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Teacher offers support for Bob Thomas By Lauren Hopson

At the public forum for the final two candidates for Knox County superintendent of schools, I witnessed two ends of the spectrum. One struck Hopson me as a used car salesman who talked a lot but avoided answering the questions. What he said did not match up with the stories I have heard from people who have worked with him. The other was sincere and clearly connected with the crowd. On many occasions, he has asked for my input on how best to move our school system forward and restore a culture of respect and professionalism to our system while keeping the focus on our kids. When my term as president of the Knox County Education Association ends, I will most likely be returning to the classroom. Leaving KCS would cost me my tenure and likely my ability to advocate for public education. It could jeopardise my career and ability to provide for my family. However, I will not work for another superintendent who puts on one face for the public and another out of the spotlight. I will not work for another superintendent who refuses to genuinely collaborate with the people who do the heavy lifting every day. I will not work for another superintendent who makes teachers feel afraid to be an active part of their professional association and advocate for our students. I will not work for another superintendent who won’t support my right to challenge the Department of Education when it enacts policies that are harmful to our profession and our children. I will not work for another superintendent who rewards those who publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel in private, and punishes those willing to speak the truth. However, I will proudly work for a man who exemplifies integrity and decency while building relationships with teachers and students based on a desire to help both groups succeed. I will proudly work for Bob Thomas. The Board of Education will choose the next superintendent in less than two weeks. I encourage everyone to contact all school board members and voice your opinion, even if it is not the same as mine. My opinion is only one. They need to hear all of them. Lauren Hopson can be reached at 865-5229793.

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Project Help recaps winter campaign By Sandra Clark Powell played host to executives from KUB, Home Federal Bank and Food City on March 6 as checks totaling $40,000 were presented to KUB for Project Help. Powell manager Donny Rector welcomed guests with refreshments provided by the store’s deli/bakery. KUB officials said 667 needy families were assisted in 2016 with overall donations of $166,170.36. Food City has assisted in col-

Help clients may have an emergency need because of job loss, illness, injury or disability, or they may be seniors struggling with the rising cost of living. The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) administers Project Help. KUB collects donations with customer bills and sends 100 percent of the funds to CAC. Assistance is available to KUB customers in Knox and surrounding counties. Dale Grubbs of KUB said a pro-

gram for more permanent assistance has been funded through a grant from TVA, available only to city of Knoxville residents. “We’ve weatherized 110 homes already, are working on 1,200, and have another 2,000 on a waiting list,” he said. “The need is huge.” Individuals can donate directly by mailing a check to Project Help, P.O. Box 59017, Knoxville, TN 37950, or by “rounding up” on their monthly KUB bill. To apply for assistance, contact CAC at 865637-6700.

Hoffmeister had strong North Knox ties By Jake Mabe

Just about every North Knox native of a certain age can tell you an Earl Hoffmeister story. My favorite is the time Mr. Hoffmeister, Knox County Schools superintendent from 1976-92, persuaded Eugene Hall to sell 10 acres on Andersonville Pike to the county to build the present-day Halls Elementary School. “Mr. Hall,” Earl said, “if you’ll sell us this land, I promise I’ll name the school after you.” And he did – Halls Elementary School. Mr. Hoffmeister died last week. He was 90. Born in Maryville, Mr. Hoff-

meister grew up in South Knox and played football and basketball at the old Young High School. He was also a World War II veteran. After the war, he attended UT and Hoffmeister played football briefly before transferring to Wofford College. His North Knox ties are tight indeed. In addition to building houses in the area, Mr. Hoffmeister moved to Powell and taught at Powell High and at Central High,

where he later became vice principal. Popular with students, he was affectionately nicknamed “Hoff.” He continued to build houses during the summers for a time, and wife JoAnne, to whom he was married for 67 years, was his partner in business, too. They attended Powell United Methodist (now Powell Church) for 63 years. Mr. Hoffmeister defeated Knox County Schools Superintendent Mildred Doyle in 1976 in a major upset. She had been superintendent for 30 years. He surrounded himself with good staff at key positions and was popular with people in an era when voters elected the superin-

