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School board will ‘buy local’ By Scott Frith The Knox County Board of Education is picking a new superintendent, and some are surprised that both finalists are from East Tennessee. Don’t be. Political trends swing like a penduScott Frith lum. When looking for new leadership, folks often go in the opposite direction. Not convinced? The best local example may be in the county mayor’s office. Remember those feuds between Dwight Kessel and Victor Ashe? By 1994, voters grew tired of the bickering and elected Tommy Schumpert on the promise of peace. For the most part, Schumpert succeeded. Yet, as he finished a second term, some viewed his “getting along” and calm demeanor as not aggressive enough in promoting economic development. They looked to then-County Commissioner Mike Ragsdale, who possessed enough charisma and sound bites to fill the entire City County Building. Ragsdale was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. But then, voters elected Tim Burchett, who couldn’t be more different. Think Lexus sedan vs. beat-up Jeep Cherokee; tailored suits vs. a brown Carhartt jacket. You get the idea. The same pattern emerges with the superintendent of schools. State law changed in 1992 to require school board appointment of superintendents. In 1999, our board picked Charles Q. Lindsay, a Mississippi native best remembered for relocating principals and getting directly involved in the messy politics of school board campaigns. Lindsay left in 2007. The next year, the board hired Jim McIntyre, an education technocrat, whose roots in Boston (and lack of political skill) couldn’t have been more different from Lindsay’s southern drawl and political brawling. McIntyre left last year. And now the school board appears to be buying local. Finalists are Bob Thomas (assistant superintendent since 1990) and Dale Lynch (superintendent of Hamblen County Schools since 2001). Thomas is the favorite to win. Do not be surprised. Both are the opposite of McIntyre. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at pleadthefrith.com
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BeeHive ‘buzz’ on Beaver Creek
Kelly and Layne Lohman get ready to break ground for the new BeeHive Assisted Living facility coming to Powell. Photo by S. Clark
By Sandra Clark Powell residents Layne and Kelly Lohman broke ground March 4 for a 16-bed assisted care facility at 1301 W. Beaver Creek Road. It is a franchise of BeeHive Homes, which has 140 homes across 14 states. The Lohmans’ will be the first in Tennessee. Garrett Construction Inc. of Powell, the contractor, was represented at Saturday’s ceremony by Matt Garrett and Nathan Kluem-
per. Demolition of the existing home will start soon with construction to follow. Layne Lohman expects to start taking applications in three months with move-in during the first quarter of 2018. Lohman also said the site is zoned for two buildings, and he plans to build additional facilities in Knox County. The concept is simple. Living at BeeHive is almost like staying at home. Each resident (or couple)
will have a private bedroom and bath. Residents will share the living room, kitchen and activities room. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day. “The residents will eat together and interact. It’s like a big home,” Lohman said. The entrance will be aligned with Oakmeade Road, and some residents may continue to drive. Assisted living is designed for those who require a little extra help with daily activities such as
medication management, bathing, dressing, mobility or incontinence. It is not a medical facility. The BeeHive website says the company is “experiencing a growing need for those who require memory care or dementia services including Alzheimer’s disease.” Lohman said memory care is a possibility, but will not be part of the initial facility. To page A-3
Plan underway to honor soldiers killed in combat Powell High School will honor PHS students who were killed in military action. Jimmie A. “Rusty” Smith Jr. is coordinating the project. “The intention is to create a memorial close to the flagpole at Powell High. This will be to recognize the sacrifice of these soldiers, and to indicate that the flag at Powell High School flies in honor of those who gave their all for this country,” he said. Smith is seeking help to form
a comprehensive list. So far, he has identified these World War II soldiers: ■■Staff Sgt. Vernon Harris, Army, PHS Class of 1938, died Jan. 12, 1943; ■■Pfc. Albert Hurst, Army, Class of 1942, died March 31, 1945; ■■Staff Sgt. Eugene Roop, Army, Class of 1942, died April 11, 1944. Korean War casualties: Pfc. Brady Hatton, Army,
Class of 1949, died May 19, 1951; ■■Pvt. Charles Nix, Army, Class of 1951, died Sept. 22, 1952. ■■Vietnam War casualties: ■■Pfc. Charles Reed, Army, Class of 1965, died May 18, 1967; ■■Sgt. Larry Barnard, Army, Class of 1965, died Feb. 13, 1968; ■■Spc.4 Lennis Gentry, Army, Class of 1967, died Jan. 22, 1970; ■■Pfc. Ray Hankins, Army, Class of 1968, died May 8, 1971; ■■Spc.4 David Marine, Army, Class of 1969, died June 4, 1970;
■■Capt. Leonard Higdon, Army, Class of 1964, died May 21, 1970. “If anyone knows of a World War I soldier who attended Powell High School, and was killed in action, please provide that information,” Smith said. “I have not been able to locate school pictures with names from that era. I have researched yearbooks and casualty lists from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. To page A-3
Will rezoning bring resegregation? By Betty Bean While some worry that the proposed middle school rezoning plan will undo years of desegregation efforts and land Knox County Schools in federal court, the two players most likely to be on opposite sides of the courtroom look at the issue from very different perspectives, but do not seem overly concerned about that possibility – for now. “This (plan) is a good first step, as far as it goes,” said NAACP president John Butler, who filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights after the agreement to build a new Gibbs Middle School was unveiled.
