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South Knox Alliance plans ahead The South Knoxville Alliance covered a lot of ground at its Jan. 20 meeting at Labor Exchange, Betsy Pickle writes. She was there and has details inside, along with a tribute to Mr. Harold G. Woods who died last week.

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When people think of outdoor advertising, they picture roadside billboards they pass on highways. Borderland Bike Billboards breaks through that stationary image and embraces the outdoors by sending bicycle-drawn billboards to the people. Yes, even in January. “We do it all year round,” says Rob Roy McGregor, co-owner and rider for Borderland Bike Billboards. If someone wants to hire them during chilly weather, they will take to the streets, but generally clients seek their services when pedestrians are around. “When there’s nobody out, we’re not out,” says McGregor. The bike-billboard business is one of several entities operating at Borderland, at the corner of Davenport Road and Sevier Avenue. Borderland was created about five years ago by retired businessman Bob Riehl and Unitarian minister Jenny Arthur as a social enterprise that believes helping people succeed is as important a bottom line as financial success. “He’s created kind of a foundation here for people who have

Rob Roy McGregor is ready to spread the word for a client. Photo by Betsy Pickle

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No tax increase Victor Ashe got County Mayor Tim Burchett’s take on taxes, and he also forecasts upcoming political races. Ashe talks about former state Sen. Bill Owen and the challenge for leadership in the Democratic Party between Owen and former commissioner Mark Harmon.

Church, school bond over pizza

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Bev Gibson, director of social services for TSD; Elder Chris Battle, senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church; and Amy Minolfo discuss the collaboration between the school and church. Photos by S. Clark

Hider’s art: beautiful, but strange There’s something mesmerizing about artist Kelly Hider’s work. Her sumptuous mixedmedia pieces incorporate photographs, gilded paint, sequins, rhinestones and handmade jeweled toys. Cherub-cheeked children are often her subjects. And yet there’s something disturbing there, too. Something difficult to put one’s finger on. As the artist herself says, “You’re not sure.”

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Enjoying the pizza party is 9-month-old Chloe Finley, who was with her mom, Rebecca Finley, and sister, Kaitlyn McCall.

By Sandra Clark The basement of Tabernacle Baptist Church was packed with folks eating pizza following the MLK Day Parade in East Knoxville last week. Church members dished up food and drink for staff

and students from Tennessee School for the Deaf. “We’re forming a relationship,” said Bev Gibson, director of social services for TSD. “We had six vanloads of marchers in today’s parade, and we’re teaching church

members to sign. Dr. Steve Farmer, TSD director of student living, was on hand, as was James Vaughn. TSD offers both a residential and day program for hearing impaired individuals ages 3-22 from across the state, Gibson said. The campus is at 2725 Island Home Boulevard in South Knoxville. Pastor Chris Battle and his wife, Tomma, were everywhere, serving

pizza and making the marchers feel welcomed. “It’s a church outreach,” said Chris Battle. TSD offers an individualized and comprehensive educational program, according to the website. “Students are equipped academically, vocationally, physically, emotionally and morally to meet the daily challenges presented by society.”

Public comment sought on Five Points plan Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will present the Five Points Master Plan for the redevelopment of the footprint of Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee L. Williams Senior Complex from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Walter P. Taylor Boys and Girls Club, 317 McConnell Street.

The Master Plan will detail a phased approach to redevelopment of housing and neighborhood infrastructure on the footprint of these housing communities. As with the Hope VI project in Mechanicsville, the plan will call for a decrease in density of units and a mixture of housing, including multi-family apartments, town-

homes, senior developments and single-family homes. The city of Knoxville has committed $8 million over 10 years to this project. KCDC and Johnson Architecture have met with city officials to connect with redevelopment projects and review studies on the two major streets bookend-

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Hip fracture surgery puts patient back on her feet “When I got to the emergency room, they took me right back, put me in a bed and gave me a pain shot,” said Leach, reflecting on the speed with which her ordeal was handled. It took only about 15 minutes of actual surgical time for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Yau to put her broken hip together, stabilizing the fracture to allow Leach to put full weight on the leg immediately. “She’s doing well,” said Yau. “Unless she develops arthritis in the hip joint above her fracture, this surgery should last her the rest of her life.” That’s a relief to Leach, who feared she might become a burden on her two sons and daughter-in-law. Accustomed to hard work and self-reliance, she worried about loss of independence, particularly after a series of falls over several years. The fall that caused her hip fracture happened last Aug. 3, when she ventured out to work in the flower beds. At her driveway’s edge her legs “just went” and she fell onto the concrete. Her son was out of view trimming weeds and couldn’t hear her calls for help until he shut off the trimmer. “I was only ly-

When 76-year-old Mary Leach’s legs went out from beneath her one Saturday last August, slamming her head against a concrete driveway and fracturing her right hip, she expected the worst. “I thought I’d be in a wheelchair or on a walker for months,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is it. I won’t be able to drive. I won’t be able to do anything.’ ” Instead, she awakened to a nurse at the Hip Fracture Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center offering her breakfast. “Oh no, I can’t eat anything – they’re going to operate on me today,” she told the nurse. When the nurse said she’d already had surgery, Leach was dumbfounded. “What?!” she exclaimed. Sure enough, things had moved so quickly upon her arrival by ambulance that the Mascot woman hardly had time to notice her hip was no longer bothering her.

Mary Leach finds herself around her potting shed once again, thanks to a successful surgery at the Hip Fracture Center at Fort Sanders Regional.

