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VOL. 51, NO. 1
JANUARY 2, 2012
Marvin West asks if this is the worst year ever for UT sports? See page A-11
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Meet ‘Jane’ A practicing psychologist discusses her own struggles with mental illness. See page A-6
City/County Christmas tree recycling Knox County will recycle Christmas trees throughout January at the Powell Convenience Center, 7311 Morton View Lane, as well as other centers in Halls, Karns, Cedar Bluff, Gibbs, John Sevier and Forks of the River.
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This year’s Nita Buell Black Scholarship winner is PHS senior Kimberly “Allie” Patton, the daughter of Rodney and Alice Patton. She boasts a 4.2 weighted GPA and she has attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts
in musical theater. She has danced professionally with Theatre West Virginia for the past two summers. Patton has been selected twice to the All Tennessee Vocal Choir and she is a member of the Powell Singers.
Johnson made heavy use of social media such as Facebook to promote his party. “I’m wanting the younger generation – the 40-something crowd – to become more involved in giving back to the community,” he said.
By Sandra Clark
Powell in addition to Heiskell and the Halls area as the 7th District was altered in redistricting. Although not a county project, Emory Road completion is another Smith priority. “Let’s keep the mayor working with TDOT to finish the last leg of Em-
ory Road through Powell,” he said. The project would divert through traffic away from Powell’s business and school district to a fourlane road south of Beaver Creek. Additional comments are included in a wrap-up on A-5.
Focus on finance
ment,” he adds. Burchett acknowledges that closing the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute potentially could burden the county with what amounts to an unfunded mandate. “I hope we don’t use that as an excuse to grow government,” he says. “I hope those dollars follow the patients. “Unfortunately, we’re not equipped (to care for the patients) and neither is J.J. (Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones).” Already there’s talk on County Commission about beefing up local outpatient treatment programs, but Burchett says he’s optimistic the state will do the right thing. “I texted the governor and he assured us those folks will be taken care of.” Dean Rice, the mayor’s chief of staff, says the administration will “stay the course”
in 2012: Continue to “shrink the footprint” and “spend less.” To that the mayor adds that government needs to become less intrusive. “Too many times I’ll hear, ‘What’s government doing for jobs’? I say it gets out of the way and lets businesses operate.” Burchett successfully championed a new elementary school for the Carter community, but, in general, he says he’s not a “big project” fan. “Instead of starting new programs, pay down the debt,” he says. (Last year’s budget included the administration’s plan to pare the debt by $100 million over five years.) “It’s not sexy, it doesn’t make headlines,” Burchett says, “but those millions we save now will pay off down the road.”
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Ray Johnson is flanked by former Powell High School teacher Nita Buell Black and PHS senior Allie Patton, the winner of the scholarship given in Black’s honor, at the Powell Community Holiday Party and Benefit at Beaver Brook Golf and Country Club on Dec. 22. Photo by Greg Householder
do for the people of Heiskell?” Knox County Commis- he asked. “Yet they have close sioner R. Larry Smith says to 100 people every month at the county should explore the seniors’ lunch.” Smith said the county building a freestanding community center to serve should “look for four to six Heiskell and Powell. He men- acres off the beaten path” tioned the project in a “year in the Raccoon Valley or Brushy Valley area. ahead” interview last week. Smith now represents “What does Knox County
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By Greg Householder Ray Johnson (Powell High School Class of 1981 and PHS Dreams Foundation Hall of Fame inductee for the Class of 2011) was one tired guy on Dec. 22. Besides traveling from Tampa, Fla., and getting his annual holiday shindig together, Johnson was essentially doing all of this on one foot – well, more like one-and-a-half foot. Hobbling around with a soft cast on his broken ankle, Johnson made many a trip from the foyer to the dining room at Beaver Brook Golf and Country Club as he greeted old friends and guests and made sure the dinner arrangements were going well. For the past three years, Johnson has hosted a holiday party for his Powell friends. For each of those years, guests were asked to bring a toy to be donated to Children’s Hospital. “Two years ago this turned into a party that kept getting bigger,” said Johnson. This year, Johnson organized the party to benefit the Powell Playhouse, the PHS Dreams Foundation and to award a scholarship to a PHS senior who was going on to study the arts – either theater, music, dance or fine arts. The scholarship, as yet undetermined in amount as Johnson continues to collect donations, has been named in honor of former PHS drama teacher Nita Buell Black. “Nita’s dream has been to have a scholarship for a student in the arts,” said Johnson.
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Sandra Clark talks with two county commissioners about 2012. See page A-5
Burchett looks at the year ahead By Larry Van Guilder Mayor Tim Burchett is the chief fiscal officer for Knox County, so it comes as no surprise that his focus for 2012 can be summed up in two words: the budget. “We’re in constant discussions about the budget,” Burchett says. He also has bi-weekly meetings with schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. Last year, $7 million in federal stimulus money funded programs and some personnel costs for the schools. That money is gone, but the needs are as great as ever. “My concern is that cuts
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Burchett says Knox County is “a donor community” currently, and the former state senator understands what it takes to change that: “17 votes in the Senate and 50 in the House.” Burchett slimmed down the county administrative budget last year, and the cuts weren’t nearly as draconian some feared. The mayor says the “tweaking” will continue, and the buck Tim Burchett will stop on his desk. “When they talk about don’t affect the classroom,” (cutting) ‘a few percentage the mayor says. points,’ I’m the one who has One source for offsetting to make those decisions,” some of the stimulus money he says, and it’s never easy, loss is the Basic Education especially where jobs are Program (BEP) which dis- concerned. “You can’t run tributes state education dol- government like a business lars to local school districts. or business like the govern-
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community Getting back to normal I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With the big days falling on Sundays this year it almost feels like we have had a three-week holiday period – the week before Christmas, the week after Christmas and in some ways, this week.
Greg Householder But hopefully things are getting back to normal. ■
Powell Playhouse update
Last Tuesday, the Powell Playhouse board met at Laura Bailey’s place to do a little bit of year-end planning. The Playhouse held auditions for the February presentation of “Steel Magnolias” last week and rehearsals begin this week. The Powell Playhouse ended 2011 in the black – something few community organizations can say these days due to the tough economic climate. Both of its productions, “The Curious Savage” in June and “The Night is My Enemy,” were critical and financial successes. So it looks like the Powell Playhouse is here to stay. Congratulations to Nita Buell Black and her gang for having a successful first year. But the Playhouse needs a permanent home. Thus far, it has rented space in
A-2 • JANUARY 2, 2012 • POWELL SHOPPER-NEWS
Steve Collins, treasurer of the Powell Chapter 335 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Charlotte West, Worthy Matron of the Powell Chapter, present a check for $100 to Shriner Larry Hubbs for Shriner’s Hospital. Photos by Greg Householder
Lions Club is all into vision stuff. They do eye exams on kids and adults, collect used eyeglasses, have the East Tennessee Eye Bank and so forth. On Dec. 21, the Knox North Lions Club heard some interesting stories from Amy Combs of SVOSH. What is SVOSH? It stands for Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity. Amy is a student at the Southern College of Optometry and will be an Army capAmy Combs accepts a box of used eyeglasses from Knox North Lions president Clare Crawford. tain when she graduates. The SVOSH kids travel on missions to places like the Jubilee Banquet Facil- board discussed holding an “Steel Magnolias” dinner Belize, Mexico, Jamaica, ity for its events and perfor- acting camp in the summer tickets would make a great Colombia and Honduras. mances. Though the folks for kids. The gist of the idea is Valentine’s Day gift. The students prepare for the at Jubilee have given great that the kids would work on missions by working in a lab deals and helped as much a one-act performance and ■ Knox North Lions beforehand cleaning, repairas possible, renting is never present it at the end of camp. learn about SVOSH ing, organizing and packing preferable to owning when The kids would be trained in Everyone knows that the donated eyeglasses. it comes to a “home.” acting by the talented folks As Nita said to the board with the Powell Playhouse. last week – “If just 200 peo- And trust me, there is a lot of ple in Powell would pledge talent there. to donate $1,000 each, we Now if you’re interested in could have a place of our taking in “Steel Magnolias” own.” And she is willing to you better get on the stick. take it in installments. These performances fill up Ideally, the folks with the fast. “Steel Magnolias” will Playhouse would like to find be a little different than the a historically significant lo- previous two productions in cation in Powell, perhaps a that it will offer a dinner or church that is no longer hold- not. Prices for dinner tickets ing services, maybe a large have not been set yet but if retail space, anyplace that you don’t want to eat dinner, could be converted into a the- tickets are $10 per person. ater that could seat about 200 If you want tickets, you or thereabouts would be per- need to give a shout to fect – if the price was right. Mona Napier at 947-7428 And they’re looking. or 256-7428 or by email at In other business, the email@example.com.
