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Here comes Randy Boyd By Scott Frith

Last month, Randy Boyd, the former state commissioner of economic and community development, kicked off his campaign for governor. Boyd is best known for his philanthropy, ownership Scott Frith of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team, and as founder of PetSafe (the folks who make the invisible fence for your dog). Media coverage is the lifeblood of any statewide campaign, and Boyd has proven skilled at getting it. While money can’t buy you love, money can certainly buy good publicity. Boyd has figured out that giving away a lot of money can bring a steady stream of positive media coverage for a nascent gubernatorial campaign. For example, just last week Boyd announced a $223,000 donation to the South-Doyle High School library. (Boyd attended South-Doyle.) Last October, Boyd donated $5.5 million to UT track and field. (Boyd attended UT.) Last month, Boyd announced a $5 million gift to the Knoxville Zoo. (Boyd clearly likes animals.) You get the idea. It also helps to be friends with the governor. Randy Boyd is a longtime political ally of Gov. Bill Haslam. Haslam has openly praised Boyd. Expect their financial supporters to be indistinguishable. This cozy relationship is almost certain to cause unease among conservative Republican primary voters. Just as Shirley MacLaine once said to never trust a man when he’s in love, drunk, or running for office, many conservatives will question whether Boyd is a conservative at all. In fact, Boyd appears to have anticipated this problem by bringing in Republican lifer and conservative stalwart Chip Saltsman to run his campaign. Also, while Boyd may be a Haslam ally, Boyd won’t retrace Haslam’s path to Nashville. Haslam was elected mayor of Knoxville twice before being elected governor. Boyd has never run for office. (Even Bob Corker served as mayor of Chattanooga before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.) Boyd’s decision to skip local office reflects a new political reality. It’s a lot tougher for a Republican to get elected mayor than it used to be. For example, it’s no secret that Knoxville has To page A-3

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Sidewalk project stalls at Wells Drive Engineers Chris Sharp (kneeling) and Cindy Pionke look over Sharp’s designs for sidewalk construction on Wells Drive, while Butch Cooper shows the distance to the side of Trey Lane’s garage. Lane lives on the corner of Brickyard and Wells, facing Brickyard.

By Shannon Carey Knox County Engineering & Public Works has done extensive engineering and visited Powell three times to discuss the route of potential sidewalks at Powell Elementary School. Funding is available, but the county engineers stressed they are implementers, not policymakers. Engineer Cindy Pionke said sidewalk plans have been drawn for 35 schools and at some point, the county must move on. She has made seven recommendations: ■■Construct some 150 feet of sidewalk on the west side of Brick-

yard Road between Ambergate Road and Wells Drive. ■■Construct about 850 feet of sidewalk on one side of Wells Drive between the school and Brickyard Road. (Later designs put the sidewalks on the south side of Wells – the point of contention). ■■Construct sidewalk along Ewing Road from the end of the existing sidewalk at First Baptist Church to Driftwood Drive. ■■Construct sidewalk along Wells Drive from the school to Ewing Road. ■■Install marked crosswalks at the intersections of Brickyard and

Wells and at Ewing and Wells after the sidewalks are built. ■■Construct a pedestrian route to the Emerald Forest neighborhood via an extension of sidewalk along Ewing Road, paved trail construction along the northern edge of the church ballfield property and a short sidewalk segment on Sharp Road. ■■Construct a trail connection from the end of Powell Heights Road to the school property at the playground. Enhance Powell, a committee of the Powell Business & Professional Association, convened a meet-

ing Saturday to discuss plans for the sidewalks. Pionke said using Spring Street (rather than Wells) could double the costs of that portion. “We’ve had engineers look at this three times and they keep coming back to Wells.” Also at Saturday’s meeting, Leslie Fawaz of the East Tennessee Community Design Center discussed preliminary plans for branding and improvements to Historic Powell Station, the commercial district on Emory Road and Depot Drive. To page A-3

The carnival comes to Powell The arrival of spring is signaled with the blooming of flowers and trees, birds singing, nights staying light longer and the annual North Knox Lions Club carnival. The carnival will open Wednesday, April 19, and will run through Sunday, April 23. Hours of operation will be 5-10 p.m. on

Wednesday and Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, and unlimited ride wristbands will be on sale for $20. Local businesses, including Powell Food City, Clinton Plaza shopping center merchants, Cutting Crew, Enix Jewelers in Halls and

First Century Bank in Powell, will have $5 discount coupons available off the price of the wristband. A discount coupon is also available in this edition of the ShopperNews. To page A-3

The mall called East Towne: What’s next? By Shannon Carey

Expect Knoxville Center to be renamed East Town(e) and the property used for residential, office and retail. Look for roadwork, greenways and drive-up, exterior entrances for small shops. The changes were in the works before the recent announcement that J.C. Penney will close in September, one of 138 closures across the country, said Patrick King. (The West Town store will remain open.) King is community development specialist for Knoxville Partners LLC, which bought Knoxville Center in August 2016. King met last week with Knoxville City Council member Nick Della Volpe to review plans for the mall. Della Volpe has championed the mall area businesses during his tenure on the council. King said the Knoxville Partners strategy has not changed, even as the company is disappointed by the Penney closure. “The reality is the mall will have to shift.” Giant shopping malls across America are hurting as anchor tenants such as Sears and J.C. Penney close. Sarah Halzack, writing in The Washington Post on April 5, called it “a fresh round of distress

ever might occur ■■Easy access to Interstate 640 ■■An 80-acre campus with a million square feet under roof and 10 food vendors within walking distance. “We want to create a place where people can live, work and shop,” said King. He sees 800 to 1,000 multifamily residential units built behind the mall, and offices on the mall’s upper level. KP is not neglecting retail. “We have 15 people who wake up every morning marketing the mall. We’ve contacted over 2,000 prospective tenants.” But the retail must be “human-scale.” The brick wall between the mall entrance and J.C. Penney is the length of Market Square, he said, but it’s a blank wall where Market Square is vibrant. King sees a line of storefronts there, opening to the parking lot. He showed Della Volpe a design by Cannon & Cannon to reconfigKnoxville City Council member Nick Della Volpe stands with Patrick King, the ure the mall road, making it twoman leading efforts to revitalize Knoxville Center mall. way from Fowler’s (formerly Toys R Us) to Washington Pike with an signals in the retail industry” as is now arriving in full force,” she expanded on-ramp to 640. Della Volpe lobbied for a greenPayless ShoeSource filed for Chap- wrote. With consumers buying way around the mall property. ter 11 bankruptcy and announced online, America is “overstored.” “There may be potential to link plans to close nearly 400 stores. But look at the assets at Knoxit to Love’s Creek (greenway),” he “The shake-out among retailers ville Center: has been building for years, and it ■■Plentiful parking for what- said.

