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VOL. 55 NO. 52 |

December 28, 2016

The brothers Bayless:


John and Mike are community service in action By David Hunter

Goodbye 2016!

Give 2016 the old heave-ho at New Year’s Eve on Market Square, beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. The family-friendly celebration to usher in 2017 includes music, midnight fireworks, a ball drop, an “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along and a new lighted “2017” sign. This year’s celebration is presented by Lloyd’s Electric Service Inc. “This is the night when Market Square feels most like Times Square,” says Judith Foltz, the city’s director of special events. The Temper Evans Band of Harriman will perform covers from 10:30-11:45 p.m. A slideshow of memorable events from 2016 will screen above the Market Square stage. The countdown begins at 11:55 p.m., followed by the ball drop and fireworks at midnight. The Holidays on Ice skating rink will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 1-9 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Restaurants on Market Square, including those participating in the Peppermint Trail, will be open and offering specials; call ahead for dinner reservations. No mobile food or alcohol sales will take place on the square.

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Tennessee state parks are offering ranger-led hikes Sunday, Jan. 1. Local hikes include: Norris Dam State Park, midnight-2 a.m., meet at the Tea Room, located on the east side of Norris Dam; Big Ridge State Park, 1-3 p.m., meet at the stone building at the park entrance; Tellico Blockhouse (part of Fort Loudoun State Historic Area), 1-3 p.m., meet at the Blockhouse. Info/reservations:

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Ever notice that certain people seem to be involved in almost everything that goes on in a community? With brothers John and Mike Bayless, Powell has community service times two. The brothers are involved in everything from the Powell High Alumni Association to the annual Powell Lions Club Christmas Parade. Both are active members of the Powell Business and Professional Association, where John is finishing his second year as president. Both brothers graduated from Powell High School. John is a 1977 graduate who played baseball, basketball and football for the Panthers. His senior year, he gave up football to play percussion in the marching band. Slightly older brother Mike, a 1975 graduate of PHS, also played baseball and basketball for the Panthers, but opted for band rather than football because of the conflict with the playing season. He was a drummer. John is a manager for Frontier Communications locally. Not all of his 39 years with Frontier have been here in Powell, though. Seventeen of those years were in other Tennessee cities, but he came home as soon as he was able to do so and quickly became involved in community affairs. Premier Transportation, which provides group charter bus service, is Mike’s place of employment. Through his company and the Powell High Alumni Associa-

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By Carol Z. Shane Ernie Roberts is excited about the “East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl 2017.” A longtime Old North Knox resident and current director of educational services for East Tennessee PBS, Roberts is well known; he’s semi-retired Ernie Roberts a high school math teacher and host of “TN Learn: Mathline,” music director at two churches, annual Front Page Follies funnyman, high school football announcer and tireless volunteer for many worthy causes. This year Roberts has chosen WNOX’s Frank Murphy and

Laura Bailey. They expressed a keen interest in Bailey’s work on the renewal of old buildings into new space for fresh businesses that maintain the character of Powell as it was not so long ago. “Justin Bailey is an honest, Christian man,” John Bayless said. “He’s doing a lot to restore the community as a place we can all be proud of. He has brought new life to the old Groner store building and has purchased the adjoining garage.”

Indeed, while some are calling Bailey’s project a renewal or enhancement, I have been calling it the “Powell Renaissance” since I first visited photographer Sarah McAffry’s studio in the old Groner Building at 1717 Depot Drive. John Bayless tipped us on some hard news. Soon after Christmas break, there will be a new digital sign for Powell High School. The brick monument base will To page A-3

Merle FM’s Jack Ryan to co-host the Bowl. “They both bring great skill sets to engage students, and they have the ability to make some good drama,” said Roberts. “And they dress well.” The series has been led by a single host, but with the fast-paced filming and high-energy levels of competition, Roberts felt that two hosts would be a better fit. Murphy and Ryan agree. “After just two or three games I’m physically and mentally exhausted!” said Ryan. “And I didn’t have to buy as many ties,” cracks Murphy. Anyone who observes the way these three get along in such a joshing, lighthearted way will certainly want to tune in when the first episode airs on Monday. They’ll bring the same quick-

ness to the games, which consist of rapid-fire questions in 38 academic categories for each four-person team. This year, the 53 teams come from 22 counties in East Tennessee and one in Southeast Kentucky. The series was shot over a month, four to six shows a day. There are 52 episodes, with the last three episodes being rerun at the end. For the hosts, it was a blast. “I have secretly harbored the desire to be a game show host since I was a child,” said Murphy, who admits he would set up bells on a table and force his sisters to answer trivia questions. “I’m the complete opposite,” said Ryan. “I was never a scholar.

So the only way I was ever going to be a part of the Scholars’ Bowl was to host it! To me, it’s exciting. We had some very close games – very few blowouts. Some went into overtime. Another one ended right at the buzzer.” Both say they’re looking forward to “how many complaint calls Ernie will get because of the way we mispronounced words.” Roberts laughs and takes it all in stride. “These kids answer a lot of questions. It’s like ‘Jeopardy!’ It’s educational and it’s entertaining.” Now in its 33rd year, the “East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl 2017” begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, and continues weekly at the same time through Friday, March 17, on ETPBS.

Eddie Mannis: 2016 Person of the Year The day after wildfires ravaged Sevier County, Eddie Mannis, president and CEO of Prestige Cleaners, Prestige Tuxedo and the Downtown Grind Coffee House, interrupted his cheery holiday Facebook announcements to post this message: “Sending prayers to our neighbors located in and around Gatlinburg. We are ready to help however needed. I have guest rooms and plenty of space and happy to do whatever I can.” Later that day, he translated

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tion, he arranges a bus for the annual Powell and Knoxville Christmas parades. “We deck it out with Christmas lights for the parades and you can see it coming from a good distance. Whatever provides a sense of community pride is good for all of us,” Mike said. The Bayless brothers have been keeping a close eye on the renewal efforts being spearheaded by Justin Bailey, a fourth generation Realtor and the son of Larry and

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John Bayless and Mike Bayless (right) flank then-Food City manager Terri Gilbert during the first Travis Wegener Memorial Car Show in 2015. The brothers handled food sales to raise money. File photo by S. Clark

words into action, listing supplies being collected at Prestige Cleaners or Prestige Tuxedo locations to be delivered by another of Mannis’ businesses, FRSTeam Eddie Mannis by Prestige Cleaners (Fabric Restoration Service Team). Soon he was swamped with donations. He took the following Saturday morning “off” to serve as grand marshal of the Fountain City Op-

timist Christmas Parade (and to participate with his employees in the Knoxville Christmas Parade the night before), but was soon back at the relief work, posting photos of the fabric restoration team serving lunch to adjustors and contractors at the centralized disaster relief location in Pigeon Forge. Later that day, he announced that Prestige Cleaners will donate $5 from any gift certificates sold in December to Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, which lost two students, Chloe

and Lily Reed, who died along with their mother, Constance, when they were unable to escape the flames that took their Chalet Village home. Many other Pi Phi students have been left homeless. “The school where the two little girls went still had 95 families who were homeless,” Mannis said. “The gift card sales came about because I want to help the school directly and I don’t know what resources they have. My concern is there are a lot of people in the service indusTo page A-3

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Parkwest and Peninsula staff recognized at annual Covenant Health Performance Excellence and Everest Awards ceremony Covenant Health celebrated the accomplishments of individual employees and collaborative teams throughout our system at the 2016 Performance Excellence Awards, held in November at Bridgewater Place in Knoxville. More than 200 people attended the event. The awards celebration included two categories: the Everest Awards, recognizing individual peak performers, and the Performance Excellence Awards, for projects supporting the health system’s Journey to Excellence pillars: Quality, People, Service, Finance, and Growth. The attendees were welcomed by Covenant Health CEO Jim VanderSteeg. The Performance Excellence awards were narrated by Missy Sanford, director of quality analytics and regulatory compliance, and presented by VanderSteeg and Executive Leadership Team members Mike Belbeck and Luke Johnson. Debi Welch, senior vice president of human resources, introduced the Everest Awards.

