thomas D. Sweet believes “The church members really outreach to those in need, and there’s mission work near and far. We have education, spiritual and hands-on ministries for children and youth and adults.” Sweet is really looking forward to God’s plan for Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in

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

The gift of snow For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out of my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11 NRSV) We were in the mountains when the snow fell. It began with large flakes, flakes so heavy they didn’t drift and float, but fell straight down, as if in a hurry to get to the ground. Truth be told, I become a child again when snowflakes start falling. I can stand at the window, watching the floating, drifting flakes, and I am filled with wonder by the fact that, like people, no two snowflakes are alike. It seems to me to be proof that God loves His children, and knows that we are all children at heart. Somewhere, deep down in whatever sophistication we hide behind, we are delighted by a falling snowflake – a unique gift that cannot be duplicated. I am realistic enough to acknowledge that snow 2017 – “To be a part of what God is making beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11) by planting and building, by weeping with those who weep, and laughing with those who are laughing, following

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Clark named Commercial Bank Employee of Year By Ruth White Janice Clark has been part of the Commercial Bank family for 22 years and calls herself the “last of the original crew.” Clark started at the bank as a teller and was eventually promoted to head teller. She says, with a laugh, that she’s done it all but work with loans. “I was a stay-at-home mom for years and when I decided to enter the workforce, everything I knew was obsolete. No one knew what shorthand was,” she said. Her branch is at Maynardville Highway and Emory Road on a lot that was known around town as the “boat lot” because it had become overgrown around discarded old boats. Once Commercial Bank purchased the lot and built its building, it received an Orchid Award from Keep Knoxville Beautiful for the beautification of the property. Clark was named the 2016 Employee of the Year – an award given across all branches. During the year, four employees are nominated for the President’s Award (through a co-worker, customer recommendation or supervisor) and one is selected as the Employee of the Year. “The other three employees are more deserving

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Commercial Bank operations supervisor Janice Clark in her office in the Halls branch. Photo by Ruth White than I am,” said Clark. “I am blessed to work with a great group of people and Commercial Bank is a fun, good place to work.” Clark appreciates the ability to share her faith with others and said that the customers are the reason she loves working at the bank. “We share our joys and our burdens with one another. It’s not a job to me but an opportunity to serve others.” When she isn’t at the bank, Clark enjoys crafting – something that she considers her therapy. She enjoys creating decorative art, woodwork, embroidery, porcelain dolls, creating

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.

Appalachian-style brooms and almost every aspect of the craft industry. “I love to do things that pull out the old ways. People have commented that my house looks like a Cracker Barrel (which isn’t a bad thing).” Most important to her is her faith and church, Clear Springs Baptist. Clark says they have the best choir ever (even though she doesn’t sing and blesses everyone by keeping quiet). Family is also important. She loves spending time with her five grandchildren, who range in age from 7 to 21. Gathering around the dinner table as a group is something she treasures each week.

■■ Halls Business and Professional Association meets noon each third Tuesday, Beaver Brook Country Club. President is Michelle Wilson, or 594-7434. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association meets noon each second Tuesday, Jubilee Banquet Facility. President is Bart Elkins, or 859-9260.

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Today his title is “District Governor Nominee Designate.” Next year the title will be “District Governor Nominee.” In two years he’ll be “District Governor Elect.” And finally, for the Rotary year 2019-20, he will be just “District Governor” – or DG Greg. Tom King I’m talking about Greg Maciolek, a three-time past president of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club. He was selected by a nominating committee of past district governors to lead District 6780’s 65 clubs and is the Breakfast club’s first member to ever become a District Governor. And as part of this process, District 6780 Rotarians will confirm him as DG-ND at the annual District Conference on April 22 in Chattanooga. Greg owns Integrated Management Resources Inc., a management consulting and training company that provides assessments for hiring, development, coaching and career, plus leadership and communications training. He joined the Breakfast Club (which meets each Wednesday morning at Get-

tysvue Country Club) in 1999 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He currently serves as the club’s public image chair and is involved in many club activities. He’s also Rotary Zone 30 public image coordinator and wears two hats for District 6780 – district secretary and communications chair. He also serves as the disGreg Maciolek trict’s videographer with over 150 videos completed on behalf of the district and zone. Greg served 26 years in the Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He retired with the rank of colonel. He was a fighter pilot flying the F-106A/B, F-4C/D and the F-16ADF aircraft. He attended Troy State University and received a master’s in human resources, and his undergraduate degree was earned at Wayne State University. “I am humbled to be selected to serve as district governor and I look forward to serving the clubs in any way I can to make them more viable, effective and to reach more people to help. Rotary is indeed serving humanity,” Greg said. Greg is married to Brissa and they have three grown children and five grandsons and live in Knox County.

