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Reform elder law now By Shannon Carey All my fellow Gen X’ers, Millennials and younger, give me your attention. You guys, we are so not ready for the Silver Tsunami. If you’ve not heard, that’s the going name for the tidal wave of elderly Andrea Kline folks needing care that’s expected as the Baby Boomers – our parents and grandparents – age. I heard Assistant District Attorney Andrea Kline speak about elder abuse last week, and the statistics she quoted are staggering. Age 85 and over is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2050, 19.8 million will be over 85. Half will have some kind of dementia. Kline said Tennessee’s laws about elder abuse, her specialty within Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen’s office, are outdated, making it difficult to prosecute those who prey on the elderly. Written in the 1970s, those laws were cutting-edge at the time, but they need a reboot. She said, and I agree, “It’s time for a change, and the time is now.” More statistics: 47 percent of elders will suffer abuse by their caregivers, and only one in 19 of those cases will be reported. Examples include physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The stories will break your heart, like the one Kline shared about an unnamed 90-yearold woman who was left in a bathtub for four days by her “caregiver” son with nothing but a Honeybun and a yogurt to sustain her. Shocking? “Things like that happen all the time,” said Kline. She receives between five and 20 referrals a day, although she does not prosecute them all. She, along with Knoxville and Knox County To page A-3

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Stooksbury is ‘true Powell Panther’ By Ruth White Powell High School paused during halftime of a recent home game to recognize and thank Larry Stooksbury for his contributions to the PHS basketball program. Stooksbury was called “a true Powell Panther” and his varsity basketball achievements were recognized, beginning in 1962 when, as a sophomore, he started all 33 games, helped the team to 27 wins and only six loses and averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds per game. As a junior, he was named team captain and his team was the KIL A-Division champions. The team record was 27-4 and Stooksbury started all 31. His senior year, Stooksbury was again team captain, started all 28 games and helped his team earn a 20-8 record. He averaged 22 points and 19 rebounds per game. He was a unanimous first team All-KIL “A” division pick, selected to All District 6 tournament, first team All East Tennessee, All-State team selection and received a four-year basketball scholarship at Tennessee Tech. Other notable high school highlights include senior class president, voted most athletic,

Powell High principal Dr. Chad Smith recognizes former PHS basketball player Larry Stooksbury during halftime of a recent game. Stooksbury is joined by his wife, Cathy, family members and athletic director Chad Smith at center court. His jersey, #40, was retired during the event. Photo by Ruth White PHS all-time career leader in regional weeklong Fellowship of Panther athletics. total rebounds (1,391) and was Christian Athletes camp. He was surrounded by his famselected by the school adminLarry Stooksbury has been ily and greeted by tons of friends istration as representative to a called a loyal fan and friend to all during the event.

2 seek fairness in school rezoning By Betty Bean From Farragut to Gibbs, from South Knoxville to Hardin Valley, the Butlers have sat in school auditoriums listening to the concerns of parents and community members who are bracing themselves for a massive middle school rezoning. What the Rev. John and the Rev. Donna Butler (they are both ordained ministers) say they want in their own communities is pretty much the same as what other communities want: State-of-the-art neighborhood schools, a 21st century curriculum, first-rate teachers and administrators who represent their community. “Our communities are not all black, so we don’t expect all black teachers,” John Butler said. “But we do want a good representation of what our community looks like. And we also would have liked for the school board, before they made decisions, to have included the whole community and formulated a plan before they made the decision for the benefit

of a specific population only.” He is the pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Mechanicsville, but it was in his capacity as president of the Knoxville Chapter of the NAACP that he filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over possible violations surrounding the decision to build a new Gibbs Middle School. The OCR is investigating why Knox County proceeded with construction of the school despite spending $75,000 on a study in 2015 that concluded that no new middle schools were needed in Knox County. The office is looking at maps of attendance zones, records of current and projected enrollments, breakdown of enrollments by race, records of communications among county officials – including the mayor and his staff; notes and DVDs of meetings where school construction was discussed, and copies of media coverage and criteria and software used for drawing district lines. “I just wish the County Commission would have waited for the OCR concern to be in-

vestigated (before voting the funding for Gibbs Middle School),” said Donna Butler. “It proved to me that they had their minds made up without waiting for the data, and that they selfishly made a decision to go ahead with the new school. It’s a continuing slap in the face of the African-American community, and if we’re going to build these bridges and have diversified schools, it’s going to have to start with those who have the authority.” What the Butlers do not want to see is the closing of either Holston or Vine Middle Schools in order to fill the new school in Gibbs. “Now, in the rezoning process, we want what the other communities want – neighborhood schools. And that includes Vine and that includes Sarah Moore Greene. And that includes Beaumont and Maynard and Lonsdale – all the communities where minority children, after elementary school, have to get on buses and go to school in other people’s communities for the rest of their time in pubTo page A-3

Here’s a thought: Ask a teacher By Lauren Hopson

Kids need to be kids. Children don’t have enough time just to play anymore. These are statements heard regularly from teachers and parents alike. Recess times have gotten whittled down from 30 minutes to 15 in many schools across the state. Some schools don’t offer recess on days that Hopson students have physical education class. Teachers are starting to use all kinds of gadgets from exercise balls to pedal desks and fidget toys, just to give students an outlet for their boundless energy. Knee deep in good intentions, our friendly local legislators jumped in to save the day! This past fall, a new Tennessee law went into effect that altered the structure of the school day. It mandated additional time for public school students to engage in unstructured physical activity, otherwise known as recess. I imagine the sponsors of this bill were reacting to data about the health of our children and outcries from con-

cerned parents and teachers. In theory, if kids need more exercise, then let’s give it to them. While we were watching harmful bills that would drain funds from public education by funding charter schools and voucher programs, this seemingly helpful one snuck up on us. It came as a great surprise to administrators who were suddenly tasked with fitting in additional periods of recess between 90-minute math and reading blocks, lunchtimes, related arts classes and intervention schedules. Bad weather, limited playground space and seven-hour days became issues. A couple extra 15-minute breaks per day may not seem like a big deal until you are faced with the nonexistent sense of urgency of a 7-year-old who needs to find his coat, go to the bathroom, get a drink of water and then play in the water fountain on the way to the playground door. Many of them will probably need to do that again on the way back to the classroom. That is what 7-year-olds do. Happily, Rep. Bill Dunn was quick to recognize the problems and introduced a bill this year to repeal the previous legislation. While

teachers are thankful that they may have a more workable schedule next year, many are wary that taking away all time requirements may allow districts to skimp on recess again. If physical activity is so important, why on earth would school systems do this? The answer lies in our obsession with feeding the testing beast. As long as test scores are used inappropriately to judge schools, administrators and educators, districts are going to be tempted to use every possible minute for instruction of subjects that can be assessed by TN Ready. Last I checked, recess is not a tested subject, but apparently, you can do math and sit on a bouncy ball at the same time. The lesson to be learned here is that crafting legislation should always involve asking the experts. Healthcare workers should be consulted on medical legislation. Safety policies should be crafted with input from the police. Maybe we should also ask teachers how legislation will actually translate to the classroom. Lauren Hopson is president of the Knox County Education Association and a mom.

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Eight is great Parkwest’s first baby of new year is No. 8 for Scott County family It takes a 12-passenger van for the Barnett family of Robbins, Tennessee, to venture out on any given day. Dusty and Jessica Barnett have eight children, and each one was born at Parkwest Medical Center. “They love to go to Frozen Head, and go see their daddy on the way,” Jessica says. Dusty Barnett is an advanced EMT with Morgan County EMS, and works near the entrance to the state park. “There’s a great children’s play area there, and they like to walk the trails.” While the number of children in the Barnett household is two or three times as many as the average family in East Tennessee, it’s a happy and comfortable home life for them. The older children are home schooled, and help care for their younger siblings. The children tend the animals on the small family farm, they love good books, they cherish the Bible, and the favorite family meal is lasagna. “Jonathan is 9, Lydia is 8, James is 6, Jason is 5, Chloe is 3, Jeremy is 2, and Jared is 16 months,” Jessica says. The newest addition to the family is little Annalee Hope, who was born on New Year’s Day. As a matter of fact, Annalee was the very first baby born at Parkwest this year, making her grand entrance into the world at 8:01 a.m., Jan. 1, 2017. “My husband’s middle name is Lee,” Jessica explains, “so we named her after him.” “I truly love helping bring new babies into the world,” says Marlyn Leisy, MD, who delivered Annalee on New Year’s Day. “It was especially an honor Marlyn Leisy, to deliver Parkwest’s first MD baby of 2017. Jessica was delightful to have as a patient. It was touch-

ing to see their sweet family continue to grow and witness Dusty and Lydia’s excitement about Annalee’s arrival.” Annalee weighed in at seven pounds and five ounces, she was 21.25 inches in length. Mother and baby are both doing just fine. With a husband who is an experienced EMT, and with the experience of already having had seven children in the family born at Parkwest, Jessica says she and Dusty knew exactly where they wanted their eighth child to be born. When the first Barnett baby was delivered at Parkwest nine years ago, Jessica says it was a good experience, and they’ve been pleased every time a new baby has been added to the family. “I like how the labor, delivery and recovery are all in one room,” Jessica says. “And the nurses are really good. They’re so attentive.” Nurse manager Teresa Paris appreciates the compliment, noting that helping moms in labor to experience childbirth in a comfortable and comforting environment is intentional at Parkwest. “The nursing staff changes to flex the care for the patient so she is able to remain in that one room,” Paris says. “It’s more of a family environment where they feel like they can settle in, and they don’t have to be shuffled around the hospital.” When the big day arrived at the end of