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Leap of faith

Writer calls aftermath of 55-foot plunge a ‘miracle’ Rob Crawford stepped off a ledge in a leap of faith – but instead he crashed 55 feet into rocky shoreline below, missing his anticipated water landing by a foot. The landing broke his back, ribs, and pelvis, and left his lower body tingling and unable to move. “I understand that it could have been very different,” said Crawford, 29, seven months after therapists at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center helped him walk again. “To me, it was nothing short of a miracle that I could walk and my legs weren’t broken. For whatever reason, God has chosen to spare my legs, and I’m eager to see why.” He doesn’t really know why he finally decided to risk a leap from the railing of a friend’s cabin in North Carolina last August, except that his love of free falling has been with him since childhood. “Anything that I could jump off into the water, I’d do. I just loved the way it made me feel, just being able to float for those few seconds.” When he saw the breathtaking drop from the cabin’s back deck to the lake, he knew he’d have to try it. He took the plunge while nobody was looking. “I had been playing guitar and I was playing a song that is a prayer about being caught up in the flow of life, and moving toward your potential. So I set the guitar down, stood up on the ledge, and….” The railing collapsed and Crawford fell into the rocks below. “As soon as I took that first step I felt like God grabbed me by the back of the shirt and said, ‘OK, I’ve got you and you’re going to land and it’s going to hurt, but you’re going to get through this and you’re going to be stronger for it,” he recalled. He hit the ground feet first with such force it knocked the wind out of him. The impact drove his feet forward and his tailbone into the jagged rock. “I knew it was a spinal cord injury. My legs were tingling – it didn’t hurt at all. So I eased myself to the water’s edge and just floated there a couple minutes until one of my buddies looked over the edge and saw me.” It took a boat, ambulance and helicop-

ter to get him from the remote cabin to the hospital, where trauma surgeons had to dig bone fragments out of his spine. “Four days after surgery they brought a walker in and said, ‘We want you to stand up.’ And I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?! I just broke my back!’ But they said, ‘No, you’re going to stand up right now.’ That was a big moment in realizing this is not as bad as it should have been.” “To me, it was nothing short of a After eight days miracle that I could walk, and that he was transferred my legs weren’t broken. For whatto Patricia Neal Reever reason, God has chosen to habilitation Center, spare my legs, and I’m eager to see where he stayed why, ” says Rob Crawford, pictured for 12 days. “I was here with his puppy, Yonah. just so grateful,” he said. “The nurses were so gracious there and made things so much less awkward than they “I am very grateful for all the staff there,” could have been.” he said, adding that he counts PNRC em“Mr. Crawford sustained multiple trau- ployees Trish, Claire, Mike, Beth and Richmatic injuries including a rib fracture, pel- ard among his friends. “I made some really vic and sacral fractures, but most significant close friends with all the therapists there was a lumbar vertebral fracture – a bone of because I could tell they cared about me.” the spine – which put pressure on his spinal Crawford received physical and occupacord,” said Jennifer Steely, PNRC director tional therapy to address core strength, lower of clinical services. extremity strength, sitting/standing balance, “The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves along with coordination, walking and selfwhich controls sensation, strength and motor care skills. He returned to his work as a writer function,” she explained. “The fractured bone for a downtown media company a month afput pressure on the spinal cord but did not ter the accident and continued twice-weekly sever it. As pressure was relieved with surgi- outpatient visits through December. cal repair and as swelling and inflammation His accident has already inspired Crawdecreased, Mr. Crawford was able to recover ford to begin several new projects. There’s most of his strength and motor function.” a documentary he’s producing, “A Cure for

Pain,” on how people cope with traumatic experiences. There’s a conscious effort to grow in his spiritual walk. He and his older brother are training for a half triathlon comprising a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run to mark the one-year anniversary of his spinal cord injury. “I’m hoping to do it during August,” said Crawford who now swims a couple of miles a week and runs about 20. “Some days are obviously better than others, but I just take each day as it comes as a way to lean on the Father’s strength,” he said. “I cry a lot when I run because it’s all kind of overwhelming. I’ll even cry out ‘Abba!’ sometimes – and He usually gives me a couple more miles.”

IRC program helps restore life through leisure The Patricia Neal Innovative nities as a means to develop abilities and life skills for those challenged Recreation Cooperative (IRC) reflects its phiby stroke, brain and spine losophy in its name: injuries, amputation, and other neurologa belief that even ical and orthopethose with sedic diagnoses. vere disabiliVolunteers of ties can lead a fun and fulvarying backfilling life if grounds share their knowledge given the right tools. and expertise to help those who Launched in have had a traumat1994 as an initiative to support the ic life event overcome Americans with Disobstacles to taking The Patricia Neal Innovative Recreabilities Act, IRC is part in sports activities ation Cooperative hosts clinics in they might have once an educational and water skiing, snow skiing, paddling, enjoyed or are now inawareness program cycling, climbing, marksmanship and that uses innovative terested in pursuing. golf on a regular basis. Al Kaye, recreation recreation opportu-

therapist and coordinator of the IRC program, conducts clinics and events to help people enjoy their preferred leisure activities through modifications and developing new skills. “IRC focuses more on individual sports,” said Kaye. “The regular clinics include water skiing, paddling and scuba, snow skiing and snowboarding, golf, marksmanship, climbing and cycling. We have done some specific clinics in the past for camping, self-defense, sled hockey, basketball and tennis.” Last year the IRC program at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center helped more than 820 participants from age 4 through senior adults. Volunteers and family member brought the total to a little over 3,200. Most participants live within three hours of Knoxville, but Kaye reports some have come from Alabama, North and South Car-

olina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Maryland. “We’re not a recreation program per se, but an educational opportunity to help individuals learn about their abilities and to overcome their life struggles to develop a healthier lifestyle,” said Kaye. He said the program’s premise is supported by research showing that people with a disability who are vested in some sort of leisure pursuit experience fewer secondary illnesses and strive to be healthier. The IRC is a not-for-profit entity under Covenant Health. Contributions to the organization – mostly through grants, donations and fundraisers – are used for equipment and resources to help the participants. To learn more about the IRC program, visit

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Remembering the ‘Nasty Nine’ By Shannon Carey Mary Katherine “Katie” Folden Guiltner is a Powell High grad now serving as a Baptist missionary to Japan. She and baby Mary were eating last week at The Front Porch before the weekly meeting of the Powell History Club. Katie has been in the mission field since 2009. She returned to Powell to Bill Edmondson marry Eli Guiltner in 2015 and returned again this spring to give birth to baby ried “pocket artillery” and a Kenneth Edmondson Mary. She will be returning woman once “beat a guy to to Japan on April 27. death with a cane.” Katie and Eli are sponBill Edmondson brought “I think it was a crutch,” sored by Belmont Baptist his son, Kenneth, who lives said somebody in the room. Church in Conyers, Ga. Why in Maggie Valley, N.C., Everyone laughed. Japan? Katie says the coun- but grew up in Powell and Kenneth recalled Irene try has a large and growing comes home weekly to visit Brown, a Spring Street resielderly population with few his dad. dent who lived to be 103. missionaries. Less than 5 Kenneth is a historian “When I walked past Mrs. percent of the total popula- with much to share. He has Brown’s house she always tion is Christian and there letters, for instance, that de- had tea,” he said. are 30,000 suicide deaths scribe the rough and tumble “I grew up a block to the per year. early Powell, when men car- church, a block to the school

Sidewalk project From page A-1 Rusty Smith, a teacher at Powell High School, discussed his proposal for a memorial to Powell’s war dead at the school.


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and a block to both grocery stores,” said Bill Edmondson. When he moved to Powell many years ago, his older siblings had to “board and live in town” to attend Central High School, but he got to attend Powell High. Bill said the first four-year graduating class at PHS was in 1918. “Irene Brown was in that class.” Bill’s mother, Lucille Childs Edmondson, was Powell’s first librarian. The little white library was about as big as one room, he recalls. Kenneth Edmondson said he was born in Detroit but got back to Powell as soon as possible. “My grandfather Childs was a storyteller.” Kenneth’s advice: “Write it down.” He said a map of Knox County listing property owners is on the Library of Congress’ web page. It’s wonderful reading. Bill Edmondson, who will be 87 in July, remembers when Spring Street was originally paved. He said the railroad had built nine houses by the tracks for its section crew that residents called “The Nasty Nine.” Those houses were torn down and three more acceptable houses built in their stead.

