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VOL. 56 NO. 6
Gas tax makes no ‘cents’
February 8, 2017
Powell apartments set to open
By Scott Frith Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a wide-ranging tax proposal that would add 7 cents per gallon on gasoline and 12 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. As part of the governor’s plan, the sales tax on groceries would be lowered by one-half a perScott Frith cent (a 50-cent decrease on a $100 grocery bill) and the Hall income tax decreased. Most would agree that Tennessee’s bridges need work. Although our state ranks near the top of states in highway quality, we lie near the bottom in bridge health. In fact, one study by TRIP, a transportation research and lobbying firm, found that 19 percent of Tennessee’s bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Supporters of the gas tax increase say that new revenue is needed to repair bridges and fund a backlog of state road projects. Also, they argue it’s only fair that drivers (who use the roads) pay for road improvements. That’s the problem. A gas tax isn’t fair at all. Gas taxes are among the most regressive forms of taxation. Whether you’re a millionaire, a senior on a fixed income, or a family barely getting by every month, a gas tax increase will cost you more money. If you’re rich (or comfortably middle class), you probably won’t notice any increase. However, if your family is worried about the cash for your next fill-up at the gas station, any tax increase hits hard in the pocketbook. Tax increases are always politically problematic, but a gas tax increase is even more treacherous. Has the Haslam administration not considered the optics of a billionaire governor (who happens to own a fuel center empire) increasing taxes on the poorest Tennesseans to pay for better roads? Even worse, Haslam’s plan decreases the Hall income tax, a tax on interest from bonds and dividends from stocks, which would inevitably benefit rich Tennesseans. The campaign attack ads against these folks write themselves. Of course, it’s important to remember that Gov. Haslam’s To page A-3
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By Sandra Clark We’ve watched them being built, and now we can watch new neighbors moving in. Vintage at Emory Road could begin accepting residents this month. Property manager Dale Hall said codes and fire department inspections are underway. No one can move in until the certificate of occupancy is obtained and that requires pavement. “The paving went down Friday (Feb. 3),” said Hall. She has been fielding phone calls and scheduling appointments and looks forward to moving into a real office. The new complex will include 220 units from 1-3 bedrooms. It’s a gated community
with keypad entry into garages, Hall said. With 9-foot ceilings and LED lighting throughout, Vintage at Emory Road offers AA accommodations. Upgrades include granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Some floor plans have a built-in mudroom at the entry and others have built-in home office work stations. The resort-style pool area features a saltwater swimming pool, cabanas and a gas fireplace with outdoor entertainment area. There’s a covered pet pavilion with a watering station and perimeter mulching. There’s also a multi-age playground with a safetybonded rubber surface. The clubhouse features premium flat-
screen televisions, pool table, coffee bar, gas fireplace and a functional kitchen. The fitness area contains commercial gym-quality fitness equipment and space for personal workouts. “We’ve got people set to move in,” said Hall. “We’ve got others who have reserved apartments for summer or fall occupancy.” In all, 10 buildings will house apartments, most with three stories. A separate structure houses the office and clubhouse. The complex was developed by Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based TDK Construction, which also developed Marble Alley in downtown Knoxville. It is managed by RAM Partners LLC. Info: 865773-9035 or email@example.com
Building codes are PBPA topic; sidewalks next Knox County’s chief building officer, Roy Braden, will speak to the noon meeting of the Powell Business & Professional Association at Jubilee Banquet Facility on Tuesday, Feb. 14. That’s Valentine’s Day, folks. Braden is expected to update the group about building codes and take questions about possible code violations. Work is proceeding on design plans for Historic Powell Station and low-impact development of Collier Preserve, 11 acres adjacent to the Powell Branch Library.
Also, a community meeting has been set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, to discuss sidewalks around Powell Elementary School. The group will gather for a slide presentation at Life House Coffee, corner of Brickyard Road and Emory, and then will walk the route of proposed sidewalks. Ellen Zavisca, planner with the regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), will show slides. New sidewalks have been installed by Knox County at Powell Middle School, leading up into Broadacres.
The PBPA committee Enhance Powell is working with the neighbors and Zavisca to develop a longterm plan for sidewalks on roads like Sharp and Ewing to connect residents of Powell Heights, Emerald Forest and Ponderosa Hills to the schools and business district. Residents of these neighborhoods as well as property owners along the routes are invited to the March 11 meeting. Enhance Powell meets each second Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. at Life House Coffee. – S. Clark
Elect a planner, get a plan By Sandra Clark Madeline Rogero’s degree in urban and regional planning is very handy as she starts her sixth year as Knoxville’s mayor. When she spoke at North Knox Rotary the other day, she listed several plans. Parks and greenways? Plan. Public safety? Plan. South Knoxville? Plan. She’s the perfect extender of former Mayor Bill Haslam’s plans; but, of course, as director of community development for Haslam, she helped write them. “We started at the core and are moving out,” she says. Credit Haslam with the revitalization of downtown Knoxville. Rogero is re-creating the major corridors to benefit businesses and neighborhoods around them: Chapman Highway, Magnolia Avenue, North Broadway and Cumberland Avenue.