Everest Awards Covenant Health President Jim VanderSteeg and Cathy Jerrolds, Peninsula job readiness specialist, pose with Cathy’s Everest Award.

towards her staff, the members of the REC and their families. Cathy builds bridges, reaching out to student’s team, i.e., case managers, RN’s, therapists, MD’s and she reaches out to the student’s family or caregivers. She does this to insure that the highest level of care and attention are given to all students who come to the Peninsula Recovery Education Center.” Twenty-four Performance Excellence Award applications were selected for final judging. The selection process included prescreening at the facility level, judging by external healthcare and process improvement professionals, and final selection by the Executive Leadership Team. In addition to five Performance Excellence Awards, awards Everest Awards were given for Sustainability, Improvement Ten finalists were selected for the Ever- and Innovation. The President’s Award, est Awards, which recognize non-manage- Covenant Health’s highest honor, was given ment employees who reach the “peak” of to the project that most reflected Covenant performance. Because of the high perfor- Health’s mission and goals. Three teams with Parkwest participamance of the finalists, all 10 were named 2016 Everest winners. Among the 10 was tion were recipients of Performance ExcelCathy Jerrolds, job readiness specialist lence Awards. with Peninsula Outpatient. Jerrolds’ supervisor, Mary Nelle Os- Improvement Award borne, EdD, MA, wrote about Cathy in her “Optimizing Sterile Processing Worknomination: “Selfless, supportive, with the flow and Accuracy” was submitted by Parkability to build on individual’s strengths west Medical Center. This project focused are all skills that Cathy demonstrates daily on reducing the practice of immediate-use

sterilization in order to lower the risk of surgical site infections, decreasing instrument/tray error rates and staff turnover, and improving on-time surgical cases. The project demonstrated notable improvements in several sterile processes.

Innovation Award “LSVT BIG and LOUD Program Expansion,” Covenant Therapy Centers, focused on specialized programs for Parkinson’s patients. The expansion increased the number of LSVT-certified therapists to 17. The programs were expanded from two therapy center locations to nine locations throughout Covenant Health. These efforts decreased wait times for patients to be enrolled in the programs from several months to 1-3 weeks.

President’s Award

Improvement Award

“Strategic Alignment and Performance” recognized the Covenant Health Cardiac

Parkwest Sterile Processing Team members

Service Line. Covenant Health’s cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs improved strategic and operational alignment, reduced unnecessary clinical variation, developed infrastructure for service line analytics, and created focus around shared priorities. The team achieved goals related to clinical standardization and benchmarking against national norms, and realized cost savings for patients and facilities. The health system continues to lead the way in new technologies and cardiac care. “Every staff member at Parkwest strives to embody the Covenant Health pledge of always putting our patients first, demonstrating excellence in everything we do and making Covenant Health the first and best choice for healthcare in our region,” said Parkwest CAO Neil Heatherly. “It is truly an honor to serve as the leader of such an amazing team. Thanks to all who submitted projects and nominations, and congratulations to the winners!”

Innovation Award

President’s Award

Covenant Therapy Centers LSVT Team members

Covenant Health Cardiology Service Line Team members

Spotlight on valet services at Parkwest Free valet parking described as ‘wonderful service’ Caring folks in all departments work together to make sure that guests and patients are “Treated Well. Well Treated.®” every time they come to Parkwest. One such department, which is highly valued and appreciated yet seldom publically recognized, is Valet Services. Parkwest receives countless calls and Parkwest C.A.R.E.S. cards from guests and patients singing the praises of the Valet Services team members. One of the most recent compliments received read: “Mr. Cody Elswich valet parked my car. He was so professional and seemed eager to help me as I was in a hurry. I could not have asked for any

better service than what he provided. I’d give him a 10! I think this is a wonderful service that Parkwest provides, especially for elderly people. It is much appreciated!” Parkwest was the first hospital in Knoxville to provide valet parking and the service has always been provided at no cost. The hardworking valet attendants park about 2,500 vehicles per week, and more if weather is poor. Tim Galyon, team leader of fleet and parking services, shared why his staff is so passionate about providing excellent service. “Often, we make the first impression of Parkwest for patients and guests,” said Galyon. “So it’s incredibly

important that the valet attendants be polite and courteous at all times, even during the hectic moments. “Extend a smile and warm greeting to everyone; after all, you never know what that person may be going through. Generally, a hospital is not a place people want to be,” explained Galyon. “Hopefully we can make their day better by being friendly and parking and retrieving their vehicle so they have one less thing to worry about.” Parkwest would like to thank each and every member of the Valet Services staff for their compassion and dedication to providing a simple, yet meaningful service to so many.

Parkwest valet team members are all smiles while they serve our patients and visitors. Pictured are Jennifer Lopez, Cody Elswick, and Jessica Hardy, manager.

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No one enjoys being in the hospital – that’s why our goal is to exceed your expectations. Do you have a comment you want to share about your experience as a Parkwest patient or would you like to recognize one of your caregivers?

Ask any member of our staff to provide you with a C.A.R.E.S. card during your next visit, or send us a note addressed to: Voice of the Customer, Parkwest Medical Center, 9352 Park West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37923. We want to hear from you!

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Grace Baptist celebrates 100th anniversary


By Nancy Anderson When Grace Baptist Church opened in 1916, only eight percent of American homes had a telephone, World War I was raging in Europe, and the Boston Red Sox won the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to one. One hundred years later, more than 1,000 people gathered at the church to celebrate its centennial birthday on Dec. 18, with a special service featuring U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, Mayor Tim Burchett, state Rep. Roger Kane and former lead pastor Dr. Ron Stewart. Burchett declared Dec. 18 as “Grace Baptist Church Day.” Duncan presented a letter of appreciation saying, “We are fortunate the church was built because the preachers preach the gospel. If every preacher would just preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, most of our problems would be solved.” Kane said the state of Tennessee is thankful for the work the church has done in the community since its inception, saying, “The Speaker of the House is appreciative of all the work Grace has done, and a flag is flying over the Capitol today in honor of Grace Baptist Church.” Stewart gave special thanks to Sue Reagan, who was in attendance, for hav-

Grace Christian Academy Head of School Rob Hammond with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who proclaimed Dec. 18 as Grace Baptist Church day. ing joined the church in 1941, saying, “I especially appreciate her because she’s always ready with a hug. That’s 75 years of hugs.” He addressed the congregation, explaining how the church began when 22 people met at Karns school in 1916 to share the vision of building a church. “I wish I could have been there to share the excitement with the 22 men and women who gathered at Karns School in a small ‘town’ with a population of 5,005 people just 10 miles from downtown Knoxville and gave birth to a vision. God’s vision.” Seventeen pastors have led the church, each with a

role to play in making it the megachurch that it is today; but none more so than Stewart. Stewart served the longest at 28 years. He said it’s not unusual for a church to die as it ages, but Grace Baptist Church has managed to grow, now with 5,000 members and considerable resources. “As it approaches its 100year anniversary, Grace has become a megachurch with all kinds of opportunities to reach people in so many different ways. “Today is our greatest opportunity because God has given us so many resources that we can do whatever it is that he asks

Former lead pastor Dr. Ron Stewart addresses the congregation. Photos by Nancy Anderson

us to do. Any door that he opens up we can go through it. Any obstacle in our path we can overcome it.” Stewart finished his sermon by encouraging the congregation to look forward to a new era when a new pastor takes over the pulpit. “I hope you all understand that the most important and the most exciting time is yet to come. God is opening our hearts for a new pastor who is going to come in here, soon I hope, with new ideas and a new vision and new gifts that this church needs right now to continue to grow and continue making a positive impact on the community.”

Madame Alexander survives WWII By Carolyn Evans It was Christmastime in Concord. WWII was raging. Everything was rationed – including sugar, toys and shoes. Paper ornaments hung on unlit trees, since electric lights went to the war effort. But it was a wonderful time for one 11-year-old girl named Barbara Hall. Presents arrived from her aunt, Mary Margaret Smith, a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) based in Iowa. While stores in Knoxville might receive just a few toys that were immediately snatched up, her aunt had access to a commissary. Barbara couldn’t believe her eyes: There in her hands was a treasure, a Madame Alexander doll. The doll was dressed in a WAC uniform and had a movable head, arms and legs. Was that the best present she got that year? “It was probably the only present I got!” she laughs. She named the doll “Sergeant Mary Smith” in honor of her aunt. She carefully preserved her for decades, and Sgt. Smith is in amazing condition, despite a small hole in her back caused by one of Barbara’s sons many years later. “I call it a war injury,” she chuckles.

