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History’s hidden truths By Reneé Kesler “Don’t Turn On the Lights: History’s Unwritten Stories” is my feeble attempt to expose to a new generation the voices of our ancestors, those eyewitnesses Renee Kesler to a bitter past speaking uncensored truths. “They told us not to have no light on! And we didn’t,” stated Mary Etter, the widow of Joe Etter, a veteran soldier who fought in the Spanish American War of 1898, and was killed during the race riot in Knoxville. On Aug. 30, 1919, during a time when race riots were erupting all across the nation, the race relations climate in Knoxville took a bloody turn and the city became one of the “Red Summer” cities. Maurice Mays, a handsome black man born around 1887, was accused of murdering a white woman, and Knoxville erupted in violence. The National Guard was summoned to maintain law and order. During this time, soldiers armed with machine guns shot and killed Joe Etter as he tried to take a machine gun from one of the soldiers. In 1979, in her own words, Mary Etter described the nightmare she endured to Anne Wilson, program coordinator of an oral history project at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Here is an excerpt from that interview: Ms. Etter, your husband was killed in 1919 wasn’t he? Yes, he was. How was he killed? Well, he was killed in the race riot what they had here. Can you tell us what the race riot was? Well, it was kind of over … well, they said a colored man killed a white woman and that’s what started it out. Ms. Etter, what was the name of that black man? Let’s see … Morris Mays, Morris Mays they say killed a white woman! When the interviewer asked Ms. Etter to tell how she found out about her husband’s death, she talked in exquisite detail about the events of that night. She described how a man from the white-owned undertaker parlor located on Vine and Gay Street summoned her to come and identify the body. To page A-3

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Middle school park grows

Knox County Schools has completed work on a brick and simulated wrought iron fence in front of Powell Middle School. By setting back the fence from Emory Road, the county has created a linear park which will now be landscaped. The old chain link fence has been removed and the electric box will be placed on a brick column with the power pole removed.

By Sandra Clark The new linear park under construction on Emory Road in front of Powell Middle School can include trees and benches on both sides of the new fence. Keith Thress and Hannah Noll of Thress Nursery Gardens recommended the design, which has been tentatively OK’d by principal Christine Oehler and will be considered by the school board in

March. Oehler said soccer coach Chris Thorson is excited about plans for the park, which would include two picnic tables, crepe myrtle bushes and loblolly pines between the new fence and the soccer storage sheds. Douglas Dillingham, director of facilities and construction for Knox County Schools, said the

Thress design “looks great.” The next step is formal school board approval and acceptance of the donation. Thress Nursery is donating the trees, while the Powell Business & Professional Association is donating the picnic tables. The county-managed park be-

tween the new fence and Emory Road will have landscaping and tables as well. Justin Bailey, chair of the PBPA’s Enhance Powell committee, is asking Knox County to rebuild the sidewalk in front of the middle school to meander through the park, as shown on the sketch on Page A-3.

Mike Huckabee speaks in Powell By Stacy Levy Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was in Powell Jan. 28, speaking to the Faithful Men’s Leadership Banquet at The Crown College. “We are praying that God moved in mighty ways in the hearts of the men in our community,” said Shasta Curtis, executive assistant and marketing director. The mission of The Crown College is to train men and women to follow Jesus Christ and equip them to fulfill his purpose by providing an education in which the highest aca-

demics are united with ministry application. This mission continues as graduates of The Crown College train others. Crown College founder/ president Dr. Clarence Sexton has a clear message. “We have been training men and women to follow the Lord JeHuckabee sus Christ. The burden of my heart is to enlist people in the cause of Christ, to train and equip them to continue in ‘the heritage of the servants of the Lord.’”

The Crown College is constantly growing and seeking out ways to get the community involved. The college recently unveiled its School of Trades and Technology, offering career training in auto/diesel technology, cosmetology and HVAC technology. Spring College Days are set for Thursday and Friday, March 30-31. High school juniors and seniors, as well as college-age individuals, are invited. Registration fee is $30, which includes room and board, four meals and admission to all activities. Info:

Building Gibbs Middle leaves big hole for Holston By Sandra Clark A parent said she was “happy when Gibbs got their middle school,” and then she realized that rezoning could draw her Shannondale Elementary School student out of Gresham and into Gibbs. She and some 100 others came last Tuesday to Holston Middle for the fifth of six community meetings on middle school rezoning. Most parents wanted their kids to move through school with their friends. They wanted siblings to attend school together. Members of the NAACP asked that East Knox neighborhoods be kept intact, and they spoke against busing black kids across town for racial balance. Katie Lutton, principal at Holston Middle, pleaded with decision-makers to recognize school communities. “Holston has a deep history as a high school and a mid-

dle school,” she said. “My concern is, I do not want this school community fractured. (Holston) deserves to be a part of a school community, not hanging here, fractured.” Katie Lutton Lutton said afterward that she wants her students to move together to high school. What high school? “Gibbs, I guess.” Deborah Porter, an Austin-East graduate who now lives behind Gibbs High School, said city kids lack the cohesive school communities that you see in Powell, Karns, Halls, Farragut, Bearden, South Knox, Carter and now Gibbs – where elementary, middle and high schools bear the same name. “It behooves us to think what

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we’re doing to our history when we’re bused to and fro.” The mess started in a backroom when Mayor Tim Burchett and Superintendent Jim McIntyre signed a memorandum of understanding to build two middle schools – one at Gibbs and another at Hardin Valley – when Knox County Schools was already under capacity.