Teddy Bear University As you or a loved one prepares to give birth, you may benefit from classes through Teddy Bear University in breastfeeding, breathing and birthing relaxation tips and infant and child CPR. All classes are held in the Ocoee Room on the second floor of Parkwest and are led by a lactation consultant. The following classes are offered in 2017: ■ Breastfeeding – Learn breastfeeding basics including correct positioning, tips for returning to work and an overview of breast pumps. Fathersto-be are encouraged to attend. Classes are available on one Wednesday evening and one Sunday afternoon each month. ■ Sibling Class – Siblings age 4 to 10 are welcome to attend Sibling Class, which promotes family bonding to help reduce jealous feelings. A tour of the birthing facility is also included in this class. Sibling sessions take place on one Saturday afternoon every two months. ■ Birth and Babies Today – This multi-week series covers the variations of labor and birth, breathing techniques, tips for your support person and care for the new mom and baby. This class is recom-

mended for first-time parents starting in their sixth or seventh month and is completed over five weeks. ■ Super Saturday Class – The Birth and Babies Today class is condensed into one all-day Saturday class for women in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. This session is not recommended for first-time parents. ■ Infant and Child CPR – American Heart Association-certified instructors are on site to teach parents and caregivers how to effectively perform CPR and removal of airway obstruction for infants and children. The class does not provide certification in CPR and occurs one Thursday evening each month.

Birth and Babies Online For expecting parents, coming to a class in person isn’t always the most convenient way to prepare for a new arrival. To accommodate parents’ busy schedules or physicians’ orders for bed rest, the Parkwest Childbirth Center offers a comprehensive, interactive childbirth class entirely online. After registering, you have eight weeks to complete the class.

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Jessica could no doubt write volumes on the subject of parenting, but when asked what kind of advice she would give expectant mothers, she only says, “They Jessica, Lydia and grow up very, very fast, so Annalee Barnett enjoy it! “I love raising the children, I love teaching them, and caring for them – I just love everything about it,” she adds. As for choosing a hospital, Jessica is quick to point out the benefits she enjoyed at Parkwest, like having the whole experience in one room, without having to be moved back and forth between separate areas for labor, delivery, and recovery. She also advises expectant moms to make sure they have attentive nurses like the ones at Parkwest who have helped her bring new life into the Barnett family, year after year. “A lot of the nurses in the childbirth center have more than 10 years’ experience in labor and delivery, so they are very well trained, very experienced nurses,” says Paris, adding that about 1,600 2016, 8-year-old Lydia Barnett went to the babies are delivered each year at Parkwest. hospital with her mom and dad to usher in “Our patients come first, and excellent care the New Year and offer moral support until is always our goal.” The Parkwest Childbirth Center is on it was time for the baby to be born. Dusty then returned home to care for the rest of the second floor of the six-story Riverstone the children, and brought them all back to Tower at the hospital, and is composed of meet their new little sister when Jessica, 20 birthing suites, a spacious nursery, and Lydia and Annalee were ready to leave the two operating suites for cesarean sections. To learn more about the Childbirth Cenhospital. “They were pretty excited,” Jessica ter, visit, or call (865) 373-4299. laughs.

Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep Babies should sleep Alone, on the Back, and in a Crib ■ Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet. ■ Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area. ■ Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby. ■ Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head. ■ Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. ■ Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper and do not use a blanket. ■ Keep baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep. ■ Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. References:

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Beaver Creek could host kayaks By Sandra Clark Kayaks and canoes on Beaver Creek, along with debris removal, could reduce flooding while providing outdoor recreation. The East Tennessee Community Design Center is drafting a plan for a put-in in Halls, probably at Clayton Park, and a takeout in Powell, possibly at Powell Station Park. The Halls Business and Professional Association, led by president Michelle Wilson, and the Powell Business and Professional Association, represented by Justin Bailey, met last week with Leslie Fawaz of the Design Center, and architect Trey Benefield. Also present were Dr. Bob Collier, who donated 11 acres for a nature preserve on Beaver Creek adjacent to the Powell Library; Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation; Mark Campen, city council member and environmentalist; Roy Arthur, the county’s watershed manager; and Doug Bataille, senior director of Knox County Parks & Recreation. Arthur said the Beaver Creek Kayak Club has formed in the Karns area, putting in at the county’s Harrell Road Park and kayaking to Melton Hill. He said Harrell Road has not flooded since the park was developed and downstream debris was removed by kayakers. Plans will be brought to the community in public meetings, which will be publicized in Shopper News. The East Tennessee Community Design Center is also developing a plan for low-impact development of the Collier Preserve.

Trey Benefield talks with Roy Arthur (standing) and Dr. Bob Collier.

Local leaders discuss Beaver Creek: Justin Bailey, Powell; Doug Bataille, Knox County; Michelle Wilson, Halls; and Mark Campen, City Council. Photo by S. Clark

By Carol Z. Shane

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law enforcement and Adult Protective Services, set up the first VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigation Team) in the state, making it a model that is now required in every Tennessee DA’s office. Kline is also part of a team that has drafted a new section of code for state law dealing just with elder abuse. The proposed change is modeled after child abuse laws because “these victims are vulnerable in ways similar to children.” The team hopes Tennessee’s Legislature will adopt these proposals this year. “It’s a huge change, and it’s for the better,” said Kline. “We’re about 20 years behind, and it’s time to step up and make some changes.” Other problems exist. Right now, there is no mirror of child foster care for vulnerable adults, Kline said. There is a need for more low-cost services and respite for caregivers. Kline doesn’t have an answer for those yet, but changing state law to stop abusers is a good place to start. It’s time to protect the folks who raised us. Call your legislators today. Shannon Carey is a freelance journalist and blogger.

‘Social Justice for the Soul’ at Fourth Presbyterian “So often we hear that politics has no place in the church, but I believe it is the responsibility of the church to stay in the political conversation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Peterson of Fourth Presbyterian Church on Broadway. “Christians have a unique opportunity and responsibility to speak up for love over hate, and for justice Aftyn Behn over oppression.” During February, the church will host speakers and discussions on topics related to racial unrest and discrimination. Guests include Tom Castelli, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee; J.T. Taylor of the Knoxville Homeless Collective; the Carpetbag Theatre; and former United Nations consultant Aftyn Behn. Behn worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, on protection issues for minority groups who had, for a variety of reasons including ethnicity and disability, been forcibly displaced to other countries from their homelands. “My unit was the community-based protection unit; we identified minority groups and helped them build capacity to assume more power within their communities.” Holding a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, Behn moved

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back to Knoxville after the recent presidential election in order to use her knowledge and skills to help her native East Tennesseans and “to be quite frank, with the intention to run for office in a few years.” Behn will join Peterson to kick off the series on Feb. 1 with a talk and discussion on “Dismantling Racism and Recognizing Micro-aggressions.” “We have been surprised and excited by the great show of interest in these anti-racism talks,” says Peterson. “There is clearly a hunger to engage in this dialogue, even though it can be personally challenging for many. “We find there is a spectrum of knowledge, from people who have spent their lives fighting for civil rights, to those who have never explored the troubles associated with racism in their personal lives. “It is encouraging to see that when people of such different backgrounds come together, a spark of understanding comes. “This isn’t about allying ourselves with one political party over another, but about learning how to treat one another with respect, and recapturing the fine art of disagreeing without devolving into hate speech.” “Social Justice for the Soul” meets 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday during February at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway in Knoxville. For a full list of speakers/topics, visit or call 865-522-1437.

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West Side Y plans family luau Bring the family to the West Side Y from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, for the Family Luau, The event is free for Y members and $6/person or $20/family for Y guests.