Barbara Beeler poses with “Mary Margaret Smith” and her son, Jay. Beeler’s aunt sent her the doll during WWII. The Farragut resident spent her first few years with her grandparents in Gatlinburg, then grew up in the village of Concord “before the water came in.” During the war, she and her parents and three siblings moved to Knoxville, but even then, she spent holidays and summers at their grand-

parents’ house in Concord. “It was wide open space,” she says. “Nothing but farms. Most people in Concord were stone masons. My daddy was in construction. From 1870 till 1928 Concord was a marble town. Everything was marble, marble, marble. “The very first thing I really remember about Christmas in Concord,” she says, “is that the church always had the big red and green wreath on its door. “Now all churches have wreaths, but back then we were the only ones. They always put it on the door the day after Thanksgiving. “Every year at the church Christmas program, Santa Claus came with paper bags. Everyone got a bag with an apple, an orange, a candy stick and nuts. “That little bag was a great treat for us!” Memories of her childhood bring a sparkle to Barbara Beeler’s eyes. “It was a just a small country town – a little village,” she says. “Most everybody was kin to everybody else. It was a wonderful time! Growing up in the village of Concord was a wonderful life for us.”

Cecil and Betty Mannis with Jan, Eddie and Robert (circa 1957)

Eddie Mannis From page A-1 try that rent and don’t have renters insurance.” Nobody who knows him is surprised by his push to help neighbors in need. From quiet philanthropy to organizing HonorAir flights that have taken more than 3,000 local World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, it would be difficult to find anyone more generous with resources and time. And that is why he is my 2016 Knoxvillian of the Year. His generous spirit, entrepreneurial brilliance and unflagging energy have enriched this region for decades. His brother, Robert – an actor and photographer who lives in New York City – describes his big brother like this: “He is dedicated to making Knoxville the best it can be. He’s constantly talking about that. He has real compassion for other people and great sensitivity to other people’s feelings and to their plights.” The Mannis kids’ father, Cecil, and their late mother, Betty, worked hard to provide for their children, Jan, Eddie and Robert (little sister Leanne would come along later). They lived in

a neighborhood known as “Frog Level,” attended Inskip Elementary School and a little Baptist church nearby. Cecil and Betty (who eventually divorced) owned a couple of restaurants, and the kids helped out. “I’d say we were poor but didn’t realize it,” Robert Mannis said. “We all worked. Eddie started working when he was 14 or 15. He worked at Fountain City Florist, and when our father started working for Sanitary Laundry and Dry Cleaning, my brother worked there.” After attending the University of Tennessee for a couple of years, Mannis decided to buy Big Orange Cleaners with a small nest egg he’d saved. “The business was pretty small, and he changed the name to Prestige Cleaners – and just went from there. He bought the building next door, then bought the building behind it and built the plant on Emory Road. It just kept growing and growing. He’s worked so incredibly hard over the past 30 years to build that business. That company is my brother. “You will not meet a man or a woman who loves Knoxville more than my brother,” Robert Mannis said.

The brothers Bayless be courtesy of the Powell Business and Professional Association and the Powell High Alumni Association. The groups are splitting the cost. The two groups entered a formal agreement with the school board with

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each Bayless brother signing off as president of his respective organization. Powell High School principal Dr. Chad Smith said the sign will be used by the three community schools for announcements.

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Nothing is simple with TVA Nothing is ever as simple as it seems when it comes to TVA and its management. What is clear is that three TVA board members whose terms expired in May 2016 were not confirmed by the U.S. Senate and, therefore, they go off the board on Jan. 3, 2017. They are the current chair Joe Ritch, along with Mike McWherter and Peter Mahurin. The bylaws do not provide for a vice chair or someone to fill in for a vacant chair position immediately, which will occur in one week. The chair of the audit committee, who is Lynn Evans, will preside at a called meeting and likely would be chosen to be chair, but she is not chair until elected. The bylaws further provide that the board should decide within 30 days of the vacancy who the next chair is. A board meeting is scheduled to be held Feb. 17, 2017, in Chattanooga. But wait, the board might have a notational vote without

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a meeting. So who knows? There are only six board members left out of nine starting a week from today. There are also two committees of the board without chairs next week. It is hard to see the board rejecting Lynn Evans, who is well liked and able, from becoming the chair given the historic firsts it will achieve, but her term will expire in five months in May 2017. She can continue until the end of 2017 if not replaced or reappointed. Of the remaining six members, it is divided evenly between men and women, which is also a first in TVA Board history. Also of the remaining six members, four are from Tennessee but zero

from East Tennessee. President Donald Trump will nominate five new board members in 2017. Hopefully, at least one of these five will be from East Tennessee, where TVA is headquartered. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander will play a role in determining who they are. Meanwhile, citizens all over the Valley are lining up to win one of the five open seats on the board. Former Virginia state Sen. Bill Wampler, 58, of Bristol, Va., has indicated interest. He was a Virginia legislator from 1988 to 2011. His father was longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Wampler, and his mother was Sen. Howard Baker’s sister. ■ State Sen. Becky Massey turns 62 next Monday, Jan. 2, and she is the youngest of the three Knox County senators. ■ State Rep. Harry Brooks, 70, who was just re-elected to his eighth term, may make this his last

term. He will have served 16 years at the end of this term with education as a focus of his endeavors. While he has not formally announced his retirement, he is telling friends this may be his last term. ■ Knoxville attorney Jeff Hagood is being widely mentioned as the next U.S. attorney, to be appointed by Trump. Hagood is a close friend of both U.S. Reps. Jimmy Duncan and Chuck Fleischmann from Chattanooga. Duncan was an early Trump supporter. Hagood is also a close friend of retired UT football coach Phil Fulmer. The process of vetting, nominating and confirming a U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal will easily run into summer before actual confirmation occurs. The vetting process is rigorous.

government ■ Former Sheriff Tim Hutchison is soliciting letters of recommendation from area law enforcement leaders to be nominated by Trump to be U.S. marshal. The Senate must confirm this appointment, too. Vetting could take a while. ■ Overbey: Another person has joined those Republicans actively seeking the nomination for governor in two years. State Sen. Doug Overbey, who represents Blount and Sevier counties, has served on the Blount County Commission and as state representative. He is in his third term as senator and is considered hard-working, well-informed and well-prepared. He is in the stage of strong consideration. He would be the third senator to join the contest. He sponsored Gov.

Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan when Senate Majority leader Mark Norris declined to handle it. In addition to Overbey, others actively considering a run include Knoxvillian Randy Boyd, current Economic and Community Development commissioner; U.S. Rep. Diane Blackburn, state Sens. Mark Norris and Mark Green, and Bill Lee from Williamson County. House Speaker Beth Harwell had been considered a potential candidate but is not mentioned as much lately because of a divided House caucus, where she won renomination as speaker 40-30 last month over state Rep. Jimmy Matlock of Loudon County. She has fence mending to do there before embarking on a successful statewide race.

‘Cash for classrooms’ project set to start I helped give away $5,000 last week, and I’ve got to say it was fun. Angela Floyd, who operates dance and music studios off Callahan Road and in West Knoxville, decided to celebrate her 20th anniversary in business by giving $2,000 to schools. Called “cash for classrooms,” she asked the Shopper to help with publicity. We ramped it up a bit and found more sponsors. Soon we had sold some advertising (always a good thing for a newspaper) and had $5,000

Angela was notifying everyone via email.) Knox County’s Great Schools Partnership agreed Sandra to be the fiscal agent. Yay! Clark So the checks will be mailed and sometime after the winter break we’ll jump in the van and drive by the to award to schools in incre- winning classrooms to say hello and get some photos. ments of $250. We got some 40 applica- We’ll share all 20 winners in tions for the 20 grants, so all Shopper zones so teachers selecting the winners was can see some creative ideas. And we’ll do this again tough. We looked for creativity, impact on the most kids next year. After all, Angela Floyd will be celebrating her and geographic diversity. (Did you win? Don’t ask. 21st anniversary!