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“We leverage public funds to draw private development,” she says. “I have three more years – 1,060 days or so – to maximize accomplishments. “We’ve got a plan for connecting greenways; we’ve developed the Urban Wilderness and the outstanding Lakeshore Park.” Not mentioned but important, Rogero hired engineers to fix the problems at Fountain City Lake. She joked that Knoxville has so many breweries that we might be called “the ale trail,” and she was back in Fountain City last week to announce a $6.4 million federal grant to improve traffic flow. She spoke at a windy bus stop. The plan, she said, is to install smart, interconnected traffic control signals on Broadway, Chapman Highway and Kingston Pike. The system will analyze where cars are backing up and make sec-
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Pain relief – Making a run for it Once Marissa Carnes started running, she was hooked. With help from Parkwest Therapy Center at Fort Sanders West, today she’s in training for two half marathons. Carnes’ first race was a 5K in Blount County three years ago, followed by a 10K at Turkey Creek. Since then she has completed the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and 13 half marathons in locations from Chicago to Las Vegas, and from Oak Ridge to Oklahoma. “Training for the full marathon was hard to fit into my schedule, because I work seven days per week,” Carnes says, “but I just wanted to be able to say I did it.” Carnes loves running so much that she decided to dive into triathlons, which are races featuring running, biking and swimming. But while training for her very first triathlon last winter, Carnes ran into an unexpected problem. “I started having pain in my hip and buttock area,” she says. Carnes pushed through the pain and finished the race, anyway. During training for her second triathlon, she was also plagued with knee pain. Carnes says she kept thinking the pain would go away on its own, but it never did. As a matter of fact, it got worse. She eventually was able to do only a fourth of the training she needed. “The pain in my right knee was pretty bad – it would swell up and get stiff, and the pain in my right buttock made it painful to sit,” Carnes says. “My whole right leg felt like it wanted to give out.” The pain that first interfered with her race training began to interfere with her everyday life. “I was not able to go up and down the stairs,” Carnes says, “and I had to take the elevator at work.” Carnes had to cancel her plans
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to participate in both a half marathon in Oregon and a full marathon in Ohio. The pain was constant. “I put (athletic) tape on my knee and buttocks so that I could run, and I also took ibuprofen and acetaminophen,” Carnes says, “but my leg wasn’t responding.” Carnes thought her spine was the source of her problems. But
after eight visits with a spine physical therapist didn’t help, she asked her doctor to refer her for an MRI. Next came a visit with a sports orthopedic doctor, who finally unlocked the secret to her pain. “He diagnosed me with patellar tendinitis in the right knee, and ischial bursitis in my right buttock,” Carnes says.
her schedule wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. “He was wonderful and helpful,” Carnes says of her physical therapist. “He also gave me some exercises to do at home, and he tried to accommodate my schedule.” Carnes’ therapy included ASTYM, a system of physical therapy that helps with soft tissue mobilization, and promotes healing. It’s one of the reasons Carnes is glad she went to Parkwest Therapy Center – not all physical therapists are certified in ASTYM therapy. The results can be seen on the race course, and in Carnes’ smile as she crosses the finish line. “I did the 10K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day,” Carnes says. “I’m able to run again, and am training for the Gasparella Race in Tampa, Florida, this coming February.” The Florida race consists of two half marathons in one weekend. It’s a feat that wouldn’t be possible for Carnes without the help of Parkwest Therapy Center. “I love that place,” Carnes says. “They are nice and very accommodating, everybody there was great … I’m back to my running life!” Physical therapy services are available via a referral by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Depending on your insurance company’s requirements, you may be able to self-refer without a physician order, saving you time and money. The orthopedic doctor To learn more about services put her knee in a brace, and provided by Parkwest and other recommended physical therapy Covenant Therapy Centers, visit with Phil Bevins at Parkwest covenanthealth.com/therapycenters, Therapy Center. Making time in or call 865-531-5710.
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Registration is now open for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The annual event includes a full and half marathon, relay, 5K and Kids Run. This year the full and half marathons and relays will be held on Sunday, April 2, and the 5K and Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, April 1. The full marathon is still certified as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Join other runners across the region and nation as they wind through Fort Sanders and downtown, enjoy the screaming fans in Sequoyah Hills and finish on the field at Neyland Stadium. If you’d like to watch from the sidelines, encourage
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Reporter-turned-novelist is living her dream
By Shannon Carey
Shopper News readers may well remember Cindy Taylor’s byline in our pages. She covered community news in Halls and Union County for many years before retiring in summer 2016. But Taylor has not put her pen and keyboard away yet. She’s turned over a new leaf in the writing world, this time as a published author and novelist, which was her dream all along. Taylor writes under the name Cyn Taylor, and her first novel, “Blue Mountain Sky,” was published last year. She had written it quite some time before then, though, and the ideas for the book started coming together long before she started writing for the Shopper.
Author Cindy Taylor Back then, Taylor was an EEG technician and monitored sleep studies, and she turned to writing as a way to keep her mind occupied during the long hours. “It started as a creative outlet because I had all these words in my head and didn’t know what to do with them,” she said. “The first book just flew out of my head.”
The First Pet By Kip Oswald Welcome back, friends, to my series of articles on White House pets, or “First Pets” as I am calling them. I had to take a social studies test last week in Kip class about our constitution and how laws are passed. I made 100 on the test, but I really wanted to add a question about how presidents can grant pardons. You see, one of the most famous pets was a turkey that was given to President Abraham Lincoln for the family to feast on at Christmas in 1863. Tad, the president’s 8-year-old son, named the turkey Jack, and played with him on the White House lawn. So when Tad found out the turkey was to be Christmas dinner, he begged his dad to save him. President Lincoln interrupted a cabinet meeting and issued a presidential “stay of execution” for the turkey who then became the family pet! It is now tradition for the president to issue a pardon for a turkey each Thanksgiving. Jack was not the only pet that avoided being eaten as a White House meal!