Center helps patients recover from ‘break of a lifetime’ The Hip Fracture Center at Fort Sanders Regional is a place patients go after “the break of a lifetime” knocks them off their feet – and it’s becoming known for its multi-disciplinary approach to treating what can become a fatal injury for many senior adults. A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh bone). In almost all cases, surgery to repair or replace the hip is required. About 90 percent of hip fractures happen to people over 60. The average age of Hip Fracture Center patients is 79.7, although one patient celebrated her 100th birthday with the staff and her family. The Hip Fracture Center combines the expertise of physicians, nurses, therapists, support staff, pharmacists, social services and case management. “There are also initial encounters with emergency services, radiology, laboratory, surgical services and other ancillary divisions,” says Deborah King, RN, coordinator of the Joint Spine Center and interim manager for 5West orthopedics. “Basically the entire medical organization contributes to the care of the patient and their families.” “It’s a dedicated program centered on proven principles relating to how to best manage patients with hip fractures, focusing on associated medical and social issues, as well as optimized surgical care,” said Dr. Brian Edkin, orthopedic surgeon who, along with

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Dr. Paul Yau, oversees the center’s operation. “The center has a team of experienced surgeons, many of whom specialize in hip surgery and hip fracture management.” The center’s goal is two-fold: reduce time to surgery for elderly patients who suffer a fracture, and minimize post-surgical complications. Complications can include a variety of ills ranging from blood clots to delirium or pneumonia. Statistically, one out of every five patients dies within a year of their injury. “Hip fractures have a very high mortality rate,” says Yau. “I think we’re ahead of the curve in terms of avoiding complications, but we’re hoping the Hip Fracture Center helps patients get better and heal more quickly.” Edkin noted that hip fracture patients have higher mortality rates largely because they’re an atrisk population – older people with multiple health issues.

Most hip fractures result from falls. “Falls around the home, often related to tripping over loose rugs, electrical cords, uneven surfaces, steps or things on the floor; stumbling; or losing balance are the leading cause of these fractures,” said Edkin. “Too, falls might stem from light-headedness, dizziness or fainting associated with conditions such as heart rhythm issues or medication side effects.” Osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous, also increases fracture risk. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates more than 10 million people over age 50 in the U.S. have osteoporosis. Hip Fracture Center patients are usually discharged three to four days after the injury. After discharge, patients enter a rehabilitation period lasting a week to two months. The quick recovery is largely due to how the center manages each patient’s care – getting into surgery faster, identifying medical problems that might negatively affect outcome, avoiding preventable post-operative issues and assuring care during rehabilitation. Once recovered, patients must take care to avoid another fall. The Center addresses secondary fracture risks by providing information on fall prevention and bone health. “Working as a team, we strive to get you back to normal activities, pain-free,” said Edkin.

ing there about 15 minutes, but it seemed like an eternity,” she said. Minutes later she was in an ambulance en route to the Hip Fracture Center. A day later she was in the stepdown unit when nurses told her it was time to get up and walk. “I thought, ‘I can’t believe this!’ ” she said. “I was on a walker, but I walked as far as they wanted me to.” On Monday evening she was home, supported by therapists and nurses who helped her get back on her feet, reviewed her prescriptions for possible side effects of dizziness and looked for potential fall hazards in her home. She now moves about her home without a cane or walker, but never strays far without her cell phone. Now that winter is here, she’s cautious. “People say, ‘Why don’t you get out more?’ but I wouldn’t know if there’s an icy spot I might not see.” Leach still is amazed by the rapid care she received at Fort Sanders and the results of her hip surgery. “That Dr. Yau, I can’t get over him to save my life! He is wonderful!”

Get hip on preventing falls “Getting older means losing some of the flexibility we had as youths,” says Stan Boling, Covenant Health’s vice president for senior services. But there are steps seniors can take to improve strength and balance, and avoid falls: ■ Exercise regularly. Focus on weight-bearing, strength and balance exercises. “Keeping mobile will reduce chances of injury if you do fall,” Boling says. Covenant’s bodyWORKS program offers classes for improving muscle tone and balance. ■ Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines. They may cause side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. ■ Wear low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles. “Avoid wet spots and uneven pavement,” Boling says. ■ Know your bone density score and osteoporosis risk. ■ Visit an eye doctor annually. ■ Get up slowly after sitting or lying down. “Wait until you feel stable before moving,” Boling advises. ■ Remove tripping hazards at home. Add stairway railings and bathroom grab-bars, and brighten lighting. ■ Consider a personal emergency response system to alert aid if you fall and become unconscious or cannot reach home or phone. For information about the Hip Fracture Center at Fort Sanders visit fsregional.com or call 865-673-3678.

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Sylvia and Harold Woods enjoy the San Diego Zoo in June 2013. Photo submitted

Honoring the honorable: Harold G. Woods When Harold G. Woods passed away early last Monday, he left a legacy of promises fulfilled.

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The longtime South Knoxville community and labor leader surely had few regrets, if any. He had great relationships with Sylvia, his wife of 52 years, their two sons, Harold and David, his brother, Woody, and the rest of his extended family. He had plaques and awards from numerous organizations, recognizing his years of valuable service. Wednesday night, during the celebration of his life at Island Home Baptist Church, the pianist played two beloved, familiar hymns: “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Amazing Grace.” I’m sure both of those held great meaning for him.

But the song that embodied Woods’ spirit best, perhaps, was the recording that was played of “My Way” – not by Frank Sinatra but by Elvis Presley, another Tennessee resident who grew up dirt poor and made something of himself. Presley climbed out of poverty in Mississippi and conquered the world before dying alone and ignominiously. Though not a celebrity, Woods came from a meager background and made his mark on the world, and he died surrounded by his loved ones. I think he had the better deal. Shopper editor Sandra Clark asked me to interview Woods in December. She’d heard that his time was short, and she wanted a story that shared his memories and outlook while he still had the strength to talk about them. I met Harold Woods that one time, for less than two hours, but I walked away feeling as though I had a new friend and role model. A lot of us dream about making the world a better