When they go on their mission, they will work with staff optometrists to help with eye exams and matching the donated glasses with what the doctors prescribe. Pretty cool stuff. The Knox North Lions gave Amy a box of collected used eyeglasses. ■
Shriners get money from Powell Eastern Star
Shriners Hospitals for Children got a little help Dec. 22 from the Powell Chapter 335 Order of the Eastern Star in the form of a check for $100. Shriner Larry Hubbs was on hand at the Powell Lodge to accept the check from chapter Worthy Matron Charlotte West and chapter treasurer Steve Collins.
‘Steel Magnolias’ auditions Mindy Barrett demonstrates her hairdressing skills for the role of Truvy to Nita Buell Black last Thursday during auditions for the upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias.” Photo by Greg Householder
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Sisters use family stories as basis for new book By Jake Mabe Sisters Christy Tillery French and Cyndi Tillery Hodges have both been writing for some time now. Christy is the award-winning writer of a series called â€œThe Bodyguard,â€? a suspense romantic comedy that she calls â€œa fun series to write.â€? Cyndi writes paranormal romance and genre fiction. They decided to team up recently to try something new: writing literary fiction based on family stories told to them by their dad, artist John Tillery. Published under the name CC Tillery, the result is the novel â€œWhistling Woman.â€? Johnâ€™s artwork will adorn the cover of the print version of the novel. The novelâ€™s main character
Book cover of â€œWhistling Womanâ€? Sisters and authors Cyndi Tilwas inspired by the familyâ€™s lery Hodges and Christy Tilgreat-aunt Bessie, who lived lery French have teamed up to write â€œWhistling Woman,â€? in Hot Springs, N.C. â€œOur dad tells us all these a novel of historical fiction great stories,â€? Christy says. â€œI based on stories told to them call the book â€˜factionâ€™ (fact/ by their father, John Tillery. Photos submitted fiction). A lot of it includes characters and things that actually happened.â€? â€œWe went to Hot Springs, Christy says that she and N.C., and to the geology deCyndi spent about three years partment in Marshall, N.C. working on the book, the ma- We were constantly researchjority of which was dedicated ing the vernacular of the time. There is a lot in the book about to research.
Remembering J.P. Freshour By Pamela Lester Householder Halls lost one of those â€œfabric of the communityâ€? kinds of guys on Christmas Eve. John Paul â€œJ.P.â€? Freshour was laid to rest last Tuesday. Some may remember him installing their floors. Others may remember him from his service in the Optimist Club. I remember him as a coach. I met J.P. in the summer of 1969 when I began to play softball. I was 9 years old and selected from tryouts to play for the Halls Optimist Club team with J.P. as the head coach assisted by Herkey Beeler. Our team was very young and inexperienced. There was no tee ball to teach the basic skills. We just scheduled a practice and tried to figure out who was going to play what position. Your first
The 1974 Halls Optimist Club softball team members are: (front) Catrina Adams, Lori Whitaker, Dawn â€œJoJoâ€? Quarles; (middle row) Doris Seymore, Terri Lett, Terry Beeler, Kathy Ramsay, Susan Freshour; (back) coach Herkey Beeler, Pam Lester, Sandy Lynn, Cindy Hopson, Diane Lambdin, Cindy Gray and head coach J.P. Freshour. Photo submitted at-bat was with a live pitcher. I, of course, wanted to be the star of the team and my first choice was to play first base. J.P. just smiled and kindly said, â€œPam, first base needs to be played by someone taller than you.â€?
Then I asked for second base. He let me try it for a short time. Again, J.P. placed his hand on my shoulder, smiled and said, â€œPam, second base is not a good fit for you. I want you to play catcher for the team.â€?
Cherokee lore and Cherokee medicine. We talk a lot about herbs. We wanted it to be as near factual as we could. â€œWe also have a Melungeon character in the book and we wanted to put some of that history in there. On every page we did some kind of research.â€? Christy and Cyndi see this project as a legacy to their father. â€œWe couldnâ€™t ever get him to record it (his stories). This was a labor of love for our dad. He loves it. We took him a copy and he absolutely loved it. He said everything was just the way he told it.â€? Christy says she was first bitten by the writing bug when she was in college. But, she didnâ€™t get serious about it until after
sheâ€™d married and raised her kids. Then she found an agent and sold her first book. Sheâ€™s written nine more since then. She says Cyndi was encouraged to start writing after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. â€œShe has the best voice. She writes in a Southern, genteel tone that would remind you of â€˜To Kill a Mockingbird.â€™â€? Asked about the collaboration process, Christy says her and her sisterâ€™s voices â€œmeshed as oneâ€? when they began to write â€œWhistling Woman.â€? â€œWe go back and look now and I canâ€™t tell if I wrote this particular passage or whether Cyndi did. It was almost as if Aunt Bessie was sitting on our shoulders.â€?
Christy lives in Powell and Cyndi lives in Hendersonville, N.C. Christy says the project offered the sisters a great excuse to spend more time together. They are already planning a sequel. â€œWeâ€™re close. It was a lot of fun going to Hot Springs and doing research together. It was a lot of fun to write. At times it was frustrating, but it was worth it.â€? â€œWhistling Womanâ€? is currently available for download in the Amazon. com Kindle store. (You do not need to own a Kindle to download the book to a computer.) It will be available in hardback and paperback in February at local bookstores, by special order or online from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
I was not very happy with his decision because I felt being a catcher was not an important position. After practice that day J.P. sat down on the bench with me and explained how important the role of catcher is and how confident he was that I was the one for the job. I ended up playing catcher for 11 years â€“ Hallsâ€™ answer to Johnny Bench. Being a catcher became my passion. Some of my teammates also remember J.P. Sandra Lynn said, â€œJ.P. was the sweetest coach ever.
You could tell he wanted to win, but he pushed the â€˜have fun with itâ€™ aspect of playing. He smiled more than any one man I knew. He would have these oneon-one confidence building talks that honestly made you feel like you could catch that ball or hit that home run! I never did hit a home run. He assured me a base hit was as good as a home run. At least I wasnâ€™t out.â€? â€œHe was so patient with a klutz like me who had no skill whatsoever. Kindness and patience is what I remember,â€? said Lori Whitaker Witt.