Gas tax hike gas tax plan is only a proposal. There’s no guarantee it will ever see the light of day in Nashville. (Remember, Haslam proposed Insure Tennessee and that plan went nowhere.) Expect a lot of alternative proposals to emerge in the coming weeks. Here’s the bottom line. Few Republican legislators fear a Democratic opponent. However, any Republican voting for a gas tax increase should worry about an antitax Republican primary opponent in the 2018 elections. Voting for a gas tax increase puts a bull’s-eye on every tax-hiking legislator. Campaign donations from
COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Broadacres Homeowners Association. Info: Steven Goodpaster, generalgood email@example.com. ■■ Knox North Lions Club. Info: facebook.com/ knoxnorthlions. ■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 687-2161. ■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 688-3136.
Rebecca, a raccoon, was the favorite pet of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president. The Mississippi town of Peru sent this raccoon to the White House for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. The Coolidge family found her to be friendly and playful, so they decided to keep her as a pet instead. They built her a special house, and the president was known to walk around with Rebecca draped around his neck, while his wife carried her in her arms like a cat. Once, when the White House was being remodeled, the president even sent a limousine to pick up the raccoon so she wouldn’t be lonely. Now both these families had other pets as well. The Lincolns had normal pets besides Jack the turkey, like dogs and horses, but they also had two goats they called Nany and Nanko. Tad was allowed to let them sleep with him in his bed and run through the White House. (I am going to write more on Tad in my First Kids articles). The Coolidges had dogs and cats but many odd pets, like lion cubs, a pygmy hippo, and Smoky, the bobcat, who was the largest bobcat ever captured in Tennessee. All the wild animals were donated to the zoo .
The book started as a classic romance, and Taylor revised it several times before settling into the genre of faith-based romantic suspense. She liked the genre because it was a way to express her faith, and she liked writing “clean” fiction that was fun to read. Set in Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, “Blue Mountain Sky” focuses on a woman who lost her husband in a plane crash and her journey towards finding peace and love again. For Taylor, writing was the easy part. Then came the difficult work of finding a publisher. She sent out submissions, researched publishing houses, and worked hard to find a good fit. “It’s an almost impossible task,” Taylor said. Then, she received an assignment to write about author Brooke Cox for the Shopper News, and that proved to be a fateful meeting, as Taylor was impressed enough to purchase Cox’s book, “Deadly Doll.” She noticed the publisher, Mantle Rock Publishing, and submitted a synopsis of “Blue Mountain Sky.” By December 2016, Mantle Rock sent her a contract to publish her first book. She plans to publish the next two books in the series, “Red Morning Glory” and “Dawn’s Gray Light,” by the end of this year. But, that happy email came at a difficult time in Taylor’s life. A death in the family made it difficult to celebrate. “It was up and down,” said Taylor. “For the longest time, it wasn’t real. You start to look at life differently when you have a death in the family, and it didn’t feel right to celebrate.” Six months later, when the first publisher’s copy arrived at Taylor’s house, it finally sank in that it was real, she had achieved her life’s dream. “Now it has become my life, and it’s what I’ve wanted to do for so long, sometimes I think, ‘Is this really happening to me?’ I just try to stay focused on who I am. I love where I’m at right now,” she said. Taylor said she enjoys
Author and former Shopper News reporter Cindy Taylor gets ready for a book signing at the Union County Heritage Festival. Photos submitted marketing the book, going to conferences, and even being a guest blogger on some of her favorite websites. She got to meet one of her favorite authors, Janet Evanovich, at a conference, too. The Front Porch in Powell hosted Taylor’s book launch and signing. The books are available at Hardin’s Mountain Organics in Maynardville, and also on Amazon. com and Barnes and Noble. In fact, Taylor’s first Barnes and Noble signing is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Knoxville store. She has plans to write a young adult scifi/fantasy novel, plus plans to co-write a novel with her daughter, Christa.
She also likes the amount of freedom she has to volunteer at KARM and her church, along with time to visit her grandchildren. Husband Brent will be retiring soon, and the pair plans to travel to research future books. To others who would like
to become authors, Taylor said, “Just start and see where it goes. That’s what makes writing fun, and to me, writing is all about fun. It’s fun to see where a story can take you.” Info: www.cyntaylor 2016.wix.com/blog or cyn firstname.lastname@example.org
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From page A-1 road builders (and friends of the governor) might not be enough to ensure their re-election. But politics aside, it just isn’t right to fund road improvements on the backs of the poorest Tennesseans while also reducing the Hall income tax, which benefits the wealthiest. Here’s hoping state leaders reject this gas tax increase and find another way to improve Tennessee’s bridges and roadways. Say no to a gas tax increase. It doesn’t make “cents.” Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at pleadthefrith.com
■■ Powell Lions Club. Info: email@example.com. ■■ Fountain City Town Hall meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Church of the Good Shepherd, 5337 Jacksboro Pike. Program: KUB personnel with information about water quality and fire hydrant pressure. ■■ AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 10, Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road. Info/registration: 922-0416. ■■ Halls Republican Club. Info: knoxgop.org.
