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Public forum on Jackson Avenue Officials will host a public meeting to discuss redevelopment of the 500 block of West Jackson Avenue where the city cleared the McClung Warehouses following a fire. Potential developers, downtown advocates and anyone with a redevelopment idea or suggestion is invited at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Southern Depot, 318 W. Depot Ave.

Fulton football to be honored The Army National Guard national ranking trophy will be given to the Fulton High School football team at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the school auditorium as part of the MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions. Fulton (15-0) finished No. 129 in the final rankings after completing its first unbeaten season since 1967 and winning the state championship in 4A. MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 varsity high school football teams. All are invited.

Williams Creek public meeting The city of Knoxville and Tennessee Clean Water Network are co-sponsoring a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Chestnut Street, to discuss the Williams Creek Urban Forest in East Knoxville. Topics will include the development of the urban forest and amenities it will provide to the community, the closure of Dailey Street and the history of the project site. Everyone is invited to come learn more about the project.

IN THIS ISSUE SKA’s banner haul Every month, members of the South Knoxville Alliance head to Fort Dickerson to pick up trash, and every month they collect several bags’ worth. But on March 15, they made a banner haul.

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What really matters ... Fans are buzzing about the Tennessee quarterback derby. The race is on to determine who starts the last Saturday in August. Of course that is a big deal but the Vols can line up with any of the four.

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fun fit By Betsy Pickle The sounds of percussion and smiles on the faces of participants in the weekly drum circle at the East Tennessee Technology Access Center make it clear – ETTAC has found its rhythm. ETTAC, 116 Childress St., is a nonprofit devoted to giving people with disabilities access to and through technology. The new drum circle, which meets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, gives young people access to musical instruments so they can express themselves. Coordinated by April Stephens of the Cerebral Palsy Center, the group is open to anyone with a disability, along with family and friends. “It’s a traditional circle because it’s about self-expression, but it isn’t traditional in the way that we have people who want to have less control and more direction,” says Stephens. It’s a learning time and a social time, she says. “It’s a way to make the day a little bit more fun.” ETTAC, which serves 24 counties, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. It has grown from a basement at the University of Tennessee to offices on Broadway to its impressive facility on Childress, a block off Chapman Highway just south of the Taliwa Drive traffic light. But director Lois Symington worries that the center still lacks visibility. “We need people in the South Knoxville community who have disabilities and have family members with disabilities to know we are here, and we’re a community resource for them,” says Symington.

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Houston Vandergriff and his mom, Katie, enjoy participating in the weekly drum circle at ETTAC. Katie homeschools Houston, a ninth-grader who has benefited from ETTAC programs since he was 5. Photos by Betsy Pickle

“We’ve got a basement full of durable medical equipment to give away to anybody who lacks insurance or money to get what they need. We have literacy services, equipment programs, veterans’ services.” ETTAC tackles things many take for granted. It helps people with disabilities adapt their homes to make them more livable and teaches people who are blind how to use cell phones. The center also has batteryoperated toys that it has adapted for easier use by children with disabilities. A toy that might cost more than $160 at retail usually can be adapted for about $3 in parts. ETTAC never denies services because people can’t afford to pay, and it also offers free programs. One example is its Accessible

Movie Night & Dinner, which is held quarterly in the center’s spacious basement. “The Avengers” will be shown this Friday, with a pizza dinner at 6 p.m. and the movie at 7 p.m. “People with disabilities don’t get to go to the movies with their friends,” says Symington. Jason Oglesby has a blast playing a drum. Theaters don’t allow for multiple wheelchairs, and the spaces are often too close you’re blind. It’s completely acto the screen, where the volume cessible, if you want to come with can bother those with sensory is- your friend who also uses a chair.” Movie nights can turn into a sues. “We make ours accessible on family affair. “Last fall, I noticed that some the front end,” Symington says. “It’s captioned, if you’re deaf. We have the descriptive video, if To page 3

Kids share the ‘dream’ with UT athletes By Kelly Norrell When Tyree Gibson, age 10, shot baskets with UT basketball player Cierra Burdick recently, he tried to steal the ball from her and missed. “You need to spend some time in the weight room,” Burdick teased Tyree. They were playing pickup basketball with some other neighborhood kids in JustLead, Emerald Youth Foundation’s leadership program for children at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Emerald is a nonprofit ministry that serves about 1,400 inner-city children yearly with faith, education and sports programs. “Aw, you’re just older than me,” Tyree said. He added: “I don’t care if she is an SEC champion.” Standout forward Burdick

laughed. She and her UT teammates had just won the SEC women’s basketball tournament in Duluth. (They went on to receive a No. 1 seed for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.) On this day, Burdick was doing another of the things she is passionate about – being a role model and friend to inner-city kids. Burdick comes to Mount Zion Baptist in East Knoxville each Monday afternoon as a member of the UT DREAM (Daring to Role Model Excellence as an Athletic Mentor) Team, an outreach she initiated locally to benefit area children. In February, the SEC commended Burdick for the work of the DREAM Team. Burdick and her peers are committed to being drug, alcohol,

Ja’doriauna Williamson (left) trades a high-five with Cierra Burdick. With them are (left, partly hidden) Tyree Gibson and Kobe Glass. tobacco and violence free, and to been spending regular afterschool promoting that lifestyle among time each week with the about 75 kids. Since early January, she and five other UT athletes have To page 3

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A real life superhero Like the Superman hero he adores, Elijah James, 3, has an entire city cheering for him. The son of Will and Dawn James of Knoxville, Eli is something of a pintsized celebrity in his hometown. He has been featured in an article in the News Sentinel, has a video on KnoxNews.com, a Facebook fan page with more than 10,000 likes (Elijah James Journey) and has even been featured in the Journal of Pediatric Neurology. That’s because Eli is something of a miracle. He was born with rachischisis, sometimes called complete spina bifida. It is a condition in which the entire spine is open, exposing the spinal cord. The condition has always been considered fatal; however, Eli has defied all odds. Although he is unable to walk, crawl or sit unassisted and has limited strength in his hands, Eli’s big personality makes up for physical limits. “That child is pure joy to work with, I can’t even begin to tell you,� said Michelle Lloyd, a physical therapist at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. Lloyd is currently working with Eli to learn to use a motorized wheelchair. Eli loves to talk and sing, and has an infectious laugh. He plays with his dogs, his big sister Skylar, his parents and his friends at preschool. “He flirts with all the nurses. He’s very much an extrovert and a bit of a showoff,� said Dawn James, with a laugh. “He will tell you he’s awesome.� And at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, Eli has captured the hearts of the staff. Lloyd started working with Eli last October to find a motorized wheelchair with a customized seat to fit the curve of his spine and easy switches he could manipulate on his own. They settled on a three-button system, one each for left, right and straight ahead, mounted on a small table in front of the seat. Now that the chair is ready, Eli is on a roll. In therapy sessions once a week, he cruises easily around the floor, saying hello to everyone and exploring on his own. “He immediately figured out he can go places and explore his world, instead of being stuck in one spot,� said Dawn James. “It has broadened his entire world, just like it does with any exploring