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Knox County Law Director Bud Armstrong said desegregation was not the primary purpose of the 1991 rezoning plan that closed schools and bused inner city kids to distant parts of the county. He cited a 1991 opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Leon Jordan that found no evidence of intentional discrimination by Knox County Schools. Jordan said the only question the court could ask was “whether the motivation in adopting the plan was invidious discrimination on the basis of race, and the Court finds that there was not.” Armstrong said: “They did not close Gibbs and move them to Holston Middle School because
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those schools were segregated. Conversely, if they reopen Gibbs, it won’t be to resegregate those schools.” Whether intended or not, the rezoning will result in some schools having a higher percentage of African-Americans while others have lower. To paraphrase former school board chair Sam Anderson: We can be sure black kids are treated fairly when they are sitting next to a white kid and both are treated the same. That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1954 (Brown vs. The Board of Education): “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Are we entering the post-Brown era?
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asked. “Nope, not suicidal,” Hayden replied. Two days later, a seemingly happy Hayden met a friend for breakfast. On the way home, he stopped at a gun store and purchased a rifle. Minutes after arriving home, he logged into his Facebook account and posted a status update his mother said was “essentially a suicide note.” Shortly afterward, Hayden Kyle instantly ended his life. “I really felt like he was getting a fresh start,” Panell said as she wiped away tears. “It never crossed my mind that he would not survive this. I always felt that it was just a matter of time. I just Peninsula hosted could not see a world in which a dedication we did everything – medicaceremony tion, inpatient and outpatient for Hayden’s treatment, psychiatry, therabenches on Feb. pists, school transfers – I just 16. Chaplain could not see a world where all Luanne Prevost of that would not be enough to and Amanda help him.” Panell spoke to “One of the most difficult rethose gathered, alities of working with clients and balloons who have depression is losing in Hayden’s one to suicide,” said Jo Willey, favorite colors licensed master of social workwere released in er, Peninsula Intensive Outpahis memory. tient Program therapist. “It is similar to losing a loved one to cancer. The client, family and professionals are all invested, the best its “Peer Support Group” outings. treatments are provided, and there Despite Hayden’s willingness can be periods of remission, but the and collaboration with mental cancer prevails. “I have worked with clients and health professionals, treatment options and support networks, Panell their families to treat depression, saw him slipping further away. “I and the majority improve, but could really tell that he felt hopeless sometimes, sadly and despite all and we knew we had to do some- efforts, the depression is stronger,” she added. thing drastic,” said Panell. “After he died, I had people That “something drastic” was a “fresh start” to which Hayden come to me and say, ‘I’ve felt this readily agreed. He transferred to way – I know how Hayden felt. He Cleveland State Community Col- didn’t want to hurt you; the pain lege and moved in with his mater- just had to stop. He just couldn’t nal grandmother and her husband. live one more day,’” said Panell beHe landed a job and was going to tween sobs. “I really want to encourage that school. He also became active in a college student group at his church, conversation because I think the all while continuing his therapy more we talk about it and understand how it happens, then we and medication. On Feb. 16, 2016, he returned can be a little more empathetic to Knoxville for his monthly psy- and help each other. There is no chiatric appointment. His mother shame about the way Hayden died. accompanied him, and listened as We mourn him just as we would if the doctor asked what percentage cancer had killed him. If by talking about this we can prevent [it] from of time he felt depressed. His answer? Eighty percent. happening to one other family, it “Are you suicidal?” the doctor would be worth it.”
Mother turns advocate after son’s suicide “I just can’t imagine …” It’s a phrase Amanda Panell has heard many times over the past year. The words are well-intent ioned, meant to ease the pain of losing of her 20-year-old son to suicide. But while the words provide some comfort, they always fall short. Hayden Kyle won’t come home again. But he won’t be forgotten, either. On Feb. 16, two days before the one-year Hayden and his anniversary of Hayden’s mom, Amanda death, Panell attended a ceremony at Peninsula Outpatient Center on Dowell Springs Blvd., where a pair no longer of benches she donated were placed seemed to in his honor and dedicated to his be himself. memory. “It was hard “Hayden enjoyed his time in to figure out Peer Support at Peninsula, and he what were typical teenage issues was very passionate about mental versus what was very serious dehealth, about teen mental health in pression,” said Panell. particular, and he gave a lot of his “But we’re very open as a family time to that cause,” said Panell.“So and so we immediately tried to adthe benches seemed like a really dress the issues head-on because good fit.” we noticed the change in him.” The benches not only provide a However, it was not until he place for Peninsula outpatient cli- turned 17 and had his last visit to ents to sit while they wait for public his pediatrician that Panell learned transportation, but also serve as just how serious Hayden’s condia tangible reminder of the young tion was. man who lost his five-year struggle The nurse performed a routine with depression. He was one of 948 mental health screening and was Tennesseans to take their lives in asking Hayden questions, Pannell 2016. recalled. “I’ll never forget that one The figure is eye-opening. But of the questions was, ‘Have you ever when the number hits home as it thought about hurting yourself?’ did for Amanda Panell, it is devas- and he said, ‘Yes, I think about it all tating. the time.’ I was completely floored. Desperate to understand, she It was really scary because I had began searching for answers. never heard him talk about that.” “I just really wanted to underThe doctor took Hayden’s reply stand, because I have never felt seriously and referred him to a suicidal and it was just so unfath- therapist. After several visits, “the omable to me,” said Panell, who therapist told us he felt like there immersed herself in suicide re- was more going on than just talking search after Hayden’s death. would be able to work out,” Panell “What would cause someone said. “He thought Hayden was very with everything going for him to depressed, may need medication, make this decision? I found out and felt he should see a psychiatrist that depression is the second lead- too.” ing cause of death for people in his Armed with that support, it apage group.” peared things were back on track as Hayden Kyle was a bundle of Hayden graduated in the top 5 pergood looks and smarts with a cent of his class at Bearden High heart filled with compassion for School. A 30 on his ACT had earned the less fortunate. “He was just a him a scholarship to the University joy growing up – very, very bright, of Tennessee, where he enrolled to very sweet.” said Panell. “He was a study computer science. happy and content child for a long, By all accounts, his future long time.” looked bright – bright to everyone, But around age 16, Hayden that is, except Hayden, who was
still on medication and in therapy for major depressive disorder. In September 2013, Hayden ingested a large amount of acetaminophen in his first suicide attempt. Realizing what he’d done, he sought treatment at the Parkwest Medical Center emergency department. After several days in a mental health center, Hayden was released with a treatment plan and a schedule of counseling sessions. Although he returned to classes at UT, Panell said, “After that point, school was a slow, gradual decline for him.” A second suicide attempt came in 2015 when Hayden pointed a toy gun at two Knoxville police officers and begged them to shoot him. Instead, they took him to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, where he was stabilized before being transferred to Peninsula Hospital for several days. He later went to The Lighthouse, Peninsula’s Outpatient Clinic for counseling, and became active in
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Pam Feltner and Gwen Smith DuBose join Blanche Pedersen in making tamales at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church. Pedersen has been at it for more than 20 years.