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Interior castles Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts. … (1 Chronicles 6:54 KJV) It was St. Teresa of Avila who coined the phrase “interior castles.” She was a nun who lived in Avila, Spain. Amid the castles of Spain, St. Teresa built her own mental castles: Her prayers, thoughts, beliefs, convictions were formed, shaped, and honed by that place and by her intellect and her faith. Her most famous writing, Nada Te Turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You), was a prayer found in her breviary, written in her own hand in 1577 and published in 1588. I am intrigued by that phrase. Now I have never been one to go ballistic, to saddle up and ride off in all directions, but I freely admit that some things do disturb me! (I will refrain from listing them here, because a) why should I burden you with my complaints, and b) I am sure you have your own.) There are some battles I am willing to fight, but there are a great many smaller squabbles in
FAITH NOTES Special services ■■ St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Broadway, will hold a Sung Compline service, 7 p.m. today, Feb. 8. Compline is an ancient nighttime prayer service. All welcome. Info: 523-5687 or stjamesknox.org. ■■ 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
which I am willing to follow what I think of as my troika: “Let it go; give it up; and set it free!” Or as a friend of mine was fond of saying: “Whatever.” But it is the “interior castles” that I keep thinking about. There are some folks who have never had an unspoken thought. Whatever is on their mind falls right out of their mouth like a gumball out of a machine. There are thoughts that bear reconsidering. There are others that should be locked up in some interior castle, never to be thought again, much less spoken. There are some thoughts that are so precious and dear that they must be spoken, as a gift to the world!
the Savior, Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church and St. Mark UMC will perform. Info: Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, tennesseeipl@gmail. com.
Classes/meetings ■■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study on Bible topics 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12-April 9. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 922-4210. ■■ Fairview Baptist Church, 7424 Fairview Road, will
Schools and values: One mom’s view By Stacy Levy “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28) One thing this beloved verse from Scripture offers us is perspective. In a world of instant gratification, how do we give our kids perspective? My younger daughter, Lindsay, is a seventh-grader at Grace Christian Academy. My older daughter, Kathleen, goes to a public high school. At Grace Christian, there are early morning prayer groups, chapel, and pastors and youth leaders available for the youth anytime they need to talk. At Kathleen’s school, they don’t have chapel and there is no public prayer, but I look at her and her Christian friends and know they are showing God’s love by their actions every single day to kids who might not otherwise be exposed to church. Grace Christian, Temple Baptist Academy and First Baptist Academy Powell all have as part of their mis-
host “Men’s Night Out” 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 25, at the church. Speaker: Hank Parker, professional bass fisherman. Cost: $15. Info/registration: fairviewbaptist.com. ■■ 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.
Kathleen and Lindsay Levy sion statements the teaching of Christian values, but also equipping kids with knowledge to defend their faith and to be a witness to others. For Jennifer Dunsmore, it was clear from the beginning where her children would go to school. “Today’s world in my opinion, is a far cry from being Christ-centered,” she said. “This is why our children were enrolled at First
Baptist Academy starting in kindergarten. FBA strives to take biblical truths and interlace them into all subjects. In doing this, our hope is that the students will enter our secular-driven society equipped to use their knowledge to glorify our Father in Heaven!” Pastor Clarence Sexton from Temple Baptist Church believes, “Christian education is recognizing the true
■■ 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: recoveryatpowell.com or 938-2741.
■■ 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. Feb. 22 program: Becca Wyatt of Zoo Knoxville. Info: 687-2952.
■■ 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.
and living God as our creator and building our lives on the foundation of His word. It is training this generation of young people to make a difference for Christ in the world.” I would hope Lindsay, who goes to Grace Christian, would know what a blessing it is to learn about Christ and God in everything she does at school. As for Kathleen, she is sweet, humble and kind and has grown up in a Christian home with Christian values. Kathleen is such a great kid that she will be OK and is exactly where God wants her to be! Just by being herself, she’s a light to many who need it. People gravitate to her warm spirit. She actually wants to start a “humble and kind” movement. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15 Whatever situation you are in, it’s all about perspective. God’s light can shine through you no matter where you are.
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SENIOR NOTES ■■ The Heiskell Seniors Group meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, The Community Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-5525. ■■ 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 morningpointe.com.
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New home for Legal Aid been with LAET for over 25 years. “It’s not just a stepping stone for young graduates,” she added. “We have many long-term employees who have dedicated their careers to public service.” Staff attorney George Shields II focuses on elder law and decided to join LAET after clerking there as a student. Also a UT College of Law graduate, Shields served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force with tours of duty in Iraq and Qatar. Best summed up by director of marketing and communication Bill Evans, “LAET is a public interest law firm dedicated to the principle of equal justice regardless of the ability to pay.” A grand opening date will be announced; more info at laet.org or 865-637-0484.
By Margie Hagen
Even as boxes were being unpacked and offices were being organized, work went on for staff at Legal Aid of East Tennessee as they moved into their new location at 607 West Summit Hill Drive. In the planning for sev- Debra House George Shields eral years, former LAET The legal help is free to executive director David Yoder worked with the city qualified applicants, but inof Knoxville, Old City Hall valuable to the low-income Knoxville Partnership and population it serves. More the Lincoln Memorial Uni- than 1 million Tennesseans versity-Duncan School of live in poverty, with about Law to renovate and lease one-third of those in East the historic Stair building. Tennessee. Funding is proThe renovations preserved vided through roughly 40 architectural details while federal and state grants and making it a workable space contributions. The caliber of lawyers is with state-of-the-art techtop-notch. “We have real nology. Located on the grounds lawyers with a passion for of the Duncan School of the work,” director Debra Law, LAET has partnered House says. A UT College with the school to give law of Law graduate, House has students the opportunity to work with real clients, benefiting both. UT law students also provide pro bono Taking the reins as dean of the LMU-Duncan services, along with private School of Law just 17 months ago, Wade has made nopractice attorneys who voltable inroads. A former Chief Justice of the Tennessee unteer thousands of hours Supreme Court, Wade retired in 2014 and turned his of time every year. considerable talents to leading the law school. During Serving 26 counties in his tenure Wade has racked up impressive statistics: East Tennessee for over 50 ■■87.5 percent passage rate for the July 2016 Tenyears, LAET’s mission is nessee bar exam to provide civil justice for ■■Highest overall employment rate among Tenneslow-income and vulnerable see law schools: 96 percent in 2015 people. A staff of about 60 ■■Rated best value law school by preLaw Magazine lawyers and 15 paralegals ■■Top 40 law school for bar preparation by National handle cases involving doJurist mestic and elder abuse, ■■Best Brief Award at the 28th annual National housing, disability and vetCriminal Procedure Tournament erans’ issues.