COMMUNITY ■■ Knox North Lions Club. Info: ■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 6872161. ■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 688-3136. ■■ Powell Lions Club. Info: tnpowelllions@

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lic school. We need to have schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, just like all these other communities have,” John Butler said. The Butlers’ three children – Jeremy, Jennifer and Joshua – are all grown and starting careers and families of their own (Joshua, the youngest, was the valedictorian at Austin-East in 2012, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last year), but Donna Butler said she is committed to helping other children reach similar success. “We’ve been blessed,” she said. “And now I’m advocating for other children, and it’s hard to hold my peace when systematic, unfair practices continue to occur and nothing has been done about it.” Butler said she doesn’t begrudge any com- The Rev. Donna Butler and the Rev. John Butler have crissmunity advocating for its crossed the county attending school rezoning meetings. children. “We don’t want our kids bused and our schools closed at the expense of di- ■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 events and exhibits entry deadlines: versity,” John Butler said. Dogwood Art DeTour, Feb. 10; Chalk Walk, Feb. 20; Regional Art

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Dance for Joy instructor and founder MaryCatherine Landry leads one of her classes through a ballet routine.

Landry follows call to ‘Dance for Joy’ By Shannon Carey MaryCatherine Landry was 18 when she took her first dance class, and she knew immediately that she was on the right path. “I walked out of that class and stopped in the lobby, and I went, ‘Yes, this is what I have to do. I got so much joy out of this class today,’” she said. Landry went on to attend the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1985 with a degree in dance. She opened a studio with her best friend from college, and she stayed there for seven years, but she felt God calling her to something else. “It was right, but it wasn’t quite right,” she said. After praying about it, she approached her church, Fountain City United Methodist, about hosting the dance classes that she would call Dance for Joy. The classes are for age 3 through adult, and include ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, creative movement, jazz and worship dance. Her mission

is to provide quality, affordable, correct dance education to everyone who wants it. She keeps costs down by holding classes and recitals at the church, and making sure that costumes won’t break the bank. Landry has been at it more than 20 years now. About 10 years in, she started seeing the children of former students in her classes. She calls them her “grand-dancers.” “I’m teaching the children of my children,” she said. “But it’s such a privilege that they remember me and bring me their babies.” Landry believes that everyone can dance, and everyone can benefit from dance, even if they’re not the most talented. For kids, it instills discipline and gets them vital exercise. And for everyone, it increases quality of life. “Not everybody’s going to be a professional dancer, but everybody can dance,” she said. “Sometimes, those with the least talent get the most joy out of it, and they

need the opportunity to perform, too.” But there’s another aspect of dance that Landry finds fulfilling and seeks to share with her students. She seeks to perform and teach dance “in a way that glorifies God instead of the person,” she said. Landry chooses music carefully, either Christian, classical or children’s music, and routines and costumes are never suggestive or revealing. Every class opens in prayer, and she describes dance as “praying with your whole body.” “I know for me, when I release my own ego and I let God and the spirit flow through me that there’s a different sparkle,” Landry said. “I see that in the kids, too.” Dance for Joy classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the fellowship hall at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road, Knoxville. Info: Find “Dance for Joy Knoxville” on Facebook or call 865-250-2107.

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Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel said, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:1-4 KJV) Like so many others, I know these words because I sang them. I heard them first when I was in junior high school; the high school choir room was just across the hall, and so I could listen in to their rehearsals while I did my work. I fell in love with both the biblical text and the music of Randall Thompson (my very favorite composer). Later, much later, I had the privilege of directing my own

FAITH NOTES Classes/meetings ■■ UT’s McClung Museum will host a viewing of the film “Unmasked Judeophobia” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the auditorium, 1327 Circle Park Drive. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. A Q&A session and a dessert reception follows the showing. The event is free. ■■ Knoxville Aglow meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike. Speaker: Lara Gaines, praise and worship leader for Aglow in South Carolina. Bring a dish to share; drinks and child care provided. All welcome. ■■ 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

cause our country has just inaugurated a new president. My prayer is that he will Cross Currents be aware of the need to be just, and rule in the fear of Lynn God. Pitts Let us pray for him, whether or not we voted for him, and for our beloved adult church choir, which, country. Let’s be aware of with more mature voices, our duties as citizens to do was better able to do justice what is right, care for those less fortunate, welcome the to the composer’s setting. I suppose the biblical text foreigner, and obey the laws came back to me now be- of our land.

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 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. ■■ 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. Today’s program: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Ina Hughs will speak on the church in transition. Info: 687-2952 or ■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah

Lutheran Church, Church of the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, tennesseeipl@gmail. com.

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.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 548-0326. ■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 951-2653. ■■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road, Info: 922-0416. ■■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 686-5771 or

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Senior Madison Crumpton with kindergartner Alia Mercer

Third-grader Miley Jo Stewart Pre-kindergartner Ty Boler

Sixth graders Mollie Howard and Abby Dennison

First Baptist Academy: growing for Christ By Stacy Levy

First Baptist Academy exists to assist parents by providing an excellent classical education that fosters a biblical worldview, striving to equip students to impact the world for Christ. First Baptist Academy strives to have students grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ and reach their full potential in him. FBA currently has 380 students enrolled. The numbers have doubled over the past two years. “While we are always thinking and planning for the future, we truly do not have a goal number for enrollment. We believe that God will place at FBA exactly who is supposed to be here,” said Amy Stewart, director of admissions and communications. One of FBA’s core values is mission engagement.

Students are encouraged to serve anywhere from their school to their communities to the world. “Every year we have Serve Day where we serve in and around the community of Powell. Our students have served in various capacities, including cleaning and organizing at the Community Chest, community cleanups in various area mobile home parks, and trash pickup around the downtown Powell community,” said Stewart. Last year, they handed out free popcorn and ice water at the fall festival. “In the spring, our seniors will be taking their senior trip to Cleveland, Ohio, where they will serve and minister to the community there,” said Stewart. Also, the fifth-grade Safety Patrol will be taking a trip to Washington, D.C., this

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spring. Stewart invites people to visit. “We would love to schedule a tour with families who may be interested in our program in order to share what the Academy is all about.” First Baptist Academy’s Preview Night is Friday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. This is an event for prospective parents to get a good idea of what FBA is all about. Stewart says John 10:10 sums up FBA perfectly. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” FBA believes its students are “made for more.” For more information on First Baptist Academy or First Baptist Powell, visit or fbc

for people with Type 2 diabetes, Bob Temple North Side YMCA beginning in February. Two sessions: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, beginning Feb. 6; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Wednesday and Friday, beginning Feb. 8. Cost: $50 members, $100 nonmembers. Also available at the Cansler and West Side Ys. Info/ registration: Vickey Beard, 406-7328, vbeard@ or ■■ Living with Diabetes: 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.



A-6 • January 25, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news

More inauguration trivia! By Kip Oswald Last week, we began our Presidential Trivia with Inauguration Day, and since then we have had our 45th inauguration! This week, we are going to look at how the Kip rest of the day ended over the years. After lunch, the president watches the Inaugural Parade, a tradition started in 1809 with James Madison. In 1953, a cowboy in Dwight Eisenhower’s parade rode out of the parade and lassoed the president. The whole day ends with fancy celebrations called Inaugural Balls. James Madison’s wife, Dolly, planned the first one. However, the biggest party was Andrew Jackson’s in 1829. He was the first person elected president who was not really rich so he invited everyone to come to the White House to celebrate with him after his inauguration and as many as 20,000 people came. It got so wild inside the White House, the president had to hide until the people left. Likewise, the police had to be called to calm down Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural parties. President Bill Clinton at-

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tended the most balls of any president when he went to 14 during his second inauguration. When Kinzy and I found out that Andrew Jackson in his inaugural speech invited all the people to the White House party, it made us wonder how the people even knew about the inauguration back then, because now we see all about it on social media and television. So we found out that bit of trivia. James Buchanan’s inauguration was the first to be photographed in 1857, but pictures were not seen until weeks later. Likewise, the first one to be recorded on any kind of video was William McKinley’s inauguration in 1897, but people had to go to the movie theater to see it weeks after it happened. People heard the first live inauguration in 1925 when they heard Calvin Coolidge’s on the radio for the first time. The first time people saw an actual inauguration live on television was in 1949 when Harry Truman was president. In 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first one broadcast over the internet. Hope you have enjoyed the Inauguration Trivia! Next week: Part one of Presidential Pets! You won’t believe it! Comments to lar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 215-8700. ■■ Word 1 class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer”