Attending the Jan. 20 South Knoxville Alliance meeting at Labor Exchange are, back row, Jeff Christian, Bill Peterson, Rob Roy McGregor, Allen Wright, Antoinette Fritz, Joe Karl, Debra Bradshaw, Vipin Bhagat; middle row, Bobbye Edwards, David Bolt, Rebecca Husain, Karen House; kneeling, Carl Hensley, Buddy Mulkey, Monte Stanley, Fathi Husain and Annie LaLonde. Photo by Betsy Pickle

place; Woods made those dreams reality. Another thing that struck me was that, although Woods had been battling cancer since 2011 and was in pain most of his waking hours, he didn’t show it. He was upbeat and gregarious, charming and fun. He had no fear of death, but he wasn’t going to let illness keep him from living. “I hope I’ve got several more years, but that’s an unknown,” he said. He told me about his family – about the house that his mother literally built with her own two hands. About his father inviting some African-American coworkers from Mead’s Quarry to Sunday lunch – they thought he meant for them to eat on the porch, but his father brought them back into the house to eat with the family. Poverty bonded those

who worked at the quarry, and poverty is what Woods fought all his life – fighting to ensure a fair wage for workers. He realized early on that people were treated differently based on their income, and that didn’t sit well with him. Woods told me about leaving Knoxville with a cousin to go to a concert in Chattanooga and ending up on a road trip that went all the way to California. He talked about his three years in the Army as a Green Beret. He talked about his experiences in the working world, getting into union leadership at Alcoa, serving as a Democratic Party leader and tackling countless hours of community service. It was obvious that Woods was worth a book – or three. That book will never be written, but his story remains, written in the

Hodge wins Presidential Award By Betty Bean Rocky Hill Elementary School 4th grade teacher Amber Hodge has won the Presidential Award in Math and Science Teaching in Tennessee. She was one of two finalists in Knox County and one of six statewide. One math teacher and one science teacher from each state was selected to win the award. Hodge, a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she got her undergraduate degree, and South College, where she received her master’s and her teaching certification, was nominated for the award by her former principal at Annoor Academy, a

‘Pedaling’ challenges and are working toward bettering their lives,” says McGregor, who was born in Detroit and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. The challenges can range from mental illness, homelessness and financial need to a criminal record. “People come in, they have a dream and they want to make it happen, and Bob helps them,” McGregor says. “Some folks just have an idea that they want to get off the ground, and Bob helps them put wheels under the idea.” With Riehl’s support, McGregor has built Borderland Bike Billboards into a popular advertising mechanism that operates from downtown to UT to Turkey Creek with a varying number of riders. A UT anthropology graduate, he had worked previously as an archaeologist and in video and web production, and he worked at iPix as photography network administrator and virtual-tour network administrator. McGregor has bipolar dis-

private Islamic school in West Knoxville where she taught for six years before transferring to Rocky Hill in 2012. To be considered for the award, Hodge was required to fill out a 15-page application detailing a lesson plan for a difficult subject, including information about research, how the plan was received and how it could be improved in the future. Hodge’s sample lesson plan dealt with fractions, the most challenging math skill for 4th and 5th graders. The lesson plan utilized iPads, which she said is more engaging for students than pencil and pa-

From page 1 order I; he takes medication that stabilizes his emotions. “I didn’t have depression, and I didn’t have anger,” says the father of four. “It was just jubilance, more like a constant, ecstatic, super-manic happy. Bouncing-off-thewalls happy, which can drive people nuts just the same.” He has been able to channel his energy, his people skills and his passion for the environment into his company. Green thinking is what got him on a bike in the first place. He bicycled to Florida and across Scotland in a kilt to promote tree planting. “Our catchphrase is ‘Be seen! Be green!’ ” His first client in 2010 was Regas Restaurant. Grady Regas had seen trucks hauling billboards around town. “What a contrast to see that diesel truck belching smoke everywhere versus Rob Roy riding his bike doing essentially the same thing and not using up fuel to do it other than his leg power,” says Regas. “The great thing about that is,

Interested persons memories of all those who served with him or benefit- should email Rebecca Hued from his lifelong efforts. sain at atatrah@comcast. net. ■ SKA getting busy The South Knoxville Alli- ■ King Tut’s cookin’ ance covered a lot of ground at its Jan. 20 meeting at Labor Exchange. Upcoming events, committee reports, budget info, yada yada yada. The Second Saturday series reported on last week in this space is still under construction. But there is news that people interested in getting involved with the SKA will want to know. First, the group is looking for someone to help with its social-media and web needs. It’s not a fulltime position – it’s more of one that can help build a resume and provide experience. SKA is also looking for a photographer to do some work on a brochure.

Disregard what Google Maps is saying these days. King Tut Grill, 4132 Martin Mill Pike, is open and ready for business. Owner/chef Seham Girgis is still undergoing physical therapy from her December knee surgery, but she has reopened the restaurant. She says she has complained to Google about the incorrect info (it says the restaurant has closed permanently), but she isn’t sure when the site will be revised. In the meantime, the mirror ball is revolving again. Check out the Facebook page for specials. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner. Call 573-6021 for any questions.

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per. She had previously written a grant to finance the purchase of 10 iPads to be shared by the 25 students in her class. She said that winning the award is a dream come true: “I was awed when I was nominated, elated when I became one of three state finalists, and over the moon when I received notification that I am the national math winner for Tennessee. “I hope that the knowledge I gain from being a finalist will allow me to become an even better educator so that I can reach as many students as possible and show them that math and science are fun!”

Rob Roy will stop and talk to you, where that truck driver would not.” In 2011 the South Knoxvillian rode from New Orleans to Dallas/Arlington, Texas, to Super Bowl XLV to promote “Super Grow XLV,” but lately he’s confined his rides to work. “I just don’t like getting out in the cold,” he says. For more info, visit borderlandbikebillboards.com.

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government Burchett pledges no new taxes Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says “no way” will he recommend a property tax increase for county residents this year.

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“The economy is not picking up as much as people hoped. Now is not the time to put additional burdens on hard-working men and women of Knox County,” Burchett explained. He said he’s proud that his administration added $40 million to county schools without a tax hike over his three years in office. Burchett is cruising to re-election without an opponent in either the May Republican primary or August general election. His popularity is strong and a high turnout is expected at his Feb. 18 fundraiser. ■ Ed Shouse, who serves in an at-large position on county commission, says he would vote against a property tax increase if one is offered by anyone this year. Shouse is a candidate for trustee in the May Republican primary. ■ The new homelessness plan announced by Mayor Rogero is well intended but slim on cost figures, as pointed out by council member Marshall Stair. In fact, there is nothing to indicate what the cost will be. No matter how laudatory the goal of ending homelessness may be (and it is), it is impossible to render an intelligent opinion without a budget. This program hit troubled waters four years ago when Lakeshore Park was included for public housing and many voiced opposition. City parks were not created to be sites for camping or housing. There is little chance the city would renew the housing at Lakeshore Park.