â€œHe was like a father to all of us rather than just a coach. He truly cared about the team and each player. He is how I got the name â€˜JoJo.â€™ He just could never remember Dawn and I was talking about the weather one day and somebody yelled out call her â€˜JoJoâ€™ like the little weather guy in the paper and he did. It stuck for years,â€? said Dawn â€œJoJoâ€? Quarles. So rest in peace, J.P. There are a lot of us here who benefited from your kindness and patience and felt that you were a second father. Thanks for coaching us.
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Pavlis to job applicants: ‘Don’t expect 90 grand’ By the early ShopperNews holiday deadline last week, 10 candidates had pitched their names into the hopper to be considered for the job of counsel to City Council being va-
Mr. Answer Man looks back You can’t predict which of your well-intentioned ramblings may set someone off. Mr. Answer Man takes a second look at items which provoked some sensitive readers. Q: I’m disgusted with the U.S. Congress and Senate, Mr. Answer Man. Both bodies seem more interested in party agendas than in the welfare of the people. What do you think should be done? Mr. Answer Man recommended an amendment to the Constitution that would bar Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, tea partiers and folks under the age of 65 from elected office. He still doesn’t understand how such a common sense proposal could offend anyone. Q: Mr. Answer Man, W.C. Fields once said, “Any man who hates dogs and babies can’t be all bad.” Looking over the cuts to nonprofits in this year’s Knox County budget, do you think Mayor Tim Burchett fits that description? Mr. Answer pointed out that the questioner was wrong on a couple counts. First, it was writer Leo Rosten who said that about Fields. Second, Tim Burchett is a warmhearted, sentimental soul who tears up at the drop of a hat. For the record, Mr. Answer Man likes the mayor. Q: Mr. Answer Man: Because I have no life, I just read Knox County’s 2010 Consolidated Annual Financial Report. On page 8 I read that the county’s capital assets are “not available for future spending” because the assets “provide services to citizens.” Doesn’t this put a crimp in Mayor Burchett’s plans for Carter Elementary School? Mr. Answer Man noted that assets that do not “provide services” and are free of related debt may be sold. He conducted a forensic audit of the county’s assets and came up with a list of qualifying items: three gas-powered refrigerators, a subscription to National Geographic, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves and Property Assessor Phil Ballard. Immediately following this column, Mr. Answer Man’s membership in the Carter Elementary Boosters’ Club was canceled and his property assessment went up 38 percent. Q: Hello, Mr. Answer Man. What is a “TIF,” and can I get one? I understand it is worth a lot of money. Mr. Answer Man explained that “TIF” is an acronym for “This Is Fantastic.” If you’re dreaming of creating a strip mall or hotel that may create dozens of minimum wage jobs, TIF dollars may be just what you need to bring your vision to life. Before applying, answer these questions: (a) I contributed (blank) to (blank) commissioners’ last election campaigns. (b) Does your car have a bumper sticker that reads “I love The Development Corporation?” (c) Should a developer pay for infrastructure improvements that mainly benefit the developer’s project? The correct answers are: (a) as much as I could to as many as I could (b) yes (c) never. Proving that some folks have no sense of humor, soon after the above ran Mr. Answer Man learned that his TIF application to build a luxury resort for homeless journalists had been turned down.
cated by Charles Swanson, whom Mayor Madeline Rogero tapped as law director. That list was sure to grow longer by the New Year’s Eve deadline. Some were doubtless lured by the salary – lawyers haven’t been immune from the recession, and $90,000 a year for a part-time job makes a comfy cushion against hard times. This will be the brandnew City Council’s most pressing business to date, and they will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Large Assembly Room for a workshop to discuss hiring
Swanson’s replacement. Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will preside, marking his first time to take up the gavel at a workshop. At least one of his views may not be popular with job applicants. He’s looking to cut the Council counsel’s pay, which was raised in 2007 by thenVice Mayor Mark Brown. “For those who think they’re coming in at 90 grand – guess again,” Pavlis said. “There will be several criteria, and experience is certainly one of them. The pay should be commensurate to the amount of experience. Charles is a person who walked out the door with 28 years’ experience, and I wouldn’t be in favor of starting the next person out at that level.” But that is not to say that he doesn’t consider the job crucial: “The foremost thing on my plate is to get the attorney hired as Swanson’s replacement and we’ve got a workshop on the 5th to
Nick Pavlis File photo discuss that,” he said. “My personal preference would be for a city resident (at least two applicants live in Blount County) and my thought is to do a two-year contract to give them a chance to get their feet wet.” Pavlis said he was surprised not to have been heavily lobbied about the position, but expected that to change after last Friday’s deadline for applications. “There’s only been one,” he said. “Mose Lobetti called me before Christmas on behalf of Jason Long.” Long, who is with Lon-
don and Amburn, was one of the first to submit an application. He is a former law partner of Swanson and filled in for him at meetings when Swanson could not attend. Other candidates who had filed by Wednesday noon are John F. Weaver Jr.; Arun Rattan; Melanie Davis, who is with the Maryville firm Kizer and Black; Thomas McCroskey, also of Maryville; Stephen R. Wise of Wise and Reeves (Wise represents the Metropolitan Planning Commission); former law department employee George T. Underwood Jr. of the Underwood Law Practice; David Dothard of Breeding and Dothard; and Michael Cramer, another former city law department lawyer, of Norton, Spangler and Cramer. Former City Council member Rob Frost, who is with Arnett, Draper and Hagood, was expected to file an application before week’s end, as well.
Pension reform tops ‘to-do’ list Pension reform will be high on the “things to do” list for Mayor Madeline Rogero whether she wants to deal with it or not. In fact, changes must be voted on by November 2012 or we must wait two years to 2014. Costs are rising and getting a handle on them will be hard. Delay only adds to the cost. While Dave Hill will receive a city pension in 2017 at a little more than $12,500 a year, his supplemental account value is $46,515 as of Sept. 30, 2011, which he can cash in now. New federal court clerk and former city law director Deborah Poplin will earn $1,841.38 at age 62 (many years from now) after 13 years and 10 months with the city on two separate occasions. Her supplemental retirement account value is considerable at $60,450.81 as of Sept. 30, 2011. She can withdraw it when she no longer works for the city. Current city charter provisions mandate a 3 percent
annual increase even when the cost of living is less. This is more than current city employees’ mandated 2.5 percent annual increase and is hard to justify. The eligible age to draw the city pension could be moved from 62 to 64 which would impact future employees but reduce costs. Current annual contributions by city employees to the retirement system could be increased. These changes stir opposition from some. The current task force has not made a report back to the city and it is not expected to urge many significant recommendations. Expect to see Rogero chosen as the new pension board chair if she is willing to do it. That will give her an important voice in mak-
Events set for MLK holiday Various local events are set to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, a holiday for most. The MLK Tribute Service is 11:45 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman Jr. speaking. Dr. Goodman is the senior pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist
ing needed changes. ■ Lisa Hatfield, Knoxville city attorney whose law license was suspended for a week for not completing CLE requirements, also has a reputation for not returning phone calls promptly or ever. Law Director Charles Swanson may wish to remind her that her $79,000 plus salary is paid by city taxpayers and calls from taxpayers should be returned the same day. She should take seriously whatever her new boss tells her as Swanson will run a tight ship as law director. ■ Ivan Harmon told me that he plans a third campaign for mayor in 2015. (He ran against me in 1995 and again in 2011 against Rogero). ■ Meanwhile, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones has hired Harmon as a maintenance supervisor at the Knox County penal farm. When I spoke to Harmon, he was doing some repairs with a work crew at Three Ridges
Church in Augusta, Ga. He has traveled abroad to preach and study in the Holy Land and was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers. He was voted one of “America’s Most Loved Pastors” in the 2006 issue of Gospel Today magazine. This event is free and open to the public. The annual MLK Leadership Luncheon will be noon Thursday,
Golf Course. Sheriff Jones actively backed Harmon for mayor this past election and they are longtime hunting friends. Jones and Harmon then openly backed Mark Padgett against Rogero in the mayoral runoff. This employment will add to Harmon’s county pension which he already has from his County Commission service but he will not be part of the lucrative sheriff’s pension plan. ■ Anne Woodle, FFM (First Friend of Madeline), says she will not be working for the city but will continue to be a close friend of the mayor. She was on the transition committee along with Larry Martin and Sam Anderson. Woodle is a former school board member and her son is married to council member Finbarr Saunders’ daughter who works for the city of Knoxville. Woodle is well connected in the new city government. Contact Victor Ashe, 16-year Knoxville mayor and former U.S. ambassador to Poland, at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
Jan. 12, at the Knoxville Marriott ballroom. Judge John Westley McClarty, who sits on the Court of Appeals for East Tennessee, will speak. Judge McClarty has served as Juvenile Court referee and special judge for Chattanooga City Court. Luncheon tickets may be purchased by calling 215-2048. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door the day of the event. Info: www.MLKKnoxville.org.
