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McCurry thanks Jim Kennedy Often, you barely have to scratch the surface to learn that what makes a teacher great is the experience of having learned from a great teacher. That’s the case with Matt McCurry, Carter High band director. Already musically inclined, at Powell High, he joined the band and choir. “I lived in the choir room,” he says. Choral director Jim Kennedy gave him opportunities that set the course for his career.

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Homeownership is about people The camera finds Bob Temple, probably because he’s having so much fun. It’s 10:30 a.m. and he’s chowing down a full plate of ham, potatoes and peas. “Breakfast or lunch, Bob?” “Brunch,” he smiles. Temple is an unsung hero of Habitat for Humanity’s local work.

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Butch Jones’ first year

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Righting the record Victor Ashe’s histrionic column about Fort Sanders (published in Dec. 23 ShopperNews) requires some clarification. The current discussions about the property owned by Covenant Health on Highland Avenue and 18th Street have not been conducted in some kind of secret black box.

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iPad lab for Powell High School Knox County school board member Kim Severance checks out the new iPads with Powell High juniors Caleb Henderson, Valentina Sanabria and Mackenzie Milligan. Project iPAD (Inspiring Powell to Achieve Dreams) began at a Powell Business and Professional Association (PBPA) meeting with a presentation that Powell High principal Nathan Langlois hoped would garner a few iPads for student use. He got more. Thirty-eight iPads and an iPad Cart later, students are enjoying iPads in classrooms. A breakfast was held Dec. 13 to welcome and thank sponsors who donated to the program.

Here’s a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.

Knox County, Copper Ridge get all As Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre and Copper Ridge Elementary principal Kathy Castiner with students (front) Joel Rivera, Dylan Graham, Noah Latiff; (back) Nate Stapf, Autumn Hooks, Taylor Cusmano and Hannah Graham. McIntyre chose Copper Ridge Elementary School to announce all As on the state report card for Knox County Schools in achievement and, for the first time, all As for Copper Ridge in both achievement and value added scores in English, math, science and social studies.

Seaton sees way to say thanks By Cindy Taylor

The best thing Butch Jones did during his first year at Tennessee was win friends and influence people. That combination provided a comfortable security blanket against the shrapnel of a disappointing season that looked worse than the record. Nobody that matters blamed Butch.

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Knox North Lion Christopher Seaton has an especially thankful heart and good reasons to be all smiles this holiday season. Three years ago, when Seaton was finishing his final semester in law school, he awakened to exChris Seaton treme double vision and painful headaches. After tests and consultations with numerous doctors in two cities, he got the verdict – Myasthenia Gravis. MG is a rare disease which can occur at any age. Patients can lose control of their muscles, causing

an inability to walk, talk and swallow. Seaton was told he was lucky that his case was confined to the eyes, but the disease could progress. It would take at least a year to see the full effect it would have on his body. Well-meaning officials at law school suggested he defer his dreams. Seaton had no intention of taking that advice. He bought an eye patch to help his sight, continued school and waited to see how the disease progressed. During the next year, Seaton graduated from law school, took the bar exam and passed. Two years into the process, doctors suddenly pronounced Seaton a “miracle” case and told him he was a potential candidate for re-

mission. Doctors said this was a major deal. The most hope they had given him up to that point was that the disease would remain localized in his eyes. But he was getting better and they could not explain. Seaton began a therapy regimen with a cocktail of drugs that made him physically ill and demanded that he be careful around others who were sick. An end to the disease is in sight, and Seaton has much for which to be thankful. He married his true love a little more than year ago. He and wife Priscilla celebrated the birth of their first child, Talia, last July. “I’m almost done with this battle,” Seaton said. “I no longer have to worry about keeping food down,

my depth perception has improved and I got rid of the eye patch.” Seaton will live with a slight droop in one eyelid and his vision is a bit blurry. He still has trouble tracking objects without a slight delay but says he is much improved. If the current course continues, within six months Seaton will discontinue the immuno-suppressants he has been on for three years and the disease will be in remission. His history with Myasthenia Gravis is the biggest reason he joined the Lions Club. “I am a proud member of the Lions Club and support efforts of the organization. If one person, just one, lives a better quality of life because of something we did to restore their sight, then we have accomplished something great.”

State parks set ‘first hikes’ of 2014

Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. “Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” TDEC deputy commissioner Brock Hill said. Norris Dam: Meet at the Andrew Ridge Trailhead off the West Campground Road at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 for a 1.8 mile hike. Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries. Dress with layers

of warm clothing. Info: 865-4267462. Big Ridge: Meet Ranger Wilson at the CCC stone building at 2 p.m. for this approximately 2-mile hike. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Info: 865992-5523. Fort Loudoun: Meet at the visitor center at 10 a.m. for a wintertime hike on the Ridge Top Trail. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes for this 1.5 mile moderately strenuous hike. Info: 423-

884-6217. Cove Lake: Meet at 10 a.m. at the recreation building trail head and walk the entire 3.1 paved trail. We will see a variety of waterfowl species and other unique aspects of the park. Be prepared for the cold weather. Following the hike we return to the recreation building where we can enjoy some hot chocolate and coffee. Info: 423566-9701. Burgess Falls: Kick the New Year off right with a hike to the

Jewel of the Eastern Highland Rim – Burgess Falls. Ranger Miller will lead hikers on a 2-mile trek above the gorge as the Falling Water River plunges 300 feet over four waterfalls, through Hemlock and Beech Forest before its confluence with the Caney Fork. January days are typically brisk and blustery in this area, so check the forecast beforehand and come prepared for the weather. Info: about/special-events/1st-hikes.

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Making realistic resolutions is the key to keeping them If you make a New Year’s resolution and are able to stick with it until the end of January, you’re already ahead of the game. Statistics show that most people give up on those good intentions before the year is up, and many don’t even last a month. So what’s the problem? Why do we have such a hard time sticking with plans to improve our lives? Dr. John Kupfner M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist at Peninsula Outpatient Centers, says there are some ways you can make life improvements more possible, and some ways you can set yourself up for failure.

Right-size your expectations “Resolutions are generally always a good thing, because they show we’ve reflected on our lives and found areas that need to be addressed,” says Kupfner. But if those problem areas have been neglected for too long, they’re simply harder to fix than we imagine. Kupfner says one of the most common examples is an overweight person who hasn’t exercised or dieted in years but expects immediate results from a New Year’s resolution. “If you’re picturing yourself suddenly 20 pounds lighter and a whole lot stronger, you’re not being realistic,” Kupfner says, because healthy weight loss is less than five pounds a month and can take a lot of work. “Or people with addictions resolving a cold turkey quit without support, or without addressing the underlying things in their lives that drive them to use,” Kupfner adds. He says the right way to go about a resolution is to pick something you can be passionate about and that you know you’ll follow through on. “If we are honest enough with ourselves to make the resolution,” Kupfner says, “we must be honest enough with ourselves to pick resolutions that are personally important enough for us to guarantee follow through.”

Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day The end of a calendar year is an upfront reminder of the things we haven’t accomplished. That can make a person feel pressure to make a change. “What makes this time of year worse is the anxiety of the New Year, when we think we’re supposed to magically present the discipline and problem solving skills necessary to live out the next year as a new person,” Kupfner says. “We suffer feelings of guilt and shame for not living up to the magical expectation that on Dec. 31 we fell asleep as one person and woke up as someone else.” “Remember that Jan. 1 is just another day, like March 18 or July 22,” Kupfner says. “Life only moves in one direction, and the holidays don’t offer any magic for removing the choices and relationships we have made in the past.” “It doesn’t have to be Jan. 1,” says Kupfner. “Any day is a good day to try a resolution again, even if you have failed at it before.”

