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Carey Hall Waldrop says she was shy and quiet as a student at South-Doyle High School. But now that she’s lived in Vancouver, B.C., China, San Francisco and Southern California – much of the time working as an ESL teacher and opening new doors for her students – she’s anything but.

‘little gems’ By B By Betsy etssy Pickle et Hiking Hi H i i or walking iki lk k i can be b fun, f but b t to t gett in i touch t h with ith the th ground you’re covering, you really need to trek. TREK South does just that. “It started as a conversation between me and two of my neighbors,” says Debbie Sharp, recalling the group’s October 2011 genesis. “We were just talking about how South Knoxville has so many amazing little gems – like Fort Dickerson, Ijams Nature Center, I.C. King Park – that we had not explored. “We said, let’s get a group together to start exploring these beautiful places in South Knoxville. That was when the bridge was closed, and people were really struggling. We thought this might also be another way to get people over to South Knoxville to help with businesses.” They came up with TREK South – Traverse Ride Explore Knoxville South – and even envisioned TREKs springing up in other parts of town. “We just haven’t expanded yet,” Sharp says. In the two-plus years the group has been going on monthly hikes, it has visited Fort Dickerson, the William Hastie Natural Area, Marie Myers Park, Ijams Nature Center and I.C. King Park, among others. “We do have fun,” says Sharp. “It’s a wonderful group.” Sharp shares credit with cofounder Joanna Henning, now

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Trainor at risk Good-bye apathy. Hello involvement. There was very little interest in local politics last year and most city council incumbents ran unopposed. Election Day was greeted with a collective yawn. That won’t be the case in 2014, writes Betty Bean, and South Knox school board member Pam Trainor is at risk of losing her seat.

When is a managing real estate broker responsible for the action of an affiliate broker? Pretty much always, according to the state Court of Appeals. Read Sandra Clark’s look at a legal dispute that involves peopl you know.

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Gibbs Hall goes Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football.

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Happy in the Holler If you haven’t been the Holler lately, you’re in for a treat Flats and Taps is a neighborhood pub and eatery located at 1204 Central Avenue, on the east side of Central Avenue in the heart of Happy Holler. That commercial block hosts other businesses like Friends Antiques shop, the Chop Shop hair salon, Raven’s Records, the Variety Theater, the Taoist Tai Chi Society center, and the Time Warp Tea Room to name a few.

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By Betty Bean The last day of school before the Christmas break, the big crowd in the Vine Middle School auditorium was getting rowdy while waiting for the Kwanzaa celebration to begin. Costumed dancers, poets and players scrambled up to the stage as the decibel level rose. Jenkins The master of ceremonies took the microphone and asked for attention. He wasn’t playing. Remarkably, the crowd hushed. Afterward, Reggie Jenkins explained how he knew what to do: “A few people asked me to try to help calm the crowd down, and for me, it’s just the way I was raised – kind of like when I was growing up in church. Even if nobody’d been in my ear, I was going to say something because a lot of people

put their heart and soul into that program and sometimes you just have to remind folks of where they are, who they are and what they represent.” A graduate of the University of Tennessee with degrees in math and statistics, Jenkins learned the value of hard work and respecting his elders from his father, who owned a barbershop. “I watched how he ran the shop – ‘Come in, take your hat off, pull your pants up.’ He was like the community father,” said Jenkins, whose volunteer work has made him well known at Vine and other schools in the heart of the city. His day job is in sales, but his heart is in the work he does with young people – primarily with boys – as executive director of UUNIK Academy, a mentoring program for young AfricanAmerican males. The name is an acronym for the seven principles of Kwanzaa, which promote unity and responsibility among family,

friends and community. “I have always had a passion for young people,” Jenkins said. “I worked in the school system for three years after I graduated, and after that at the YMCA. I always dreamed of having my own afterschool program – so many youth programs are just babysitting and don’t get a lot of these young people ready for the world. I just really wanted something where children were really getting something.” He started UUNIK Academy in September 2003. It operates 5:307:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. UUNIK Academy sponsors College Careers Week for Vine students in February, a “Calling all Males” citywide conference in the fall and a “Calling all Females” conference in the spring. “My 5-year goal is to run Monday through Saturday. We work on academics, enrichment and counseling. We teach them how to correctly act out and come up with so-

lutions. We go on field trips and try to find out what their talents and interests are, outside of athletics. We deal with cultural enrichment, history, and build on that for self esteem and self respect. We emphasize personal etiquette.” Parenthetically, Jenkins helps kids whose career dreams involve professional athletics work on backup plans. “I break that reality down,” he said. “I’m not going to deter them, but I inform them that in the past 40 years, only one person from Knoxville (Elston Turner) has made it to the NBA and only 15 to the NFL.” Jenkins and his wife of 17 years, Kamesha, have a 7-month-old son, Jabari.

To contact Reggie Jenkins, go to http://uunikacademy.org or email uunik.academy@gmail. com or call 865-384-4475.

Rogero tackles homelessness, trees be accepted for 45 days. According to the city’s press release, the draft is the work product of a mayoral-appointed Roundtable that included the executive leadership of agencies, ministries and organizations that provide services, shelter and housing for the homeless. “Homelessness is a complicated issue, and effective responses require collaboration among many different partners,” Rogero said. “This plan is not a solution to any single problem. It is a framework that we will use to coordinate efforts to address both short-term And last week Rogero rolled out and long-term challenges for peoa draft plan to address homeless- ple experiencing homelessness or ness. She’s posted the plan online at risk of becoming homeless.” Thankfully, Rogero is not talkand is calling for public input. See http://www.cityofknoxville. ing about a 10-year plan to end org/development/homelessnessp- homelessness. That idea raised landraft2014.pdf. Comments will and then dashed hopes with un-

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Is Shopper-News at war with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero? Absolutely not, despite what you might read occasionally on Page 4. Rogero has tackled tough issues such as the city’s underfunded pension liability. She has not called for a grape or lettuce boycott or done any other dreadful thing her campaign opponents implied when they whispered “She scares me to death.”