Powell native Katie Guiltner and baby Mary eat at The Front Porch before Katie’s return to Japan where she and husband Eli are missionaries through the Baptist Mission to Forgotten People. “Send prayers,” said Katie. Info: or MTwit But when it was her turn to talk, Carol said: “I know this town. I know these people.” They were the stories of her youth, growing up in Centerville, Tenn. (Note: These are onethird of the yarns spun last week. The History Club meets 2-3 p.m. each Wednesday at The Front Porch. Everyone is invited. A special lunch is $5 for soup and cornbread or you can order from the menu.)

Somebody else mentioned the Sears Craftsman house on the northeast corner of Spring Street. The parts came by train and were hauled to the site. “The plans and parts came with a set of tools for installation,” said Bill Edmondson, “and that’s where the Craftsman tools got their name.” Bob Sparks is new to Powell and Carol Springer never lived in Powell at all.

Here comes Randy Boyd been trending Democratic for years. In fact, in 2003, Bill Haslam only narrowly defeated Madeline Rogero with 52 percent of the vote. Boyd would have a tough time getting elected mayor while also maintaining his viability as a candidate in a statewide Republican primary. The ideological gulf

between the average voter in a Knoxville city election and the average voter in a statewide Republican primary would be a tough divide for even the most talented politician to cross. Boyd is wise to skip it entirely. Of course, Randy Boyd is far from a sure bet to win. Republican U.S. Rep. Diane

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Black may run. State House Speaker Beth Harwell is talking about it. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has announced that he’ll run as a Democrat. It’s early. The election isn’t until 2018. But this is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Scott Frith is a local attorney. You can visit his website at


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■■ Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics, has been honored with the 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award. She will receive a $5,000 honorarium and become UT’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year award. The SEC Professor of the Year will be named later in April.

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A message from beyond “… since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift. … (Romans 3:23 NRSV) I was going through the stacks on my desk recently and found a piece of note paper. I immediately recognized my mother’s writing, which brought tears to my eyes. She was 97 when she died, having lived longer than any of her forebears. I have always believed that God allowed my brother and me to keep her here as long as possible to make up for the very early death of our father. However, it was the words on the paper that struck my heart: “We have not yet learned the alphabet, much less the language of grace.” I keep pondering that message. It’s certainly an indictment of the human condition. God’s grace is so encompassing, so immense, and so available, we should accept it, embrace it, and live into it! To be honest, I think we are suspicious of grace. We humans tend to think that we have to earn grace on some kind of point system.

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Lynn Pitts

It was John Newton, however, the son of a shipmaster, who taught most of us Christians the language of grace. He would not have earned any points in his early years. He went to sea with his shipmaster father at the age of 11. He was imprisoned on a man-ofwar, escaped to work on a slave-trading ship, and led a rough life as master of a slave ship. Later, he was greatly influenced by the Wesley brothers and George Whitefield. Newton was ordained in 1764, was rector of a parish in London and remained there until his 80th year. He produced a hymnal in 1779, giving us his greatest gift: the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

FAITH NOTES ■■ Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4110 Central Avenue Pike, will host a Tea Luncheon, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the church. Games, prizes and a musical guest. Tickets: $5. Info/tickets: 865687-6622 or church office. ■■ Cross Roads Presbyterian, 4329 E. Emory Road, hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food

A gallery of women’s shoes went on display at Morning Pointe of Powell during the assisted living and memory care community’s “sit down party.”

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 Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Road, is holding the following Easter Services – Wednesday, April 12: 6:30 p.m., special Holy

Adelyn Mays, former Miss Tennessee and Morning Pointe of Powell resident, enjoyed trying on a pair of red pumps.

Toe-tappin’ times at Morning Pointe Stilettos and peep-toes were on display at Morning Pointe of Powell recently, as the residents strutted their stuff, showing off the sharpest shoes during a “sit down party” at the assisted living and memory care community. Marti and Liz, a local shoe store, donated shoes for the party. The residents tried on an assortment of high heels, featuring a broad range of colors, styles, patterns and designs – all while sitting down.

Week service; Thursday, April 13: noon, special service in the Chapel; Friday, April 14: 7:30 p.m., Good Friday Service includes a reflective communion service; Easter Sunday, April 16: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school and 10:30 a.m., worship service. ■■ Fountain City UMC, 212 Hotel Road, hosts GriefShare, 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday in Room 112. The support group is

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Over refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, the women kicked up their feet, admiring one another’s fashionable footwear. Some of the pumps were put on display. “One of the residents told me, ‘The higher the heel, the better’,” said Pat Caron, executive director at Morning Pointe. “This was a fun way for the residents to reminisce about the days when they wore high heels.” Also recently, Chuck Naill from Smoky Mountain Hospice pulled

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. ■■ Heiskell UMC, 9420 Heiskell Road, hosts open gym 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday in April. All are welcome to play basketball or other sport activities. Children under 12 must be

heartstrings with a fiddle and bow, joining a host of musicians, volunteers and music students from all genres who visit the assisted living and memory care community, filling the halls with harmonies for the residents to enjoy. As part of the life enrichment program, Morning Pointe partners with local organizations to help the residents enjoy “Meaningful Days,” as they embrace fond memories while making new ones together.

accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear is required. Info: 865-938-5550 and leave a message. ■■ North Knoxville Seventhday Adventist Church, 6530 Fountain City Road., will offer a free weight management program, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 27. Info: 865-314-8204. ■■ 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: or 865-938-2741. ■■ Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6125 Lacy Road, offers Children’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each third Saturday. ■■ 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. April 26 program: Gayle Mrock, Director of Programs at Holston Home for Children. Info: 865-687-2952.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ Derby Days Event, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Halls Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. Info: 865-922-0416. ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center, 1708 W. Emory Road. Info: Janice White, 865-548-0326.


T & T Real Estate Investments, LLC: Quality comes first By Carol Z. Shane

brought the business to Knoxville in 2011. Having developed a valued network of contractors, they have a capable, dependable go-to crew. “We have floor guys, HVAC guys, plumbers. Our interior designer, Liza Dewald, is amazing. We’re so fortunate that she’s part of the T & T team. She plays a major role in the designs of these homes.” McKinney and Davis value relationships, and say that most of their highly successful business has been done by word of mouth. Specializing in high-end properties, they’ve rehabbed and sold 100 houses in East Tennessee so far. It helps that they started out as real estate appraisers; McKinney is statecertified. With their solid appraisal knowledge, they greatly understand value and know the types of upgrades that add value to homes. “We don’t try to ‘cheap out,’” says McKinney. “Our clients can be very exacting – they know what they want, and they know quality when they see it.” He gazes out of one of the house’s many windows to the verdant, early-spring landscape, visible from virtually every room. The home is in a neighborhood off Lyons Bend but, says Davis, “when the trees fill out, you won’t know there’s anyone else here.” “This is what we like to do,” says McKinney. “We like to transform.” You can find T & T Real Estate Investments, LLC, online on Facebook and Twitter.

Walking through a recently renovated 1970s-era home with Travis McKinney and Tanner Davis, owner-operators of T & T Real Estate Investments, LLC, two things are immediately apparent: they have a passion for what they do, and unwavering dedication to providing firstrate design, materials and workmanship for the properties they rejuvenate. The single-story-with-basement structure boasts a living room with vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows. Spacious and light-filled, its open plan creates a feeling of flow, and its deep deck takes advantage of the beautiful woodland setting. McKinney continually points out upgrades and design choices that enhance the space. The neutral color palette features high-end materials such as granite, marble, wood flooring, subway tile and interior shiplap siding that blend into the whole, creating a welcoming atmosphere that’s integrated and sophisticated. No one thing shouts for attention or fights with another material, and the superior quality and workmanship is immediately evident upon walking through the front door. That’s the way McKinney and Davis like it. “The master bath has high-end tile, top of the line quartz, a frameless shower door and all modern high-end fixtures,” says McKinney. “And we didn’t have to put in this built-in double wall oven, but we’re glad we did. When you’re buying a house in this price range, you expect these kinds of things.” This house will be listed by Travis Friends since “just before ninth grade,” the two started T & T in Ten- McKinney with Keller Williams Realty, nessee’s Tri-Cities area in 2008 and 865-591-2127.