Crucifixes adorn a wall of the meeting hall.
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having done some research on the subject. I asked, “Where’s the masa for the outside of the tamales?” One of the ladies looked at me and asked, “What is masa?” “You know, the stuff that goes around the meat,” I replied. They all looked at each other and one of them pointed to the preparation table and said, “We use corn meal.” Sure enough, there was a two-pound bag of a brand of corn meal I had seen around the house all my life. I didn’t bother to ask where the corn husks were, the way they’re made in Mexico and Central America. I have been eating them for years, I knew Saint Thomas tamales come in a commercial paper wrapper. Two large bowls were on the preparation table, one
A group of women, under the tutelage of Blanche Pedersen, who is now in her 80s and proud of it, have been making hot tamales for more than 20 years. The usual meeting place is Saint Thomas Episcopal Church at 5401 Tiffany Lane in Norwood, just off Merchant Drive. “We started out helping one of our members who made tamales for herself, and moved on to make it a fundraiser,” Blanche told me a few weeks ago when I sat in to watch the process for myself, after having been a fan and customer of these particular tamales for 15 years. There are almost always tamales waiting in the freezer. The ingredients for the tamales were on a preparation table when I got there,
PBPA to sponsor egg hunt at Powell Station Park Powell kids can hunt Easter eggs in a communitywide event sponsored by the Powell Business and Professional Association, according to Laura Bailey, chair. The fun will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school, with the actual hunt at 2 p.m. sharp. “We’ll have lots of great prizes including bicycles,”
Bailey said. “There will be costumed creatures in the park, along with live animals and free refreshments.” Powell Station Park is approximately 12 acres extending to Beaver Creek. It was developed by the PBPA over a two-year period and “gifted” to Knox County for public use. The park is managed by Knox County Parks & Recreation.
for the corn meal shells and one for the filling, and I watched as the tamale makers mixed them. I was careful not to ask any further silly questions garnered from the internet. Pam Feltner and Gwen Smith DuBose, working with Pedersen, made up the rest of the crew on that recent Saturday morning. The size of the tamale group varies from three to eight, depending on who can make it on a particular morning. The group is almost exclusively female, I was told, except for one brave B.J. Snyder, a longtime Saint Thomas member who occasionally comes in with his wife, Donna Snyder. The work went quickly as the tamale makers rolled corn meal dough into the proper sized balls and patted the meat filling into the
correct shape. I took pictures throughout the process, while trying to stay out of the way. After the tamales were covered with cornmeal dough, wrapped in tamale papers and tied with string that comes apart when you pull the ends, it was time to boil the new tamales for 45 minutes. I stayed, hoping they would need someone to taste the fresh batch. We drank the coffee that is always present in an Episcopal church banquet room or meeting hall. For its first few years, the hall was used for services until the building was completed. I admired a nice collection of crucifixes on the wall while we talked and waited for the tamales to cook. As usual, the dozen I brought home (they sell for $15 a dozen and are well worth it) were delicious and I ate four between lunch and bedtime. From page A-1 They really are good.
“I have also researched the casualty list from Desert Shield/Storm, and Iraq and Afghanistan and, as of yet, I have not found any Powell casualties. I want to be certain that no names are left off the list, so if anyone knows of any soldier, sailor or airman not included, contact me by March 20, at the email address or phone numbers provided: jimmie. email@example.com or by school phone: 865-9382171, ext. 74685, or cellphone: 865-696-8165.
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Chili sellout for Lions By Sandra Clark The Fountain City Lions Club had so many folks eating dinner at the annual chili supper that members had to dash to Food City for additional meat and chips. Lions Club president Dick McMillan presided over the kitchen, assisted by football players from Central High School. J.D. Lambert, assistant principal and athletic director, said the players gave 1,929 hours of community service last year. He’s not calculated the service this year, but the room was full of Bobcats busing tables. Freshman Carter Graven was one who stopped to examine County Commissioner Michele Carringer’s T-shirt. It was created
by a group of Shannondale-area residents who organized to ask the school board to leave Shannondale kids zoned for Gresham and Central. When Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas didn’t recommend that, the shirts (and rally) weren’t needed. But it’s still a neat shirt. Junior left tackle Antwon Harris laughed when we asked what position he plays. Isn’t that Tommy Schumpert’s old job? Pride and tradition. Fountain City Strong. Eat More Chili. Carringer said the chili is “always good,” but this year’s was even better than usual. “Food City donated 40 pounds of ground chuck.”
