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February 15, 2017

FIRST WORDS Creative ways to build sidewalks Halftime Pizza expands with breakfast menu and ‘meat and two’ specials

By Nick Della Volpe We need your help. As a city councilman, you often hear from neighborhood groups and individuals about the need/ desire for more sidewalks, a safer way to get around the neighborhood on foot or bike. In a May Della Volpe 10 Shopper article, I wrote about the five criteria the city’s engineers use to assign priority to sidewalk segments to build. Let’s focus on quantity. Currently, Knoxville builds roughly a mile-plus of new sidewalks and rebuilds another mile-plus of reworked/repaired walks each budget year. How can we build more? If you skip over the restrictions of topography and space limitations, that work generally costs over $1 million per mile. Indeed, it is estimated that retrofitting sidewalks in established areas costs about $300 per running foot, considering land acquisition cost, plans, stormwater drainage (piping and infrastructure), curbs, ADA requirements and the actual concrete pad work. Most of this work is contracted out by the city, although our Public Service crews tackle small segment repairs and replacement, when a break in regular work permits. Public Service is also building some greenway segments. How can we improve on our sidewalk build-out rate? More money is the simple answer, but that resource is as scarce as a pinch of saffron for your next paella. City government services already cost some $215 million of your annual tax dollars. A general tax increase, anyone? Didn’t think so. Realistically, we have to look for creative solutions. That’s where you come in. One obvious solution is to require new subdivisions to include sidewalks in their design and build-out. When built as part of that original build-out and grading, the cost is much lower, estimated at $100 per foot (it depends on drainage, grade, etc.) – roughly 1/3 of the cost of a retrofit. To page A-3

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Angie Shope and her mom, Dot Shope, serve up breakfast and a “meat and two” special during the week at Halftime Pizza. Photo by Ruth White

By Ruth White It’s such a good idea, and it started right here in Powell. Two restaurant concepts are operating under one roof (at different times) at Halftime Pizza on Emory Road. Dot Shope and her daughter, Angie, owned and operated Bloomerz Restaurant in South Clinton for 16 years. When they closed recently, Simon Morgan, owner of the Pizza Express next

pancakes, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, bacon and breakfast sandwiches. Each day features a lunch special: meatloaf on Mondays, salmon patties on Tuesdays, breaded pork chops on Thursday and barbecue with slaw and fries on Fridays. Wednesdays are left open and might feature Salisbury steak, chopped steak or even a new item. Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday

and lunch is served from around 10:30 a.m. until 2. Items are available for dine-in or carry out. If you haven’t stopped by Halftime Pizza in a while, make a point to catch breakfast or lunch from the Shopes or delicious pizza and other favorites served up for dinner. The staff is friendly, the food is good and the atmosphere is welcoming. That, my friends, is a winning combination.

Enhance Powell draws a crowd By Sandra Clark

Take this as it’s written: it’s gossip, it’s fun and some of it is even true. Bob Thomas, candidate for county mayor, joined the gang at Enhance Powell on Feb. 8 at Life House Coffee. He posted on Facebook: “Exciting to hear all the improvements in the Powell area. This is a very energetic community group! And Life House has some great treats!” Double vision: Think about this. If

Thomas wins election as mayor in 2018 and the school board appoints assistant superintendent Bob Thomas as superintendent of Knox County Schools, our county’s top leaders will be named Bob Thomas. And that would be as funny as having our two high school principals named Chad Smith. Dr. Chad Smith, head principal, said his new sign is almost finished. The new digital sign was funded by a Haslam Family grant. Area businesses and the Powell Business

& Professional Association kicked in extra money for a brick monument base. It’s going to look cool. Sidewalks meeting: Because of spring break, the Saturday meeting to discuss sidewalks around Powell Elementary School has been moved to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Life House Coffee. We’ve invited folks from Knox County engineering and the county health department. And we’re making minicupcakes for 200. So be there!

Age discrimination settlement costs tax dollars By Betty Bean Donald Trump is not the only Republican officeholder who’s got a problem with women.

Analysis Knox County’s clerk of Criminal and Fourth Circuit courts, Mike Hammond, has a pattern of behavior that recently cost county taxpayers almost $200,000. The latest scrum was the settlement of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by two female supervisors whom Hammond fired shortly after taking office in September 2014. The firings of Debra Sewell, 62, and Jean Smathers, 68, cleared the way for Hammond to hire or promote younger individuals. They probably would have won at trial, but trials are expensive and uncertain and three years is a long time to wait for compensation, so they settled. Smathers received $57,500, Sewell got

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door, approached them about serving up breakfast and lunch inside Halftime Pizza in Powell. The Shopes have been serving made-to-order breakfast and a meat-and-two special for about a month now and are happy to be in Powell. “We have already gained some dedicated customers and everyone has been so friendly,” said Angie. Breakfast items offer something for everyone, including eggs,

$65,000 and Knox County paid their attorney, Jeffrey C. Taylor, $28,100.50 per client. Hammond could have avoided this with better personnel practices. Richard Julian, manager of Knox County’s human resources department, said the employee Hammond handbook clearly outlines procedures for a progressive discipline procedure. (Hammond has opted his office out of the county’s HR department.) “Do an annual performance review,” Julian said. “If you want improvement, put it in writing.” The next steps are verbal warning, written reprimand, suspension up to 10 days without pay and termination. “I can’t imagine why anyone would not go through these steps,” Julian said. Another way to terminate is simply to abolish an unneeded position.