Vietnam veterans honor Burchett

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (center) was recently honored by The Vietnam Veterans of America Bill Robinson Chapter. The mayor was recognized by the national organization and is only the second person in Tennessee to receive the honor. Presenting the award to Burchett were president of the Bill Robinson Chapter Don Smith and Bill Robinson, who is the longestheld Vietnam War POW still living. Barry Rice (not pictured), president of the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, was on hand for the presentation. Photo by Ruth White

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Eight is good, nine is better We just don’t get it. I have been informed that I was wrong, that eight wins is a good year. All over America, 8-4 is a good season. At The Shopper News, we obviously expect too much. LaTroy Lewis, fifth-year senior citizen and one of the really good guys on the Tennessee team, sounds on script when he says the 2016 campaign was “definitely not a disappointment.” Are you serious? LaTroy thinks numerous football friends around the country would trade for the Volunteers’ eight in a New York minute. Lewis actually said in a heartbeat. It seems some of his friends are stuck at five, six or seven. “To win eight games in the Southeastern Conference, and the type of opponents we have played this year, is really an accomplishment.” Time out. Let’s do a recount. Tennessee roared from three touchdowns behind and flogged Florida. Tennessee lost the Georgia game in the last minute and miraculously won it back in the closing seconds.

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Despite the defense giving up most of a mile, the Vols put down Missouri and Kentucky. Hooray. Count ’em. That makes Tennessee’s total of SEC victories onetwo-three-four. The way I see it, Texas A&M, Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt were just four SEC losses – even though they looked worse. One was in overtime on the seventh turnover, one by stunning proportions, more overwhelming than the final score. One was a two-touchdown upset. You know who absolutely ruined November. Four-four fits the progressive pattern. In four seasons, Butch Jones is 1418 in the league. If all goes well, in a year or three, he’ll be back to even. The past month has been difficult for the coach. His declaration that the Volunteers were champions of life

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ In the city’s tradition of naming buildings and streets for living people, might we suggest choices for the new restrooms on Market Square:

■ County cops would select Hugh Holt, Sheriff Jones’ new purchasing agent. What will J.J. try next? To get Holt under the deputies pension plan?

■ The FOP would name them for Nick Della Volpe, the man who wants to take away the pension’s automatic escalator.

■ We could select Victor Ashe for the men’s unit and Madeline Rogero for the women’s. Feuding for eternity.

turned into a national joke. Ha, ha. You and I knew what he meant and that he was sincere when he said it, but the timing was all wrong. The multitude was still focused on the big one that got away, the championship of the SEC East. This may not be true but Butch supposedly had his feelings hurt. He felt unappreciated. To make him feel better, his agent supposedly floated the thought of a modest raise and contract extension (before dearly beloved Dave Hart departs). Ha-ha wasn’t enough. That idea triggered ha-ha-ha. Along came the horrendous mountain fire and somebody said Butch was going to donate his $100,000 bowl bonus to Gatlinburg relief. It was a set-up. Somebody else said he should, that he didn’t deserve a reward for falling short of the Sugar Bowl. Before that discussion got ugly, the university issued a denial. Butch was not going to donate his bonus. That really helped. Now comes the moment of truth, the final straw or the end of an exciting top-

sy-turvy year, the return to Nashville, spotlight appearance in the Music City Bowl against big, bad Nebraska. I have set aside seven seconds for you to consider what will happen if the Vols lose. Time’s up. Even the ultra-positive LaTroy Lewis, defensive lineman, team loyalist, might finally be disappointed. Some would undoubtedly scream, amid much gnashing of teeth. Hopefully, the proximity of Sunday and a new year would discourage profanity and excessive strong drink. Think how much better we’ll all feel if Tennessee gets win number nine. No hangover. No need to repent. Instead of a winter of discontent, we can look to the future, at least one defensive tackle off rehab, corners and safeties looking back for air balls, great expectations at quarterback, maybe an SEC East title. Oops, none of that. Stop it! Don’t go there. Too much optimism is what got us in trouble in the first place. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Officers provide holiday shopping assistance at ‘Shop with a Cop’ Officer Lynn Clemons assists a customer at Walmart in Northeast Knoxville during the annual “Shop with a Cop” event. Sponsored by the FOP Lodge, the event provides holiday assistance for families to help provide Christmas presents. Clemons said he has participated in the event for many years and loves kids. “I love seeing them happy.” He also said it gives people an opportunity to see that police officers are people like them. “It’s good to give back and I consider it a blessing to do this.” Photo by Ruth White

League sets legislative breakfast Everyone is invited to the annual breakfast with state senators sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County. State Sens. Becky Massey,

Richard Briggs and Randy McNally will be present to discuss issues such as privatization, education, health care and gun laws. The breakfast is 9:30-11

a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Knox Room of the News Sentinel building. A continental breakfast will be served. McNally, who represents a portion of North Knox Coun-

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Faith Promise impacts the next generation By Stacy Levy Faith Promise believes that today’s youth is tomorrow’s church. The student ministry at the North Knox Campus has really grown in 2016, says Noah Case, student pastor. “The year 2016 has been a great year in our ministry. We have averaged 155 students and leaders. We are thankful to families that give us the privilege of spending time each week with their students. “Our prayer is that we are making an impact for eternity in the next generation,” Case said. There are over 15 schools represented in the Faith Promise youth, and the youth leaders really make an impact on the kids. They hang out with the kids, talk about their days and worship with awesome fun music. Sometimes they do have tough conversations they need to walk through, and they help with that, too. “As a youth leader, I get the privilege and opportunity to share love, support, encouragement and Christian belief to each of these kids in a way that I hope helps them understand that

Jesus loves them very much and wants to be in their life in a very personal way,” said Jenny Giannaris, high school girls youth leader. Faith Promise held its student ministry Christmas party Dec. 21. It was a fun time for the students as they entered their Christmas break. They had an ugly sweater contest, best pajama contest, cookie decorating and of course plenty of food. They closed the night with a leader Lip Sync Battle. Even though they are taking a break through Jan. 4, Faith Promise still wants to stay connected with its youth. The youth leaders feel it’s important to let the students know they are there for them anytime. They want to encourage students to check out the fpStudents app on their phones or tablets to watch videos from staff members that talk about Christmas and New Year’s. “Spending time with them has taught me to be transparent about the fact that we all experience moments in life that God walks us through and I have learned to really depend

cross currents Lynn Pitts,

March forth! This day is a day of distress…; children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. (Isaiah 37: 3b NRSV)

Faith Promise youth group members Emily Sweat and McKenzie McManus are ready to compete in the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at the student ministry Christmas party. on God for the right moment and words to speak to them,” said Giannaris. “It also reminds me continually what a great responsibility I have been given. Many times, I find that I depend on God more when I’m with my students than any other time. You just have no idea what they will ask!” Noah is very humbled by being a student pastor. He

said, “As a teenager, I had a team of adults pour into me showing me the love of Jesus. At the end of the day they showed me that Jesus was greater than anything this world has to offer. This prepared me for a life of pouring into students and their families. At the end of the day our goal is that students become more and more like Jesus.” Info:

Finding hope at West Park Baptist By Nancy Anderson Many cancer patients question why they got the disease. “Why is God punishing me, what did I do wrong?” They may feel isolation. West Park Baptist Church seeks to bridge the gap with its cancer care ministry. Our Journey of Hope is an outreach ministry sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America that offers spiritual, emotional and often tangible support to cancer patients. Brought to the church by Patrick and Pamela Sullivan, the program features a support group session each third Monday, along with one-on-one spiritual and emotional support. Along with three specially trained care ministers, the Sullivans each take on a small group of cancer patients frequently referred by friends and family. The volunteers also help where needed such as grocery shopping, washing dishes, or even building a

make sure they understand there is someone out there that’s praying for them and willing to help out with whatever they need. Just show them some love,” said Patrick Sullivan. Many of the volunteers are cancer survivors or have a friend or loved one battling the disease. Patrick Sullivan is battling metastatic prostate cancer. He says he knew when he met with the pasPamela and Patrick Sullivan tor who heads Our Journey of Hope at Cancer Treatramp to aid with mobility. ment Centers of America in “The five of us have a Atlanta, that bringing this group we’re assigned to and program to West Park Bapwe follow up with them to tist was the reason for me

getting cancer. “It’s given me purpose. It’s given us hope in our own struggle. We don’t want anyone to feel alone, we want them to know that God loves them and we want them to fight to win. “When you battle cancer you need to have a purpose for fighting. “Any battle requires a purpose that motivates you. For me, along with wanting to be here for my wife and three sons Our Journey of Hope, helping others, is my motivation to fight. “And today, I am in remission.” Info:

KJA to host ‘Left v. Right: The Battle for Israel’s Soul’ Two respected thought leaders with opposing viewpoints on Israel will take part in “Left v. Right: The Battle for Israel’s Soul,” a post-election debate. This moderated forum will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Arnstein

Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. J.J. Goldberg, editor-atlarge of The Forward and former U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report, will present a liberal viewpoint. Jonathan Tobin, senior

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Recently, I was reminded of my first pregnancy. My doctor informed me that my due date would be on or about March 4. Our best friends at the time had also been married for several years, and had no children. When we told them our happy news, including the projected due date, our friend Paul chuckled and said, “March fourth! Hmmm. That sounds strong and determined! Almost like an order: ‘March forth!’” Later we discovered that Paul and his wife were expecting about the same time, and so were my husband’s business partner and his wife. It was a veritable population explosion, there in our little West Virginia town. When I went into labor at about 5 in the morning on the fourth of March, I thought, “Wow, my doctor was right on! He hit the due date exactly!” We drove through the early morning darkness to the hospital and decided on her name as we headed up the hill to the parking lot. She would be Sarah Jordan. Jordan, however, did not feel bound by my doctor’s prediction of a due date. She had other ideas. To be blunt, she dilly-dallied. I freely admit that I was a rookie at this labor business, and wasn’t sure how to go about it. Labor went on for some 21 hours before Jordan made her debut in this world. By that time it was no longer the fourth of March, but the fifth, and I was exhausted, but happy. Jordan, on the other hand, was outraged that she had been pushed out of her warm, secure dark place, floating inside my tummy, and into a bright, cold world where gravity began its pull on her. By that time, my husband’s business partner and his wife were just down the hall, also in the throes of labor. Their Amy also took her own sweet time, and was born on the sixth of March. My Jordan has been a “march forth” kind of a gal ever since that day. As a toddler, her declaration of independence was an emphatic “Baby do it!” (meaning “Let me do this by myself!”). She has grown into an accomplished, capable woman who knows her own abilities. She has dreams and plans and goals, and the strength, stamina and determination to make them happen. I ponder sometimes the way in which a day – any day – can suddenly take on importance, meaning, celebration, or sadness. I notice days – the birthdays (or deaths) of high school friends and teachers, of colleagues and composers, of presidents or princes. I notice anniversaries of events big and small, days of infamy, saints’ days. I also take note of the ways in which special occasions seem to cluster in my family. January was always chock-full of birthdays in my parents’ generation; nowadays, April is the month studded with stars on the calendar. I am grateful for the people whose days (and lives) I celebrate. Today I am most especially grateful for my Jordan, who marched forth, and made March fifth a holiday in our family. And I gladly forgive her dilly-dallying on the day before her birth. Heaven knows she has not done so since!

SENIOR NOTES ■■ All Knox County Senior Centers will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, and Monday, Jan. 16. ■■ Karns Senior Center 8042 Oak Ridge Highway 951-2653 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: card games; dance classes; exercise programs; mahjong; art classes; farkle dice games; dominoes; a computer lab; billiards room; outdoor grill and kitchen area. Chair Zumba classes, 8:30 a.m.

Register for: Smart Health Goals for 2017 presentation, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. Fraud presentation, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. ■■ Halls Senior Center 4405 Crippen Road 922-0416 Monday-Friday Hours vary

Register for: A Matter of Balance classes, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12; free eight-week series. Veterans services one-on-one, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18; RSVP: 215-5645. ■■ The Heiskell Senior Center 1708 W. Emory Road.

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Great Schools Partnership funds teacher grants

Happy New Year! By Kip Oswald In the last few weeks, we have looked at several family holidays. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the beginning of a new year! As with every holiday, GramKip mie makes a big meal for our family. For this one, though, she ties a bit of superstition to it. She says everyone has to eat the meal on New Year’s Day so we have good luck and plenty of everything in the new year! This meal is black-eyed peas, ham hocks, rice, collard greens, pot “likker” and cornbread! She calls the peas and rice “hoppin john,” and I found this is a southern tradition that goes back to the 1800s. Hoppin’ John is eaten with collard greens because they look like paper money and the peas like coins. Kinzy and I thought we would find the history of celebrating the New Year and some other New Year’s traditions that people do around the world. New Year’s Day is one of the oldest holidays, started thousands of years ago in ancient Babylon. Countries around the world have different traditions with superstitions for celebrating the day. Here are just a few of the ones we found. For instance, the French celebrate the first moments of New Year’s with kisses under the mistletoe, while residents in Mexico and Colombia may start the new year by walking around

their block with empty luggage. This ritual is performed to bring about a year full of travels. The Greeks celebrate midnight with the lights turned off, followed by the Basil’s Pie, which contains a coin. Whoever gets the piece of pie containing the coin has luck for the next year. Several countries may eat 12 grapes or circular foods at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure 12 happy months in the coming year. Of course, our country has the most famous tradition of watching the New Year ball drop in Times Square in New York City at midnight. The tradition began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood, while the current ball is made of crystal and weighs 1,070 pounds. Like the USA, many Englishspeaking countries play “Auld Lang Syne,” a song celebrating the year’s happy moments. While all of these traditions are really superstitious, we found some extreme superstitions to live by on New Year’s Day if you want to have good luck. In some European countries, if your first visitor of the year is a tall, dark-haired stranger (called the First Footer or Lucky Bird), you will have good luck all year. Don’t let anything leave your house on New Year’s Day, except for people. Don’t pay the bills, break anything or shed any tears if you want good luck for the year. WOW! I think it is best to just eat Grammie’s meal and watch some football! Comments to oswalds

Fourteen Knox County Schools teachers received grants totaling more than $100,000 from the Great Schools Partnership in December. At Northwest Middle School, Melanie McCardel was joined by principal Karen Loy; Stephanie Welch, interim director of the Great Schools Partnership; school board member Terry Hill; and Daphne Odom, executive director of innovation and school improvement, as she received her award. This is the third year that the Great Schools Partnership has offered teachers funding to pursue their creative ideas in the classroom through its TeacherPreneur Grant Program. “We received the largest number of proposals to date – 54, so choosing our winners was definitely not an easy task,” said Welch. “Each project represents the creativity of KCS teachers in bringing innovative, out-of-the-box thinking to their instruction. Some of the projects are brand new, ground-breaking ideas. “Others are based on existing ideas or technology, but with a new twist to meet the unique needs of the students in their classroom.” The Great Schools Partnership worked with Knox County School’s Office of Innovation and a team of teacher/peer grant reviewers to vet the applications, interview finalists and choose this year’s winners. Two of the winners, Sandy Morris from Green Magnet Academy and Rich McKinney from Vine Middle School, received funding for Virtual Reality technology to use in their schools. “We really think our students will love this new technology,” said Sandy Morris, the magnet coor-

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dinator at Green Magnet Academy. “The Virtual Reality kit allows our students to experience the topics they’re learning. It’s the difference between being told the Great Pyramid is 481 feet tall and standing next to the structure and looking at how high it is.” Other recipients are: South-Doyle High School, Emily Frei; Dogwood Elementary, Nancy Friedrich; Green Magnet Academy, Tommie Branscum and Rich

McKinney; Beaumont Magnet Academy, Cheryl Burchett; Rocky Hill Elementary, Jordan Haney; Hardin Valley Academy, John Tilson, Andre Caballero and Frank Chen; and Ridgedale Alternative School, Miller Foutch. In alignment with the Knox County School’s strategic plan, TeacherPreneur aims to promote KNS teachers as educational leaders and creative problem Northwest Middle School solvers. All full-time Knox teacher Melanie McCardel is County teachers are eligible excited to win a grant. for the awards.

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Darlene Davenport and administrative assistant Jennifer Sullivan are all smiles (among some tears) as they are surprised at being named recipients of the Teacherpreneur grants. Central received two grants, one to be used for teacher training and the other for ELL/math screenings.