tendent. He helped oversee the merging of Knoxville City Schools into the county school system in 1986-87 and won re-election each time he ran for superintendent. He took particular interest in special education. Steve Wells grew up in Emory Estates, a subdivision Mr. Hoffmeister developed, in a house Mr. Hoffmeister also built. Wells can tell you some fishing tales and said, “His sense of humor was second to none.” Jeff Newgent knows, too. A Central High grad, Newgent found himself on the receiving end of To page A-3

Bye-bye sidewalks if developers prevail By Betty Bean Mayors and planners across the state are lining up to oppose a bill that would require local governments to pay developers for rightof-way acquisition. “We need to maintain the ability to require developers to dedicate that right of way – their developments contribute to creating the need, and we want them to contribute an equitable share of the costs of making those improvements. This bill would make it very challenging for local governments to finance road improvements,” said Gerald Green, executive director of the local planning commission. A bill (SB1368/HB0496) sponsored by two Middle Tennessee lawmakers, Sen. Paul Bailey and Rep. Ryan Williams, would require local governments or planning agencies to pay fair market value for the right-of-way acquisition rather than demand it as a

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lections for 17 years, said executive vice president Mickey Blazier. This year’s effort ran from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3, and collections totaled $38,601. Home Federal Bank was represented by vice president Amy Williams, who presented a check for $1,968. Project Help is an emergency heating-assistance program that buys electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood or coal for people who need temporary help with their heating bills. Project

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condition of rezoning. “The cost of acquiring easements would tax our financial ability to undertake road improvements, and as a result, many needed projects (including sidewalks) would not get done,” Green said. “Using taxpayer money to pay developers for right-of-way rights will siphon funds away from much-needed infrastructure projects. And we’re speaking out of both sides of our mouths – saying we don’t have the funds to undertake necessary transportation improvements, so we’re having to

consider a gas tax increase at the same time we’re thinking about escalating costs by not requiring dedicating easements.” Developer Scott Davis is also watching this bill. Not surprisingly, he takes a different view. “In some cases, we’re forced to give up substantial amounts of right-of-way where there are no plans in place to widen the road or make improvements. Generally, we’re buying land on a per acre basis, and this reduces our usable acreage, taking land from us for ‘possible’ road improvements sometime in a distant future that never happens,” Davis said. He’s skeptical of the value of sidewalks in subdivisions in outlying areas with no possibility of connecting to amenities, and said that right-of-way acquisition leaves developers with less usable acreage and drives up the selling price of the homes that will be built.

“Remember I’m a greedy developer – if I thought adding sidewalks would increase the value of my lots, I would definitely put in sidewalks. People are not considering development costs. They’ve gone up so high that we are not able to produce affordable housing,” Davis said. Green has strong backing from Mayor Madeline Rogero, who said (through a spokesperson), “We share the concerns that Gerald Green expressed to you, about shifting the cost of infrastructure to support a development from a private developer to public taxpayers. We oppose the bill for that reason.” Green said it would be shortsighted to change the law in this matter. “Our society’s attention span has been limited to the time it takes us to type out 144 characters (on Twitter). We need to take a longer perspective on this.” 2704 Mineral Springs Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 Ph. (865) 687-4537