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Much to anticipate in 2012 “Elections have consequences” is a political buzzword and it’s true. It should have surprised no one when the Republicans took control of county election commissions following the party’s ascent to majority status in Nashville. And it should not be a huge shock that Madeline Rogero thought outside the white bread, white male box in naming her directors. It’s exciting to see the intelligence, training and diversity of Rogero’s appointments. It’s exciting to anticipate the ideas this group will propose to make Knoxville a better place to live and work. Despite the Bah! Humbug! advice from another pundit who urged Rogero to be careful lest she be a one-termer, our first female mayor has chosen boldly. Let the games begin. Pensions: How much should the promises of the past impede the progress of the future? Public employee pensions are the 800-pound gorilla that’s gobbling up scarce resources. I was amazed to read Victor Ashe’s comments about a mandatory annual 3 percent cost of living increase in city pensions. Leaders should quit pussy-footing around and get pension reform on the ballot. Let voters decide what we can afford. Public employees are nice folks, but so are preachers, bakers and candle-stick makers. Pay workers a fair wage and contribute toward their retirement. But guaranteed pay-outs and automatic cost of living increases are unsustainable. This is the paramount issue of 2012 and beyond.
Meet a couple of Rogero’s directors: Patricia Robledo will head the new Office of Business Support. She is a small-business owner and the executive director of the Robledo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee. Robledo, who is married to downtown developer John Craig, moved here from Colombia in 1980 and worked for the 1982 World’s Fair. She became an American citizen in 1990, attended the University of Tennessee and then graduated with a double major in biology and medical technology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. In 1997, she founded Robledo Translations LLC, which provides Spanishlanguage interpretation and consulting services to companies and agencies across East Tennessee. Christi Branscom is the new public works director. A lawyer, she has been with Partners Development since 1991 and also is president and founder of Grace Construction. She has a principal broker’s license and a law degree. Branscom is a member
of national, state and local associations of home builders and Realtors. She is a past vice chair of the Central Business Improvement District and served on the executive committee of the Knoxville Chamber. Branscom has worked on numerous Partners projects, including Gettysvue, CarsonNewman College and Wei sga r ber Medical Park. She graduated with honors in finance from the Branscom Un iver sit y of Tennessee and earned her law degree from the University of Memphis. Twenty or 30 years ago these appointments would not have been possible because women with these credentials were rare or nonexistent. But then so were women mayors. ■
It’s too late for Fountain City, where a crematorium was permitted near a residential area, but the Gentry-Griffey construction got the town to talking and the City Council asked the Metropolitan Planning Commission for a report. MPC has set a public hearing for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the small assembly room of the City County Building to take comments on appropriate siting and permitting of crematoria. MPC staff will examine current regulations and review best practices throughout the state and nation. Staff will then recommend postponement of the MPC
agenda item set for consid- ■ Dave Wright eration Jan. 12, pending a looks ahead recent petition to the city’s Commissioner Dave Board of Zoning Appeals regarding the Fountain City Wright says 2012 will be interesting because “so many permit. subjects have taken on a life ■ But what about of their own.” Schools: “We know the skunk? there’s a $7 million shortWe hate to disillusion fall, but it could be as much the young fellow, but Maras $14 million.” Wright shall Stair, meet Dave wants the school board to Wright. “come with a budget that Marshall is the youngest matches its income” and member of City Council. He says Superintendent Dr. Jim lifted both McIntyre won’t tell him how arms in the many seats are available for air after his students. “If we drew a cirs w e a r i n g cle three miles around Vine in. He’s ex- Middle School, we would cited about have enough kids (to fill it),” service. he said. “Of course, we can’t Dave is do that.” a grizzled Budget: “I expect the C o u n t y city and county to work toWright C o m m i s - gether to make government sion veteran, and he also more efficient. … If I lived had high hopes following in the city, I’d want the city his election. Dave’s wife, to go out of business. Those Pat, picks up the story: taxpayers are paying douThe first call, before he ble.” was even sworn in, came Pensions: “We sit here from a woman who want- and say the federal governed a dead skunk picked ment is growing at an unup. Dave called the public sustainable rate. Well, what works department. They are we doing?” came out and couldn’t find Charter review: “I fait. But the woman wouldn’t vor 13 to 15 commissioners, take no. She could smell it. one from each district, and So Dave went out himself no at-large members.” and sure enough. He found Contact: “Call me at it about 100 yards off the 556-6930, but if it’s a dead road on private property. skunk, call 215-HELP and Pat didn’t say what Dave ask for April.” did with the skunk, but she did tell another story about ■ Larry Smith a constituent who called looks ahead after a neighborhood altercation. Seems this fellow Commissioner R. Larry thought a horse was being Smith divides his concerns abused so he crept through into district and countywide the woods and up to the categories. fence to check it. For the 7th District, he The neighbor pounced wants completion of Emory and punched him with a Road through Powell (a state rock. concern), and a community
center for Heiskell. He wants the county to pave streets in Saddlebrooke subdivision where the developer “never put a second coat of asphalt on it,” and he wants to get the trash burned at Clayton Park in Halls. “I may have to call the Boy Scouts to help with that,” he said. Smith wants the Halls greenway project finished. “It’s such a small project … should have already been done.” He wants a northbound turn lane on MaynardSmith ville Pike at the Time Out Deli center. Countywide, Smith is troubled by the lack of new development. That’s reflected in the short meetings of MPC. “They start at 1 and are out by 3 p.m.,” he said, “and that’s with a long prayer.” Rural/Metro’s contract for ambulance service is up for renewal in August. Litigation between Natural Resources Recovery and Brad Mayes should “wrap up” this year and Knox County may “get some money.” Pensions: “It’s obvious we’re in the hole. We need to put (reform) on the ballot and stop the bleeding. Educate the people and vote.” Bonuses: “I’m not for (fee offices) paying $3,000 bonuses for taking an open book test.” Schools: “We start with a $7 million deficit; it could grow to $11 million or more.” Lakeshore: “Looks like it will close. (Knox County) will do something with those patients. It’s our obligation.”