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Tidmore signs with Chattanooga State

Grinch Day at West Haven Elementary

Powell High senior Madison Tidmore has signed to play softball at Chattanooga State after graduation. T h e outf ielder has been a member of the PanTidmore ther team for two years, following her move to the area from Alabama. Madison selected Chattanooga State because of the great softball program and the opportunity to Pre-K students enjoy dressing up for school in celebration First-grade students Heidi Baxter and earn a degree while playing of Grinch Day. Pictured are Peyton Jones, Kayden Stokes Aaleah Clark get creative with outfits to celebrate Grinch Day at West Haven. the sport she loves. While and Braylen Doss. West Haven Elementary first-grade teacher Lindsey Newat Chattanooga State, she man enjoys a Grinch dress-up day with students Saderia plans to study and become a Gillespie, Lanie Nipper and Gage Bowling. Photos submitted radiation therapist. While at Powell, Madison has learned the importance of working as a team. “Coach Inman sets a great example to the team and pushes us PSCC Foundation board ■■ Bobby Malone, community hard to be our best,� she leader members for 2016-17 are: said. Inman called Madison ■■ Thomas B. Ballard, Innovation ■■ Wallace Bryan McClure, a “great kid on and off the & Entrepreneurial Initiatives, president, Scalable DevelopPershing Yoakley & Assoc. field� and mentioned that ment Inc. she is the team’s leadoff hit■■ Joy Bishop, Bishop Property ■■ Peggy McCord community ter, was named All-District Management leader outfielder last year and is ■■ Charles W. “Wes� Carruthers ■■ Todd Moody, attorney, Haan “all-around, solid ball Jr., vice president, Downey Oil good & Moody PLLC player.� Company/KenJo Markets ■■ Heather Overton, business Attending the signing ■■ David A. Clothier, controller/ development, Johnson Archiwith Madison were her partreasurer, Pilot Travel Centers tecture Inc. ents, Justin and Amanda ■■ Carl Esposito, publisher, The ■■ Rebecca Paylor, community Tidmore; siblings Morgan Daily Times leader and John David Tidmore; ■■ Charles Griffin, president, ■ ■ Lezah Pinnell, community grandfather James TidBarberMcMurry Architects leader more; great-aunt Estelle Camden Whittle ■ ■ Sharon Yvonne Hannum, ■ ■ Rick Rushing, senior VP and Phillips, friends and teamowner, TotalEffectsOnline. Classroom volunteer Randy White assists Brooklyn Webb as manager, commercial bankmates. com ing, First Tennessee Bank she decorates a cookie during a class party.

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Enrollment drops at colleges for 5th year

Enrollment at colleges and universities across the U.S. decreased by 1.4 percent during the last semester, marking the fifth consecutive year of declines, a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report finds.

By Ruth White Kindergarten youngsters at Norwood Elementary enjoyed a fun afternoon as the school year came to an end for the winter holidays. Students were able to decorate cookies, enjoy snacks and get creative with art activities. Knox County students

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News from Emerald Youth Foundation

A Message from Steve Diggs Emerald Youth president and CEO

Fountain City Business & Professional Association officers for 2017 are (clockwise from left): R. Larry Smith, Regina Reed, Rob Glass, Elaine Shipe, Samantha Parris, Beth Wade, John Fugate, Andrew Hartung and Chris Buffkin. Photos by S. Clark

Business soars in Fountain City By Sandra Clark Fountain City Business & Professional Association honored an outstanding leader and installed officers for 2017 in a festive party at Commercial Bank on Broadway. Bank manager John Fugate was re-elected president of the group. R. Larry Smith, former Knox County commissioner, was given the Claude C. Myers award, named for the

longtime leader of Fountain City Bank (now First Tennessee). Regina Reed presented the award. Fountain City Elementary School walked away with $750, as principal Tina Holt thanked the business club for its support of schools. Fugate said the club sponsors the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Fountain City and helps area schools. The

club participates in an advocacy group that’s working on “issues such as sidewalks, streets and the park.” It meets monthly at Central Baptist Church. Vice president is Beth Wade of ORNL Federal Credit Union. CPA Andrew Hartung is treasurer and Elaine Shipe of A Place for Mom is secretary. Board members are Regina Reed of Crye-Leike Real Estate,

Chris Buffkin and Rob Glass of Computer Systems Plus, and attorney Samantha Parris. Donations for the silent auction included gift cards to various restaurants, floral arrangements, bird seed from Ace Hardware, a necklace from Fountain City Jewelers and the traditional red velvet cake from Litton’s.

About this time 25 years ago, it all began. I was a recent Maryville College graduate serving as a youth minister at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church. As I worked alongside the Rev. Bob Bean, God placed in the hearts of our church congregation a calling to serve neighborhood kids. We rolled out a ball and some games and prayed children would come. God answered our prayers in ways we nevSteve Diggs er imagined. Out of that one local neighborhood church, God birthed Emerald Youth Foundation with an outreach to just a handful of kids. With the Christmas season upon us and the conclusion of 2016, we are on track to serve well over 2,000 children, teens and young adults in the heart of our city through high quality programming in faith, learning and health – and the story is just beginning. It’s a story rooted in Jesus’ words from John 10:10, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” Now, we’re not just imagining a changed youth group or making an impact in one neighborhood. We’re imagining a city where every child, in every neighborhood, has the opportunity for a full life – the kind of life Christ intended. This means our city neighborhoods will be places where children can safely play in the streets and where the next generation will know Jesus Christ. As 2017 begins, I invite you to celebrate with us 25 years of changed lives and God’s redeeming work across urban Knoxville.

Professor gives nutrition tips for the New Year “Stop

worrying about things not to eat and focus on a positive mindset of what you should eat.” That’s the New Year’s resoLee Murphy lution advice Lee Murphy, professor of nutrition at the University of Tennessee, is telling everyone this year. “People often think of resolutions as eating less of something or cutting it out

altogether, but I think it’s more fun and realistic to try and think positively about food,” she said. Here are Murphy’s top three nutrition tips for the New Year: ■■ More water. Dehydration can occur quickly and result in headaches, lethargy and crankiness. Drink water throughout the day and aim for approximately half an ounce to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. For example, a 150-pound person would need between 75 and 150 ounces of water per day.

■■ More fruits and veggies. A healthy goal includes at least two fruit servings and three vegetable servings daily. Visit a local farmers market or grocery and stock up on fresh foods in season with a variety of color. ■■ More dietary fiber. High-fiber foods have hearthealth benefits, control blood sugar and help other food move through the digestive tract for healthy elimination. “These are all things we need more of,” said Murphy. “It can be challeng-

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Deadlines set for preservation grants For the third year, the city of Knoxville will grant a total of $500,000 to owners of historic residential or commercial buildings through its Historic Preservation Fund. The deadlines for this process are: ■■Mandatory pre-proposal meeting: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, Room 511 City County Building, 400 Main Street. Your proposal will not be considered if you don’t attend. ■■Deadline for questions to be submitted in writing to the Assistant Purchasing Agent: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 ■■Proposals due: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

More than 100 families with children connected to Emerald Youth programs participated in the Emerald Youth Christmas Store on Dec. 16. Parents were invited to shop in the store, where they purchased new clothes, toys, shoes, electronics and other gifts for their children at a fraction of the retail price. After making their purchases, a gift wrap station was available for parents to use, and a delicious selection of Christmas refreshments topped off the evening. “This was the third year of the store,” said Church and Community

Development director Kevin DuBose. “It helps parents provide gifts in a way that affirms their role as mom and dad. “We love offering the store to our city families, and we’re already looking forward to 2017.” Some notable numbers from this year’s store: ■■Gifts were purchased for 304 children. ■■Over 130 volunteers and staff operated the store. ■■More than 320 rolls of gift wrap were used. Numerous organizations, companies and individuals donated time, gifts and money to make the store possible.

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New presidents for area clubs For those who might think Mayor Madeline Rogero is humorless, take a gander at the “ribbon-cutting” for the new Market Square restrooms in the Market Square garage. And she pulled others into the photo: City Council member Daniel Brown, Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, council member George Wallace, architects Scott Busby and Christopher King, downtown coordinator Rick Emmett, and council member Finbarr Saunders.