This is a city-only plan for now with the county not involved, although homelessness is in Knox County as well as Knoxville. ■ Bill Owen, longtime member of the state and national Democratic committees, is seeking another term on the state committee, the election for which will be held in August 2014 for both Republicans and Democrats. Owen has served 20 years. He is the only Democrat to serve in the state senate from Knox County in the past 50 years. Owen will be opposed by Mark Harmon, a UT professor and former county commissioner. This contest in the August Democratic primary will be hot and heavy among few voters. One would have to go back to the contest between the late Harry Asquith and now-Judge Charles Susano for the same position to find a race which will generate similar interest among hard-core Democrats. Susano was the challenger then and he prevailed. Susano is seeking another term on the Tennessee Court of Appeals this August. ■ Sylvia Woods, 72 (with a birthday coming on Jan. 30), is also taking out a petition for re-election to the state executive committee. She lives in South Knoxville and has also been on the state Democratic committee for over 20 years, along with her late husband, Harold, who passed away last week. Harold Woods was a stalwart of the Democratic Party and a strong community activist who backed United Way for many years. His strong voice for labor, South Knoxville and the community will be missed. ■ The Ashe Henderson Lecture series at Carson-Newman University starts tomorrow, Jan. 28, with evening services open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. Dr. Joseph Kim and Dr. Billy Kim, father and son from South Korea, will speak.

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Norman wants ‘fair shake’ for teachers Last week, Tony Norman pulled a discussion item off Knox County Commission’s work session agenda and rescheduled it for today’s (Jan. 27) commission meeting, requesting that it be heard late enough for those most affected – Knox County teachers – to get downtown after school.

Betty Bean He took exception to Sam McKenzie’s suggestion that his language – “Discussion regarding teachers’ revolt and superintendent’s contract” – was overblown. After the meeting, he defended his choice of words. “It absolutely is a revolt,” said Norman, who taught ecology, biology and environmental science at Farragut and West high schools for 30 years. “You don’t understand just how docile teachers are. This is not only way outside their comfort zone, it’s historic. Nothing

like this has ever happened here before.” Norman will leave the commission when his second term ends in September. He was still teaching when he was elected in 2006, but retired in 2008 (the same year Superintendent James McIntyre was hired) and has established himself as a relentless critic of the school system. When he made a successful run for commission chair in 2012, school board members lobbied against him, privately complaining that he has a grudge against McIntyre. So does he? Norman says “a taste” of the high-pressure environment the superintendent brought to Knox County was enough to prompt him to take early retirement. “I was subjected to just a very modest degree of the kind of stuff that teachers have right now. “People told me when I got elected, ‘Watch out. Things are going to change for you.’ And I felt it.” Norman backs the teachers in their opposition to “this data collection mo-

rass” of high-stakes testing and excessive evaluations and is unimpressed by the modest concessions McIntyre is offering teachers as a remedy. “I talked personally to McIntyre about these same issues when he got here. These ‘concessions’ infuriate me because teachers have been telling the administration about these things for years. “Think about all the stress this has caused, all the psychologists and gastroenterologists who have been busy because of the BS this idiot has imposed on his employees. They’ve made people sick all across this county. And for them to come back and start backpedaling now? Oh, my gosh.” He is likewise unimpressed with the joint commission/school board working group, of which McKenzie is a member and which Norman calls “the Kumbaya Committee.” He believes McIntyre’s staff attempted to intimidate teachers who attended the Dec. 9 school board

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meeting to speak against McIntyre’s contract extension. “That $900,000 PR department at the AJ (the Andrew Johnson Building, where KCS administration is housed) did its job. They filled up the first three rows with principals and shoved the teachers out into the outer lobby. They’re good, and they’ll sabotage this (Monday) meeting, too, in some way, if they can.” Norman doesn’t know how many teachers will show up, but he means to see that they get a fair shake.

Jenkins touts wide, broad experience By Jake Mabe Ray Hal Jenkins says that if anybody thinks he believes he has a sense of entitlement to be Division I Knox County Circuit Court judge, he sure took a circuitous route. The Jenkins family is a familiar one indeed. His dad and grandfather were longtime Knoxville lawyers. Daddy Ray Lee was a Knox County Criminal Court judge for 25 years. Ray majored in computer science and math at Tennessee Tech. He was a weapons system analyst/ programmer for the Navy for three years then went to Winchester, Tenn., to manage a data center for the Air Force. While doing so, he drove to Nashville nightly to earn a law degree at the Nashville School of Law. He then went to work in the late ’90s for the Internet company Edge.net. The business was eventually sold. Ray became chief operating officer and general counsel for a company that developed software to configure windows, doors

and special orders for companies like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Andersen Windows. And he began practicing law and consulting on tech projects for Computer Sciences Corporation, handling legal implications for the U.S. Army and NASA. He helped modernize the judicial system in San Diego. He says this experience sets him apart from his announced competition, Kristi Davis and Billy Stokes. “I’m more than just a trial lawyer.” Jenkins says he’d help the clerk modernize the office. “While it’s public record, the Circuit Court is a mystery to 98 percent of the public. They’ve done a great job of putting dockets online, but nothing else. The federal courts have done a lot to digitize the system, pleadings and allowing you to file online. I have that hands-on experience.” Jenkins, who has been practicing law for 16 years, says he takes “whatever comes in the door,” giving a

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nod to Ray Lee and grandpa Erby, who were what he calls “the last of the generalists. “I’ve been everything from a corporate attorney to a country lawyer.” Like Stokes, Jenkins is a former Knox County GOP chair. He says he had the “best job in the county” for four years. “My two main jobs were to raise money and elect Republicans. There wasn’t much interparty squabbling, and while I certainly can’t take credit for it, I like

to think my management style helped.” He says that style will help him on the bench. “A judge needs to allow lawyers to try cases but maintain control of the courtroom.” And, given his business experience, Jenkins adds, “I’ve dealt with intellectual property issues, negotiated deals, and been a transactional attorney, drawing contracts so you don’t end up in court. I understand things from the litigants’ standpoint. Lawyers are paid to be in court; litigants don’t want to be there. My experience is broad and deep.” His campaign kickoff is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Crowne Plaza downtown. Last week, I said Stokes is familiar. So is Jenkins. His father won a tough race once thanks to organization and name recognition. Don’t count out his son. Republican elephants don’t forget. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jakemabe.blogspot.com.