East Knoxville resident John Jackson has so many musical irons in the fire that he spends his days going from one tuneful commitment to another, all in the spirit of joy and service. Still recovering from a bout of laryngitis, he’s just returned from a Young Life camp in Jasper, Ga. “We went bananas,” he laughs, describing a boisterous group activity. “I can’t do that kind of stuff in silence.” The exuberant Jackson has been music director at Community Evangelistic Church (CEC) on Boyd’s Bridge Pike for more than 23 years, and part-time music director at Freedom Fellowship Christian Church for 12 years. The Sunday services occur at different times, which makes for a busy morning. But, “I don’t see church as a job. It’s like a life you live with people.” He came to Knoxville from Chicago, where he’d been studying music and business at a junior college while working as a mail carrier. In 1986, Robert Shepherd, then president of Knoxville College, visited Jackson’s church to speak about the historic black liberal arts institution. “He was talking and giving his spiel,” Jackson remembers, “and then he turned to me at the piano, pointed, and said, ‘if that kid is proficient in music, we’ll give him a scholarship.’ “He opened that door,” says Jackson, who credits Shepherd with changing the course of his life. “We meet people and through that one encounter God uses that situation to steer us in the direction he wants us to go. That was my bridge to Knoxville.” Newly arrived at Knox-

ville College, he was soon working with Chris Martin, founder of Knoxville Leadership Foundation, who sought Jackson’s help in putting together a choir. “I remember that choir. We had everybody!” Ever since, Jackson has used his love of and proficiency in music to foster relationships. In addition to his church duties, he directs the Emerald Youth Choir and is often involved with urban camps and multicultural camps through the Young Life non-denominational Christian ministry. “I’m doing one this summer – the Latino Initiative,” he says. When it comes to leading kids’ choirs, “it’s not the performance that’s the most important thing,” says the father of two. “It’s the 40 hours that you spend practicing.” Jackson enjoys watching youngsters develop discipline To page A-7

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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • January 25, 2017 • A-7

Powell Elementary recently held the school’s spelling bee. The winner was Coleman Shanton and runner-up was Samantha Puffenbarger. Coleman will represent the school in the countywide spelling bee. Photo by Ruth White

Area spelling bee winners crowned

Yoga instructor Jessica Dalton-Carriger demonstrates a pose for class participants.

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Norwood’s community school offers yoga By Ruth White Each



ning, a group gathers at participate in a free yoga Norwood Elementary to class offered to the community. The classes are led by certified instructors who give their time to show others the benefits of yoga. “Yoga offers many health benefits, including being a stress reliever, it helps build lean muscle and working on flexibility. It allows individ-

uals to sit quietly and clear their minds,” said instructor Jessica Dalton-Carriger. Classes are Wednesdays (when school is in session) from 6-7 p.m. and community members are welcome to attend the classes. They are designed for all skill levels. Norwood Elementary is at 1909 Merchant Drive.

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Jordan Frye, Norwood Elementary’s Community Schools site resource coordinator, participates in a weekly yoga class at the school.

Pellissippi State Community College is offering Valentine’s Day special pricing for select non-credit courses. Most classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus. Register at bcs. The special Valentine’s Day pricing is valid for course registrations made Jan. 25-Feb. 14. Use the code VALENTINE when registering to take $10 off classes including: ballroom dancing, levels 1 and 2; instant piano for hopelessly busy people; working with

yarn; estate planning; basic digital photography; girls on guard, a self defense course; flyfishing 101. Prices range from $49 to $119. Classes such as ballroom dancing run from Jan. 30 through March 13; others are one-day such as piano.

Copper Ridge Elementary recently held the school spelling bee and the top three spellers emerged after many rounds. Bee champion was Lucas Hollifield, second place was his twin sister, Gracelyn Hollifield, and third place went to Nolan Cook.

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A-8 • January 25, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news

News from Emerald Youth Foundation of Knoxville

A Message from Steve Diggs

A concrete decision to give back

Emerald Youth president and CEO The beginning of 2017 brings with it a refreshed vision for us as we serve young people in the heart of our city – a city where we believe every child, in every neighborhood, has the opportunity for a full life. As the new year has started, we celebrate Steve Diggs our 25th anniversary, and each day I’m grateful for the time God gives us with urban youth and their families. In his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” Every minute of every day counts, such as children learning the fundamentals of soccer at the Sansom Sports Complex, middle school youth enjoying a weekend camp retreat in the mountains, or high school students receiving tutoring at our College Street Ministry in Mechanicsville. Each of those moments is ripe, and this year we look forward to serving more than 2,000 young people across Knoxville. By building meaningful relationships with children and being comprehensively involved in their lives, we can change their trajectory and help them become godly young adult leaders in Knoxville and beyond.

On the left is the Emerald Youth dining room before new flooring was installed. The photo on the right is the dining room after the new flooring was installed. When Emerald Youth Foundation moved into its facility on North Central Street 17 years ago, two neighborhood boys were a constant presence on the basketball court of its new gym. Brothers Ballard Hall and Stephen Bryant were involved with Emerald Youth in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Hall was in the seventh grade when his teacher first connected him with the ministry. She thought Emerald Youth would be a good place for him to get some additional academic help after school. While initially hesitant to heed his teacher’s advice, Hall became involved with Emerald, not only getting help with his studies, but also playing basketball along with his brother. Hall graduated from Fulton and Bryant from Central; both earned their college degrees. They also enlisted in the Marines and were commended for their outstanding military service as combat veterans. After deployment in the Middle East, they returned home to Knoxville and went into business together, launching Custom Concrete and Design LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

“From the time we were children, we learned how important it is to serve others and that success is measured by one’s actions,” Hall said. “We started Custom Concrete and Design to build a better community, Stephen Bryant, Jonathan Whaley, Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Baland our recent proj- lard Hall of Custom Concrete and Design LLC. ect for Emerald was one way we’ve been able to give back.” ers and their employees. The product used The project: donation of much-needed protects the existing concrete while giving flooring in the dining room at the very facil- the floor the look, texture and color of inity Hall and Bryant enjoyed using as kids. laid tile. The generous in-kind gift will help Emerald “We are so pleased with the look and better serve young people and their fami- durability of the new floor,” said Emerald lies through faith, learning and sports pro- Youth spokesperson John Crooks. “Ballard, grams that regularly occur there. Stephen and their team did an incredible “Emerald did a lot for Ballard and me job. This project is really a blessing, and it’s during our childhood,” Bryant said. “They not one we asked for – they offered it unsowere always present in our lives and never licited. What great guys!” turned their back on us.” Custom Concrete and Design can be The new floor, which will last for years to found online at come, was installed Jan. 2-7 by the broth- or call 865-773-2749.

Food City values Knoxville’s youth Pictured at left, Cedric Jackson and David Wells with Emerald Youth Foundation accept a $5,000 donation from Food City’s Mickey Blazer and Emerson Breeden. Next to Breeden is his granddaughter, Suzanne Stone. “Food City is genuinely dedicated to the wellbeing of the communities in which it does business,” said Jackson, Emerald Youth Foun-


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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • January 25, 2017 • A-9

Tennessee wine surges forward with festival By Shannon Carey This May, 22 wineries from East Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau will gather in Oak Ridge for the first Nine Lakes Wine Festival, a chance for those wineries to sell their wares and build the brand of Tennessee wine. And once again, Union County’s Riddle family of Seven Springs Farm is at the heart of it all. When Rick and Donna Riddle’s daughter, Nikki, showed interest in becoming a winemaker, and their son, Jim, joined the farm’s Farm to Table meat and produce business, Rick set his cap at making sure the regional markets were strong so the family businesses would have a better chance at success. He credits Donna as the driving force behind the effort. “The impetus for so much of this is Donna, and she doesn’t get a lot of the credit,” Rick said. You see, each successful Tennessee winery rep-

resents a family farm preserved, and for the Riddles that hits close to home. “The issue is that a young person can’t buy into this business unless they inherit a small fortune,” Rick said. Rick spearheaded collaborative marketing efforts region-wide, resulting in the Great Valley Wine Trail and groups of wine trails banding together into Nine Lakes Wine Country and the nonprofit Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association (ARWPA), of which Rick is president. Through these collaborations, $75 million worth of grant assistance has come into East Tennessee’s grape, wine and local food industries, funds that can help young people and local families join the industry and save the family farm. “It promotes regional tourism, preserves farm families and the rural way of life in rural Appalachia,” Rick said. Some of the efforts of the ARWPA include using

Rick Riddle, president of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, holds a glass of Chambourcin wine straight from the tank, made from grapes grown on Seven Springs Farm in Maynardville. Riddle and his family are on the forefront of regional efforts to promote wine production in Tennessee, including the upcoming Nine Lakes Wine Festival. Photo by S. Carey

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Longtime Rotarian takes club helm By Tom King

Joe Jarret has resigned as president of the Rotary Club of K nox v ille Breakfast Club because of his teaching responsibilities in Tom King the Department of political science at the University of Tennessee and to complete work on his doctoral dissertation. Stepping up to fill the void is the club’s president-elect, Mike Holober. This is not uncharted territory for Holober, who is a past president of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset (2013-14). Holober owns M&M Jewelers in West Knoxville. Holober will begin as president on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when District 6780 Governor Fred Heitman will install him. He has been a Rotarian for 20 years, beginning in 1997 when he joined the Rotary Club of Belleview (Fla.). He was selected as the club’s “Rookie of the Year” and in 1999 was named the club’s

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“Rotarian of the Year.” He was club treasurer and served on its board of directors. He left that club when he moved to Knoxville. He and his wife, Mike Holober C h r i s t i ne , were charter members of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset and he was its third president. She is in the process of joining her husband as a member of the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club meets each Wednesday at Gettysvue Country Club at 7 a.m. ■■ An interesting


The Rotary Club of Knoxville posed a very interesting “Question of the Week” to its members in its current weekly club newsletter. The question is: “What well known film critic was also a Rotary Scholar?” The answer is the late Roger Ebert, who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa (1965).