Comfort and joy at Market Square Her promise of public restrooms for Market Square drew the loudest applause at Mayor Madeline Rogero’s most recent budget address. And last week she officially opened the facility in the Market Square garage. “This is no ordinary restroom,” she said, adding that it may be the most eagerly awaited restroom built in the city. And with that, the distinguished guests ceremoniously cut a swag of toilet paper.

The facility at the corner of Wall Avenue and Walnut Street was designed by Smee + Busby Architects and built by Southern Constructors Inc. The restrooms – men’s, women’s and a single room for any gender and families – are built to be durable, energy efficient, safe and accessible, with epoxysealed floors, board-formed concrete, graffiti-resistant paint, automatic faucets and electric hand dryers. All restrooms have dia-

An interior shot of a restroom shows the poured concrete construction and stainless-steel diaper-changing station. per-changing stations. The Public Building Authority, which manages the garage, will also manage the restrooms, providing custodians and security. The rest-

rooms will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and later for special events, including this weekend’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Rotary club presidents lead and motivate. They are charged with ensuring that their fellow club members feel valuable, inspired and connected. They connect with the communities they serve. They lead weekly meetings, chair the meetings of the club’s board of directors, and play a major role in the club’s strategic goals. They are the public faces of their clubs. Earlier this month, the seven Knoxville clubs elected their presidents for 2017-20. On July 1, 2017, the new presidents will begin their presidential year. Here’s the lineup of our Rotary leaders for 2017-18: Rotary Club of Bearden: Dick Hinton, leadership consultant Rotary Club of Knoxville Breakfast: Mike Holober, M&M Jewelers Rotary Club of Far-

ragut: Chris Camp, chief financial officer, Denark Construction Rotary Club of Knoxville: Ed Anderson, attorney with Cannon & Anderson Rotary Club of North Knoxville: Jeremy Cook, branch manager with Pinnacle Bank in Halls/Powell Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset: Paul West, geologist, CB&I Rotary Club of Knoxville Volunteer: Rob Dansereau, Realtor with Coldwell Banker|Wallace & Wallace. Two have been Rotary presidents in past years – Holober of the Breakfast club and West of the Turkey Creek club. These presidents will be attending the District 6780 training event – Presidents Elect Training Seminar in Chattanooga March 24-25.

BIZ NOTES ■■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association meets 11:45 a.m. each second Wednesday, Central Baptist Church fellowship hall. President is John Fugate, or 688-0062.

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■■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet noon Tuesday, Jan. 17, Beaver Brook Country Club. Speaker: Janet S. Hayes, an attorney who specializes in employment law and writes a newspaper columnist. President is Michelle Wilson, michelle. or 594-7434.

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■■ Powell Business and Professional Association meets noon each second Tuesday, Jubilee Banquet Facility. President is Bart Elkins, or 859-9260.

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■■ Jeff Wynn, PE, has joined the Knoxville office of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as electrical engineer. He is a UT graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business. Wynn is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states, including Tennessee. ■■ Marshall H. Peterson has been elected president of the board of directors for Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Other board officers elected for the 2017-2018 term are: Amanda B. Dunn, vice president; G. Keith Alley, secretary; and Jenny Hines, treasurer. Donald F. Mason Jr., who served as president for the last two years, will continue as immediate past president. ■■ Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. recently donated $5,000 through its BWSC Community Fund to The Pat Summitt Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to research for prevention and a cure of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Hogs for the freezer Union County 4-H is taking orders for whole or half hogs. The hogs will be ready for slaughter after the state 4-H Market Hog Show in January. Proceeds will defray the cost of feed, veterinary care, transportation and lodging at shows. Estimated at 300 pounds, the hogs will be sold at $1.50 per pound live weight. Info: Union County UT Extension, 865-992-8038.

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Middle/East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, 10 a.m., Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, UT campus. Hosted by the Knoxville Opera Guild. Public is invited to watch the competition. Free admission. Info: Oz with Orchestra, 8 p.m., Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will play the live score accompaniment with the “Wizard of Oz” film on the big screen. Info/tickets:

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MONDAY-TUESDAY, JAN. 9-10 Auditions for the Tennessee Stage Company’s New Play Festival, 7-9 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Auditions will consist of cold readings. No appointments necessary. Info: 546-4280.

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SUNDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 15-22 Roane State’s Wilderness First Responder course, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Meets Tennessee EMS standards and national standards for first responder training. Focuses on special situations that may develop in the wilderness. Must have completed professional-level CPR training. Info/registration: or 448-6709.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724; oakridgefolkdancers. org; on Facebook.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 21-22 The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Info: 414-6801.


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Marathon runs offer surprising benefits By Kelly Norrell


en years ago, the last thing Knoxville writer Terry Shaw imagined was running a marathon. “I ran track in high school. After that I would run off and on, 4-6 miles at a time,” said Shaw, a staff writer at FMB Advertising who rides his bike to work most days. In 2013, the year he turned 50, Shaw and his wife, Beth Collman, signed up to walk the Flying Pig half-marathon in Cincinnati. At the last minute he decided to run it. “I thought, ‘This will really suck. I’ll do it one time.’ “I was shocked at how much fun it was,” he said. “There were 25,000 people having a good time. At the end it felt like I needed two knee replacements and a hip replacement. But a few weeks later, I was running again.” Today, at 54, Shaw has run six marathons and seven half-marathons. He reports a range of health benefits from running, like weight loss, lower cholesterol and healthier joints. Even his knees are stronger and far less prone to ache than they used to be. Shaw and Collman, whose Parkridge lawn has gradually become a vegetable garden, are eyeballing the New River Marathon in Todd, N.C., in May – he to run the full marathon and she to walk the half-marathon. Shaw said his decision to go vegan about five years ago vastly increased his energy level and agility.

Terry Shaw runs the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Ala., Dec. 10. Photo submitted

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Terry Shaw and Beth Collman just before competing in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans in January 2015. Shaw raw the marathon and Collman walked the half-marathon.

Marathon runs In 2014, at age 51, Shaw ran the Flying Pig full marathon, his first. “I thought, ‘I’ll do the whole thing once,’” he said. This time he had trained using an online plan by Hal Higdon, author of “Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide.”

“It helped. The race was fun until about Mile 20. Then I kind of died. I had to run-walk the rest,” Shaw said. “And I thought, ‘I can do better.’” Next, Shaw ran the Rock ’n Roll Marathon in New

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Orleans in January 2015. Using an 18-week plan that incorporated a half-marathon run at week 9, he lost so much weight that his feet became narrower. “My wife looked at my feet and said, ‘Your shoes don’t fit!’” he said.

Terry Shaw runs the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans in January 2015.

At each successive event – the Kentucky Derby Marathon in Louisville, the Soldiers Marathon in Columbus, Ga., the Covenant Health Marathon in Knoxville, and the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, among others – Shaw said he’s made new friends and fresh discoveries about run-

ning. He said he does not try to be an elite runner. “I tell myself, ‘I’m just going to finish and enjoy it.’” The benefits of running are continuous, he said. “I’m probably 55 pounds lighter. When I do a marathon, I’m at about 190. My height is 6-2. I feel better now than

when I started. “Anyone who is healthy can do this. You would be shocked at how easy it is. And it is fun.” Shaw, author of the award-winning novel “The Way Life Should Be,” is working on a second novel and a collection of Parkridge gardening stories.