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A new baby for a new year After being raised with a little sister who is nine years younger and being around nieces and nephews from six half-siblings, Melanie Mullins can say she has quite a bit of experience with babies. Still, the enormity of the situation was not lost on her. Mullins found out she was pregnant, and it came as a complete surprise. “We were not actively trying to start a family,” she says. “We were both a little scared, but also excited.” While the thought of having a baby was a little overwhelming, there was something that brought her peace. It was her faith in the medical staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I chose Fort Sanders Regional because I had been a patient there before and felt like I was really cared about while I was there,” Mullins says. The birth of a first child is a monumental event in the life of a family, but Fort Sanders Regional delivers more than 2,000 babies each year, so first-time moms-to-be can set their minds at ease. Expectant parents find exceptional medical backup with one of the best equipped neonatal units in the area. Specialized OB surgical suites are designed for ultimate efficiency. If there are complications, it’s comforting to know that East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is just steps away, and the two hospitals are connected by a tunnel, with medical coverage and care available around the clock. Jan. 2, 2017, was the original due date, but Mullins went into labor on December 31, 2016. Like many other first-time moms, she wasn’t sure if it was the real thing or a false alarm. “It was hard to get ready to leave the house, and I kept having to lie down,” she says. “I finally realized that it was definitely ‘go time,’ so I phoned the doctor and told

her I was on my way.” Mullins gave birth to the hospital’s official New Year’s Baby. Little Adalynn Irons made her grand entrance into the world at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 1. Months of morning sickness had caused some concern about the health of the baby,

be more pleased. “I was nervous about being a new mom, but the doctors and nurses kept me calm and confident,” Mom and baby are happy and Mullins says. “The staff was healthy after a New Year’s amazing, from the nurses to the delivery at Fort Sanders Regional anesthesiologist who administered my epidural.” Mullins appreciated the quality of care and she also appreciated the compassion the nurses exhibited, making sure she was well cared for. That included little gestures of thoughtfulness that aren’t part of a nurse’s usual job description. “On my last evening in the hospital, I was hungry at about 4 a.m., and asked the nurse where the closest vending machine was,” Mullins recalls. “She brought me a sandwich, fruit, peanut butter and crackers, and a Sprite. “It was just the sweetest thing,” Mullins says. “I just want to hug them all.” Mullins says it’s “pretty neat” to be the mother of the New Year’s Baby. “The staff made me feel special, and I am glad I will have such a special story to tell my daughter when she is older.” Mother and baby are both doing well, although Mullins admits they’re both very tired. The new mom says her biggest challenge is trying not to worry, a common concern for every caring mom. “I just want to be the best mom possible,” Mullins says. Mullins is emphatic in recommending Fort Sanders Regional for expectbut Adalyn was a ant mothers. “It’s important to feel cared completely healthy about and listened to when you are having newborn. a baby,” she says, “and that is exactly my “My appetite was never re- experience.” ally there,” Mullins says. “We were surprised and grateful that she weighed seven To learn more about the birthing center pounds, 12 ounces at birth.” at Fort Sanders Regional, visit In fact, everything about the childbirth experience went well, and Mullins couldn’t

Pre-delivery classes available through 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 classrooms on the lobby level of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Class schedules are available at The following classes are offered: ◊ Breastfeeding – Learn breastfeeding basics including correct positioning, tips for returning to work and an overview of breast pumps. Fathers-to-be are encouraged to attend. ◊ 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. ◊ Birth and Babies Today –This five-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 recommended for first-time parents starting in their sixth or seventh month and includes a facility tour. ◊ 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 and Safety – 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. All Teddy Bear University dates, times and fees are available at or by calling (865) 673-FORT.

A special partnership Because of a special partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), there is no safer place for a baby’s beginning than Fort Sanders Regional. The two facilities have an open door policy, so there’s nothing to slow down the effort to provide immediate, expert care to newborns who need it. When a baby who needs specialized care is born at Fort Sanders Regional, a team from Children’s quickly assembles and moves through the tunnel connecting the two hospitals. Babies are immediately assessed by pediatric specialists and if necessary, head back to a brand new neonatal intensive care unit at ETCH. While medical staff at Fort Sanders work to stabilize new moms, families are able to visit newborns without traveling too far from the delivery room. The close proximity not only provides convenience to patients and families, but provides the assurance that every neonatal service needed is available right next door.

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Drocella Mugorewera is a grateful American These days we’re hearing a lot of talk about refugees. East Knoxville resident Drocella Mugorewera knows something about that topic. The executive director of Bridge Refugee Services, located at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, she fled her native Rwanda in 2008 and arrived in Knoxville in 2009. Through Bridge, she was able to find a connection to her church and employment as a production sales associate with Goodwill Industries. Before that, she had been head of Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources: Land, Forests, Environment and Mining. Because of previous genocidal campaigns and attempts to suppress them, which only resulted in more violence, Mugorewera had

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been, she says, “enduring the situation. But it was getting worse and worse.” On her way to a conference, “something happened which was terrifying,” she says. “I spent two nights without sleeping. What do you choose? Death or life?” Leaving her husband, two children and three nieces behind, she fled to Uganda, then Kenya, where she began the process of proving her refugee status. She was investigated, fingerprinted and interviewed. After arriving in America, she underwent a similar

Park grows

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“This western entrance to Historic Powell Station sets an inviting, restful mood while making it easier for all residents to go out and play,” he said. “The new sidewalks on both sides of the middle school make it safer for kids walking to school. We can’t thank Mayor Tim Burchett and his department of Engineering and Public Works enough for these enhancements to the Powell community.”

Drocella Mugorewera is executive director of Bridge Refugee Services. Photo by Carol Z. Shane process and was approved. Over the next two years, all family members were able to join her. As of this May, all will have graduated from college, including husband Jen, who earned an accounting degree and now

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LIBRARY NOTES ■■ Word 1 class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or similar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 215-8700. ■■ Word 2 class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Word 1” or similar skills; uses tablet/laptop hybrids. Info/ registration: 215-8700.


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■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 events and exhibits entry deadlines: Dogwood Art DeTour, Feb. 10; Chalk Walk, Feb. 20; Regional Art Exhibition, March 3. Info/applications: or 637-4561. ■■ Jurying process for new members of Appalachian Arts Craft Center . 494-9854.


bury him just as quick as we could cause it might start another one.” Within two days, the white undertaker took Ms. Etter and her two daughters in a cab to bury Joe Etter in the colored cemetery. This month, as we celebrate Black History Month, I challenge each of us to turn on the lights of history and open the dialogue of conversation with those still among us, those eyewitnesses to history who speak uncensored truths, and then write their stories.