After extensive renovations, the new offices of LAET are up and running.
Prior to renovation, the historic Stair building was once the location of the Tennessee School for the Deaf. Photos by Margie Hagen
Judge Gary Wade raises the bar
BIZ NOTES ■■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association meets 11:45 a.m. each second Wednesday, Central Baptist Church fellowship hall. President is John Fugate, jfugate43@gmail. com or 688-0062. ■■ Halls Business and Professional Association meets noon each third Tuesday, Beaver Brook Country Club. President is Michelle Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 594-7434. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association meets noon each second Tuesday, Jubilee Banquet Facility. President is Bart Elkins, email@example.com or 859-9260. ■■ Weigel’s “Hiring Day” event, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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HEALTH NOTES ■■ Living with Diabetes: Putting the Pieces Together, 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681. ■■ Peninsula Lighthouse Group of Families Anonymous meetings, 6:15-7:15 p.m. each Tuesday, 1451 Dowell Springs Blvd. Newcomers welcome; no dues/fees; no sign-up; first names only. Info: Barbara L., 696-6606 or PeninsulaFA2@aol.com.
Peeling for Pie Day
Shirley Stanberry and Betty Sibert, Morning Pointe of Powell residents, peel apples for pies during National Pie Day. The seniors at the assisted living and memory care community peeled as many apples as they could, serving up healthy helpings of pies and precious memories.
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A-6 • February 8, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news
Powell Elementary gives big thanks
Powell Elementary principal Reba Lane, PTA representative Linnie Sexton and PES assistant principal Karen Frost show the new plaque to be permanently installed at the school. The plaque features the names of everyone who donated $100 or more to help add mulch to the playground. Without the help from community members, the playground would not have been ready to use by the students at the start of the school year. Photo submitted
Superheroes visit Sterchi
Dress-up days are the best, especially when they involve superheroes. Students at Sterchi Elementary dressed as their favorite superheroes include Grayson Rossini, Neko Yoder and Dominic Hinton. Photo submitted
Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents an unusual pirate story
Dancer Addison Harper, who stars as Anne Bonny in “The Barbarosa.” Photo by Lisa Hall McKee
Larry & Laura Bailey
We all love a good pirate story, but how many female pirates can you name? Now’s your chance to learn about one when Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny.” Born Anne McCormac toward the end of the 17th century in County Cork, Ireland, Bonny was the illegitimate daughter of lawyer William McCormac and his servant, Mary Brennan. She came to Charleston, S.C., with her family when her father’s attempts to outrun his adulterous scandal failed in his homeland. Known for her red hair, fiery temper and rumored childhood acts of violence,
let with more avant-garde forms, has framed Bonny’s story in dance and spectacle. Choreographed by Carol Z. Leah Pinder, there are Shane playful scenes of Bonny as a young girl as well as nightmarish dream sequences and plenty of good old Bonny married small-time shipboard swordplay. “We pirate James Bonny as a balanced the dark with the young teen. The couple light,” says McKee, “but we headed for Nassau in the didn’t get so artsy that we Bahamas, where she even- skipped what people want tually left Bonny to marry to see.” Harper Addison, a John “Calico Jack” Rack- recent San Francisco transham, captain of the pirate plant who stars as Bonny, ship Revenge. Thus began agrees. “There are lots of her notorious career as a good fights!” real life pirate of the CaribAddison is enjoying her bean. first production in her new Go! artistic director Lisa hometown, and McKee apHall McKee, who creates preciates the fact that the cutting-edge productions dancer has “grit” as well combining classical bal- as playfulness. Plus, “she’s
awfully good at slinging swords around! “Our mission is to bring people to see dance who wouldn’t normally come,” says McKee. “The Barbarosa” is the perfect chance to introduce yourself or your kids to the art. “It’s big, it’s huge, it’s grand. There are ropes, nets, lots of aerial action. It’s a very strong contemporary piece.” Go! Contemporary Dance Works’ production of “The Barbarosa … the Full Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. in Knoxville. Tickets/info: 865-539-2475 or visit gocontemporary dance.com.
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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • February 8, 2017 • A-7
Celebrating 100 days of school
Sterchi Elementary recently celebrated the 100th day of school with a fun-filled day of jumping, sorting, drawing, eating and counting to 100. Students dressed as if they were 100 years old. Pictured are: Raegan Acuff, Zoey Patin, Harrison Andriopoulos, Cameron Fu, Payton Brintinall and Callie Winebrenner. Photo submitted
Students in Lee Horner’s kindergarten class enjoyed pretending to be 100 years old. Pictured are: Peyton Carter, Reid Ownby, Hunter Blalock, Horner, Erik Johanns and Skyler Williams. Heidi Webb and Caleb Cooper dressed up for the 100th day of school at Powell Elementary. Photos by Ruth White
Boys & Girls Club, U.S. Cellular present young artists By Carol Z. Shane If you’d like to help out an aspiring young artist, now’s your chance. The Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV) has par tnered U.S. Kelly Hayman with Cellular to present the second annual Black History Month Art Contest. Since Jan. 17, kids from the18 area clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties have been working on original art pieces in tribute to influential African-Americans both past and present. As of Feb. 1, the pictures are up for viewing all over town. “It was a great opportunity,” says Kelly Hayman, executive director of the Halls/ Powell BGCTNV. “There were 100 to 125 members throughout the Tennessee Valley submitting artworks.