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pleasant opposition from various neighborhoods where new housing might be developed. The best we can do is mitigate the factors such as foreclosure that push people into the streets. We should move along the ablebodied residents of public housing to open up resources for shortterm housing for the newly homeless. Public housing should not be permanent and even generational. And any plan must consider the homeowners and businesses in the areas most impacted by the homeless. It must involve groups such as Compassion Coalition, which works to connect church members with people in need. The whole community must work short-term while looking long-term. Is Madeline Rogero our very best leader to tackle this complex problem? Absolutely. Can you

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health & lifestyles Treatment for prostate cancer leads retired professor to Thompson Cancer Survival Center As a retired professor of industrial engineering, John Hungerford of Knoxville, 74, is used to taking a methodical, scientific approach to solving problems. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2006, Hungerford used the same logic to make decisions about his treatment. “I used all that good training to plot my treatment plan,” said Hungerford. “But at first, I had kind of a sense of panic about the whole process. You think you have to do something right away.” But Hungerford’s cancer was in an early stage, giving him some time, and, like many prostate cancers, was relatively slow growing. “At first you think, ‘I’m going to die.’ But then you find out that’s not the case if the cancer’s not aggressive. Yes, you’re going to die, but not necessarily from that,” he said. Hungerford attended a prostate cancer support group at the Cancer Support Community of Knoxville – formerly called the Wellness Community. “I found that group amazingly helpful because a lot of men had a good reservoir of technical knowledge,” he said. Hungerford considered many current treatment options for prostate cancer. “Then I heard about this alternative at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, called tomotherapy. It’s basically a very focused kind of radiation that is limited to the cancerous cells and a small area around them,” he said. Tomotherapy delivers radiation slice-by-slice, a tiny bit at a time, as opposed to hitting the entire prostate at once. Hungerford went to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in the summer of 2006 and met Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist. “Right from the outset I liked Dr. Scaperoth,” said Hungerford. “He was very straight-forward with me and answered all my questions

Prostate cancer survivor John Hungerford enjoys a daily walk with the family dog, Gertrude. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Hungerford researched a treatment that was right for him and that led him to Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

“From the time my wife and I to my satisfaction. I felt like he was great deal of honesty between him in it for the patient’s benefit, and and me.” went to Thompson, we had a good he was trying to respond to what He said the Thompson Center feeling about the place,” he said. “It’s a light and airy atmosphere, the patient needed. There was a impressed him as well.

Weighing your options for prostate cancer Of all the cancers, prostate is one of the slowest growing. If caught early, patients typically have plenty of time to decide on the best treatment option for their particular situation. “People can die of prostate cancer, but it’s also very treatable and, for the most part, curable,” said Dr. Daniel Scaperoth, a radiation oncologist at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Each of the treatments currently available for prostate surgery has a similar success rate, with a variety of side effects. In general, they fall into two main categories: radiation Dr. Daniel or surgery. Scaperoth “Usually men will go to a urologist or radiologist and get a couple of different opinions,” said Scaperoth. “There are support groups in town, and men will share their stories about what went well and what didn’t go well.”

“And the decision depends a little bit on age,” he added. “Younger patients in their 50s and 60s will lean a little toward surgery because they can always add radiation later. People over 70 might lean more toward radiation.” There are so many options it can be difficult to choose, Scaperoth said. If it’s an early stage of disease, men can even choose not to do anything at all. “Watchful waiting is also OK, with active surveillance of PSA levels,” Scaperoth said. PSA, prostate specific antigen, is a blood test that can detect the disease at an early stage. “The PSA test is what gives you lot of options,” said Scaperoth. The American Urological Association recommends that men talk to their physicians about when to have a first PSA screening and how often they should be screened after that. In general, men ages 55 to 69 should be screened every two to four years. “It’s really something you should talk to your doctor about, based on your own risk factors,” said Scaperoth.

and the people were the same way. I just had a really good feeling about it.” Starting in mid-July, Hungerford had 39 tomotherapy treatments, one per weekday, until the end of summer. “They do precise CT (computed tomography) scans to locate the prostate,” he said. “There’s no pain. I was just lying there maybe 20 to 30 minutes each time. You don’t really feel anything, actually.” “Toward the end of the treatment series you feel a little bit of fatigue,” said Hungerford. “The last couple of weeks I felt sluggish and slow, like I was walking through mud.” But over the weeks, Hungerford’s PSA tests showed that the cancer was being destroyed. A PSA test is a blood test that detects the prostate specific antigen, an indicator of cancer. “I’d say the treatment was very successful,” he said. “My PSA level started coming down to well below where it needs to be, and I’m pleased with that,” he said. “I haven’t had any problems since.” Hungerford said he would recommend Thompson Cancer Survival Center to anyone facing prostate cancer treatment. “The personnel are just great, and the technicians that worked with me when I was going through treatment were terrific too. Everyone was so helpful,” he said. Hungerford said his wife, Ruth, met friends in the waiting room each time they went for treatment. “She’s outgoing and got to know most of the people in the waiting room, and we’ve stayed friends with a lot of those people after treatment. It was really kind of neat to have that social aspect, unanticipated,” he said. “I thought the care was outstanding, and it’s been that way ever since,” said Hungerford. “I’ve been treated really well.”