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Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center receives highest NICHE designation Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center announces it has again achieved “Exemplar” status by the Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders (NICHE) program. This is the third time Fort Sanders has received “Exemplar” status in recent years, signaling the organization’s dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adults. “The staff at Fort Sanders continues to evaluate the unique needs of patients 65 years and older and continually develops best practices to provide specialized care. Our long-standing commitment to improving elder care is reflected in the NICHE designation,” says Keith Altshuler, chief administrative officer at Fort Sanders Regional. NICHE is an international program designed to help health

care organizations improve the care of older adults. NICHE, based at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, includes more than 680 health care organizations in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Singapore and Australia. The “Exemplar” status is the highest of four levels of recognition of NICHE facilities. Rankings are issued following a rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the hospital. Fort Sanders was the first NICHE-certified facility in our region and has served as a model to other hospitals across the nation for more than a decade. Currently, three other Covenant Health facilities also carry the NICHE designation: Fort Loudoun, LeConte and Parkwest Medical Centers.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races set for April 1-2 Mark your calendars for the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events – and lace up your running shoes! The races are set for Saturday, April 1 (5K race and the popular Covenant Kids Run) and Sunday, April 2 (half-marathon, two- and four-person relays and full marathon). The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has grown to become the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. As in previous years, all races will have an exciting finish on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium. For many, it is the thrill of seeing themselves on

the JumboTron as they cross the finish line that inspires them to participate in the events. But the best reward may be what runners gain by the entire experience. Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Knoxville Track Club’s youth athletic program and Covenant Health’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities. To learn more or to register, go to www. knoxvillemarathon.com.

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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • March 15, 2017 • A-3

New spring menu at The Front Porch Brunch is served Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our friend Bart Elkins has introduced a new menu at The Front Porch. But wait! This looks like the original menu!

items that will be served from lunch through dinner, with specials like prime rib added on Friday and Saturday evenings. The prices range from $8.99 to $13.99. “We’re extending this menu to every pocketbook,” said Bart. “We want to open up this historic home for the Sandra community, so people can Clark come as often as possible. We want this to be grandma’s kitchen.” Items include trout cakes “We didn’t want to drop with fresh grilled cabbage, the items that keep people salmon patties with mixed coming back,” Bart ex- greens, shrimp & grits, steak & grits, fried chickplained. What’s new are portions en & grits, steak & chips, and prices. Bart calls them Smoky Mountain burger, “manageable portions for Fire on the Mountain burger, chicken salad sandwich, the right price.” The menu features 15 petite plate, parmesan tur-

Earl Hoffmeister

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one of Mr. Hoffmeister’s one-liners while helping him during the only campaign he lost – a bid for state representative in 1994. Mr. Hoffmeister had insisted on stopping at Shoney’s to eat, even though they were late to a meeting with state Democrats in Nashville. “When we arrived, (state) Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh was speaking and announced, ‘Please welcome (Earl) Hoffmeister and, Earl, please introduce your

friend.’ Earl said, ‘This is Jeff Newgent. He came to take notes. “We’d have been here on time, but I had to teach him how to eat with a fork.’” His favorite movie, by the way, was “Lonesome Dove,” and he was fond of saying, “Never love anything that can’t love you back.” Donations may be made in Mr. Hoffmeister’s memory to Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville or to Powell Church.

COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Bits and Pieces Quilt Guild meeting, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, Community Building in Norris. Program: “Barn Quilts” presented by Coleen Miller. “Sit and sew” before meeting, starting at 9:30 a.m. Bring project and lunch and sew with friends. Info: Mary Jane Berry, 865-494-7841. ■■ Broadacres Homeowners Association. Info: Steven Goodpaster, generalgoodpaster@gmail.com. ■■ Knox North Lions Club. Info: facebook.com/knoxnorthlions. ■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 865688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 865-687-2161. ■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 865-688-3136. ■■ Powell Lions Club. Info: tnpowelllions@gmail.com.

■■ History Club

Bart and Cindy Elkins are owners-operators of The Front Porch. key short plate, berry turkey short plate, apple butter pork chops short plate, Cobb salad and house salad.

Bart and Cindy could be flipping burgers in a strip mall, but they have chosen to lovingly restore and operate from a 100-year-old home. That creates limitations, such as a small kitchen, but the payoff is huge in terms of a one-of-a-kind dining experience and keeping Powell’s history alive. So I’ve thought up a way to help them (or at least get one great story per week for the Shopper). Starting Wednesday, March 22, Bart is giving us use of one room from 2-4 p.m. for a new history club. I’ll coordinate it with a variety of co-hosts.

