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In four days, it will be official – the South-Doyle Middle School outdoor classroom will be formally introduced by school and government officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22. But for 7th-grade science teacher Dave Gorman and South-Doyle students, especially the members of the Outdoor Classroom Club, it’s already a reality. They’ve been planning and planting and dreaming for months.

Read Betsy Pickle on page 3

Road to recovery On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Knoxville’s City Council passed a resolution urging the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to re-evaluate the functionality of the East Towne Area exit from I-640 (Exit 8). Forty years have passed and the road system has grown long in the tooth and, frankly, it’s a bit confusing to motorists.

Read Nicky D. on page 7

Don’t count on politicians ... City elections produced the usual record low participation leaving one wondering why bother? This is not a new development. Every city election when the mayor is not running sees another record low turnout. This time it was serious. Fewer than 10 percent of registered voters voted. Every incumbent was returned and three did not even have an opponent. One opponent did not campaign.

Read Victor Ashe on page 4

Live and on the air If you weren’t at the East Tennessee History Center on Nov. 1, you missed a heck of a historic show.

See Jake Mabe’s story on page 5

Not about money If Bill Haslam, Jim McIntyre and Knox County school board members have heard what teachers are telling them, they know it’s not all about the money. Teachers have been slow to speak out, but it started with Halls Elementary School teacher Lauren Hopson, who addressed the school board in October about the pressures of endless cycles of student testing and teacher evaluation. Somebody put the speech online, and it went viral.

Read Betty Bean on page 4

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By B Betsy etsy et sy P Pickle ickl ic kle e Ijams Nature Center just can’t escape its past – and that’s a good thing. But it also keeps looking forward, and that’s a great thing. Ijams officially opened Alice’s Greenhouse, a working and teaching space just up the hill from the main building, with several of Alice Yoe Ijams’ descendants in attendance: George Kern, Martha Kern, Stuart Ijams Cassell, Alexis Niceley and Josephine Ijams Niceley. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 9, Ijams senior naturalist Peg Beute noted that park manager Ed Yost and assistant park manager Ben Nanny managed to incorporate some of Alice Ijams’ own property into the greenhouse. “We were lucky enough to have the frames from Mrs. Ijams’ original greenhouse that George and his wife (Ellen) had saved for years in their barn,” said Beute. “Ed and Ben managed to figure out a design so we could incorporate those into the greenhouse.” Executive director Paul James told the crowd that the nature center leans on its history on purpose. “If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the last several years it’s to look to the past to help us guide our future through the history and ongoing legacy of the Ijams family,” said James. The greenhouse certainly carries on that legacy. “Alice Ijams was really an extraordinary woman,” said James. “She was both the founder and leader of the Knox County Council of Garden Clubs and also the Knoxville Garden Club. She was a pioneering horticulturalist. “Many of our senior members … still talk about some of those days and how inspiring she was to them. They also remember Alice’s commercial greenhouses. “She was … a very respected teacher and a witty writer. And she was fanatical about plants and preserving wildflowers. So we intend to use this space just for that: to teach people of all ages to connect with the outdoors and learn how to grow a slice of it in their own backyards and gardens.” Beute said Ijams will be offering gardening classes at Alice’s Greenhouse.

Ellen Kern, George Kern, Martha Kern, Stuart Ijams Cassell and Alexis Niceley, holding Josephine Ijams Niceley, stand in front of Alice’s Greenhouse, which is partly constructed from 100-plusyear-old wood left from a greenhouse that belonged to their ancestor. Photo

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“We’re going to be getting our hands dirty,” she said. Many volunteers have already done so – the greenhouse represents about 600 hours’ worth of volunteer work. The project was funded through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. Two South Knoxville businesses played key roles in the design and construction. Rainwater Resources set up a 1,500-gallon rainwater-harvesting system to be used in watering plants in the greenhouse and the surrounding beds. Sustainable Future installed a 160-block solar panel to power the pump for the harvester. Ironically, the greenhouse is right next to two solar-power arrays that feed into the Green Power Switch grid and can’t be used for Ijams. Denis Rochat, president of Rainwater Resources, and David Bolt, founder of Sustainable Future, explained and demonstrated their devices. Rochat praised the Ijams team as being “visionary” for incorporating rainwater harvesting in the project. “This is the best water that exists for growing plants,” he said. Bolt echoed Rochat’s praise, noting that using a solar panel showed forward thinking. “It will provide decades of power to this rainwater harvester.”

Toms family, neighbors reach resolution By Betty Bean A contentious meeting in October over a Habitat for Humanity house to be built on Brooks Avenue was followed by a friendlier second neighborhood meeting in November. The second meeting at the Beck Cultural Center was far less contentious than the first meeting had been. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity and the Metropolitan Planning Commission attended at the request of City Council member Nick Della Volpe. “It went 95 percent better than the other one,” said homeowner Tammy Toms. “In fact, we started building last Saturday.”