Prostate cancer treatment choices Surgery – Removal of the prostate either with an open incision or with a less invasive robotic system that uses several smaller incisions. The risks of surgery would include infection and anesthesia problems and a slightly higher risk of incontinence afterward. Radiation – Radiation treatment is done either from the outside, bombarding the prostate with radiation beams, or from within the prostate, by implanting radioactive seeds inside the prostate. Tomotherapy is one type of external radiation, which applies the radiation in thin, precise slices. Risks of radiation would include a higher irritation to the bowel and rectum than surgery. Seed implants can cause swelling that can cause difficulty urinating. Cryosurgery – A technique for freezing and killing abnormal cells, cryosurgery is being tested for very early stage cancers. It is a one-time procedure performed under anesthesia. Hormone therapy – Male sex hormones can cause prostate cells to grow. Drugs that suppress hormones can slow the growth of cancer, but they have some serious side effects. These drugs are only used in more advanced cancers.

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Angelyn Campbell and Deborah Franklin get into the flapper spirit at Candoro’s New Year’s Eve fundraiser.

Justin and Katie Martin, Ryan and Elene Cazana, and Clay and Buff y McDonald are ready for fun at Candoro.

Travel-loving SDHS alum home for holidays Carey Hall Waldrop says she was shy and quiet as a student at South-Doyle High School. But now that she’s lived in Vancouver, B.C., China, San Francisco and Southern California – much of the time working as an ESL teacher and opening new doors for her students – she’s anything but. Carey Hall Waldrop at her parents’ home in the Bonny Kate community. Photo submitted

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Home for the holidays with her husband, Jeff Waldrop, Carey was spending time with parents Bob and Susie Hall and brothers Zach and Ethan and also managed to visit with friends, including retired SDHS AP English teacher Kathy Webster. The educator who was the biggest influence on her, she says, was her mother, who taught ESL at the University of Tennessee for many years. “I remember going to her class when I was a kid,” recalled Waldrop. “I saw what an impact she had.” After graduating from South-Doyle in 1994, she earned her bachelor’s in human services at CarsonNewman College (now University) in 1998. She went on to do her master’s in intercultural studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco through a dual program with Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Waldrop started working with international students while at Carson-Newman, but she began her official ESL career in Vancouver, where she was a mission-

ary with a church that had a free language school for immigrants. “I taught for three years,” she said. “I fell in love with it and realized I had some ability.” She went to China on her own and found a position through an old roommate from Golden Gate who was serving as a missionary. She taught English at a school in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, and loved it. She returned to San Francisco and met her husband there in 2005. They had their wedding at her parents’ home in the Bonny Kate community in 2007. She just left an ESL job at a university in Southern California to “take a break from teaching,” and with her husband recently receiving his Ph.D. in theology and looking for a position, they’re considering all their options, including moving to Knoxville. Her East Tennessee accent is nearly gone, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots. “I’ve learned to appreciate where I come from.”

Sharp. “We know people are busy.” From page 1 During the summer months, TREK South tries on hiatus, and current co- to schedule hikes on Saturleader Terrin Kanoa, for the day mornings. “I can hike in success. They average 10-15 this temperature any time, hikers a month but have had but when it gets to be 95 as many as degrees, I get grumpy,” says 25. Most Sharp. “We try to plan the hikes are hikes in the summertime on the third to be earlier in the mornSunday of ing, but then there’s a lot of times people don’t want to the month. The next get up that early. “When it gets too hot to Debbie Sharp one is 1 p.m. S u n d a y , do a hike sometimes, we Jan. 19, at Fort Dickerson, had thought that exploring starting at the Augusta en- some of the neat little shops trance. There is no fee, and in South Knoxville would be fun – maybe do two or everyone is welcome. “We usually start at 1 three and then eat at a reso’clock and try to make sure taurant in South Knoxville people get back by 3,” says that’s only in South Knox-

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contract crews are conducting the winter plantings of 600 trees. Kasey Krouse, urban forester, is overseeing a comprehensive inventory of the city’s trees that will be used to plan which trees should best be planted where to ensure a healthy, diverse urban forest.

brought out the glamorous spirit in attendees, with many of them playing up the evening’s 1920s theme in their glitzy attire. Candoro supporters and other party-loving Knoxvillians helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Candoro Marble Building, 4455 Candora Ave., through the event, which aimed to raise funds to cover the cost of restoring the building’s windows. Holly Hambright of Holly’s Eventful Dining catered the elegant dinner. Swing band Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp provided dance music. South Knoxvillian April Burt designed the décor. ■

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On Saturdays, visitors to Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., can fortify themselves for walks and other activities at Peg’s ■ Candoro Kitchen. celebrates 90th Ijams senior naturalist The New Year’s Eve din- Peg Beute will serve breakner at Candoro Marble fast beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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Evelyn Gill looks stunning in her 1920s-style glad rags at Victor and Joan Ashe, Lin Christenberry and Bob Gilbertson enjoy themselves at the Candoro Candoro. dinner. Candoro photos by Betsy Pickle

Neighborhoods with fewer trees, or a narrow range of species, are prioritized for new plantings. Parkridge is getting trees between the sidewalks and roads on Washington, Jefferson and Fifth avenues. Council member Finbarr Saunders designated $2,420 from the Community Improvement (202) Fund to increase the Parkridge plantings by 20 trees.

ville. We haven’t done it yet, but that’s definitely on the agenda.” One of Sharp’s original goals was “to create community. I love hiking, walking in my neighborhood,” says the South Woodlawn resident. “People just talk more freely when you’re walking, hiking. And you get to know your neighbors better.” They’ve also gotten to know and appreciate members of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, who maintain the trails in the Urban Wilderness. “We run into so many great people out there,” says Sharp. For more info, visit TREK South on Facebook or email Sharp at dspuravida@yahoo.com.