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A memoir with a twist By Betty Bean
Psychotherapist’s first book praised
rom the beginning, Carolyn Dobbins excelled. A stellar student and an Olympiccaliber athlete, as a teenager, there appeared to be no limit to what she could accomplish. Today she is Dr. Carolyn Dobbins, a respected psychotherapist with a Vanderbilt doctorate and a practice that fulﬁlls her long-held desire to help people who are struggling with mental health issues. Contained within that broad outline is a remarkable story. This fall, she began its telling by publishing her ﬁrst book, “What a Life Can Be,” in which she tells the story of “Jane,” a client who has struggled all her life with schizo-affective disorder, a cross between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It begins July 20, 2009, the date of Jane’s ﬁrst session with Dobbins. Soon, Jane says she has decided to put her life down on paper for Dobbins’ review. The resulting memoir forms the basis of the book. Jane tells about the onset of her mental illness at the age of 17 and how it (along with a host of physical injuries) ended a promising career as an Alpine (and later a Nordic) skier on track to participate in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid.
“My legs were heavy, like lead. My balance was off. I was dizzy. I was slow. I didn’t know what was what. I’d jump on the trampoline and complain that the springs were shot. I’d play tennis and say that the racket needed new strings. I’d cross-country ski and complain about the wax being wrong. Then, I realized it was me,” she said. She kept trying for a while – stayed in boarding school at the ski academy in Vermont where she had been training and even started college there. Eventually, she asked her parents to help her come home to Knoxville because the process of securing a plane ticket was too daunting. Fast forwarding, she enrolled in the University of Tennessee, made straight As, transferred to the University of Utah, excelled and graduated. She recounted coming home from school to see her younger sister graduate from college and having a mental breakdown that made it obvious that her earlier diagnosis – bipolar disorder – was incorrect. She tells her story in a matterof-fact, compassionate fashion, sparing judgment – of the psychiatrists who tinkered with her medications with disastrous re-
Dr. Carolyn Dobbins Photo by Betty Bean
sults, and ultimately of herself, as well. She experienced jail, homelessness, marriage, a brief career as a country music singer, divorce and loneliness. There were successful careers built and lost and constant fear. The brutal facts are leavened with humor (like the time she called the White House to tell George H.W. Bush to shut up and eat his broccoli and got a call back from someone wanting to know if she was OK) and triumph (like successfully defending her dissertation just a week after being jailed, lost in the system and then hospitalized for a month). And it is not until the end of the narrative that Dobbins reveals the most crucial fact:
She is Jane. “I have written a book about my therapist, myself. It’s not about two people, but one who cares and who has a lot to manage and who does so as graciously as possible. That’s what a life can be. And that’s what it has been for me.” Dobbins was somewhat fearful of telling her story and wrote the first version under a pen name. Her publisher urged her to drop the pseudonym, and, with some trepidation, she reworked the book under her own name. It was published in October by Bridgecross Communications and is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. She has been interviewed on a national radio show that deals with mental health issues and plans to do some local presentations in the upcoming months. She is happy to have conquered her fear of telling her story. “I’ve been ill for 34 years; every day’s been a trial run,” she said. “There’s something to deal with every day that I get through and do. I call it a job. It’s a job in and of itself to take care of myself. I’m not reckless about it. Every day is just a further reﬁnement. If I see a bump, I just deal with it. It’s never cost me a job.” The deeply spiritual Dobbins works with the Philadelphians Prison Ministry and has a private practice. She keeps up with local mental health issues, and although
she says she is not an expert on the subject, she is very concerned about the fate of the long-term patients at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and for the employees who must ﬁnd other arrangements when the state shuts the hospital down next year. “My concern is follow-through. If this absolutely has to occur, will these people have the care they need? And what will happen to the employees? Why are we doing this in the first place? We need a place like Lakeshore. If not, we need to take the money and hire people to run group homes. I am concerned that we’re going to end up with more homeless people, more people in jail. We’re talking about people who have been institutionalized for years. I know how hard it is to try and help someone homeless to become independent and get on their feet. Even with people who are young and have family support, it is not easy.” Finally, it is her goal to provide hope for the mentally ill and their families. “If you’re at the end of your rope and ready to give up, I say just give it some time and keep trying. Others have done it. Other people in this world have it a lot worse than I do, and when I think about the people I might be able to help, if I can help people, writing this book will have been worth the effort.”
Lions get ‘new’ truck for vision lab Jim McFarland of the Smoky Mountain LiBy Greg Householder ons Charities took possession of the truck at A few months ago, Remote Area Medical RAM headquarters in Island Home last week. donated a mobile vision lab to the Smoky The truck, a 1995 International FL70 with a Mountain Lions Charities. Last week, the “gooseneck” hitch, will also go to the paint shop Lions ﬁnalized the purchase of a truck from for the SMLC logo to replace the RAM one. RAM to pull it. The Lions will screen potential patients for Remote Area Medical had been using the eligibility. Depending on the individual cirlong trailer loaded with equipment which cumstances, the patient will be asked to go to ﬁts prescription lenses to new frames for an optometrist for an eye exam and then told about 10 years. Earlier this year, RAM rewhere the lab will be set up. These patients ceived a newer, larger lab trailer and no lonwill bring their prescriptions to the lab and ger needed the older one, hence the donathe Lions will assemble the eyeglasses. Others tion to the Lions. may simply be told to come to the lab where The older trailer needs some work. Its roof an optometrist will conduct the eye exam and leaks and there is some wiring to be done, then the Lions will assemble the glasses. but the Lions have it covered. They are hoping to tow the lab in for repair this week. The McFarland said the reason for this dual Lions plan to start using the lab in March. process is because typically an optometrist can conduct only 15-18 eye exams in a day “So many people in East Tennessee need and the lab will have the capacity of assemglasses and this is going to extend the Lions bling about 100 glasses in a day. efforts,” said Stan Brock, founder of RAM. The Lions are looking for sponsors for the He said half or more of RAM’s patients Jim McFarland of the Smoky Mountain Lions Charities is ready to drive the group’s “new” truck vision lab, donations to help purchase lensare there for vision issues. purchased from Remote Area Medical. The truck will be used to pull the mobile vision lab RAM es, optometrists to do the exams and volun“We get calls all the time from people donated to the Lions earlier this year. Photo by Greg Householder teer technicians. Anyone interested should needing glasses,” said Brock. “Sometimes we contact McFarland at 556-9091. Donations have to tell them – ‘well, our next expedition may be mailed to Jim McFarland, 8030 Whitestone Road, is in Wise, Va.,’ or someplace. With the Lions having their from being used in the U.S. own lab, we can refer many of those patients to them.” “The millions of glasses recycled by the Lions are essentially Knoxville, TN 37938. The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities is a 501(c)(3) orgaThough the Lions accept used glasses through collection going overseas,” said Brock. The Lions donate glasses to RAM nization and all donations are tax deductible. boxes located around the community, law prevents those for use in the group’s foreign expeditions.