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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • April 12, 2017 • A-5

Thomas Jefferson on Twitter? By Kip Oswald Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was a pretty interesting guy, and my special group of adults knew some things about him, as I expected they would. They Kip all knew he signed the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and that a sculpture of his head is carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. None of them knew the really cool things I found out about Thomas Jefferson. They did not know President Jefferson could speak five languages or that he was a gardener, writer, collector, inventor and chef! He said he would rather be a gardener than a president and he had a garden with over 260 vegetables and over 180 fruits. He even brought tomatoes from other countries so he could eat them when people here thought they were poisonous. He ate so many vegetables, he was considered a vegetarian. As a writer and collector, Jefferson wrote an estimated 19,000 letters in his lifetime and collected 6,487 books in his personal library. The Library of Congress purchased books from Jefferson’s personal library and opened the first permanent library called Thomas Jefferson Building. Jefferson also collected the bones of a mastodon – a 40 million-year-old animal that resembled an elephant. He used to lay the bones out in one of the rooms in the White House to build a skeleton. Jefferson also invented many things. He made copies of his letters by inventing the first copy machine.

He invented the automatic closing door similar to the ones used on buses today, the folding chair and a rotating book stand that held five books at a time, as well as many other things. In addition to the garden foods, Jefferson had an affinity for ice cream, becoming the first president to serve ice cream at the White House, in 1802, and from that he created the dish Baked Alaska. President Jefferson was also the first president to do several other cool and amazing things. He led the first inaugural parade, which was really just a bunch of people who followed him back to his boarding house, not even the White House, after he was sworn it to the presidency. He was also the first president of the Democrat-Republic Party. He was the first president to greet people with a handshake! Before he became president, all presidents had bowed to people as a greeting. Possible Tweets from President Jefferson could be: Thomas Jefferson @ ManofthePeople I spent 15 million dollars and bought enough land in 1803 to double the size of our country without anyone’s approval! Thomas Jefferson @ ManofthePeople I used our military to fight pirates in the Mediterranean Thomas Jefferson @ ManofthePeople I have written my own epitaph for my tombstone to read that I was Author of the Declaration of Independence, of The Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia. Being the president is not as important to me as those three accomplishments!

Crystal Webber hands out fresh fruit to walkers at the walkathon. The fruit was donated by Aldi and great refreshment for the students.

Powell Elementary teacher Melissa Watson and principal Reba Lane show that they are good sports as they play the Pie Face game for the students during the walkathon. Photos by Ruth White

Walking for Powell Elementary Students at Powell Elementary recently took to the track and walked laps to help raise money for the school PTA. The event raised $4,200 through donations, and the students enjoyed a beautiful day walking, playing games and learning important nutrition facts about snacks and healthy eating habits. Students who made a donation were able to vote for a teacher to get a pie in the face with principal Reba Lane, to be broadcast on the school newscast, WPES. The winning teacher was Melissa Watson, who Teacher Betsi Vesser goofs off with students as they make a lap around the track during the proved to be a great sport for the students. school walkathon. Pictured with Vesser are Cameron Rogers, Richie Torres and Sergio Silva.

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■■ Freedom Christian Academy will host Kindergarten Konnection Open House 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, on the campus of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church at 4615 Asheville Highway. Parents of students entering kindergarten this fall are invited. Info: 865-525-7807.

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A-6 • April 12, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news

YMCA mentoring program reaching Union County youths By Shannon Carey Creech Hardee’s three best childhood friends lived in poverty. While Hardee’s middle-class parents tried to help with time and money, those three friends were dead by the time they were 40. “They were never able to get out of a destructive world and frame of mind,” Hardee said. The story of those three friends sparked Hardee’s mission to reach young people who have lived difficult lives, struggling with home lives that often include poverty, violence and substance abuse. He went back to college at age 44 and went on to start a program for innercity youths at Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain Conservancy. Now, he’s piloting a new program out of the North

Side Family YMCA in Halls that will champion students attending the Union County Alternative Learning Center, where students are sent because of discipline problems. Ray Kitts, vice president of youth programs at the North Side Y, had wanted to start a program for Union County for eight years. “He felt the Y wasn’t giving Union County enough attention,” Hardee said. “He really wanted to see me develop a program up there with sustainability and vision.” “We’re more than just a gym,” said Kitts. “We’re on a mission to reach out to the community and make a difference.” Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, distributed by the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, and will

go to fund similar programs at Vine Middle School and Austin-East High School. Hardee said the shortterm goal for these students is “to introduce them to some activities and make them understand that there are many different ways to live your life and be successful.” The long-term goal is for the YMCA to have a “lasting impact on the community.” While each Union County ALC student’s story is unique, Hardee sees similarities to their inner-city counterparts. “This is the first time I’ve worked with rural kids, and it’s very striking how the issues are exactly the same: poverty, broken homes, substance abuse, and lack of exposure to opportunity,” said Hardee. He’s already visiting the


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■■ “A Knoxville Heritage: Tennessee Marble” Brown Bag Lecture by Don Byerly, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 865-215-8801. ■■ Senior Spring Social, 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 20, Murphy Branch Library, 2247 Western Ave., LT Ross Bldg. Light refreshments provided. Info: 865-521-7812. ■■ Books Sandwiched In: “Why? Explaining the Holocaust” by Peter Hayes, noon Wednesday, April 26, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Presented by Dr. Daniel H. Magilow, UT Department of History. Info: 865-215-8801.

Powell High School sent four students to participate in All-State Band. Honorees were Jacob Hickman, Joshua Hickman, Ian Lord and Jarod Schafer. Jarod Schafer is a sophomore and this is his second year to be selected. He plays the euphonium and was selected for the first chair. Jacob Hickman, senior, plays clarinet. This is second year for the honor. He was selected ■■ Finding graves on the internet, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April for the third chair. Joshua Hickman is the first PHS stu29, East Tennessee History dent to make All-State all four years. He is a senior and was Center, 601 S. Gay St. Registraselected for the third chair on the trumpet. Ian Lord is a tion begins April 17. Info/ senior and this is his first year to make All-State. He plays registration: 865-215-8809. the trombone and was selected as the third chair.