Last spring, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis designated $361.47 from the 202 Fund to add trees along Chapman Highway. Council members Mark Campen and Saunders together designated $900 from the 202 Fund to support Arbor Day educational workshops and to plant trees at Christenberry and Lonsdale elementary schools.

Her menu ranges from biscuits and gravy with sausage to pancakes with maple syrup, plus fresh fruit and coffee or tea, for $5. All proceeds go to the Ijams education department and programs that let urban kids experience nature. Jan. 11 activities include:

at 1 p.m., hiking a three- or four-mile stretch of the Urban Wilderness South Loop, first in a series of monthly hikes to gradually cover the entire 12-mile loop (cost $5; free for Ijams members); 2 and 3 p.m. Ijams Creature Feature, where you meet birds and critters living at

Ijams (free); and 6 p.m. Owl Prowl, a guided nighttime hike to get to know nocturnal residents of the Ijams woodlands, $8 ($5 members). No advance registration required for breakfast or creature features. For paid events, pre-register at 5774717, ext. 110.

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government Several honor Daniel Brown State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin attended the Dec. 21 reception for council member and former Mayor Daniel Brown at Broker Hall on Martin Luther King Blvd.

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Martin was Brown’s deputy when he was mayor. Also attending were Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, council members George Wallace, Duane Grieve, Nick Della Volpe, Finbarr Saunders and Marshall Stair, along with the city’s community relations director Tank Strickland. Also attending were former state Rep. and council member Bob Booker (now director of Beck Cultural Center), state Rep. Joe Armstrong and retired pastor Harold Middlebrook. ■ Randy Boyd, Knoxville entrepreneur and unpaid higher education adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam for the past year, wraps up his time in Nashville in early February. ■ Mayor Tim Burchett is getting his fund raising for re-election started on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a $100 a couple event at the Lighthouse on Baum Drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Invitations will go out two weeks before the event. Burchett does not have an opponent at this time and appears to be a sure bet for a second and final term as county mayor. ■ Neil McBride lost his seat on the TVA board today when President Obama not only failed to re-appoint him but also did not name anyone else. The 9-member board goes to eight members which will save the pay for one – $50,000 plus travel. If the President continues to ignore expiring TVA board appointments, then two more vacancies will occur in 2014 including the chair, Bill Sansom, president of H. T. Hackney Co. and former state transportation commissioner. Barbara Haskew of Chattanooga also departs. They will go off the board the end of this year although their terms actually end in May unless renominated and confirmed.

The board will then go to six members if Sansom and Haskew depart but still have a quorum to transact business. A new chair would be elected, too. The departure of McBride cannot be blamed on Republicans in the U.S. Senate but totally on the White House. The seat is vacant due to White House inaction. The seat became open in May 2013. McBride was chair of the TVA audit committee and a member of the external affairs committee. He wanted very much to be reappointed. McBride disappointed several supporters for his low key and quiet approach to several high profi le issues such as CEO Johnson’s $5.9 million salary for nine months, closed TVA committee meetings and silence on the 2-year dress code for board meetings which triggered a federal First Amendment lawsuit. The charge was he had been co-opted by Johnson and top staff. The President has mentioned the possibility of selling TVA, and the agency has declined to comment on whether it can be sold without congressional action which seems strange given TVA has a huge legal staff available to comment on hundreds of other issues. Their spokespersons said the senators would have to answer that question. ■ Longtime UT Law professor Carl Pierce is retiring this summer. He started in 1972 at the UT College of Law. He was director of the Howard Baker Public Policy Center for several years following Alan Lowe’s departure to head up the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. He has done many interviews with former Sen. and Ambassador Howard Baker. ■ There was a large crowd Dec. 29 at the service at Canaan Baptist Church at which longtime pastor Harold Middlebrook gave his final sermon as the pastor. In addition to former Mayor Brown and this writer attending, council member George Wallace and his wife, Stephanie, attended. To their credit, both were very engaged in the service and took copious notes.

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2014: Referendum on McIntyre? Good-bye apathy. Hello involvement. There was very little interest in local politics last year and most city council incumbents ran unopposed. Election Day was greeted with a collective yawn. But if the growing list of potential candidates for county offices who had picked up nominating petitions by Dec. 31 is any indication, 2014 will be very different. There are county commission seats, fee offices and judgeships up for grabs, as well as races for sheriff and attorney general. The deadline to return completed petitions is Feb. 20. School board races appear to be generating the most interest, and the question there is whether teachers can sustain the passion they demonstrated in November and December and translate it into political clout in the May primary. If they do, the election will become a referendum on James McIntyre and his educational philosophy. By New Year’s Eve, 16 potential candidates had picked up petitions for five school board races. Incum-