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Shopper news • JANUARY 27, 2014 • 5 urdays watching Clemson on TV, or going to games there,â€? said Brian Butcher. “Andrew grew up a Clemson fan. He dreamed of playing at Clemson the way I dreamed of playing at UT.â€? College football recruiting has intensified. The pace is much quicker. Coaches spot young talent and offer scholarships far in advance of signing time. Prep prospects identify their future school and commit earlier than ever. The Butchers discovered Clemson had offered scholarships to 10 or more future Kathleen, Andrew and Brian Butcher Photo submitted defensive ends but hadn’t said peep to Andrew. Butch Jones, in pursuit Vikings. The Clemson years Kathleen have a son, An- of quarterback Josh Dobbs drew, high school junior in at Alpharetta, couldn’t miss were magical. Alpharetta, Ga., defensive Butcher. He was impressed. Tennessee? “Like the Garth Brooks end, 6-4 and 230, four-star He offered. Andrew visited. song says, sometimes I prospect on his way toward He noted there were Butchthank God for unanswered all-world. ers all around. “For the last 15 years, we prayers.â€? Twenty-eight months beFast forward: Brian and have spent our football Sat- fore he can suit up for the

Roots and recruiting

Recruiting is about rela- the link with the Volunteers tionships. Roots are some- was never broken. times relevant. “My dad took me to at least one Tennessee game a year during this time, and it was bigger than Christmas. I remember the teams from Marvin the late 1960s and early 70s – Steve Kiner, Jackie Walker, West Bobby Scott, Curt Watson, Jamie Rotella, and then, later, Condredge Holloway, The legendary Jesse Larry Seivers, Andy Spiva, Butcher, a long-ago land- Stanley Morgan and that mark in Gibbs, Halls and at group. They were my heroes.� flea markets, a direct link This limb off the Butcher to watermelons, beagles tree took root in the Atlanta and the trading of pocket area. After the Air Force, knives, was at different the father worked for Delta. times a gentleman farmer, a “A piece of artificial turf game and fish officer and an from Shields-Watkins Field auto salesperson. was in our basement,� said He was always a Tennes- Brian Butcher. “I would lay see football fan. It ran in on it and dream of playing the family. Generations of for UT.� Butchers were orange. John Majors became Allen Butcher, son of the new coach. He said he Jesse and Roxine, sold pro- wanted players whose blood grams at the stadium in the ran orange. Brian thought 1950s. He always wore or- he would be a perfect fit. He ange socks on game day. was one heck of a football Somewhere in a closet player, 6-5 and 200. are home movies of a trip to “Surely he’d want me, Jacksonville to see Tennessee right?� versus Syracuse in the Gator Roots be damned, TenBowl. Maybe you remember nessee never sent the first what happened to Floyd Lit- recruiting letter. Other tle and Larry Csonka. schools offered scholarships. Allen Butcher was finish- Brian signed with Clemson. ing up at UT when son Brian Three times the Tigers won was born at UT hospital. The ACC titles. He got a national father became a military championship ring in ’81. man and the family moved He met and married Kathall around but the son says leen. He was drafted by the

You mean they can’t bomb Syria? Turns out Knox County Chris Caldwell said he and Commission can’t attack city finance director Jim York recommend deferring Syria after all. a decision awaiting a clarification of state law about handicapped parking. He added that the number of county handicapped parkJake ing passes has dropped Mabe from 130 to 60. “I can’t tell you why. I have an idea, but I won’t say.â€? Hmm ‌ Chair Brad Anders Norman asked the godropped that bomb during ing full-time rate for county Commission’s workshop last employees at the Dwight week, joking about discus- Kessel Garage ($30). sions held in the past over “The city has said emissues the body can’t con- ployees can park at the Colitrol. This was in response seum for free and take the to Sam McKenzie’s concern trolley,â€? Caldwell said. about the delay between the Hammond asked if Comtime discussion items make mission could discuss the the news until the commis- issue in August, rather than sion meets. September, which Caldwell “There should be a vet- initially suggested, “Beting process,â€? McKenzie cause some of us won’t be said. “If I brought up an is- here in September.â€? sue that is racially charged, Brown asked if a parking that could be insensitive.â€? committee should be desigMcKenzie was concerned nated. about Tony Norman’s re“PBA has a mind-set that quest to discuss the so- this is just a rate issue more called “teacher revolt.â€? than a city/county issue,â€? Norman delayed a dis- Caldwell said. cussion on it and school Some think it’s a “the Superintendent Jim Mc- public should park thereâ€? Intyre’s contract until 4:30 issue. But, that’s another p.m. today (Monday, Jan. story for another day. 27), so teachers can attend. Sales tax collection “What teachers have is down in the county, done is historic and worthy Caldwell said, and the curof attention.â€? rent property tax collection Rick Briggs wants to is up 2 percent from the make sure the commis- 2013 total collection/assesssion doesn’t cross over into ment. school board policy. Mike The unassigned fund balBrown says such discussion ance grew from $44.2 milis important and appropri- lion to $51.4 million. ate. McKenzie said he didn’t Debt service numwant to stifle discussion; bers went down to $631 he’s just worried about in- million from $669 million, flammatory language and $374.4 million of which is the commission’s response Knox County government time. and $257.1 million of which Anders said the issue is Knox County Schools, will be discussed at an up- “with the caveat that the coming commisison/school first number includes Powboard retreat. ell Middle School and HarWonder if anybody will din Valley Academy updrop any bombs there, since grades,â€? which the county Syria’s off limits? funded, Caldwell said. Postponed until AuJim McIntyre said the gust is a vote on parking school system’s total revrates for employees in the enues/expenditures is $158 PBA-run parking garage un- million, “slightly behind in der the City County Build- percentage,â€? 38 percent vering. sus 39 percent. Both city and county are Commission meets at looking at the rates ($60/ 1:45 p.m. today (Monday, month full-time rate, $30/ Jan. 27) in the Main Assemmonth part-time). bly Room at the City County County finance director Building.