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grant funds to purchase wine-making equipment that can be leased to wineries and establishing an American Viticultural Area (AVA). An AVA will allow easier marketing and branding of wine grown in the region, like NASCAR is to Bristol or barbecue is to Memphis. “You have a group of people that have decided that they’re willing to work together,” Rick said. “The wineries know the value of what we’re trying to do.”

It’s the ARWPA that makes the Nine Lakes Wine Festival possible. Tennessee law allows a wine festival to be held if the permit is sought by a nonprofit corporation made up of at least 10 member wineries in good standing with the state, Rick said. And the benefits are astounding. Rick said wine festivals contribute $1 million to Tennessee wine profits statewide. At the festival, patrons can taste wine and purchase wine by the bottle

or by the case. Sales tax from those bottle and case purchases goes back to the home counties of each participating winery. The festival is also crucial for growing visibility and awareness of wine produced in Nine Lakes Wine Country. Rick said only 12 percent of people in Tennessee are knowledgeable about the Tennessee wine industry. An event like the wine festival will help increase that figure. On top of that, 25 percent

of the net ticket sales goes to charities chosen by the participating wineries, including Union County Humane Society and Relay for Life. There will also be a “Barrels of Fun” charity race the Saturday of the festival to benefit these charities. So, mark your calendars for May 19-20. The wine festival won’t just be fun for attendees. It will have real benefits for folks close to home. Info: www.

Should the boss ‘friend’ on social media? By Sandra Clark Attorney Janet Hayes offered advice on business management in the age of social media when she spoke last week to the Halls Business and Professional Association, meeting at Beaver Brook. ■■Should a boss also be a “friend” on Facebook? ■■How about checking a Linkedin profile before hiring? ■■Should you read an employee’s personal blog? “You can look” at social media sites, but you can’t violate privacy, Hayes said. “You can be friends or not; there are no rules, legally. Just don’t do or say anything that might create discomfort at work.” Employers should be mindful that if employees post a review of your

business, the Federal Trade Commission requires them to disclose that they work there. “Put a policy in place.” If a manager gets a complaint that an employee or manager is harassing another on social media, “take that complaint seriously.” It’s legal to call in the employees and Janet Hayes ask to see that portion of their online writings that affect the workplace. But, Hayes said, you should consult your human relations department or a lawyer. The National Labor Relations Board has jumped into social media to say that “water cooler talk” is protected speech – and it’s more likely to be

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protected if more than one employee is involved. Employers can monitor email on company computers, but you should put in writing that employees have no expectation of privacy on such devices. Businesses should write a social media policy and update it frequently. When employees use privacy settings, they generally enjoy a right to privacy and an employer should not try to work around it. Janet Hayes and her family live on a farm in Strawberry Plains. She is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason, the law firm formerly known as Lewis King and Krieg. A graduate of Carson-Newman University, she chaired the board of trustees in 2016. Her law degree is from UT.

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last words Rider just won’t be outworked Lauren Rider got so aggravated by what she was hearing about herself last week that she called her best friend to vent. “I asked her, ‘Can we go clean up a creek, or something?’” Rider – who served four years as president of the Old North Knoxville Inc., two years as cochair of the Broadway Corridor Lauren Rider Task Force, two three-year terms on the Neighborhood Advisory Council, has restored four old houses and a commercial building and owns a resume that includes a long list of volunteer activities – has been preparing for at least two years to run for the District 4 City Council seat that incumbent Nick Della Volpe will vacate in December. Questions about her party allegiance don’t sit well with Rider. Nor does the suggestion that she should defer to Harry Tindell and wait for an at-large seat to come open in 2019. “Some people say I can’t win. Some people say I’m not a Democrat. Some people say I’m not a Republican. What I am is a candidate in a nonpartisan race, running because tons of people have asked me to run over the years. I’ve had a lot of officeholders and community members urging me to run for council year after year after year. I’m fresh and new to this and I’m sincere about it and don’t doubt for a minute that it’s difficult and not fun at times, but I have a great wealth of knowledge of how the city works,” she said. Tindell, her only announced opponent, is a Democrat who started his political career by serving on the Knox County school board, spent 22 years in the General Assembly, was well-liked by his colleagues and was never seriously challenged for re-election. He’s amassing an impressive list of supporters, but so is Rider, a librarian at Pellissippi State’s Division Street campus, who moved to Knoxville 12 years ago when her husband, Steven, took a position as a neurologist at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Rider is from the tiny town of Evans, Ga., near Augusta. Growing up in the country – “seven miles from the grocery store, seven miles from school,

Betty Bean two and a half miles down a dirt road” – made her hanker for city life. A small inheritance provided the means to help her attend Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she got her first taste of city life. She lived downtown, majored in exercise science and was president of the sports club council. She also worked full-time and spent her weekends racing bicycles, something she continued after graduation. After she got her degree, she moved to Indianapolis with her coaches and worked as a nanny to their children. It was there that she met Steven, a medical student. They moved to Knoxville when he finished his training. While Tindell’s supporters tend to be Democrats, labor leaders and business people, Rider’s list of supporters is heavy on neighborhood stalwarts like Carlene Malone, Jamie Rowe, Ronnie Collins, Lynn Redmon and former state Rep. Gloria Johnson. Rider said she won’t be outworked. “There are both men and women, Rs and Ds and Independents who support me,” she said. “I have support from a broad base and from all walks of life, and it’s based on my experience and the work I have done. I’ve shoveled gravel in the basement of a blighted property in 100-degree weather, to the point of tears, by myself, with my two kids running around. I know zoning. I know neighborhood issues and I work to the point of blood, sweat and tears to do what is best for my community.”

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Vols in Super Bowls Football is a numbers game – wins and losses, yards gained, punting averages, pass percentages, attendance and millions generated by the SEC Network. Here’s one you probably haven’t heard but have undoubtedly eagerly awaited, the number of former Volunteers in Super Bowls past: 96. Another number goes with that one: 7. Tennessee ranks seventh in the talent supply chain for the NFL extravaganza. Miami is first with 117. Southern Cal is one behind, followed by UCLA (108), Michigan and Penn State (104 each) and Notre Dame (101). Quarterback Peyton Manning carried the Vol flag to four Super Bowls. Linebacker Jack Reynolds and defensive back Bill Bates played in three. There are secrets to such success – get drafted by or traded to a good team. Fourteen former Vols played in two Super Bowls: punters Ron Widby and Craig and Britton Colquitt; wide receivers Alvin Harper

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and Marcus Nash; offensive linemen Mickey Marvin, Raleigh McKenzie, Bruce Wilkerson and Chris Scott; defensive warriors Reggie White, Leonard Little, Jerod Mayo, Malik Jackson and Tony McDaniel. On the flip side are other great players who never got a chance. Steve DeLong, Bob Johnson, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell are in the College Football Hall of Fame but didn’t get closer to a Super Bowl than good seats for observation.