Betty Bean bents Lynne Fugate, Pam Trainor and Gloria Deathridge, all of whom voted to extend McIntyre’s contract to late 2017, are drawing opposition. Watch for new opponents to sign up to run against first-term 9th District board member Trainor, who was elected with strong support from teachers. This year will be a different story. In addition to the district’s menu of perpetual candidates, her potential opponents include at least two former educators – Jim McClain (a former principal, school board member and a former Trainor supporter) and Larry Clark (a retired teacher and county commissioner who now works for the sheriff as a bailiff). Trainor’s most interesting opponent could be first-time candidate Amber Rountree, a school librarian and outspoken critic of McIntyre’s heavy reliance

Amber Rountree on data-gathering and high stakes testing. Rountree said she will find new employment if she is elected. “My understanding is that as an employee of the board, I would probably not be able to hold my teaching position,” she said. “But my degree is in library science, which is more versatile and not as tied to working in a public school environment. My gut instinct is to go ahead and do it. I think we need to see some change – pro-active, not reactive change. I’m going to run a very grassroots campaign.” She has set up a Twitter account (@vote4rountree) and chosen a slogan –“Growing Great Schools”– and a logo – a tree.

Patti Bounds, a veteran teacher at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School and longtime Powell resident, may run in school board District 7 where term-limited county commissioner R. Larry Smith is a candidate. Incumbent Kim Severance, who also voted to extend McIntyre’s contract, is not seeking re-election. Bounds plans to retire from Knox County Schools at year’s end. She teaches kindergarten. Another teacher, Cheri Siler, will be picking up a petition next week to run in the Democratic primary for state senate for the 7th District, the seat now held by Republican Stacey Campfield. She will be the guest of honor at a fundraiser at Central Flats and Taps 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Her mother, Donna Edwards, will serve as her campaign treasurer, and contributions can be mailed to Cheri Siler for State Senate, 5507 Shannondale Road, Knoxville, TN 37918; or through her Facebook page (Cheri Kay Siler) or her campaign website, Cherisiler.com.

Mediating the tire store wars Moyers had granted summary judgment to Corbitt, who was managing broker for Heath Shuler Real Estate LLC in October 2004 when Plaintiff Crumpton entered into a contract to purchase real estate that included a house and business from Kelly and Patsy Beeler. Patricia Grissom was the affiliate broker for the transSandra action. Clark Crumpton was damaged, he said, when a 5-year noncompete agreement was not included with all copies of In a decision filed Dec. the contract. He sued every23, the court overturned a one in sight. decision by Knox County Corbitt asked to be disChancellor Mike Moyers to missed, saying she was not dismiss Mary Bea Corbitt personally involved in the from a lawsuit involving plaintiff’s purchase and had Reid R. Crumpton and Kelly no knowledge of the transBeeler Tire Service. action, therefore could not When is a managing real estate broker responsible for the action of an affiliate broker? Pretty much always, according to the state Court of Appeals.

GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Big stories for 2014: ■ 384 files are misplaced in the Criminal Court Clerk’s office and three dozen citizens are herded off to jail. Clerk Joy McCroskey goes on cruise. ■ Ruthie Kulhman, Herb Moncier and Brian Hornback get stranded on a desert island. Together. Republicans everywhere rejoice ... and lay odds on which will survive. ■ Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones gets the endorsement of former Sheriff Tim Hutchison. Hundreds of theretofore-undecided GOP primary voters start wearing those Bobby Waggoner armbands that read: “Wagg 4 (star).”

■ Competition for who can draw the most public pensions accelerates when ace reporter Snidley Whiplash discovers a former city teacher working as a bailiff for the Sheriff ’s Office after a retirement job in city government. ■ Ahh, public employment. Where some make little and many make much. ■ Doug Harris, in voting to extend Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s contract until Dec. 31, 2017, mentioned that he serves some 50,000 meals a day. Wow! And there’s a CEO job open just up the road at Ruby Tuesday. ■ Stacey Campfield is working on gun bills, mentioning on his blog that he’s remorseful about allowing cities and counties to opt out of state

be held liable for the actions of the affiliate broker. In an opinion written by Judge G. Michael Swiney, the court said Tennessee law created a duty on the part of the managing broker, and Corbitt failed to show that she met the standard of care sufficient to satisfy her duty. The court reversed the summary judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings. Corbitt argued: “My duties as managing broker at Heath Shuler Real Estate did not include involvement in the day-to-day activities or review of the routine contracts of independent contractor realtors affiliated with the brokerage.” Judge Moyers said to hold a managing broker respon-

law. “A citizen should know what is and what isn’t a state crime statewide,” he said. ■ Stacey also noted his resemblance to Jason Garrett and said he’s not a candidate for coach of the Dallas Cowboys. ■

With Cheri Siler joining Dr. Richard Jason Garrett Briggs in AP photo/Tim Sharp trying to oust Campfield, one could call it the race of the red-haireds versus the no-haired. ■ Human capital just ain’t what it used to be. When Superintendent Jim McIntyre hired

sible for “possible misrepresentation or negligence of her affiliate brokers” would create a strict liability for managing brokers for the negligent or intentional torts of their affiliates. The appellate court held “by simply and purposefully remaining ignorant of the substance and details of an affiliate’s transactions,” a managing broker could “completely escape her statutory duty and any liability.” In the Crumpton case, the court held, the managing broker’s liability, if any, arises from a breach of her own statutory duty – not from the actions of the affiliate broker. It’s an interesting case with several well-known participants.

former KPD guy Gus Paidousis to head up school security and boosted its ranks to 100 or so, who vetted those hired? We had a guard arrested recently for indecent exposure at Tyson Park. Somebody get that guy a petition to run for county commission! ■ Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey turned heads with his Christmas greeting in which he celebrated that dates are being set for executions. Finally, it’s about time and joy to the world, you-all. ■ Mike McMillan has as much chance of being school superintendent on Dec. 31, 2017, as does Jim McIntyre. So what was that extension really about? It boosted the buy-out by $225,000.