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eith McDaniel likes lists. He feels compelled to write things down, to plan, to project, to analyze. As a man who wears many hats, he has to be organized. He founded the Secret City Film Festival in Oak Ridge and grew it into the Knoxville Film Festival, for which he serves as executive director. He is an acclaimed filmmaker himself. And he is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Carson-Newman University. He also is executive producer and host for the PBS program “Tennessee Filmmaker.” Clearly, he’s comfortable being in charge. So when he found himself at his highest weight ever, he created his own year, his own new life. He started last February, after he stepped on the scale during a physical and saw “292 pounds.” “I wasn’t at 300, but I was knocking on the door,” McDaniel says. He’d struggled with his weight most of his life, but this was a threshold he didn’t want to cross. His wife, Dana, didn’t want him to cross it either. He says she “had a real heart to heart” with him about taking care of himself and sticking around for her and their two sons. Dana herself had succeeded in losing about 100 pounds. So McDaniel revisited a plan that had

Siblings Rachel Hayes and Keith McDaniel rendezvous after the Secret City Half-Marathon and 5K Walk. Hayes, an experienced runner, did the half-marathon. McDaniel, who’d never been in a race before, chose to walk. Photos submitted


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Keith McDaniel, executive director of the Knoxville Film Festival, was shocked when he learned during a checkup that he was approaching 300 pounds.

worked for him about 15 years earlier. He dubbed it the “No Potato Chip Diet” – surprisingly, considering his line of work, not the “No Popcorn Diet.” Although potato chips were a weakness, the diet actually focused on eliminating carbs. His goal is a maximum of 50 net grams of carbohydrates a day. He eats a lot of chicken, some beef, lots of boiled eggs, no bread. He rarely eats out. He tries to ignore his two teenagers when they’re devouring pizza. He lists everything he eats, even if he cheats – as he has, twice. He deliberately didn’t attempt a workout routine. Over six months, he lost an average of two pounds a week. By the time the film festival rolled around in August, he’d lost about 60 pounds. But after the festival ended, his streak came to a halt. He decided to start walking to “rev up” his metabolism, and his weight loss increased. When he saw a notice for the Secret City Half-Marathon and 5K walk set for November, he signed up. “I’d never, ever done a road race of any sort,” McDaniel says. “If you’d told me a year ago I was going to do that, I would’ve laughed at you.” The race was two days before his 59th birthday. He didn’t win – didn’t expect to – except he did. “I finished and walked it strong. It was a real accomplishment.” He shared it with his younger sister, Rachel Hayes, who ran the half-marathon. Now, McDaniel is using a treadmill at a gym. He plans to do more walks in 2017. He’s thinking about weight training. “This has not been easy,” he says. “It’s been hard. The first six months I stayed hungry all the time. Now I’m hungry half the time. “I’m still in the middle of my journey. The ultimate goal is when I get down to what I want to be, to maintain that till they put me in the ground. “My biggest resolution is to keep doing what I’m doing and not be a backslider. It may take another year, nine months. I’m gonna try to keep at it.”


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very once in a while, life has a way of knocking us, as the saying goes, “up ’side the head.” Bearden resident Shawn Owens, who owns and manages local rental properties, knows all about that. Her latest wake-up call came in the fall of 2015. “We went on a simple, tiny family hike at Ijams Nature Center and I could not keep up. The very next day my family sat me down and said, ‘We’re worried about you. We want you to live a very long time. But you stopped every 30 seconds to breathe.’” Owens had to take a good, hard look at her lifelong struggle with her weight, and at the previous nine months in particular. She had begun the year with good intentions. “I went to a class entitled ‘Yoga for Weight Loss,’ and that’s the only reason I went – because it said ‘weight loss!’” She liked the class and the teacher, Betty Kalister. “I told her that the class should’ve been called, ‘Yoga for Loving Yourself.’” A seed was planted. “That’s where it started,” she says. “I realized that instead of focusing on weight loss, I needed to focus on self-care.” But then, says Owens, “life showed up” and her plans were soon derailed. Owens and her husband, David, were already facing the prospect of becoming empty-nesters. Their youngest, Shannon, was preparing to leave for college that fall. Their oldest, Andrew, was moving to Texas around the same time. Son James was already out in the world. Against that emotional backdrop, the family was devastated to learn of the May suicide of their beloved “like-a-family-member” former pastor in Houston, Texas, where they’d lived before coming to Knoxville in 2011 for David’s job with TVA. “He was larger than life,” she says, “and he died of depression” – a disease with which Owens herself is familiar. Then, the following month, Owens lost the woman who’d begun to show her the way. Betty Kalister, along with her husband and their teenage daughter, died when their small plane crashed. Meanwhile, their son James found

himself at a crossroads and needed to return home, so the empty-nesters prepared to welcome back one of the flock. Emotionally overwhelmed, Owens says, “I did what I have always done, and abandoned everything good for me in order to try to help everybody else. “I went to the sugar, the carbs, the comfort.” She found herself shopping for “sizes I’d never had to buy in my life.” And then came the hike, and the intervention. “A light bulb went on when I had that intervention with my family, and that was ‘I can no longer negotiate my self-care.’” She found a trainer she liked and committed herself to regular workouts and nutritional guidance. “I’ve tried every diet there is. Elimination diets don’t work for me.” Owens is also a recovering alcoholic with six years’ sobriety. “I eliminated alcohol from my life out of necessity. But I learned that I had to be comfortable with my food every day for the rest of my life. Though I mostly eat whole foods now, sometimes I’ve gotta have the chips and salsa, the candy corn, the cookie. And I have had all of those things while losing between 45 and 50 pounds. “It’s all about balance.” Owens works out with her trainer two times a week. The other days, she walks or does yoga. “I had to change my mindset. The end result is: the work is never done, and I’m so happy about that. I look forward to it. Exercise and good nutrition are not torturous but life-giving. “Fitness and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle have enriched me and have benefited my family beyond measure.”

Owens with trainer Zach Guza. “He was the game changer,” she says. Photo by Shannon Owens

Shawn Owens, at her peak weight of over 200 pounds, with her daughter Shannon. Owens, who has tried “every diet there is,” says she would hate to add up all the pounds she’s gained and lost before she found a healthy lifestyle. Photo submitted

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Lose weight Because Everything

2. Get organized 3. Spend less, save more 4. Enjoy life to the fullest 5. Stay fit and healthy 6. Learn something exciting 7. Quit smoking 8. Help others in their dreams 9. Fall in love 10. Spend more time with family

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New Year’s resolution: Being consistent W

By Stacy Levy

ill Cameron found a love for exercising when he joined the U.S. Marines. Exercise became a part of his daily routine and he hasn’t stopped. Besides the obvious reasons (staying healthy and in shape), he used exercise as an outlet for stress and found that he wanted to help others find a way to incorporate exercise into their daily routines as well. “It is important to get your weight and measurements before you start your routine. It gives people a reference point and allows them to track progression and identify regression if they start to move in the other direction. How often you weigh and measure varies on you and your goals. If you have a time frame on the goal you are trying to reach, weighing too often can hurt your progress because it can stress you out; when the body is stressed, it’s going to halt progression!” said Will. Will begins by training his clients to be consistent with


exercise and nutrition before they move on to a customized routine. “First lay down your foundation. If you can’t be consistent with your exercise and nutrition, a customized routine will not yield the results you’re wanting. Being consistent is the secret,” he said. “I personally like to mix strength training with some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to build muscle and burn fat. For my clients, I use whatever training methods I feel are necessary to help them reach their goals. So, training methods really depend on the client’s physical abilities and limitations. I like to mix it up so the client gets to experience different methods and we stick with what works best for them,” said Will. When it comes to exercise guidelines, Will likes to use what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend. They recommend 2.5 hours of moderate-intense

Personal trainer Will Cameron

cardio throughout the week and strength training at least two days a week for adults and recommend for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical

activity a day consisting of aerobic, muscle strengthening or bone strengthening exercise. You can find these recommendations at www. basics/. Nutrition plays a bigger role than most think. You’ll see results from exercise alone, but a nutrition plan tailored to your specific needs will always help you reach your goal faster. Water is very important. Your body loses water when you exercise, even if you don’t sweat heavily. It’s important to drink plenty of water to keep from dehydrating. Everybody’s New Year’s resolution is to stay fit and get on that exercise plan, but most of the time people fail. So Will suggests building a support system of friends and family. Making changes, especially when they require physical exertion and consistency, can be difficult to do on your own. If the majority

of the people you’re around are striving toward the same goal, it makes it easier to be consistent with your regimen. Everybody wants the quick fix. Stop thinking like that! Being out of shape doesn’t happen overnight, and you won’t fix it overnight. Relax, it’s a process! It takes time, and the more you stress, the longer it takes to reach your goals! How do you get long-term success for years down the road, you might ask? Will suggests: “Stay plugged into your support system, know that change takes time and make sure you are making it fun! Start with body weight exercise and progress up from there. Biting off more than you can chew will have you quitting by the end of the first week. Finally, track your progress. Logging your progress is a great way to keep motivated because it keeps you accountable, and for some, accountability is key!” Info: Will Cameron,


• December 28, 2016 • Shopper news

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