She and her husband, Anthony, hope to move in by the end of January. The house will take longer to complete than the usual Habitat project because of the holidays. Anthony’s father, William Toms, a master brick mason who taught building trades at Austin-East for 24 years, plans to brick the house before they move in. Neighbors had complained at an earlier meeting about lack of notice from Habitat for Humanity and concern about the new home matching community design standards. The home complies with all zoning requirements.

RAM film premiere is Thursday By Jake Mabe Remote Area Medical and its founder Stan Brock are known worldwide for bringing medical aid to individuals far removed from it, logistically, financially or both. Brock, familiar to TV audiences for his work on “Wild Kingdom,” says he was inspired to found RAM in 1985, after being injured by wild horses as a teen in Guyana, South America. “The nearest doctor was 26 days away by foot,” he says. A new documentary film on the Knoxville-based nonprofit premieres 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Tennessee Theatre. Admission to the screening is free. “We had nothing to do with (the film),” Brock says. “It’s shot from the patient’s point of view and is very tastefully done. “You get to see what people like Chris do,” he says, pointing to

medical director Dr. Chris Sawyer. “There’s nothing political about it. It’s about poverty in America, particularly in rural Appalachia.” The documentary was filmed at a RAM event at Bristol Motor Speedway two years ago. “People line up for 10 or 20 hours to get a ticket (to be seen by a doctor). People are camped out in the parking lot, sleeping in cars. It’s grim. And whether we’re in Los Angeles or Wise County, Va., or Knoxville, it’s the same. We hear the same complaints.” Sawyer, a prominent Knoxville physician, says the most important thing RAM does is provide optical and dental care. “People who have lived with a sore tooth for a year or two and it’s throbbing. Most (dentists) want money up front, so most of these people wait for a RAM event. They’ll drive for hours just to get a tooth pulled.”

Sawyer became involved with RAM in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “I had been on missions in the Amazon six times, to Chile, to Brazil and after Katrina, my wife (Betty) said, ‘What are you going to do? You go and help all these people and you can’t help your own?’ In about five seconds, I knew who to call,” he said, pointing to Brock. Brock says the film is produced and directed by Jeff Reichert and his wife, Farihah Zaman. It has been wellreceived by audiences at various film festivals and is getting

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ACA preview at Vestal The Vestal Community Organization got the scoop on upcoming events aimed at educating the public about the Affordable Care Act.

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Todd Shelton, a volunteer with the nonprofit Tennessee Health Care Campaign, attended the VCO’s November meeting at the South Knoxville Community Center to talk about what the THCC has planned at the center today and next Monday, Nov. 25. At 6 p.m. today, THCC will give a presentation to explain the Affordable Care Act Market Place. Everyone is welcome. At 6 p.m. Nov. 25, THCC will sponsor an enrollment session,

addition to opening Alice’s Greenhouse, the center welcomed children and their parents to an afternoon of fun. Kids enjoyed free animal programs, scavenger hunts and crafts before heading into the “Enchanted Forest” to explore woodland trails and meet costumed critters. Friends of Ijams will want to check out “Mountainfilm on Tour!” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesady, Nov. 19, at the Bijou Theatre. It’s an evening of films that will celebrate, educate and entertain, with proceeds going to pay for 500 days of outdoor education for children through Ijams programs. Tickets are $12 general admission, $20 premium. And if you just can’t get enough of Ijams, head to the nature center on Dec. 8 for a destination. a holiday market and fair. There will be local artists ■ Good times at and crafters, food vendors, Ijams Center kids’ crafts, a mini Eco Ijams Nature Center was Make and Take Workshop a busy place on Nov. 9. In area, a pamper-yourself with certified application counselors from Cherokee Health Systems joining THCC volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance in learning the process and getting enrolled. VCO members had a number of questions about the new health-care law, and Shelton addressed all of those as well as clarifying numerous misconceptions. Bottom line, he said, is the law is about fairness in health care. “The program was designed so that you spend no more than 9.5 percent of your income on health insurance.” The VCO also heard a report from Eric Johnson about last month’s publicspaces workshop and ideas from that on making Vestal

workshop, demonstrations, music and more. ■

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The South Knoxville Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane, will have several opportunities for holiday gift shopping. The center’s “Tiny Stitches Quilters” will have their annual quilt and craft sale Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20-21. In addition to all types and sizes of quilts, they will have pillowcases and novelty crafts for sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase material to make quilts for drugdependent infants at UT Medical Center. The SKSC Crafters will have their craft and jewelry sale from 9 to noon Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 4-5, at the center. Sounds like after a couple of trips to the senior center and Ijams, you can have all your holiday shopping done!

Emani Fine, 2, and big sis Keyara, 3, are ready to head into the Enchanted Forest after decorating their masks at Ijams Nature Center.

Tennessee Health Care Campaign volunteer Todd Shelton pays a visit to the Vestal Community Organization. Photos by Betsy Pickle

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Members of the Outdoor Classroom Club wrap up a session of digging holes to plant trees at the outdoor classroom. From left are Jasmine Cook, Chloe Seaver, Michael Lefevre, Sharon Bright, Daveon Hall, Dylan Lequire, Jacob Frederick, Megan Trivett, Hannah Kern, Adopt-A-Watershed intern Audry Dwyer and Brandon Sharp.