Memories, comments Bill Anderson played in the first Super Bowl, 1967, with Green Bay. Steve Kiner had a twoyard kickoff return for Dallas in Super Bowl V. He

made the cover of Sports Illustrated trying in vain to block Baltimore’s winning field goal. Kiner remembers the pregame carnival atmosphere. He said it seemed very strange. “I kept wondering what all the excitement was about. We were just going to play another football game. It was no big deal. “I personified young and dumb. I had no sense of time, no perspective about professional football or the history of it. I was playing and having a great time. “After the loss, a great sense of missed opportunity lingered for years.” Eddie Brown had an interception for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. Reynolds achieved legendary status as the Pied Piper of the San Francisco 49ers. He often surprised teammates but actually stunned them in 1982. Hacksaw was primed and ready long before kickoff. He boarded the bus from

the hotel to the stadium already in full uniform. CBS analyst John Madden loved it. He said “Boom!” Stanley Morgan had six receptions for New England in Super Bowl XX. Willie Gault had only four for Chicago but produced 129 yards. Alvin Harper became the first Vol to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl, XXVII, a 45-yard pass from Troy Aikman. They played for the Cowboys. Reggie White had three sacks for minus 23 in Super Bowl XXXI. Jamal Lewis carried 27 times for 102 yards and one touchdown on behalf of the Baltimore Ravens in XXXV. Charley Garner, coming out of the backfield, caught seven passes for Oakland in XXXVII. Manning as a Colt was MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Manning, last February as a Bronco at age 39, was the oldest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. Five sacks may have encouraged him to retire and do more and better commercials. Marvin West invites reader commentary. His address is

Speaker’s job changes hands

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally turns 73 on Monday, Jan. 30. He represents part of Knox County and all of Anderson County in the state Senate. He is the first person to represent Knox County to be Senate speaker in over 100 years. State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, who came close to winning the GOP speakership contest in Nashville over incumbent Beth Harwell, turns 58 on Feb. 5. Harwell had been considered a candidate for governor but is viewed as a longer shot now due to the difficulties she has encountered the past two years as speaker. With 30 of the 74 GOP House members voting against her to be speaker for a fourth term, they are not likely to favor her bid for governor either. Nevertheless, Harwell is now passing the word she may run after all. This means this would be her final term as speaker. Her House clerk, Joe McCord, abruptly retired as clerk just four days before ■■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is the House reconvened on making noises about running Jan. 10. He had become a for county mayor. He cannot source of controversy for seek re-election in 2018 Harwell, and she quickly because of term limits. named Tammy Letzler – a ■■ Hiring Hugh Holt for more onetime employee of Jimmy money than he was making Naifeh – the first woman for Knox County governever to be clerk of the House ment to do just a portion of in his place. McCord, 49, will the work was a signal that be eligible to draw a generJones would not again face voters. Perhaps he thinks we’ll ous state pension at age 55 as he is a former legislator. forget? Her committee appoint■■ Joe Bailey is gearing up to ments last week sought to run for Knox County Repubpunish several who opposed lican Party chair – with the support of courthouse heavy- her for speaker, which may weights. Bailey is a former city haunt her next year when vice mayor. she campaigns in the coun– S. Clark ties of those House mem-


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bers. There was not a healing process here. Harwell will need to articulate a compelling story of her time as speaker and what she has accomplished to make headway over former economic development chief Randy Boyd, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, the three state senators – Mark Green, Mark Norris and Doug Overbey – and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. ■■ Five City Council members depart in a little over 10 months on Dec. 16, but they will not depart the city’s payroll, as they will receive a modest city pension based on eight years of service. The current council annual salary is $19,000 a year. Three of the five who are over 66 will receive $2051.52 a year. They are Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, Brenda Palmer and Nick Della Volpe.  Former mayor Daniel Brown will receive the highest pension at $7,635, which is a result of his 11 months as mayor when he received the mayor’s salary of $130,000 a year. Because the pension is based on one’s highest two years of pay, this generously upped the pension amount for Brown. Former vice mayor Nick Pavlis receives the least at $1,838.52, since he is not yet 66.

Mayor Madeline Rogero, too, will transition from her mayor’s salary to a city pension the day she leaves office in December 2019. Her pension will be based on 11 years with the city, which will work out in rough figures to $30,000 a year plus a 3 percent annual increase, which in 10 years in 2029 means a 30 percent increase compounded in her pension. Several other high-paid city employees such as Bill Lyons will depart then, but in his case his annual pension will likely exceed $58,000 a year also with the same 3 percent annual escalator. He will have put in 16 years with the city. He is currently the second-highest paid city employee at $168,240 a year plus $1,320 in longevity pay and $5,830 a year car allowance – when he lives at 607 Union Ave. and usually walks the five short  blocks to work.  Lyons’ total pay package exceeds $175,000 a year with a guaranteed 7.5 percent increase on top of this for the remaining three years he has with Rogero. Rogero earns $142,000 a year but does not receive an annual increase nor does council. Five city employees make more than the mayor. ■■ The Confucius Institute at UT Knoxville, located in the International House, is funded primarily by the Chinese government under the name of Hanban in Beijing, which is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Its funding is less than $150,000 a year, which

is less than 25 percent of the new UTK Chancellor’s salary. By UTK standards, this is almost pocket change. What has become controversial is discussion of the real motive behind the Institute, which now has over 500 locations around the world in 105 nations as part of China’s overseas propaganda strategy. China interestingly picked the name of Confucius, who has never been part of the Chinese Communist ideology. Clearly, had it been named Mao Institute it would have created major public relations issues in the USA.  The respected University of Chicago did not renew its contract with the Institute in 2014 as the Confucius Institute has weighed on free speech issues at some campuses by expressing concern with some programs viewed as anti-China by the Chinese government. The concern voiced about Confucius is having a foreign government with a clear agenda exercising influence on college campuses inconsistent with academic freedom. This would include, for China, discussions on Tibet, Taiwan, Falun Gong and the Dalai Lama. China carefully monitors these topics within China in a way that contradicts America’s concept of true academic freedom. Problems have not yet surfaced at UTK, but they could, depending on the actions of the Chinese government. China’s government has a different view on academic freedom and independence than does the USA.

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A foot massage already feels great. Peppermint scrub in the hands of a trained therapist makes it even better.

Tennova’s seven professional massage therapists including Jaclyn Howell, shown here, are ready to give your sweetie the “Royal Spoil.”

Candy is dandy, flowers last for hours, and jewels are cool. But if you want to give a gift that your sweetie will always remember, consider a gift certificate for a super spa treatment, courtesy of Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s spa services. Right now Tennova’s seven trained massage therapists are eager to treat your better half to the “Royal Spoil,” a 90-minute service that includes aromatic scalp massage, full-body hot stone massage and peppermint foot treatment. Read that again. That’s an hour and a half of the ultimate in pampering, by the best in the business. “We like to think of it as a gift for the woman who has everything,” says Jaclyn Howell, who has been a massage therapist at Tennova for 11 years. But men can enjoy it, too. In fact, says Howell, “I have a married couple who come for weekly massages. They’re 85 and 83.” Because of their regular appointments, the two enjoy all the benefits of massage: muscle relaxation, less stress and chronic pain, better blood flow. The “Royal Spoil” is the Rolls Royce of spa treatments because it makes use of hot stones. “That’s the main part,” says Jill Collins, who studied under the Center on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) program. The veteran of Blackberry Farm and Pure Luxe Salon says, “The great thing about the hot stones is that they keep us from having to work so terribly hard to release the muscles. The stones relax the muscles so easily because of the heat.” Don’t worry – you’re not going to be buried under a warm pile of

“It’s all about the hot stones,” say the massage therapists at Tennova Health & Fitness. Photos by Carol Z. Shane

relaxing rubble. The flat, smooth stones – about the size of a silver dollar – are heated in water, and then “we massage with the stones themselves,” says Howell. All the way from forehead to ankles. Ahhhh. “Aromatherapy also has many benefits,” Collins says. “It can boost energy, reduce anxiety and induce sleep.” It’s part of the

scalp massage. And that peppermint foot treatment? Pure heaven. Right now Tennova Health & Fitness is running a special on the “Royal Spoil.” For about the same price as a nice bouquet of flowers, you can give your favorite person 90 minutes of luxury. What better way to say “I love you”?

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Gift certificates for the “Royal Spoil” can be purchased for $85 apiece at Tennova Health & Fitness Center, 7540 Dannaher Drive in Powell, during regular business hours: Monday - Friday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gift certificates don’t expire, but the promotion expires on Feb. 14, 2017. “Royal Spoil” treatments can be scheduled during these hours and times: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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After a career teaching art in the school system, artist Ann Birdwell now shares her painting expertise at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center.

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Native Oak Ridger Ann Birdwell’s 30-plus years of teaching art in the Anderson and Knox county school systems were full of challenges and joys. She was there when East High School transitioned to Austin-East in the late ’60s. She spent almost 20 years at Central High School, retiring in 1995. Even after that, she continued to substituteteach. “The most joy I had,” she says of that time, “was to go back to Oak Ridge High School 50 years after I had graduated! They have such a strong program there. They value the necessity of art and how it helps the students in so many disciplines.” Now she teaches beginning and advanced art at the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. And according to her students, she’s the bomb. “She is amazing!” says Pauletta Thomas, a retired chief nursing officer. “She has a way of telling you how to improve your work without making you feel bad about yourself.” “So many of them, when they come in here, they’re intimidated,” says Birdwell. “Once they’ve retired, this is something they want to pursue. My delight is to see how they progress.”