Will and Dawn James of Knoxville are the proud parents of Skylar and Elijah. Elijah’s story has captured the heart of many, thanks to his courageous battle with rachischisis. Dawn says of her son, “He’s very much an extrovert and a bit of a show-off.�

toddler. They learn about their world by To make therapy fun for Halloween going and seeing and doing. Limiting his in 2013, Lloyd transformed the therapy mobility is so detrimental to his health room into “Gotham City.� Therapists, on every level.� volunteers and patients pretended the

Custom chairs for each individual The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center can customize a wheelchair to ďŹ t any patient’s individual mobility needs. “We offer highly customized feeding and positioning for clients who have a lot of difďŹ culties being positioned in their care,â€? said Michelle Lloyd, a therapist at the center.

“We do powered mobility not just with standard joy stick training, but also with alternative drive control. We have ďŹ ber optic switches, or any kind of drive control available,â€? said Lloyd. “If they have the cognitive ability to drive a wheelchair, we can ďŹ nd them a technology to get them mobility.â€?

city was under attack from villains, and defended it with silly string battles. Lloyd dressed as Wonder Woman, and Dawn James dressed as Catwoman. And Eli? Well, of course, he was Superman. “We bought him the Superman pajamas and a cape for this event, and he absolutely loved it,â€? said Dawn James. “So now he has gotten completely hung up on Superman, from that day,â€? she said. “The power wheelchair is his ‘Superman chair,’ and he goes very fast, ‘Like Superman.’ He’s got three Superman sweatshirts, and a couple of shirts and pajamas, and he has to wear Superman, or Mickey Mouse, all the time.â€? “It was a fun way of doing mobility exercises,â€? Lloyd said of their Halloween party. “Eli had to seek out and find people, and then he had to remember what to do next.â€? Despite the fun and developmental importance of the wheelchair, the difficult reality right now is that the family’s insurance will not pay for it. The James family and the Patricia Neal staff are appealing the decision. “Mobility is important in vision development and cognition,â€? said Lloyd. “When you learn depth perception, you have to physically move to develop that. A typical developing child learns that when they start to walk, but Eli can’t.â€? Dawn James said the fight with insurance is stressful, especially as she juggles Eli’s physical needs and those of the rest of the family. She said she has been grateful to have the support of the staff of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. “We have been just blown away by how wonderful everybody there has been with us,â€? she said. “Not just the therapists we’re dealing with, but the other hospital employees we run into in the hall, or the people that work in the cafĂŠ. “They all recognize Eli, and they are so very warm and welcoming. It’s so beautiful to see no pity towards my son, because that’s something we don’t ever want. We want him treated just like every other child is treated, and we’ve definitely felt that,â€? she said. “If anything, there’s been nothing but awe, and wonder and excitement about his case. It’s been such a joyful experience for us at Patricia Neal. We highly recommend them to anybody.â€?

Upcoming ‘Covenant Presents’ at Strang Center focuses on Stroke Rehab Once a month, a group of senior adults gathers at the Frank R. Strang Senior Center in West Knoxville to learn information about a variety of health and lifestyle topics called “Covenant Presents.� Covenant Health includes nine hospitals, employs thousands of medical professionals, and is affiliated with more than 1,300 of the region’s elite physicians of many different specialties. The new, expanded program connects medical professionals with local seniors to present health and lifestyle topics of interest to the group, topics such as medication safety, diabetes education, and vision and neurological conditions. The program’s purpose is to provide valuable health care information, as well as create an opportunity for participants to have concerns and questions answered. On Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Mary E. Dillon, medical director for Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, will talk about stroke rehabilitation. With the world-renown Patricia Neal Re-

“Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is the most intense, comprehensive, specialized care you can find.� – Dr. Mary Dillon, medical director hab located on the campus of Fort Sanders Regional, patients find therapy more convenient for themselves and their families. For more information about “Covenant Presents,� or about the programs and services Dr. Mary E. Dillon, medical director for of Covenant Health, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center call 865-541-4500.

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SKA – picking up after us Every month, members of the South Knoxville Alliance head to Fort Dickerson to pick up trash, and every month they collect several bags’ worth. But on March 15, they made a banner haul, filling the bed of a pickup truck with not just trash bags but also a tire, a rug and other discarded items. Apparently someone decided to use the park as a dump site. South Knoxville has earned a reputation for the beauty of its parks, which are enjoyed by neighbors as well as people from other parts of town. SKA has adopted Fort Dickerson and is dedicated to keeping it clean, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us should use it as a dumping ground. While I doubt that Shopper readers are litterbugs, we can do our part to keep our parks beautiful. Pick up trash if you can, and report dump sites to the city or county. Please. SKA had its regular monthly meeting last Monday. Plans are still being finalized for the launch of a regular SKA promotion, but the event will now start in June instead of April. The group is working on a brochure featuring South Knoxville merchants and has hired Tasha Mahurin to oversee public relations and social media. School board candidate Amber Rountree, an Island Home resident and librarian at Halls Elementary School, visited SKA to introduce herself and pass around campaign materials. Rountree will participate at

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the League of Women Voters school board candidate forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Pellissippi StateMagnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. ■