Here comes the outdoor classroom

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In four days, it will be official – the South-Doyle Middle School outdoor classroom will be formally introduced by school and government officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22. But for 7th-grade science teacher Dave Gorman and South-Doyle students, especially the members of the Outdoor Classroom Club, it’s already a reality. They’ve been planning and planting and dreaming for months. “Just in the last month, we’ve doubled the size of the club,” says Gorman. The kids aren’t necessarily sure what the club will do, but

they want to be part of it. “They’ll be getting their hands and feet wet, literally, and they’ll also be improving the outdoor classroom,” he says. The outdoor classroom is typical of its kind – a tiered seating area accommodates around 90 people, with a raised platform for teachers or other speakers. But the South-Doyle facility goes beyond that by providing a “labitat” in the adjoining woods and Baker Creek. Gorman says they will be creating and enhancing habitat “for a variety of animals that live in this area,” making it easy for classes to observe wildlife.

“I’ve always been struck by how my students are really uncomfortable in the woods,” says Gorman. “They don’t have much woods knowledge. They’re more scared than intrigued. “Increasing their outdoor literacy through experience is something I’ve always wanted to do.” The idea for the outdoor classroom surfaced when KUB started clearing land around Baker Creek for a water and sewer project early in 2012. At the same time, Kathy Hitchcox of the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association contacted Gorman to see how her group could support the school with a nature-ori-

ented undertaking. They ended up with a $30,000 grant from the Dow Gives program to create the classroom. Gorman says the project has brought together numerous local and state government entities, nonprofits and the community. The classroom will be available to South Knox elementary schools wishing to visit on field trips, in addition to South-Doyle’s science and other classes. Gorman says he plans to use it as much as possible throughout the school year. “It’s better than looking at a book or watching a video.”

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Academy Award attention. A special Red Carpet event will be also held at 5:30 p.m. The Tennessee Wind Symphony – a group of 80, which includes Sawyer – will perform at 6:15. “I hope that the film will get the attention of a large segment of the American public who are not fully aware of the depth of poverty in the United States,” Brock says. He says that internal studies show that 65-70 percent of patients attending a RAM medical event are there to see a dentist, followed closely by those who need to see an eye doctor. “And all of these people really need to see Chris. We try to persuade them to go see Dr. Chris and other physicians in the meantime while they are there and waiting for hours to see a dentist. Sometimes they discover they have serious, life-threatening problems.” Brock says the key to the organization’s success is volunteers like Sawyer.

“The money we do raise goes to the logistical end, putting fuel in the trucks and airplanes, buying dental chairs and having the vision setups. There’s a huge expense involved in running the organization.” Sawyer says volunteers know this upfront. “Everybody wants to go on missions until you bring up money. At RAM, you come in with an understanding that it’s up to you to get there. And it’s not for everybody, either. Some can turn out to be rough.” Sawyer views his involvement with RAM as a calling. “Why was I blessed to be born here? I have no clue, but I think you need to give it back. It’s a humbling experience. I feel like I have to go. “And don’t let Stan minimize his role. He gave up everything to devote his life to this.” For more info on RAM and the film premiere event, visit www.ramusa.org or call 579-1530.

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government Don’t count on politicians to change city election cycle City elections produced the usual record low participation leaving one wondering why bother? This is not a new development. Every city election when the mayor is not running sees another record low turnout. This time it was serious. Fewer than 10 percent of registered voters voted. Every incumbent was returned and three did not even have an opponent. One opponent did not campaign. Term limits have achieved the result of an 8-year term for council and the mayor. The same will happen to Knox County Commission and the county mayor too as time moves along. Term limits discourage challengers to incumbents seeking a second and final term. Every four years people comment on how the city election cycle ought to be shifted. It actually would save $250,000 if done concurrent with county or state elections in even numbered years. The only people opposed are those who serve in office under the current system. In this case, all five winners are barred from seeking a third consecutive term on council. A couple may run for mayor in 2019. But memories fade and editorial writers are on to new topics. So do not expect a charter amendment being submitted to you the voter to allow a change. There is concern you might vote for it and the unique city system would be ended by the vote in city elections for council actually reaching 20 or 25 percent of the total registered voters. The only way this will change is if voters start a petition to change the charter as they did on term limits. ■ Hadley Gamble: A few weeks ago when I was in London I had the pleasure to have lunch with native Knox countian Hadley Gamble, 32, who grew up in Halls and now broadcasts for CNBC news. We met at the Royal China Inn for a dim sum meal on Baker Street near historic Portman Square. She attended Brickey Elementary. She is a graduate of Halls High School in 1999 and the University of Miami in 2003 where she majored in history and journalism. She actually works now in the Middle East most of the time in Abu Dubai and also covers Syria, Eqypt and Iran. Her parents are Jim and Betty Gamble. He owns Gamble Motor Company in LaFollette. Her aunt is the energetic and irrepressible Jane Chedester, who manages