Hammond gave no reason for the terminations initially, but when the women filed suit in March 2016, he denounced them for running a disorganized, chaotic office permeated by a “circus atmosphere” that allowed lawyers free run of the place. This accusation was puzzling, even infuriating, to many lawyers who used the office. Fourth Circuit Court was the domain of Judge William Swann, who retired in 2014. His penchant for issuing orders of protection brought massive, angry and often unruly crowds to the City County building on Thursdays, where feuding parties waited for their cases to be called. Hammond has said the office is running more smoothly now, but a veteran lawyer who has handled divorce cases for decades said any changes in the office culture are due to Swann’s successor, Judge Greg McMillan. “You need look no further than the judge who sat in Fourth Circuit

for 30 years for creating whatever atmosphere was there. The judge sets the tenor,” the lawyer said. “Ms. Sewell and Ms. Smathers were the go-to people in that office. When you needed a question answered or something done, you went to them. ... This was a debacle. He took that office’s institutional memory out in one day.” Clashes with women are becoming a hallmark of Hammond’s post-county commission career. He ran unopposed in 2014 after unleashing a barrage of withering attacks on his predecessor, Joy McCroskey, who chose not to stand for re-election. Next he took aim at the county’s Circuit Court clerk, Cathy Quist Shanks. In a memo to Mayor Tim Burchett, he outlined a plan to consolidate his office with that of Shanks. She quickly said he was trying to make himself a “super clerk” who would control hundreds of jobs and a massive budget. Hammond retreated. 2704 Mineral Springs Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 Ph. (865) 687-4537

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Cancer can’t choose

Woman takes control of her future through genetic testing You hardly ever see her cry, but Carolyn Guffey wipes away tears as she sits at a picnic table in the park, thinking about the sadness of the past, and the bright promise of the future. It’s a chilly day with a bright blue sky, and she joyfully savors every second of it. “I’m looking forward to seeing my children get married,” she says, “I’m looking forward to gray hair.” Guffey, 31, had a double mastectomy after she underwent genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center – a step that her mother had taken as well. Guffey’s mother passed away after developing aggressive breast cancer. “We watched her get the diagnosis at 46; we saw her go through the treatment,” Guffey says. “When she went into hospice they said it would be three to four months, but she died in three weeks.” Guffey is going public with her story because she wants to let other women know the value of genetic testing, and to know there is life after a double mastectomy. “There’s nobody out there saying, ‘I like myself better now than I did,’” Guffey surmises. “But I’m totally fine, and I sleep better at night knowing that I chose this for my family.” Guffey believes the unknown is what scares most women. If a woman has a family history of cancer, knowing the results of a genetic test can alleviate that fear of the unknown. “I have a daughter,” Guffey says. “I want her to embrace this, not be scared of it.”

Guffey says. “I want life moments. I don’t want anything big and glamorous out of life – I just want to be there.”

“I sleep better at night, knowing I chose this for my family,” says Carolyn Guffey after undergoing genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and a subsequent double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.

when she first learned her mother had a genetic test with positive results. “I had no idea what that meant. I blew it off, and I kept on going,” Guffey says. It wasn’t until later, when a lump was detected in her own annual mammogram, that Guffey gave it consideration. It Discovering the need was the third time a lump had for testing shown up. Because the first two Preoccupied with caring for had been benign, she had never her dying mother, Guffey hadn’t felt there was much cause for fully comprehended what it meant concern.

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When a doctor heard that Guffey’s mother had tested positive for a gene mutation, he recommended genetic testing for Guffey, too. The results were positive. “I totally expected the results to be negative,” Guffey says. “It took my breath away for just a second, and I knew my life would never be the same.” After a lot of research and much prayer, Guffey decided on a double mastectomy and reconstructive

surgery. “I knew things would be different, and I was going to make the choice whether things were going to be good different or bad different,” Guffey says. It was a difficult process for her, and there were moments when she wondered if she’d made the right choice. Those thoughts have given way to stronger faith and a sense of peace about the future. “I look forward to bad days, the days the kids drive me crazy,”

Guffey says her mother’s decision to undergo genetic testing was a gift packaged with powerful knowledge. As for the double mastectomy, Guffey says it’s not right for everyone, but she is 100 percent certain it was the right choice for her. “Cancer won’t decide my future,” she says, “I choose my future.” Guffey also points to recent advances in reconstructive surgery. She’s getting on with her life, with her body fully intact. However, she also has learned that she is more than the sum of her body parts. She is a wife, a mother and a friend. The thought of what her future might have been if her own mother had chosen not to have genetic testing is a little overwhelming. “Cancer robs people,” Guffey says. “It steals joy and families; it takes young people too soon.” Her hope is that more women will become aware of the availability of genetic counseling and testing. She also hopes women will not fear mastectomy if they and their physicians determine it’s the right choice. “Standing in front of the mirror, I can honestly say today that I feel prettier than I did before,” Guffey says. To learn more about genetic counseling and testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, visit thompsoncancer.com or call 865331-2350.