Don’t go it alone Any major task is easier to undertake if you have some help. Major changes in your lifestyle are no different. If you’re resolving to lose some weight or be healthier, it’s a good idea to join a gym, a club or a group that can provide support and accountability. If you want to

quit smoking, search online for smoking cessation classes or support groups. There are also classes and professional advisors for those who want to improve their finances. And Kupfner emphasizes that if the problem you want to overcome is an addiction or an emotional hurdle like depression and anxiety, there is no shame in seeking professional help. “Unfortunately, mental health and substance abuse treatment are stigmatized as something that you should have handled you r -

self or could b e handled in the family at home,” Kupfner says. “But psychiatry is a medical specialty that deals with a chronic medical illness that can be helped and treated.” He compares it to diabetes – a disease which left untreated can have serious, life altering consequences. “Untreated mental issues can lead to loss of social functioning and in the worst cases, loss of life,” Kupfner says. “It is a medical specialty where the people who work in this field have literally heard everything, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about.” Kupfner says at this stage in his career, he would challenge anyone to present something he hasn’t heard at least once before. “All of us have treated patients from the very I resolve to stick affluent and to my resolutions successful to past the first the disenfranweek of January! chised. Mental health issues

affect all families. No one is alone.”

Know when it’s time for professional help Kupfner is medical director at Peninsula Outpatient Centers. He says you’ll know it’s time to get help when you are unable to cope. For example, if your depression at times renders you unable to attend work or school, or causes you to have thoughts of wanting life to end, those are signs it’s time to see a mental health professional. For alcohol, important signs include withdrawal symptoms or an inability to stop drinking once you start. And, just like depression, if it starts to keep you from work or school, or interfere with your relationships, it’s time to get help. A time that’s meant for celebration as one year changes into another too often turns into a focus on failures. Kupfner says the focus should be positive and forward thinking, and the best New Year’s resolutions are general ones, to simply improve yourself, improve your health and to shore up relationships. “The health makes us feel physically and mentally stronger,” Kupfner says, “and the relationships offer the safety net for when we don’t. And give yourself wiggle room to forgive yourself if 2014 doesn’t end in the great completion of all resolutions.” Kupfner says the best advice for surviving the stress of the holiday season and all its expectations is perspective. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety or trying to resolve to break an addiction, you can find confidential help and support available through Peninsula Outpatient Centers. Call 865-970-9800 for information.

Get the support you need to make this your best year ever If the burdens you carry the rest of the year start to seem a little heavier as the holiday season winds down, you can find sympathetic and nonjudgmental help from people who are walking the same road you’re on. Peninsula offers many free support groups for people who have psychological, behavioral and substance abuse issues. This can include grief, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction and

more. There are also support groups for those with loved ones who have addictions or psychological problems. A comprehensive list of support groups can be found at All support groups meet at the Peninsula Lighthouse campus at Dowell Springs Boulevard in West Knoxville. If you have questions, call 865-970-9800.

Taming temptation and triggers If you’ve already made a decision to change your life for the better, good for you! Here’s how to keep your promises and beat temptation during the remainder of the holiday season: If you’re on a diet, offer to bring your own healthier holiday foods to parties and family gatherings. You’ll have an alternative to the rich and calorie-laden options on the table. Eat before you go to the party so you’re not ravenous. If you’re abstaining from alcohol, bring your own drink to parties. Once it’s in a glass, chances are good that no one will know the difference. Choose an area away from the bar to

spend your time and stay busy dancing, socializing or helping the host. If you’re committed to overhauling your finances, set a budget before you go out for the evening. Plan what you will and won’t buy beforehand. Pay for everything with cash, so you’re less likely to overspend. If you’re weaning yourself off a toxic relationship, remove him or her from your phone’s contact list, so calling is more complicated. Plan activities to keep busy and keep your mind occupied. Stay connected with friends, and surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you are.

To achieve success … By the middle of January, 25 percent of the people who have made New Year’s resolutions will have already given up. Fewer than half of us will keep our New Year’s resolutions for longer than six months. Start thinking differently about your resolutions. What can you do in the first half of the year? What are some realistic goals that will give you the jumpstart you need to change your life, long term?

… resolve this, not that ■ Instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds … Resolve to exercise 30 minutes, three times a week. ■ Instead of resolving to give up desserts … Resolve to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. ■ Instead of resolving to get out of debt … Resolve to pay off one or two bills. ■ Instead of resolving to get married … Resolve to make a new friend every month. ■ Instead of resolving to land your dream job … Resolve to gain new job skills. You’re not lowering your expectations. You’re setting attainable goals that will help you stay motivated to eventually reach your larger goals and make 2014 your best year ever.

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DAR visits Vets For the second year in a row the Emory Road Chapter of the DAR paid a Christmas visit to the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home to bring cheer and say thanks to the residents. Members sang Christmas carols, visited with residents and joined in bingo games.

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“The trip is our chance to thank our veterans for their service,” said DAR member Martha Cummings. “It is humbling and rewarding to us and uplifting for both the veterans and our members.” The group took handmade lap blankets, caps, house shoes, games, puzzles and jewelry for bingo prizes. Every veteran received a prize. If items remained, the veterans could go “shopping” and select whatever they wanted. “It is always good to recognize our veterans but es-

pecially during this season.” ■

‘Coated’ with Love

Knox North Lions take vision seriously. They are also committed to keeping kids warm this winter. Members made one run to Whittle Springs Middle School this fall to take coats that were donated to the club. Word got around, more coats were donated and they made another trip to the school Dec. 18. “We have a large number of students who are economically disadvantaged,” said Whittle Springs principal Nadriene Jackson. “We are always very respectful when we research the children who are in need.” School employees Jen Tedder and Antonio Mays co-sponsored the coat drive along with the Lions. “The coats are a huge deal because a lot of our kids walk to school,” said Tedder. “Buses don’t run within a mile and a half of the school so all of those students have to walk.” Knox North Lions Club info: Rick Long, or 687-1893.

Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Airplane Filling Station Photos by Cindy Taylor

The Clauses fly into Powell

Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Santa that is) flew in to the historic Airplane Filling Station in Powell on Dec. 14 as a benefit for the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA) and to spend a few hours with kids. The event was free to the kids and AFSPA members used the time as a fundraiser to continue the site’s restoration. Shirts and photos were available for purchase. To help with this renovation, send donations to AFSPA, P.O. Box 1331, Powell TN, 37849. Reach Cindy Taylor at ctaylorsn@gmail. com

Emory Road Chapter of the DAR visits the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home. Pictured are (front) resident Paul Brown, Erin Anderson, Marisa Moazan, Martha Raper, resident James McIntosh; (back) Martha Cummings, Janet Kiggans, Lynn Lethcoe, Robin Galick, resident Eugene Wenzel, Gladys Forgety and Judy Bryan. Photo submitted

Christmas made a little merrier Donald Greene, supervisor with Waste Connections, carries a bicycle to a Christenberry Elementary School parent’s car. Waste Connections handed out 120 bikes to children who were selected through an incentive program. The students chosen possessed good grades and made good choices at home and in school. Thanks to office staff, drivers, vendors and matching funds, the purchase of the bikes was made possible. Photo by Ruth White

Knox North Lions deliver coats to Whittle Springs Middle School: Lions Club president Rick Long, Lion Cindy Teague, Lion Denise Girard, Whittle Springs School behavior liaison Jen Tedder and Whittle Springs project grad campus manager Antonio Mays.


Woman Turns to Surgical Treatment for Difficult to Diagnose Gallbladder Disease Sabrina Brittain knew something was wrong with her body. For more than a year, the 36-year old west Knoxville mom, had abdominal pain, was losing weight, and found it impossible to eat or drink without vomiting. But, nding a diagnosis was difcult. “I went to the doctor and my medical tests kept coming back normal,” says Brittain. “But it felt like I was having a heart attack every time I ate.” Brittain was prescribed anti-acSabrina Brittain suf- id and ulcer medifered from difficult to cation, but nothing diagnose gallbladder helped. “One docdisease. tor suggested I was having “woman issues” remembers Brittain. “But, that wasn’t likely since I had already undergone a hysterectomy.” Brittain, who had a strong family history of gallbladder disease, suspected her gallbladder was the issue. “My grandfather died from malnutrition from undiagnosed gallbladder disease,” she says. Two of Brittain’s aunts also had gallbladder issues. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver that collects and stores bile, a digestive uid. A test called a hepatobiliary or HIDA scan to check Brittain’s gallbladder function was also normal. But Brittain’s abdominal distress continued. “It got to the point where I weighed only 87 pounds and could only eat crackers,” she says. Finally, a friend, who Dr. Roland Weast, had suffered similar sympSurgeon toms, suggested Brittain consult with a Premier Surgical Associates physician. Brittain met with Dr. Roland Weast at Premier Surgical Tennova North. “Dr. Weast was wonderful,” says Brittain. “He really listened to me and took my concerns seriously. He said I had classic gallbladder disease symptoms.”