Bart has agreed to fix a special late lunch (supper for those of you who get up earlier than I do). It’s a “pot of …” with a slab of cornbread and nutritious water for $5. You don’t have to eat to attend, but where else can you find grandma’s kitchen for $5? This will be coming full circle for me. Back in the previous century, I wrote a series called “Allan and Hilda’s Back Porch.” Allan Gill invited old-timers who talked about their memories of early Powell. Most of those folks have passed on, including Allan and Hilda. If memory serves, only Snooks Scarbro and Margaret Watson are still around. So guess what. I’m call-

ing Snooks and Margaret first. Come on over to The Front Porch. It’s easy to find at the intersection of Spring Street and Emory Road – the home built in 1910 by George and Frona Gill where their daughter, Ruth, was born in 1911 and later lived with her husband, Kyle Herrell, until she died Feb. 2, 2007, at age 96. ■■ You are invited! Think you don’t have time to hang around for two hours a week, listening to tales of years past? So what are you doing that’s more important? Bring $5, eat a pot of ….. and have some fun. See you there! Sandra Clark is the Powell community reporter. Reach her at 865-661-8777.

PBPA joins effort to honor fallen soldiers The project to create a War II. memorial for Powell High So far, he School alumni who were has identikilled in military action has fied these gained support from Enmen: hance Powell, a committee World of the Powell Business & War II: Professional Association. ■■S t a f f At last week’s meeting, Sgt. Verthe committee offered sup- Rusty Smith non Harris, port to PHS social studies Army, PHS teacher Jimmie A. “Rusty” Class of 1938, died Jan. 12, Smith Jr., the project co- 1943; ordinator. “Since (Mike) ■■Pfc. Albert Hurst, McPherson retired, I’ve Army, Class of 1942, died raised the flag (at PHS) ev- March 31, 1945; ery day,” he said. “I’d like to ■■Staff Sgt. Eugene Roop, create a memorial close to Army, Class of 1942, died the flagpole to recognize the April 11, 1944. sacrifice of these soldiers.” Korean War: Martha Raper of the ■■Pfc. Brady Hatton, Emory Road DAR said her Army, Class of 1949, died group might also adopt the May 19, 1951; project. ■■Pvt. Charles Nix, Army, Smith said Ray Huffaker Class of 1951, died Sept. 22, of the Rusty Wallace auto 1952. dealerships has pledged Vietnam War: support. ■■Pfc. Charles Reed, “Funding is not the is- Army, Class of 1965, died sue,” said Smith. “We just May 18, 1967; want to be sure we’ve got all the names.” He has cross-referenced data from the military with PHS annuals, but lacks annuals earlier than World

■■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 the name of a World War I veteran who was a graduate of Powell High School, and was killed in action, please provide that information,” Smith said. “I have also researched the casualty list from Desert Shield/Storm, and Iraq and Afghanistan and, as of yet, I have not found names of any Powell High graduates from any of these wars. 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, please contact me by March 20, at the email address or phone numbers provided: jimmie.smith@knoxschools.org or by school phone: 865-938-2171, ext. 74685, or cell phone: 865696-8165.

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Morning Pointe marks 20th year Morning Pointe of Powell celebrated the 20th anniversary of its parent company recently with a visit from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and entertainment by Larry Blair of the Blair Experience. Founded in 1996, the Chattanoogabased healthcare services company started with its two co-founders, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, who share one vision to change the senior care industry. The company has since expanded to 27 communities, with three additional Pat Caron communities scheduled to open in the coming year. Morning Pointe of Powell also hosted the Sonshine Bunch Junior Clown Troupe from Ridgeview Baptist Church. Combined Morning Pointe locations have pledged to give back 20,000 hours of service in 2017.

Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Matthew 10: 17-18 NRSV)

FAITH NOTES ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. ■■ Powell Presbyterian Church, 2910 W. Emory Road, will hold a Beans & Bluegrass fundraising event, noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19. David West will perform. Everyone welcome.

Larry Blair, entertainer, sings to Morning Pointe of Powell resident Betty Sibert during Morning Pointe Senior Living’s 20th anniversary celebration at the assisted living community.

■■ North Knoxville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road., will offer a free weight management program, 6:307:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 6-27. Info: 865-314-8204. ■■ 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. ■■ 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, 6:30-7:30 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

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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: 865-687-2952.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 865-548-0326. ■■ Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 865-9512653. ■■ Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road, Info: 865-922-0416. ■■ Morning Pointe Assisted Living, 7700 Dannaher Drive. Info: 865-686-5771 or morningpointe.com.

Today is the Ides of March, a date made famous by the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. In ancient days, the Ides (they can be singular or plural, according to the dictionary) were marked by many religious observances, but today the Ides of March is best known for Caesar’s murder. You may remember from school days the famous quote from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” when Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. Caesar passed it off as nothing, even joking that “the Ides are come,” apparently thinking that the prophecy was false. The seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Perhaps Caesar should have heeded the warning. Every month in the Roman calendar had an Ides near the midpoint of the month – on the 13th

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for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, because of the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. Therefore, the variance of the date. All of that is long ago history, of course, but it is also a reminder of the dangers of overarching ambition and self-importance. Even today, it behooves leaders of any area of endeavor – whether political, religious, professional, military, social or educational – to keep in mind their humanity, their responsibility, and their obligation to the people they lead and serve. And, importantly, it behooves all of us to remember our history, lest we repeat it.

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Joy Harris, second-grade teacher at Powell Elementary, shares the Teacher of the Year honor.

Powell Elementary third-grade teacher Mandi Meek was one of the school’s Teachers of the Year. Photos by Ruth White

Harris, Meek share Powell Elementary honor By Ruth White Joy Harris and Mandi Meek were honored to be selected as Teacher of the Year recipients at Powell Elementary this year. Harris teaches second grade and has been part of the Powell Elementary family for the past 10 years. Teaching is a second career for Harris. She worked in office management and raised her children, enrolling in college at the age of 40 and attending with her daughter. She graduated from LMU and is the first college graduate from her

family. She loves working with second-graders because they are old enough to accomplish things on their own but young enough to mold and shape – and they still give hugs. By working with them at an early age, she is able to watch them grow and feels that is an advantage. “Powell Elementary is my family,” she said. “The staff is great and supportive of one another. Honestly, if I have to do crazy, I want to do it with them.” In addition to loving her job, she loves

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 accommodate the needs of all seeking to enjoy a day outdoors. Planned activities along the trails include wildlife viewing, spring cleanups, scavenger hunts, historical interpretive programs and more. For a full list of all planned hikes for March 18, visit http://bit.ly/2mjE3yT

to read, garden, collect antiques and spend time with her four grandchildren, two of whom attend PES with her. Mandi Meek teaches third grade and has been at PES for eight years. Teaching is in her blood, as both of her parents and a grandparent were teachers. Teaching was all she ever wanted to do when she grew up. Meek’s classrooms are known to be loud as she tries to make learning as fun as possible. She always finds time to laugh with her

students and calls her room a great stage for her comedic skills. In addition to laughter, she always guides her students to be responsible citizens and do lots of problem solving. “I was raised with love and logic,” she said, and she works with her students the same way. To her, Powell Elementary is one big family – they walk through good times and tough times with one another. “We are supported from top to bottom, and everyone is cheering one another on.”

She enjoys dabbling in photography, painting and art, and leading worship at Fellowship Church, where she plays drums and piano

and sings. She also works with YOKE Youth Ministries at Powell Middle, so she is able to see some of her former students.