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ALC twice a week to get to know the students, and this week he’s introducing another component of the program: hands-on career presentations by successful adults in the community. “I saw they were really lacking in some exposure to the different opportunities available to them when they become adults,” he said. There will also be an outdoor service and recreation component with twicemonthly Saturday trips to Big Ridge State Park, plus twice-weekly visits to the Y for supervised exercise, swimming and activities. Hardee is also leaning on the Union County High School student mentors under the leadership of Danny Satterfield. Last week, the UCHS mentors visited the ALC students and will continue to go with them on trips to Big Ridge and the Y. “It was obvious to me that there was a huge divide between the ALC and the high school,” said Hardee. “It went beautifully. I was super impressed with all of them.” But the discipline side of attending the ALC has not been forgotten. Students must reach behavior and academic benchmarks set by ALC teachers in order to participate in the mentor program’s activities. “My job is for me to take those kids who are not fulfilling those goals and encourage and help them to reach those goals,” said Hardee. “The staff and faculty at the ALC are amazing and instructive in the ways I can help these kids.” That’s another component. Hardee is working closely with Union County Public Schools to make sure this program complements what is already offered at


Creech Hardee of the North Side Family YMCA in Halls is coordinating a mentoring program targeting students who attend the Union County Alternative Learning Center. Photo by S. Carey the ALC. He praised the school system’s administrators, the ALC teachers and counselors, and ALC principal Chris Price. “One of my biggest concerns is that I don’t come in and duplicate services of people who are already doing an incredible job up there,” Hardee said. “I have a great deal of respect for them. They have a tough job. I’ve met a lot of resistance in a lot of different places, but Union County has met me with open arms, with a curiosity and a willingness to help. To me, that shows that they really care about the community and about the kids in the community.” But the mentoring program won’t be complete without one more component: mentors. Hardee hopes to recruit a large pool of local, adult mentors to meet with students, go on Big Ridge outings and be

willing to be friends to the ALC students, with as little or as much time commitment as they please. But, where a lot of mentoring programs pair students one-on-one with adults, Hardee is aiming for a group. “People have lives, and it’s really hard to get people committed to doing that,” Hardee said. “I prefer a large group from all walks of life, just show up and be their friend. For (this program) to reach its highest potential, we need adult involvement.” Hardee said, with this type of mentoring program, the connections between students and mentors happen organically. “There is always a connection to be made, and you never know what that connection will be,” Hardee said. “You let them know that they’re not forgotten.”

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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • April 12, 2017 • A-7

Powell students search for answers

Dr. Jim Tumblin shares Fountain City history with residents and guests at Park Place. The assisted living facility sits on the site of the home where former Central High teacher Nannie Lee Hicks lived. Photo by Ruth

This headstone was uncovered on the grounds of Powell Elementary. It was originally discovered during excavation of the portable buildings. Several staff members remember seeing it on the grounds for years, one even remembering it when she attended the school. On the reverse side of the tombstone was inscribed: “This stone erected in memory of Betty Hughes Cunningham 1939-1981. Teacher at Powell Elementary 1958, 1975, 1977.” The Powell Elementary news team is interested in learning more about Betty Cunningham and is asking the community to help. Anyone with information can send an email to betsi.vesser@knoxschools. org. Photo submitted


A brief stroll through old Fountain City By Ruth White

EGG HUNTS ■■ Willow Ridge Center annual Easter egg hunt, rescheduled for Good Friday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. 215 Richardson Way, Maynardville. Free pictures and have a snack with the Easter Bunny. For babies, grandbabies or fur-babies! ■■ River View Family Farm sixth annual spring event, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 14-15, 12130 Prater Lane, Farragut. ■■ 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. Info: ■■ Big Ridge State Park, Saturday, April 15, rain or shine. Schedule: 10 a.m., 2 years and younger; 10:30 a.m., 3-4 years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. Bring a basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523. ■■ Gulf Park Easter Egg Hunt, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 528 Pensacola Road (off Cedar Bluff Road). Free. Open to the public. Bring a basket.

■■ Heiskell United Methodist Church, 9420 Heiskell Road, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Bring your Easter basket and a friend for snacks, prizes, fun and the Easter story. ■■ Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, 3 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at 235 E. Copeland Road, Powell. ■■ Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, 7815 Corryton Road, noon on Saturday, April 15. Light lunch, crafts, Easter story, pictures with the Easter bunny. Bring a basket. ■■ Sharon Baptist Church, 7916 Pedigo Road, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Ages preschool through fifth grade. Includes: food, candy, fun and the Easter Story. Bring basket and a friend. Info: or 865-9387075. ■■ More than a dozen Tennessee state parks are offering themed activities on Easter weekend, including egg hunts on Saturday, April 15. Activity details can be found here: ■■ Union Baptist Church, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, for fifth grade and under. Snacks, Juggles the Clown, popcorn, candy, prize eggs. 6701 Washington Pike. Info:

Whether you were born and raised in Fountain City or are a transplant, hearing Dr. Jim Tumblin share the history of this area is always fascinating – not just because he has spent his 91 years here and knows his stuff, but because he is passionate about this community and loves to share it with others. Tumblin is a 1944 graduate of Central High School and has documented many of his memories in books for all to enjoy reading. He fondly remembers his American History teacher at CHS, Nannie Lee Hicks, whom he pays tribute to for her love of the subject. “When I graduated from CHS, two thoughts that I left school with, thanks to Nannie Lee Hicks, were

that there had only been one president (FDR) and that the South won the war.” These were two of Hicks’ beliefs that left an impression on a young Tumblin. During his time speaking with the residents at Park Place, Tumblin shared interesting facts, including John Adair’s establishment of Adair Fort back in 1788 and, in 1888, when “things begin to happen” in the area after Fountainhead Hotel had been established (1886) with its 40-50 rooms, hot/ cold running water, 50-cent meal and $2/night price tag. The establishment of the Dummy Line helped make Fountain City a place to visit, with the 15-cent fare that ran from downtown to Fountain City. During the summer months, the cars were open, and the line was

REUNIONS ■■ Heiskell Elementary School reunion, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, the old Heiskell School, now Heiskell Methodist Church, 9420 Heiskell Road.

in popular use from around 1890 through 1905 as it was slowly replaced by trolley cars. Tumblin’s history lesson ended with residents sharing their own memories of Fountain City, with many calling it “a good place to live.” His parents enjoyed strolling hand-in-hand in the park, and other people remembered Fountain City Lake (rumored to have had a diving board at one time), grapevine swings, the old holler and streets being named with letters and numbers back in the day. Fountain City is rich in history and filled with memories that are sure to live on, thanks to Dr. Tumblin and others who want to make sure that everyone knows what a great place it is to live.

■■ Halls High Class of 1967 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, Bearden Banquet Hall. The class is the featured class at the Halls Alumni Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Halls High. Info: Theda, 865-2210710, or Darlene, 865-256-7491.



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A-8 • April 12, 2017 • Powell/Norwood Shopper news

News from EyeXcel

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North Knoxville eye practice changes its name: Drs. Rhyne & Patton Optometry has a long-standing history serving the people of Knoxville and surrounding areas. During lunch in the break room of the office, Dr. Patton is just as likely to be talking of plans for the practice as telling stories from the past. As one of the founding partners of the eye care practice, he is a huge reason why the history of the practice is so important to its future. When Dr. Patton tells the story of starting 40 years ago, he always talks about how interest rates were high and getting a loan was almost impossible. The doctors had just graduated with their doctorate degrees, but were still turned down for a $500 credit card. “Times were different then, and so much has changed,” says Dr. Patton.

“Callahan Drive was a small, two-lane residential street. To my knowledge, we were the first and only business on this road, but it was all we could afford.” Slowly but surely, the practice added more patients and steadily grew over the years. On any given day now, you will see a brand new patient to the practice, or Dr. Patton might be checking the eyes of children whose parents became his patients when they were just teenagers. For those wondering about the new name: No, Dr. Patton hasn’t sold the practice. Today there is a larger staff and much more advanced technology than 40 years ago, but it is still the same family eye care practice dedicated to the community. The story of the legacy is still unfolding, so why the

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name change now? Dr. Patton is still working hard to set the practice up for future success, but he is also dreaming of his retirement and all the fish he will have time to catch in a few years. The decision to change the name was a hard one, but Dr. Patton knew it was the right time to change things up with a more contemporary name for the next generation of doctors. “The hardest part was not the decision to change, but what in the world to change the name to,” says Dr. Patton. Dr. Bruce D. Gilliland joined the practice in 2015, and Dr. Frank A. Carusone in 2016. The three doctors had a difficult time agreeing on a new name at first, and many silly names were jokingly tossed around for fun, but after much consideration, EyeXcel was chosen after being suggested by Dr. Gilliland’s teenage son. EyeXcel represents the team’s passion for the health of your eyes and the commitment to providing excellent care. When a business has had a name for many decades, it can be very confusing to change it. But now we have a name that fits our objectives so well.