BeeHive ‘buzz’ The Lohmans live on Bishop Road in Powell, moving here 14 years ago. “We fell in love with Tennessee and with Powell,” Layne Lohman said. “We are part of you; part of this commu-
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FAITH NOTES Rec programs ■ Unity Missionary Baptist Church WMU will host “movie and dinner,” Friday, March 10, at the church, 10020 Sugar Pine Court. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.: sandwich, chips, drinks and dessert; movie, 7 p.m.: “Amazing Grace.” All invited.
Community services ■ Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Road, will distribute “Boxes of Blessings” (food) 9-11 a.m., or until boxes are gone, Saturday, March 11. One box per household. Info: 865-689-4829. ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-7 p.m. each second Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday.
Classes/meetings ■ The FAITH Coalition will commemorate the 2017 National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (March 5-11) with a prayer breakfast 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, Community Evangelistic Church, 2650 Boyds Bridge Pike. The keynote speaker: Dr. Pernessa C. Seele; topic: “The Church and HIV: Is There a Balm in Gilead?” Free and open to faith leaders, but RSVP requested to 865-215-5170. ■ Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, 716 Ailor Gap Road, Maynardville, will begin a series of meetings with hopes and prayers for renewal and revival 7 p.m. Monday, March 13. The Rev. Wayne Henderson, will bring the
■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Service) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 865-771-7788. ■ 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: 865-689-5175. ■ Halls Christian Church, 4805 Fort Sumter Road, will host a new study session on the book “You Lost Me” by David Kinnaman, 6:307:30 p.m. Sundays. The church hosts a women’s Bible study 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 865-922-4210. ■ Powell Church, 323 W. Emory Road, hosts Recovery at Powell each Thursday. Dinner, 5:45 p.m.; worship, 6:30; groups, 7:40. The program embraces people who struggle with addiction, compulsive behaviors, loss and life challenges. Info: recoveryatpowell.com or 865-938-2741. ■ 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. March 22 program: John Cole will entertain. Info: 865-6872952.
SENIOR NOTES ■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 865-548-0326. ■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 865-951-2653. ■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road, Info: 865922-0416. ■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 865-686-5771 or morningpointe.com.
Rest and Recover
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By Stacy Levy Recovery at Powell is a ministry of Powell Church that meets each Thursday night. This program is the fourth worship opportunity Powell Church has during the week. Adults and their children are welcome. Each Thursday, they gather as a community at 5:45 for a meal prepared and served by volunteers at no cost. Food is an equalizer; all of us eat. No matter what we have done or not done; no matter what has been done to us or how bad we feel about ourselves, the dinner table is a place of belonging. After dinner, there’s a time of worship. The children can play, share what is going on in their life, learn about God and participate in activities. Adults gather in the Worship Center. Open-share groups follow the service. The groups include: Chemical Dependency for Women, Chemical Dependency for Men, Women Conquering Co-de-
pendency, Family Support, and Grief/Loss. Chemical Dependency groups are for those who struggle with addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. The Family Support group is made up of loved ones of addicts, particularly parents whose adult children are battling with opioid addiction. The Grief/Loss group was added in August in response to a need in the community. This group includes those who are dealing with a death, yet also very much includes those who are dealing with loss through divorce, other broken relationships and life changes. “The community can help by considering their
misconceptions about what ‘recovery’ is,” said Brooke Hartman, of the Recovery Planning Team. “Recovery is not simply for someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. Recovery is for each of us. We all have brokenness, hurts, habits that enslave us, disappointments, fears, losses, resentments. We live in a society where the statistics and stories of brokenness are overwhelming. We are very much a safe place for those struggling with addiction, and those who love the one addicted, yet we are also a safe place for anyone seeking hope. “Recovery at Powell offers a place that the family can come together, with
a meal, a place for kids to have their needs met, and for individuals to share their specific struggles, whether chemical dependency, codependency or loss. Surrender is the beginning of any healing process, whether from addiction, loss, resentment, anger or fear. This program speaks specifically about Jesus, about the healing power of the Cross,” said Hartman. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We are an exhausted people. We desperately need a place to rest, to recover. Recovery at Powell is about a gracious God who summons us to come to Him, to take rest in Him, not in all the worldly ways we seek relief from all that weighs us down. On Thursdays, March 2-April 13, Recovery offers a special series acknowledging our wounds and taking them to the Cross. For more information, visit powell church.com
Bible study with the beasts at Christ UMC
By Shannon Carey
Christ United Methodist’s Wednesday night children’s program is going to the dogs. And cats. And horses. And even hamsters! It’s all an effort to make Bible study come alive for elementary school-age kids, said Christ United Methodist children’s director Sarah Beth Day. She found a pre-made Bible study curriculum involving pets and “took it to the next level by bringing the pets into the environment while we’re talking about it.” “It’s added a great deal of
excitement, and they’re paying better attention,” Day said. Day is no stranger to the teaching power of pets. Her family raises golden retriever dogs, and she is getting one of her dogs certified as a therapy dog with the HABIT program. “Our pets are like a lifeline in crisis or grief,” she said. “They offer comfort, understanding and unconditional love.” The series started just after Christmas break with small pets like goldfish, turtles, hamsters and guinea pigs. Cats were the headliners Feb. 22. After a hiatus
March 1 for Ash Wednesday, the program will be back with a vengeance with parrots March 8, dogs March 15, and horses March 22. On Wednesday, March 29, the kids get to bring their own pets to be the stars of the show with a pet parade that Day says “will be like a blessing of the animals but a lot sillier.” “The overall theme is ‘Growing Closer to God,’ and learning through your animals’ personalities how to grow closer to God,” said Day. “For example, the parrot is a mimic, and we want to be a mimic of Jesus. A guinea pig is soft, and we
want our hearts to be soft and not grow hardened.” Kids get the Bible lesson first, then they get to interact with that week’s animal at the end of the lesson. Day said Christ United Methodist’s children’s program is open to everyone. After the Pet Parade March 29, the children’s program will start a series on the foundations of faith in the weeks preceding Easter. On Palm Sunday, the church will host a free communitywide Easter egg hunt immediately following the Sunday service. Info: kids@christumc knox.com or 865-368-6115
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New PHS sign is ‘true community effort’ “I’ve never enjoyed firing anyone,” Powell High principal Dr. Chad Smith told the group gathered last week, “but when I told James Lee that he didn’t have to change the school sign anymore … well, I think he wanted to kiss my feet.” Thanks to many community members, Powell High has installed an electronic sign that will keep the area informed on many events. “The first message to display on the sign will be ‘Thank you Powell,’” said Smith. He called the project “a true community effort.” During the ceremony, Smith thanked Justin Bai-
ley and Enhance Powell for their support throughout the project; the Powell Business & Professional Association and Powell Alumni Association for paying for the brick monument; Josh Sellers with The Depot Printing for graphic design of the logo; Cara Knapp with SK3 Architects for the rendering; Aaron Broyles with General Shale for brick donation; school board member Patti Bounds for helping obtain school board approval; Brandon Stooksbury with Stooksbury Construction for block and mortar and the Powell community for its support.