Egg hunt is April 15

prizes including bicycles,” Bailey said. “There will be Powell kids can hunt Eas- costumed creatures in the ter eggs in a community- park, along with live animals wide event sponsored by the and free refreshments.” Powell Business and ProfesPowell Station Park is sional Association, accord- approximately 12 acres exing to Laura Bailey, chair. tending to Beaver Creek. It The fun will start at 1 was developed by the PBPA p.m. Saturday, April 15, over a two-year period and at Powell Station Park on “gifted” to Knox County for Emory Road adjacent to the public use. The park is manhigh school, with the actual aged by Knox County Parks hunt at 2 p.m. sharp. & Recreation. “We’ll have lots of great

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Sterchi Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a funfilled spirit week. Local celebrities visited and read to the students. Pictured are Isaak Lawson, school board member Jennifer Owen and Chloe Bryant during an event. Photo submitted

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Webb club gives $1,000 to India eye clinic By Tom King In January, the members of the Webb School Interact Club had a special dinner fundraising event – “A Taste of India.” The students raised Tom King a l m o s t $4,000 in one evening for the projects the club supports. Webb junior Kalina Scarbrough, president of Webb Interact, presented a check for $1,000 to her grandfather Kanti Patel. He will use the money to help an eye clinic that he helped establish in his hometown in Gujarat, India. The clinic provides free eye operations for anyone in the surrounding area. He also is supporting a pediatrics program and now an assisted living center for the elderly. “Mr. Patel is matching the $1,000 and on his next trip to India will take photos of the clinic to show the Interact students how their money has made a difference 8,000 miles away!” says Liz Gregor, Webb’s multicultural coordinator and the Interact Club adviser. The Interact Club is the

■■ Tatiana Chambers, CPA, and Josh Vehec, CPA, have each been promoted to senior manager in the Audit Department of Coulter & Justus PC. Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carson- Chambers Vehec Newman University and Vehec holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.

high school arm of Rotary International. The 50-member Webb club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville. The students also se■■ Amanda Shell Jennings has been hired by lected these projects to supPriority Ambulance as director of marketing and port with the balance of the communications for the eight-state service area. funds they raised: ■■ Case Antiques Inc. will host the East Tennessee ■■$500 to support RePBS Antique Appraisal fair at the Historic Cherokee mote Area Medical in Knox- Jennings Mills Building, 2240 Sutherland Ave., 9 a.m.-3 ville p.m. Saturday, April 1. The appraisal fair is open to the public and ■■$1,000 to support the guests are invited to bring their items for appraisal. slum school some of the stu- ■■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association meets dents have visited in Chan11:45 a.m. each second Wednesday, Central Baptist Church feldigarh, India lowship hall. President is John Fugate, jfugate43@gmail.com or ■■$1,000 to support edu865-688-0062. cation/students in South ■■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet noon Africa Tuesday, March 21, Beaver Brook Country Club. Guest speaker: ■■$500 to support clean Wayne Blasius, director of the East Tennessee Community Design water/wells in Thailand 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. President is Michelle Wilson, michelle.wilson@kub. org or 865-594-7434.

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Longtime Rotarian and past District 6780 governor Bob Ely passed away last Wednesday morning. His services were this past Saturday, and members of the Rotary Club of Bearden were honorary pallbearers. Ely was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Bearden in 1960, a Rotarian for 55plus years and in 1981-82 was elected district governor. He also was a past president of the Bearden club, which was known as the Rotary Club of West Knoxville then.

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■■ U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, a 1981 electrical engineering graduate from UT, has been promoted to four-star general and has assumed leadership of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. Through that role, Holmes will guide U.S. airpower around the world, including national security and the ongoing war on terror. ■■ Author Sam Kean will speak and hold a book signing 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Holmes Facility, 1499 Circle Drive. He will be discussing his book “The Disappearing Spoon.” Kean’s book and lecture delves into the secrets behind the periodic table of the elements and the initial discoveries. Free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase.