What is genetic testing? A simple blood test can lead to powerful knowledge. Genetic testing at Thompson Cancer Survival Center is giving more men and women a chance to take control of cancer risks. If a patient receives positive genetic test results, it means he or she has a hereditary cause for cancer, and there is an increased risk for certain types of cancer. “It doesn’t mean you have cancer,” test recipient Carolyn Guffey says. “I needed to know that difference, and I think a lot of people do.” Haley Pace, a genetic counselor at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, explains how the test results might help prevent cancer, or prepare patients before cancer shows up. “Knowing a hereditary cause for cancer in a patient enables us to understand what cancers to screen better for, or to try to

reduce the risks for,” says Haley. “It also helps us know what to test for in other family members, so we can determine if they also have higher risks for certain cancers.” The need for genetic testing is determined based on genetic counseling that pulls together all the factors that might play a part in a person’s risk of developing cancer. Pace says there are several red flags in a person’s medical history or family history that can indicate that a genetic counseling appointment is needed. Some of those indicators are cancer diagnosed before age 50, a strong family history of cancer, two cancers in the same person, and diagnosis of a rare type of cancer. To learn more about genetic counseling and testing, visit thompsoncancer.com or call (865) 331-2350.

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Artist Sheri Treadwell lives her passion Though she moved back to her native California five years ago after 18 years in Knoxville, Sheri Treadwell, former owner of Good Life Gallery in Fountain City, visits East Tennessee often. “Oh, I miss it,” she says. “Tennesseans really make friends when they make friends, and they keep them forever!” Primarily a sculptor, with one of her pieces in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Treadwell now focuses on what she calls “wearable art.” “My current work reflects a ‘smalling down’ of the sculptures. I’ve always

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been interested in feminine forms; I’ve been sculpting women for a long time in sort of a quasi-fantasy aspect.” She’s drawn to biomimicry – a concept found in science as well as art and architecture. The lithe, vine-laden Art Nouveau forms of the early 20th century are an example of the style. Treadwell forms her pieces out of polymer

clay, then paints, distresses and textures them. Each is unique. She sells her work at fairs, festivals and trunk shows. “I take them where I want to go. It’s a fun way to travel,” she says. “I’ve found that the way people connect to my work provokes really interesting conversations. I think that, for them, meeting the artist and getting to ask me where that face or inspiration came from is a little bit of magic.” Treadwell also has a knack for finding exactly the right item. “It’s because I know the piece so well, and there’s some spark between the way it speaks to me and the way the person

Sculptor Sheri Treadwell enjoys making and selling her “wearable art.” Photo by Carol Z. Shane

speaks to me. What is that song? ‘Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match’

– I feel like a matchmaker when it comes to pairing my work with people.” Recently, she joined with Broadway Studios and Gallery to host a “bohemian event in an evening” complete with a gypsy tarot card reader and belly dancers. “It’s not enough anymore to just have a display of your work; it has to create a mood,” she says. “That sets the scene for people to imagine themselves into your work.” She also sells online at TempleofTrustStudios.com and says that there was “nothing natural about” her mostly-self-taught foray into web-based marketing.

“It was hard work to switch over from the old way of selling,” she says. “I had a really hard time finding people who understood what I was trying to convey. But truly I’m a real self-starter and always have been; I’ve never worked for anyone else. It was a matter of saying, ‘OK, here’s what I need, how do I do this, can I hire an expert’ and learning to do it myself.” She admits, “I find the whole thing fun. But mostly I love to make the work. I think every single artist on the planet would spend their lives just making their work if they could.”

Make Believe at Windsor Gardens

Judging the desserts during Chocolate Fest at the Community Center in Powell were Tammy Mattina and Charlie Barker.

Make Believe Monday at Windsor Gardens had residents wearing tiaras for a magical game of bingo. Pictured (clockwise from left) are: Saundra Long, Margaret Hembree, Mary Jane Tammy Mattina and Joan Barker help prepare barbecue sand- Forsythe, Bess Lay, social worker Tara Wallace, Jane Culvahouse, Lucille Campbell, Alyce Pickens and Janet Nunn. wiches, provided by Riggs Drugs on Emory Road.

Seniors celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate

Hansard to headline Halls schools centennial By Ruth White

Riggs Drugs sales rep Jeff Olsen spoke to the group of seniors gathered and shared helpful tips on living a long, productive life. Riggs Drugs is locally owned and operated. Winners of the Chocolate Fest dessert contest included Betty Fowler (chocolate/strawberry cake), Sue Nicely (German chocolate cake) and Norma Barrett (chocolate fudge). Photos by Ruth White

Building more sidewalks ■■Organize skilled, in-community handy-dads to tackle one block at a time; recognizing that they would have to clear plans with the city engineers (there are ADA, drainage and material issues). Realistically, they might need a volunteer architect or engineer to prepare plans for approval. Consider generic plans by the East Tennessee Community Design Center? ■■Scour and reach out to state and federal grants that might aid nonpolluting transportation. ■■Start a build-a-sidewalk lottery (probably requires state legislation) with the proceeds dedicated exclusively to building more sidewalks.

Hey, we are sending kids to college already. ■■Where the topography is relatively flat, substitute a ground-level, meandering path through the edge of front yards – essentially a greenway. Give them an easement. Mom could easily mow right over the grass without edging. ■■Seek business sponsors, award development mitigation credit for sidewalk additions. That’s just a start. I’ve asked my district neighborhoods to discuss this at their next meeting. You may have the answer. So, put on your thinking caps. Let’s rise up out of the ditches!