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Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Knoxville office at the Howard Baker Federal Building. Gamble’s knowledge of the Middle East and her accomplishments in working for Fox News (ABC’s Peter Jennings prior to joining CNBC) are truly impressive. It is great to see folks born and raised here in Knox County achieving such success in international broadcasting at such a young age. Her personal knowledge of so many leaders in several Middle Eastern nations rivaled longtime career diplomats. She would be a great speaker at the Howard Baker Center when she is in Knoxville visiting family. ■ James Buckley: A few weeks later I was in Lakeville, Conn., attending my 50th class reunion from Hotchkiss School which my brother had attended along with well-known Knoxvillians Casear Stair III, Caesar Stair IV and my daughter, Martha Ashe. During the weekend, I was lucky to have lunch with former New York Sen. James Buckley, 90, who lives in nearby Sharon. Buckley, younger brother of famous National Review editor and TV commentator Bill Buckley, has retired to the area where he grew up. Buckley was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York on the Conservative Party ticket in 1970, defeating both the Democratic and Republican nominees. He has also served as head of Radio Free Europe, a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia with Justice Scalia, and as an under-secretary of state. Buckley is the 6th oldest living former U.S. senator. He voiced strong support for the GOP nominating a governor or former governor to run for president in 2016. He mentioned Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as persons worth watching. He worries that President Obama has weakened the U.S. in the conduct of foreign policy and Obamacare is a disaster waiting to become worse, although he felt the federal government shutdown was not the right way to oppose Obamacare. At 90 he appears like he is 70.

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It’s not about the money If Bill Haslam, Jim McIntyre and Knox County school board members have heard what teachers are telling them, they know it’s not all about the money. Teachers have been slow to speak out, but it started with Halls Elementary School teacher Lauren Hopson, who addressed the school board in October about the pressures of endless cycles of student testing and teacher evaluation. Somebody put the speech online, and it went viral. This month, 300 of her colleagues wore red and backed her up at the November meeting. While everybody knows that Tennessee teachers are sadly underpaid, anybody who listened to them talk to the school board should have noticed that the wellbeing of their students – who, by some counts, lost up to 45 days of instruction

Betty Bean time last year being tested or being prepared to be tested – and their colleagues far outweighs financial concerns. Haslam responded to reports of teacher complaints by making it known that he intended to give them significant pay raises. In 2011, McIntyre and the school board asked County Commission for a huge tax increase to fund an ambitious budget proposal and got turned down flat. Teachers would have benefited financially, but they didn’t turn out to lobby for the budget. Three hundred teachers in the audience couldn’t have hurt McIntyre’s cause. A lot of people wondered why.

Maybe we should have asked. Last month, Hopson gave the board a big clue (if they were listening) why teachers might have been lukewarm about the superintendent’s bold proposal: “We are tired of money being wasted on programs that take away our creativity and professional judgment. Money being spent on coaches who often have less teaching experience than the teachers they coach, and money spent on pet projects that look good on the surface. I teach at one of the technology grant schools and I am really excited about the possibilities open to us. But I can tell you that an estimated $600,000 was spent to train us for two weeks this summer. “Strangely, we only spent about 12 of 60 hours on devices. We spent the rest of the time learning how to

have PLC meetings, three days on project-based learning and a whole day on learning theories we covered in college …. And believe it or not, one whole day figuring out what kind of penguin we were.” Glowing state and county test scores have sent Haslam and McIntyre on victory laps in recent days, and both are repeating their contentions that most teachers are fine with the way their schools are being run. Haslam conceded “pockets” of discontent. And the pay raises the governor promised? Well, state revenues are down and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman hinted last week that teachers shouldn’t get their hopes up. Race to the Top funds are running out, and he wants to beef up teacher observations. Good thing teachers aren’t in it for the money.

GOSSIP & LIES ■ The South Knox Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Gary Underwood Park. ■ J. Frederick Emert emailed to say he’s not dying. MetroPulse got it wrong. Seems the young man may run against state Rep. Gloria Johnson. ■ Kristi Davis is running for judge, joining Ray H. Jenkins and possibly Billy Stokes. Call us fogey, but a judge whose name ends in “i” ??? ■ If Charme Knight is elected District Attorney, we could have D.A. Charme appearing before Judge Kristi. ■ And J. Frederick in the Legislature.

Waggoner announces candidacy for sheriff Republican primary candidate for Knox County sheriff, Bobby Waggoner, chats with longtime family friend Betty Parham and Dana Evans. Waggoner formally announced his candidacy Thursday on Market Square. He retired as chief of detectives with the Sheriff ’s Office. Photo by Ruth White

 

Old City resurgence builds By Betty Bean Things are looking up in the Old City. Shaun Parrish, proprietor of Old City Java, can see it. All he has to do is look up the street to the north and see the ongoing work on the old White Lily Flour building and the prep work starting on the iconic Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon at the corner of Central and Jackson Avenues. His co-proprietor and wife, Meghan, sees it too when she comes in before dawn to start the morning baking. “It’s really exciting,” said Parrish, who is president of the Old City Neighborhood Association and has owned Old City Java for six years. “We’ve seen 20 to 30 percent growth in business. Meghan gets here early in the morning, and it used to be really sketchy here. Now, you get here early, 4 or 5 in the morning, and you see people out here jogging.”