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of America. One of my duties is to educate the community about how people get here and what they can do. Some people don’t understand that these are new Americans coming; they are our neighbors, friends of our children. We have to work together to see how they can integrate because they bring cultural and economic values to our nation. America is built on an immigrant background and we are very thankful for people who donate time, cash, talents, love and kindness to make these people feel at home. Many of them have been in horrific, terrible environments – wars, violence, persecution. It means a lot for them to find a strong, supportive, welcoming community. “I hope that culture of welcoming and hospitality will remain forever.”

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She noted that when she got there, “It looked to me like there’s men but theys covered up. I went to go and pull the covers and they said no that’s not for you to look at. So they took me to where he’s at. But there’s a lot of men killed up alright.” After identifying her husband, Ms. Etter recalled how the white undertaker came to the house, took down the bed, brought the casket with the body into the house, Mary Etter asked the family to leave the house and lock the door. light on! And we didn’t,” Ms. “They told us not to have no Etter said. “They told us to

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works as a CPA. “I have an accountant, a nurse, a flight attendant, an MBA and a human resources manager,” says Mugorewera, clearly proud of her kids. “To see them all graduate from college is one of my dreams.”

The family has been Habitat for Humanity homeowners for the last three years. Mugorewera enjoys the parks and lakes of East Tennessee. “The environment is in my bones,” she says. “When I fled, I lost a country, I lost a family, I lost my belongings,” she says. “I lost everything. It’s just starting from scratch when you come here. Finding peace, freedom, friends, support. This is a country of opportunities. I hope I can restore what I lost, but also go beyond.” She wants to be a successful businesswoman and to continue to reach out to people in need. “I want to touch many people’s lives, spiritually, socially and economically. I want to be a beacon of hope. “I’m very proud and thankful to the government


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The WordPlayers present He will purify ‘A Woman Called Truth’ at Fountain City UMC But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. (Malachi 3: 2-3 NRSV)

February, I discovered while researching material for this column, comes from the Latin “to purify.” The early Romans held religious rites to purify themselves for festivals that would be held at the start of the New Year. Their New Year began in March. Around 690 BC, Numa Pompilius turned a period of celebration at the end of the year into a month of its own, named after the festival Februa. (It sounds to me sort of like Lent – a time of fasting and purification before an important holy day!) So what should we do to purify ourselves? Well, we are a month away from Ash Wednesday, so we have some time to consider the matter. But it might behoove us to do some warm-up exercises. Maybe we should spend time reading Scripture. Take a look at

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some lesser visited books (Malachi, maybe, or Habakkuk?); there is good stuff there! Read the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-11) and try to live up to them! Remember, we should purify ourselves before trying to lead others to a closer walk with God. Women particularly will enjoy the Book of Ruth, a love story for the ages. Men will profit from reading the Letter of James in the New Testament, a social gospel, to be sure, and one that calls on the men of the church family to help the pastor care for the flock. And pray!!!


Artece Slay played the title role in the WordPlayers’ 2014 production of “A Woman Called Truth.” This time around, she’s directing. Photo submitted

This Friday, in honor of Black History Month, Fountain City United Methodist Church’s 21st Century Christians Sunday School Class will host The WordPlayers in a performance of the one-act play “A Woman Called Truth.” The play is an account of the life and achievements of Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery in the late 18th century, escaped and rose to fame as an abolitionist, eventually delivering the famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. “It’s American history; it’s not just black history,” says The WordPlayers’ managing director Jeni Lamm. “She advanced civil rights, women’s rights, AfricanAmerican rights. It is very educational and inspiring.” Formed in 1995 by local Christian theater artists, The WordPlayers is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) theater company with its home base at Erin Presbyterian Church in Bearden. They present

culturally relevant plays with a faith-based perspective throughout the year, many of them free to the public. “A Woman Called Truth” was last performed in 2014. Actor Artece Slay, who appeared in the title role in the company’s previous production, will direct. The company has 16 performances lined up throughout the region during the month of February. Most are free and open to the public. “Bringing up slavery can be painful; it can be uncomfortable,” says Lamm. “But this play makes all of us want to do what we can to help.” The WordPlayers present “A Woman Called Truth” at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 3, at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road in Knoxville. At just under an hour, it is the perfect opportunity to introduce your older children to this remarkable woman. Info: 865-689-5175 or visit awomancalledtruth.


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. ■■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, will distribute “Boxes of Blessings” (food) 9-11 a.m., or until boxes are gone, Saturday, Feb. 11. One box per household. Info: 689-4829. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each third Saturday. Free to those in the 37912/37849 ZIP code area.

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

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Bob Britton, Dorothy Irwin and Samantha Beals of Elmcroft Senior Living present clothing items to Halls Elementary School assistant principal Jamey Black. The items will benefit the school’s clothes closet. “We had great participation from the community,” said Beals, “and the school is much appreciative of the gifts.”

Services held for Gerald Berney

Gerald F. Berney, 95, of Powell, died Jan. 28, and services were held Tuesday at Stevens Mortuary. He leaves his wife of 75 years, Mickey Berney. He was a lifelong member of Lincoln Park United Methodist Church. Gerald and Mickey lived life to the fullest. They traveled to England and Switzerland and visited the home of Paul and Emily Berney, his grandparents in Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. He retired from Beaty Chevrolet after 36 years of service.

He was preceded in death by children Steve, Melissa and Sara. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law: Danny and Betty Berney of Jefferson City; Pat and Barbara Berney of Powell; sister and brother-inlaw, Alice and Bill Ewing of Glendale, Calif.; grandchildren, Allison, Christian, Karen and Kim; great-grandchildren, Craig, Stephen, Chase, Conor, Eli, Caitlyn, Sydney and Valerie; great-great-granddaughter, Cambree; many nieces and nephews.