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Halls schools graduate and talk radio personality Kim Hansard will serve as master of ceremonies for a gala event celebrating 100 years of Halls schools, to be held 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Foundry near World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. The event will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction, and dress is cocktail attire. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the Halls Elementary or Halls Middle school offices or online at eventbrite.com (search “Halls School Centennial Gala”) or Facebook (search “Halls Schools Centennial Celebration”). Event sponsorships are also available. Gold level is $1,500, silver is $1,000, and bronze is $750. You may also sponsor a teacher to

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OneLife relaunches at Knoxville Center By Stacy Levy

OneLife Churches’ vision stays the same – “Too see people discover Jesus and how their one life can make a difference” – but OneLife started 2017 with a huge relaunch of its church. Specifically, it moved its Halls campus to East Knoxville. It also relaunched the Powell campus (also known as the North campus), by completely rebranding and re-theming all of its kids ministry. “Kid City” is now the new name of OneLife’s children’s ministry and creates environments where kids can learn how to make a difference where they live, learn and play. The North lobby has been completely remodeled to match the new East campus. This redesign really helps to empower and connect people to the mission and vision of the church like never before. OneLife’s hope in all of this for 2017 and beyond is that OneLifers will make a difference outside the four walls of the church’s building – where they live, work, and play – like never before. “More than anything, we want people connected to other people. One of our core values is that “We Keep It Real” – and when you’re anonymous, just attending a church service and not connected to other people, it’s hard to do that! So as cliché as it may sound, we want to get people out of rows in an

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1 NRSV) Don’t say to God “Here I am” unless you really mean it. God will take you up on Cross your offer. Currents The dealings between Lynn God and Abraham were unPitts usual, to say the least. God had promised Abraham a son, but God was slow in delivering on that promise. Sarah was well Then comes one of the past the age of childbearing most suspenseful and painwhen three men appeared ful stories in scripture. The before Abraham. Being a Lord instructs Abraham good host, he offered them to take his only son Isaac food and drink. The men – this yearned-for miracle told Abraham that his wife child! – and offer him for a would bear him a son. burnt offering on a mounSarah, inside the tent, tain to which God would laughed out loud. She knew lead him. better. Or thought she did! What a terrible, horrific The Lord then spoke to test! Abraham, “Why did Sarah At this point in the story, laugh and say, ‘Shall I in- I always envision the rendeed bear a child, now that dition in the movie “The I am old?’ Is anything too Bible.” I can see Abraham’s wonderful for the Lord?” upraised arm, his hand But Sarah compounded holding the knife that would her mistake by denying that sacrifice that precious, she had laughed. The Lord prayed-for son. said, “Oh, yes, you did laugh.” God’s brinksmanship al(Note to self: Don’t argue ways makes me uncomfortwith the Lord!) God was as able, until I remember that good as His word, however, God watched His own Son and Sarah did indeed bear a die, with no lamb to take son in her old age. His place!

OneLife Church celebrates its seventh anniversary at World’s Fair Amphitheater in September of 2016.

auditorium and connected in circle in smaller groups,” said Tyler Goode, Powell Campus pastor. The year 2016 was incredible for OneLife. More than 80 percent of the average Sunday attendance was connected to a small group of some kind, whether it was a kids’ ministry, a student group or an adult home group. So in 2017, the goal is to further these efforts and get more people than ever connected to a group. The church will continue to do many of the same events and initiatives: free photos with the Easter Bunny at three of the area Chickfil-As on Saturday, April 15; the monthlong “Serve the City” initiative every

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Wednesday night in July; taking a mission team to serve in the Dominican Republic later in the summer; and beach camp for students in late June. Last but not least is the annual Community Christmas services Dec. 22-24 at both locations. For Goode, Ezekiel 37: 1-14 sums up OneLife Church at the moment. “Through different seasons of OneLife Church we’ve had different Bible verses that have carried us – but in our current season there is a particular passage in Ezekiel that we keep coming back to over and over again. The prophet Ezekiel is taken to a valley of dry bones by God. And God asks him, ‘Can these dry bones ever

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come back to life again?’ Ezekiel says, ‘You alone know the answer to that.’ And then God says ‘Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you love again! ... you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ “When we look across our city, that is the hope that we see. For anyone that is hurting, lost, struggling or feeling like there is no hope or no direction, God can breathe new life into us and give us something worth living for! He can take these ‘dry bones’ and bring us back to life. That’s what really pumps us up!” ■■ Knoxville Senior Co-Ed said Goode. Softball league games, 9 More on OneLife Church: a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4-Oct. 26, Caswell Park, onelifeknox.com.

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■■ 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:

■■ 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:

■■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study on Bible topics 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays through April 9. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 922-4210. ■■ Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, hosts Recovery at Powell each Thursday. Dinner, 5:45 p.m.; worship, 6:30; groups, 7:40. The

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Powell hosted homecoming last week, and king and queen were crowned during halftime of the boys game. Seniors Kaitlyn Lentz and Jack Richards were honored as queen and king during the ceremony. Photos by Ruth White

Powell’s Riley Bryant (#1) drives to the goal as Hardin Valley’s Aaron Dykes (#3) follows in hot pursuit. Powell defeated HVA, 64-52.

Powell gets homecoming wins over HVA Powell High junior Haley Schubert helped the Panthers take down the Hawks of Hardin Valley last week by a score of 48-45 in a matchup that went down to the final buzzer. Schubert scored her 1,000th career point for Powell during a road game at Gibbs on Jan. 17.

Daniels signs with Tusculum Powell High senior Brandon Daniel recently signed to play soccer at Tusculum next year. Brandon has played at Powell High for four years as a midfielder, and PHS coach Chris Thorson said he couldn’t be more proud of Brandon’s accomplishments. “He has worked hard and has grown as an athlete while here at Powell. He will be successful at the collegiate level.” While a part of the Panther soccer team, Brandon said he has learned to always keep working, no Daniels matter what. Joining Brandon at the signing were his parents, Jason and Teresa Daniels, siblings Autumn and Brian Daniels, aunt Carol Mahan, club and high school soccer teammates and friends.