Practice administrator Ben Patton and partners Dr. David Patton, Dr. Frank Carusone and Dr. Bruce Gilliland with the new EyeXcel sign

Dr. Patton, along with his partners and staff, are proud of the history of the practice and excited about the future. Plans are in motion for adding more eye specialists and expanding the current location to keep serving more people in the Knoxville area.

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Powell/Norwood Shopper news • April 12, 2017 • A-9

Prominent in both the grocery and insurance business, the Harringtons have contributed much to Fountain City’s history. Shown here are (from left) T.R. Harrington Jr., Minnie Harrington Johnson, T.R. Harrington Sr., Grace Harrington Abel, Joseph V. Harrington and John A. Harrington. Photograph courtesy of Chloe A. Harrington

Harrington Insurance’s Fountain City roots run deep The senior class in the 1924 Central High School yearbook (“The Sequoyah”) is a veritable honor roll of women and men who made a contribution to Fountain City’s history: Staley Hensley, Glenard Gentry, Fannie Mae Andrews, Alberta Ahler, Roy Blanc, Jeanette Andrews, Dorothy Vise, Roy Acuff and Theodore “Ted” Lowe, among others. But another person who graduated that year will be honored on April 22 when the company he later coowned, the Harrington Insurance Agency, will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Each senior class elected two classmates who were granted the B.U. Degree, an honor given to their most popular man and woman. Joe Harrington was the male honoree in 1924, sharing the honor with his female counterpart, Nettie Blanc. But the story of the Harringtons and their roots in Fountain City starts much earlier than that. The Harringtons’ patriarch was Thomas R. Harrington Sr., whose Harrington Grocery Store occupied a place among buildings on the two sides of Broadway adjoining and fronting Fountain City Park. Among them were the Fountain City Bank, Sherman Wallace’s Barber Shop on the west side and the Masonic Lodge, Central Baptist Church and John I. Copeland’s garage far down the block on the east side. A lot of history was made in that block. Theodore R. Harrington Sr. (1873-1944) and Nancy Cox Harrington (1872-1931) were parents of five children: Minnie Mae “Minno,” Joseph V., Mary E., John A. and Thomas R. “T.R.” Harrington Jr.

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T.R. Jr. (1912-1980) attended grade school at Fountain City Elementary. He then entered Knoxville High School because he wanted to play in its noteworthy band and graduated in 1931. In the midst of the Great Depression, he found work as a railroad engineer fulfilling his earliest ambition. Later he matriculated at the University of Tennessee, played as an accomplished percussionist in the band and graduated in 1937. Soon after graduation he was employed as an agent with the Tennessee Auto Insurance Co. at 717 S. Gay. T.R. and Chloe Ault, now a prominent local artist and Central High School Wall of Fame recipient, were married on Dec. 31, 1938, at the home of his sister in Dayton, Tenn. T.R. now had a spouse to support and,

while he was making plans to open his own agency, he continued working at TAIC. He founded the Harrington Insurance Agency in 1942. The aforementioned older brother Joseph V. “Joe” Harrington (1902-1960) had worked with his father in the grocery and with his father-in-law, Barney T. Giddens, owner of B.T. Ice Co., since graduating from high school. Joe and Reita Giddens, a 1929 Central High School graduate, had been married by the iconic Rev. Dr. Fred F. Brown in Knoxville’s First Baptist Church on Jan. 1, 1931. In 1943, he decided to join his brother at HIA and became what the City Directory calls a “Solicitor” there. The brothers soon moved to Suite 715-B at the Bank of Knoxville Building, and they would occupy various suites on the seventh floor for some 15 years. T.R.’s sister Minnie “Minno” Harrington Johnson (1900-1965) also contributes to the story since her son, Robert “Bob” Johnson, joined the firm just after his time in the U.S. Army and his four years at the Uni-

HIA has occupied its own building at 3209 Garden Drive since 2009. From left are Amy Harrington Bible, Tom Harrington and Charles Harrington. Photo by Ruth White

Harrington Insurance Agency, circa 1960: The HIA occupied this building at 511 Church St. for over 20 years. Photo courtesy of Amy H. Bible

versity of Tennessee. His uncles, T.R. and Joe, had asked him to join the firm and he did so in 1952. In 1964, Bob decided to found his own agency in Halls, and Bob Johnson Insurance Agency was formed. Like HIA, it has grown considerably, and Bob’s two sons, Doug and

Ben, now manage the firm since Bob retired in 1995. T.R. and Joe Harrington moved their business to historic Church Street in 1958, and HIA would choose locations with historic significance from that date forward. Their address would remain 511 Church

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Fleetwood Photo & Digital preserves more than photos By Carol Z. Shane

Your parents’ wedding invitation. Pictures from their honeymoon. Your childhood book report. Pictures from that trip to Disney World. Your daughter’s report card. Your son’s kindergarten crayon drawing. That clipping from the time your husband got his picture in the newspaper for catching that fish. They’re all under your bed, in shoeboxes, gathering dust. You can’t throw them out – they’re too precious. You can’t put them on the wall – they’re odd shapes, and framing costs a bundle. You might organize them and put them in scrapbooks, but do you really have time for that? Does anyone? And do you really want bulky scrapbooks gathering dust instead? The beauty of the Shoebox Scan is Fleetwood can help. In fact, they’ll that “it gives you small goals. You don’t make the process so easy you won’t be- have to go through your whole closet full lieve it. of pictures.” You fill the box according to If you take advantage of their “Shoe- the guidelines and Fleetwood will do the box Scan” you can get up to 500 loose rest. prints of any kind (if you follow guideIt’s simple, really. Your shoeboxes = lines) sized 2 x 3 to dust, clutter and 8 x 10, scanned onto potential deterioraa disk or USB drive tion of fragile paper. Leave your family a legacy or sent directly to Fleetwood’s Shoenot a mess. you. In this way, box scanning serfamily treasures vice = permanent can be passed down lifetime memories through the years and through the gen- that take up no space whatsoever. All at erations. a great price. “Young people are minimalists,” says Fleetwood also offers slide and negaFrank Distefano, who with his wife, Do- tive scanning, audio/video transfer, and ris, has watched the trends since they many other archiving services. For destarted Fleetwood in 1985. “We all went tails, visit or call through that period of clearing out; ev- 865-584-4554. You will really be glad ery generation does. They don’t want you did. this stuff now. But they will want it later.” Frank says that photos and ephemera generally fall into three categories: things you definitely want to keep and would put in an album, things you want to keep but would relegate to long-term storage and things you need to throw away. When you think of all those drawarchiving . designing . framing . printing ers and boxes full of “the stuff of life” that are calling for you to make deci6504 kingston pike, knoxville, tn 37919 w w w. f l e e t w o o d p h o t o.c o m sions – oh, dear. It’s overwhelming.