Clearing a path at Mary Vestal Park

John Ryan, Antoinette Fritz, Marty McWhirter, Bob Riehl and The Vestal Community Carl Hensley fill up on trash at Fort Dickerson. Photos by Betsy Pickle Organization had park cleanup on its mind, just like SKA, on March 15. Trash from the SKA’s Instead of going after March cleanup day fills the trash, however, the mem- halfway point of Ijams’ secback of a pickup truck. bers of VCO took pruning ond annual Hike-A-Thon implements to Mary Vestal fundraiser and was supPark to clear brush away posed to feature an evening from the walking trail and hike, but for some reason, make it more visible from people seemed more inMaryville Pike. terested in staying inside. The group spent several Hmm, wonder why? hours cutting back brush The Ijams website promand using weed wrenches ised food, beer and muto dig out invasive plants. sic. What it didn’t say was, They expressed thanks to “Wow!” And that’s what Jeff Mansour of the Aslan attendees got, thanks to a Foundation of Lori Go- performance by the Celtic erlich, coordinator of parks Collaborators – Evan Caraand greenways for the city wan on hammer dulcimer, of Knoxville, for the loan of John Brown on guitar and some of the tools they used. vocals and John Matteson on standup bass. The trio formed a couple ■ Luck o’ the Ijams of years ago but has been on Ijams Nature Center hiatus for a while. Carawan thinks green year-round, promises they will be playbut the center got a little ing more regularly soon. greener with a pre-St. Pat- That’s great news for music rick’s Day celebration on lovers. Thanks, Ijams! It really Friday, March 14. The party marked the was a lucky night.

ETTAC families had some younger kids. They had set up a table at the back, and some of the little kids were playing with a puzzle and drawing and coloring while the older kids were up front watching the movie.”

From page 1 Larry Hurst, Eric Johnson, Larry Setzer, Gene Burr and Edward McDonald load a tarp with brush trimmings during the Vestal Community Organization’s workday at Mary Vestal Park. “Pirates of ETTAC” Summer Camp will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 23-25, and is designed for ages 6-15. It is open to the first 20 persons who register. Cost is $10 (financial assistance is available).

Kids share the ‘dream’ Emerald kids aged 6-18 at Mount Zion. “My mom always told me that to keep what you have, you’ve got to give what you can,” Burdick said. “I hope that coming here week in and week out shows the kids that I care. I try to be here as much as I can.” She added: “I am 20 years old, and alcohol has never touched my lips. I think that is a good example for kids to follow.” She said the best way to influence children is to build relationships with them. At Mount Zion, the DREAM Team athletes accomplish that by spending time with young people after school and during Wednesday evening dinner and devotional time. The other team members who come to Mount Zion Baptist are softball players Hannah McDonald and Ellen Renfroe, soccer player Caroline Brown, runner Caroline Duer and rower Harper Lucas. They join an already robust program to reach urban youth. Burdick arrives at Mount Zion soon after school is out, striding into the fellowship hall of the church. She calls kids by name, helps them with homework in the church’s airy dining hall and spends time with them in conversation. Burdick said her own background growing up with a single mom in Charlotte, N.C., where money was tight and her dad was

not around much, helps her reach kids now. “We were below average income. Sometimes we couldn’t pay the rent. I want these kids to know that if they work hard, they can reach their dreams and the place they want to go,” she said. On this day, kids were giddy about Burdick’s recent win and the magic of her presence. Wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt with her training pants, Burdick moved easily among them, bending (she is 6 feet 2 inches) to be on their eye level, sitting at tables to chat, and asking about their day. Burdick and the younger children like Kobe Glass immediately began practicing tongue twisters: “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Later a group of children and teens gathered with Burdick for an impromptu sing-along, capped by a ringing rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Austin-East High School student Shernora Rogers. On the asphalt basketball court outside, Burdick joined grade-school boys who dribbled and shot baskets with her. Burdick cautioned them: “Let’s cut out the ‘yo mama’ jokes, now.” Robin Johnson, JustLead director at Mount Zion Baptist, and Anthony Anderson, JustLead coordinator,

The camp emphasizes art, music, technology and literature and was inspired by the impact that music can have on other parts of children’s lives. Info or to register: Shaynie Gray, 2190130 or www.ettac.org.

From page 1 said the children and teens love the involvement of the Dream Team members. “It is the experience of a lifetime to spend time with a college athlete. It makes them feel special,” said Anderson. Wednesday nights give particular opportunities for adults and youth to draw close, with dinner and small-group Bible studies. On a recent Wednesday evening, Dream Team members Lucas and Duer each led a devotional small group: Duer with first-grade boys and Lucas with fifthgrade girls. The boys were full of energy and quickly piled onto one another in their devotional area, an upstairs Sunday school classroom. Duer drew the boys into conversation when she asked each to tell the high and low points of their week. Each had a high point to tell: spending time with “Mr. Anthony” (Anderson), making a good grade, being named a class leader – as well as a low point: getting in trouble at school, being yelled at, getting into a fight. The girls readily drew close to Lucas, sitting around a table with her in another classroom. Lucas said later she feels that the girls are starting to trust her and open up to her. “I am praying for them every night. I look forward to this every week,” she said.

John Matteson, Evan Carawan and John Brown, aka the Celtic Collaborators, entertain attendees at Luck o’ the Ijams, a nod to St. Patrick’s Day at Ijams Nature Center.

Naomi, 17 months, with her mom, Laura Carawan, enjoys listening to Dad, Evan Carawan, play at Luck o’ the Ijams.


government Vodka as foreign policy Bob Gilbertson, owner of Bob’s Package Store on Winston Road in West Hills, has removed Russian vodka from his store in protest of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Gilbertson was interviewed on Fox News from the University of Tennessee’s Communications Building last week.

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Gilbertson said he was tired of Russia being a bully in its region and undermining freedom. Wonder if any other package stores will join Gilbertson in his support of freedom? ■ UT President Joe DiPietro has named a high-level committee to look at the Williams House on Lyons View Pike in West Knoxville and make recommendations as to its future. This is the historic home designed by famed Knoxville-born architect John Fanz Staub acquired years ago by UT and allowed to deteriorate. It has become a major embarrassment to the university. Staub was also the architect for Hopecote on Melrose Avenue on the UT campus, also owned by UT. DiPietro did this quietly without public announcement. Your writer learned of it through his own sources. The university confirmed it and provided the membership list. The committee is chaired by Butch Peccolo, the UT system’s chief financial officer. Members are UT staff members Chris Cimino, Katie Colocotronis, Woody Henderson, Katie High, Robbi Stivers and Tonja Johnson; UT Trustee Raja Jubran and Pete Claussen. Jubran is an active builder as owner of Denark Construction and has supported historic preservation. He is a friend to Gov. Bill Haslam, who chairs the UT Board of Trustees. Claussen, who is a short railroad owner of Gulf and Ohio, personally renovated and saved the James Park House on Cumberland Avenue across from St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. Both know and support historic preservation. The group toured the