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

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■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 687-2161. ■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 688-3136. ■■ Powell Lions Club. Info: tnpowelllions@gmail.com.

Brickey-McCloud crowns spelling bee champ

By Sandra Clark

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Alayna Heffner was crowned spelling bee champion at Brickey-McCloud Elementary. Alayna nudged out runner-up Ethan Johnson for the title and will represent the school at the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 4. Photo by Ruth White

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Two ink soccer scholarships Principal Becky Ashe was quick to note that L&N STEM Academy students can earn athletic scholarships, even though the school itself has only a golf team. She was all smiles when Josh Denton and Dalton Mullins signed soccer scholarships. Both were recruited because of their play with club teams. Denton played soccer at Halls Middle School and then transferred to L&N STEM Academy for high school. He played for FC Alliance 98 Black RPL, which won the Region 3 Premier League this year. Denton will play soccer at East Tennessee State University, where he will major in engineering. “Josh works hard and plays hard,” said coach Chad Stocton of FC Alliance. Denton also was coached by Darrick Lubell at Knoxville Football Club.

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He was accompanied at the signing by parents David and Debbie Denton and grandmother Janice Baldwin. Mullins attended Powell Middle School before moving to L&N STEM Academy for high school. His coach for CRUSH was Paul Carrasco, who attended his Top spellers in the Sterchi Elementary bee were Kaylene Letsigning. Mullins will play soccer sing (runner-up) and Hannah Blake (champion). Hannah will for Tusculum College. His represent the school at the Regional Spelling bee. Photo submitted major is undecided. He was accompanied at the signing by parents Chris and Laura Mullins, grandmother Becky Calloway, aunt Katherine Calloway and brothers Austin and Jacob Mullins. American Heart Association approved classes required

Sterchi names spelling bee winner

Freedom Christian Academy will host an open house 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway. Potential students and their families can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and view grade specific curriculum. Info: freedomchristianacademy.org or 525-7807.

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‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ at the Children’s Theatre Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Jr.” Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 24-March 12, at the theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. The play is a live onstage version of the smash Broadway musical adapted from the classic animated film, especially written for ages 4 and older. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12; special rate for adult and child entering together, $10. Info/ tickets: 208-3677 or knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com.

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Strange first pets By Kip Oswald Last week, I wrote about Tad Lincoln’s goats running through the White House and even sleeping in his bed. The Lincolns were not the only family to have Kip goats as pets. Our 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, let his billy goat, Whiskers, pull his grandchildren around the White House. The goat did, however, run out of the yard with the cart down Pennsylvania Avenue with the president chasing them for several blocks. Most of our presidents have had some kind of bird as a pet, but Washington Post, William McKinley’s parrot, may have been the most talented of all. He could finish any song the president began and would always say “Look at all the pretty girls” to any women who stopped by his cage. Several first families had very unusual pets. William Taft, 27th president, had a dairy cow at the White House. She grazed on the lawn and slept in the garage with his several cars. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, kept sheep on the White House lawn because there were no gar-

deners during World War I. The sheep also raised more than $100,000 for the Red Cross when their wool was sheared and auctioned. Horses were another regular pet at the White House. John Kennedy, 35th president, let his daughter, Caroline, have a pony called Macaroni pull her and her brother around the White House in a sleigh. The pony was so special, kids around the country wrote letters to him. One other pony, Algonquin, actually got inside the White House. He was the pony of Theodore Roosevelt’s son Archie, and Archie’s brothers sneaked the pony into the White House elevator on the way to Archie’s room to cheer him up when he was sick with measles. Apart from all the odd pets, almost every first family had a dog, but Spot, George W. Bush’s dog, is the only pet to live in the White House under two presidents: George H.W. Bush, 41st president, and George W. Bush, 43rd president. Spot was born in the White House as the puppy of George H.W. Bush’s dog, Millie, and was given to George W. Bush, who was president eight years later. Next week, we will see how first pets became “famous” first pets! Please send comments to oswalds worldtn@gmail. com

HAPPENINGS ■■ “Outside Mullingar” will be performed on the Clarence Brown Mainstage through Feb. 19. The production features a UT faculty member and visiting professional guest actors. Performance schedule/tickets: 974-5161 or clarencebrowntheatre.com. ■■ Marble City Opera presents

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Girl Scouts in the ‘Shark Tank’

In the “Shark Tank” are (back) Ashlyn Beal, Mikenzie Setzer, Cheyenne Dunford, Brittany Tate, Clara Suters, Grace Garren and Ella Brush; (front) Katie Antrican, Anna Cooper, Beth Suters and Hollie Ruffner. They make up Girl Scout Cadette Troop #20670. They are currently earning their entrepreneurship badges with a project styled after the television program “Shark Tank.” Teams of girls pitch their ideas for organizations to receive donations and volunteer support, and a panel of “sharks” votes. Troop leader Leslie Suters leads the Girl Scout pledge.

“Opera, Chocolate & Wine,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, The Modern Studio, 109 W. Anderson Ave. Featuring local performers Brandon Gibson and Michael Rodgers. General admission: $50. Info/tickets: marblecityopera.com. ■■ “Wild Woman & Her Sacred Gypsy” Trunk Show, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway.

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Ashlyn Beal, Mikenzie Setzer, Cheyenne Dunford, Clara Suters, Brittany Tate and Hollie Ruffner make their pitch, complete with PowerPoint presentation, for White Stables. Other nonprofits pitched were Inskip Community Garden and TN River Rescue.