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Karen Fawver (left) and Ann McIntyre flank their teacher, Ann Birdwell. McIntyre retired from UT’s psychology department in 2005. Her only previous art experience, she confides, was “sketching on the backs of the agendas at faculty meetings.”

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Elle Colquitt says her impressive first attempt at painting glass bottles is working because Birdwell told her to look at the reflections in a photo from all angles, including upside-down.

Her students have been in the spotlight quite a lot lately, owing to “Breaking Ground,” the show by the John T. O’Connor Senior Center Painters, currently part of a triple exhibition at the Emporium Center on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Their First Friday reception, originally planned for Jan. 6, was postponed because of the snowstorm. On a recent Wednesday morning, the students talk excitedly about attending the rescheduled event, and about their art.

From page 1 “I’m a retired schoolteacher,” says Sherry Lane, who has been studying with Birdwell for four years. “It’s like a dream come true to be able to express myself this way. It’s like saying ‘this is me.’” Akiko Takayana, originally from Japan, says she loves watercolor because “you’re not supposed to touch it that much. It reminds me of Japanese calligraphy – you just put it on the paper and leave it; you cannot erase it. That’s why I like it. It’s always challenging.”

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Ann Birdwell’s warm relationship with her students is obvious from this photo, taken as she greets Sherry Lane.

Ann Birdwell suggests improvements to Akiko Takayana, who works in the unforgiving medium of watercolor.

“She came to me in 2000,” says Birdwell. “She is very talented. And she’s a breast cancer survivor.” Ann McIntyre wears a smock that has “The Artful Codger,” a play on a Dickensian name, spelled out in fabric paint on the pocket. She lobbied for the class to adopt it as a group name, but failed. “Not everybody was crazy about the idea,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think they liked the word ‘codgers.’” Birdwell is fond of all her students and says picking a standout is like “trying to choose a favorite child.” She has

two grown children of her own, two stepchildren and eight grandkids. Her son Robert, a caterer, paints every day and sends her a photo of each painting. “He was around it growing up,” she says, but he didn’t really delve into it until he lost his dad last March. Ann’s husband, Robert Birdwell, was one of the “Knoxville Seven,” a collective of envelope-pushing young artists in the 1940s-1960s. Birdwell loves her work and her students at the senior center. “It’s a real creative outlet,” she says. “This is a completely new way for them to express themselves.”

Pauletta Thomas works mostly in acrylics. “I so enjoy it,” she says. The retired critical care nurse draws parallels between painting and nursing. “You work hard ‘til you get it so that you feel good about what you have done.” Photos by Carol Z. Shane

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Making new friends after a move or other life event Downsizing and other life changes often find seniors leaving their comfort zones to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the country. It can be difficult to leave those comfort zones behind, especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends or family members. Establishing new social circles as a senior can be challenging. But with a little effort and the right attitude, seniors can meet new people and enjoy the excitement that comes with new friendships. ■■ Join a club. If you have a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new location. Find a local gardening club, churchsponsored organization or fitness center where you can meet like-minded men and women. Ask the real estate agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on where to find community information; read community notices in the local newspaper. ■■ Get a dog. Dogs make great companions inside the house and also serve as an ice breaker when you are outdoors. Take plenty of walks and take advantage of opportunities for conversation when people come up to you to inquire about your dog. Explain your situation and you may make some new friends along the way. ■■ Volunteer your time. Many people make new friends through volunteering. Vol-

unteer and you’re likely to meet people who share the same interests as you. Sign up with a favorite charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for familiar faces. Start talking to those people you meet again and again. ■■ Participate in church events. Places of religious worship are often cornerstones of a community, and they frequently host different events to get parishioners or members together. Read the bulletin and get involved in potlucks, retreats, movie nights and other church-sponsored events. ■■ Work at a school. Schools also serve as hubs of community activity. Volunteer or work for a local school and you will soon find yourself immersed in your community’s weekday hustle and bustle. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about your new neighborhood in the process. ■■ Host your own party. Go out on a limb and plan a “new to the neighborhood” party. Put invitations in neighbors’ mailboxes and invite everyone over for snacks and cocktails. Remember, neighbors may be just as nervous about new faces as you are, and a party is a great way to break the ice. Change can be hard for seniors starting out in new communities. With some gumption and a few strategies to get started, anyone can expand his or her circle of friends.

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James Williams enjoys lively conversation. His natural curiosity and his years spent as an educator show in his wide range of interests. Photos by Carol Z. Shane

James Williams finds joy in every day By Carol Z. Shane Gerontologists divide old age into the young-old (ages 65-74,) middle-old (7584) and old-old (over 85.) Among the latter, James Williams of Norris is that rare treasure: a man with a mind like a steel trap who speaks generously but unsentimentally about his long life, and about his everyday challenges. A visit with this 92-yearold won’t have you patting his hand and thinking, “poor old dear” – not for a minute. With his ready laugh and lightning wit, Williams is much too engaged and animated for that. After all, he’s weathered Gen. George S. Patton, the raising of two daughters and 32 years as principal and teacher in the county school system. And he still has lessons to teach.

“I keep a daily record,” he says, pulling out a small notebook. “See, here are all the names of the staff since I’ve been here.” Now in an assisted living facility in Norris after leaving the home he bought when the town was new, the adjustment wasn’t easy. But “they’re super, and I have to reason that I am much better off here than there.” Williams and his eight siblings grew up on a farm near Matthews, N.C. “I come from a family of vigorous, active people. I worked from the time I was 13 years old. It kept us in good physical shape.” Basic training in the Army built upon that strength. “It was absolutely a rigorous program. I gained weight, I gained muscle.” After serving in the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Third Army under Patton,

he returned home in 1946 and within a week met his future wife, Jean, when she came to town to visit relatives. “My friend asked, ‘Would you like a date with a redhead tonight?’” and I said, “‘Of course I would!’” At the end of the evening, he told Jean’s aunt, “I’m going to marry that woman.” The next year, he did. “Look at you, you beautiful thing,” he says, gazing at a photo of the two of them. “We were absolutely totally dedicated to each other all our married lives,” he says. “We didn’t argue; we ‘discussed,’ which was good. She was not a patsy. She had her views.” The couple enjoyed adventurous road trips, raising their daughters, gardening and putting up preserves, To page 6

At his daughter (left) Missy Williams Tortora’s birthday party, James Williams is asked, “How does it feel to have a 60-year-old daughter?” “Like I’m 92,” he deadpans. Also shown is Terry Williams Hozinsky, who lives with husband Ira in New York City. Photo by Emily Shane

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and watching game shows and sports on TV. He lost her in October 2015. “I have had a tough time adjusting to it. You can’t have a beautiful, wonderful companion for 68 years and have her leave and not have it be different.” He’s found some new activities, but admits without a trace of self-pity, “I don’t watch golf now. But it was fun when she watched it with me.” In May 2017, Williams will have been retired as long as he was employed as an educator – a rewarding career that he found after a series of postwar jobs that didn’t work out. “I’m not a religious freak,” he says, “but there was some kind of guidance. It didn’t just happen by accident.” Williams says “staying active” is his No. 1 priority in healthy aging, and he attends his facility’s exercise classes every weekday. He still drives. He enjoys jigsaw puzzles, word games, science magazines and “wonderful” email. “You’ve got to find a little bit of joy and pleasure every day,” he says. “Sometimes I feel 92 and sometimes I feel much younger,” he says. “Sometimes it changes throughout the day. My dear sweetie used to say, ‘one day at a time.’” His faith is in “an all-loving God,” and when the day comes and he’s standing at the Pearly Gates, what does he hope to hear? With a laugh as big as his heart, Williams’ answer is immediate: “Jeanie’s right around the corner!”