■■ Knoxville Aglow meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike. Speaker: Lara Gaines of South Carolina. Bring a dish to share; drinks and child care provided. All welcome.

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


■■ 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.

■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 548-0326.

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■■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road, Info: 922-0416.

■■ Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, will host “Caring for All Creation” choral concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Choirs from Messiah

■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 951-2653.

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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • February 1, 2017 • A-5 All-East band members from Powell High include Jeremy Holifield, Elizabeth Breu, Tiffany Huebner, Jarod Schafer, Josh Hickman, Chris Conway, Jacob Hickman and Tevan Fielden. Not pictured is Ian Lord. Photo submitted

Powell High band members make All-East Band members from across the county recently auditioned for a spot and will participate in All-East Band Feb. 2-4 at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. Earning a spot in the band through rigorous auditions were Elizabeth Breu, second chair French horn, 11/12

Red Band; Chris Conway, eighth chair clarinet, 9/10 Red Band; Tevan Fielden, sixth chair baritone, 11/12 Red Band; Jacob Hickman, third chair clarinet, 11/12 Blue Band and All-State selection; Josh Hickman, second chair trumpet, 11/12 Blue Band and All-State selection;

Jeremy Holified, 12th chair trumpet, 11/12 Blue Band; Tiffany Huebner, third chair French horn, 11/12 Red Band; Ian Lord, second chair trombone, 11/12 Blue Band and All-State selection; and Jarod Schafer, first chair baritone, 9/10 Blue Band and All-State selection.

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Local engineers selected for leadership class

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Sterchi Elementary first-grade student Nicaud Goodwin served Three local engineers have been selected to participate as librarian for the day and assisted school librarian Kerri Whitein the 2017 Tennessee Leadership PE class, a program de- head with media-related duties. Nicaud won the opportunity signed to sharpen the skills of high potential engineering during the school’s holiday bazaar in December. Photo submitted leaders and current mid-level and senior leaders. Local engineers selected are: Lawson Bordley, PE, project engineer, Robert G. Campbell & Associates; Robert Dickenson, PE, senior engineer/project manager, Volkert Inc.; and Kristin Qualls, TDOT operations district engineer, Tennessee Department of Transportation. Directed by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, the program targets engineers identified by their  firm as a “future  leader” of their business. The program includes orientation in January and five additional monthly sessions held in locations across the state.

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Truly, sometimes my favorite family member is my dog, Sachi. He is always happy to see me, listens to all my problems and never tells any of my secrets. He is reKip ally the best friend a guy can have! This made me think about our new president’s son, who is close to my age and surely going to need a friend in the White House when he gets there. It seems he won’t be moving to the White House until he finishes the school year at his current school in New York City. So there is still time for him to persuade his dad to get a pet. However, right now he doesn’t have any kind of pet, so they would be one of the few president’s families not to have one. This, of course, got me looking into all the past “first pets.” In fact, there have been over 400 animals kept in the president’s house as first pets. Our country’s first pets have made history that I will retell over the next several weeks.

Our first president, George Washington, kept almost 50 pets at his presidential home, including horses and 36 hounds. Two of his hound dogs created the first foxhound in the United States, and the King of Spain gave him the first male donkey in the United States. Thomas Jefferson, our third president, had several pets, but his favorite was a mockingbird that rode on his shoulder and sang along with him when he played the violin. He also had two grizzly bears in a cage on the White House lawn. Alligator for a pet? John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, kept an alligator as a pet in his bathtub at the White House. Other unusual pets were kept by James Buchanan, the 15th president. He kept an eagle at the White House, along with a 170-pound dog that was the largest dog ever to live at the White House. Lara, the dog, was known for lying still for a long time with one eye open and one eye closed. Next week, I will tell two Thanksgiving stories that involve presidential pets! Send your comments to

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Fleetwood Photo & Digital again offers huge video transfer sale By Carol Z. Shane since 1985. “We want to give folks a chance When the groundhog pokes his head to clear out those stacks of tapes again.” out of his burrow on Feb. 2, his shadow Fleetwood will provide one DVD per might not be the most exciting thing tape, no matter the length of the tape. he’ll be able to see. If he’s taken all his Also, Distefano is careful to clarify that VHS tapes to Fleetwood Photo & Digi- by 8mm videotape, he doesn’t mean the tal, he’ll also have an easily accessible old 8mm movie tape from granddad’s trove of furry family memories to cheer day. Fleetwood does have the capability him up through the impending days of to transfer that type of medium, but not … winter? Spring? Who knows? for this price in this sale. Even if you’re not a This is also a great groundhog, you can time to make dupliavail yourself of cate copies at the some of the best same low price prices you’ll ever of $10.95 apiece. see for VHS-toFor various other DVD transfer. prices, Distefano Starting Thursand his staff can day, Feb. 2, Fleeteven upload your wood will transfer videos to the intera minimum of 10 net and make digiVHS, VHS-C and tal files. There’s a Clearly, the husband who designed 8mm videotape host of possibilithe mug on the right is a true rorecordings, inties. mantic. You can find all sorts of cute cluding standard, Also on hand in Valentine gifts at Fleetwood Photo & digital, and hi-8, the coming month Digital, as well as one of the best and to DVD for $10.95 will be various most popular sales of the year. Photo each. That’s a great Valentine’s Day submitted deal; prices for gifts. “Come in videotape transfer and see what we’ve usually start at $29.95 each for fewer got,” says Distefano. “We love foot trafthan 10 tapes. And if you do have few- fic.” And of course, for an extra special er than 10 tapes, you can still get great Valentine’s Day gift, you can make a savings at $17.95 each – almost half the memory book for your sweetie online or usual price. They’ll also transfer your in-store. mini-DVs at an additional $2 each. All So round up those VHS tapes and orders are prepaid. bring a box full to Fleetwood Photo & “The last promotion was wildly success- Digital. Those video family memories ful,” says Frank Distefano, who with his will give you joy for years – and generawife, Doris, has run the popular business tions – to come.