Williams House on March 18. Meetings are not open to the public, and a completion date has not been set, according to spokesperson Gina Stafford. However, this house and adjacent carriage house, which DiPietro inherited when he became president, has become a problem that everyone motoring on affluent Lyons View Pike sees daily. This writer is cautiously optimistic that something positive will come from the creation of the committee, despite it having closed, unannounced meetings. There appears to be a desire to resolve this continuing negative issue that was not the case with the prior three UT presidents. ■ With the heavy push by state and local Democratic leaders to urge citizens to enroll in Obamacare before the March 31 deadline rolls around, enrollment still has not reached the hoped-for numbers due to intense negative coverage on the rollout, which the president hopes to repair. People undecided on whether to sign up need to study it carefully and make a decision based on facts, not on the partisan debate from both sides. Getting the facts, which are in fact true, may not be easy. It is interesting to note that Mayor Rogero has held several high-profile media events to urge people to sign up. What is interesting is not that she would do this, as I have no doubt Rogero sincerely believes this is a good program. However, the city of Knoxville does not operate a public health program. Certainly, the mayor should feel free to speak out on issues that she backs, even if outside the immediate jurisdiction of her office. However, public health falls under the county mayor, Tim Burchett, who was not invited to any of these events. Dr. Martha Buchanan, who heads the Knox County Health Department, also was not invited. Since Obamacare is disliked by many Republicans, Burchett may be glad to have not received an invitation. However, this is a case where city and county leaders went separate ways on a significant issue.

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Brooks speaks out for colleagues Hardly anyone in Knox County has poured more time, work and love into a school than Mari Brooks at West High School, which she believes is the last, best hope for a better future for a significant portion of its students.

Betty Bean “I am a devout believer in public education,” she said. “It is the foundation of our nation, and it’s where kids learn to live in the real world. We’ve got kids born in 33 different nations at West and everything from the lowest socioeconomic group to the highest and everything in between. At West High School, you can excel no matter what your background.” Twenty years ago, when her three children were

young (they graduated from West in 2000, 2003 and 2007), Brooks noticed so many Webb School buses rolling through her Sequoyah Hills neighborhood that it looked as though it was zoned for Webb. That spurred her to get involved in a controversial rezoning that expanded West High and its zoning lines and allowed it to develop as a culturally diverse college-prep school. Then she set about helping it be successful, first as a volunteer and concerned parent, then as a highly effective fundraiser for the West High School Foundation and, finally, as a full-time German-language teacher. Along the way, she and her husband, Chris, an emergency-room physician, have taken in 13 foster children and eight to 10 foreignexchange students. Her students routinely blow the top off the annual national standardized tests,

and she offers big doses of European culture along with language instruction. She was Knox County’s 2010 High School Teacher of the Year. She misses Donna Wright, the former assistant superintendent (and Mari Brooks former West High principal) whom she calls “our guardian angel,” who left Knox County to take a job in Middle Tennessee a couple of years ago. On the same January day that Superintendent James McIntyre announced the results of teacher surveys that found that 70 percent of Knox County’s teachers feel mistrusted and micromanaged, Brooks donned a red sweater and went to speak to the school board. She said she was a little scared to be there but felt

an obligation to speak for the many young colleagues whom she fears are being driven out of the profession. They’re afraid to speak out, so Brooks, ever the volunteer, stepped up to be their voice. She warned of a coming “perfect storm” because TEAM evaluations are not coordinated with Common Core expectations, nor are schools equipped to handle the scheduled demands of PARCC testing plus current standardized testing. She predicted that school libraries will be overwhelmed with nonstop testing, thereby shutting out children who have no Internet access at home, and that schools are becoming data-driven assembly lines where teachers and principals are not valued. “Could I, who love teaching, encourage my children to enter teaching? I don’t know. I just don’t know,” she said.

Best show in town (and where’s Ed?) Who needs paid entertainment when you cover the county government beat? The fun started at County Commission’s workshop last Monday, when Jeff Ownby, apparent ly trying to reclaim moral high ground he lost when censured, went after Knox County Schools and SuperJeff Ownby intendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, who of late is a too-easy target. Ownby called the school system’s Physical Plant Upgrades (PPU) account “a slush fund.” That’s a big-time charge. Richard Nixon nearly got thrown off Dwight Eisenhower’s ticket as vice president because of a mere rumor that he had such funds. Ownby said that a piano, a keyboard and the kitchen sink (OK, I made up that last one) were paid for out of said slush fund, and that Northshore Elementary School went about $3 million over budget with the difference made up from the fund, “and we’re still collecting bills.” He said he requested info from KCS, didn’t get it and finally went to the commission’s Audit Committee. McIntyre made a beeline to the podium. He said minor upgrades have for several years been paid for out of PPUs. “If you have any questions, please give me a call. These are fairly salacious

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allegations. I think it would be a professional courtesy if you called me.” Ownby said he requested info from finance guy Ron McPherson, sent a reminder and waited longer than the requisite number of days. So I a s k e d , Ownby said. “Except for me, Jim McIntyre commissioner,” said McIntyre, who later said he was aware of the request but not of any concerns about it. While everyone was googling the word “salacious,” the ol’ English minor here smiled. The word, the root of which is salire, which means to leap (as in leaping to conclusions) has a second meaning – which I’m not printing here – that if McIntyre chose to use on purpose at Ownby means I’m going to hire him as head writer when I take over for Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” R. Larry Smith tried to corner the County Commission candidates present at the Halls Republican Club last week into saying whether they’d vote for a tax increase.

