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A solution to belly fat By Nick Della Volpe This book review does not replace medical advice. Not everyone ages gracefully. That “spare tire” is not easy to resolve. Gym visits? Diet? Ads promising quick weight loss are rampant. But who wants Della Volpe another seesaw experience? In six months, the weight comes creeping back. Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian nephrologist with a biochemical undergraduate degree, has brought science and common sense to the rescue. His two books, starting with “The Obesity Code” and then “The Complete Guide to Fasting,” can equip us with both the knowledge and a working solution to that stubborn belly or hip fat ... and lasting weight loss. The doctor, who struggled for over a decade to help his busy patients with kidney disease (often triggered by diabetes and obesity), offers us this simple solution: interim fasting. Excess insulin, he argues and documents quite persuasively, not calories, is the culprit. Dr. Fung debunks the false-but-popular conclusion that excess calories or insufficient movement are the main culprits. That’s not the root cause. Our hormone-regulating system has been thrown out of whack by current eating and bad snacking habits, filled with overly processed food and sugar-laden stuff. Excessive insulin causes us to store and store glucose as fat, but never burn it as the body’s alternate fuel. Let’s back up. We evolved as a species unsure if there would be another meal anytime soon. In times of feast, our hormone system (deploying insulin) enabled us to store excess nutrients over current needs. After the body fills the cells and stores glycogen in the liver, it converts the excess to fat stores, creating a “spare tank” to use when new fuel was not available. In effect, we have two fuel tanks: one sugar, the other fat. In lean times, we could easily switch tanks – a smart survival fix by Mother Nature. What happened? Modern people have bypassed the maker’s design. We no longer have to hunt or forage for our dinners. With steady agricultural harvests, grocery stores laden with food, drive-thru To page A-3
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March 22, 2017
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Powell High School math teacher Jimmy Waters stands in front of the San José Semaphore, where four disks atop the building have been displaying a coded message. Contributed photo by Alexa Rickard, Adobe
By Sandra Clark Powell High School has a star. Math teacher Jimmy Waters was in San José, Calif., over spring break, receiving kudos for solving what he called “a really hard math problem.” Waters solved the San José Semaphore, a public art project that has been transmitting a visual code comprising four illuminated disks on Adobe’s headquarters for the last
4½ years. Each disk has four possible positions and every 7.2 seconds they align in a new position. His prize was a one-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. When he donated that to Powell High School, Adobe increased it to 40 licenses and added a 3-D printer. Powell High principal Dr. Chad Smith said Waters has been a great addition to the school faculty:
“(Jimmy) Waters teaches several math classes at Powell High School. Most recently he taught advanced algebra/trigonometry as well as geometry. This past fall his students earned some of the highest achievement scores for advanced algebra/trigonometry in Knox County Schools. “His true strength lies in being able to take his math content knowledge and translate it in a
way so that today’s high school student can relate to it, as well as understand it. Advanced math concepts can be hard for young people to grasp but (Jimmy) Waters presents the material so well that his students can apply what they have learned in today’s world. We are excited to have him with us and serving this community.” To page A-5
Boyd looks back and ahead at campaign kickoff elected governor By Betsy Pickle I’ll be spending Randy Boyd was in the favora lot of time supite-son zone when he visited New porting commuHopewell Elementary School last nities just like Wednesday to kick off his camthis across our paign for governor. state.” “I was famous for playing a After the fortree in one of the school plays,” mal announcehe quipped to the crowd of famment, Boyd remily, friends, well-wishers and me- Randy Boyd inisced more for dia. The school is “an important part of my personal history. If I’m the Shopper. “I was the fastest
guy in school, which meant nothing when I got to high school. I remember some great teachers. ... I think I was maybe a little fidgety back in those days, but they worked with me and believed in me. So I think it was a great experience because of the great teachers that I had.” Boyd, 57, went on to graduate from Doyle High School at 16 and UT at 19.
“I guess I’ve always been a little impatient,” he said. “By the time I was 16, I realized I had taken all the classes I needed to take to graduate. The only reason to stick around for the last year was just to play sports, and I was OK but not that great, so it didn’t seem like a reason enough to hang around. To page A-3
Staples wants school water tested; Eddie Smith pushes back By Betty Bean State Rep. Rick Staples’ inner city District 15 has some of the oldest school buildings in Knox County, and he’s concerned about the water that kids are drinking. “We want to keep what happened in Flint, Mich., from happening here,” he said. That’s why he’s sponsoring a bill mandating the state school board to require schools built before June 19, 1986 (when federal lead bans went into effect), to test students’ drinking water. Suspect samples would be retested, and parents or guardians notified when drinking water shows lead-level test results more than 20 parts per billion. The bill would leave the number of required tests up to the individual districts. “The spirit of this bill is to capture data in schools built before 1986,” Staples said. “We’re just
trying to capture consistent data to show us where we are. …” Staples said that such tests are not now being conducted, and said the procedure outlined in his bill would require testing 10 Rick Staples taps per school at $20 per tap. Last week, he presented his bill (HB0631) to the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee and got a lukewarm reception, primarily because of the $177,000 fiscal note attached. Staples’ colleagues Eddie Smith and Harry Brooks are members of the subcommittee. Smith was skeptical, particularly of the section requiring “periodic testing,” which he said is too vague. He also
questioned the level of testing that would be required for finding lead levels of 20 parts per billion. Smith also said that Knox County has only six to eight schools that were built after 1986, which means that the cost of testing for lead contamination would be at least $20,000 per year, and more if multiple tests are required. Subcommittee chair Mark White of Shelby County said he considers the bill “a good concept,” and agreed that lead-contaminated drinking water is bad for kids, but said he is concerned about piling another mandate on local school districts. He moved to postpone Staples’ bill for a week to get a better handle on costs, and Staples agreed, after politely expressing frustration: “We have no knowledge of the levels of lead,” Staples said. “We do
not have a mechanism. And when we start thinking about spending dollars, we’re spending dollars on our children’s health.” Contacted after the meeting, he said he plans to ask for a vote and expressed frustration at the pushback he received, particularly from Smith. “I believe Eddie’s children are home schooled, so it wouldn’t make that much difference to him. He’s been a great chair of the Knox County delegation, but it would be really great if my colleagues would join me to try and get some bipartisan legislation in place to help capture the data so we can see if there is lead in the drinking water, and if so, how much? Parents and communities want to know this, and we want to keep our children safe. We have to do something to try and answer these questions.”