Mary Jane Forsythe, a resident at Windsor Gardens in North Knoxville, was one of six statewide honored with the Tennessee Center for Assisted Living’s Who’s Who Award. Her nomination highlighted her longtime commitment as a hospice volunteer. Pictured with Mary Jane at a celebration in her honor are Tom Forsythe and Tara Wallace. Wallace is the life enrichment director at Windsor Gardens. Photo submitted

Road projects tied to gas tax hike By Sandra Clark Gov. Bill Haslam is lobbying hard for a gasoline tax increase, in part by sharing information on local projects that could be delayed if the revenue for roads is not increased. Mark Nagi of TDOT says Haslam’s plan would allow 962 projects to be completed, underway or under contract in the next 12-13 years. Otherwise, at curBill Haslam rent funding levels, it could be 40-50 years before those projects are undertaken. Unlike most states, Tennessee does not borrow money to build roads.

Knox County’s 19 projects include: ■■Alcoa Highway, four projects totaling $70.5 million; ■■Bridges on I-40 at 17th Street ($2.9 million) and Wesley Road ($2.4 million); ■■Bridge on I-275 at Elm Street ($3.6 million); ■■Bridges on Northshore Drive over Sinking Creek ($2.7 million) and Jackson Avenue over ramp to Gay Street ($5.1 million). Haslam’s proposal calls for a 7-cent hike on gasoline and 12-cent increase on diesel fuel, while calling for tax cuts in other areas, including food, according to The Tennessean. Tennessee’s gas tax, which is currently 21.4 cents per gallon on gasoline, was last raised in 1989.

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Cacophony on the ridge Dr. Bob Collier

guys found that natural-gas compression stations where they lived in Idaho could make enough noise so that the owls couldn’t hear their surroundings well enough to catch any mice at all. I can picture the maintenance guys out there scratching their heads, wondering why they’re having all those mice messing up their equipment. Another study was from San Francisco. The people there, studying the various songs their whitecrowned sparrows used to sing, found that the songs had all devolved into one, single, loud song, to enable the birds to hear each other over the noise of the traffic. But the study that really caught my attention, because it had direct applications to us here in Knoxville, was about the effects of traffic noise along a usually quiet, remote wooded ridge in southern Idaho. Normally, migrating birds would stop on the ridge to rest and fuel up on energy-rich caterpillars, to allow them to continue flying on. The scientists rigged up a “phantom road” by placing several sets of loudspeakers along the ridge, playing traffic noise that mimicked the usual sounds of traffic in a national park. And they found that the noise caused a third of the migrating birds, unable to safely communicate with one another, to avoid pausing there in their travel – moving on, it is hoped, to

a quieter place somewhere. And how does all this apply to us here, especially the birders? Well, we have a nice wooded ridge that has been a premier spring migrant refueling stop over the years. “Bird Finding in Tennessee,” a book published by Michael Lee Bierly of Nashville nearly 40 years ago, has Tennessee birding site #85 introduced by these words: “Where in 1.3 miles can you see 28 species of warblers and 80 species of birds in a morning’s walk in May?” The answer, as every local birder would know, is Sharp’s Ridge, known more properly now as Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park. The Ridge has always been a destination for birders, beginners to advanced. The Knoxville Bird Club has four weekly spring bird walks there, the last part of April and the first part of May. A 1992 Bird List for the Ridge, put out by City of Knoxville Department of Parks with the guidance of the Bird Club, lists 153 species of birds having been seen up there. That includes an astounding 36 species of warblers, essentially all the warblers found in eastern North America. But as the years have gone by, the older birding veterans have seen those wonderful, warbler-filled April mornings become increasingly few and far between. We already know that our songbirds have decreased in numbers by 50, 70, 90 percent in some cases, over the past 60 years or so. These pitiful numbers are mainly attributed to loss of wintering grounds due to deforestation, and loss of food sources and nesting habitat from development

Tanner Ridenour promoted at family firm Ta n ner Ridenour has been promoted to vice president of Ridenour Companies LLC, making him the Ridenour third generation in the family business where he has worked since age 16. Tanner’s grandfather, the late Joe Ridenour, built homes in North Knox County. Joe’s son Steven

Ridenour and his wife, Jill, grew the business into commercial development and property management. Tanner said he’s been involved with all aspects of the business, going into the field with project managers, meeting with new clients, and writing leases. He said his dad continues to work hard at the business. “And the harder we work, the luckier we get.” Tanner Ridenour graduated from UT in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also holds a real

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World ‘needs Rotary more than ever’ By Tom King Many Knoxville Rotarians know Rotary International President John F. Germ of Chattanooga on a firstname basis. He was in Tom King town just a few weeks ago for District 6780’s ultra-successful Million Dollar Dinner at Cherokee Country Club that John Germ raised in excess of $3 million. Germ is a man of wisdom and deep personal warmth, and in these discordant and confused times in which we live, wisdom is welcomed. Rotary’s monthly magazine always begins with the president’s message. Here are some words of wisdom in Germ’s message to Rotarians throughout the world in the February issue: “… The world needs Rotary more than ever. It needs our courage, our optimism, and our idealism. It needs the voice of tolerance, cooperation, and hope that we can offer. It needs the example of an organization that has proven that the citizens of all countries can

work together successfully, gladly, and in friendship.” Germ’s theme this year is “Rotary Serving Humanity” and it’s a powerful message! ■■ ‘Rotary: Making a


Every president of Rotary International selects a theme for his or her presidential year, and presidentelect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme for 2017-18 is “Rotary: Making a Difference.” Knoxville’s seven clubs will continue their collective focus on “Making a Difference” in our community next year. Riseley, an Australian, says that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. He challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1, 2017 and Earth Day on April 22, 2018. Two other areas of focus he identified were recruiting more female members and members under the age of 40. ■■ World Rotary Day