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Dr. Weast says even though Brittain’s HIDA scan was “normal”, she could still have gallbladder issues. “There’s not a 100 percent accurate test for diagnosing gallbladder disease,” explains Dr. West. “A HIDA scan can rule in gallbladder problems, but a negative result doesn’t always rule it out.” Based on clinical indications, Dr. Weast removed Brittain’s gallbladder in a laparoscopic outpatient procedure. Dr. Weast’s sus-

“It got to the point where I weighed only 87 pounds and could only eat crackers.” ~Sabrina Brittain, Gallbladder patient picions were conrmed. “Mine was so sick and diseased, Dr. Weast said it hardly looked like a gallbladder,” says Brittain. Brittain’s pain and nausea stopped. “Immediately after the surgery, I felt better. I could drink a Diet Coke and keep food down for the rst time in months.” Dr. Weast says Brittain’s experience is not unusual. “Gallbladder surgery is the most common procedure we do. Occasionally it’s benecial to remove the gallbladder as a diagnostic treatment when there is a high clinical suspicion for biliary disease, but normal tests.” Brittain is glad she had the surgery. “It’s the best decision I ever made. I got my life back. I can eat pizza or anything I want now,” she says. “Dr. Weast and his staff saved my life.” Brittain hopes people learn from her experience. “Listen to your body and keep seeking answers. There is help out there!” For more information about gallbladder or other general surgery procedures, visit premiersurgical. com or call (865) ( 5) 938-8121. 93

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government Righting the record on Fort Sanders By Jesse Fox Mayshark Victor Ashe’s histrionic column about Fort Sanders (published in Dec. 23 ShopperNews) requires some clarification. Mayshark The current discussions about the property owned by Covenant Health on Highland Avenue and 18th Street have not been conducted in some kind of secret black box. In fact, Mayor Rogero and Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons met and discussed the issue with representatives of both Knox Heritage and the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association before they ever talked to Covenant. There is no done deal here, much less one that “negates” the work of the Fort Sanders Forum in 2000 or the Fort Sanders District Plan of 2010. (Ambassador Ashe does not mention the latter plan, in keeping with his general pattern of acknowledging only those things that happened in Knoxville between 1987 and 2003.) The discussions are still going on. Most recently, the mayor, Dr. Lyons and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis had a productive meeting with the leadership of Knox Heritage, at which various alternative proposals were discussed. No decisions have been made about any next steps. Moreover, the city is in the midst of a comprehensive $17 million redesign of the entire Cumberland Avenue Corridor. This is the main commercial thoroughfare of the Fort Sanders neighborhood, and its haphazard design and perennial congestion have made it a barrier to attractive, functional urban development. The Cumberland Avenue plan aims to reduce through-traffic, improve safety for all users and bolster the district’s standing as a desirable place to both live and visit. By encouraging more residential density in apart-

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ments clustered along or near Cumberland, it will take some of the pressure off the historic homes in Fort Sanders, which have for generations served largely as student living quarters. By reconfiguring Cumberland as a pedestrian- and visitor-friendly area, it will enhance the desirability and marketability of the neighborhood as a whole. And by taking steps to deal with the parking shortage that floods the neighborhood’s streets with both short- and long-term parkers, it will make Fort Sanders an easier place to navigate for both residents and visitors. The Cumberland Avenue plan is currently the city’s largest capital project, and the primary beneficiaries of it will be the residents, merchants and property owners of Fort Sanders. Representatives of all of those groups have been deeply involved in its planning since the beginning. The city is also continuing to work with the neighborhood on other concerns. Just this month, the city’s Public Officer entered an order to repair a deteriorating, historic home in the Fort Sanders conservation district. When neighborhood representatives asked if garbage pick-up could be switched from Friday to Monday, so that the previous weekend’s refuse wouldn’t sit by the curb all week, the Public Service Department juggled routes to do it and engaged in a month-long public education campaign to make sure residents were aware of the change. Mayor Rogero and city staff have had multiple meetings with neighborhood representatives to discuss these and other issues, and will continue to meet with them in the future. None of that may matter to Ambassador Ashe, who – for the record – has not asked a single question about this issue to anyone in the city administration. But it may matter to those genuinely interested in the future of Fort Sanders.

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Speaking truth to power Halls Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Lauren Hopson was sitting in a Fountain City restaurant being interviewed for this column when a teacher from a distant part of the county came by her table to say thank you.

Betty Bean “She’s saying what every teacher in Knox County wants to say but is afraid to,” the teacher said of Hopson. “All my teachers know her, and every Knox County teacher supports her.” “Tell them to show up at school board meetings,” Hopson said. “Tell them we need them and that we’re safer if we all stand up together.” “Keep on keeping on,” the teacher said as she left to resume her Christmas shopping.

This illustrates why Lauren Hopson is my Knox County Person of the Year for 2013. Although she’d never considered herself particularly political, Hopson went to the October school board meeting and started a revolution. She was there to protest the stress the school system’s relentless data collection regime is placing on teachers and students. She’d done it before, in January 2012, but got no response. She decided to try again after two of the most respected teachers she knows received letters of concern, informing them that their jobs were in jeopardy because they got low scores on an unannounced evaluation that required them to hit 61 data points per lesson. “These are excellent teachers and there’s no reason they should ever be concerned for their jobs. We’d been trying to be heard for 2-3 years, and I was just mad. I didn’t want them to

be able to say that nobody had told them, even though I voiced very specific concerns with the evaluation system 21 months ago. “I gave (the school board) some very personal stories, and I invited them to talk to teachers, and absolutely nothing happened. Nobody saw it. Nobody heard it. And none of the board members did a thing. It was like they were saying, ‘Okay, little woman. Now get back in your place. All right, shut up now. Get back in the kitchen.’” By Christmas Eve, a YouTube video of her speech had been viewed nearly 200,000 times. Hopson has been interviewed by national education writers and has gotten fan letters and gifts from teachers she doesn’t even know, and when she went to the November board meeting, 300 of her colleagues stood with her. “At this point, I’m in too deep to go back,” she said. “I just want people to inform themselves about what’s go-

Lauren Hopson ing on in education and not just believe the soundbites of politicians. They need to know where these changes come from and who’s making money off them. They need to question statements like ‘Change is hard.’” “It’s not that hard; it’s just plain wrong. Teachers are adaptable. We change all the time. We’re not afraid of working hard. But we have a problem with being asked to do things that are wrong for our kids.”