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Knoxville Medical Mission ‘a miracle’ for Guatemalans in need Antigua, Guatemala, is a place where a birth defect can send a child to the orphanage, and a broken leg can be a death sentence. But because of Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, it’s also a place of hope, miracles and thanksgiving. This is what draws Dr. Paul Naylor, co-director of Parkwest Medical Center’s Joint Center, to the Catholic church at Antigua twice a year as the Knoxville Medical Mission continues its medical outreach to the poor residents of the Central American city. “If you don’t shed a tear there, you don’t have a heart,” says Dr. Naylor, who has not only organized the trips for the last 18 years, but also seeks funding and donations from individuals and medical equipment suppliers. Plus, he jokingly adds, he’s also president, vice president, secretary and Drs. Craig Myers and Kenneth treasurer of the not-forO’Kelley and Parkwest staff profit organization. perform many needed gyneAccording to Dr. Naycological procedures during lor, the Knoxville Meditheir week in Guatemala. cal Mission was born out of Parkwest physicians’ desire to give back to the community. “A bunch of us were in the doctor’s lounge at Parkwest one day, and Dr. Lytle Brown, a general surgeon, said we should do something to give back,” Dr. Naylor recalled. “We all agreed but we didn’t know how. We asked, ‘What can we do?’ and Dr. Brown said, ‘We’re surgeons – we can operate somewhere.’ We came up with all kinds of crazy ideas like going to the Philippine jungle, but you can’t operate in the jungle. We realized that wouldn’t work because we had to have equipment, and we had to bring it somewhere that we can fly into.” and other mission-minded physician Overhearing their conversation, a nurse groups, that is no longer the case. “We’ve since built it up until they have anesthetist from Guatemala suggested they consider Antigua, where a church was op- four of the best operating rooms in the erating an orphanage and offering mental whole country,” said Dr. Naylor. “Joint inhealth care and eye care, yet wanting to do struments, trauma instruments – we’ve got all kinds of stuff. Between us and another more. group out of Texas called Faith in Practice, It sounded perfect. Tucked away in the central highlands of we have brought tons of supplies there. So Guatemala, the 472-year-old city is known we’ve worked with them until it is truly for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque ar- state-of-the-art in Guatemala and the hoschitecture, coffee farms and volcanoes. But pital is operating 36 to 40 weeks a year.” The Knoxville Medical Mission makes it is at Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, a large Catholic church that stretch- back-to-back, weeklong trips to the church es for a city block, where the missionaries twice a year, usually bringing about 30 medical professionals with them each would be doing their work. After contacting the church’s padre, the time, along with supplies. This year’s missionaries made their first trip in 2000. trips were Jan. 14-21 and Jan. 21-28 and But when Dr. Naylor and his volunteer included Parkwest General Surgeon Dr. army of 25 surgeons, nurses, anesthetists Willard Campbell and ObGyns Dr. Kenand scrub techs arrived, they found that neth O’Kelley and Dr. Craig Myers, as well the church’s bare “hospital” rooms were in as several nurses and surgical techs from such disrepair that they could see through various departments at Parkwest Medical Center. the ceiling. The work they do when they arrive is “We were pretty naive,” Dr. Naylor recounted in a 2009 interview with the Knox- mostly determined by Dr. Naylor in the fall ville News Sentinel. “We went down think- ahead of the January visits. “Our week in Guatemala this year was ing, ‘OK, we’re going to fix people.’ We didn’t have enough supplies. We didn’t have the once again very successful and rewarding,” said Dr. O’Kelley. “We had a great group of right equipment. It was pretty backward.” But thanks to the Knoxville Medical doctors, nurses and surgical technicians Mission, countless medical supply com- who worked hard during our time there panies, private and corporate donors to provide much-needed surgery for more
than 50 pa“For many people in Guatemala, meditients. There cal care is very difficult and expensive to Members of the general were no com- get, so many people go without treatment,” and gynecological plications and said Dr. Campbell. “The economy continteam sort supplies in all the patients ues to slowly improve, and yet patients Guatemala. did very well. who use the national hospitals for care, The resilience which is more than 90 percent of the popof the people there ulation, could get needed surgery in a nonis surprising. The emergency situation only if they can bring local support and their own surgical supplies with them. The nursing staff work health care system has slowly improved diligently to help during the years we have gone, but still is us take care of the essentially unavailable to ordinary people patients. The facili- except in dire emergency. ties are relatively “We do a lot of broken arms and legs, a modern, extremely lot of kids with club feet, dislocated hips, clean and we have artificial knees,” Dr. Naylor said. “We get a never had any is- lot of people with broken bones and they’ve sues with infec- had nobody to fix them. The injuries may tions. be three or four months old and they’ve Dr. O’Kelley just got sticks with strings or rags wrapped added, “The people around them. They have no healthcare. If there are so grate- you are 30 years old and break your femur, ful and make our they’re like, ‘Well, Jose is going to die betrip so worthwhile. Our surger- cause he broke his leg.’ That’s just normal ies consist primarily of proce- for them. If a kid is born with some defect dures we normally and regularly like a club foot, which we can easily fix here do at home. We keep things very in the States, for them it’s, ‘We’ll have to basic to help make sure there are put them in an orphanage because we can’t no complications. The hospital take care of them.’ there has an excellent system in “It feels so good taking care of somebody place to provide follow-up care who has no other chance of getting better,” for patients after we leave. Go- he added. “You can’t believe the feeling you ing on this trip is one of the best get when you fix a little kid who you know weeks of my entire year.” was going to an orphanage and the parents Dr. Naylor said, “I’ll go down are there crying and hugging you and they there in September or October are all saying, ‘It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle! and screen about 500 people You are the hand of God!’ It’s very moving. and decide who we are going to They are so appreciative. For them, it’s like operate on. Then, I’ll come back winning a lottery.” to Knoxville and tailor our supplies to the patients we’ll have. I’ll call up different vendors and say, ‘I need so many total knees’ or ‘I need so many total plates for broken arms, so many plates for legs.’ And I’ll call up our pediMail: atric guy and say, ‘We’ve got 20 club feet. We need to bring along Knoxville Medical Mission supplies for 20 club feet, the 932 Historic Ferry Way right pins and plates. Once I find out the number of patients we’ll Knoxville, TN 37922 operate on, I go to all the vendors and ask if they’ll donate.” Call: 865-567-1845 On average, the group will operate on 140 to 150 cases in the two-week period. “We try to do as many as we can,” Dr. Naylor added. “We work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and we usually go until we run out of supplies. At the end of the week, I’m telling the padre, ‘Go find me a broken arm – I’ve got one plate left for a broken arm.’ So he goes wandering out into the streets and comes back with somebody who’s had a broken arm for weeks. Or, I’ll say, ‘I’ve got one more artificial knee left for a very small person,’ and he’ll come back with someone. If I tell him that I’ve got something available, he will find a patient for it.” That’s because there is always a Dr. Willard Campbell, medical student Mike Abadier and Parkwest staff need. during a surgical procedure in Antigua.
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McKinney talks post-election taxes Attorney Anne McKinney dissected President Donald Trump’s tax plan at the Powell Business and Professional Association last week. Do not skip this column (I’ll be brief).