The White Lily building is a David Dewhirst project and will house 42 residential units. Just southwest of the Old City on State Street, another downtown developer, architect Buzz Goss, has won approval for Marble Alley, an ambitious undertaking which will offer 240 apartment units, a parking garage and even a swimming pool. Right behind Java, buildings long occupied by John H. Daniel Custom Tailors at 120 and 124 and 114 W. Jackson Avenue, plus two parking lots have been sold. The new owner has not yet been disclosed, but whatever is coming is expected to include a substantial residential component, as well. This means a lot of new feet on the Old City streets, which will, naturally, make Old City business owners very happy. Rick Emmett serves as a liaison between the city and downtown residents

and businesses, so he takes frequent walkabouts all over the city. He agrees with the Parrishes that the Old City, which saw its heyday Rick Emmett in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is on its way back. “There’s been a new energy there building over the last 4-5 years,” he said. “It is baby steps, but we’re getting there.” He points to small steps like the bicycle rack the city installed on Central in front of Java, and cleaning up the garbage pickup area in the alleyway there. And he also cites big projects like the Jackson Avenue Streetscape, which is in the design phase and will change the look of that thoroughfare. Much of the Old City’s

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Pointed observations about sagging Vols Primary observation after 83.3 percent of the Tennessee football season: I miscalculated. This restoration project is going to take longer than I thought.

Marvin West ■ The August outlook did not have Vanderbilt as the pivotal game of the season. I did not expect Michael Palardy to be player of the year. Several old Vols who saw entire practices warned me about offensive limitations and the lack of speed at linebacker. Hard to teach fleetness afoot, they said. With infinite wisdom, I foresaw steady improve-

ment on defense, crisp tackling, clearly defined assignments, smart organization. The defense just had to get better. The departure of Sal Sunseri was the winning edge. My bad. The defense is not better. By historical standards, it is embarrassing. ■ I thought Tennessee would lose decisively at Oregon. I had no idea the Ducks would score 59 and rack up 687 yards and roar up and down the field on eight consecutive drives. I believed Tennessee would upset somebody in the mid-section of the season – Florida, Georgia or South Carolina. Florida wasn’t very good. God saved Georgia. The Vols were fast enough to get the Gamecocks. Amazing. Of course Tennessee

Old souls Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. Aaron shall set it up in the tent of meeting, outside the curtain of the covenant, to burn from evening to morning before the Lord regularly; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. (Leviticus 24: 2-3 NRSV) Keep your lamps trimmed and burning; the time is drawing nigh. (“Keep Your Lamps,” Andre Thomas) Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. (Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, 1207-1273 A.D.)

would lose at Alabama. I did not expect a rout. It was 35-0 at halftime. Tennessee fans could go. Nick Saban made UA students stay. Butch Jones said: “That was probably the worst half we’ve played all year. Some of it was due to the quality of our opponent. Some of it was self-inflicted wounds.’’ The “easy does it” Tide with bleach started me wondering if Tennessee was making any genuine progress. The team was ruining all those catchy slogans about superb conditioning, brotherhood devotion and brick-by-brick building. The collapse is confusing. Missouri was no contest. Auburn took all the fun out of homecoming. Fifty-five points! Oh my. ■ Regarding confusion, Tennessee did toughness drills the week between Missouri and Auburn. Did

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Lynn Pitts I love to have a candle burning; it is one of the ways I pray. It doesn’t have to be large or ornate, although I have some lovely candles that have been given to me, some of which were handmade. The light from candles is soft and warm and kind (a special blessing since I just passed a birthday, one that did not end in zero, but still had significance – you figure it out!)

you notice a difference? Rajion Neal ran hard. The offensive line, impressive in warm-ups, promoted as the finest in the SEC, has been exposed as something less. It may not be the best in the state. We’ll see Saturday. ■ These Volunteers have created the possibility of eight losses. That would be a record. In 116 years of UT football, no team has ever lost eight. One more setback will mean a fourth consecutive losing season. That hasn’t happened since 1903-06. No matter how they finish, they have made memories. As of now, seniors can reflect on 6-24 against SEC competition. During Tiny Richardson and A.J. Johnson’s time, the record is 3-19. ■ Some of you were not paying attention a

few weeks ago when I offered a preview of Maty Mauk, Missouri’s mobile quarterback. Some didn’t see what the big deal was (your very words). Three of you misspelled his first and last name. I don’t know what you thought about that 31-3 romp but I thought Mauk killed Tennessee dead. The Vols used that experience to make Auburn’s Nick Marshall appear much better. He ran 13 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns. One run was 62. He was unmolested on a 38yard sprint. Only the stadium wall stopped him short of the river. What shall we do about this quirky little problem of running quarterbacks? I am reminded of 2009 when Ole Miss deployed scatback Dexter McCluster in the wildcat formation.