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Harrington Insurance The partnership was fractured on Dec. 7, 1960, when at 58, Joseph V. Harrington died of a heart seizure. He, John I. Copeland, Roy Acuff, Buddy Kirby and others were avid fox hunters, and Joe had just gone out to feed his hunting dogs when the seizure occurred. He had been a member of the Fidelity Bible Class at Fountain City Methodist Church, a member of Bright Hope Lodge #557 and a longtime contributor to high school athletics and other local causes. T.R.’s son, T.R. “Tom” Harrington III (CHS), joined the firm in 1961 after he graduated from East Tennessee State University in Business Administration. Tom took a special interest in accident claims and became expert in their settlement. Only one year later, another son, Charles A. Harrington, graduated from the University of Tennessee, majoring in Insurance, and joined them. He took a course in Boston in 1965 and was awarded his CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) and provided HIA expertise in another facet of the general insurance industry. He later became president of the Great Smoky Mountain chapter of CPCU. In 1978, the company moved to 603 N. Broadway near the historic site of the Central Market (now Emory Place) and the downtown terminal for the Fountain Head Railway (1890-1905). The block was also home to Edelen’s Furniture and Storage and Harb’s Carpets. T.R. Harrington Jr. passed away at 68 on Oct. 12, 1980. He was a lifelong member of Fountain City Methodist Church, a member of Bright Hope Lodge and the Northside Kiwanis Club and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He had fulfilled his lifelong ambition when he served as a locomotive engineer before and during World War II when railroads were so important to the war effort. In 1994, HIA was able to return to its

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From page A-9 family roots in Fountain City when it moved to 4883 N. Broadway in the Hill’s Shopping Center. The company moved to another historic site at 3209 Garden Drive where it built its own building just a few hundred yards from Savage Garden in 2009. It remains there today. Charles and Tom Harrington continue to serve their community in many ways. Charles is a member of the board of Fountain City Town Hall, a 59-year member of the Northside Kiwanis Club and a past president and member of the adult choir at Fountain City United Methodist Church. He was percussionist for the Knoxville Symphony for several years and for the Tennessee Wind Symphony for 24 years. Over the past 17 years Tom has served more than 20,000 hours as a volunteer interpreter at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and was recently recognized with the Southeast Regional Enduring Service Award. In addition, he is a frequent and effective lecturer to religious and civic groups. Charles Harrington’s daughter, Amy Harrington Bible, joined the firm in 1996 and purchased it in 2012. She has been designated as a “Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider” for Property and Casualty Insurance. She is a lifelong resident of Fountain City and attends Fountain City United Methodist, where she sings in the choir, and serves on the Gresham Middle School Foundation Board. She and her husband, Allan Bible, have two daughters, Charley Rose and Della. Harrington Insurance Agency invites its policyholders and other interested locals to the 75th anniversary celebration Saturday, April 22, from 1-4 p.m. in the Fountain City Lions Club Building (5345 N. Broadway). There will be light refreshments, several giveaways and an appreciation drawing. Thanks to the McClung Historical Collection, Charles and Tom Harrington, Amy H. Bible and Bob Johnson for their assistance with the historic facts and dates.


Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, is hosting Spring Fest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Activi- ■■ Knoxville Photo 2017 ties include: free pictures with Bam Pow Superheroes and Exhibition; deadline for Princesses, vendor shopping, music, food by Freaky Franks entries: Sunday, April 23. Info/entry form/application: and self-guided tours through the Caverns. Cost: $10, 5 old and up or $9 with nonperishable food donation photo-entry. to Second Harvest Food Bank. Info:

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Cash For Classrooms Angela Floyd and Farragut Primary teacher Julianna Shpik stand beside the new cubbies that were purchased with the Cash for Classrooms money received thanks to Floyd and sponsors. Photos by Ruth White

Ashley Havens, Angela Floyd and Kristine Ponten show the items purchased for their speech and early learning centers at Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Hardin Valley Elementary music teacher Jessica Whitson (pictured with Angela Floyd) was able to purchase iTunes gift cards and iPad apps to use in her classroom.

Cash for Classrooms helped Farragut Primary teacher Laura Mitchell (pictured with Angela Floyd) purchase flashlights, batteries and an iPad mini for use on Flashlight Fridays to promote reading for fun.

Shopper news is proud to co-sponsor the 2017 Cash for Classrooms with the help of the Great Schools Partnership. Thanks to our sponsors, we put $5,000 directly into classrooms ($250 each to 20 classes). And we helped Angela Floyd celebrate 20 years in business.

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The Rotary guy

Former UT star gets Rotary honors By Tom King

Fortunately for Knoxville and its visitors, Lisa Beggs and Victor Ving of the “Greetings Tour” decided to follow their artistic dream. Photo by Dominic Corry

During his five years in K nox v i l le , former UT l i nebacker Curt Maggitt helped build five Habitat for Hu m a n i t y homes. That was just one Tom King piece of his community service work. Today, he’s an outside linebacker for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. He was recently honored by the Rotary Club of Bearden with two awards. He received the club’s first Sportsman of the Year award and was presented The Sunsphere gleams in a fine detail from the mural, being with a Paul Harris Fellow painted on the side of the “Nothing Too Fancy” building on recognition. North Broadway. Photo by Carol Z. Shane After Maggitt recorded 11 sacks in 2014, the fifthyear senior injured his hip in the second game of the 2015 season while playing Knoxville in a visual, ar- the bricks to help us with the on the punt coverage team tistic way that both visitors scale of the individual pic- and never returned. UT coach Butch Jones called it and locals can enjoy,” says tures.” Visit Knoxville president It’s their 24th mural so “one of the most freak injuKim Bumpas. “We have en- far. Previously they were in ries I’ve ever been a part of.” “Every opportunity we get joyed working with Victor Oklahoma City; after Knoxto help make a positive imand Lisa to make this a re- ville, they head to Toronto. ality. Also we are thankful Thanks to a gift card pact in the community, it’s that the owners of ‘Nothing from the Burnetts, they’ve always good,” Maggitt said Too Fancy’ came to us with already checked out the Tothis great idea.” mato Head restaurant. “It The mural is done in the was delicious,” says Ving. style of an old linen post- “Also, K Brew was a great A new business is opening card. In order to get it cen- place to catch up on work in the Target Center in Powtered, the big block letters during rain. Everyone has ell, and it offers customers were first projected onto the been very welcoming.” a way to relax and have fun side of the building and then The mural is scheduled to while expressing their cremarked off with chalk lines be completed April 12. To see ative side. and painter’s tape. They are its creation online, follow Painting with a Twist then filled in with the city’s @visitknoxville on Insta- teaches simple painting imagery, including the Sun- gram. And check out the techniques. Bring a beversphere, Neyland Stadium artists at greetingstour. age, and instructors will 041317 Grace Lutheran eighth and the Star of Knoxville com. guide you as create your own river boat. Details such as a gleam on the Sunsphere and ripples in the Tennessee river are vivid and realistic. “We use photo references,” says Ving, who does much of the work freehand. “We use

A big beautiful ‘greetings’ mural for North Knoxville By Carol Z. Shane When Lisa Beggs got laid off and Victor Ving decided he’d had it with the corporate world, they decided to take a chance, pool their photographic and artistic talents and start their own traveling mural-painting company known as the “Greetings Tour.” “We both like traveling,” says Ving. “It all just kind of lined up.” Beggs, originally from Ohio, and Ving, a New Yorker, are currently in Knoxville working around the weather to paint a big, vivid, postcard-style mural on the “Nothing Too Fancy” print shop on the east side of North Broadway. The duo, along with assistant Dominic Corry, were brought here by David and Lisa Burnett, who own and operate the popular vintagestyle T-shirt store on Union Avenue near Market Square; he had run across Ving and

Beggs’ murals via a mutual friend. “He would post things on Facebook from time to time. I saw their mural for Chinatown in New York City. I started talking to them about a year and a half ago.” Burnett suspects that there are other painters doing such murals now, but he wanted to go straight to the originals. “I didn’t want ‘rogue,’” he says. “And they only do one mural per state. I wanted to be the city that got it.” The Burnetts are looking to develop the front part of the print shop building for client meetings. New windows have been installed. As for the art, Burnett says, “I talked with Visit Knoxville and they were able to provide funding for the mural.” “Visit Knoxville is committed to projects like the ‘Greetings Tour’ murals as they help tell the story of

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after his latest Habitat for Humanity home presentation. “It was def initely hard work, but when you get moments like this, it’s surreal and makes it all worth it.” Curt Maggitt During his time as a Vol, Maggitt led the team in community service hours. He also held two offseason internships with local businesses – at Omega Technical Services in Oak Ridge and with Pilot Flying J. And this past November in Indianapolis, he stopped on an off-day Tuesday evening and helped a stranded woman change a flat tire. The community noticed. She has become his adopted mother in Indianapolis. “It’s all about helping people, right?” he says. “I volunteered all throughout school from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to football camps, all kinds of stuff. So, I think that’s when my heart kind of grew into helping and serving others – really being a Volunteer.”