Trump wants to reduce the top rate for individuals to 33 percent with brackets of 12, 25 and 33 percent. A 50 percent exclusion for capital gains and dividends translates to a top rate of 16.5 percent. No itemized deductions would be allowed other than for mortgage interest and charitable contributions, and the total deduction would be capped at $100,000 for singles and $200,000 for joint filers. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) would be
eliminated, and the standard deductions would be $15,000 for singles and $30,000 for joint returns; head of household status would be repealed. The good: Tax cuts are appealing and business tax incentives are good; elimination of the death tax is the “right direction.” The bad: The budget would increase the national debt by $5.8 trillion over 10 years, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The debt is now approximately $19.9 trillion, up from $11 trillion in mid-December 2008, just before President Barack Obama took office. McKinney said she’s not got the answer, but somebody should be worrying about this. It was an awesome presentation from a brilliant, if goth-like, tax attorney. When she graduated from law school (North Carolina) in 1977, the estate tax exemption for singles was
■■ Alumni banquet The Powell High School Alumni Banquet is set for Saturday, April 1, at Jubilee Banquet Facility. President Mike Bayless says the registration line will open at 4:45 p.m. with dinner and entertainment at 6 p.m. The business meeting will follow at approximately 7 p.m. This is the 99th anniverAnne McKinney talks taxes with the Powell Business & Professary of the alumni group. sional Association. The group meets each second Tuesday at Cost is $24 for the meal; Jubilee Banquet Facility. Membership info: Bart Elkins, 865dues are $10. Reservations 859-9260. Photo by S. Clark $60,000. Today it’s $5.4 million. The conclusion: “Nothing is permanent but change.” McKinney’s practice is at 1019 Orchid Ave., behind the Krystal on Clinton Highway. Info: ammtaxlaw. com or 865-525-8700
Randy Boyd “UT was a little different. I was paying my own way through college, and you could get 22 (credit) hours for the same price as 14. So when you’re paying your own way and you’re cheap, you sign up for as many hours as you can get. And if you take 22 hours every quarter, you graduate early.” Boyd commuted from home in South Knoxville till he graduated, at which point he rented an apartment in West Knoxville. He eventually started Radio Systems Corp. and became one of the most successful businessowners in the state. In 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam talked Boyd into serving (unpaid) as a higher-education consultant for the state. He later served two years as commissioner of Economic and Community Development, resigning last month. Working in Nashville – with wife Jenny, their two grown sons and his rescued dachs-
We’ve invited Margaret Watson and Lee Robbins to start us off. See you there! Lee didn’t want to talk first, and Margaret said at almost 95, she will talk but doesn’t want to commit to club membership longterm.
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■■ History Club We’ve got about 10 folks lined up to join us at our first Powell History Club meeting, set for 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at The Front Porch (Spring Street at Emory Road).
UT NOTES ■■ Dr. Delbert J. “DJ” Krahwin-
kel, Professor hund in Knoxville – was hard for Boyd. Emeritus, “One of the things I look forward to in College of this campaign is that Jenny gets to travel Veterinary with me, and in most cases the dog will Medicine, travel with me. When I get elected goverhas been nor, we’ll share the same house together in awarded Nashville. We’ll still come back to Knoxthe Lifetime ville to see our boys from time to time, but Achievement Nashville will be my home for that period Award by the of time.” Dr. Krahwinkel Tennessee In 2011, Jenny opened Boyd’s Jig & Reel Veterinary in the Old City, and her husband says she Medical Association (TVMA). doesn’t plan to desert it. “Jenny’s plan is to continue to be there, at least on Tuesday nights,” he says. “That’s when they have old-time jams. She loves being at the pub and playing with her friends, ■■ Gibbs High Class of playing her fiddle. So that’s our compro1967 50th reunion, mise. Mondays and Tuesdays she’ll probSaturday, April 1. Info: ably be in Knoxville, and then come over on Nancy Breeding, 865Wednesday morning.”
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deadline is Friday, March 24. Info: Lynette Brown at 947-7371 or lbrown8042@ aol.com ■■ Egg hunt The Powell Business & Professional Association is sponsoring an egg hunt for area youngsters Saturday, April 15, at Powell Station Park. Registration is from noon to 1:45 p.m. with pre-hunt activities on the grounds including free food, petting zoo and a bounce house. The egg hunt will start at 2 p.m. with areas roped off for age groups: walking to age 2; ages 3-5; ages 6-8; and ages 9-12. Prizes include giant stuffed bunnies, games and bicycles. Info: Laura Bailey, 947-9000.
HappyHealthySmart Symposium The East Tennessee Community Design Center and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization are hosting an innovative symposium to find new and better ways to connect people and places, with the goal of creating a happier, healthier and smarter region. The sessions will feature screenings of short documentary films, augmented by commentary and analysis from nationally and locally recognized experts, addressing land use, transportation and design issues. Sessions are free and open to the public. A public open house is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. A session for design professionals will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, The Square Room, 4 Market Square.
Endangered 8 nominations open The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in our region. The objective of the list is to inform our communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction. Nominations are due by March 30 and are accepted for sites at least 50 years old and located in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties. The 2017 East Tennessee Endangered 8 will be announced May 1 to kick off National Preservation Month. Info/nomination form: knoxheritage.org/ETPA.
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fast food and a refrigerator 15 feet from our easy chair, we have become a one-trick pony. Flooded with repeated insulin releases, we develop insulin resistance, and can store excess in the second fuel tank, but not use it up. You can’t burn both fuels at the same time. What to do? After another six years of working with kidney and other patients using interim fasting, Dr. Fung was able to help people to lose and keep off weight, and drop or reduce their diabetes and blood pressure medications. He focuses on the root cause (excess insulin and resulting insulin resistance over time), not the symptom of weight gain. His busy patients had trouble following a strict low-carb regimen (a good thing) or to part from their starchy comfort foods. The medical/ dietitian community was falsely preaching low-fat everything, but that was unproven
and he says incorrect. The easier/ wiser course was to have them eat nothing, using an interim fasting regime (periodic fasting of 12, 24, or 48 hours), once or twice a week, being careful to have them remain fully hydrated (water, tea, coffee). Longer clinical fasts are also presented. Since no drug company or food manufacturer makes money on this, it may take a while to take hold. But it works. A fast helps reset one’s basal metabolism so your body does not return to its former rotund self (homeostasis lowers body temp, heart rate and “normal” metabolism to conserve energy). Avoid seesaw diet disasters. Dr. Fung has given us a clear guide for action. A body having exhausted its glucose stores is free to burn fat. With healthy foods on regular days, a fast once or twice a week will get you to your goal. Read the books and stay hydrated.