Seniors and exercise: Tips to avoid injuries, get healthy Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise can improve mood, promote an active lifestyle and reduce a person's risk for a host of ailments, including diabetes and heart disease. Despite the importance of exercise, many people live sedentary lifestyles into their golden years. Seniors who want to embrace a healthier way of life and get more physically active should first consult with their physicians before beginning an exercise regimen. Certain medications may limit just how far seniors can push themselves, while pre-existing conditions may make specific types of exercise off limits. After discussing their limitations with their physicians and developing a safe exercise routine, seniors can heed these tips to avoid injury but still get healthy. ■■ Pick a partner. Whether it's a spouse or a friend who is physically active or wants to be, try exercising with a partner, at least initially. Doing so can provide the motivation you need, and partners can serve as safety nets should you need assistance completing an exercise or suffer an injury and require medical attention. Personal trainers can serve as your partner, and many gyms offer discounts to seniors on personal training services. ■■ Start slowly. Seniors who have not been physically active for some time should take a gradual ap-

proach to exercise. Instead of heading right for the treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine, start walking every day. When it rains, find a treadmill you can walk on. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends seniors begin by determining how many steps they can take in a day and then gradually working toward 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. Utilize step counting apps on your smartphone to track your progress. Apply the same slow approach to strength training exercises, lifting only very light weights at first before gradually increasing weight as your body acclimates to the exercises. ■■ Stretch. Bodies that have been inactive for lengthy periods of time are inflexible, and lack of flexibility increases your risk for injury. The AAOS recommends that seniors warm up their bodies before stretching with five to 10 minutes of low-intensity activity such as walking. Then stretch gently, remembering to relax and breathe during each stretch. ■■ Switch things up. When strength training, do not work the same muscle group two days in a row. Muscles need time to recover. If you prefer circuit strength training where you exercise various muscle groups in one day, do not strength train on back-to-back days, leaving at least one day in between strength training sessions so muscles have ample time to recover.

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Interesting ways to enjoy travel Research indicates that traveling is at the top of the list of interests motivating today’s men and women over the age of 50. Seniors are perhaps the most likely demographic to indulge their love of traveling. Retirement leaves lots of time for recreation, and many choose to spend that time on the road. Travel also can improve adult longevity, say geriatricians at the University of Arkansas. Those in the travel industry understand that men and women over 50 comprise a large percentage of their customers and have catered many travel packages toward this influential demographic. The following is a look at some of the more popular travel opportunities for men and women over 50. ■■ Genealogical tourism: This is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel. Genealogical tourism involves individuals traveling to areas of historical significance for their families, such as churches where past relatives may have married and villages where grandparents or cousins once lived or were employed. This can create a tangible link to one’s past and open up more opportunities to learn the varied genealogical history that has shaped a family, and even one’s per-

sonal identity. ■■ Extended vacations: Seniors may have the capacity to devote more time to travel and not be caged in by strict time constraints. That makes them eligible for extended vacations. These can include long-term rentals in tropical locales, several-week sightseeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several dif-

ferent countries or cities during the trip. ■■ Off the beaten path: Adventurous travelers may not be content to stick to the resort lifestyle or standard vacation options. Active men and women over 50 are charting their own vacation courses with bucket list-style vacations that may be off the beaten path. Travelers who have always aspired to climb a mountain or see

a rain forest may be inclined to realize these goals as they get older. Nontraditional tours can include living like indigenous peoples or following the footsteps of early explorers. ■■ All-inclusive tours: All-inclusive packages remain a popular option for travelers of all ages. These vacation packages charge one price for accommodations, entertainment, sightseeing, food and many other amenities. Allinclusive vacations remove some of the headaches associated with organizing various components of travel so that a person can focus on relaxation and having fun. ■■ Singles meets: Single vacationers over 50 may want to meet other men or women in their age bracket in the hopes of finding romance. These vacations double as relationship mixers and give men and women the opportunity to mingle with others in similar situations without the pressure of traditional dating. Travel is a way to see the world, meet new people and experience various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel because they have both the time and the means to take vacations.

How to determine if downsizing is for you As men and women retire or approach retirement age, many opt to downsize their homes. Such a decision can save older adults substantial amounts of money while also liberating them from the hassle of maintaining large homes they no longer need. Downsizing to smaller homes or apartments is a significant step, one that homeowners should give ample consideration before making their final decisions. The following are a handful of tips to help homeowners determine if downsizing to smaller homes is the right move. ■■Get a grip on the real estate market. Downsizing is not solely about money, but it’s important that homeowners consider the real estate market before putting their homes up for sale. Speak with a local Realtor or your financial adviser about the

current state of your real estate market. Downsizing can help homeowners save money on utilities, taxes and mortgage payments, but those savings may be negated if you sell your house in a buyer’s market instead of a seller’s market. If you think the current market won’t get you the price you are hoping for, delay your downsize until the market rebounds. ■■Take inventory of what’s in your house. Empty nesters often find that their homes are still filled with their children’s possessions, even long after those children have entered adulthood and left home. If the storage in your home is dominated by items that belong to your children and not you, then downsizing might be right for you. Tell your children you are thinking of downsizing and invite them over to pick through any items still

in your home. Once they have done so and taken what they want, you can host a yard sale, ultimately donating or discarding what you cannot sell. Once all of the items are gone, you may realize that moving into a smaller place is the financially prudent decision. ■■Examine your own items as well. Your children’s items are likely not the only items taking up space in your home. Take inventory of your own possessions as well, making note of items you can live without and those you want to keep. If the list of items you can live without is extensive, then you probably won’t have a problem moving into a smaller home. If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to many of your possessions, then you might benefit from staying put for a little while longer.

Retirement saving for late bloomers Today’s young professionals hear about the importance of saving for retirement seemingly from the moment they are hired. In addition to discussions with human resources personnel about employersponsored retirement plans, young professionals are learning about the importance of saving for retirement thanks to the abundance of financial-planning advertisements on television, the radio and the Internet. Older workers may not have been so lucky, and many may find themselves trying to play catch up as retirement age draws closer. While it’s important to begin saving for retirement as early as possible, late bloomers whose retirement dates are nearing can still take steps to secure their financial futures. ■■ Pay down debts. Eliminating debt is good for men and women of all ages, but especially so for those nearing retirement. Substantial debt may delay your retirement and can greatly reduce your quality of life during retirement. If you still have substantial debt, eliminate that debt before you start saving additional money for retirement. Once your debt slate has been wiped clean, you can then increase your retirement contributions. ■■ Eliminate unnecessary expenses. If your retirement savings are low (many financial advisers now advise men and women that they will need at least 60 percent of their pre-retirement income each year they are retired), start cutting back on unnecessary expenses and reallocate that money toward retirement saving. Cutting out luxury items, such as vacations to exotic locales or country club member-

ships, is one way to save money. But don’t overlook the simpler ways to save, such as canceling your cable subscription or dining at home more often. ■■ Downsize your home. Many empty nesters downsize their homes as retirement nears, and doing so can help you save a substantial amount of money. If the kids no longer live at home or if you simply have more space than you will need after retirement, downsize to a smaller, less expensive home. Monitor the real estate market before you decide to downsize so you can be sure to get the best deal on your current home. Downsizing saves on monthly utility bills, property taxes and a host of additional expenses. Downsizing also means less maintenance, which gives you more time to pursue your hobbies upon retiring. ■■ Take on some additional work. While you may have long felt you would slowly wind down in the years immediately preceding retirement, taking on some additional work outside your current job is a great way to save more for retirement and perhaps even lay the foundation for a postretirement career. Workers over the age of 50 can be invaluable resources to startups or other businesses looking for executives who have been there, done that. Look for part-time jobs that seek such experience. Even if the initial jobs don’t bowl you over financially, part-time consultant work in retirement can make up for lost retirement savings and may even make your retirement years more fulfilling. Men and women on the verge of retirement can take many steps to grow their retirement savings and make their golden years that much more enjoyable.

■■Consider your retirement lifestyle. If you have already retired or are on the verge of retirement and plan to spend lots of time traveling, then downsizing to a smaller home may free up money you can spend on trips. ■■And if you really do see yourself as a silver-haired jetsetter, then you likely won’t miss your current home because you won’t be home frequently enough to enjoy it. If travel is not high on your retirement to-do list but you have a hobby, such as crafting, restoring classic cars or woodworking, that you hope to turn into a second profession, then you might benefit from staying put and converting your existing space into a workshop. Many retirees downsize their homes, but this decision requires careful consideration of a variety of factors.

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Protect your joints and prevent pain Joints play vital roles in the human body, forming the connections between bones and facilitating movement. Damage to the joints can be especially painful, and that damage may result from conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout. While not all joint pain is debilitating, the discomfort is such that it’s wise for adults to take steps to protect their joints with the hope of preventing joint pain down the road. The Arthritis Foundation offers these joint pro-

tection tips: ■■ Forgo fashion with regard to footwear. When women choose their footwear, fashion should not be the top priority. According to the Arthritis Foundation, three-inch heels stress the feet seven times more than one-inch heels, and heels put additional stress on knees, possibly increasing women’s risk for osteoarthritis. Though heels may be fashionable, the risk of developing joint pain is not worth making the fashion statement.

■■ Get some green in your diet. A healthy diet pays numerous dividends, but many may not know that a healthy diet can help prevent joint pain. Green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, kale and parsley are high in calcium and can reduce age-related bone loss while also slowing cartilage destruction. ■■ Shed those extra pounds. If you start including more healthy vegetables in your diet, you might just start to lose a little weight as well.

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