Volunteers, Andrew decided Tennessee was the perfect place for him. He was the second commitment for the class of 2015. “It’s almost surreal how the twists of fate work out sometimes,� said Brian Butcher. “The ties of the Butcher family to Tennessee skipped one generation – mine.� Memories, connections, roots? There are a hundred Jesse Butcher stories. Andrew’s life support system will include Uncle Bud Gilbert, Knoxville attorney, Aunt Vickie and Uncle Buddy in Farragut, Uncle Evan in Maryville, Aunt Betsy and Uncle Charles in Lenoir City and grandpa Allen way over in Murfreesboro. Clemson? It might be appropriate to sing another verse about unanswered prayers.

      

     



   

        

  



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A-plus speller By Betsy Pickle Along with other schools throughout the county, South Knox schools have been experiencing spellingbee fever. Students have been practicing words for months, with bees starting just before winter break and continuing this month. Winners of the school bees will head to the district spelling showdown in March. Here are some of the champions of South Knox school bees: Matthew Hebar triumphed at the Bonny Kate

Elementary bee on Jan. 16. Matthew, a 4th-grader, won with the word “accuracy.” He is the son of Andrew and Jennifer Hebar. Seth Fox-Asarkaya won Mount Olive Elementary’s bee on Dec. 19. His winning word was “Pavlovian.” He is the son of John and Sonja Miller. South Knoxville Elementary held its bee on Dec. 17, with Lillian Grace Snead taking top prize. The 4thgrader won with the word “nigh.” She is the daughter of Jennifer Snead.

Revolutionary discoveries:

Mike Dahl grabs the attention of Dogwood Elementary students with his description of life during the Revolutionary War era.

The importance of bear grease By Betsy Pickle Fourth-graders at Dogwood Elementary School wrapped up their study of the Revolutionary War era by getting the skinny on bear grease and other handy items from the country’s frontier days. “There isn’t a lice or flea or bedbug that’s come up against bear grease and

won,” Mike Dahl told the students, explaining why pioneer women put bear grease in their hair. Dahl, a member of the Anderson County Chapter of the Tennessee Society, Sons of the Revolution, and Jerry Mustin, a member of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, brought the past to life for the young-

sters, who listened intently to the presentation. Hygiene had its limits back in the day, Mustin explained. Folks took baths twice a year, and June became a popular month for weddings because it followed on the heels of May’s bath blitz. Bridal bouquets were created so that the floral and herb scents could mask any offend-

ing odors. Men carried soap with them in their packs, but only to wash off the blood after killing and skinning game. Dahl explained the workings of firearms, powder horns and other weapons, saying he preferred a belt ax to a tomahawk because it was more versatile. Mustin demonstrated 18th century GPS – a compass. They talked about trade goods

that settlers carried to exchange with Native Americans and how such goods could save a pioneer’s life. Dahl showed the kids a lucet cord and explained how it was used to help hold up pants and skirts – people’s weight would drop drastically during the winter months, and they didn’t have elastic waistbands.

The students had plenty of questions for the experts, and they lingered as long as their teachers would let them to examine all the artifacts – a mix of period and re-creations. Those interested in having Dahl and Mustin speak may contact them at m.dahl2@comcast.net and jjmustin@comcast.net.

Beautiful and There’s something mesmerizing about artist Kelly Hider’s work. Her sumptuous mixed-media pieces incorporate photographs, gilded paint, sequins, rhinestones and handmade jeweled toys. Cherub-cheeked children are often her subjects.

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Carol’s Corner And yet there’s something disturbing there, too. Something difficult to put one’s finger on. As the artist herself says, “You’re not sure.” Hider holds several degrees in painting and drawing, including an MFA from UT’s School of Art and Architecture, but she’s been fascinated with photography and mixed media for about 10 years. Her unique approach is grounded in her childhood, spent in an exceptional house. “Built in the late 1700s, the house I grew up in was haunted,” she says on her website. “As young children my sister and I talked to ghosts unconcerned, yet were tormented by them as older, more aware teenagers. Compounding this fear was the absence of religion or faith in our upbringing, leaving me with personal questions and searching.” Hider spoke about her newest works at a recent “Time Well Spent” lecture for the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. Her latest series, “Pres-

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ence,”” was featured in the ence the he Blackberry Farm Gallery at the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville last September. The beauty of Hider’s work is immediately evident. Colors are saturated and vivid, tableaus are engaging and mysterious. Objects and backgrounds occasionally appear out of proportion, giving a sense of other-worldliness. But if you spend time with these pieces, you’ll start to notice that the children in them are surrounded by unusual, often threatening imagery. One little boy has a twin made of black rhinestones. Another work, “The Flower Sermon,” shows a little girl delighted with a bauble, while a specter of brilliantly colored stones floats to her left. Is it a guardian? Does it mean her harm? Or is it something else entirely? Hider revels in the ambiguity. It’s at the core of her art. She calls her photographic work “constructed imagery.” Her influences range from painter Robert Rauschenberg to paper artist T. Demand to pop culture phenomenon PeeWee Herman. “His house is enchanted,” she says of the latter. “It’s over the top. Everything talks. Some of the elements – like the talking floor – are a bit ominous. But the darker themes are balanced out by humor.” Another new series, “Bury Me in the Garden,” uses 300 old photos that Hider found in a secondhand store. They depict

Artist Kelly Hider poses with her mixed-media piece “Pigtail.” Photo by Carol Zinavage

scenes from a couple’s life in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hider was touched by the fact that the pictures were unwanted. She decided to use them as a way of honoring the people in them. She calls the collection, made for her MFA thesis, an “altered archive.” Hider is judicious with the alterations she makes, and each picture contains only “a couple of moves that are very impactful.” She’s also fond of “canceling out” what’s in the photos, often covering up people’s faces or entire bodies with paint and other materials. It’s fitting that her name is “Hider,” because that is often her role. In this kind of work, she’s influenced by John Stezaker and Christian Holstad, both of whom manipulate print media to create their art. In addition, she is creative with the framing, using three different types: white gallery frames, found thrift store frames, and her own homemade dried-macaroni frames, spray-painted gold. Gluing different pasta shapes onto wood bases, Hider replicates rich gilded “art gallery” frames so well that the viewer has to get up close to see what’s actually there. You can view the fascinating work of this young artist, and learn of her upcoming exhibitions, at www.kellyhider.com.