Celebrating at the ribbon cutting ceremony are assistant principal/AD Chad Smith, teacher James Lee, principal Dr. Chad Smith, Justin Bailey, Patti Bounds, assistant principal Amos Whitehead and (hidden from view) student Christian Smithey. Photo by Ruth White
Copper Ridge Elementary staff member Sheryl Andrews was named the school’s Teacher of the Year.
Aadin Alligood and his dad, school security officer Michael Alligood, enjoy spending time together at Sterchi while helping a good cause. Photos by Ruth White
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Andrews honored at Copper Ridge By Ruth White Meeting Copper Ridge Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sheryl Andrews for the first time, it was easy to understand why her co-workers voted her as the Teacher of the Year. Her bubbly personality overflows and she has a smile that is big enough to share with others. Andrews wasn’t always a teacher. She went to school to study banking and finance (and minor in economics) in her first life. She worked in outside sales for a while but her love for working with young children grew stronger each time she subbed in a classroom or read books in her son’s class. “I truly enjoyed working with kids and love the idea that I can positively impact a child’s learning.” She enjoys working with fourth-graders because they have some independence and maturity but they still need her, are loving and they show it. Her classroom is energetic and often filled with laughter. “We do a lot of connecting in the classroom and I always try to make learning very personable. My students know that this is a safe
haven for them.” Asked about being named Teacher of the Year, Andrews said, “The beauty of it is that it’s from my peers. They saw something in me that’s special and think of me as a great representation of our school.” Andrews loves Copper Ridge because it’s filled with committed teachers who always show support and respect for everyone. “I feel blessed to be here.” When she isn’t in the classroom, Andrews loves spending time with her grandchildren and her family and staying connected with her amazing girlfriends.
Brylee Riffey works on her jump rope skills as she Jumps for Sterchi. Photos by Ruth White
Dancing in a winter wonderland
Sterchi Elementary recently hosted its annual Winter Wonderland family dance. Families enjoyed dancing the night away with their children and spending time with friends. Tiffany and Abbe Parrett are at the photo booth. Photo submitted
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Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. There are currently an estimated Dr. Wegener 10 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, as well as another 18 million who have low bone mass, or osteopenia.
absence of trauma. Researchers estimate that about 20 percent of American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. In addition, another 30 percent of them have osteopenia, which is abnormally low bone density that may eventually deteriorate into osteoporosis, if not treated. About half of all women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra. There are no symptoms in the early stages of osteoporosis. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include low back pain, neck pain, bone pain and tenderness, loss of height over time and stooped posture.
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SCHOOL NOTES ■■ The Powell Middle School choral department will present “Into the Woods Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, through Saturday, April 1, in the PMS gym. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $5 for students and $7 for adults.
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The marble king
Cotton had once been king and the railroads had dominated for a time but, by the late 1880s, another industry had assumed a major role in East Tennessee’s economy. Knoxville became a leader in the marble industry, and the industry was so big that Knoxville became known as Marble City. Although the first extensive developments were in Hawkins County, shipments from Knoxville via the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad were three times as great by 1881. There were 11 quarries operating in Knox County by 1882, and 300 workers were employed. By 1906, it was estimated that the county’s marble industry generated $1 million annually. The pioneer marble company in East Tennessee was in Rogersville (Hawkins County). Founded in 1838 by S.D. Mitchell and Orville Rice and operating as the Rogersville Marble Co., its quarry provided marble for interior furnishings such as floors, doors and mantelpieces. By 1850, its water-powered finishing machinery was used to produce monuments and tombstones. In 1873, William Patrick founded the Knoxville Marble Co. near the Forks of the River and became its president, with George W. Ross as secretary-treasurer. Ross’s son, John M. Ross, succeeded Patrick in 1886
but eventually sold to the W.H. Evans Co. Perhaps the most interesting of all the companies was established in 1878 by John J. Craig (1820-1892). Over the years it eventually morphed into John J. Craig Co. and its subsidiary Candoro Marble Works, where the marble was finished and artists such as the Italianborn sculptor Albert Milani (1892–1977) created elegant monuments. The patriarch of the family was succeeded in the business by his son John J. Craig Jr. (1860-1904) and then by his grandson John J. Craig III (1885-1944). With quarries near Friendsville and Concord, as well as in South Knoxville, the company became the foremost producer of pink Tennessee marble by the early 1900s. Born in Lauderdale County, Ala., on Sept. 20, 1820, John James Craig came to Knoxville in 1839. He married Mary C. Lyon, whose home was on what became Lyons View Pike. Craig began his career as cashier of the Union Bank and, in 1858, began construction of an impressive mansion on 11
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acres that now are a part of the University of Tennessee campus. He called it Lucknow, but it eventually became Melrose. The house was almost completed when the Civil War broke out, and Craig sold out and moved to Cincinnati. The family, including the three children who grew to maturity, W.L., John J. Jr. and Mary, returned to Knoxville in 1869. Many more generations of John J. Craigs have continued to make the company a strong presence in the industry for over 125 years. John J. Craig IV and John J. Craig V continued until recent times to serve as officers in the business. In 1926, John J. Craig III, like his grandfather, built an elegant mansion. His was called Craiglen and was located on Westland Drive, featuring Tennessee marble throughout. It has been called the most elaborate and beautifully detailed of all the Barberdesigned homes. Patterned after a palazzo in Florence, Italy, it has two wings con-