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TMJ diseases, stretching of the jaw as TMJ is an acronym occurs with inserting a breathing tube before surgery, and clenching for temporomandibular joint disorder. or grinding of the teeth. Often an extremely Symptoms are pain in and painful condition, it around the ear, tenderness of the is caused by displace- jaw, headaches or neck aches, clicking, popping or grating sounds ment of the cartilage Dr. Wegener when opening the mouth, and where the lower jaw connects to the skull. This is one of swelling on the side of the face. the most commonly used joints in Chiropractic care works on corthe body. It moves every time you recting a misaligned or out of place chew, talk or use your mouth at all. temporomandibular joint and can remove the pressure, reducing pain The displacement creates a and improving flexibility and funcpainful pressure and stretching of tion. Call today for a complimenthe associated sensory nerves. You tary consultation. might have TMJ if you feel like your jaw is locking or clicking, if Next time: Scoliosis you have a problem opening your mouth fully or if you have frequent headaches or pains in your neck.
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You shall not make for yourself an idol … for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:8, 9 NRSV) We don’t think about idolatry in our modern society. When we hear the word, our tendency is to associate it with someone else – not ourselves – but some other person, some other country, some other denomination, or some other religion. Perhaps Lent is a season to examine our own idolatries, painful as it is. What would you have trouble giving up for 40 days? Meat? Golf? Candy? Facebook? Gossip? Whatever it is, it is an idol. (Obviously, there are things one should not give up for health reasons: breathing, eating, sleeping, bathing.) But if you can’t give up a soft drink or a hot dog or a certain TV show, maybe you should consider what is important to you. What is your idol? Be honest! Another decision you will need to make is de-
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ciding what positive thing you are going to do in place of the habit or activity you have given up. Instead of playing golf, perhaps you could volunteer in a soup kitchen. Instead of eating a piece of pie, you could bake a pie and take it to a retirement home. Instead of reading a book at home, read to a group of senior citizens. Instead of complaining about the kids next door who left their bike in your yard, invite them to a story time. Word of advice: don’t talk about what you have sacrificed, what good works you have done. The Lord knows. No one else needs to.
basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523.
■■ Big Ridge State Park, Saturday, April 15, rain or shine. Schedule: 10 a.m., 2 years and younger; 10:30 a.m., 2-3 years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. Bring a
■■ Powell Business and Professional Association, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school. Communitywide event includes prizes, live animals, free refreshments and more.
Eusebia Presbyterian offers disaster plan event By Kelly Norrell Eusebia Presbyterian Church, 1701 Burnett Station Road in Seymour, wants every person and church in East Tennessee to have something new for spring – a disaster plan. On Saturday, April 1, from 10 until noon, the church will host a free workshop, “Be Prepared for Disaster,” for anyone who wants to come. You do not have to be a Presbyterian or belong to any church. Three trained volunteers from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team and one staff member from the UT Extension Service will help churches and individuals begin preparing individualized plans to deal with emergency. The idea for the workshop came right after the Gatlinburg fire, said the Rev. Jean Davidson, Eusebia Presbyterian pastor. “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was speaking to a group. They said, ‘This is a good time for people to think about preventing disaster.’ “When the fires were so close to us, I thought about what I would take if I had to evacuate. When we hear about disasters, we tend to think, ‘That could never hap-
pen to me,’” Davidson said. Emergency may take the form of d a n ge r ou s int r uders, accidents that occur Davidson on trips, or the death of a loved one. Families and churches are typically underprepared, said Lynette Williams of Hillsboro, N.C., a workshop speaker. Topics will include how to begin a preparation plan and what should be in it, including suggestions from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Wayne Clatterbuck of UT Extension will tell participants how to prepare their homes, even through landscaping, to lessen the impact of disaster. The most important thing is communication, contacting members and checking on their safety.” She said churches should keep a copy of their records offsite or online, have a plan for contacting members if the power is out, and pinpoint a place to meet if the church is damaged or destroyed.
COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Broadacres Homeowners Association. Info: Steven Goodpaster, generalgoodpaster@ gmail.com. ■■ Knox North Lions Club. Info: facebook.com/ knoxnorthlions.
She said there are simple things every church can do to radically improve preparedness, like posting maps showing the exits and making sure exits aren’t blocked. “We hope that when they leave the workshop, ev-
eryone will have the seeds planted for a family disaster plan and the beginning of a church plan,” Williams said. Davidson said pre-registration is requested but not required. Info: rev2jean@ gmail.com or 865-982-6332.
Saluting the ‘clean, green and beautiful’ Keep Knoxville Beautiful recognized winners in six categories and awarded two special honors at the annual Orchids banquet Felicia Harris held March 6 at the Standard. Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Felicia Harris Hoehne with a new award, named for her. It was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009 and is an active member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s
■■ Northwest Democratic Club. Info: Nancy Stinnette, 865-688-2160, or Peggy Emmett, 865-687-2161. ■■ Norwood Homeowners Association. Info: Lynn Redmon, 865-688-3136. ■■ Powell Lions Club. Info: tnpowelllions@ gmail.com.
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neighborhoods. The Mary Lou Horner award, given to a former winner that remains “Orchid worthy,” went to the Tennessee Theatre. Executive director Patience Melnik said more than 200 people attended the event, a major fundraiser. The guest speaker was Gale Fulton, director of the School of Landscape Architecture at UT. Melnik said the 2017-18 community of the year will be East Knoxville. Winners were: Suttree Landing Park, outdoor space; Locust Street pedestrian bridge, public art; the Natalie Haslam Music Center at UT, new architecture; Balter Beerworks and K Brew, restaurant/café/bar/ brewery; Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs, redesign/ reuse; and the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials, environmental stewardship.
FAITH NOTES ■■ 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. ■■ 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: 865-6895175. ■■ 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. ■■ North Knoxville Seventhday Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road, will offer a free weight management program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 6-27. Info: 865-314-8204.
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■■ 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, 865-7717788. ■■ 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. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday.
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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • March 22, 2017 • A-5
Powell High’s resident math whiz Jimmy Waters makes gift count for students Waters grew up in Blount County, a product of the innovative public school Fort Craig. Reporter Amy Beth Miller of the Maryville Alcoa Daily Times talked with folks who remember him as a student. Shopper News is reprinting her story with permission.
Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with a double major in mathematics and philosophy. He earned his teaching credentials from Maryville College, student taught at MHS and currently is a math teacher at Powell High School. “I am not at all surprised that Jimmy cracked the encryption code for Adobe,” said Jill Owens, who was his teacher for grades 3-5 at Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning and now teaches at Coulter Grove Intermediate School. By Amy Beth Miller As a third-grader, Waters firstname.lastname@example.org ready was helping older students Few people in Blount County solve problems. “He was one of the may be familiar with the San José brightest students that I have ever Semaphore, but those who know had the privilege to have in the Jimmy Waters aren’t surprised he classroom,” Owens said. cracked a code that others have MHS math teacher Steve tried to decipher since 2012. Koontz also said he wasn’t a bit Atop Adobe’s Almaden Tower surprised by Waters’ accomplishin California, the image displays ment. He knew Jimmy Waters four disks, each with four pos- before the young man was his stusible positions, for 256 possible dent and ran track with his son combinations. Waters figured out Joey Koontz, salutatorian in 2005. the message those disks have been “He’s the type of kid when he transmitting is the audio file from sets his mind to it, he’s going to be Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the the best,” Steve Koontz said. And moon. yet, he and Waters’ other teachers Waters was Maryville High describe him as very humble. School’s valedictorian in 2005 “He was definitely a deep thinkand received a full scholarship to
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er,” said Ashley Porter, Waters’ precalculus teacher at MHS and one of the track coaches when he ran. She’s still showing her students methods of working math proofs that he used, telling them, “I’m going to call this the Jimmy Waters method.” Porter recalled how Tim Carnes, who now teaches at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School, would give students a math problem to think about during distance runs. One day he called out a problem that usually takes top juniors three to five days to think about. “Jimmy got real focused on it,” Porter said, and he basically had it figured out by the end of the run. Waters always has loved solving puzzles, said his mother, Sue Waters, Maryville Fund assistant at Maryville College. “He was just curious,” she said. When he was a teen and playing a lot of cards, Jimmy Waters wanted to know how many times a person really needed to shuffle a deck of cards to mix them up. He conducted experiments, plotted his data on an Excel spreadsheet and found the answer: six is usually enough, but seven to be sure,
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he said. Sue Waters also said her son is an avid reader and completed J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit series while still in fourth grade. It was Jimmy’s love of reading that led him to the puzzle on Adobe’s building. While reading “The Crying of Lot 49,” by Thomas Pynchon, Waters learned about the San Jose Semaphore, which transmitted the text of the novel as its first puzzle in 2006. Since 2012, puzzle enthusiasts and mathematicians had been trying to solve the latest code, which is transmitted over the internet, too. He started working on the code at the end of June. “By the time school had started back, I had figured it out,” he said by phone from California, where Adobe had hosted him for the announcement of his accomplishment (March 13). Some days he worked on it for several hours, and others he took a break, hiking, reading and enjoying the summer break in other ways. “I copied down the disks by hand for a while,” he said, then he set up a computer to download the file every four minutes. The disks
change position every 7.2 seconds. He assigned each position of a disk a number and started to graph the data. “I noticed it looked like a sound wave,” Waters said. “I thought it was just a coincidence at first.” After finding a program to play audio files, when he first played the data, it was too fast and sounded like chipmunks, but when he slowed it down he heard Neil Armstrong’s words, “I’m at the foot of the ladder …” The next puzzle was figuring out whom to contact. “I wasn’t entirely sure the contest was still going on,” Waters said. He tracked down new media artist Ben Rubin, who designed the work, and Rubin contacted Adobe. Waters recalls that when he was a senior at MHS, teacher Cynthia Freeman told the students “we had to be curious critters.” “She definitely encouraged that,” he said. “She made me think about how valuable that is,” Waters said. “My solving this was a result of me being curious.” Now he’s eager for Adobe to post the next puzzle. That’s expected to go up this summer.
Rheinecker, Walker share Sterchi honors
If I lived in the White House By Kip Oswald When I was in second grade, I remember saying I wanted to be president of the United States when I grew up. After reading about all the First Kids, Kip I should have said I wanted Mom to be president so I could be a First Kid. Being a kid in the White House sounds like the most fun I can possibly dream about. Imagine a house with 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms! It also has 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators! Since Mom hates to cook, I told her about the five full-time chefs to cook all the meals. She could have as many as 140 guests at one time, which would definitely cover all our family and friends. Of course, if she were president, I am sure more family and friends would come around! Being that huge, it is no wonder the White House was called the President’s Palace and the Executive Mansion before it was given the name White House in 1901. The White House has so many activities for the president’s family and guests that you would never have to leave the property. The White House has a tennis court that was first built in 1902 behind the West Wing but was moved to the west side of the South Lawn in 1909. There is a heated indoor swimming pool built in 1933 for Franklin D. Roosevelt. He
also built a movie theater in 1942 inside a coatroom where the president and his guests watch first-run movies. My family would never leave the house if we lived there because we are always at the movies or watching Netflix. In 1947, bowling lanes were built as a birthday present for President Harry Truman. President Dwight Eisenhower installed a putting green in 1954, and in 1975 an in-ground outdoor swimming pool was built on the grounds. A quarter-mile jogging track was installed around the south drive in 1993 by President Bill Clinton because when he jogged outside the White House, it disrupted Washington traffic. Oh, the games my friends and I could play in that house! I was telling my sister, Kinzy, about the size of the White House. She commented how cool it would be to have a prom there, and then I found that President Gerald Ford actually allowed his daughter to have her high school prom in the White House. Now that is amazing! I read that ever since John Adams, the first president to live in the White House, moved into the house, each president has been able to make his own changes to the house. Each First Family decorates the house how they want and decides how they want to receive visitors. Over the next months, we will learn some of the fun facts and interesting tidbits I have found on each of our presidents. Send comments to oswaldsworldtn@gmail. com
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Sterchi teachers Lorie Rheinecker and Jill Walker are both outstanding in the classroom, so it’s no surprise that they were selected to share the honor of Teacher of the Year. Rheinecker is the physical education teacher at Sterchi in her seventh year with the school. She was a student at Sterchi growing up and attended Gresham Middle and Central High, so working at Sterchi is like “returning home”. She loves teaching P.E. because she is passionate about physical activity and feels that it’s her calling to pass on this love to students. “Everyone is good at something. They just need to find out what they enjoy and be good at it.” Rheinecker believes that through developing a love for physical activity, students will be active for the rest of their lives. Jill Walker teaches fourthgrade science and social studies and has been at Sterchi for the last nine of her total teaching years. She took time off to raise her children and worked with homebound students during that time. She loves how the school is small and is able to de-
DNA and genealogy workshop is Saturday Dr. George K. Schweitzer, UT chemistry professor, will present “Autosomal DNA for Genealogy” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Schweitzer will explain how information from a DNA test can be used in conjunction with genealogical research to trace ancestors through five generations. Info: 865-215-8824 or easttnhistory.org
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and packed cars from K nox v ille and District 6780 will head down I-75 for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in AtTom King lanta, June 10-14. This will be Rotary’s 108th convention – its third in Atlanta – and more than 40,000 Rotarians from 160 countries will be there. The convention will be at the Georgia World Congress Center, and its lineup of world-class speakers is led by the event’s keynoter, Bill Gates. Gates and his wife, Melinda, are co-chairs of The Gates Foundation and have joined Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio forever. The Gates Foundation and Rotary are ongoing partners; Gates matches 2:1 donations by Rotarians up to $35 million a year. To date Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates, has raised
Getting closure: Old Marine returns to Vietnam By Sandra Clark
Gary Koontz, along with wife Vicki, is a one-stop real estate shop. He buys, builds and sells; he partnered in development of Fountainhead on Tazewell $1.6 billion to wipe out polio Pike, Kinley’s Kanyon in Corryton and and prevent it from coming Urban Park in West Knox. And he shows no signs of slowing back. down. In fact, he rarely leaves town, “With the so you can imagine the stretch of his most effective resourc- return to Vietnam after fighting there es in place, as a Marine some 50 years ago. Koontz traveled 9,000 miles from it’s possible home with John Becker from WBIRthat we will soon see TV, who taped a show called “Facing the last case Ghosts.” The 8-part series is available of polio in online at wbir.com Bill Gates Catching up at Litton’s, Gary said history. At the visit was not what he expected. the convention, Bill will say The people were welcoming and the more about how we can – and will – end polio,” said country looked prosperous. There John Germ, Rotary Interna- were no signs of the war that claimed tional’s president from Chat- more than a million lives of soldiers and civilians and forced the retiretanooga. ment of President Lyndon Johnson. ■■ ‘Hold ’Em’
Koontz rented a car and hired a driver to take him to his old base north of Da Nang. He was sure he could drive straight to it, but time and the jungle had reclaimed the spot. He drove on steep mountain roads, now protected with guardrails. One narrow pass where the enemy often set ambushes now features a small store, selling snacks and souvenirs. Asked if the trip “brought closure,” the old Marine said he found closure the day he left the fight to head home. He used words roughly translated: “I’m outta here and these people can kiss my rear end.” Vicki Koontz said Gary should realize that he did find his battlefield. “But guess what? Nothing’s there but peace.”