Saturday, Feb. 18, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Performances by Kelle Jolly, Dre Hilton, Circle Modern Dance; demonstrations by artist Brandon Donahue. Free and open to the public. Snacks available for purchase.

Handcrafted Sculptural Jewelry Collection by artist Sheri Treadwell from Temple of Trust Studios. Info: 556-8676, or BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com. ■■ Father-Daughter hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Short trail hike led by Jeff Holt. Info: utarboretumsociety.org. ■■ Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Elijah Burritt, 20 months old, gets an up-close look at Honey, a rescue bulldog belonging to Brad Cullen, at the Wine to the Rescue fundraiser for the Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell

Event chair Debbie Murmylo, center, talks with Ryan Casey of Radio Systems and Sarah Church with Bob’s Liquor and Wine. Sarah was the wine expert for the evening, giving guests an overview of the wines served with each dinner course.

Guests Butch and Dulcie Peccolo look over the silent auction items.

Rally cry for fundraiser:

Bully for all

By Sherri Gardner Howell The Smoky Mountain Bulldog Club is just under 35 in membership, but their bark can be heard throughout East Tennessee. The club, with the goals of education, fellowship and rescue, held its third Wine to the Rescue fundraiser at Crowne Plaza Saturday night. Attendees included members, rescue parents, friends, sponsors and, of course, bulldogs. Debbie Murmylo, event chair, joined new president Ken Dudley in welcoming all to the auction and dinner. Radio Systems, represented at the evening by Ryan Casey, and the Crowne Plaza received high praise and rounds of applause for sponsorships and support for the cause. “This is a major event in fundraising for us,” ex-

Laura Crabtree, a rescue mom, shows off Mavis, who is dressed in pink for the party.

plained Murmylo, adding that the money raised helps in the club’s educational and rescue efforts. The group was formed in the early 1990s, “and we usually rescued one, maybe two, dogs,” said Murmylo. “Now we get between 30 and 40 dogs every year.” The growing popularity for the breed is part of the reason for the growth, explained Dudley, adding that that is another reason for increasing educational efforts on what it means to add a bulldog to the family. And bulldogs – stuffed, sketched, painted, cast in stone and ceramic – on the auction tables were joined by four live, well-behaved crowd-pleasers in the audience. All four were rescue bulldogs, with one of them still being fostered to get Stella Star was rescued approximately one year ago, says her now-permanent foster mom, Denise Pridgen. ready for adoption.

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Bill Nichols loves ‘his kids’ By Tom King

Knox Heritage’s weekend lunch for volunteers drew a full house to Historic Westwood. Photo by Kelly Norrell

Knox Heritage thanks volunteers By Sandra Clark Knox Heritage wants a few good volunteers. Kim Trent, executive director, says Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance rely on hundreds of volunteers each year to advocate for the preservation of historic places and educate the public and local officials about the cultural and economic value of those places. Volunteers were honored Feb. 11 at an appreciation lunch and open house at Historic Westwood. Knox Heritage needs volunteers for its summer supper host committee, to help during office hours and to teach a preservation network workshop. Working committees include preservation advocacy and education, vintage properties, special events, marketing and fundraising. To learn more, contact Hollie Cook, director of ed-

ucation, at hcook@knoxheritage.org. Howard House: Knox Heritage lists annually the most v ulnerable historic properties. Among Kim Trent them is the home of Paul Howard at 2921 N. Broadway. The property is now listed for $575,000 by George Brown of Wood Properties. The house has nearly 5,000 square feet of space and sits on 2.4 acres. It is currently zoned for office use, but Knox Heritage says adaptive re-use as a private residence or bed and breakfast would also be a welcome addition to the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Knox Heritage newsletter, “The home is a North Knoxville

icon and is one of the finest examples of Craftsman style architecture still standing in Knox County. It has a rich history and has received Knox Heritage awards on two occasions for the quality maintenance and care by its previous owners.” Open house: The Branson House, 1423 Branson Ave., will be open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Admission is free. Knox Heritage worked with the city of Knoxville and others to save the 1922 home of artist Lloyd Bran-

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.

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son. The house had been deemed “blighted” and was at risk for demolition. Taste & Toast: Get in the Mardi Gras spirit at Sweet P’s BBQ and Downtown Dive with a $15 meal to benefit Knox Heritage 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 410 W. Jackson Ave. The meal will feature New Orleans-style pig roast with a black-eyed pea dish, Dirty Hoppin’ John and Cajun coleslaw. It will be paired with beer from Louisianabased Nola Brewing Co. No advance ticket required.

■■ Halls Business and Professional Association meets noon each third Tuesday, Beaver Brook Country Club. President is Michelle Wilson, michelle.wilson@kub.org or 594-7434. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association meets noon each second

The long hours he puts in, the miles he drives, the meetings he attends and the legwork matter not one bit to Bill Nichols. What does matter are “his kids” – the RoTom King tary Youth Exchange students he preps to spend a year overseas in a new country and a new culture with host families they do not know. Those students are known as the “outbounds” and when they come home they’re “rebounds.” Bill’s title is the Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound Chair of District 6780. He coordinates this program for 65 clubs in East Tennessee. If a club in Mt. Juliet or Rogersville or Maryville or Knoxville has a student who wants to go on an exchange, they call Bill. He speaks to clubs around the district and is the major cheerleader for this program. This year he has eight students overseas he stays in touch with and he’s helping 12 more students – and their families – get ready for an exchange next year. He rarely misses a meeting at his home club – the Rotary Club of Farragut. Bill interviews each student and their parents. He has to make sure passports