County Commissioner Dave Wright chats with fellow Commissioner Mike Hammond, who is running for Criminal Court Clerk, at the New Harvest Park event. “We can’t talk to each other!” Dave said, referring to the Sunshine Law. “A reporter’s here,” someone shouted back. “Just talk about the weather!” “It’s a simple yes or no answer.” Michele Carringer, running for an at-large seat, correctly said it isn’t a simple yes or no answer, that it would be her last option, but she wasn’t prepared to take it off the table in case something catastrophic happened. Seventh District commission candidate Charlie Busler gave a similar answer, while his opponent, Bo Bennett, said there are more efficient ways of using county tax dollars so that a tax hike wouldn’t be needed. Point to ponder: Nobody likes new taxes, but if someone makes up their mind before ever being faced with such a scenario, for my money that’s much more frightening than any tax increase. Ed Brantley, former radio guy who is running against Carringer for the other at-large commission seat, was on what he previously called a “long-

planned” vacation with his son last week. Several folks say that family comes first. I say that early voting is less than a month away … ■

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County Commission meets in regular session at 2 p.m. today (Monday, March 24) in the Main Assembly Room at the City County Building. Third and 4th District Democrats meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Bearden Branch Library. Leland Price, candidate for Knox County Criminal Court Judge Division III, and Jim Berrier, candidate for Knox County Trustee, will speak. Bo Bennett is hosting a “Hootenanny for Bo!” kickoff event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Ivan Harmon’s place, Cumberland Springs Ranch, 4104 Sullivan Road. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jakemabe.blogspot.com

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Matthew Mitchell: The new Geno? By Betty Bean Remember when some reporter asked Pat Summitt if she’d stop and help Geno Auriemma if she found him stranded on the highway? She said, “Sure.” When asked the same question about Summitt, Auriemma said nope. It’s been seven years since Summitt discontinued the hottest ticket in women’s basketball – her team’s home-and-home series with Auriemma’s UConn Huskies. She’d had enough of his smart-alecky ways and cutthroat recruiting tactics, and nobody could change her mind. A lot has happened since – Summitt’s 2011 Alzheimer’s diagnosis and 2012 resignation, UConn’s continued rise to the top. Tennessee continued Summitt’s practice of playing a brutal schedule crammed with top teams

and legendary opposing coaches, but there was so much respect and sorrow for what had befallen the legendary Summitt that games were played out in sort of an era of good feelings. And who among us can work up a good hate for legend-inthe-making Dawn Staley or nice guy Gary Blair? Things had gotten kind of ho-hum. Something was missing. There’s a classic sports book by North Carolina Tarheel fan Will Blyth that says it all: “To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry.” Hating Geno was fun, wasn’t it? Remember how his flyweight associate head coach would grab his shirttail, dragging him spitting

and cursing away from the referees? Remember the big, noisy hordes of Connecticut fans who’d try to take over Thompson-Boling? Didn’t you just hate it? And don’t you miss it? What could possibly take the place of such goings-on? Enter Matthew Mitchell, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, somebody we liked quite a bit when he was a Summitt graduate assistant in 2000. We appreciated his good judgment when he hired a bunch of Tennessee alumnae as assistants (Niya Butts, Kyra Elzy and Shalon Pillow), and we appreciated his kind words when Pat Summitt fell ill. But now he’s got a big mouth and a $7.95 million, seven-year contract that makes him the highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference. He’s beaten Tennessee coach Holly

Warlick in a couple of recruiting battles and reacted in a churlish fashion when she hired Elzy away. Worst of all, when Kentucky won last month at Thompson-Boling (for the first time ever), Mitchell did the “Nae Nae” dance in the locker room. On our orange and white and Columbia blue chairs, people! The Nae Nae dance! (If you don’t know what that is, ask a kid). The Tennessee team felt disrespected and returned the favor by beating Kentucky in a heated SEC tournament final that featured two double technicals and freshman guard Jordan Reynolds dropping a postgame Nae Nae for the ESPN cameras at center court, pointing to her championship hat while Mitchell stewed on the sideline. It was, as Yogi Berra used Matthew Mitchell performs at Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness. to say, déjà vu all over again. Photo by the University of Kentucky Athletics

Pensions: Is there room to fix them? Last week we examined the current pension shortfall ($170 million) and the rising costs to the city of Knoxville to keep it funded. Those costs are approaching $30 million per year. What can be done to make the older plans sustainable? Don’t we need to continue to work with employees to find a way to keep our pension plans and our city fiscally healthy? What does the Blackwell case have to say about it? Blackwell is the oftcited boogeyman of public pensions in Tennessee. Employees rattle its saber when reform is suggested. Government officials seem to cower in its shadows: “Oh my, oh my, what if we are sued?” Don’t rock the boat. It seems easier to solve the problem by throwing your hard-earned money at it, rather than working through funding issues.

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Complicating that, most public officials are also members of the pension plan. Is there a conflict of interest? Can pensions be changed? What exactly did Blackwell hold? The only factual dispute was whether Shelby County could legitimately change the base salary/ benefit formula for employee James Blackwell, who was already vested in the plan, from using his last year’s salary level to calculate his benefits (rather than the actuary’s recommended highest3-consecutive-years’ salary) as the formula base. In the context of that

1981 case, the Tennessee Court ruled no, Mr. Blackwell’s already vested interest in the plan benefit could not be changed without mutual consent. That’s the holding of Blackwell. The rest is what lawyers call orbiter dicta, Latin for stuff that was said generally, but was not an essential part of the court’s holding. These are important statements to consider certainly, but not binding precedent in the next case. Indeed, Blackwell states as much, in rejecting the lower court’s reliance on the earlier Miles decision (involving judicial pensions expressly covered by the state constitution), that Miles did not control its decision here: “That case, like any other, must be read and interpreted in light of its facts.” In short, courts are not legislatures. They do not make general laws; they interpret them in the context

What really matters: offensive line Fans are buzzing about the Tennessee quarterback derby. The race is on to determine who starts the last Saturday in August. Of course that is a big deal, but the Vols can line up with any of the four.