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DAR meeting March 18
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Books for eight schools By Tom King Public school libraries in Knox County and elsewhere are given very small budgets to replenish their collections and buy new books. Tom King Knowing that, the North Knox Rotary Club, Rotarian Larry May and Wordsworth Classics joined to give $4,000 worth of books to eight schools in the North Knoxville area. The elementary school libraries that received $500 in new books include Fountain City, Halls, Inskip, Sterchi, Belle Morris and Shannondale as well as Gresham Middle and Halls Middle. Each school added approximately 100 books to its collection. May, a Rotarian for 25 years, owns L.B. May & Associates, which he began in 1991 as a wholesale book company. Today, he is the sole distributor in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for the very popular British-owned Wordsworth Classics children’s books. He distributes more 250,000 of these books annually. “I was principal for a day at Halls Elementary and I asked how I could help and they said they needed books for the library,” he said. “That’s easy. I can do this. I knew for a little bit of money we could get a lot of children’s classics for the libraries.”
Attention other Rotary clubs: May said he would be delighted if the other Rotary clubs in Knoxville would adopt schools and that he could provide the books for $1.50 per Larry May book. May, who was president of the North Knox club in 200102, also served as president of what was then West Knox Rotary (now Bearden Rotary) in 1990-91. May also owns Mayco, which sells and distributes calendars to the bargain industry, and Freight Management System, a fullservice logistics company that provides transportation for skidded weight, truckload, intermodal and international shipments.
The Emory Road Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Powell Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Millie Peters, DAR State District Director, will speak on “The Life of Mary McConnell White (daughter of James White).” Those interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution or hearing about Mary McConnell White are invited. If you have an American Revolution ancestor and need help in documenting proof, we have a registrar who is more than willing to assist. You may find us on facebook. com/emoryroad/.
Celebrate spring with a state park hike Tennessee’s 56 state parks are hosting free guided hikes statewide Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the coming of spring and the recreation opportunities state parks offer. Hikes will range in distance, degree of skill, accessibility, and time of day in an effort to accommo-
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■■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet noon Tuesday, March 21, Beaver Brook Country Club. Guest speaker: Wayne Blasius, director of the East Tennessee Community Design Center. The ETCDC is working with HBPA and PBPA to develop a kayak/canoe plan for Beaver Creek from Clayton Park to Powell Station Park.
slowest month of the year for real estate activity. Increases in federal rates had an effect on mortgage lending, as only about $221.9 million was borrowed against real estate in Knox County, compared to almost $280 million in February of last year. Last month’s total also fell well short of the $314 million loaned in January. The largest real estate sale recorded in February involved multiple lots in the Hardin Valley community in a development known as Hayden Hill subdivision. The properties sold for $4.24 million. The largest mortgage loan of record was a construction Deed of Trust in the amount of $7 million filed on real estate in a commercial development off Merchants Road on Merchants Center Boulevard. It remains to be seen whether February’s activity will be a trend or just a brief aberration in what has been a stellar 12-18 months for the local markets.
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Mixed results in February On the heels of a redhot start to 2017, local real estate and lending markets cooled off a bit in February. For the month that Witt ended Feb. 28, there were 774 property transfers recorded in Knox County. While that number bested both January and last February’s totals, there was a substantial decrease in the value of properties sold. The aggregate value of land transferred during the month was $155.6 million, which was about $73 million less than January’s total, and nearly $25 million behind the pace set during February 2016. With only 19 business days on the calendar, February suffered from a lack of sizeable commercial transactions. Coming in the middle of winter, February is traditionally the
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Neighbors battle over mental health facility Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones want to divert nonviolent, misdemeanor offenders with mental health issues to a 24-bed urgent care center for psychiatric treatment rather than take them to jail. Burchett has patched together a funding package through partnerships with Helen Ross McNabb Center, the state and the city of Knoxville. Officials, starting with then-Atty. Gen. Randy Nichols, have worked eight years on this, and now it’s at risk of blowing apart. A crucial use-on-review vote comes before MPC on Thursday. I’ve written more on this for the Karns edition, which you can read online, but last week’s public meet-
Sandra Clark ing was mind-bending. After a mother told of her son’s adult-onset schizophrenia, a man stood to say, “It’s not a ‘sick’ problem, it’s a ‘sin’ problem.” He said offenders should go to jail and added that we’re just becoming too soft. It’s probably the first time Tim Burchett has been called “soft.” Neighbors have legitimate concerns about the location of such a facility, but surely no one in 2017 can question the need and the moral imperative for it. Let’s build this center.