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Diette Crockett looks over the beautiful glass artwork at the Dogwood Arts’ First Friday open house and exhibit of works by The Glass Guys.

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Dogwood Arts celebrates Glass Guys Jason Yearwood is tall, but can still look up at this impressive glass sculpture. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

which includes First Friday. This is our By Sherri Gardner Howell kick-off, and we will be having exThe “art” of Dogwood Arts hibits every month.” Festival took center stage last It also fits nicely into a big weekend with the re-schedpart of Cervone’s mission: to uled open house for the expand the mostly spring Dogwood Arts’ First Frifestival into a year-round day. An impressive colcelebration. “For the Doglection of artworks from wood Arts Festival to glass artists who call the sustain itself in the 21st East Tennessee region century, it needs to be a home was expertly showcelebration of our cultures, cased at the organization’s art and beauty all year. This new offices at 123 W. Jackson is an amazing place and, Ave. The celebration of art while spring is beautiful, it and offices was snowed out Cascade by Thomas Spake isn’t the only time of the year on January’s “first” Friday. we have beauty to celebrate.” “We moved in in AuThe Glass Guys exhibit gust,” says executive director Tom Cervone, “but this is our first exhib- will be showcased through the end of the it and the first time we have had a chance to month. From utilitarian to decorative, the showcase our new space.” That space is be- collection of work is amazing with reping put to good use not only for offices, but resentation from artists Richard Jolley, to give local artists another place to show- Matthew Cummings, Matt Salley, Johnny case their work. “It is part of DAF program Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett Hirche, Tyler manager Kate Creason’s desire to be a part Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt of Knoxville events that highlight the arts, Brock and more.

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Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: childrenstheatreknoxville. com ■■ Science Café: “Animal Behavior and Communication,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Zoo Knoxville. Speaker: Dr. Todd Freeberg, associate head, UT Department of Psychology. RSVP: rsvp@knoxsciencecafe. org. Info:

■■ “The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Thursdays-Sundays, Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m.

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Duane Grieve, who retires in December because of term limits. Christensen may be opposed by David Williams and Tim Hill. Others mentioned include Bearden activist Terri Faulkner, West Hills sidewalk supporter Sandi Robinson, Knox County election commissioner Andrew Roberto, and former Democratic party vice chair Doug Veum. This could be a crowded field that triggers much interest. ■■ Lois Riggins Ezzell, the 35-year director of the state museum, has been gone 18 days but only a few blocks away, where she secured an easy $40,000-ayear job as a fundraiser for the new museum building at age 77. Interestingly, no one asked her to do this except herself. But the foundation board is in her pocket and they are happy to spend money citizens give for the museum to enhance her personal retirement on top of her state pension. She attempted her last week in office to create an actual office for herself within the museum as the foundation actually does not have office space anywhere. When museum commission chair Tom Smith discovered this last-minute maneuver, he placed a halt to it. This sequence of events is impossible to make up. It is also most unfortunate that some public employees do not realize when it is time to depart. The museum commission is scheduled to meet next week, Jan. 24, to choose a permanent replacement. Meanwhile the governor is trying to raise $40 million to pay for the new $160 million museum. Birthdays: Chancellor Mike Moyers turns 56 on Jan. 19. Congratulations! Marie Leonard, widow of Farragut’s first mayor, Bob Leonard, celebrated her 90th birthday last Saturday at the Farragut Town Hall. Knoxville’s oldest living former mayor, Randy Tyree, turns 77 on Jan. 20. He was also the youngest person ever to be elected mayor in 1975 when at age 35 he was elected over the late Kyle Testerman.

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UT makes life more difficult for Butch Top leadership of the University of Tennessee, if there really is some, has made life more difficult than necessary for Butch Jones. As the coach sought to improve his staff, prospective assistants kept asking nosey questions about who will be the next athletic director. Potential offensive coordinators with names you might recognize were curious about the job and such trivia as chain of command, grasp and understanding, long-term stability and exactly how important will football be in the overall scheme of things. Here’s the dilemma: If Butch was forced to pick an available replacement for Mike DeBord when he really wanted someone else, he has a built-in excuse for future problems. You tied my hands. President Joe DiPietro and the board of trustees have known for months and months that UT needed a chancellor and athletic director. We’ve all known since August that Jimmy Cheek and Dave Hart were moving on.