LIBRARY NOTES ■■ 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.
Here we had 20 members, anywhere from first grade to fifth grade.” The kids not only painted pictures of notable people; they also researched their lives, accomplishments and contributions. “We look forward to this event every year,” says Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “It is incredible to see the amount of creativity that goes into each entry. U.S. Cellular is committed to the enrichment and education of our youth here in Knoxville and across East Tennessee. This contest provides a great opportunity to connect with Boys & Girls Clubs in the communities where our associates live, work and volunteer.” The top 10 finalists’ entries will be chosen by a panel of representatives of BGCTNV and will be displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores. The public ages 18 and older will be invited to vote on the art-
work at the stores through Feb. 28. Three winners per club will be chosen based on the voting results, and will be announced in early March. They’ll receive VISA gift cards in the following amounts: ■■$100 for third place ■■$150 for second place ■■$250 for first place “We encourage our parents, members and the public to go vote for their favorite pictures,” says Hayman. To view the artwork and vote, visit these U.S. Cellular stores: ■■532 Winfield Dunn Pkwy. Sevierville ■■2736 Schaad Road, Knoxville ■■8401 Kingston Pike, Knoxville ■■4873 N. Broadway, Knoxville “This event enhances the learning experience for each student,” says BGCTNV CEO Bart McFadden. “The kids get so excited to create a work of art to represent influential African-Americans.”
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■■ Excel class, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Requires “Word 1” or similar skills; uses tablet/ laptop hybrids. Info/registration: 215-8700.
■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 events and exhibits entry deadlines: Dogwood Art DeTour, Friday, Feb. 10; Chalk Walk, Monday, Feb. 20; Regional Art Exhibition, Friday, March 3. Info/applications: dogwood arts.com or 637-4561.
These portraits and others are now available for viewing at U.S. Cellular stores throughout East Tennessee. Photos submitted
The Halls/Powell branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley will present a Father-Daughter Dance just in time for Valentine’s Day. There will be door prizes and a complimentary photograph of each pair. Admission is $10 per couple and $5 for each additional person, and the event is open to the public. It all happens from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Halls/Powell BGCTNV clubhouse, 1819 Dry Gap Pike. Info: 865-232-1218 or visit bgctnv.org.
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Free Radicals By Dr. Donald G. Wegener Free radicals are mainly oxygen molecules or atoms that have at least one unpaired electron in their outer orbit. In the process of utilizing oxygen during Dr. Wegener the normal metabolism within a cell to create energy, active free oxygen radicals are created. If these free radicals are not soon neutralized by an antioxidant, they may create even more volatile free radicals or cause damage to the cell membrane, vessel walls, proteins, fats or even the DNA nucleus of the cell. Medical literature refers to this damage as oxidative stress. Your one and only defense to oxidative stress and the free radicals are your antioxidants. Antioxidants are able to neutralize the free radicals and turn them into harmless and even helpful products that your body can use. An antioxidant is any substance that has the ability to give up an electron to a free radical and balance out the
un-paired electron, which neutralizes the free radical. Our bodies do have the ability to create some of their own antioxidants, but there are not near enough available. Therefore, it is best that you get additional antioxidants from food and nutritional supplements. Your best defense is to have adequate or extra amounts of antioxidants available for the amount of free radicals produced so no damage to your body will occur. When more free radicals are produced than there are antioxidants available, oxidative stress occurs. Chronic degenerative processes will occur if this situation continues for a long period of time. Next time: Where are antioxidants found?
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A-8 • February 8, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news
Diana Traylor is honorary VP
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January brings great start to ’17
Powell Realtor Diana Traylor has been awarded the Circle of Excellence award from Crye-Leike Real Estate Services and given the honorary title of company vice president. She is managing broker for Crye-Leike’s North Knox office at 7563 Barnett Way, Powell. In order to receive this award, each real estate professional must meet stringent requirements of the program, showing exemplary performance in closed gross sales volume as well as in the areas of advanced education, ethics, loyalty and service to the community and the real estate profession. Traylor is the 2017 chair
By Sherry Witt
After a strong ending to 2016, local real estate and lending markets wasted no time getting off to a fine start for the new year. For the Witt month ending Tuesday, Jan. 31, there were 732 property transfers Diana Traylor, pictured with her husband, Gary Traylor, and Harold Crye, CEO of Crye-Leike Inc. recorded in Knox County – well short of the 1,020 filed of the Knoxville Area As- in Service award and the cellence has a total of 211 in December, but comfortsociation of Realtors MLS KAAR Silver Award of Ex- sales associates within ably ahead of last January’s cellence and Five Star Re- Crye-Leike who have at- total of 661. It was also the committee. tained this elite distinction highest number of property She is a past recipient altor award. Founded by Crye-Leike out of its 3,100-plus sales sales recorded in January of the Women’s Council of Realtors Silver Excellence in 1987, the Circle of Ex- force. since 2007. The total value of land transferred during the month was $228.7 million, compared to December’s $244 Powell guy Steve Lentz Powell High in 1989 as Steve he said. “I’ve known the Bai- would like to be a part of million, and outpacing Januhas joined Curtis. While in college he ley family for over 30 years what they are building.” ary 2016 by more than $70 Lentz has held a real esthe team at legally changed his name to and I’ve always respected million. It was the first time Bailey & Co. that of his stepfather, who and admired their generos- tate license for 2½ years, January sales had topped Real Estate had raised him from an ear- ity, strong community in- but has bought and sold inthe $200 million mark since vestment property for over as an affili- ly age. He played basketball volvement and work ethic. 