Tuesday, Jubilee Banquet Facility. President is Bart Elkins, pastorbart2911@gmail.com or 859-9260. ■■ UT College of Architecture and Design Lecture Series: Robert B. Church Lecture, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, McCarty Auditorium, Room 109 in the Art and Architec-

and visas are in order, that health insurance is in place and medical and dental exams are done. There are FBI background checks and fingerprints and working with a Bill Nichols travel agency on flights and itineraries. “It is a lot of hand holding with parents and students as they prepare for the exchange,” Bill says. Bill gets emotional about the students. “These are my kids and you love and care for them as if they are your own. You see them grow and mature into a new person,” he says. “You cry when they cry. They grow in so many ways. They have lived in a new culture and they have learned a new language and they share with you their new friends for life from around the world.” He smiles and tells me the story of an exchange student returning to South Korea for college and to see her favorite host family, who consider her their daughter – a great compliment in their culture. “That is what brings a lump in my throat, and I know Rotary made that possible for her and her mother,” he says. “That is my Rotary child. I’m happy that I could be a very small part of it.” So are we!

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last words

Most interesting Volunteer The civic club speech was “Highly favored, richly blessed.” My modest remarks included tidbits about Sarah and Tom Siler and Ralph Millett and Roland Julian and a who’s-who of Tennessee sports names that are or were at least a small part of my life – all the way back to Nathan W. Dougherty, who tipped a nickel each week for newspaper delivery, Robert R. Neyland when he was bigger than his bronze statue and even an interesting sophomore tailback, John Majors, in a 1954 geography class. “Any questions?” said the host. From a face in the crowd: “Of all those, the hundreds or a thousand, who was the most interesting?” I was suddenly speechless. No way I was going to answer that. No way. But the wheels started whirring. Stu Aberdeen. Condredge Holloway. Dewey Warren. Richmond Flowers. Ernie Grunfeld. Ray Bussard. Peyton Manning. Willie Gault. Pat Summitt. Howard Bayne. Steve Kiner. A.W. Davis. Reggie White. Chuck Rohe. I shook my head and said

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there were too many interesting choices. I offered the valid excuse that the mind plays tricks in old age and got the heck out of there – to a standing ovation I am sure. After all, others were leaving, too. That afternoon, “most interesting” came back time and time again. I thought of Coppley Vickers and Doug Atkins and Phil Garner and Lester McClain and Orby Lee Bowling. More and more, many more. I finally got around to Robert Allen Dickey, baseball pitcher and English lit major of the mid-1990s, avid reader, academic AllAmerican, Olympic star. He was the first-round draft choice who lost $735,000 in bonus money when the Texas Rangers discovered his right elbow lacked an ulnar collateral ligament. He did the bouncearound, sometimes here

but mostly there. I recalled an unusual game with the Buffalo Bisons against the Durham Bulls. R.A. gave up a leadoff single and retired the next 27 batters. He eventually got paid, as in many millions, when he mastered the rare art of delivering an angry knuckleball, not a butterfly, for strikes. He had one-hitters back to back and set a bunch of records. He won 20 games and the National League Cy Young Award in 2012 with the New York Mets. He got a really big payday from the Toronto Blue Jays. He will appear this summer, at age 42, with the Atlanta Braves. Dickey is married to Anne Bartholomew of the famous Middle Tennessee football family. They have four children. He is very interesting. He is the only former Vol to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He got that urge from his boyhood read of Hemingway. His risky mission was to raise funds and awareness for one of his charitable projects, the prevention or reduction of trafficking of women in India. Dickey is an evangelical

Christian who helps Honoring the Father ministries in Ocala, Fla. It sends medical supplies, powdered milk and baseball equipment to impoverished youth in Latin America. He has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and featured in The New Yorker. He wrote a very personal book, a jagged, cutting memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up,” that describes sexual abuse by a baby sitter, tough times growing up with an alcoholic mother, his sins as a husband and how close he came to suicide. R.A. Dickey is the only exVol with an honorary doctorate from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He spoke to graduates of the Anglican theological school. “This life is about changing other lives; it’s about introducing people to the hope of Christ.” Dickey has been called the smartest player in baseball. I can’t substantiate that. Some of the stuff he reads and talks about is above my understanding. I can say, based on Tennessee sports family standards, he is very interesting. So is Joshua Dobbs.