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Down goes Gibbs Hall Down goes Gibbs Hall, well, soon. The old athletic dorm and Stokely Center will be mere memories as Tennessee clears the way for progress – parking garage, new dorm and three practice fields for football. This dorm was built in ’64 and named in a kneejerk reaction to the death of assistant basketball coach Bill Gibbs, 35. He was lost on the morning of Feb. 3 that year, when a commuter plane crashed on takeoff in Gainesville, Fla. An entire generation may not have known or cared about Bill Gibbs. I did. That was one of the worst days in 60 years of newspaper life. The basketball Vols were in Florida for a Monday night game. Gibbs was the advance scout who

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had charted the Gators on Saturday. He gave his report to Ray Mears and the team at the Sunday walkthrough. The next day he would be moving on to see a future foe. When I heard about the crash, I read tea leaves. Bill wasn’t at the hotel so he almost certainly was on the flight. I hurried to the airport. There were no survivors. I got around enough police tape to see the wreckage from a distance but couldn’t confirm anything with authorities,

no matter how I asked the same questions. This was another time in the news business. It was important to be first but more important to be accurate. Of course I wrote the story but the combination of personal hurt and professional frustration made for a bad-hair day. Gibbs Hall became a focal point in my many years of covering the Volunteers. Access to athletes was far more open then and I conducted almost daily interviews in the dorm lobby, after practice and after dinner, without Haywood Harris or Bud Ford arranging or monitoring conversations. Steve Kiner and I once talked for two hours in his room – about life, obligations, responsibilities, ex-

pectations. The linebacker was struggling. I was a young husband and father and Sunday school teacher. I thought I had all the answers. It was an unforgettable experience. We remain friends. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he was guardian of an adopted stray dog named Rabies. I believe it slept under his bed. He and other Vols smuggled in meat scraps. Maids and janitors didn’t notice. Kiner and Gibbs Hall – he once walloped basketball giant Rupert Breedlove over a table dispute in the dining room and had to skip a few meals as punishment. Tim Townes, very small freshman safety, was misidentified in the dining room by assistant coach Bob Davis: “Son, this is the football section. Wrestlers sit over there.” Gus Manning persuaded Tom T. Hall and part of his band to stop one evening as

Cathy Leach and Doc Severinsen discuss renovations for their farmhouse in Blount County.

The doctor is in The paint crew that’s working upstairs doesn’t know who he is. “He’s the nice guy who hired us to paint,” they say with grins and shrugs. They agree to Google him when they get home. In this age of 15-minute, viral video fame, Doc Severinsen isn’t known to everyone. His friendly demeanor and down-to-earth nature make him seem like a regular guy. But anyone who grew up watching The Tonight Show instantly recog-

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Carol’s Corner nizes the iconic bandleader. When a 30-plus-year friendship with fellow trumpeter Cathy Leach blossomed into romance a few years ago, Doc moved to

Maryville to be near her. The two work together on many musical projects. They’ve appeared in Knoxville churches in programs of “jazzed-up” gospel music. There’s always a rustle of excitement when Doc’s lanky, jean-clad figure strides to the front. “People might be surprised to find out that I don’t really dress ‘like that,’” he says, referring to his well-known habit of wearing flamboyant clothes. He still glitzes it

up for concert tours, but “I don’t own any suits. All I own is jeans, work shirts and cowboy boots, so if I play in church, I’m going to be wearing that.” Both stay busy with individual projects. Cathy, who was the KSO’s principal trumpet for 31 years, plays with “Stiletto,” an allfemale brass ensemble. The group does master classes and concerts all over the country. Their CD, featuring Doc as special guest, is available on Amazon.com. Doc’s quintet, the San Miguel 5, features music with a Latin flair, including Spanish guitar. He also leads The Doc Severinsen Big Band, which he says is “the finest big band I’ve ever worked with.” And, of course, he’s often featured on his own. This past weekend he appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony in a series of four concerts over three days.

cultural enrichment for the Volunteers. That was the first time I heard “Watermelon Wine.” Joe Louis came to see and be seen. I tried but the former heavyweight boxing champion didn’t say much. Bernard King lives on in Gibbs memories. Greg Phillips was second-team football but first in electrical engineering. He was studying late when loud music interrupted concentration. He took a walk, found the sound and asked the basketball star to turn it down. King said OK. Greg went back to books, heard more music and made another trip. Sorry about that. And there was peace and relative quiet. Phillips seemed more determined on the third trip. When Bernard opened the door, Greg picked him up and dumped him onto the stereo. It broke. It is good

for all of us that King didn’t. Police, now and then, visited Gibbs Hall. Eventually doors were locked. That didn’t prevent the occasional girl incident. The dorm was a focal point as recently as January 2010, after the sudden departure of a famous football coach. From a second floor window, somebody screamed, “Go to hell, Lane Kiffin.” John Ward delivered the most famous dorm mention, Vol Network, 1967, from the campus of Mississippi State. One fine guard hit free throws with seven seconds left in the third overtime to clinch the SEC championship. The big trophy belonged to the Volunteers. Ward said: “Wrap it up, tie it in orange and white, and send it to Bill Justus, care of Gibbs Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee!”