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We get top-notch periodical publications from each of our favorite nature- and conservation-related organizations, and I look forward every month to looking through them for the newest developments and the latest findings. One that really caught my eye this past month offered me an explanation for what, to me, has become a worrisome local situation. It was in the National Wildlife Federation publication, with the clever title, “Coping with Chronic Clamor.” Now, we’ve all heard about light pollution, the dimming of our night skies by all the lights of urban sprawl. Those of us near town can hardly see the stars any more. The Milky Way? Almost never. But noise pollution? We are actually afflicted more by noise pollution than by light pollution – the noise is with us 24 hours a day. We’ve become accustomed to the background hum of traffic, machinery, air-conditioning and heating units, and entertainment devices. Known for a long time now to have bad effects on birds and other wildlife, it certainly affects us humans, too. We were originally designed to function in a quiet world of natural sounds, aware of what is happening around us. We are losing those skills as we are immersed in constant noise. The Chronic Clamor article in National Wildlife? It related a series of studies on the effects of modern-day noise pollution on the lives of our birds. The first one was about saw-whet owls, little bitty guys that make their living catching mice. In the dark. By ear. The research

and urban sprawl. These facts certainly account for Sharp’s Ridge’s fading glory, but the article about the quiet ridge in Idaho made me wonder if the absence of the birds up there on the Ridge might not also be related to the noise up there. Sharp’s Ridge has experienced exponential increase in noise since the 1960s. All the way around the Ridge – look at I-275 on the west, I-640 on the north, Broadway on the east. And then on the south, the cacophony of Knoxville – trucks and cars, machines, trains, sirens and horns. Then there are the housing developments, condos, businesses, all marching along the sides and up the slopes, working their way toward all the communication installations strung out along the top. It’s truly noisy up there. Of course, all of our quiet places are under pressure from things that make noise. A perfect example is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – you would think, a place of peaceful, natural quiet. But until the Park Service put a stop to it, there were entrepreneurs up there flying helicopters into the Park to dump happy tourists off for a mountaintop picnic experience. Helicopters are about as loud as it gets. But, just the clamor of normal daily life as we now know it to be cancels out a lot of natural sounds that we now barely remember, of have never even experienced. Somewhere in East Tennessee there is a remote, quiet, wooded ridge where, every spring, there appear waves of warblers, along with scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles and rosebreasted grosbeaks, resting, singing, and feeding. Quiet? It will be hard to find. I hope you’ll let me know if you do.

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last words Davenport shreds diversity Those who had worried that the first female chancellor at UTK, Beverly Davenport, would be serious about diversity can rest easy based on her appointments to the first significant committee she named – the search committee for the new athletic director Davenport to replace Dave Hart. She shredded diversity with her six appointments. The six include only one woman and no AfricanAmericans, but two male trustees and the brother of a third trustee who is the chair of the UT board. Two are neighbors who live three houses apart on Lyons View Pike in West Knoxville on either side of the neglected historic UT-owned Williams House. The woman is Donna Thomas, who works for Hart and will help choose the person she will be working for. Stunning that no African-American serves on this search effort given that a large number of the players for basketball and football are AfricanAmerican. Women make up almost half of the total UT athletic program, not to mention the Title IX issues UT has paid millions to go away, but only one of the six is female and she has an acute conflict of interest. The best-known member is obviously Peyton Manning. This past weekend he made news by speaking to the GOP Congressional meeting in Philadelphia, along with President Donald Trump. There are several well-known UT female athletes such as Candace Parker, Chamique Holdsclaw, Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings who maintain ties to UTK and could serve along with Manning. The truth is, Davenport’s committee includes members of great ability and significant achievements.

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They contribute to our civic society in many ways. But they have been placed in an unfortunate situation that could be resolved easily by expanding the committee. It does not look good when half of a committee are trustees or related to a trustee. Two of these members helped recruit Derek Dooley to UT as football coach. We all know how well that worked out. Mistakes can be made, even by wellknown, respected people. What is also remarkable and exceptionally inconsistent about this committee is the obvious desire for the UT board of trustees to own it. On paper and in theory the campus athletic director reports to Chancellor Davenport. The board of trustees just approved her hiring as chancellor. No way she will turn down or even question the finalist this committee picks given who is on it. New trustees are always told that they should not micromanage the university, just as the Legislature is told the same. However, here Davenport has basically turned over the hiring of the new AD to the people who run the board. Will she do the same when she names the search committee for a new provost? So why did Davenport do this? It is hard to come up with an answer on this. However, it is not too late to expand the search committee to give proper representation to all. Hopefully, UT will move to remedy this. ■■ Bob Clement, former U.S. representative and TVA director, is out with a book on his life titled “Presidents, Kings and Convicts.” It starts with growing up in the Governor’s Residence. Not clear whether Clement will do a book signing here in Knoxville.

Winter workouts, then and now Winter workouts are under way at Tennessee – famous new strength and conditioning coach, new goals, positive attitudes, favorable conditions. Motivation is firmly in place. Players need only review the Vandy video to conclude the need for improvement. The Vols have great facilities. Official description is state of the art. Modern machines are or were all around. Ambiance is the stuff of champions. Refreshments are available. The team will strive to get stronger and quicker. One plan will not fit all. Individuals, as Butch likes to say, will have individual programs designed to meet their needs. Rock Gullickson has a book of plans. He may have a scientific formula for reducing injuries. This is critical. The winter aspect of college football is completely different from the good old days. Robert R. Neyland suggested that players not get fat in the off-season, what there was of it. His idea of the lull between storms was a couple of weeks of fishing in Florida. Early spring practice was vigorous. Under the guidance of Bowden Wyatt, football