Slate of women campaigning to head Knox Dems the usual suspects, that position. citing two UT offiGregg said one of cials, Chris Cimino, her first priorities vice chancellor for is to organize and finance and adminsustain the wave of istration for the energy generated Knoxville campus, by the inauguration and Butch Peccolo, of President Donald former UT treasurTrump. er, who were nudged “Volunteers are Allie Cohn Emily Gregg Jon Shefner out of meetings concoming to us left and right, from every di- subcommittee that is mov- ducted by the state’s Office rection,” she said. “We get ing to heal lingering Bernie/ of Customer Focused Government when they started Betty three or four signups on our Hillary party rifts. “People do want to talk voicing doubts about outBean website every day because people are so concerned, so about it – in a positive sourcing. “There are two ways to we want to focus on build- way,” Cohn said. “A lot of She got active in KCDP ing the party’s infrastruc- people chose not to vote. make money by outsourcas a freshman in 2012. The ture – if we’re not in tip- We really need to under- ing: pay a lower wage with Nashville native is making top shape, we could really stand why people sat this fewer benefits, or diminish the quality of services. the rounds of district meet- see our government suffer. election out. “Not one legislator has “We need to find out what ings during the run-up to We’re trying to find a home the March 25 countywide for all of those volunteers people want from the party. come out openly in favor reorganization convention so we can hit the ground The class divide is getting of this plan. … Legislators bigger and bigger, and it’s know their constituents will and was a featured speak- running in 2018.” Speaking of running, Al- less a Democrat/Republican be harmed,” Shefner said. er at both the Democratic The campus workers Women of Knoxville and lie Cohn, a human energy thing than a top 1 percent have scheduled a rally in the First District Democrats bomb who moved to Knox- and the rest of us thing. “What is it the party can Nashville March 9 that will ville from Gainesville, Fla., last week. First District Democrats last August, is a candidate offer them? We’re Demo- culminate in some arrests, president, the Rev. Harold for secretary, and came to crats. We want to fight for Shefner said. “We need you to come to Middlebrook, reminded his the Democratic Women’s people.” The First District Demo- our office and help us make group that their district has meeting with Gregg. Fresh off a trip to Phila- crats’ meeting opened with phone calls. We need money more Democrats than any in Knox County, and will have delphia as a Bernie Sanders a presentation from UT so- – money for buses, money 55 delegates to the county delegate to the Democratic ciology professor and Ten- to pay the bonds. There are National Convention, Cohn nessee Higher Education working people in serious convention. He challenged them to contacted KCDP the day she Union representative Jon anxiety about their jobs all work on ways to get more arrived, and got a call the Shefner, who updated the across the state. Many thouAfrican-Americans in- next day from party activ- crowd on Gov. Bill Haslam’s sands of jobs will be lost, volved. Linda Haney, the ist Chris Barber inviting her efforts to outsource physi- and it will impact local busislate’s candidate for vice to help with Gloria John- cal plant workers’ jobs nesses.” Middlebrook said he chair, offered to step aside if son’s legislative campaign. in universities and state plans to be there. a member of the black com- Last month, she served as parks. “I haven’t been to jail in Shefner said Haslam’s a marshal in the Women’s munity wants to run.   Party treasurer Shannon March in Washington, and plan has met with great re- some time. I’m getting my Webb will seek to stay in is a member of a progressive sistance, and not just from bond together.” A slate of women candidates is looking to take over leadership of the Knox County Democratic Party. The candidate for chair is Emily Gregg, a senior majoring in Classics (with a concentration in civilization) at the University of Tennessee.

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Legislative pioneer In the 1970s, Tom Jensen was an important person if you had business before the Legislature and lived in Knox County as he was the Republican leader of the House for eight of the 12 years he served (1966 to 1978).

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Jensen led the effort for a truly independent Legislature. He helped change the way things were done in a Legislature where the annual salary was $1,800 a year in 1967 and there were no offices for the members. Jensen, 82, lives in North Knox County now on Pine Harbor Lane with his wife, Carolyn. They have been married 56 years. She was field representative for Dr. Bill Frist for the 12 years he served in the U.S. Senate from Tennessee. Tom Jensen was Gov. Winfield Dunn’s House floor leader during the four years that he served as the first Republican governor in over 40 years. Jensen represented northwest Knoxville and Knox County when Brown Ayres and Fred Berry served in the state Senate. Jensen considers the creation of a state kindergarten system to be the most significant and lasting legislation he helped enact. At the time it passed, enrollment was voluntary for all students as it was still a novel idea for Tennessee at that time. Later, attendance became mandatory. Jensen said, “Winfield was interested in legislation and the state’s welfare, whereas Ray Blanton just wanted to get by, exist and not for much of anything.” Jensen became president of the National Conference of State Legislators and pushed for the Legislature to be an informed, independent branch of state government through tools such as the Fiscal Review Committee. Jensen locally insisted the Knox delegation hold regular Saturday meetings during the legislative session at the City County Building where any citizen could come to speak. This was done for 14 years; it has now been discontinued. He recalls the late state Sen. Houston Goddard of Maryville, who later became an appellate judge, to be “memorable and a statesman.”

Carolyn and Tom Jensen Tom and Carolyn have two children, Cindy, who is married to Mike Segers, the pastor of Inskip Baptist Church for 18 years, and Tom, who is city executive of Mountain Commerce Bank. They have four grandchildren. Jensen also served on the Knoxville Airport Authority and was chair part of that time. ■■ Ijams: The new executive director of Ijams Nature Center is Amber Parker, 45, who starts to work Feb. 20. Ijams is a showcase area in South Knoxville that has been part of environmental awareness, learning and enjoyment for the city and county for many years. Parker relocates from Parsley, Va., where she was executive director of Chincoteague Bay Field Station on the eastern shore of Virginia. She was special programs coordinator and education director at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont from 2001 to 2007. She earned a degree in zoology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1994 and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona in 2007. “I love East Tennessee. Ijams is perfect for me as I love to grow programs and Ijams is poised for real growth and new opportunities,” Parker said. She mentioned the wilderness program in South Knoxville as an exciting development for Ijams. She plans to keep Symphony in the Park, a soldout event each September. “It is an incredible honor to be asked to serve and I am excited to take Ijams to the next level,” she said. She follows Paul James as the permanent director, but Bo Townsend served for the past several months as interim director. ■■ Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader, turns 65 on Feb. 22. Frist now lives in Nashville. ■■ This writer just returned from 6 days on Easter Island, owned by Chile and located in the South Pacific. Will compose a report soon. It was on my bucket list.

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