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There is a lot of talk about the new and multitalented receivers. The team is almost certain to be better in the passing game. All of this is very exciting, but what really matters at this stage of reconstruction is the offensive line. So much of what happens this fall will depend on the spring development of the big uglies. They’ve done all the weight, strength, endurance and flexibility training. Now is the time to put it all together and begin to grow as a unit. I think it is called functionality. Offensive linemen don’t get much attention unless they are really bad. This group does not appear bad, but it is different. Starters look OK. Depth is thin. There is one baby bull in the bunch. Coleman Thomas, 6-6 and 311, was front row in coach Don Mahoney’s meeting room, trying to grasp the mysteries

of tackle techniques, on the day he turned 18 years old. He was an early enrollee at 17 and did well in winter workouts. If Thomas, No. 3, 4 or 5 high school center in the country while at Fort Chiswell High in Max Meadows, Va., lines up against Utah State, just think what Tennessee faithful have to look forward to when he grows up. The switch from center to tackle was mostly a matter of need – and personality. Coleman is a blue-collar player who gets after it. He brings the tough, gritty style necessary for survival in the SEC jungle. And he may have enough athleticism to cut off a linebacker. He has been a basketball center and baseball pitcher in spare time past. The other probable tackle is older and more mature but also learning on the job. Dontavius Blair, 6-8 and 310, came from Garden City (Kansas) Community College for the explicit purpose of stabilizing Tennessee’s left side. Blair could have signed almost anywhere. The Vols’ help-wanted sign was convincing. Butch Jones and I are guessing that juniors Marcus Jackson (6-2, 305) and Kyler Kerbyson (6-4, 304) will be the guards. They are not strangers. Jackson played a lot in 2011, not much in 2012 and none last season, red-shirt

year to preserve eligibility for this obvious need. Kerbyson has been a secondteamer waiting for this opportunity. It is possible both will be more than adequate replacements for those who previously played the positions. The same could be said of junior center Mack Crowder, 6-2, 290. He has more toughness and smarts than actual experience but had a significant role last year. On my chart, depth is named Dylan Wiesman, sophomore, 6-3, 305, one of the six best linemen. He has the basic requirements – strength, intelligence and enough nimbleness. Because he is versatile and unselfish, he will likely be the primary reserve guard and tackle and maybe center. Brett Kendrick, Marques Pair, Austin Sanders and Ray Raulerson are important components-to-be. Incoming freshmen? Somebody might help. My most encouraging thoughts regarding the offensive line came from Kerbyson. These guys have a little chip on their shoulders, something to prove. The goal is to be better than expected, maybe even better than the 2013 line. If that happens, Tennessee might be able to make a first down against Vanderbilt when it really needs one. Wouldn’t that be something! Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is westwest6@netzero.com.

of the particular factual dispute before it. In surveying the law, Blackwell made clear that Tennessee public employees do not have a contract right to their job or their rate of pay. Except as protected by civil service rules, they serve at the pleasure. Their compensation “is subject to legislative control” and “may be raised or lowered by the employer during their period of service.” Blackwell rejected plaintiff’s claim that pension plans are “frozen” against detrimental changes once an employee begins to participate in it. Rather, the court ruled that “public policy demands that there be a right on the part of the public employer to make reasonable modifications in an existing plan if necessary to create or safeguard actuarial stability, provided that no accrued or vested rights of members or beneficiaries are thereby impaired.” What does that pronouncement mean today? It is subject to debate. One thing is clear: the specific facts matter. There was, for example, no municipal financial crisis in Blackwell. No graven tablet covering all issues was handed down. The court noted that

the Shelby County plan had already been changed 36 times before the Blackwell dispute. Plan amendments had doubled employees’ contributions since the 1949 origin of the plan. Its indirect teaching is that parties can mutually agree to plan changes. Employee contributions can be raised. Cost of living adjusted. Everyone has an interest

in keeping the plan fiscally healthy, affordable and sustainable, so it remains viable during later retirement. A growing number of municipal bankruptcies around the country reinforce that concern. So do labor-management accords in nearby Lexington, Ky., and Chattanooga. Nick Della Volpe, an attorney, represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

Taylor challenges TVAAS By Betty Bean Mark Taylor has become the second Knox County educator to challenge the constitutionality of the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System for teacher evaluations. The Tennessee Education Association filed a lawsuit on Taylor’s behalf in federal court last week charging Gov. Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and the Knox County Board of Education with violating Taylor’s 14th Amendment right to equal protection from “irrational state-imposed classifications” by using a small fraction of his students to determine his overall effectiveness.

“State policy has forced an over-reliance on flawed TVAAS estimates in highstakes decisions for our teachers,” said TEA president Gera Summerford. Taylor teaches physical science at Farragut Middle, has primarily advanced students for whom no standardized test has been developed and was denied a bonus based on test scores of only 22 of his 142 students. Last month, TEA filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lisa Trout, who said she was misled about how her TVAAS score would be calculated. She is also challenging the state’s use of test results of a small number of her students to estimate her overall effectiveness.

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Project GRAD College and Career access coach Kensey Zimmerman serves cookies to a Fulton High teacher during a recent luncheon. Photos by Ruth White Kennedy Looney brings Mary Jane Queen – an old-time ballad singer, banjo player and storyteller – to life at the third-grade living wax museum during the Mount Olive Elementary School Night of the Arts. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Fulton graduates Jonathan Blair and Roberta Sudderth help serve lunch to teachers as a way to say thank you.

Project GRAD students give back Jonathan Blair, a 2008 graduate of Fulton High, participated in the Project GRAD program. He is now working on his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee and wanted to say “thank you” to his teachers. “My mom is a teacher, and I have seen firsthand the

hard work she puts into her job, and I know her reasons for teaching,” he said. “I wanted to let the staff at Fulton know how much I appreciate them.” Blair came up with the idea of providing lunch for the staff as a small token of his appreciation.

Arts celebration packs the house Max Baker gets into the groove as country-blues musician Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong in the living wax museum.

By Betsy Pickle If you build it, play it or sing it, they will come. It felt as though the entire community came to Mount Olive Elementary School on Thursday, March 13. Regular and overflow parking lots were packed, the halls were hopping, and

the grand finale was standing-room only. Billed as Night of the Arts: Roots & Branches, the event celebrated the diversity of the area’s musical heritage. It also demonstrated the impact of Mount Olive’s Arts360 program, which creatively integrates the arts

with regular curriculum. Fifth- and third-graders put on living wax museums and brought to life historic figures such as Alex Haley, Ralph Stanley, Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, Mary Jane Queen and Tommy Jarrell. Throngs filled the library, where volunteers helped students make their own banjos out of pizza boxes. Third-, fourth- and fifthgraders demonstrated African dancing in the cafeteria.

Everything led up to the grand finale in the gym. Music teacher Rob Huffaker greeted the packed house and introduced local musician Sean McCollough, who teaches musicology at the University of Tennessee and had worked with Mount Olive students to prepare them for the night’s program. Visiting musician Kofi Mawuko

schooled the students on African music for the event. McCollough taught the children not just the traditional music they performed but also the backstory to the songs. Under McCollough’s direction, kindergarten through second-grade students enthusiastically performed by grade level and then as a group in a finale

that also included Mawuko, local musician Greg Horne and local band Subtle Clutch. The eclectic selections ranged from “This Little Light of Mine,” “Froggy Went a Courtin’ ” and “John Henry” to “T for Texas, T for Tennessee” (an adapted version) and “Wagon Wheel.” The Night of the Arts was a night to remember.