A little boy has an unusual companion in Kelly Hider’s mixed-media work “Doubting Daisy.”

Kelly Hider’s “The Flower Sermon” was influenced by Star Trek “transporter room” imagery.

Kelly Hider’s “Careful Company”

Some of the toys artist Kelly Hider makes for her manipulated photographs. Photos submitted


Shopper news • JANUARY 27, 2014 • 7

DeRoyal jobs are hot ticket By Betty Bean

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DeRoyal’s beginnings go back to 1973 when Pete DeBusk invented, manufactured and patented an orthopedic boot. Today, the company has 2,000 Pete DeBusk employe e s and 2.5 million square feet DeRoyal president and under roof with operations chief operating officer in five states, six countries Bill Pittman (front) in and manufacturing assets company gym with staff on three continents. at 2013 American Heart DeRoyal manufactures Association kickoff surgical devices, unitized delivery systems, orthopedic supports and bracing, wound care dressings as well,” said president and and orthopedic implants chief operating officer Bill produced by processes in- Pittman. cluding injection moldection mo old ld-“We are ar very haping, devicee asassp pyy with the quality WHERE sembly, metal ta al o Union U of Counthe fabrication, n, tty y ty’s workconverting,, fforce fo o and elec t ronic s their th ability assembly to adapt to to and sterilizaa-mo more autotion services. s. mated manufacturm mated Locally, this in processes. proc ing Our means jobs – stable jobs. corporate office is ideally The LaFollette plant situated in Knox County, manufactures surgical pro- which provides us with a cedural trays and has 144 highly-educated sales force employees. The Tazewell and ongoing partnership plant specializes in distri- opportunities with local bution and has 230 employ- universities, Oak Ridge and ees who work in multiple other tech companies.” buildings boxing and shipMichael Smith, DeRoyal ping DeRoyal products. At brand marketing manager, the Maynardville plant, 61 said job openings in Tazeemployees do foam fabri- well, LaFollette and Maycation, laminating, rotary nardville get snapped up die cutting and production quickly. of the adhesive backing on “I talked to the recruiter medical devices. who handles (those plants), “We’re very proud to have and she said she’ll get a trebeen a major employer in mendous number of appliUnion County for more than cants when she posts those three decades and have re- openings online,” Smith cently consolidated both said. (www.deroyal.com/caour converting and foam reers/currentopenings.aspx) DeRoyal’s benefits packfabrication operations to a previously idle facility in age includes medical, denMaynardville and maintain tal and vision coverage, long a substantive presence in term and short term disour orthopedic fabrication ability, group life insurance, operation in Union County a 401(k) plan with com-

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business Juanita Winters – a volunteer with a big heart Juanita Winters, the Latin Ministries director for Angelic Ministries, grew up in Los Angeles – her dad was from Mexico, her mom from Texas. She credits a special woman who tutored her in 2nd grade with teaching her the value of a true giving spirit. Juanita spoke Spanish at home, and she is grateful this volunteer taught her how to read and speak English. A lasting impression was made.

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As an adult in L.A., Juanita worked at the Rescue Mission. She and her husband, John, then moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she DeRoyal employee operates a converting machine. worked in the Salvation Army’s drug rehabilitation pany match, paid vacation, for waste management and program. The birth of a grandholiday and personal time DeMedco, a one-stop madaughter 14 years ago off, an employee assistance chine shop that does stateprogram, leaves of absence of-the-art welding and met- brought her to Knoxville to be closer to her daughter’s for marriage, bereavement, al fabrication. The Powell campus is family. John is the pastor family medical leave, medical, personal and military also home to DeRoyal’s cor- of missions and outreach at plus convenience benefits porate office and some 300 Fellowship Church. Juanita’s family continues to including an on-site fitness employees. DeRoyal’s slogan, “Im- grow. Her daughter and two center, aerobics and nutrition classes, on-site dry proving care. Improving sons have blessed her with cleaning pickup and deliv- business” is a shorthand five grandchildren, and she ery, cafeteria, car wash ser- way of saying what the busi- beams as she talks about ness is all about, Smith said. them. vice and a hair salon. September 11, 2001, left “It sums up our history DeRoyal is headquara desire “to do something tered in Knox County, off and our dedication to the West Beaver Creek Road – economic health of our eternal that had meaning on DeBusk Lane, naturally. customer, and our wanting and value.” She closed her This campus is the home to help them be problem Bearden consignment shop of Royal Precision Plastics, solvers. We take pride in and started tutoring Latino a turnkey manufacturer of making good decisions and Lonsdale Elementary stuplastic products, includ- helping our customers with dents in English. She also took them to appointments ing molding and canisters solutions.” and acted as their liaison. Juanita had a goal – to open a Christian Assisted Living home for people in State - Magnolia Campus drug rehab. She wanted to provide counseling and prevent relapse. She says, “God had another plan.” Betsy Frazier came into

Spring concert series to debut with bluegrass By Heather Beck Pellissippi State Community College will launch a spring concert series at its Magnolia Avenue Campus on Friday, Jan. 31. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring various musical talents to this campus for our students to enjoy,” said Rosalyn Tillman, the site’s dean. The series is free and open to the community. It kicks off with a performance by Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder, at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The series continues with additional performances presenting a variety

of musical genres – likely once per month, for the remainder of spring semester. “The Jan. 31 concert will feature a variety of classic and modern bluegrass tunes. It’ll be an informal, casual performance,” said Larry Vincent, who instructs the college’s Bluegrass Ensemble (MUS 1545) course. Hardin Valley Thunder is composed of students in the Bluegrass Ensemble class. The group is celebrating its fifth year at Pellissippi State. The class will travel to China in May, performing a number of concerts while there. The study abroad trip is offered through the Tennessee Consortium for In-

Hardin Valley Thunder will perform at Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue Campus on Jan. 31. ternational Studies. TnCIS, which is based at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2013

study abroad programs organized by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2014. Info: www.tncis.org or call 539-7280. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. For more information about the campus, visit www.pstcc.edu/ magnolia or call 329-3100.