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The color of money: Emerald It’s budget time in Knox County, and the school system is first up to bat, which is the way it should be, because that’s where the biggest chunk of money goes. Last week, Knox County Schools presented its preliminary recommended budget, which is set to be approved by the school board Wednesday. Then it will be handed off to be blessed by County Commission. The $3.8 million that will be carved out and channeled to Emerald Academy is a relatively small chunk of the $471 million total, and it’s not “new” news that Knox County’s first – and

bled because the taxpayerfunded portion of Emerald budget (it also Betty Academy’s gets private donations and Bean a substantial contribution from the United Way) is to date, only – public char- coming at the expense of ter school will consume an the center city elementary ever-growing portion of schools that serve the counschool funding as it builds ty’s lowest-income students, its student body over a five- which is what charter school year period (in 2015, its opponents predicted from first year, Emerald Acad- the get-go. emy offered kindergarten That’s because state law and first grade. Second and says the money follows the sixth grades were added student. This means that elthis year, third and sev- ementary schools like Sarah enth-graders to come next Moore Greene, Lonsdale, year). Inskip and Christenberry Some educators and will lose $7,657.02 for each board members are trou- student who transfers to

Emerald Academy. “My biggest concern is that when we think about the number of students, it doesn’t look like a great number or a significant amount of money,” said school board member Jennifer Owen. “But when you look at 10 kids coming from one elementary school, that really is a significant amount of money to take away from that one school that’s left behind. They still have the same fixed costs – maintenance, utilities, etc., and although legislators say they don’t have the same costs because they have to buy fewer textbooks,

or whatever, when a school loses $70,000, that’s a significant shortfall.” Several of these schools are in Owen’s district, and she is particularly concerned about Christenberry, 93.6 percent of whose families live below the poverty line, and which will be losing 10 to 12 students to Emerald Academy. Compounding the financial hit and loss of involved parents is a relatively high number of undocumented students who don’t get counted in the formula that determines the distribution of federal funds. Emerald Charter Schools’

public information officer John Crooks doesn’t believe these worries are well founded. “Scholars come to Emerald Academy from neighborhoods across the city, which would seem to minimize the impact on any one particular traditional public school as the dollars follow the child. For 2017-2018, we are in the budget development process and have not been provided with a funding estimate from the state or Knox County Schools yet, so we can’t speak to what that amount will be until we receive that information,” Crooks said.

Three women on list for federal judgeship Federal magistrate judge Clifford Shirley is not seeking a third term when his term ends in February 2018. This triggers a search for a new magistrate, which ultimately is decided by the federal judges for the eastern district of Tennessee with Tom Varlan as the Chief Judge. It also includes active senior judges.

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Under federal law, a magistrate judge merit selection panel has been established to review applicants and submit five names to the judges who will make a final decision. The search committee is chaired by highly respected and hardworking Knoxville attorney Mark Mamantov. It also in-

cludes two non-lawyers as required by law. While the names of applicants and the deliberations of the panel are not public, three of the applicants I have learned are well-qualified women. They are Bridget Bailey,  Heidi Barcus and Debbie Poplin, current clerk of the federal court. Poplin was the first woman to serve as Knoxville’s law director.  Bailey, who is AfricanAmerican, now  works for the Department of Justice. She has also served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Much of her family lives in Knoxville. Interestingly enough, both Bailey and Barcus have worked at different times (no longer) at the Lewis Thomason law firm here in Knoxville formerly known as Lewis King and Krieg. It is an eight-year term. The deadline for applications has passed. There are many more applicants than the three listed here.

■■ Former state Rep. Robert Booker, the first AfricanA merican elec ted from Knox County to the Tennessee House of Repres e nt a t i v e s after ReBooker construction, turns 82 on Friday, April 14. He is a regular columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel and an authority on African-American history in Knox County. Former deputy mayor for Madeline Rogero  (and potential 2019 mayoral candidate) Eddie Mannis celebrates his 58th birthday the same day. Booker also served as an administrative assistant to the late Mayor Kyle Testerman and on City Council, filling out the unexpired term of then Vice Mayor Mark Brown, who had re-

signed. Mannis is a wellknown businessman and strong supporter of veterans. ■■ James Corcoran, attorney, who lives with his wife, Anna, and their twin children, James IV and Elsa (age 2) on Eagle Crest Drive, is running for City CounCorcoran cil from the seat now held by Brenda Palmer, who is term limited. His wife practices law with him. He says Palmer “has done a really good job” as a council member. He wants to ensure a strong law enforcement presence as well as treatment for drug offenders. His law practice focuses on child welfare. He is 37, which would make him the youngest member of council if elected. Also running


from this district is Jodi Mullins. Corcoran opposes partisan elections for city offices. ■■ A l a n Williams will be honored by the Front Page Follies on Saturday, June 17, for his Williams

commendable efforts in the news world for over 30 years. ■■ Mayor Rogero continues to be outspoken on several national issues where she has taken the Democratic party view, which she avoided doing during her first term in office. This is her last term as mayor, which ends in December 2019.

Next ‘Ed & Bob Night Out in Knox County’ is April 20 Knox County At-Large Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas will host their next Ed & Bob Night Out in Knox County 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Chandler’s Deli, 3101 Magnolia Ave. They plan to meet with the people of east Knox County and listen to their concerns. Ed and Bob feel that going out to the citizens eases the strain on those who, because of work, commitments, financial situation or the distance to the City-County Building, cannot attend regular commission meetings. All elected officials, media and public are welcome. This is not a commission meeting, there is no agenda, and there will be no votes taken.



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News from Pope’s Plant Farm

Variety is what we’re about! Early spring in East Tennessee is an exciting time. Certainly at the nursery, an overabundance of plant options can be found. Many native flowering trees such as dogwood, redbud and serviceberry can easily find a home in your garden. Popular flowering shrubs such as rhododendron, viburnum, camellia, and forsythia are great options to add color to your spring landscape. Viburnum in particular seem to hold a special place in our hearts. Commonly called snowball bush, the medium to large shrubs are generally very hardy, and many varieties add tremendous sized flowers and fragrance to your garden. On the smaller end of the scale are the many flowering perennials that bloom in early spring. Candytuft, creeping phlox and dianthus are all great, low-growing flowering ground covers that help fill the edges of your landscape beds with carpets of color. Dianthus is a personal favorite because of its compact habit and evergreen foliage. Most of these spring flowering plants don’t bloom for a particularly long time, but that is part of their charm. It’s through a combination of various bloom times, colors and textures that we achieve year-round interest in our gardens. Whether you’re driving down the highway, hiking your favorite trail, or working in your backyard, take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of East Tennessee.

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