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The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek is ■■ Fountain City Business and Professional Associa“holding” its Texas tion meets 11:45 a.m. each Hold ’Em for Service second Wednesday, Central Fundraiser on FriBaptist Church fellowship day, May 5, at Southhall. President is John Fugate, east Bank (12700 Kingston firstname.lastname@example.org or 865Pike). Tickets are $50 a seat 688-0062. (includes dinner, and a seat/ ■■ Halls Business and Profeschips in the tournament). A sional Association meets portion of the money raised noon each third Tuesday, will be used to honor a past Beaver Brook Country Club. president of the club, Ann President is Michelle Wilson, Lotspeich. Tickets are being email@example.com or sold via Eventbrite. Tickets: 865-594-7434. http://bit.ly/2nrHEwc ■■ Powell Business and Profes-
CFA cat show this weekend The 40th annual CFA AllBreed Cat Show will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. The show is presented by the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Inc., and features cats and kittens from across the country competing for “Best in Show” in each of 10 judging rings; vendors with cat-theme novelty items, grooming supplies, great toys and cat trees; and more. General admission: $6 adults, $4 students and seniors. Info: tennesseevalleycatfanciersinc.com.
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CALL FOR ARTISTS ■■ Knoxville Photo 2017 Exhibition; deadline for entries: Sunday, April 23. Info/entry form/application: knoxalliance.com/knoxvillephoto-entry.
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last words Jones must overcome history to win Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones will be a credible candidate for county mayor, if he runs, and will keep Commissioner Bob Thomas and perhaps Glenn Jacobs, if he enters the race, busy. However, Jones will need to overcome the impression that he is only a sheriff. Three previous sheriffs tried to transition to executive or legislative office in Knox County and failed. They were Archie Weaver for city mayor in 1965, Bernard Waggoner for state senator in 1974 and Tim Hutchison for county mayor in 2010. Democrats do not yet have a credible candidate, and the GOP primary in May 2018 will decide who the next county mayor will be. It also appears that Sherry Witt, register of deeds, and state Rep. Roger Kane will oppose each other for county clerk to follow Foster Arnett Jr., who is term limited, also in the May 2018 primary. This means there will be a new register of deeds and a new state representative. ■■ More information is coming out on the search for the new UT athletic director, which resulted in John Currie being hired. It seems the six-member search committee may have interviewed only two candidates, Currie and Phillip Fulmer. David Blackburn at UT Chattanooga was interviewed by the search firm, paid $75,000 for its work, but did not make it to the actual search committee. The six-member search committee had no black members and only one woman, Donna Thomas (who works at the Athletic Department and was on the search committee that picked Beverly Davenport to be chancellor). Davenport stresses diversity but did not implement it on this high-profile committee. The Fulmer interview occurred in Nashville at the Governor’s Residence on Curtiswood Lane and included Jimmy Haslam,
brother of the governor, Peyton Manning and Chancellor Davenport. The governor was not present for the interview. A majority of the search committee also was not present. Manning favored Fulmer and Jimmy Haslam favored Currie. Davenport then flew to Manhattan, Kansas, to meet with Currie, where the job was offered. None of this is inappropriate as such, but it makes for interesting discussion about the total process. ■■ Former state Sen. Brown Ayres turns 86 on March 27. He is retired and lives in Sequoyah Hills’ Hamilton House. Judge Charles Susano turns 81 on March 25. He is longestserving current judge on the state’s civil appellate court. ■■ Randy Boyd will hold a major April 24 fundraiser in Knoxville for his campaign for governor in the August 2018 primary. State Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville, another candidate for governor, campaigned in Knoxville last week. But he will likely be nominated to be Secretary of the Army, which would remove him from the race. Green would be a very able choice for the Pentagon. ■■ State Sen. Mark Norris of Memphis may end up with a federal judgeship and depart the governor’s race, leaving only Boyd and U.S. Rep. Diane Black as the two major candidates. ■■ Jim Harter, longtime Fountain City resident and Scenic Knoxville advocate, died last week. He, along with his wife, Ann, who survives him, were dedicated advocates against billboards and appeared at many city council meetings. He will be missed.
New rule at impoundment lot Because of a change in a city ordinance to reflect state law, anyone retrieving a vehicle from the city impoundment lot will now need to present proof of insurance. State law requires all vehicle owners to have insurance. Under the revised city ordinance, anyone seeking to retrieve a vehicle from the lot on Vice Mayor Jack Sharp Road in East Knoxville must bring proof of insurance, a government-issued picture ID, a licensed driver and proof of vehicle ownership. They also must pay any fees for towing and storage at the lot. The impoundment lot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but vehicles are only released between 8 a.m. and midnight.
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Basketball outlook similar to past Tennessee basketball is now two weeks in the general direction of next year, No. 3-to-be for Rick Barnes. Wouldn’t it be great to believe good times are just around the corner. Through my binoculars, the outlook appears much like the past. I hope I am wrong. The coach said the team that failed in February just wasn’t tough enough, physically or mentally. Fixing that is part of the coach’s job. Careful now. Some psyches are fragile. Shooting stats made me wonder if the Vols were trying to hit a moving target. Tennessee was No. 282 in America in field goal percentage. It was 301 in threepointers. The coach is in charge of shooting. In truth, 16-16 against a good schedule and 8-10 in the Southeastern Conference (if you don’t count the tournament loss) fits Barnes’ recent pattern. In his last four years at Texas, his conference record was 35-37. That’s why he is at Tennessee. But wait, you say, 8-10 exceeded expectations. Indeed it did, by a basket or two. Experts predicted UT would be next to last in the league. They erred. Effort alone made the team better than that.