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players were encouraged to stay in shape. They could lift weights or participate in racquetball or handball. They could play intramural basketball or sign up for a volunteer, noncredit physical education class. Real live winter workouts arrived with young coach Doug Dickey. He had learned the value as an assistant coach at Arkansas. He was surprised that UT had nothing similar. Dickey told the story of sending forth a search committee to find a place for workouts. It didn’t find much. There was running room at Dean Planters Tobacco Warehouse. Weather permitting, there were open spaces at the agriculture campus. The report mentioned the possibility of the northwest corner of Neyland Stadium, under Section X. It was described as unsuitable, dirty, drab and dreary, space once used for storage. Dickey inspected it. He said the room looked like

something left over from the Civil War, except dusty cobwebs appeared older. The coach could have made it better. He made it worse. He installed old mats on the floor and hung a heavy rope from on high. Those who thought they wanted to be on his football team were going to do agility drills, wrestle, fight and scratch as if their life depended on it and then climb that blasted rope, hand over hand, until they bumped their head on the concrete ceiling. Center Bob Johnson remembers a one-on-one war, Vols on opposite sides of the mat, no rules, do anything you want to get to the other side. Tempo was frantic for other drills, run here, jump there! Down on the mat, up on your feet, seat roll right, jump up again, forward tumble. Everywhere a player looked or landed, there was another assistant coach yelling for more speed and greater effort. Dickey said some players were overcome by the setting and spirited exercises and lost their lunch. He admitted the smell was terrible. One of his most dramatic terms described the winter workout scene: “A stinking mess.”

Joe Graham, sophomore guard, landed right in the middle of it. There wasn’t room under Section X for all players. There were groups with different times to report. Joe was in the third group. “We arrived to the sound and smell of some of the guys throwing up. In the middle of the winter, the room seemed nearly steamy. Everybody was sweating. I don’t remember how long we worked but it seemed forever.” Dewey Warren was there. The scene matched his imagination of Marine boot camp, only worse. “Under Section X was like a dungeon, dark and smelly, the worst place I’ve ever been.” Bert Ackermann recalls that complaints to Coach Dickey went unheeded. Robbie Franklin said there were more losses than lunches. “We lost several teammates that first winter.” Ackermann said it was a special learning experience. “It was the foundation for the great comeback of Tennessee football under Doug Dickey.” Now would be a good time for a great comeback under Butch Jones. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Knox to prosecute aggravated animal cruelty A Corryton man has been charged with killing two neighborhood dogs on Thanksgiving morning and faces two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. Billy C. Mounger Jr. is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 23 in Criminal Sessions Billy C. Court. UnMounger Jr. like a “simple” animal cruelty case, which is a misdemeanor, aggravated cruelty is a Class E felony, punishable by one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000. “We don’t see a lot of these cases,” said Sean McDermott, public information officer with the Knox County District Attorney General’s office. “We only had one case brought last

Betty Bean year in criminal court.” That’s because law defines aggravated cruelty as an act committed “in a depraved and sadistic manner,” which creates a high threshold for the prosecution to prove. The case brought last year is scheduled for trial in March. Jethro and JuJu belonged to Frances Thompson and her husband, Eric Schafferman. Thompson sounded the alert on her Facebook page Thanksgiving Day after the dogs didn’t return from their morning run. “Jethro (blond) and Juju (black) are missing from the Wood Road area in Gibbs/Corryton. Left home

Thanksgiving morning without breakfast. Both are friendly and have collars with names and our phone number. Please call or message me if you have seen them. Please share.” The warrant says that Mounger shot the dogs “with aggravated cruelty and no justifiable purpose,” dragged their bodies out of the woods, loaded them into his pickup truck and drove to Irwin Road and dumped them. When found, their collars had been removed. Mounger also was charged with violating a state law requiring “big game” hunters to wear daylight fluorescent orange. Jethro, whom Thompson describes as a big, goofy Lab/boxer mix, had lived with the family for a year. Juju, who was black with a notch bitten out of one of her big pointy ears, was adopted from a friend who

could no longer give her the attention she needed. There were two other dogs in the household, as well. “This broke our hearts,” Thompson said. “It broke our hearts. “Eric and I both just sort of held each other and cried for a long time. He goes into a shell and gets real quiet. I cried every night. Jethro’s probably the most joybringing dog we ever had.” McDermott said his office sees three or four misdemeanor cases of animal cruelty per week in Sessions Court. Most of the cases involve dogs, followed closely by horses. Cats come in third, and are typically victims of hoarding situations. Under a state law that went into effect last year, the names of those convicted of aggravated animal abuse will be recorded on a registry, and will remain there for two years.

Putting 5,430 kids into 6,550 spaces: Knox County flunks math Here’s one model: Gibbs: Pull 100-200 from Halls, aligning the middle and high school zones. Take whatever kids come out of Gibbs and Corryton elementary schools. That will leave Gibbs Middle short to start, but folks swear growth will follow the school construction. (They

Sandra Clark might have been better off extending sewer lines. Time will tell.)

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at Gibbs for the people who live there. Don’t zone anybody. Find other uses (for the empty spaces).” We’re running out of time for creativity. The number crunchers might look at a combined high and middle school at Holston. One thing’s for sure – we won’t all live happily ever after.


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stone’s throw to Holston Middle. This solves the middle school dilemma without closing a school. A more fiscally sound model would convert all or some of Vine to headquarters for the central office. “Be creative,” said Cynthia Finch. “Open a school

Central Ave.

Numbers revealed last week show Knox County Schools will have 5,430 kids for 6,550 middle school spaces in 2018 when the new middle school opens at Gibbs. The challenge: Finding enough kids to populate Gibbs Middle School without wrecking Holston.