Third-grader Tanner Brown and first-grader Zoey Brown look for the pot of gold in a leprechaun’s lair during the Dogwood Elementary School Art Show. Photos by Betsy Pickle

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Marks opens DAV thrift store Justin Marks is proud to be the contract manager for the recently opened Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Thrift Store at 5308 Washington Pike in front of Kohl’s. His wife’s grandfather, John Simmons, was a Vietnam veteran and a huge advocate of the DAV. After Simmons passed away in 2009, Marks wanted to continue his legacy. Marks started clothing drives in 2011 to raise money for the DAV. This led to the opportunity to open the store. The DAV is currently helping more than 330,000 disabled veterans – 900 of them in Knoxville. The organization works to ensure that veterans are receiving the benefits they deserve and that they have transportation to and from the Veterans Administration hospital. This new store will also become a training ground. Through the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Program, veterans will become part of an 18-month entre-

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preneurial program where they will be taught management skills. This program provides assistance to eligible veterans with disabilities to give them skills needed to become self-sufficient. Marks invites you to come in and shop. With thousands of items, he promises everyone can find something. Inventory includes a huge selection of footwear including western boots, housewares, framed paintings, clothing, furniture and toys. There are even Easter baskets for sale. All donations are needed, but especially good quality furniture. Call the Home Pickup Hot Line at 2400295. Store hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Satur-

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noon Saturday, March 29. Prom and Easter collections ■ Spring Fashion will be modeled. Immediately following Show at Penney’s the show, there will be a J.C. Penney at Knoxchildren’s competition for ville Center Mall is hosting infants up to age 5. Contesa Spring Fashion Show at tants will be divided into three age groups and must wear a J.C. Penney outfit. The contestant in each catNews from Knoxville’s Community egory who is voted “cutest Development Corporation (KCDC) kid” will win an Easter basket full of goodies. Contestants must preregister by March 26 by calling 524-1688. Ask for Montgomery Village the jewelry department. administrative assistant day. Info: 394-9762.

Shana Love (right) learns about the court system from Knoxville Circuit Judge Harold Wimberly (left) and Knox County Chancellor Daryl Fansler at the CAC leadership class visit to the courthouse.

Training community leaders By Alvin Nance Over 27 years, nearly 800 people have participated in the Knoxv i l le -K nox C o u n t y Community Action Committee’s comm u n i t y Nance le ader sh ip class, including numerous KCDC residents and staff. I encourage our employees and residents to participate in this annual training course for current and emerging leaders who live, work or volunteer in low- to moderate-income communities, and I see a marked difference in the employees and residents who complete the training. Thanks to CAC, especially the leadership class coordinator, Lori Galbraith, for helping our residents and staff further invest in our community. Shana Love, an administrative assistant at Montgomery Village, was accepted into this year’s class.

A single mother of two, she said the program has helped her learn to better balance home life, career and community service. “We have a great community, and I’m so thankful to be active in it,” Love said. “The class is a great opportunity to learn about different organizations in our city.” One of her favorite parts of the class has been seeing the behind-the-scenes work of local organizations. Love and her classmates have visited such places as the City County Building, Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Schools and met with community leaders. The leadership class also teaches participants about CAC programs, including Mobile Meals, Head Start and the Office on Aging, among others. Section 8 Housing Director Debbie Taylor-Allen completed the class in 2010. Through the program, she became involved with Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN) at the Sheriff’s Office.

“It taught me a lot about the resources we have in our community and where we can go for help,” TaylorAllen said. “It helps me connect clients with the help they need because it made me more aware of the services available.” We have had many residents who have graduated from the program. Tonja Warren, a Montgomery Village resident and program director for Montgomery Village Ministry, joined the class in 2013 to help make a difference in her community. “At the leadership class, I networked with local organizations and learned how to bring different programs into your community to make your neighborhood better,” said Warren. “I want to be able to make a difference in Montgomery Village, changing one life and one family at a time.” I am very proud of KCDC staff and residents who have dedicated the time to acquire these tools to improve themselves and their community.

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Open house at Magnolia Campus By Heather Beck Pellissippi State Community College will host an open house at its Magnolia Avenue Campus 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Open houses also take place around the same time at other Pellissippi campuses. The events are free and open to all prospective students and their families. “These open houses allow students to meet with admissions and financial-aid representatives,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, the college’s assistant vice president of enrollment services, “as well as with other support services like advising, counseling services, student life

and recreation, and some faculty.” “The Magnolia Avenue Campus has a distinct and welcoming feel, and our open house will give students an opportunity to experience that,” said Rosalyn Tillman, campus dean. Open-house locations and dates for other Pellissippi sites: ■ Division Street Campus: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 ■ Blount County Campus: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 3 ■ Strawberry Plains Campus: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Each open house is a

drop-in event. Anyone who is interested may attend to learn more about Pellissippi State’s academic options, how to apply for financial aid and to the college, and the many resources available to students. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. For more information about the campus, visit www.pstcc.edu/magnolia or call 329-3100. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at 6946607 or humanresources@ pstcc.edu.

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The Knoxville YWCA Keys of Hope luncheon will be 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at The Foundry. Proceeds will support the Keys of Hope women’s housing program. The fundraiser has no ticketed cost, but reservations are required. Info: Katie Fitch, kfitch@ ywcaknox.com or 523-6126.

Deadline nears for Hometown Heroes

Nominations for Home Federal Bank’s Hometown Heroes community service awards are due Friday, March 28. The program honors everyday citizens who do extraordinary things for others and for their community and also financially supports area nonprofits. Little League coaches, senior-citizen center workers, teachers, Scout leaders, nonprofit volunteers and other individuals who work in their own way to make East Tennessee a great place to live are potential honorees. “Hometown Heroes has two key components,” said bank president Dale Keasling. “First, it recognizes our community’s volunteers for the work that they do. Second, it offers financial support to the organizations they so passionately serve.” Eight Hometown Heroes honorees will be recognized

for their volunteer work in the community and will select a local nonprofit for a $2,500 donation in their name. From these finalists, a top winner will receive an additional $2,500 for donation to his or her chosen nonprofit. Nomination forms are available for download at http://www. homefederalbanktn.com or can be picked up at any of the bank’s locations in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Winners will be announced beginning in April at various Home Federal Bank branches. “Hometown Heroes reflects the heart of Home Federal Bank,” Keasling said. “As a hometown bank, we are invested in our community and welcome this opportunity to honor the people of East Tennessee who tirelessly give of themselves to make it an even better place.”