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Difference of opinion In comparison to recent athletics directors, John Currie may be cause for celebration. He brings an actual track record. He is relatively modern. He uses the word “cool.” John Currie He has personality and doesn’t do sun lamps or hair dye. Now that the music has stopped and noise has subsided, let us seek what passes for the truth. What we have here is a guarded difference of opinion about the new man at Tennessee. There is high praise, mostly from far-away places. There are biting local undertones but they do not sound lethal. Those who guided Dr. Beverly Davenport in her discovery and knee-jerk choice of Currie identified the precise qualities she sought: An established leader at a so-so Power 5 school who would see UT as a full step up. A man of integrity, yea, with respect for NCAA rules. A smart salesman (comfortable with other millionaires, keen at remembering names, polished at smiling and shaking hands). John demonstrated several skills

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in negotiating a very favorable bonus contract for himself. A builder and maybe even a visionary with proper appreciation for great athletes who turn all the wheels. Favoring athletes and academics is very popular. It discourages lawsuits about misuse and abuse. All that information and more was available in the official Currie biography or in glowing reports of his success at Kansas State. Some who actually know John, who worked with him in his previous years in Knoxville, have reservations. Some in Manhattan claim the community is pleased that he is gone. One UT employee, before and after Currie, is “flabbergasted” by the selection. John was supposedly No. 2 in being least liked. Ask later who was No. 1. After that, ask if being liked is important to being the boss. Another former associate said Currie tried to change the entire culture to reflect the Atlantic Coast Confer-

ence image, specifically Wake Forest, from whence he came. As for him morphing into a Tennessee guy, no way. “Not sure he could find Ayres Hall with a campus map.” A third said, being charitable, that John was a bully. There were other caustic words. John has been called Mike Hamilton 2.0, much better at raising and spending money than identifying, hiring and keeping winning coaches. He was Hamilton’s right-hand man in the knockout of Phillip Fulmer the week of the Wyoming game in 2008. Currie is also linked to Lane Kiffin. Ouch. One sincere critic wonders if Donna Thomas, prominent on the search committee, provided that information to Dr. Davenport. John is perceived as a micromanager. That is code for butting into subordinates’ business. There was a zinger from a support person: “John decided how many dill pickle slices should be in box lunches.” Go light on some of this stuff, all anonymous talk radio and coffee-break chatter, presented as certified facts, but don’t quote me. OK to attribute good stuff – intelligent, energetic, tenacious, passionate.

last words

Keep in mind that Tennessee recollections are eight or more years old. We don’t know how maturity and additional experience may have changed Currie. K-State inside talk sounds suspiciously similar but it could be prejudiced. Certain Vol lettermen, some outspoken, were Frank Bowden’s funeral wounded by the selection was over before I knew he process. They think Ful- was gone. I learned of his mer was used as window death when I saw his obitudressing. They fear David ary in a stack of papers I’d Blackburn may never be the set aside to same. Fans and media had read when him believing he was a logiI got the cal choice. time, and Most who really wanted although I a genuine Vol for Life have knew him elected to take a deep breath Frank Bowden pretty well, and go on living. We can still there was marvel at Dr. Davenport’s a lot I didn’t know about “non-negotiable” criteria Frank Bowden, because since she came to UT with- he really didn’t talk about out ever being chancellor at himself much. a Power 5 school. He would have turned Of all the things John Cur- 90 this year, which means rie is or isn’t, has or hasn’t he was one of the youngest done, something he said at of the Greatest Generathe welcome party got my tion, having served in the attention: “The University U.S. Army in Germany and of Tennessee can and should France. This would have be the very best athletic pro- placed him in some of the gram in the country.” fiercest fighting of the war Terrific idea. Let’s go for at age 18. When I knew it. No more basketball col- him, some 50 years later, he lapses, no more football was one of those “Stand me losses to Vanderbilt, never up at the gates of hell and I again last in SEC track and won’t back down” guys that field, contenders in every- Tom Petty sang about. Another thing I didn’t thing, national champs in know about him was that several sports. If I were coaching, that as a science teacher and a principal, he worked to would make me nervous. (Marvin West invites reader reaction. His integrate Southern Appalaaddress is westwest6@netzero.com) chian Regional Science Fair and was an active but behind-the-scenes participant in the civil rights struggles of the ‘60s, providing transportation and bail money gas tax bill but is a sponsor. for the Knoxville College He says it helps build roads students who were sittingin North Knox County such in at downtown lunch as Emory Road. He points counters and picketing the out he has opposed other Tennessee Theatre. tax hikes consistently in the Bob Booker was among past. those KC students Frank ■■ Circuit Court Judge assisted. Deborah Stevens turns “I’m not sure he felt 63 on March 17. comfortable marching and ■■ Former Lt. Gov. carrying signs, but there Ron Ramsey was in Knox- were a number of people ville two days last week who would get students promoting parental control out of jail and provide over student placement. transportation when they Ramsey retired two months needed to get downtown. ago from the second-high- He was in the forefront of est office in the state at the trying to move us forward height of his popularity. He and was always interested will continue to push issues in progress. He tried to that are conservative and bring that to every school close to his beliefs. he was assigned to, whether