Powell/Norwood Shopper news • February 1, 2017 • A-9

News from Tennova Health & Fitness

Tennova’s ‘Royal

Spoil’ earns its name

By Carol Z. Shane

When I was recently invited to enjoy the 90-minute “Royal Spoil” spa treatment at Tennova Health & Fitness center, you can bet I said “yes.” Who wouldn’t? And my experience was the ultimate in luxury (see box.) Right now you can bestow that same experience on your sweetie for $30 below the usual member price of $115, and $40 below the usual guest price of $125. Member or guest, across the board, this terrific deal is only $85. That’s less than a dollar per minute of aromatic, muscle-melting massage-a-liciousness. And it’s all just in time for Valentine’s Day. The gift certificates themselves don’t expire, but the sale promotion ends on Feb. 14, 2017. Tennova Health & Fitness Center boasts an experienced staff of seven licensed massage therapists. Though all are qualified to give you the most royal of spoils, each one comes to the facility with her own area of expertise. The one thing they all say they have in common is that they’re “like family.” ■ Jaclyn Howell, LMT, RCR, has been with Tennova for 11 years. She studied at the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage and says, “my favorite massage to give is a pregnancy massage.” A mother of two daughters, ages 3 and 5, she appreciates that her schedule at Tennova is flexible “so that I can be a mom.” ■ Jami Blakley, LMT, has lots of experience pampering her clients, having worked at three resorts previous to her arrival at Tennova. She received her training at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., and was on a waiting list to enter the physical therapy program when she decided to take a therapeutic massage class. “I fell in love with it,” says Blakley. A mother of three, she says she’s a massage therapist because “I love people. That’s the core of everything. I don’t want people to hurt.”

The friendly and caring spa services staff at Tennova Health & Fitness Center is dedicated to your health and well-being. Shown l-r are Kathlyn Nicaud, Jaclyn Howell, Jill Collins and Buffy Wilhite. Not shown: Kari Bell.

Katie Hunt and Jami Blakely are the two newest members of Tennova’s spa services team. They both say they were immediately welcomed into the friendly atmosphere. Photos by Carol Z. Shane

■ Buffy Wilhite, LMT, says that “my dad always told me I was going to grow up to be a massage therapist” because the little girl would treat her father to neck rubs when he came home after a hard day. She trained at Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage and says she likes doing all types of massage because “they all have benefits.” She shares her home with her dog Bo, a Boykin Spaniel. ■ Kathlyn Nicaud, LMT, studied under the Center for Rehabilitation Education (CORE) program. She has 15 years’ experience under her belt, four of that at Tennova. Trained primarily in sports massage, she enjoys doing deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy and stretching massage. “It is wonderful to be in a position to relax someone who’s just starting workouts in the new year, or helping those who have pulled muscles training hard. Being able to comfort those suffering from illness, and allowing them a chance to take a pause from their worries, is very rewarding.”

■ Kari Bell, LMT, who trained at the Tennessee School

of Therapeutic Massage, is a real cheerleader for her workplace. “I love working at Tennova because of the laid back atmosphere,” she says. “We have great employees that are really good at what they do, and we have the best clients who know that spa services are not just a luxury! Whether you are an athlete who needs to have your muscles stretched and relaxed, or you just feel like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders sometimes, our therapists are here to help you

and offer individualized services for your needs. We always look out for the best interests of each other and all our guests.” ■ Jill Collins, LMT, is a veteran of several resorts, including Blackberry Farm and Pure Luxe. She studied under the Center for Rehabilitation Education (CORE) program. Employed by Tennova for five years, she enjoys doing a combo massage of relaxation and deep tissue. She’s also certified as a yoga teacher and has taught the discipline “on and off for 15 years.” ■ Katie Hunt, LMT, from Savannah, Tenn., is the newest member of the spa services team. She enjoys doing deep tissue massage and remembers a client telling her that she could “sleep for the first time in ages” because of the relaxation that the intense massage provided. Katie loves working at Tennova and says, “Everyone’s been really nice and welcoming.” She shares her off time with her dog, Leo. “He’s a mutt,” she says with a grin.

Hot stones, warm hands and cool tingles The first thing you notice when you lie down for your “Royal Spoil” at Tennova is how soft and warm the massage table is. “We layer them,” says massage therapist Jami Blakley. “There’s a lot of cozy stuff on there.” A word about modesty – you can be as bare as you want, because you’re always draped (the sheets are warm too!) Only your arms, legs, shoulders and back are exposed in turn. My massage therapist, Jaclyn, offered me a selection of aromatic oils for the scalp massage. They are ■ Relaxing – Lavender/Tangerine ■ Rejuvenating – Sweet orange/Cedar ■ Balancing – Grapefruit/Geranium ■ Energizing – Rosemary/Lime

Rattled from a difficult day, I chose balancing. Jaclyn’s hands were strong and sure, and I felt my troubles just melting away. You know how you love having a shampoo at your hair salon? This was better. And the aromatherapy was heavenly. For the full-body massage, therapists use a dual-purpose massage cream that helps their hands to glide evenly while providing the lasting effects

of a moisturizer for the client. From the start, it was clear that I was literally in the hands of a trained professional; pressure was strong and even as stressful kinks were gently worked out of my muscles. And then came the hot stones. I will tell you that they are indeed hot, not warm. But the effect was 100 percent pleasing. In the hands of skilled therapists like Jaclyn and her colleagues, the stones glide upon and caress your skin, providing just enough heat to enhance further relaxation of the muscles. “They’re almost like an extension of your hand,” says Jami Blakley. “It’s kind of magical.” So I say, “Embrace the stones!” The peppermint foot treatment – well, it’s a fact that my feet never felt so good. There’s a gentle scrub in the cooling lotion and again, you get to enjoy a heavenly aroma. After the massage/scrub, the feet are wrapped in hot towels. Oh! I could have stayed there all day. I can’t think of a better way to say “I love you” than to give your sweetheart the “Royal Spoil” at Tennova Health & Fitness Center! –Carol Z. Shane

The Royal Spoil Gift certificates available

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.

Located off Emory Road in Powell For additional information, call Tennova Health & Fitness Center at 859-7900 or visit

Massages and gift certificates are available to members and guests.

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