Mayor downgrades communications

(Jesse Fox Mayshark is Communications Director, city of Knoxville)

The immediate past director was Angela Starke who was a senior director in city government (above the rest) and made $118,000 plus a $5,800 car allowance. She reported to the mayor. Starke’s tenure can best be described as unremarkable. Jesse Mayshark did most of the work without the high pay. The department now has only a director, Mayshark. He reports to deputy Dr. Bill Lyons. While Mayshark got a pay bump up to $88,000 from this move plus a car allowance of over $5,800 a year he still earns $30,000 less than Starke. Not reporting

directly to the mayor is a downgrade. It is a strange system where the communications person for the city does not have immediate direct access to the mayor. It lessens their effectiveness among the media. The new setup is a cost savings to the taxpayer and a downgrade to the status of the department. The secretary position held by retired Mary Ann Blankenship has been filled by a lower-paid, temporary employee, Alexandra Box, 22, a recent communications graduate of Carson-Newman University. This marks the second senior position which Mayor Rogero created two years ago but has now eliminated without an announcement. The other was the Christi Branscom position when she became deputy mayor. This suggests senior director positions are not all that useful or needed as well as costly. Eric Vreeland, 50, will take over much of the dayto-day responses to media inquiries but will he have daily direct access to the Mayor? He says he will. He worked 27 years at the News Sentinel. Vreeland’s wife, Emily Jones, has been a

Proving again that nothing works quite like a transcontinental marriage. ■ Cracker Barrel announced it won’t stock Easter bunnies this spring, but two days later reversed its decision saying customers

can browse both bunnies and ducks while waiting for a table. ■ Ducks!???! ■ Rumors that R. Larry Smith may move to Union County and run for constable are exaggerated.

But Smith says he’ll run for something because there’s no squelching his urge to serve. ■ Happy New Year to our friends the politicians. May 2014 be as much fun as the last few decades!

The new personnel and pay scales for the city’s communications department tell a story which has not been publicly discussed. Mayor Rogero has downgraded her communications department. How is that?

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longtime Rogero supporter. They live in East Knoxville. Vreeland comes to work too late to participate in the city pension system as his work with Rogero will be only six years assuming a second Rogero term. Vreeland says working for Mayor Rogero appealed to him because of the ongoing work on the waterfront and Cumberland Avenue. His father, now over 90, was a longtime city administrator for Hillsboro, Mo. ■ The city salary survey adopted by council which can run up to $219,000 will unquestionably lead to a push for higher pay for some city employees above the increase they are already mandated. A salary survey seldom comes back with a recommended pay cut. It is step one toward higher pay with the excuse the city needs to be competitive with the private sector. However, several Rogero top aides are making far more with the city than they ever made in the private sector including the mayor herself. Given Knoxville is one of the few cities in the U.S. to have an annual mandatory 2.5 percent pay increase, city employees get an annual pay increase automatically but not as much as city retirees. However, since the 2.5 percent applies evenly to all, it means those four city employees now making over $150,000 a year get an annual $3,000 increase while employees at $75,000 a year

receive half that. The gap between the highest paid and lower paid city employees widens. If council wished to change that inequity it will need to change the ordinance. Otherwise, the gap will continue to grow. Paying $200,000 plus for a salary survey which could have been secured by a few phone calls seems financially excessive. Council members Marshall Stair, Daniel Brown and Duane Grieve voted to defer the matter to determine the city’s fiscal situation in a few months before rushing to spend this money. The fire department was mentioned as needing a new rank for pay purposes. But the fire department has one of the lowest turnover rates of any department in city government. Most firefighters make their employment at KFD a long career. They are fine people but once employed seldom move elsewhere. ■ Deborah DePietro, wife of the UT president, was elected vice chair of the Tennessee State Museum Commission at its recent December meeting in Nashville. ■ Mike Cohen, president of Cohen Communications Group, and former press person for the city Mayor, county Mayor and School Superintendent, has spent the Christmas holidays in South Korea visiting his son, Graham, who is teaching English in a private school for the academic year.

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Homeownership: ‘It’s about the people’ The camera finds Bob Temple, probably because he’s having so much fun. It’s 10:30 a.m. and he’s chowing down a full plate of ham, potatoes and peas. “Breakfast or lunch, Bob?” “Brunch,” he smiles. Temple is an unsung hero of Habitat for Humanity’s local work. The man who developed Temple Acres in Halls (and built several other homes) has been involved with Habitat virtually since its inception, swinging a

and on Middlebrook Pike had gathered to dedicate the new home on Washington Pike just a block from Belle Sandra Morris Elementary School. Clark The owner is Nikia Thompson, who will live there with her children, Domenic, 11, and Darmonie, 6. hammer and donating mon- Nikia has been working since Temple age 16 and has dreamed of ey for materials. “I’ve never seen a fam- her own place. She was accepted and ily so involved,” he said of Nikia Thompson. Folks began the Habitat process from sponsoring Methodist in 2012. That meant minichurches in Fountain City mizing her debt and attend-

Butch Jones’ first year The best thing Butch Jones did during his first year at Tennessee was win friends and influence people. That combination provided a comfortable security blanket against the shrapnel of a disappointing season that looked worse than the record. Nobody that matters blamed Butch. Jones made a remarkable impact on former Volunteers. He treated them with respect, recognized their contributions to the happy part of Tennessee football history and convinced most that he can coach. Jones gave hope to the beat-up fan base. People quoted his catchy slogans as if they were scripture. Some think next year will be better. Some are again blindly optimistic. Some realize reconstruction may take longer. It is called a process – culture change, positive attitude, attention to detail, family atmosphere. I do believe his brick-bybrick building plan might work – if it doesn’t take too long. I’ve been told that Coach made a speech at Rucker Stewart Middle School in Gallatin where super recruit Josh Malone’s mother is a teacher. He talked for most of an hour about character and discipline and reputation, about leadership and what type young men he seeks for Tennessee football. Think about that: He used his time to win a few young friends and influence that age group in defining a purpose. Amazing! Jones pushed his first squad of Volunteers pretty close to the limit but won admiration by working as hard as he asked them to work and won hearts by being the real deal, by caring for them as human beings. You did read what some seniors said? That they wished they had another year to play for this man. Such thinking might explain why the team, even when things went bad, did not quit. Academic progress by the players got my attention. Jones said the right things. He was the master motivator. Making friends and influencing people are basics in Butch Jones’ recruiting plan. The man has a winning approach. He looks you in the eye. He remembers names. I do believe that plan is working. Jones establishes relationships that are perceived as sincere. Parents trust him. He may actually take title to the state. The overall commitment count is astounding. This coach is no phony. He is selling what he actually has, the place and the people. When he says Tennessee is special, he is believable. He actually knows who the Vols beat in bowl games past. He knows why Bob Neyland’s name is on the stadium. He is quite different from recent leaders. The checkerboards are secure. Butch appreciates tradition, even if he did the grey thing to encourage the children and give the marketing division something new to market.

sive line, open tournament at quarterback, probable coming in the Marvin makeover secondary? By pointing to West where this staff has been and inviting study of what happened there. It is called a track record. Perhaps you noticed that When he says he has the Tennessee football wasn’t best coaching staff in the all that sharp in 2013. As a country, I may chuckle, but some of his assistants strategist, the coach graded are obviously outstanding out average. As a communisalespeople (think Tommy cator, Butch Jones was outstanding. Thigpen). That rare skill, coupled So, how do you sell loswith forthcoming recruiting ing? By turning it into a rewards, faster, stronger, positive and calling it early more athletic players, may opportunity to play. How do you sell the fu- sometime make him coach ture when there is so much of the year. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His uncertainty, new offen- address is

ing regular classes in addition to her already considerable responsibilities. With the support of her family, she persevered. “Fa mily is safe. Family is everything,” she said in a blurb on H a bi t at ’s website. Edwards N i k i a’s uncle, a professional carpenter, helped the Habitat volunteers and professionals construct her new home. Her grandmother Sarah Edwards brought food every day. “Best cobbler pie you’ve ever had,” said Randy Frye, pastor of Fountain City UMC. Grandpa Robert Edwards Sr. just beamed. “We’re so proud of Nikia. She’s a wonderful girl.” He had promised at the outset to sit in a chair and supervise the construction. Nikia is proud of her kids and shared son Domenic’s message to her in a homemade Mother’s Day card. “I love you so much! ... I know it’s very hard doing things on your own, but as life con-

Nikia Thompson (center) with children Domenic and Darmonie tinues it will get better. ... If you follow these four things we will make it in life: Hope for joy, justice in life, live and honor, and strength to complete twists and turns.” In addition to her grandparents, uncle and the kids, both of Nikia’s parents have helped, as has her younger brother and sister. “The process has been amazing, and I am blown away,” she said on the Habitat website. “Everything you pour into life comes back to you.” Nikia recently accepted a new job, and on Dec. 21, she received the keys to her new house. The next morning she was at Fountain City UMC, speaking at the early service.