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UT administrators paid well in retreat Victor Ashe

The excuse that this is what other comparable universities are paying does not apply for retreat salaries once the administrator returns to his prior job. How did the trustees allow this to happen? If they had read their materials they would have known it, as they approved the contracts allowing this. The trustees were not doing their job of exam-

ining expenses in this case. Unless this is changed soon, the Legislature may intervene, and certainly some candidates for governor may make it an issue. It is a legitimate issue for gubernatorial candidates as the governor is a voting member of the UT board who often chairs it. A candidate could pledge to not let it happen on his/her watch. UT would not benefit if this became a statewide issue and should act to modify it ASAP. ■■ State Rep. Bill Dunn, who often has been one of the most conservative lawmakers, is not only backing the Haslam

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ning Commission, which Green heads, has finalized a draft walkability ordinance. Green spoke last week at the Karns Community Club, sharing the report. The ordinance proposes that new and redevelopment provide sidewalks with the exception of some areas outside the urbanized area. Developers can pay a fee if terrain does not permit sidewalks. Karns residents worried that the fee would be more attractive than paying to

put in sidewalks. Green said that sidewalks would improve home value and thus attract buyers and that the goal is to impose a fee that is not more attractive than installing sidewalks, which will cost about $40 a linear foot for new development. Since the plan requires sidewalks on only one side of the street, the cost is shared by two homes. “In the end, the sidewalks will add about $1,500 per home, which is nominal considering the added val-

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as a teacher or a principal. He was a strong voice. No question about that.” Years later, when Bowden was a county commissioner, Booker enjoyed his sparring with County Executive Dwight Kessel, who opposed Bowden’s efforts to force the county to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Mark Cawood, who served on commission with Bowden, remembers those battles, too. “He told Kessel to take that sheet out of his closet and wear it,” Cawood said. I can’t remember the precise issue, but I do remember the time Bowden – who could flat turn a phrase – elegantly accused his colleagues of being spineless by saying they had “exoskeletons,” and the time he told a pandering colleague to “Put that race card back in your pocketbook.” But my favorite Bowden memory happened the day buses full of Christian Coalition members packed the hall and cheered while their preachers demanded that the commissioners sign onto a resolution denouncing “special rights” for gay people. Popularly known as the “Gay Bashing Resolution,” it had no force of law, but was being carried to local elected bodies all over the country, and would become a cudgel come the next election. There were 19 commissioners in those days, and 15 of them voted – with varying degrees of enthusiasm – for the measure. Two passed. Another, Bee DeSelm, voted no. And one voted “Not only no, but hell no.” That was Frank William Bowden. I’m glad I knew him.

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