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Rule #5: If the digestive system isn’t working correctly By Dr. Donald G. Wegener The second branch of the autonomic nervous system is the parasympathetic system, which works to conserve energy and rebuild tissue. This is also the branch that helps slow your Dr. Wegener heart rate down and get your body back to a normal resting state after you get out of the emergency situation that I described earlier in the sympathetic nervous system. So you can see one branch of the system speeds you up while the other branch slows you down. This is how your body achieves homeostasis. It does this by lowering blood pressure and putting the digestive process to work. Because of the environment we live in today, this branch of your nervous system is usually under-stimulated, and most people do not eliminate their waste properly because this branch does not function the way it should. Now that you understand the two branches of the autonomic nervous system, you can see that our body
and digestive system were designed to get the most nutrients we could from our food and get rid of the rest. By the time your food reaches the large intestine, the good nutrients that our body needs have usually been absorbed, and the body needs to excrete the remaining waste. However what happens if we are overly sympathetic, dehydrated and our digestive system is not working correctly? The waste product sits in our colon longer than it’s supposed to which can allow some toxins to be reabsorbed back into our system, making the job even harder on our liver. This can also affect the good and bad bacteria that are in your colon. Your body will be more concerned with getting rid of the toxins than it would dropping a few extra pounds of fat.
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to know when facing David and his slingshot (1 Samuel 17:43). And Jesus himself instructed, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs.” (Matthew 7:6) But since they were domesticated (between The young man went out and the angel went with 10,000 and 12,000 years him; and the dog came out with him and went along ago), dogs have been our with them. servants, our companions and our friends. (Tobit 6: 1b NRSV) I have been blessed No matter where we are, the shadow that trots bein the last few days with hind us is definitely four-footed. an abundance of dogs. (“Women Who Run with the Wolves,” My daughters were here Clarissa Pinkola Estés) for Christmas, and they brought their dogs: Emma, Zoe and Ellie – a yellow The Bible doesn’t have Lab, a black Lab/greymuch good to say about hound mix, and a beagle, dogs. The above quote is Cross respectively. Currents the only comment that is Fortunately, “the girls” anywhere close to neutral. Lynn get along well together, Here, in Tobit (one of the Hutton and so there were no tiffs. books of the Apocrypha), What they bring with them the dog is mentioned as is faithfulness, devotion, a a companion, but only in services: serving as shep- sense of adventure and a passing. In all the other bibli- herd’s assistants (Isaiah good nature. They are wellcal references to dogs, 56:11) and as watchdogs behaved and accepting of all the attention anyone is they are objects of con- (Isaiah 56:10). “Am I a dog, that you willing to offer. tempt and derision. This, I read somewhere, and notwithstanding the fact come out against me with that dogs provided useful sticks?” Goliath demands believe it to be true, that
Community services ■ Cross Roads Presbyterian hosts the Halls Welfare Ministry food pantry 6-8 p.m. each second Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. each fourth Saturday. ■ Knoxville Free Food Market, 4625 Mill Branch Lane (across from Tractor Supply in Halls), distributes free food 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of the month. Info: 566-1265. ■ New Hope Baptist Church distributes food from its food pantry to local families in need 6-8 p.m. every third Thursday. Info: 688-5330.
Music services ■ New Beverly Baptist Church, 3320 New Beverly Church Road, will host a gospel singing 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, featuring the New Calvary Echoes. There will be no charge. Love offering will be taken. The Rev. Eddie Sawyer, pastor. Info: 546-
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Rec programs ■ Beaver Ridge UMC , 7753 Oak Ridge Highway, will have a beginner yoga class Mondays from 6-7 p.m. upstairs in the family life center. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes. Bring a mat, towel and water. Info: Dena Bower, 567-7615 or email denabower@comcast. net. ■ New Covenant Fellowship Church, 6828 Central Avenue Pike, will hold Pilates class 5:45 p.m. each Monday for $5. Info: 689-7001.
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classes 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 12-step class 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Info: 688-5330. ■ Dayspring Church, 901 Callahan Drive, Suite 109, will offer Divorce Care classes 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. There is no charge for the 13-week program and child care will be provided. Info: 242-3995.
Special services ■ Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church offers an Internet prayer line. Anytime you have a prayer or concern, call the line and leave a message. Someone will be praying about the request with you within 24 hours. Prayer line: 484-4066.
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Heiskell gives ‘Totes of Love’ 102 kids and 85 seniors receive gifts By Greg Householder The Heiskell Community Center distributed “Totes of Love” bags filled with personal hygiene items and school supplies to 102 children at Copper Ridge Elementary and Powell Middle schools. The “Totes of Love” project began in the summer with donations of fabric from the Knoxville and Nashville Chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers. The fabric was gathered by interior designer Susan Ballard and donated to the Community Center. The fabric samples are discontinued and scrap that is normally burned or placed in landfills. Ballard approached Janice White at the Heiskell Community Center to see if projects could be done to both save the fabric and benefit the community. Thus, the “Totes of Love” was born. White approached the Heiskell Seniors Group, Heiskell United Methodist Church, the Powell Business and Professional Association and members of the community to ask for help in sewing the totes and filling them. An overwhelming outpouring of support resulted in enough product to fill not only 102 totes for the children, but also 85 totes filled with fruit, scarves and gloves for the Heiskell seniors. Totes were sewn by Taffy Kanipe, Joan Freeman, Lois Mroz, Bessie Durham, Marjorie Gardner, Cathy Abell, Liz Jett, JoAnn Strickland, Jeri Foust and others. Donations of product or money were supplied by U.S. Post Office Credit Union, Comfort Inn in Powell, Y-12 Credit Union, UT Credit Union, A.J.’s Hair Salon, Heiskell United Methodist Church members, Heiskell Seniors Group members, Emory Family Practice, Jim and Jacki Kirk, Matt and Daphne Richards, Deena Bower, Nita Buell Black, Walgreens in Powell, Powell Florist, Deborah Webb, Noreen Hall, Molly Durr, Alissa Stone, Dr. Reed Crumpton, Dr. Patrick Kennedy, Corryton Alignment and Brake Service, Donna Yardley and others. Fabric from the interior designers has also been distributed to Lost Sheep Ministries and Wallace Memorial Baptist Church for their various projects. The “Totes of Love” will continue to be sewn yearlong to be filled again next year and hopefully will include more schools. Anyone who wants to help should call Janice White at 548-0326.
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Chase Gregory will celebrate his second birthday Jan. 5. His parents are Rob and Michelle Gregory. Chase has a sister, Gracie. Grandparents are Gloria Gregory, Pat Sisson and Bob Gregory.
Angie Merritt will be the guest speaker for the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Jan. 3. The KFL is a group of Christian men and women who meet weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell.
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NEWS FROM GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE
Winterim: Not your ordinary break By Shannon Morris
s we head into the ﬁrst week of January in a brand new year, most students around the city will be returning to school from Christmas break. The restful two-week respite has now come to an end. While most students will return to their traditional classroom environments, for Grace Christian Academy high school students, the start to a new year and a new semester will look somewhat different. Some students will be out in the community learning how life operates in the work force. Others will be traveling to a different country, exploring new cultures. Still others will stay close to home serving many citizens in a variety of ways around our city. For the next two weeks in January, students at GCA will experience what is known as Winterim. This is a unique opportunity for students to be challenged with hands-on learning experiences that are not part of the typical classroom curriculum. Many local professionals in the business, legal, medical, and technology sectors open their doors to GCA students each year, giving them an opportunity to explore possible careers. During this two-week period, students serve as interns and volunteers for six hours a day, participating in the daily activities of the business. One student has been
Rachel Zachary interns for a local hospital during the Grace Christian Academy Winterim.
able to assist a veterinary surgeon during surgery, while others have experienced what it is like to host a morning radio talk show. Each opportunity allows students to investigate these careers on a personal level, which will beneﬁt them in the future. Other interesting courses are offered during Winterim that involve activities both on and off campus. Students have options to learn a new craft or trade. Students can take a course in gourmet cooking, light construction, landscape design and even jewelry making. Other courses allow participants a hands-on approach to
exercise, nutrition and the connection between the body and mind in overall wellness. Many Winterim groups have experienced hiking on various trails in the Smoky Mountains as students gain knowledge and a better understanding of the ecosystems that exist in the hills around us. All of these courses are being taught by GCA faculty and staff to challenge students physically, mentally and spiritually. Winterim does not just take place in Knoxville. Grace has students traveling the country and the world absorbing all they can about life and culture outside of our city. Over
Grace Christian Academy Middle School Student Council members volunteered with Mission of Hope to bring Christmas gifts to students at Huntsville Elementary and Middle School. Pictured here are Dexter Reason, Kelsey Holland, Nathan Pettit, Savannah Sponcia, Haley Hatmaker, Eric Beecham, Reese Haluska, Savannah McNelly, Jared Rash, Jared Clark and Julie Pointer.