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“Habitat has an unbelievable record of (people) paying off their homes,” said Temple. “Even during the recession the default rate was low.” Middlebrook Pike UMC associate pastor, Evelyn Harris, offered a calming prayer with little cousin Zion, who was racing around in a Santa hat. John Voss, Middlebrook’s project coordinator, said the church has sponsored “8 or 9 houses over 10-12 years.” And Rick Murphree, a retired banker, said it’s easy to recruit volunteers. “People like to be involved in tangible things.” “It’s not about the house,” said Voss. “It’s about the people.”


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A-6 • DECEMBER 30, 2013 • POWELL Shopper news Therefore, I am putting her in a plan that will be $291/ month and will cap her out-of-pocket expenses at $2,100. Thus she will pay a total of about $5,500 in healthcare expenses versus close to $16,000 this past year. And this is without tax credits. “Say what you want, but that $11,000 is going somewhere.” I had Josh crunch my own numbers. Forget it. Terrible plan. Not eligible for a tax subsidy. And let’s just say I don’t make near enough to have a country club membership. Here’s another example. Small business owner. Josh Witt “I met with a building maintenance contractor she can now buy health who called to inquire insurance with no (penalty) about insurance for his for pre-existing conditions. employees. I met with about

13 employees who all make $8/hour or $16,000 per year. With tax subsidies, they will be able to buy insurance for as little as $20/month with most of them getting coverage for less than $100/month. “These are hard-working people who go to work every day at 4:30 a.m. and work until 12:30 p.m. and then most of them go to a second job. They can’t afford $400/month for health insurance. These are the people that this program is set up to help.” Now, here’s the negative. “I sold a policy to a couple whose total income is $16,000 per year. He’s a school bus driver and she stays at home. They ought to be paying $990/month and with the $867/month tax subsidy, they are going

to pay $123/month. Where is that money coming from? That’s what the Republicans are fighting and rightfully so.” Witt did say one stat being thrown around is skewed. “You watch Fox News in the morning and you’ll hear that the average deductible is going up 42 percent. PreObamacare, the average was $3,900. Post-Obamacare, it’s $5,400. That’s for the bronze plan. I’ve enrolled 42 people and have yet to sell a bronze plan. Everybody’s going for silver or gold. So, you’re not hearing an accurate comparison.” There it is, folks. To coin a phrase: we report, you decide. Note: Jake is on vacation; Josh can be reached at 865670-0911.

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credible and awe-inspiring production. You feel like you are in the middle of The Ark! The sets were 40 feet high. The production included more than 100 live and animatronic animals, costumes, lights and music. It was a magnificent voyage and way to experience God’s story of faith-

fulness and never-ending promises. We thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and fellowship with old and new friends. We want to thank our host, Harold Cox of Harold’s Tours, for coordinating such an outstanding and most enjoyable visit to the Northeast.

A Republican examines Obamacare Well, you know what they interesting stuff and wanted say about curiosity and the to share. “Basically,” Josh says, cat. “it’s gonna really help the people it’s gonna help, and really hurt the people it’s gonna hurt.” Jake That’s about what I Mabe expected. Let’s look at some examples. Josh has a client, 45, bad health condition, was But, this Republican (“I paying $240/month for Like Ike!”) couldn’t resist. health insurance and an What the heck is up with additional $13,000/year Obamacare? out-of-pocket. Her plan is My buddy Josh Witt is being canceled because of an insurance agent for The the Affordable Care Act Insurance Group. He called (Obamacare). to say he’d found some “But, because of the ACA,

Majestic fall trip A group of 54 people en- the famous Woodstock Inn, joyed a fall trip to the Green owned by the Rockefeller Mountain range in Vermont. family at one time. We then traveled to Lancaster County, Penn., to tour the farmlands and learn about the Amish culture. The Amish lifestyle is one of simplicity and practicality. David They believe that the Bible Sharp is the ultimate Word of God. Their homes and farms are beautiful and well-mainWe traveled north on tained. Their work ethic is I-81 through the beautiful admirable, as is their belief Shenandoah Valley. The fo- in helping one another in liage was splendid in fall and times of need. We can learn much from the weather was wonderful. We were told by many na- them. William Penn intives that this was the most vited the Amish to America beautiful and warmest fall from Germany and Switin 10 years. We were blessed zerland. They are Christian and do not marry until they to be there. Vermont leads the nation are baptized and join the in the production of monu- church. They cannot diment granite, marble and vorce. They pay taxes but maple products. My wife, are self-employed farmRosalind, and I enjoyed ers and are not required to having lunch with my for- pay Social Security if they mer secretary Wanda and waive their right to collect her husband, Norman, at any benefits. They take care

gage or sell their farms outside of the family. Mothers introduce their children to work in a garden at a young age. Adults do not play card games or gamble in any way. Married men have beards; single men do not. We also saw the Sight & Sound presentation of “Noah.” This was an in-

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POWELL Shopper news • DECEMBER 30, 2013 • A-7

A live Nativity is the focal point of the drive-through. Note the cute lambs. Photos by Cindy Taylor

Three Wise Men (Branden Shultz, Mark Shultz and Leon Koskela) greet those who drive by Dante Church of God.

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Journey in, journey out A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35: 8-10 NRSV) The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. (Ivy Baker Priest) I am one of those strange people who read the dictionary. The plot is thin, but the language is fascinating. As I thought about our journey around the sun over the past year, it occurred to me to wonder where the word journey comes from. Ever since I had a professor of Greek etymology in college who loved what she called “all that nonsense in brackets in the dictionary,” I means a day (as in bonjour) or a day’s work or travel (from the Latin diurnum, which means day). The dictionary I consulted also adds that “Journey suggests prolonged traveling, especially to a particular destination or for a specific object.”


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Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what walk the labyrinth. you are destined for. Medieval labyrinths But do not hurry the were created not to confuse journey at all. the traveler, as the ancient Better if it lasts for years, Greek lore describes, but to so you are old by the time serve as a path for a spirituyou reach the island, al journey, particularly for wealthy with all you those who could not make have gained on the way, the pilgrimage to the Holy not expecting Ithaka to Land. A labyrinth has one make you rich. way in and one way out: the Happy New Year, and entraveler has no chance of joy the journey! getting lost. The point of the labyrinth is to follow the “sacred path,” to walk prayerfully, your call will be returned. org/oneharvest/index.html centering yourself as you or 689-3349, 9 a.m.-noon. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, go, moving toward the cenweekdays. 4625 Mill Branch Lane, distribter, toward the Center of all Food banks utes free food 10 a.m.-noon ■ Ridgeview Baptist Church creation, and then to turn ■ Glenwood Baptist Church each third Saturday. Info: offers a Clothes Closet free and retrace the same path, 566-1265. of cost for women, men and of Powell, 7212 Central Ave. this time moving outward children in the Red Brick Pike, is accepting appoint■ Bookwalter UMC offers One Building, 6125 Lacy Road. toward the world. ments for the John 5 Food Harvest Food Ministries to the Open to the public 10:30 a.m.Pantry. For appointment: 938It sounds simple. It sounds community. Info and menu: 1 p.m. every second Saturday. 2611 or leave a message and ordinary. Until you do it. http://bookwalter-umc. I have walked simple gravel labyrinths in convent yards, a grass one at Lake Junaluska, and elaborate NEWS FROM POWELL CHIROPRACTIC ones in great cathedrals. The experience never fails to inspire me, to challenge me, to humble me, to change me. It also reminds me of a poem I first heard read at By Dr. Donald G. Wegener your body produces with adequate supJacqueline Kennedy OnasWe can acquire most plies of antioxidants to neutralize them. I sis’ funeral: “Ithaka,” by of our antioxidants from suggest you do this is by eating high-qualPeter Constantine Cavafy. ity fruits and vegetables and supplementfruits and vegetables. Here is part of it: ing your foods with quality vitamins. The most common an-



Folks driving by Dante Church of God received a special treat on the evenings of Dec. 20-21. The church produced its first live, drivethrough Nativity. Patsy and Jimmy Ogle are primarily responsible for pulling everything together and have wanted to be a part of something like this for more than 20 years. After joining the church, they knew this year was the time to move forward.