Sugarlands Distilling Company opens in Gatlinburg Sugarlands Distilling Company officially opened March 21 and invites the public to enjoy the line-up of events. “Music, moonshine and folklore fill the air,” said Brent Thompson, director of strategy for the company. Located at 805 Parkway, Sugarlands Distilling Company will stock its shelves with seven flavors of moonshine including the release of the highly anticipated “Legends Series”- a line of

shine featuring the storied recipes of some of Southern Appalachia’s most notable moonshiners. Sugarlands Distilling produces craft quality moonshine and whiskey. Guests can tour the distillery, taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise and apparel.

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THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Registration open for UT-led Wildflower Pilgrimage to be held April 15-19. Tickets: $75 per person for two or more days; $50 for single-day tickets; $15 students with ID. To register: http://www. springwildflowerpilgrimage.org. Info: 436-7318, ext. 222.

THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 17 Tickets on sale for Tennessee Theatre’s annual “Stars on Stage” event. Kenny Rogers will headline the event, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Registration open for AMSE Science Explorer Camp for rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Two sessions: June 9-13, June 16-20. Info/to register: http://amse. org/visitors/summer-camps/.

MONDAY, MARCH 24 “Towards a Theory of Earliness” lecture by Eva Franch i Gilabert, 5:30 p.m., UT Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Part of the UT Church Memorial Lecture Series. Free and open to the public. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, 7 p.m., the Bijou Theater. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and benefits the Legacy Parks Foundation. Tickets: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports or Knoxbijou.com. Info: Jill Sawyer, 403762-6475 or Jill_Sawyer@banffcentre.ca.; www. banffmountainfestivals.ca. Tennessee Shines featuring Irene Kelley and Wordplay guest RB Morris, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: www.WDVX. com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 “Chariot Racing in Roman Society” lecture by Sinclair Bell of Northern Illinois University, 7:30 p.m., McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free and open to the public; followed by a reception. Info: 974-2144. Final recital in KSO’s Q Series, noon, the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Features the Principal Quartet, the Woodwind Quintet and special guests. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 UT Film Series: “Manufactured Landscapes” documentary, 8 p.m., McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Free and open to the public. Info: http://utk.edu/go/hf. Knoxville Writers’ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. Guest speaker: John W. Lacey talking about his book, “Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern Jungle.” All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by Monday, March 24, to 983-3740. Open house at Pellissippi State Community College Division Street Campus, 5-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all prospective students and their families. Info: www. pstcc.edu or 694-6400. Dinner and health seminar by vegan chef Melody Prettyman, 6 p.m., Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9123 S. Northshore Drive. Free but donations accepted. Preregistration required by March 24. To register: slowe8206@aol.com or 637-8160. Info: www. knoxvilleinstep.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Parent to Parent Support meeting for parents of children with mental health diagnoses, 6-8 p.m., K-TOWN Youth Empowerment Network, 901 E. Summit Hill Drive. Info: Alicia, 474-6692 or abanks@tnvoices.org. Open house at Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue Campus, 4-7 p.m. Free and open to all prospective students and their families. Info: www. pstcc.edu or 694-6400. National Stuttering Association Knoxville Chapter meeting, 5:30 p.m., UT Hearing & Speech Center, 1600 Peyton Manning Pass. Kindergarten Konnection, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Christian Academy, 4615 Asheville Highway. An opportunity for prospective kindergarten families to meet teachers, see classrooms. Info: Kara Robertson, 525-7807.

formances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $5 to $15. Info/tickets: 974-5161 or www.clarencebrowntheatre.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 UT Science Forum speaker: Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments – Arctic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, noon, Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Topic: “Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming.” Free and open to the public. Info: http://scienceforum. utk.edu. Opening reception for “Terra Madre: Women in Clay,” 5:30-9 p.m., The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike. The show continues through April 18. Meet & greet reception with appraiser Lark Mason, 6-8 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Hosted by East Tennessee PBS. Tickets: $35 in advance, 595-0239. Info: www.EastTennesseePBS.org or 595-0220. “Oak Ridge Has Talent” 7 p.m., The Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Featuring performances from community partners and other locals who want to support the Grove. Tickets: www.thegrovetheater.org or Seaira Stephenson, 481-6546 or 1seaira@gmail.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 28-APRIL 13 “The Giver” by Lois Lowry performed by the Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: 208-3677, tickets@childrenstheatreknoxville.com. Info: www. childrenstheatreknoxville.com, 208-3677.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29

East Tennessee PBS Appraisal Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Cost: $10 per appraisal, payable at the door. No limits. No reservations required. Info: www.EastTennesseePBS.org or 595-0220. “Irish Pub Quiz Night,” 7 p.m., The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Teams compete in trivia quizzes for unique prizes. Tickets: www.thegrovetheater.org or Seaira Stephenson, 481-6546 or 1seaira@gmail.com. Turkish cooking demonstration, 2-4 p.m., Tennessee Istanbul Cultural Center, 7035 Middlebrook Pike. Info/to register: 558-0040, info@knoxvilleturkish.org. Baseball in concert, 10 p.m., Scruffy City Beer Hall & Brewery on Market Square. Tickets: $3, available at the door. The band plays a unique blend of jazz, funk and soul. Free soft shoe dance lessons, 10 a.m., ConnorShort Center on Walters State Community College Sevier “WRENS,” a semi-autobiographical story by Anne V. County Campus. Minimum age for participants is 13. To register: Laura Ritter, Laura.Ritter@ws.edu. McGravie, Clarence Brown Theatre’s Lab Theatre. Per-

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 27-APRIL 13

2615 Chapman Highway (South Knoxville)

Thursday, March 27th

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

First 30 people will receive a $20 gift card courtesy of ORNL Federal Credit Union. Other special discounts available THIS NIGHT ONLY!

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