John Butler to run for City Council Knoxville NAACP president Dr. John A. Butler will be a candidate for City Council in this year’s elections. Butler is presiding elder of the Knoxville District, AME Zion Church, and pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Mechanicsville. He will contend for the district seat now held by Daniel Brown, one of five termlimited incumbents who will step aside in December. John Butler In 2015, Butler filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against Knox County Schools demanding better facilities and more representative faculties in inner city schools. “I am offering myself to serve as the advocate for District 6,” said Butler. “I want to advocate for District 6 and for other parts of the city.” Butler, who served on the Asheboro, N.C., school board before coming to Knoxville with his wife, Donna, and their three children in 2007, was a captain in the U.S. Army National Guard/Army Reserve and holds three earned degrees. He chairs the FAITH Coalition (which aims to reduce HIV and AIDS) and volunteers with Knoxville Save Our Sons Advisory Committee, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Great Schools Part-
Speaking of athletics directors, did you spot Dave Hart at the bus stop, waiting for Tennessee’s one-man track team to come home from the Southeastern Conference indoor championships? It is understandable if the departing director was busy elsewhere. His reconstruction plan for the once famous Volunteer program isn’t going very well. But for Christian Coleman, it wouldn’t be going at all. The junior sprinter scored 18.25 points, about the same as all other UT track and field athletes, men and women, combined. Coleman, relay reserve at the Rio Olympics, won the SEC 60, was second in the 200 and ran a leg on an eighth-place relay team. Others boosted the scoring total to 23.5 points, bad enough for 10th place, far, far behind real track teams. Tennessee women were worse. They scored 13.5 points and finished 12th. Hart’s choice to rebuild the track program, Beth Alford-Sullivan, is in her third year as director. Her results are much like her predecessor’s, the honorable J.J. Clark. He got fired – after his people recruited Coleman.
Coleman was virtually hidden at Our Lady of Mercy, a small Catholic school on Evander Holyfield Highway outside Fayetteville, Ga. At 5-9 and 159, he considered himself a very fast defensive back and wide receiver with an invitation to continue football at 1-AA Valparaiso University. Life-changing events occurred in the spring of his senior year. In the Georgia Olympics, he set records in the 100 and 200, won the long jump and anchored Mercy to a gold medal in the 4x100 relay. He ran fifth in the 100 and 11th in the 200 at the New Balance Nationals and was suddenly sought as a big-time track talent. “My life could be a lot different,” said Coleman. He realizes he could be grinding away in spring football practice where the game doesn’t matter all that much. “I thought track was a
good opportunity for me. I took a leap of faith, and this is where God wanted me to be.” Why Coleman chose Tennessee remains a mystery. There is one clue. In 2007, at age 11, he won an AAU national title in the boys’ long jump – at Tom Black Track. Things were some better back then. The Vols notched another SEC title. There has been a dropoff and it is still dropping. The recent SEC meet represented an uncomfortable decline from last year – which wasn’t very good. These Vols scored about half as many points as the 2015 joint effort. Tennessee cross-country results fit the pattern. Last October, male distance runners were a distant ninth in the SEC meet, 250 points behind champion Arkansas. UT women finished 14th (last). Coach Alford-Sullivan still sounds optimistic. She talks about how young is her team. She emphasizes improvement and personal bests, even when they are far behind scoring minimums. Beth isn’t getting a lot of help from the athletics department. Poorly managed restoration of Tom Black Track ran past the deadline and the facility was inoper-
able last outdoor season. The school doesn’t have an indoor track. It does have track history. Several coaches were responsible. Chuck Rohe put track in the headlines and won an astonishing 15 consecutive SEC titles. Stan Huntsman built on that. Back in the era of dual meets, he led the Vols to a 93-26-3 record, 20 SEC titles and Tennessee’s first NCAA championship. Ex-Vol Doug Brown lasted long enough to go 53-8 and win four SEC titles and another NCAA crown. Bill Webb did rather well – 521, four SEC and two NCAA titles. Terry Crawford and Clark were big winners with the women. Clark got promoted with the merger. You don’t really want to know what happened after that. Right now, the Vols do not have a competitive track team. They have one of the finest sprinters in the world and others in similar colors who don’t accomplish all that much when it is time to run, jump or throw. Coach and athletes remain hopeful. Maybe the new AD will fix it. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Currie selected on split vote
Betty Bean nership, KCS Disparities in Educational Outcomes steering committee, Knoxville Smarter Cities Partnership and TVA stakeholder group “Energy EfficiencyInformation Exchange.” He is the past president of the Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance (KICMA) and served seven years as a member of the Knoxville Police Advisory and Review Committee (PARC). If elected, Butler said his goal will be to boost community engagement, economic development and small business development with the aim of growing living-wage jobs. He will have the enthusiastic support of former county commissioner Diane Jordan, who said she is excited that Butler plans to run. “He’s our hero,” she said. “Nobody took us seriously until he filed that complaint, and we would have lost Vine Middle School if he hadn’t done it. He has earned our support and I’m going to do everything I can to help him get elected.” Butler will join a crowded field of candidates in the Aug. 29 primary, which will be decided by Sixth District voters only. The top two vote getters in each district will run citywide in the Nov. 8 General Election.