For much of the season, the Vols were fun to watch, even with flaws. They started some games as if they didn’t know when was tipoff. They blew big leads but never quit. February was fatal. Scoring sagged into the 50s. Shooting percentages slipped into the 30s. These were hints of exhaustion. Opponents may actually have read scouting reports and adjusted to what Tennessee could do. The Vols had no place to go. There was no inside game. Likely 2018 problems: There is no projected SEC star. No not one. Grant Williams is interesting. If he were two or three inches taller, he wouldn’t be here. He’d be engrossed in March madness. Tennessee does not have even a mid-level post player. No matter what you hear, there is a place for a good big man. For some strange reason, young point guards did not develop as expected. The coach seemed surprised.
He never stopped searching. The combination of disappointment and no answer means adequate floor leadership is yet to be confirmed. No question about defensive deficiencies. Guards couldn’t guard guards. There is no more Robert Hubbs, dearly departed senior. He exceeded a thousand points but left us wondering what might have been. If the roster holds, Tennessee will have no scholarship seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, two important redshirt freshmen and at least one newcomer who might make a difference. Barnes may know which player or players will provide leadership. I don’t. Well, Admiral Schofield and Williams might. The coach may know who will start. I don’t. Williams is one good bet. He was a delight in some games. He will be offered video seminars in what SEC officials are likely to consider a foul. Jordan Bone has talent and a lot to learn. If Jordan Bowden is going to be a key shooter, he must gain consistency. If John Fulkerson really gets well, if Jalen Johnson gains endurance, if, if, if. It would be almost wonderful if Tennessee could be-
come a championship contender. John Currie would order the removal of covers that hide empty upper-level seats at Thompson-Boling arena. Enthusiastic crowds would provide a home-court advantage. Foes would fear the Volunteers. Think how much young players must improve for that to happen. Consider the difference in three-star recruits and what top teams sign. Incoming Zack Kent, a project in rivals’ eyes, is 6-10 until remeasured. Derrick Walker, 6-8, says he will bring toughness and fast-motor. The scholarship that once belonged to Detrick Mostella goes to 6-6 young Frenchman Yves Pons. Interesting story: born in Haiti (Port-au-Prince), adopted at age 4 by a French couple, surprisingly mature at 17, genuine international experience, great potential but not nearly ready for prime time. Thank goodness Barnes, 63 in July, still sees the future. He has tournament history, 22 NCAA appearances. One thought related to returns: A couple of better, bigger players would speed up the process. Tell the recruiters. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is email@example.com
Could city council become all white? The map of Knoxville City Council’s sixth district looks like a cartoon drawing of a long-nosed, pointyheaded man stretched out on an east/ west axis from Burlington to Lonsdale, nose pointed south. The district was drawn to encomBob Booker pass Knoxville’s African-American neighborhoods and business districts in 1969 with one clear objective in mind: “So that a black person would stand a chance,” said Knoxville historian and longtime political activist Bob Booker, who, thanks to a similar redistricting in 1966, was serving in the state Legislature when the city redistricting took place. “To give us a seat at the table,” said Rick Staples, who occupies the state House seat that Booker pioneered. Same thing happened when the old County Court morphed into the modern day County Commission a few years later, and minority citizens have been electing minority officeholders ever since. The few African-Americans who have sought other seats
And with the deadline to district (Mark Campen) turn in qualifying petitions won’t be voting in the prito run for city council still mary – their representaBetty two months away, all signs tive runs in off-year elecBean point to an old-fashioned tions with the three at-large throwdown in District 6, council members. Add this where 10 aspiring candi- anomaly to the district-only dates – three white and sev- primaries and citywide genhave had no luck, to date. But now, Booker and en black – had picked up pe- eral elections, and Rodgers other East Knoxville com- titions by St. Patrick’s Day, is not the only one with conmunity leaders are growing with rumors of many more cerns. “I never did like the way apprehensive, as shifting waiting in the wings. Knox County Admin- it was done – nominated populations and evolving voting patterns are chang- istrator of Elections Cliff in the district, voted on ing the district’s makeup. Rodgers is elated with the citywide. Better than nothDowntown is booming and heightened candidate inter- ing, I guess,” Booker said, Parkridge is growing. In last est and hopes that it will pointing out the void in year’s elections, turnout in translate into increased black representation on city those precincts swamped voter participation. He is council between 1912 when that of the traditional black frustrated, however, that Dr. Henry Morgan Green turnout will be depressed left office and 1969 when wards. “We are in danger of los- because the 12,458 voters Theotis Robinson Jr. took ing our representation,” registered in the city’s fifth office. Booker said. “I’ve said that some time ago about all of our seats. All of those positions (the sixth district council seat, the first disBob Clement, former TVA director trict commission seat and and member of Congress, will be in the 15th district state House Knoxville at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March seat) are in danger. And 24, at the East Tennessee History there are several reasons for Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Admission this: is free and the public is invited. “Number one, black peoClement will speak about his new ple don’t vote. Number two, book, “Presidents, Kings and Conthe population is changing. victs: My Journey from the TennesI look at all these new apartsee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress.” ment buildings downtown Books will be available for purchase and signing. – the White Lily Building, Clement’s father, Frank G. Clement, was governor Marble Alley – everywhere of Tennessee for 10 years, from 1953-59 and from I look there are new apart1963-67. ments, and not one percent Bob Clement served eight terms in the U.S. Conof them will have black ocgress. cupants.”
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By Carol Z. Shane Ballet might not be the first thing you think of when you think of a fitness program, but have you ever really looked at a ballerina? Every muscle is sculpted and strong. Every limb is flexible. Every step is sure. Now you avail yourself of one of the most valuable tools that a classical dancer uses – the barre. Barre fitness classes are taking off like wildfire, and Tennova Health & Fitness has jumped – or possibly leapt – onto the trend. Shape magazine calls barre “one of the top 10 fitness trends.” Sadie Lincoln in Fitness magazine says “Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training – holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles – combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.” Often, light hand-held weights are incorporated to “bring the burn,” as well as mats for targeted core work. Tennova Health & Fitness instructor Jill Davis describes the barre workout as “a fun, aerobic full-body workout that strengthens, stretches and tones the entire body. Light weights, bands and balance balls combined with tiny isometric movements make the barre class both effective and challenging for all fitness levels.” And as always, Tennova’s professional trainers keep a close eye on you. “Classes include modifications for any fitness level, so you can feel successful while achieving an amazing workout that will lengthen, strengthen and tone your body.” Davis says that one of her class leaders, Brittany Terry, taught barre throughout her pregnancy – even at 38 weeks. Starting in April, the classes will be offered three times a week – Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. They are included with a Tennova Health & Fitness Center membership. So light the lights and cue the orchestra, maestro! No tutu and toe shoes required – now the barre is for everyone!