He ripped the Vols for 282 yards. Monte Kiffin, posing as Tennessee defensive coordinator, had no idea how to stop it. He had never seen such foolishness in the NFL. The following Monday, Kiffin called college coaches across the country for suggestions. I hope Tennessee’s current coaches are calling somebody for help. While they are at it, they might seek kick-coverage concepts. ■ This is double stakes Saturday, winner take all for Vanderbilt. Commodores coach James Franklin, considered unbearable by some Tennessee fans, would probably parlay a victory into serious gloating about state supremacy. He’s the sort who might even use it in recruiting.

I can’t remember where I ran across the quote from Rumi, but it stuck in my mind because of its deep and inscrutable meaning. How can one be the soul of a place (or a situation, or a process)? Then I began thinking of examples: people I have known who are so significant that they enrich us all. This does not have to do with intelligence, charm, education, attractiveness or age. It has to do with the candle that burns inside them, a light that offers warmth and wisdom and truth. “Old souls,” I have heard them called, and that may

be true. They are also beautiful souls, those people who change us forever, who give us a glimpse of a better way to live: a calmer, kinder, wiser, deeper path. You know them, too, if you stop and think. You may recognize them because when they speak, folks listen. When they stand up for something, others take a closer look at the issue. When they make a decision, it is made and you can count on it. I don’t know if one can become an old soul, or if one is born that way. I suspect that it is a process, and old souls are people who pay attention to life and learn from it, continuing to grow

every day they breathe. I do know that I am grateful for those old souls I have encountered because they grace this planet like candles on a dark night. They share their light with us and make this world a better place. In some mysterious way, they also help our feeble flames grow a little stronger, burn a little steadier, last a little longer. If you know someone who is the soul of whatever place they happen to be, watch them, listen to them, learn from them, thank them and give thanks for them. They are lamps shining in a dark and desperate world, and we need them all.

Jim Hartsook, once known to David West picks and sings Knoxville TV viewers as Little the theme to “The Cas Walker Jimmy Hartsook, tells stories Farm and Home Hour.” from his days as a child star.

Robinella sings during last Monday’s live “Tennessee Shines” radio show.

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Live and on the air again! Pull up a chair and listen to your ol’ buddy a minute. If you weren’t at the East Tennessee History Center on Nov. 1, you missed a heck of a historic show.

Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS Kathy Hill and Jim Clayton, reunited since Hill was the featured singer on Clayton’s popular “Startime” TV show, sang together with the original Kountry Kings. Hill sang like a star. Clayton struggled through Eddy Arnold’s yodel “Cattle Call” and cracked, “If it’s painful to you, imagine how it is for me!” David West told tales of the Ol’ Coonhunter, Cas Walker, and led the crowd in the infectious theme song to Walker’s “Farm and Home Hour.” Jim Hartsook, known to longtime Knoxville TV viewers as Little Jimmy Hartsook, didn’t look as if he’d aged at all. In the audience were local TV celebrities Bonnie Lou Moore (of “Bonnie Lou and Buster” fame), Ronnie Speeks, Carl Williams and Marshal Andy Smalls. Hartsook thanked Moore for giving him exposure, adding that an RCA executive took notice of him at a Bonnie Lou and Buster show in Pigeon Forge and signed Hartsook to a recording contract. Brad Reeves, co-founder of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, showed an hour’s worth of clips from the first 20 years of Knoxville television. It included just about everybody at the event as well as John Cazana’s wrestling show, classic commercials (Lay’s and JFG coffee) and outtakes of Bill Williams’ early days at WBIR-TV.

Kathy Hill and Jim Clayton perform at a special event at the East Tennessee History Center Nov. 1 honoring the first 20 years of Knoxville television. Hill was the featured singer on Clayton’s “Startime” show. Photos by Jake Mabe The super shindig kicked off a new exhibit at the history center, “Live! On Air! And In Your Living Room,” which runs through Feb. 22. Included are early TV equipment and cameras, the original 1958 Cas Walker TV show set, costumes from Bonnie Lou and Buster, Hartsook and a few surprises. The station that is now WATE, Knoxville’s first TV station, signed on the air Oct. 1, 1953. Reeves and the History Center have outdone themselves with this one. But don’t take my word for it. Go see the exhibit. The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S. Gay St. Info: 215-8830 or www.easttnhistory.org. ■

Singing like a bird

Robinella brought her songs of sweet, Southern sunshine to WDVX-FM’s “Tennessee Shines” last Monday night. The local favorite was the featured singer on the station’s weekly radio show, which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and is broadcast live from WDVX’s Gay Street studio. She treated the crowd to cuts from her latest album, “Ode to Love,” painted her own pictures on covers of

The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and Gillian Welch’s “Paper Wings,” and sang “Teardrops” for her biggest fan (cough). The House Mountain Boys served as the house band and Marilyn Kallett recited her poetry during the show. Robin said she enjoys singing to a live audience. “I’ve spent my life trying to be a people pleaser. I pretend I sing like a bird.” You don’t have to pretend, Robin. Not one bit. Tickets to “Tennessee Shines” are $10. Info: www. wdvx.com.robinella.com.