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Stout is Teacher of the Month By Cindy Taylor

Pleasant Ridge crowns spelling bee champ Maggie Kirkland is the winner of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary spelling bee. Kirkland is pictured with pronouncer Assistant District Attorney Leland Price and runner-up Rheagan Smiddy. Kirkland and Smiddy are best friends and spent weeks prior to the event brushing up on their spelling. Photo by Ruth White

English teacher Leah Stout has been named the Powell High School Teacher of the Month. “Leah brings compassion and true desire to help each student that crosses her path,” said special education department chair Terry Lawlor. “It is a wonderful Leah Stout experience to work with her and to witness this.” “Leah has worked so hard to get several of the freshmen on track in their classes and she is the only reason that some of them are making it right now,” said teacher Jay Scarbro. “She really does a great job.” ■

Powell Elementary fifth grade student council members: president Brody Huskin, vice president Andrew Stucky, treasurer Julia Larocque and secretary Hayden Dui.

Spelling is ‘nigh’

Students at Powell Elementary competed in the annual spelling bee last week. Cody MacLeod took the championship by correctly spelling the word “nigh.” Fifth grader Tabitha Esterkamp was runner-up. ■

Powell Elementary has student council

Powell Elementary School has chosen fifth grade student council members. They are: president Brody Huskins, vice president Andrew Stucky, treasurer Julia Larocque and secretary Hayden Dui. The four have already been hard at work during the holidays with door décor judging.

Poster winners chosen Powell Elementary School PTA safety poster winners are Kendal Patty and Jacob Carr. The theme for the contest was “Be Safe, Be Happy.” Photo submitted

Powell Elementary teacher Mandi Meek came to school Dec. 19 prepared for Christmas vacation. Photo submitted

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Kennedy to McCurry: Passing the torch of good teaching By Betsy Pickle Often, you barely have to scratch the surface to learn that what makes a teacher great is the experience of having learned from a great teacher. That’s the case with Matt McCurry, band director at Powell High junior Samantha DeChaine works on her steam- Carter High School. Already punk piece for art. Photos by Cindy Taylor musically inclined before he entered Powell High School, he joined the band and choir. “I loved the band, but Powell High School art rational quotes, photos and I lived in the choir room,” teachers are getting stu- historical happenings into says McCurry, who gradudents culturally engaged sewn quilt squares using ated from Powell in 1996. with the past by using ste- fabric, pastels and sharpies. Choral director Jim Kenneampunk art and a new take Students are also work- dy – who’s still at Powell – on the art of quilting. ing on steampunk pieces gave him opportunities that Students researched his- inspired by steam-powered set the course for his career. tory on the day, month and machinery from the 19th “I had a place in the back year they were born. century and science fiction. of the office where he let me They incorporated inspiuse a computer to write music, and I lived there. “It started out with arranging; he would give me things to arrange. And then from there, it’s fun to try your hand at some original music.” Now that he’s the teacher, McCurry hasn’t changed his habits much. “I feel like I live here most of the time,” he says, sitting in his office in the band suite. “If I had a cot, I would probably sleep here.” His schedule is nonstop: marching band camp the last week of July and first week of August; football season with the band performing at all home and away games and at four or five band competitions; indoor drumline and color guard and concert-band season hitting at the first of the year; concert festival season; then spring concert and rehearsal for the band’s performance at graduation. On Sundays and Wednesdays, McCurry plays organ at Fountain City Presbyterian Church. During his “vacation,” he’s camp director Powell High art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels and intern Rachel at Carson-Newman University’s summer music camp. Mezger show off student quilt squares.

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Assistant directors Angie Messer and Kristin Arp chat with Carter High band director Matt McCurry outside the band suite. Fortunately, he has Carter Middle band director Chuck Brock overseeing the drumline, which last season won two indoor medals and traveled to the Winter Guard International world championships in Dayton, Ohio. This school year already has been memorable, starting with the Tennessee State Division II Championships in Franklin on Nov. 2. “We have been working our tail off to get in the Top 10,” says McCurry. “We have been 11th for two years in a row. This year, for the first time ever, we made the Top 10 at the state marching band championship, which was the greatest thing for the kids. “When everybody heard ‘Carter High School,’ there was this eruption on the field and in the stands from our crew that had gone with us to support us. It was just unreal. We waited a long time to hear our name over those speakers. “We came in 10th, which was awesome. I told the kids at the beginning of the year it didn’t matter what place we came in if you get that Top 10. That was our goal, and they reached it.” McCurry, whose teaching

career started at Holston Middle, came to Carter in 2005 as band director at the middle school and assistant at the high school. When he took over from Angie Messer as high school director, one of his goals was to expand the band’s horizons – literally. “We try to travel every year somewhere,” he says. “It’s a pattern: We do a small trip, a larger trip, Disney World and then we do a big trip. “Our first big trip was in 2009. We went to London and marched in the 2010 New Year’s Day Parade. It was just phenomenal.” McCurry will have a hard time topping fall 2013. The band flew to Hawaii the day before Thanksgiving, returning Dec. 4. “We went over and played at the two Pearl Harbor memorials, the U.S.S. Arizona and Missouri, and we marched in the Waikiki Holiday Parade, which was unreal,” says McCurry. “It was tiki torches all the way.” Wearing swimsuits, the students and chaperones ate Thanksgiving dinner on a beach with palm trees in 82-degree weather. “We had turkey and Ha-

waiian-style dressing,” says McCurry. “All the vegetables and stuff had pineapple in it.” During the trip, the students visited the Polynesian Cultural Center and the famed North Shore, where they saw a surfing competition, and they hiked to the top of Diamond Head. They played “Winter Wonderland” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” at the parade and “America the Beautiful” and “Grand Old Flag” at the memorials. “One of my absolute favorites was we did the Navy Hymn, ‘Eternal Father,’” says McCurry. “We played ‘Taps’ within that, and I think it got to a lot of people.” Visiting the Arizona memorial had a deep impact on the students. “It was eye-opening for them, I think,” says McCurry. “There were a lot on Dec. 7, after we got back, that did a lot of posts about the Arizona and ‘Remember Pearl Harbor.’ I think it showed them something firsthand that they wouldn’t have gotten out of a book.” McCurry, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carson-Newman, says arts programs give students ineffable benefits. They teach “cooperation and teamwork and that hard work does pay off,” he says. “I always say we have the best kids in the school right here that are involved in the art programs because they take what they do here and they learn and they apply it. “They get their stuff done in their other classes. They work hard for their teachers. They’re polite. They cooperate. And I think it just pays off in the long run. The things that they get from that you don’t put a price tag on.”

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needed to help even more. Over time Tony helped this young man get a home, a job and day care for his children. Tony felt his mission with Angelic Ministries had been accomplished. The ministry has grown, which enables Tony and his crew to reach more people. Between 3,000 and 4,000 families are helped every year. Tony is proudest of how they are making a real difference in people’s lives. Angelic Ministries strives to help people but wants to do so in a way that these people will not become dependent. To volunteer or donate, contact Angelic Ministries through its website at www. or call 523-8884.

Tony had no idea what was in store for him when he attended a Compassion Coalition meeting in Tony Earl Knoxville. Betsy Frazier, Angelic Ministries’ founder, invited Tony to tour her facility. While on this visit a young man came in asking for help. He and his two small children were living in his van. They asked for a child’s car seat. Tony felt fulfilled because he was able to lead this young man to the Lord that day. He felt he had gotten his “spiritual fix,” but says God let him know that Tony

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MONDAY-TUESDAY, DEC. 30-31 Powell Playhouse auditions for John Patrick’s “Everybody Loves Opal,” 4-6 p.m. Monday and 3:30-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Powell Branch Library. Roles include two women ages 20-60, four men ages 20-60, and one cooperative cat. Info: 947-7427.