If you think these folks are having fun while getting fit, you’re right! They’re taking a barre class. Well-known in classical dance, the barre provides stability. Barre classes combine high reps of small range-of-motion movements with isometric exercises. Small hand-held weights are also used. Photos submitted
Mats and balls help develop core strength in barre class. Tennova Health & Fitness class leaders know how to keep you engaged and safe, making workouts fun for all fitness levels.
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It’s not what lawn aficionados want to hear, but here’s the truth: “Most people cut their grass as short as possible, and then wait to cut again until it’s as long as possible,” says Paul Dickinson, a landscape designer with Earthadelic, the local full-service landscaping contractor. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing you can do. “You want longer grass so that weed seeds are less likely to germinate. And you want to mow every three days, and just take a little off each time.” Dickinson admits that “nobody wants to hear this; the truth hurts! It’s like when someone wants to lose weight – nobody wants to hear ‘eat less and exercise more.’” Over at Mayo Garden Center in Bearden, Claxton Mayo has plenty ideas for helping with lawn maintenance. As a fourth-generation owner of the store, which was started on Gay Street by his great-grandfather in 1878, he keeps an eye on the trends and knows what his customers want. For the past few years they have wanted zero-turning-radius commercial-grade mowers – those fast-moving, wide-cut vehicles you see professional crews using. They come in stand-upon, stand-behind and riding versions. “I’d say 60 percent of commercial riders go to homeowners.” There are good reasons. The mowers are quite a bit pricier, but they are built to last. “There’s not as much upkeep, and they’re tougher,” says Mayo. “And when you’re ready to downgrade and move into a condo, the resale value is good.” He points to a big machine with a 52-inch cutting path. “That’s the one TVA buys,” he says. Such
mowers can run to five figures in cost. Commercial mower manufacturers such as Ferris and Scag Power Equipment also produce less expensive, smaller versions of the mowers for homeowners. The drive speed and zero-turning radius feature is usually controlled by a lever system. Some customers, says Mayo, balk at the levers, saying they prefer a steering wheel. The levers do take some getting used to, but are much better ergonomically, and suitable for all ages, all strengths. “I sold one two years ago to a fellow who lived up in LaFollette,” says Mayo. “He said, ‘When my father-in-law sees this he’s going to want one!’ The father-in-law came in the next week and bought one. He was 97 years old. That’s my record as far as getting up in age.” Mayo says the mowers are fast, and they maneuver well. A homeowner using the same cutting width as a regular push mower can finish the lawn in half the time. He hasn’t had much luck selling electric push mowers, but says they’re good for someone with a very small lawn. As a designer who plans landscapes for new properties as well as existing ones, Dickinson suggests that homeowners first determine how the grounds will be used. “If you’re got kids who are going to be kicking a soccer ball around, great – you need some lawn. But you need landscaping with mass plantings and seasonal color.” Some can be strategic plantings to shade and protect your house. “You want trees, shrubs and windbreaks on the west. Don’t settle for just lawn when you can have so much better.”
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Light it up! Inside and out, pay attention to the fixtures By Carol Z. Shane “A good all-purpose term for garden lighting is pool of light,” says Jay Strozier, owner-operator of Dream Gardens in Inskip. “You don’t have to have focused lights, just enough for people to find their way safely at night.” Strozier’s own back yard is an oasis of herb beds, decking, waterfall, goldfish pond and attractive seating areas. And all are artistically, economically lit when darkness falls. Strozier uses a 12-volt system and says that’s all anyone needs for good outdoor lighting. A transformer near the deck drops the 120 voltage sourced from the house to one-tenth of its power. For the lights themselves, he uses LED. He used to have halogen, but says the LED lights are “not as hot as halogen. They’re a very benign way to go. These days most everybody wants LED.” He points out the various ways of creating those “pools” of light – from up lights on tree trunks and corners of the house to down lights that illuminate a social area, to safety lights for paths and stairs. There’s even “moonlight,” set high up in a tree to glow down through the branches. For paths, he prefers copper “hat” fixtures which can age naturally or chemically. “Artistic path lighting, in a way, is a lot like plants. You want to stagger it and have an odd number.” In his 1925 bungalow, music plays softly from a wireless system. He’s a big fan of the technology and looks forward to the
inevitable day when there’s wireless lighting. “WiFi’s here to stay,” he says. “It’s just incredible.” Over at Stokes Lighting Center on Papermill Drive, lead showroom representative Angie Kidwell has a lot to say about indoor lighting trends. “Everyone is switching to LED bulbs,” she says, echoing Strozier’s observation. She picks up an LED recessed down light kit, complete in itself and made to work anywhere recessed lighting is desired. “This is probably our most popular item right now. With recessed lighting, you usually have to choose the can and trim. With this you have the can, trim and light.” The light is wafer-thin and retro-fit for existing fixtures. It’s attached to a small driver box that takes the place of the junction box. In other areas, Kidwell says, “rustic” is in. “It’s the whole HGTV thing – whatever they’re doing, that’s what people do. Farmhouse and wood looks are very popular.” Here again, LED bulbs fill many of the fixtures. Kidwell notes that tremendous strides have been made in the technology, and that LED lights – known to be cold and harsh 10 or so years ago – are now quite warm and attractive. And of course, they’ve always been economical. “They pay for themselves. And they don’t get hot. People don’t want heat, like you get with an incandescent bulb. Even in baths. You don’t want hot lights while you’re trying to put on your makeup!”
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Angie Kidwell with Stokes Lighting Center says these glass “farmhouse-style” fixtures are very popular. Photos by Carol Z. Shane
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make sure they have the insurance to cover both property and medical claims. Installing siding: Mitchell says this isn’t necessarily a difficult task. “However, unless you have two or three people to assist you in an expeditious fashion, you are exposing the house to rain or other elements. … Most do-it-yourselfers are not quick.” Adding or replacing windows: Again, you’re exposing your house to the elements. And Mitchell says window projects require knowledge of structural loads and sometimes electrical and plumbing. Plus, you have to remove and replace trim, and there may be siding to put back on. Creating an outdoor kitchen: Mitchell says, “There are some projects out there with pavers and stackable blocks that DIYers can do. The only area of caution truly is, what are you using for a cooking source?” A standalone grill with a propane tank is one thing, but for those who want built-in gas, “you should never do anything with a gas line unless you’re a professional,” he says. Homeowners should remember that hiring professionals also means that someone else is responsible for the warranties and liability of the work. Also, when you try to sell your house, amateur work will be easily detected. “The money you saved in the beginning could be money you lose in the resale of your home,” Mitchell says.
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