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John Gass, a veteran of the U.S. Army, greets Sunnyview Primary School teacher Tim Sands, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who spoke Nov. 11 at the school’s Veterans Day program. Photos by S. Clark

A marine’s story By Sandra Clark “Everybody has a story,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Tim Sands. “This is mine.” Sands was the featured speaker Nov. 11 at a Veterans Day program at Sunnyview Primary School. He also teaches physical education at the school. “This is the best community in the world. I can say that with certainty because I grew up here, graduating from Carter High School in 1991,” he said. The students listened carefully as Sands listed his experiences – being in the color guard for a football game, patrolling in Iraq and “delivering the worst possible news to families.” He does not regret his career choice, even though he missed many family events. “That makes the birthdays and holidays now even more special.” Sands said soldiers in the field do not fight for a political stance or the rhetoric from Washington, D.C. “We fight for the guy right beside us and the people back home that we think about every night.” Acknowledging veterans in the audience, Sands said if military service was easy, more people would do it. He cited stats: about 30 percent of Tennesseans have a bachelor’s degree; about 10 percent have a master’s; some 2-3 percent have earned a

doctorate; but less than a half of one percent serve in the military. “That flag is not a piece of fabric,” he told the kids. “It is motivation to finish what you’ve started. “Today when you thank a veteran, they become almost embarrassed. Why? “They think of those who didn’t make it home – the real heroes. They think what an honor it is to serve this country – it’s an honor and a privilege to serve.” Principal Sydney Upton welcomed visitors and invited everyone to a reception in the cafeteria – “the Sunny Café.” Second Upton graders, led by music teacher Becky Gentry, performed a medley of patriotic songs. They demonstrated remarkable memory for kids so young. Soloists were Justin Chittum, Meghan Stuteville, Teddy Ingram and Samantha Wilson. The Boomwacker Percussionists marched around the gym: Luis Mendez, Zaria Finnikin, Summer Greenlee, Ruthie Davis, Haley Holloway, Tamores Harper, Emily Kirby, Mark Camp, Austin Hunter and Alyssa Palmer.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presents colors to start the program: Glenwood White, Travis Wheat, Orlando Dixson, Coby Woodrum and Lee Edwards.

Mick Sullivan, an Air Force veteran, is greeted by his grandsons: Logan York, at left, a kindergarten student at Sunnyview Primary, and Connor Chamberlain, a 1st grader. Cruz Spradlin, kindergarten student, has two granddads at the Veterans Day program: David Qualls, at left, is an Air Force veteran, and Harvey Spradlin is an Army veteran.

Wendell Chittum, an active duty member of the Air Force National Guard, joins his family for Veterans Day. Pictured are Justin Chittum, 2nd grader who sang a solo for the assembly program; Wendell Chittum; Caleb Chittum, a 1st grader; and April Chittum. Not pictured is youngest son, Eli.

Meghan Stuteville sings a solo, backed up by other Sunnyview 2nd graders.

Fun with a purpose By Betsy Pickle Mead Montessori School in South Knoxville held its annual Fall Festival on Nov. 9. According to Principal Ella Jones, the festival is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, but judging by all the children running around having a blast, the

younger attendees think it’s all about playing. From facepainting and field games to cornhole and crafts, the kids found plenty to do. Parents and other supporters chatted and enjoyed listening to the Hellgrammites. All were drawn to the tasty eats, which included

popcorn and caramel apples (eventually resulting in some caramel popcorn). Mead resides in an old public school building built by the WPA in 1937. The Montessori school bought the property in 2006 and currently has 64 students.

Top row from left, Gryphon Rowland, Ella Anderson, Josie Williams, Lindy Gladson and Eva Rogers, and (kneeling) Lotus Starnes and Sophiea Roberts take a break from scaling the slide to voice their happiness.

Kristin Yarnell shows off the jewelry box she made for her mom, Lilly (holding son Logan), at the festival. Lemuel Gladson looks like the littlest roadie as he checks out the scene while the Hellgrammites play old-time music. If he seems at home, it’s probably because his father, Todd, has been sitting in with the band.

Megan Shirk, an assistant teacher at Mead Montessori School, paints the finishing touches on Emma Crawford to turn her into the Queen of the Jungle at Mead’s Fall Festival. Emma, a 2nd-grader at Moreland Heights, formerly attended Mead, and her sister, Isabella, is currently a student. Photos by Betsy Pickle


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Roundup your friends for a great meal Several South Knoxville folks have been telling me about Sam Tobea and the Roundup. I was greeted warmly when I arrived and before long was eating a delicious meal and enjoying Sam’s story.