2007, when about $250 mil“After talking with own- 20 years. ate broker. at Walters State and King “I’m an entrepreneur at His wife, University and graduated in er and principal broker Melinda, is 1993 with a bachelor’s de- Justin Bailey, and hearing heart and love to make deals a teacher at gree in economics and busi- Bailey & Co.’s internal mis- come together as long as it sion statement of ‘people makes sense for the customPowell High ness administration. Steve Lentz Steve and Melinda have over profit,’ I decided I er,” he said. School. Lentz previously owned two daughters, Tori and Dutch Home Center for 10 Kaitlyn. There are fundraisers gayears before selling the busi“I chose to join Bailey & lore. But when it’s a “FUN”ness. He graduated from Co. for a number of reasons,” When medical person- RAM and provided rooms raiser, well nel came to assist with the to other doctors and nurses it’s just plain Remote Area Medical proj- who volunteer at the clinic. fun! The Roect at Chilhowee Park, the RAM, based locally and tary Club of Hampton Inn & Suites by founded by Stan Brock, B e a r d e n ’s Hilton Knoxville/North served over 30,000 patients “Big Game I-75 provided free lodging. in 2016 with more than $9 Show Night: Friday, February 10 • 7 - 9 p.m. Manager Walter Wojnar million in free health care, Celebrating Boy’s & Girls Club of Halls/Powell • 1819 Dry Gap Pike said RAM asked four years provided by volunteers. Nonprofits” • $10 per couple - $5 for each additional • open to the public “Each person on our staff Tom King ago if he could donate six on Friday, • door prizes • includes complimentary photograph to eight rooms. Since then pitches in to ensure that all March 3, Lodgingsmith LLC, the ho- of the medical personnel will be a high-energy eveOF HALLS/POWELL All proceeds benefit tel ownership group, has have what they need during ning that honors those emFor information and in the event of bad weather conditions, donated 100 room nights to their stay with us.” ployees who toil at various contact 865.232.1218 or visit bgctnv.org nonprofits in Knoxville. Bearden Rotary vice president Wayne Underwood is heading up this 6:30 p.m. event at Buddy’s Approximately 4,000 Sq. Ft. of Antique Furnishings, Banquet Hall. Companies and individuals are buyAppliances, Artwork, Collectibles, and More!
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lion worth of property was sold in the county. Lending markets also had reason for optimism as about $314 million was borrowed against real estate in January. In 2016, just $220 million was loaned. By far the largest real estate transfer in January involved multiple parcels in the Dowell Springs complex off Middlebrook Pike. The properties brought $70.6 million. On the lending side, the largest transaction recorded was a Deed of Trust in the amount of $30.18 million filed on real estate formerly known as the News Sentinel Building on State Street in downtown Knoxville. As markets continue their long recovery from the housing collapse of 2008, the data seem to indicate that both sales and lending are now reaching their 2007 levels. If this trend continues, it would certainly be good news for our local economy.
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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • February 8, 2017 • A-9
Depends on who you believe Butch and Tennessee assistant coaches talk as if they recruited well, assembled an excellent class of future Volunteers. Maybe they will be good enough to help win championships – which hasn’t happened around here in a long, long time. Fans seemed a little disappointed there was no late drama, no prize that switched at the last moment and went orange. Oh well. Recruiting analysts, almost ordinary people who get paid for perusing video and seeing stars, sound as if Tennessee finished in the middle of the Southeastern Conference pack, well behind the big boys but safely ahead of Vanderbilt. Based on that limited information, you can choose optimism, realism or pessimism, depending on who you believe. No matter how you view the recruiting scoreboard, whether your glass is half empty or half full, Tennessee is no closer to beating Alabama than it was last October. The Tide had more
talent, has more talent and will have more next year. That reassigns the burden of victory to coaching or luck – development, strategy, precise execution or who drops the ball or misses a tackle. None of that has been a recent Tennessee strength. The Vols gathered several three-stars with great potential. When you hear about upside in recruiting, it usually means somebody else signed the top prospects and you got the couldbe guys, hopefuls and possibilities. Alabama was awesome, as usual. Georgia, with new coaches, came on boldly. LSU exceeded expectations. There are several compelling thoughts about Tennessee recruiting.
(1) Securing offensive tackle Trey Smith, 6-5 and 310, of Jackson was a big win in more ways than size and need. It was very smart to have his sister employed in the athletic department. Perfectly legal. Also astute. Illustration of family atmosphere. (2) The fence Butch built around the state has a hole in it. Clemson and LSU slipped through and hit us hard. (3) Tennessee filled some vacancies but may not have signed the offensive gamebreaker or future all-American on defense. Here we go again: development can make up the difference. (4) Recruiting gets more difficult as you go along. In the beginning, Butch presented an exciting plan for restoring Tennessee credibility. Brick by brick. Some called it a vision. It was contagious. There were glaring gaps in his inheritance. He could offer immediate playing time. Sign right here, young man, fill this void. Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones
Jr., a very good salesman, essentially solved the roster problem. The cupboard is no longer bare. The Vols are not juveniles. They have matured into adults. Lots of seniors on the next team. OK, some on defense contributed to record yards allowed. Unfortunately, the great goal in the sky has been capped at 9-4 and 9-4. Butch is 30-21 in four seasons. He is 1-3 against Florida, 2-2 versus Georgia, 2-2 against Vandy and not very good at all against the SEC West. The dream has been scarred by results. Prospects with medium intelligence might wonder how could you possibly lose to South Carolina? What if a parent sought an explanation of the Vanderbilt game? Forget it, that is past tense. The Vols won their bowl game. Recruiting was pretty good or at least soso. New coaches brighten the horizon. Some of the injured are healing. Spring practice is not far away. If you chose optimism …
last words Misplaced priorities in Parks & Rec budget Visit any community and ask what citizens want. You will hear more and better parks, sidewalks and greenways. We heard that in Hardin Valley just last month, and Shauna Godlevsky, parks planning and development director, said her capital budget is just $300,000. When a mile of sidewalk can cost $1 million, you see the problem. “No money” is the mantra. Yet somehow we continue to add personnel – even in Parks & Rec. Mike Donilla, former reporter for the News Sentinel and later WBIRTV, has joined Knox County government as PR guy for Parks & Rec.