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GriefShare group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike. Continues meeting every Thursday. Info: care@fellowshipknox.org. Concerts at the Library: Nancy Brennan Strange, 6:30 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Opening reception for “Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams” exhibit, 5-6 p.m. for members only and 6-8 p.m. for the public, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Exhibit runs through May 4. Relay For Life of Metro Knoxville kick-off, Barley’s Tap Room & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave. Appetizers and Happy Hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; program: 6:30 p.m. Info: Annie Sadler, 603-4727, annieleesadler@ gmail.com.

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“Paperboy” lecture and book signing by local author Vince Vawter, 7 p.m., UT College of Communication and Information auditorium. Sponsored by UT Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Free and open to the public. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Program, 10:30 a.m.: “Maintaining and Enhancing Community Character,” by Margot Kline, president, Council of West Knox County Homeowners Association; speaker, 11:30 a.m.: Dale Keasling, CEO, Home Federal Bank, “The Pillars of Effective Leadership.” Lunch to follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106. Muslim Journeys: Points of View – “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” second of five scholar-facilitated reading and discussion program, 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Tennessee Shines featuring Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin; poet RB Morris, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. “Adventures in Self-Publishing” with Jody Dyer, 6 p.m., Sequoyah Branch Library, 1140 Southgate Road. Dyer will discuss her experience selfpublishing “The Eye of Adoption: The True Story of My Turbulent Wait for a Baby,” a memoir of the adoption of her second son. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Sports Illustrated Sportswriter and Commentator Frank Deford lecture, 630 p.m., King University’s Maclellan Hall dining room, in Bristol. Proceeds to benefit Scholarships and Programs fund for King students. Info/tickets: 423-652-4864 or email jibrown@king.edu. Computer Workshops: Excel 2007, 5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Word 2007 Basics” or equivalent skills. To register: 215- 8700.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” 2 and 7 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 30

To help you learn whether you need varicose vein treatment, Premier Vein Clinics is offering free vein screenings through the end of February. The complimentary screenings are by appointment only at the main Premier Vein Clinics office on Papermill Drive, and at select locations in North Knoxville, Downtown Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, and Dandridge. Visit www.premierveinclinics.com or call (865) 588-8229 to register for a free vein screening near you!

A Premier Vein Clinics vascular surgeon used Endovenous Laser Therapy to successfully treat the painful varicose veins in this patient’s leg. Premier Vein Clinics Physicians Donald L. Akers, Jr., MD, FACS William B. Campbell, MD, FACS C. Scott Callicutt, MD, FACS Randal O. Graham, MD, FACS George A. Pliagas, MD, FACS Christopher W. Pollock, MD, FACS Richard M. Young, MD, FACS

SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Developing character in fiction workshop, 10 a.m.noon, Stone House, Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road. Instructor: novelist Pamela Schoenewaldt. Cost: $40, $35 for Knoxville Writers’ Guild members. To register: www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or send a check to KWG Workshops, P.O. Box 10326, Knoxville, TN 37939-0326. Chocolatefest Knoxville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Knoxville Expo Center, Clinton Highway. Tickets: $15; VIP Pass: $30. Benefits The Butterfly Fund. Info/tickets: www.chocolatefestknoxville.com; Sugarbakers Cake, Candy & Supplies, 514 Merchants Road. Hector Qirko in concert, 8 p.m., The Laurel Theater, corner of 16th and Laurel Ave. Tickets: http://www. knoxtix.com; 523-7521; at the door. Info: 522-5851 or email concerts@jubileearts.org. Saturday Stories and Songs: Emagene Reagen, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Saturday Stories and Songs: Sean McCollough, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Beginning Genealogy, 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Preregistration, a valid email address and good Internet searching capabilities required. Info/to register: 215-8809. Fifth annual Breaststrokes – Knoxville Paints the TaTas auction and gala cancer fundraising event, 5-10 p.m., the Jewel Building, 525 N. Gay St.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 30-FEB. 1 SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Waynestock 4, 7 p.m., Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. Featuring performances by local musicians, as well as a songwriter symposium. Admission: $5 nightly. Proceeds go to the E.M. Jellinek Center. The Healthy Living Expo, Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Exhibit Hall B. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets at the door: $10. Info/free tickets: www.TheHealthyLivingExpo.com.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 30-FEB. 16 “The Whipping Man” presented by the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in the Carousel Theatre on UT Campus. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 974-5161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Fifth Friday Community Dance, 8-10:30 p.m., Concord UMC gym, 11020 Roane Drive. Hosted by the Farragut Lions Club. Doors open 7:15 p.m.; line dance lesson 7:30. Admission: $5. Info: dancingfriendstn@ yahoo.com.

Regal Classic Film Series featuring “Groundhog Day,” 2 p.m., Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd. “A Woman Called Truth” presented by the WordPlayers, 5 p.m., Fourth United Presbyterian, 1323 N. Broadway. Free touring show; no reservations required. Info/full schedule of performances: 539-2490 or www. wordplayers.org.

MONDAY, FEB. 3 Tennessee Shines featuring The Howlin’ Brothers and poet Dawn Coppock, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Hosts: Bob Deck and Paige Travis. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www. BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX.com. “A Woman Called Truth” presented by the WordPlayers, 7 p.m., Moses Teen Center, 220 Carrick St. Free touring show; no reservations required. Info/full schedule of performances: 539-2490 or www.wordplayers.org. Ossoli Circle meeting, Ossoli Clubhouse, 2511 Kingston Pike. Program, 10:30 a.m.: “Foothills Land Conservancy,” by Bill Clabough, Executive Director of the Conservancy. Business meeting, 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. Visitors welcome. Info: 577-4106.


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