TUESDAY, DEC. 31 O’Connor New Year’s Eve Dance, 9:30 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. Live band. Tickets available at the Center. Info: 523-1135. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 10 p.m., World For Christ Church, 4611 Central Ave Pike. Dancing, food and fun. Info: 249-7214, www.worldforchrist@ New Year’s Eve Show and After Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge. Cost: $59.95 plus tax per person. Reservations: 428-7469;

THURSDAY, JAN. 2 Pajama-Rama Storytime, 6:30 p.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road. Stories, music, flannel board activities and a craft. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite toy or stuffed animal. Info: Becky, 947-6210.

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Live country, bluegrass and gospel music, 7:30 p.m., WMRD 94.5 FM, 1388 Main St., Maynardville. All pickers and singers welcome. Saturday Stories and Songs: Laurie Fisher, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 West Emory Road.

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Andrew Skoog shows off a lean frame as he poses after an opera production with soprano Dallas Norton. Photo by Judith Bible

simple carbs ca from my diet. “My exercise routine includes cardiovascular exercise in combination with workouts in strength and endurance training. I try to get to the gym three to four times per week. “As a result, I have lost the 85 pounds I gained and have developed much more physical strength.” Skoog a few years ago, unWhen asked how happy with his weight he feels, Skoog raves, “Nothing short of amazing! Having failed at many diets in my lifetime, I finally understand why they don’t work. It is truly about addressing the lifestyle. “Feeling healthy far outweighs how something might taste. Plus, there are so many healthy food choices that I actually prefer over bad ones. That in combination with keeping my body moving on a consistent basis has made the biggest difference. I feel more alive now than I did in my 20s and 30s!” One of Skoog’s musical colleagues agrees. Judith Bible, a 60-something with the air of a 30-something, is a staff accompanist for UT music students. That means she plays the piano all day, every day.

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(Before) Bible in her “chunkier” years. Photo by Curt Bible

Judith Bible poses with the "skinny boats" she loves. Photo submitted For those of you who think that sounds dreamy, be assured that it’s not without a great deal of stress. When she’s not accompanying one student in a lesson, she’s practicing difficult pieces for another 20. She’s constantly onstage in recitals, doing her very best to help a student advance toward graduation. Though she ultimately finds the job rewarding, the repetitive motion, eye strain and nerve drain can get to her. So she rows. Her path started years ago

with Weight Watchers. Feeling a little chunky, she enrolled in the program, which also encouraged exercise. She started Pilates training and attended a 5:30 a.m. “boot camp,” but soon traded the gym and the field for the Tennessee River. “I became a member of the Knoxville Rowing Association,” she says. “The club rows regularly throughout the year. I absolutely love it. “Those patient folks taught me how to row properly. Sometimes

there are nine of us in a boat, sometimes two. We have raced together, and for the past two summers, a group of us has gone to Pennsylvania to participate in a sculling camp. What fun! I enjoy being on the water and balancing those skinny boats!” She even bought a rowing machine for her home. “It resides in the half of my garage which I call my health spa,” Judith laughs. “I put a plant and a candle in there.” When she’s not rowing, she enjoys “mixing it up” with walking,

yoga, hiking and biking. Both Skoog and Bible offer advice and encouragement for those who want to adopt a healthier, fitter lifestyle. “Set small, realistic but challenging goals at first,” says Skoog. “It was daunting for me to think I had to replace the bad foods I was enjoying with healthy ones all at once. You’re more likely to be successful if the changes you make are gradual. “Even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life, start doing some sort of movement every single day. It doesn’t have to be much, really. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car further away from the supermarket. Take a short walk instead of having a bag of chips. “Over time, that movement adds up and your body actually begins to crave it. Also, you are less likely


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to want to negate all that physical activity by rewarding yourself with an ice cream sundae. “Then, get started with a fitness regimen. Being a part of a class worked really well for me because it gave me accountability. And it’s helpful to join others that are facing the same challenges. The camaraderie can be so much fun! “You have to know in your heart that you truly want to change. That’s what keeps you focused. That’s what keeps you going.” “It’s never too late,” Bible adds. “But don’t expect fitness to happen overnight. Rejoice in the effort! “I’m not a fanatic; there are many out there who are much more disciplined than I. I still get out of breath, but I’m glad that I can! Life is good, and if I can do this, you can do this.” Any final thoughts? Both chime, “Don’t give up!”

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wo years and 55 pounds ago, Chad Tindell had one of those revelations that sneak up unbidden and land with the force of a punch to the gut – which he now realizes was a much too substantial target. “Everybody has this ‘aha’ moment. You see a picture of yourself and say, ‘Gee, I really look fat.’ Now, I preach the gospel to people about what I’ve done – there’s no diet, no magic pill – and they’ve all had good success,” said Tindell, who is an attorney with Lacey, Price and Wagner in downtown Knoxville. That was two Thanksgivings ago. He was concerned enough to go see his doctor, Doug Davis, who told him that his blood sugar level was dangerously high and that he needed to Chad Tindell, 2011 and 2013. Photos submitted change what he ate. “I took that as a challenge – a challenge I've met for more than two years now. Most seeds for crunch, Craisins, grilled chicken people say, ‘I need to exercise more.’ No you that I buy frozen from store and throw don’t. Exercise is good for you. I exercise a them on there for lunch time – they’re perlot – but that’s not what caused me to lose fect. Add a light dressing and it comes to weight. My doctor told me, ‘If you want to 483 calories. Breakfast was probably 234 lose weight you have to change what you put calories. I’ll eat that salad a couple days a in your mouth – leaner meats, more fruits week, and I can eat a 1,000-calorie dinner and vegetables,’ ” Tindell said. “I haven’t and still have a weight loss, or at least a balgiven up any particular type of food and I’m anced day. I try to stay under 2,000 calories sticking to a calorie limit.” a day,” he said. “For a good weigh-loss diet, the key is knowledge (of what are you eating), balance (don't go on a 'diet' or restrict any food, but “The bottom line is get balance your diet for a change you can live up and do something!” with forever) and consistency (staying on top of it daily),” he said. Once he conceded that calories really do “You log your food every day. It’s like count, he found “My Fitness Pal” and “Calobudgeting. When you start writing down rie Count,” free apps he downloaded onto every penny that you spend, you know what his smart phone. They’ve taken the guessyou’re doing. You can eat a plate of seasoned work out of keeping track of what goes into grilled chicken and green beans for less his mouth. than a medium order of french fries at Mc“You log your food every day,” he said, reel- Donald’s – a medium french fries at Micky ing off his intake on the day of this interview: D’s is 500 calories. Six ounces of grilled “I worked out this morning, had a 100 chicken is 210. A cup of frozen green beans calorie light protein drink (18 grams of pro- is 100 calories and you can add a small tein, no carbs), a banana and coffee. I fi xed baked potato with sour cream for about 120 a grilled chicken salad for lunch with lots of calories. You’re talking about eating grilled greens, carrots, tomatoes, cukes, sunflower chicken, green beans and a small baked po-

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tato for the same calories as an order of medium french fries. “I burn 2,600 calories a day just by living and breathing. I reduced that by about 20 percent and try to stay under 2,000. “ But what about exercise? “While I personally work out about four to five times a week now, I lost weight when I wasn't exercising much at all. Exercise will not cause you to lose weight. I exercised regularly and belonged to a local gym when my weight was at its highest. And you don't have to spend an hour. Thirty minutes a few times a week is great for your body and mind. Walk or run outside. Or if the weather isn't good, get a quality treadmill or elliptical, a good exercise ball and some light weights. Those and some basic exercises like pushups, squats, jumping rope and sit-ups will give you a varied workout so you don't get bored. Or join a gym if it works for you. The bottom line is get up and do something!” He’s been featured in Calorie Count’s daily email newsletter as an individual success story of the month.