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Common sense dictated a new chancellor was the first priority in replacing the lame ducks – just in case that person wanted a vote in the selection of the new athletic director. Identifying Beverly J. Davenport took almost forever. Time dragged on. Even for a quick study, figuring out what is Tennessee football takes longer than making instant potatoes. Delay, delay, delay. Finally, she or DiPietro or somebody more powerful wants a professional search company to sort through AD possibilities, make recommendations and mask responsibility. There was a time Butch and I thought we knew the next athletic director would be David Blackburn, Vol for life, very successful as recent leader of athletics at UT-

Chattanooga. He seemed so obvious. He is 50. He has the ideal background. He has experience. He knows everybody who matters, big donors, politicians, thousands of fans. DiPietro is already his top boss. David, son of a high school coach, was born in Loudon. He played quarterback there. He enrolled at UT and learned a lot as student manager for John Majors’ teams in 1988-89. He went to Morristown to be a coach. Phillip Fulmer invited him back for an administrative role in recruiting and compliance and a few dozen other things. Doug Dickey saw greater potential and promoted Blackburn. Through the years, he looked after facilities, fundraising and event management. Because he could read and write, he evolved into the athletic department connection to the Thornton Center and academics. He participated in coaching searches. He became a senior associate AD under Mike Hamilton. He was a big help in dealing with the NCAA during

a time of crisis, the Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin era. If winning matters, it appears Blackburn and Chattanooga have excelled. Last year UT-C became the first school in a hundred years to win Southern Conference titles in football and men’s and women’s basketball. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that the basketball Mocs defeated the Vols in the opener of this season. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that Blackburn is Tennessee through and through. He is not from Florida or Alabama or even Cincinnati, from whence cometh Dr. Davenport and, before that, Coach Jones. David has never been athletic director at Notre Dame or UCLA or even Kansas or Kentucky. He is known widely but is not famous outside the Volunteer family. But, he is smart and aware and interested. Come to think of it, if the big time is what really matters. Dr. Davenport has never been chancellor at any of those places. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero,com.

School board politics: It’s not about party There are no Rs or Ds on local school board ballots. Board members are elected on a non-partisan basis, and despite some past saber rattling from the Red-tothe-Roots crowd, it doesn’t appear that Republicans are preparing to change that status. This probably makes Patti Bounds Mike Edwards Knox County school board chair Patti Bounds happy. Bounds is worried about Betsy DeVos, the ultra-conservative Amway billionaire who is President-elect DonBetty ald Trump’s choice to head Bean the Department of Education. It’s DeVos’ identification with school privatizaFor Bounds, a conser- tion, not her overall politics, vative who was raised Re- that bothers Bounds, who is publican, it’s educational also not comfortable with philosophy, not party lines some of the positions of that divide the board, the state legislators who repmajority of whom oppose resent her district, even much of the reform agenda though they are fellow Refavored at the state and na- publicans. “The more I get to know tional levels. “I could probably tell you them and the more I study where people come down, the issues, the more I just if you had to put them in want to scream when Bill a box, as far as Republi- Dunn talks about vouchcans and Democrats, but ers. And the more time I’m that’s not what affects how spending in Nashville, the they vote,” Bounds says. more I’m seeing the pres“We have some very di- sures to conform and fit in.” But the group she finds verse opinions. But here’s the thing that makes me most worrisome is the state feel like I’m out there and school board, whose nine don’t know who I am some- voting members (one per times: it’s the Democrats (in congressional district) are Nashville) who are fighting appointed by the governor for (public) education and to serve five-year terms. see the dangers in the re- This board strongly supform movement (excessive ports charters and vouchers high stakes testing, charter and high-stakes testing. “Some of them have zero schools, vouchers and privatization, linkage of teacher knowledge of education, evaluations to sometimes- and they’re the ones making the major decisions. They’re flawed test results).”

not accountable to anyone,” Bounds says. “The only one Mike Edwards (who represents the Second Congressional District) is answerable to is Bill Haslam, and citizens have no vote in the matter. I think they’re good people and have done good things for the state. If you’d asked me 10 years ago, as an average person, if I was in favor of vouchers, I’d say, ‘What’s a voucher?’ And you’d say every child deserves a good school, and I’d agree. It’s the far-right people saying that’s what they are trying to do. You have to ask why are they doing this.” Bounds worries that the Legislature might try to abolish local school boards and let the state board run everything from Nashville.

Edwards takes issue with most of what Bounds said. He said he’s studying a stack of documents seven inches thick for the next board meeting, and considers himself answerable to Tennessee’s schoolchildren – not to the governor. He said he doesn’t see teachers as adversaries and that nobody is looking to shut down local school boards. “Our biggest push is not against teachers. It is against the U.S. Department of Education. We’re not answerable to the governor. And we’re not trying to please the governor. Nor or we trying to please the Department of Education. “None of us are ideological and none of us are on there with an agenda.”

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Former state Rep. Harry Tindell, 56, has announced his intention to seek the District 4 seat on the Knoxville City Council in the upcoming election. A lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tindell was twice elected to the Knox County school board before serving 11 terms in the state House. He lives in the Alice Bell/Spring Hill community and is self-employed in the insurance business. Harry Tindell “It will be important to have new city council members with varied experience in this period of change,” he wrote in a press release. Info: or on Facebook.

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