At 86, he’s fit, healthy and up to such a punishing schedule. “I’ve still got the mojo,” he says of his desire to perform and delight audiences. One current joint project isn’t at all musical. The couple are restoring a rambling Blount county farmhouse built in 1840. “I am still trying to find my way around this place!” laughs Doc. Cathy’s looking forward to getting all the rooms squared away. The busy professor of trumpet and director of undergraduate studies at the UT School of Music sees great potential. “One room will be my ‘cave’ where I can practice and work on sewing projects. And that’s Doc’s room at the end of the hall,” she says, gesturing toward a room literally stacked with trumpets. In fact, there’s at least one trumpet somewhere in every room of the house. Both enjoy cooking in the spacious farm kitchen, looking at the mountain views and caring for dogs Gracie and Muneca. On a recent weekday, they were headed for UT – Cathy to teach and Doc to practice.

He enjoys practicing in the stairwell near Cathy’s office because of the resonance. Those lucky enough to be in the building enjoy hearing that big bright sound, undiminished in over 70 years of playing. “The trumpet is wonderful; it’s the king of musical instruments – that’s why they put trumpets on the highest level when you see an orchestra, because they’re the majesty! “But you can be humiliated beyond description. Playing the trumpet will keep you humble. About the time you think you’ve got it made, it’ll reach right up and bite you in the rear! “If you’re not having such a good day and you don’t feel like you’re playing your best, you’ve just got to keep at it. I get kicked off the horse every darn day in my own practice. “But you’ve got to get right back on. And I do!” Stay tuned. Next week we’ll hear about Doc’s musical upbringing and his memories of Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show.

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The Written Word Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. (2 John 12 NRSV) See? This is a problem. What the author of 2 John may have said to the community of faith we will never know, because it was said and not written. If it had been written, we would likely have it recorded in Scripture. In much the same way, I have an issue with e-mails. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate e-mail as much as the next person. It is quick and efficient and quite handy. However, there are advantages to getting a letter in the mail. Let me explain. We have, in the family archives, several letters my grandfather wrote to the young lady he would eventually marry – my grandmother Belle. She was well and truly named; Papa claimed forever that she was the prettiest girl who ever came out of Union County. His letters to her were elegant, humble, and very proper: in them, he called her “Miss Petree.” (It was a different time: as long as she lived, when she spoke of him to friends and neighbors, she referred to him as “Mr. Dunn.”) I also have one letter written to Belle by one of her 10 brothers. It was a letter of admiration and appreciation. I have considered giving it to one of his

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direct descendants, but so far, have (selfishly) kept it. Mother still has all of the correspondence she exchanged with Daddy before they were married. She was working at Miller’s Department Store and he was in school at Lincoln Memorial University. Those letters are filed, in order, in a cedar keepsake box. I have not read them, considering them private and personal. When my brother was born (not long before the end of World War II), Daddy sent telegrams to relatives announcing the birth. At least one of those documents was sent back to Daddy and Mother as a keepsake. It gave Warren’s name, date of birth, birth weight, then remarked, “Mother and son are fine; father’s condition questionable.” That telegram is still in the family archives. When I was born three years later, Daddy made long distance phone calls. It was

the new technology, very upto-date. However, I have always felt a little cheated, because I didn’t have a telegram I could hold in my hand. I don’t know what Daddy said in those phone calls, and I would love to know! We also have all of the war correspondence from Daddy’s younger brother, who fought in the South Pacific, and who was in a foxhole on Okinawa when he learned of Warren’s birth. All of these are documents of a different time, of a different world. They are, however, historical documents, even if they are a family history and not of great importance to anyone else. They are a little chunk of our story, and that is, after all, what history is all about: story – yours, mine, ours, our country’s, our world’s, our universe’s story. I encourage you to find out your story, your history. Ask your parents and your grandparents to tell you their stories. Check out old family Bibles; look at the pages between the Old and New Testaments; frequently there are pages there on which to record births, marriages, and deaths. Go to the McClung Historical Collection, 601 Gay Street. It is part of the Knox County library system, and an unimaginable wealth of genealogical information. Go to Ancestry.com. Learn your stor y!

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Capt. Jaquetta Brooks of the Knoxville Fire Department’s Pub- mer and Jude Cox in the living room of the Kids’ Fire Safety lic Safety Education Department shares safety tips with third- House. Photos by Betsy Pickle graders Jameson Joyner, Zack Ellison, Chloe Kirk, Grace Clem-

Safe escapes By Betsy Pickle Capt. Paul Trumpore of the Knoxville Fire Department’s Public Safety Education Department helps third-grader Thomas Greene descend the escape ladder at the Kids’ Fire Safety House.

Students at Gap Creek Elementary School had a fun time learning about fire safety before starting their holiday break. The Knoxville Fire Department’s Fire Safety House set up at Gap Creek to give kids a close-up look at potential dangers and positive solutions. Captains Jaquetta Brooks and Paul Trumpore of KPD’s Public Safety Education Department headed the presentation for kindergarten through third grade students. (Fourth- and fifth-graders are generally too big to fit in the safety house, so their sessions were held in the gym.) After students toured the compact mobile training trailer, learning how to prevent and escape fires, they got to enact an escape by climbing down a ladder to safety. Not surprisingly, several kids wanted to repeat the ladder procedure.

Teacher Rebecca Williams tests her skill on the escape ladder as Capt. Paul Trumpore of the Knoxville Fire Department’s Public Safety Education Department oversees.

American Red Cross volunteer Alan Sheets goes over kitchen safety with Zack Ellison, Grace Clemmer, Jude Cox and Chloe Kirk in the safety house.