Chad Tindell’s low-fat recipes Another important component of Tindell’s nutritional plan involves doing it himself. He prides himself in being a good cook, and that has made it easier for him to tinker with recipes and come up with leaner, tastier dishes, two of which he has shared with Shopper-News. “I love to cook. If you prepare and bring food from home, you control what you put in your body. It’s a little more difficult to eat healthy, and frankly it’s a little more expensive, although the salad I had today probably didn’t cost $2. It’s also less convenient. I don’t mean to be a food snob, but when I see a grocery cart full of prepared chicken wings, tater tots, I see lots of fat.” Two of Tindell’s favorite recipes are Banana Cranberry Nut Bread, which saves more than 100 calories per slice over regular bread by substituting stevia and extraripe bananas for part of the sugar and fat.

He said it gets rave reviews. The second is Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion (yes, Brussels sprouts), which he swears delivers a huge flavor punch at the cost of relatively few calories.

Banana Cranberry Nut Bread

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (Tindell recommends King Arthur whole wheat) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 - 8 oz. package light (not fat free) cream cheese, softened to near-room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup stevia sugar substitute 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup) 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces (Just lightly toast them on a cookie sheet under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Tindell uses more nuts than called for and saves some to top the loaf or muffins.) 1/2 cup Craisins Baker’s Secret non-stick/flour spray Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. Whisk eggs and vanilla together and set aside. Spray loaf pan or muffin tins with nonstick/flour spray (Baker's Secret). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the cream cheese, stevia and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually pour in egg mixture. Add bananas (the mixture will appear somewhat lumpy) and stir together.

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With a rubber spatula or spoon, fold flour mixture into the wet mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts and Craisins, transfer batter to the prepared pan(s). Top the center of the loaf or each muffin with a few nuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 50-55 minutes (20 minutes for muffins). Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out of pan and let cool completely on a rack. Wrap in plastic wrap. Best if served the next day. Makes one standard loaf or 12 muffins.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion One pound fresh Brussels sprouts Photo courtesy of Getty Images 3 to 4 slices of bacon (Tindell uses Benton's – more flavor and just, well, better) One-half of a medium onion, chopped (you can use more) Garlic salt, to taste (about a teaspoon) Black pepper, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon) Non-stick spray (Tindell uses olive oil flavor) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. “Clean” Brussels sprouts by clipping off ends and removing any loose or wilted leaves. If the sprouts are large, cut them in half. Dice the onion and chop the bacon into small pieces. Lightly spray a low-rimmed baking pan with nonstick spray. Spread the onions and bacon evenly on the pan. Spread the Brussels sprouts over the onions/bacon. Spray the sprouts with the non-stick spray and season with the garlic salt In the battle to get leaner those with a gluten digestion and black pepper. Bake/roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the sprouts are tenand healthier, people have problem have their choice of der, tossing the mixture after about 10-15 minutes to mix the bacon, onion and sprouts been targeting many dif- many nutritious gluten free after the bacon has had time to cook a bit. ferent food groups over the grains to enjoy, including years, from fats to carbo- amaranth, buckwheat, corn, hydrates. Now, experts are millet, non-contaminated weighing in on whether or oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, not grains might be a culprit teff and wild rice.” in the growing prevalence of certain diseases, including The experts weigh-in obesity and dementia. A growing number of people are being diagnosed Abs of Conflicting opinions with sensitivity to gluten, Steel! Stee which is a condition that on carbohydrates “Carbohydrates are aw- can cause a range of health Flexibility... Flex ful for the brain,” said Dr. problems. Gluten found in we got tthat! David Perlmutter, neurolo- wheat, barley, rye and in gist and author of the new oats processed in the same book “Grain Brain.” “Eating mills as those grains, cancarbohydrate foods increas- not be digested by those es blood sugar levels, which with celiac disease (CD) causes inflammation and and can affect the health of those who are gluten intolcan lead to dementias.” However, a recent study erant. According to the National conducted by the University Can you say of Nebraska showed that Institute of Health, between eating whole grains, such as 5 percent and 10 percent of “calf muscle”? barley and brown rice, actu- all people may suffer from ally helped decrease inflam- a gluten sensitivity of some mation. form. One out of every 133 Carolyn O’Neil, a regis- Americans (about 3 million tered dietitian, also agrees people) have Celiac Disease. with these findings that dis- Individuals with CD do pute the elimination of car- need to consume a glutenfree diet. Nutrition experts bohydrates in one’s diet. “Nothing could be fur- in the United States and ther from the truth,” O’Neil Canada state there is no evisaid. “A study by Centers for dence eating whole grains Disease Control researchers containing gluten poses projected that if grains were widespread health risks for eliminated then diets would the rest of the population. be extremely low in folic acid, For more information, visit iron and B vitamins. Even

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ot an athlete in the house? Whether she is hitting the soccer field or he’s going for it on the gridiron, what happens postpractice or after a game is just as important as the workout on the field. Allowing muscles to recover properly is essential for a healthy season and off-season training regime. During a strenuous workout or game, muscle fibers can fray and become damaged. Follow these five steps for a successful season: ■ Pump up protein: After a workout, athletes need a combination of carbohydrates and protein to replenish and help rebuild muscles. Follow the 2:1 ratio rule to make sure you have the right calibration for optimal absorption of protein.

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aintaining a healthy cholesterol level is an important part of good health. While many Americans try to keep their cholesterol in check, some take medication to improve it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four American adults currently takes statin medications to help reduce their cholesterol levels. David Grotto, registered dietitian and best-selling author of “The Best Things You Can Eat,” has shared a few tips for those who need advice on how to support their overall health, including ways to help lower cholesterol naturally*.

Eat a healthy diet

Many people may believe that once they are taking a statin medication, they can resume their regular eating habits. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. To achieve healthy cholesterol levels, it’s important to eat wholesome foods rich in essential nutrients that will help nourish your body, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. “Eliminate trans fat, and reduce

… with easy lifestyle changes saturated fat sources in your kitchen and your diet,” said Grotto. “When cooking, opt for canola and olive oil. In general, add foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, as this ‘good’ fat can help lower your ‘bad,’ or LDL cholesterol levels.” The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) also recommends 2,000 milligrams of plant sterols and stanols as part of a therapeutic diet to help lower cholesterol*. Plant sterols and stanols are naturally present in small quantities of vegetable oils, nuts, legumes and whole grains; however, most people only consume about 200 milligrams through their regular diet.

Take quality supplements There are dietary supplements that may help lower your cholesterol*. Grotto recommends looking for quality supplements from trusted brands verified by a credible thirdparty organization, such as the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). He has partnered with Nature Made ®, the

first national vitamin brand in the U.S. to earn United States Pharmacopeia (USP) verification on many of its products. “I always recommend Nature Made CholestOff® Plus* to my patients because CholestOff Plus is clinically proven to lower cholesterol in just six weeks and provides an additional 1,800 milligrams of plant sterols and stanols to help meet the NCEP recommendation for cholesterol reduction. Nature Made is also the number one recommended brand among pharmacists in eight key product categories† including Cholesterol Management-Natural,” said Grotto.

Stick to your prescription and talk to your doctor

Statin medications work on an ongoing basis, so make sure you stick to the prescribed dosage. Speak with your health care provider or pharmacist to ensure your medications and supplements can be taken together. In addition,

make sure to check in with your doctor as dosage adjustments may be required over time. For more information on Nature Made CholestOff Plus, visit www. and for more heart healthy tips from Grotto, visit www. *Products containing at least 400 mg per serving of plant sterols and stanols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily intake of at least 800 mg as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of Nature Made CholestOff ® supplies 900 mg of plant sterols and stanols per serving for a daily intake of 1800 mg. †Based on US News & World Report - Pharmacy Times Survey for Letter Vitamins, Omega-3/Fish Oil, Coenzyme Q10, Flax Seed Oil, Herbal supplements, Cholesterol Management-Natural, Garlic (tie) and Diabetic Multivitamins (tie).



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