Hope for the holidays By Shannon Morris and Julie Pointer At Grace Christian Academy, there is a thriving elementary and middle school made up of students
with a heart for service, and for their community. This year, all of the kindergarten through 8th grade students took part in a toy drive as a way of showing the joy of giving
during Christmas, and they were able to collect 150 toys for other children that are served by Mission of Hope. But their desire to serve didn’t just end at donating toys; the Middle
the years, groups have traveled to Japan, Italy, Greece and Germany. This year, our GCA group will live with German students and their families for the two-week period. They will attend school with the German students and see life’s similarities and differences in a country across the world. Other Winterim groups have traveled a little closer to home, visiting Washington, DC. Students visit various historical sites in our nation’s capitol and have the opportunity to attend a session of Congress as well as a Supreme Court hearing, all of which helps to broaden the horizons of many GCA students each year. The Winterim experience would not be complete without an opportunity for service. A number of GCA students and faculty actively serve various ministries throughout our area. Service to women, children, senior citizens and others who are less fortunate will make up the variety of ways our students are challenged and stretched. All in all, the Winterim experience expands the boundaries of learning School Student Council went on Dec. 14, to serve alongside Mission of Hope at Huntsville Elementary and Middle School, which has 800 students. Huntsville is the largest of the 26 schools that are served by Mission of Hope. The GCA students helped unload the truck and set up a “store” so the children could shop for toys. Our students also had the privilege of helping individual students shop for two toys of their own. As they “shopped” with them, they were able to spend time with them, showing God’s love through words and actions. They felt so blessed to have been able to serve others during this Christmas season, which is truly about giving rather than receiving. Thank you to the GCA student body for helping spread God’s love to those in need.
Ally Davis learns what it takes to be a good veterinarian during Winterim.
Haley Pope volunteers as a teacher’s assistant at the Grace Christian Academy elementary school during Winterim. for each high school student at Grace Christian Academy. The personal growth that is gained from Winterim is price-
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TALES OF UNION COUNTY | Bonnie Peters
any of you have heard of the late Alex Stewart of Sneedville. He is well remembered in a book by his name, “Alex Stewart – Portrait of a Pioneer,” by John Rice Irwin. One of the stories in the book (which was written by Mr. Irwin from many, many personal interviews with Mr. Stewart) tells about how to get rid of trashy neighbors and especially those who don’t bother to pay their rent! Mr. Stewart told Mr. Irwin about a family who was in really hard times. A neighbor, feeling sorry for them, agreed to rent a small house to the family, the rent to be paid by the father cutting wood for his landlord. It wasn’t long until the place looked awful. The renter would come by, talk and eat but had never cut any wood – just talked and ate off his landlord. The neighbors began to discuss the issue and thought Uncle Boone, the landlord, ought to just “run them off.” Uncle Boone said, “No, I can’t do that – he might come back and burn me out.” To solve the dilemma, it was decided the neighbors would tattoo him. No, I didn’t get the word wrong. Mr. Irwin says in the book that he was sure Mr. Stewart had misspoken until he got home and consulted a dictionary. Webster says: “Tattoo – to puncture the skin with a needle and insert indelible colors so as to leave permanent marks as designs. … 2. Any continuous drumming or rapping; to beat or tap on a drum or other surface.” In the Middle East during the time of the Old Testament, much of the pagan world was practicing the art of tattooing as a means of deity worship. At issue in the Christian religion is interpreting the body piercing as a desecration of the temple (the body) of the Holy Spirit. A passage in Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” This has been cited as biblical authority to support the church’s position. One biblical scholar, M.W. Thomson, suggests, however, that Moses favored tattoos and introduced tattoos
as a way to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. What happened on Newman’s Ridge in Hancock County has nothing to do with piercing the skin, but rather with the second definition – the noise. When the renter was not at home, a few young neighbors drove a nail near the window of the house, tied a string to the nail, then tied the other end of the string taut to a tree in the nearby woods. When dark came they rubbed rosin over the string, which made a mournful sound. The renter would come out and look around. Of course, the noise would stop. When he would go back in the house, the strange noise was back. Shortly thereafter, probably having decided the house was “hainted” (haunted), the renter peacefully left the community. Some questions I have about tattooing, which I have never read about or heard of except in this book, are: Could this be the source of many of our own local haunted house stories? I am also thinking that the “string” was metal, since fiddlers rosin their bows. If anyone reading this has heard of this type of tattooing in Union County, please let me know. I wish you joy, happiness and good health in 2012. Bonnie Peters is the Union County Historian and the author of many books. Contact Bonnie at bhpeters@esper. com or 687-3842.
Dance for disabled New classes are forming nities. The goal is to help for individuals with dis- increase the participants’ abilities who love to dance. quality of life. The classes originated for people with Down syndrome. The classes evolved when Theresa teachers found that autistic Edwards children responded well to the music and movements, followed by people with more extreme disabilities. Students currently range from age 3 to Starting next week, 37. Wheelchair students are classes will be held at 5 p.m. welcome with certain approeach Monday in Powell and priate facilities. Maryville, on Tuesdays in Expansion to a new loLaFollette, Wednesdays in cation requires a suitable Fountain City and Fridays site, a dedicated teacher in Morristown. Lurley Noe with a helper and students of Sunshine Ambassadors with a desire to dance. The wants to create opportuni- Sunshine Ambassadors will ties in West Knox and Far- train teachers, providing ragut as well. them with performanceInstead of striving for grade routines, useful ideas “perfection” from dancers, and performance opportuleaders help the disabled nities. Teachers may be paid progress according to their or volunteer their time. individual abilities. Noe Sunshine Ambassadors says, “the dances are cho- are available to dance or reographed with easy move- speak at civic functions; ments to help achieve cer- class and/or student spontain developmental goals.” sors are also welcomed. Dances are simple Locations and info: enough so classes can be www.sunshineambassadors expanded to other commu- dance.org or 219-8697.
Fair donates to HonorAir The Tennessee Valley Fair presented HonorAir with a $1,000 donation last week at Prestige Cleaners in Powell. The funds were raised during Hometown Heroes Day during the 92nd annual Tennessee Valley Fair. Ticket sales from Smoky Mountain singer songwriter James Rogers’ concert were designated for HonorAir. The donation will pay for two veterans to fly to Washington, D.C., on their next trip, which is scheduled for April 18. HonorAir Knoxville is presented by Prestige Cleaners and sponsored by Covenant Health. The goal is to fly as many East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans as possible to Washington to see the memorials built in their honor. Info: www. honorairknoxville.com/.