Carter High band program excels 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 Carter High School. Already musically inclined before he entered Powell High School, he joined the band and choir. “I loved the band, but I lived in the choir room,” says McCurry, who graduated from Powell in 1996. Choral director Jim Kennedy – who’s still at Powell – gave him opportunities that set the course for his career. “I had a place in the back of the office where he let me use 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

Assistant directors Angie Messer and Kristin Arp chat with Carter High band director Matt McCurry outside the band suite. 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 at Carson-Newman University’s summer music camp. Fortunately, he has Cart-

er 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 Hawaiian-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 competi-

tion, 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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specialty. They offer brews from Saw Works, Yazoo, Depot Street, and Blackstone, among others on tap, as well as a number of your bottled favorites. (I quit counting at 40.) Variety and emphasis on local fresh food stuffs are the watchwords. Explore menu details at www. flatsandtaps.com. Owner Bryan Howington

has been hard at work at this site for the past two years, having replaced a start-up vegetarian restaurant occupying about half of the current 3,000 square feet restaurant area. A generous outdoor courtyard and service area enable them to host various entertainment and group gatherings. Ask the neighbors in Old North Knoxville, this

is a family friendly place. Wednesday nights feature a trivia contest, Thursdays sport a neighborhood beer run and weekends often offer entertainment. The building is part of an array of historic structures on Central that were renovated some 5 years ago by local architect Daniel Schuh. The adventurous Bryan Howington and his

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Knoxville Children’s Theatre auditions for “Charlotte’s Web,” KCT, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Auditions by appointment: email Dennis Perkins, dennis@ childrenstheatreknoxville.com, with name, age, gender and preferred audition time Artist in Residence Biennial opening reception 7-9 p.m., Ewing Gallery, UT Art & Architecture Building. Works by Patricia Treib, Michael Berryhill, EJ Hauser and Jaya Howey will be on display through Feb. 6.

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MONDAY, JAN. 6 Job Resources Group meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Cozy Joe’s Café, 2559 Willow Point Way. Free. To preregister: Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. Beginning Tai Chi class, open house, 7-8:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Classes taught by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA. Info: 482-7761 or www.taoist.org. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. 9:45 a.m., coffee; 10:30, program: “History of Jews in America” by Mimi Pais and husband Art; 11:30, business meeting followed by lunch. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106.

TUESDAY, JAN. 7 Caregiver Support Group meeting, 10 a.m.noon, Room E-224, Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Guest speaker: Yvonne Marsh, CPA. Refreshments provided. Info: 675-2835. Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5 p.m., Panera Bread, 4855 Kingston Pike. Free. To preregister: Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. “Computer Workshop – Introducing the Computer,” 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center. Info/register: 215-8700.

Call for artists for “Open Art Show 2014: Alchemy – the Magic of Art and Flowers,” a juried art and standard flower show. Applications and fees accepted: 8 a.m.-7p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Application/ info: www.townoffarragut.org/artsandculture or Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 9-12 Dare To Be Square Tennessee, old-time squaredance calling, dance and music, 7 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Weekend pass: $50. Evening dances open to the public: $5-$10 at the door. Calling and dancing workshops Friday and Saturday. Info/registration: www.jubileecommunityarts.org/dtbstn, 522-5851, dtbstn@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 Auditions for “The Secret Garden” by The WordPlayers. For appointment: 539-2490. Info: www.wordplayers.org. Saturday Stories and Songs: Georgi Schmitt, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Big,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd. “Video Pioneers: A History of Early Television,” A Brown Bag Lecture by Julian Burke, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay St. Free. Info: 215-8824 or www.EastTNHistory.org. Bonny Kate Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, noon, Second Methodist Church, 1524 Western Ave. Speaker: Lisa Duncan, director of Dogwood Arts Festival.

Epworth Monthly Singing, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Info: Claudia Dean, 673-5822. Regal Classic Film Series featuring “The Princess Bride,” 2 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

MONDAY, JAN. 13 Job Resources Group meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Concord UMC, 11020 Roane Drive. Muslim Journeys: Points of View – “In the

Country of Men” first of five scholar-facilitated reading and discussion program debut, 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. 9:45 a.m., coffee; 10:30, program by Dr. Fred Bedelle Jr., author and former Superintendent of Knoxville City Schools; 11:30, book study by Wayne Zurl followed by lunch. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club, 7 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Paul and Barbara Akers will cover Appalachian Trail Through Hiking and a Top 5 Gear “Show and Tell.” Computer Workshops - Word 2007 II, 2 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Introducing the Computer” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 215-8700.

TUESDAYS, JAN. 14-28 Pilates class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor: Simon Bradbury. Cost: $30. Deadline to register: Monday, Jan. 13. Info/to register: 966-7057 or Farragut Town Hall.

TUESDAYS, JAN. 14-FEB. 18 Yoga class, 9-10 a.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor: Betty Kalister. Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 10. Info/to register: 966-7057 or Farragut Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Week Interfaith Prayer Service, noon, Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, 1723 Washington Ave. Time Well Spent: Inspiration at Lunch featuring photographer and mixed-media artist Kelly Hider, noon, The Emporium, 100 S. Gay St. The Arts & Culture Alliance event is free; brown-bagging is welcome. Regal Classic Film Series featuring “The Princess Bride,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Free budget classes, The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, 119 “A” St., Lenoir City. Classes provided by CredAbility. Info/to register: Karen Bowdle, 986-1777, ext. 12. Sneak preview of “Las Marthas” documentary, 7 p.m., East Tennessee PBS studio, 1611 E. Magnolia. The film will make its television debut 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

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