Sandra Clark We confirmed last week that his salary is just south of $50,000. Add that to the salaries of senior director Doug Bataille, $123,143; deputy dirctor Chuck James, $75,690; and Godlevsky, $50,936, and you see we’re paying about $310,000 for people to plan and manage a $300,000 budget for purchases and projects. How many folks do we need to tell us there’s no money?
Mannis considers mayoral race Barber tells story of Gazan people
It’s going to take Brian Barber a while to get used to the word emeritus, but he will continue the work he’s been doing at the University of Tennessee for the past 30 years from his new home in Washington, D.C.
Betty Bean Barber, the founding director of UT’s International Center for Study of Youth and Political Conflict, studied a generation of Palestinian boys who grew up in the midst of violent political conflict in the territories of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. When he started, they were adolescents; today they are grown men, married with children of their own. A longtime professor of child and family studies and an adjunct professor of psychology at UT, the center he directed also conducted studies on the effects of violence on young people in Egypt and Bosnia. The center’s work has been supported by the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Fund, the United States Institute for Peace and the Jacobs Foundation. And although the center closed Jan. 31, Barber will remain closely connected to UT, where he chaired the search committee to find his replacement and will return
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Brian Barber inspects the olive crop with Fuad, the patriarch of the first family that hosted Barber in Gaza. Barber still stays with them on his visits.
in the spring for a scheduled farewell party. “I have nothing but good feelings and good memories of the University of Tennessee,” Barber said. He is now an international security program fellow at New America and a senior fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies. His work will be available on his personal website (http:// www.bkbarber.com), and he is writing a book he hopes to finish by the end of 2017 about five Gaza men, now entering their 40s, who are a subset of the larger group of Palestinian youth in the 30-year study. The working title is “Gaza’s grit: beauty, tenacity, betrayal and yearning from an ostracized corner of the world.” Barber said those four conditions are crucial to the story. “They’re all alive and healthy, and have been re-
markably tenacious in making their lives work under clearly degrading conditions, both political and economic. They are suffering for sure, but they are also making it work. One of the main messages of the book is that people in general are resourceful and value life and love and dignity. “They are doing well – as long as ‘well’ is understood as a very compact word, a single word that captures a very rich and deep set of conditions. ‘Well’ in this case does not mean carefree. It means survival.” Barber has lost track of the number of trips he has made to Palestine over the years, but estimates it’s between 30 and 50, sometimes staying for a month at a time. He has become particularly close to two families whom he says are among his best friends in
the world. “I’ve been a guest in their home over two decades. They’ve treated me as a son and a brother – and a father in some cases – they are tremendously warm and welcoming people, and some of my best friends in the world are there. This is one of the benefits of being a social scientist. You get to do your work on humanity, and humans connect. And these are very connectable people because of their inherent warmth and sense of hospitality. “Gazans feel very much lost and forgotten and betrayed, by everyone, and the only thing they’ve ever asked of me over two decades is to tell their story. And now, the book will tell their story to people across the world, I hope. Very few people will go to Gaza, so it’s my goal to take you there.”
Eddie Mannis, deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero during her first 18 months in office, is seriously looking at running for mayor. He is the owner and founder of Prestige Cleaners and a strong supporter of veterans. Mannis would be Eddie Mannis viable if he decides to run, but the primary is not until August 2019. He has lots of time to think it over. Mannis, 57, grew up in Inskip. He now lives on Kingston Pike across from Sequoyah Hills. His businesses employ 170 people. He has been heavily involved in the community over many years. It is likely he would have the active support of Rogero. Also being mentioned are council members Marshall Stair, 38, and George Wallace, a youthful, energetic 58. Mannis is the only one of these three who has served in the executive branch of city government – as did Rogero for thenMayor Bill Haslam, which assisted her in defeating Mark Padgett and Ivan Harmon in 2011. If all three actually seek the mayor’s office, the city would choose among three able, well-funded, energetic candidates who would bring different perspectives to the office but, in this writer’s opinion, are all well qualified to serve.
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Mannis’ views on pressing issues will evolve during a campaign. For Stair and Wallace, they have and are compiling a record of votes on council now which they can explain, promote and defend in 2019. The last member of council to be elected mayor was Kyle Testerman in 1971. Other council members have sought the office, including Bernice O’Connor, Casey Jones, Jean Teague, Ivan Harmon and Danny Mayfield. None succeeded. Some have suggested that Stair, who would be 41 in 2019, would be too young. Mayors elected in 1971 (Testerman) and 1975 (Randy Tyree) were under 40 years old. ■■ Bill Hagerty, former state commissioner of Economic and Community Development, will be the next ambassador to Japan. He will follow two Tennessee senators who served in Asia in the past 24 years: the late Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (Japan) and former Sen. Jim Sasser (China). Hagerty worked on the Trump transition and wins favorable reviews wherever he works. He will be a very able and knowledgeable envoy to Japan, which has significant investment in Tennessee. Victor Ashe is a former mayor of Knoxville and U.S. Ambassador to Poland.
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