Audrey Noe hugs her mom, Lurley Noe, executive director of Sunshine Ambassadors, a group dedicated to “enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities through dance.” Photo by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com
Animal Center team member Kendrall takes a moment to pose with Myrtle, a 5-year- old female basset hound mix. Myrtle is sponsored through the Furry Friends program by our friends at Garden Montessori in Fountain City, which means her adoption fee is prepaid. Thanks to generous donors to the Furry Friend program, many of the adult dogs and cats are sponsored. Donations are also being accepted to the center’s spay/neuter fund for owned pets, which helps families in need meet the needs of their own pets. Myrtle is available for adoption at the main center at 3210 Division St. The “new” center at Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike. Both facilities are open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Info: 215-6599 or visit www.young-williams.org.
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Worst year ever? TALES OF TENNESSEE | Marvin West
n the absence of a bowl report, I offer the following perspective: You know things are going poorly when you see a power T decal upside down on the dented door of a battered pickup truck. Oh my, what is the driver thinking? Not-even-close football scores and the historic loss to Kentucky, coupled with the Volsâ€™ lethargic look, caused some to think 2011 was the worst year ever in Tennessee athletics. Back-to-back losing seasons are difficult to digest. Surly sophomores are
impossible. Where are you, Nick Reveiz? As if the Bruce Pearl saga and NCAA probation werenâ€™t enough, we have added a historic basketball collapse and home-court loss to Austin Peay. Donâ€™t want to disturb Cuonzoâ€™s calmness but nothing quite like that had ever happened. â€œFor me,â€? he said, â€œitâ€™s a loss, not necessarily a bad loss. You donâ€™t put one above the others.â€? Do what? This may not be rock-bottom. Thank goodness
Jarnell Stokes. Versatile fans recall how bad was the baseball team and that the coach got fired. The once-proud Tennessee track program has faded from prominence. The Vols finished eighth at the Southeastern Conference meet this year, more than 100 points behind winning Arkansas. Ouch! Two assistant coaches were dismissed. The best sprinter, young Dentarius Locke, delivered scathing comments about the direction or misdirection of the team and quit. Athletic director Mike Hamilton, champion fundraiser and builder of magnificent facilities, accepted a generous going-away settlement and several complimentary season tickets forever and ever, amen. You get to decide how much of this overall managerial mess is Mikeâ€™s fault. Worst of all, Pat Summitt
Summitt to visit TipOff Club The LoeDown | Gary Loe
ish that I was on ole Rocky Top, down in the Tennessee hills,â€? sang Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. Itâ€™s now a hallmark of her speaking engagements â€“ the coach leads UT fans in singing â€œRocky Top,â€? just as she did last January as the featured speaker of the Big Orange TipOff Club. Club members hope for an encore performance when the winningest
coach in NCAA basketball history kicks off this seasonâ€™s annual series at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Calhounâ€™s on the River. Board member Mike Turner helped found the Big Orange TipOff Club in 2005 when coach Bruce Pearl arrived on UTâ€™s campus. â€œWe took some of the ideas from the old â€œOrange Tie Clubâ€? which was a pivotal support group back in the day,â€? Turner said.
â€œWe wanted to create fan enthusiasm and bring in first class speakers to the basketball-starved fans of East Tennessee.â€? â€œOur first speaker was former Voice of the Vols John Ward,â€? said cofounder Barry Smith. â€œWe probably had 375 people pack in to Calhounâ€™s on our first meeting â€“ far exceeding our expectations â€“ and itâ€™s been great ever since.â€? A distinguishing char-
announced that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimerâ€™s type. Dear God, we know about this stuff. It is unsettling. Three other employees of womenâ€™s athletics took their twice-rejected claim of gender discrimination (not enough pay) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. No matter which argument prevails, it will cost the university a bundle in legal fees and reputation. So, it was a bad year. You should have seen 1962. That was the career crash for football coach Bowden Wyatt, former captain, All-American, Hall of Fame, winner of championships in three different conferences, movie-star handsome, charismatic leader of the terrific 1956 Tennessee team. Wyatt had a bad summer and his â€™62 Vols went 4-6 and bowed to Kentucky â€“ but kicked the stuffings out of Vanderbilt, 30-0.
acteristic is that speakers frequently let their guard down and reveal basketball war stories that they would otherwise never tell the media. â€œFew fans knew until Coach Summitt mentioned it at the club luncheon, that she receives private correspondences regularly from her 1976 Olympic Team coach, Billie Moore. â€œAfter every game, she sends me her thoughts,â€? Summitt said. â€œSometimes, I thought maybe I didnâ€™t need to read it, but itâ€™s been wonderful to have someone who knows the game, who is really on top of it, and when I thought we played really well at LSU (Tennessee won 7365 in Baton Rouge on Jan. 2, 2011), I got a two page letter. Itâ€™s just a reminder that you can always get better.â€? One of the clubâ€™s most
1962 was John Sinesâ€™ last campaign as basketball coach. His team won four of 23. It carried the scars of two players lost in a point-shaving scandal. The final game drew a morbid gathering of 514. I was there. Basketball had no pulse. Baseball wasnâ€™t too bad once spring football practice was finished and coach George Cafego had time to coach. The Vols won all nine games in May. Before that, they lost to North Georgia, Carson-Newman, LMU and others. Attendance was skimpy. Popcorn sales suffered. 1962 was the year before Chuck Rohe which means Tennessee track was virtually nonexistent, 10th in the SEC, about where it had been except when it was 11th. This was before Ray Bussard but there was good news in swimming. Nobody drowned. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is email@example.com.
requested speakers is former SEC coach Hugh Durham. The entertaining Durham told TipOff members last January that during his career, in which he notched 600 victories at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville, he developed a list of things a coach never hears a player say: Coach, coach, I want to share my minutes. Or, Iâ€™ve got this play drawn up for Mike â€“ heâ€™s really shooting well. Coach Cuonzo Martin looks forward to his TipOff Club speaking engagement Jan. 25 and told The LoeDown in an interview before practice last week that he embraces the clubâ€™s efforts to increase awareness and knowledge of the game of basketball. â€œI think itâ€™s great,â€? said the former Purdue University star. â€œYouâ€™re talking about a program of this
magnitude, the exposureâ€™s great. Itâ€™s always great to be seen in a positive light.â€? Big Orange TipOff Club members are expected to warmly embrace Coach Summitt at Wednesdayâ€™s luncheon, as it will be the first time some fans will greet her since her recent medical diagnosis. And, they will be prepared to join the chorus if Coach Summitt punctuates her speech by singing, â€œâ€Ś Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee!â€? Membership information is available on line at www.bigorangetipoff.com/. Contact the club at tipoff@bigorangetipoff. com or Barry Smith at 384-3412 and Mike Turner at 304-2313.
Watch the clubâ€™s luncheon highlights hosted by Gary Loe on â€œTipOff LoeDown,â€? at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays on MyVLT (Comcast cable channel 8 or 213).
COMMUNITY CLUBS â– The West Knox Toastmaster Club meets 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at Middlebrook Pike UMC, 7324 Middlebrook Pike. Now accepting new members. Info: Ken Roberts, 680-3443. â– Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans will have its monthly business meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7225 Old Clinton Pike. Prior to the meeting, Sam Forrester will present a program on the battles during the War Between the States along the Chattahoochee River. Free admission.
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â– The Knoxville Writersâ€™ Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Laurel Theater. Winners of this yearâ€™s Knoxville Writersâ€™ Guild contests will read their entries. A $2 donation will be requested at the door. Everyone is invited. Info: www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.
Fulton Alumni The Fulton Alumni Association is gathering information for a directory. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 10. Info: Visit www. fultonfalcons.com or call Ray Abbas, 607-3074.
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