Newly designated University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie was not the unanimous choice of the six-member search committee, this writer has learned from sources who declined to be named. Peyton Manning and t r u ste e Charlie Anderson voted for former coach Phil Fulmer, while Currie was John Currie the choice of the remaining four members. None are talking on the record. The hire was a strong surprise. Manning did attend the Currie news conference Thursday in a show of unity. Interestingly, Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who was not a committee member, participated in some of the closed interviews, which increased the number of women involved from one to two – but still there were no African-Americans. Davenport, who nominally named the committee, announced the list before she even arrived in Knoxville to become chancellor. She also flew to Kansas to interview Currie after interviewing Fulmer and perhaps others. It is felt Davenport want-
ed someone who had spent a significant part of their career outside Tennessee. Currie meets that standard. When Currie last lived in Knoxville, he lived on Hillvale Turn and his family attended Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. They were active in the community, but the majority of his life has been removed from Knoxville. If Currie, who will become 46 on April 1, restores the Lady Vols name after his April arrival, it will go a long way to winning over people who have misgivings over this surprise choice. However, the people who in reality picked him may not allow him to do this. It remains to be seen whether he will have the freedom Dave Hart has had to do whatever he wanted as athletic director. The search was trusteedriven and owned. Davenport was the conduit by which it all occurred, but her main role was to approve the choice from her employers (trustees). It will be interesting to see how
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she handles the search for a new provost and communications vice chancellor. ■■ Meanwhile, the state Senate Education Committee has added $450,000 for an “intellectual diversity office,” which UT President Joe DiPietro is less than happy about. He had no clue it was coming. Davenport needs to start getting to know local lawmakers so she can be a player. Unfortunately, UT’s credibility is weak among lawmakers in Nashville, and Davenport has not been prompt in responding to inquiries. ■■ Karl Dean, former Nashville mayor, has announced as a Democratic candidate for governor next year. If elected, he would be the third consecutive mayor to become governor, following Phil Bredesen of Nashville and Bill Haslam. Interestingly, Dean declined to criticize Haslam and called him a “very good governor.” This contrasts with several GOP candidates seeking to replace Haslam who oppose Haslam’s gas tax proposal, helped to defeat his Insure Tennessee proposal or separated themselves from Haslam’s disavowal of Donald Trump in the recent presidential campaign. It also contrasts with the state Democratic Party chair, who often criticizes
Haslam. Dean is already running a general election campaign (but he may face state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh in the primary). Appealing to Haslam Republicans, who may not be happy with the eventual GOP nominee, may be a bright strategy. The current GOP candidate most closely identified with Haslam is Knoxville’s Randy Boyd, former Economic and Community Development commissioner, who filed his campaign papers on Monday. ■■ Kelsey Finch, former city director, is considering a race for city council to replace former mayor and council member Daniel Brown, who is term limited. ■■ State Rep. Rick Staples turns 47 on March 12, and former Gov. Don Sundquist turns 81 on March 15. ■■ Doug Harris, former school board chair, and his wife, Carla, are back after 3½ months circling the world and visiting over 24 countries. They especially liked Bolivia, Peru and Chile. They were in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 10th floor of a building during a 7.8 earthquake, which was a challenging experience. They felt New Zealand was one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s Elite Kids program: good for parents, great for kids By Carol Z. Shane In this age of video games and must-see TV, children need fun, enjoyable options for keeping their bodies fit and their motor skills sharp. Fortunately, Tennova Health & Fitness has more good things for kids than Nintendo has explosions. Kids whose parents are Tennova members can enjoy a wide array of fun, silly, strenuous, exciting, watery, stretchy, laugh-outloud activities that will keep them hopping and happy for the entire length of mom and dad’s workouts. And the best news is – it’s all included with adult membership. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Tennova Health & Fitness Center has always welcomed the youngsters, but with its restructured Elite Kids setup, “It’s not just kids coming in here playing games, watching TV and coloring – now, for the whole
up-to-two-hours they’re here, they’re active,” says Kelly Novarro, Elite Kids Coordinator, herself the mother of one. “We offer a class schedule for the kids just like we do for the adults.” Those activities run the gamut from obstacle courses to “Simon Says” to climbing the rock wall to swim lessons and much, much more. The age range for Elite Kids is 3 (must be potty-trained) to 12. And there’s a bonus, says Casey Fitzpatrick, Programs Representative: “The kids enjoy it so much that they ask to come back. So the parents are more consistent because the kids are asking to come to the program!” See? Everybody wins. Why not check out the variety of options available to your kids at Tennova Health & Fitness Center? Swim lessons and birthday parties are also available to nonmembers.
What if your birthday’s in the winter and you want a pool party? Tennova Health & Fitness Center’s got you covered – literally. Take your pick of a two- or three-hour party with fun in the party room, on the rock wall and in the indoor pool. You provide the food and cake; you can even order pizzas to be delivered! Kids’ parties at Tennova Health & Fitness Center are scheduled separately, and are not part of the Elite Kids package. They’re hugely popular. “I’ve got four this weekend,” says Casey Fitzpatrick, Programs Representative.
Kids have a ball not only running the obstacle courses, but setting them up. This tyke has arrived early to make sure all his favorite activities are included.
Group fitness activities for kids at Tennova include Bootcamp, Yoga, Field Day and Minute to Win It, where kids engage in silly fun that gets them exercising whether they realize it or not.
Your kids can conquer Everest – or whatever their imaginations cook up – safely at Tennova Health & Fitness Center. With a trained staff always present to help belay your young mountain climber on the rock wall, you can do your own workout with peace of mind at no extra charge.
With both group and individual options, kids’ swimming lessons are a great way for youngsters to get wet, have fun and gain strength and ability at the same time. Infants as young as 6 months can learn those oh-so-important water skills. At least two adults are always present, and classes are kept small – both for individual attention and safety.
Got little ones? No sweat! Got kids under 3? How about a fitness class for parents that provides child care at the same time? Tennova Health & Fitness Center offers a Parent/Tot class on Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s the best of both worlds. Leave it to a family-friendly facility like Tennova Health & Fitness Center to come up with solutions that work for everyone!
Don’t forget that members can also take advantage of Family Fitness at Tennova Health & Fitness Center. Spouses, members’ children and grandchildren – the whole gang can enjoy
quality time together, and it’s all included in the membership. Family Fitness times are ■ Fridays 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. ■ Sundays 2 - 5 p.m.
Located off Emory Road in Powell For additional information, call Tennova Health & Fitness Center at 859-7900 or visit TennovaFitness.com
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