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Sam has owned the Roundup for 12 years and Sam’s Restaurant and Deli on Broadway since 1997. He is a huge supporter of sports and other activities at South-Doyle High School. His kids grew up in Knoxville and are both pursuing careers in the medical field. Sam and his wife love living here and he says they are “not going anywhere.” Sam says his customers know they are going to get a good meal at a reasonable price. There are several specials every day and Sam does his best to keep the costs down. Orders are placed at the counter and drinks are self-service. The Roundup is open 7 days per week for breakfast and lunch. In additional to the specials – a meat, 2 sides and bread for only $5.49 – there are also lot of other choices. Fresh hamburgers, fries and a drink special for $4.99 is probably the most popular among the local high school students. Sam offers fresh homemade soup and the fresh vegetables are prepared daily. About 30-40 percent of the Roundup’s business is from people calling in “to go” orders and Sam says they can handle this regardless of the size. One of his specialties is baked spaghetti, and he has done several pans at one time for

Paula Ellis, public education coordinator, and Lynn Goad, executive director for Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee Photos by Nancy Whittaker large groups. The Roundup is located at 3643 Sevierville Pike and can be contacted at 5778981. ■

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is a brief disruption of electrical activity in the brain – not a mental illness. Tennessee has the highest incidence of epilepsy in the United States – more than double the national average. Head injuries are the most common cause of epilepsy as in sports or motor vehicle accidents. Epilepsy could happen years later after a head injury. One out of every 10 Americans will have a seizure at some point in his or her lifetime. There are 30 different types of seizures. Lynn Goad, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee, says these facts about epilepsy surprise most people. For the past 13 years, she has worked to make people aware of the facts about epilepsy and helped people once they have been diagnosed.

Amanda Purcell and Sam Tobea at Roundup Lynn says the main thing to remember is “people with seizures don’t want to be treated any differently.” Paula Ellis, public education coordinator, is involved with training people on what to do if someone is having a seizure. In 2012, more than 12,000 local people were trained. Members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Police Cadet Academy as well as bus drivers, school nurses and church groups have all benefited from the foundation’s training. School children who may have questions

after a classmate has had a seizure are also included in the training program. Client services are available for people who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. Assistance with transportation, pharmaceuticals, neurologist and dental visits and support groups are some of the many services offered. Last year alone, the foundation gave out more than 4,000 bike helmets to help prevent head injuries. Info: www.efeasttn.org or 5224991.

News from Pellissippi State - Magnolia Campus

Fruitful Endeavor It’s the time of year to be thankful and to give back, and students, faculty and staff at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus are doing just that. They will spend Nov. 25, the Monday before Thanksgiving, gifting fruit and holiday cards for the area’s senior citizens and shut-ins in the second annual Fruitful Endeavor event. Fruitful Endeavor provides fresh fruit to those served by Mobile Meals. In preparation for the event, students, faculty and staff donate large bags of fruit throughout November, then repackage it into smaller bags for Mobile Meals to distribute. “This is a community service outreach event for everyone on campus to have

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the opportunity to give back to the greater community,” said Moira Connelly, an English faculty member. Fruitful Endeavor is a Service-Learning project at the Magnolia Avenue Campus. Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program broadens students’ education by pairing community service with classroom learning. “The project is organized by an English class here on campus. The class writes announcements, publicity fliers and a brochure available on the day of the event that explains what Mobile Meals does and the issue of hunger among senior citizens,” Connelly said. Students who participate in Fruitful Endeavor not only package fruit into gifts for Mobile Meals recipients,

A Pellissippi State student makes a card for the seniors citizens who receive food from Mobile Meals. File photos Tamika Blair and a former student bag fruit to benefit elfrom last year’s event derly clients of Mobile Meals. Last year, volunteers sorted and made 150 bags with three but they also create cards pieces of fruit in each. for the senior citizens. Mobile Meals is a program of the Knoxville-Knox For more information County Community Action Service-Learning, Committee’s Office on Ag- about visit www.pstcc.edu/sering. Last year, Jennifer Oakes vice-learning. For more information of Mobile Meals told the college, “You really did make about the Magnolia Avenue a difference this year. We Campus, visit www.pstcc. would have been very short edu/magnolia¬ or call (865) without your contribution.” 329-3100.

Forty years is a long time. Half a lifetime. A lot can change… On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Knoxville’s City Council passed a resolution urging the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to re-evaluate the functionality of the East Towne Area exit from I-640 (Exit 8). Forty years have passed and the road system has grown long in the tooth and, frankly, it’s a bit confusing to motorists. Heck, experienced locals still moan about those crazy cross-overs … or imagine two-way frontage roads. Council’s resolution requests the TDOT commissioner and planners to take a hard look at this entire interchange. Its design and condition are hindering visibility of and access to the many shops located on both sides of this exit. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the council. Recall that some 60,000 cars per day pass by this exit. There are over 100 businesses just over the berm that surrounds the interstate there. But they remain shrouded in the mist. Out-of-towners don’t even know they are there, until it’s too late to exit. In 40 years, those hillsides have become overgrown with scrub brush and trees, which hide that golden shopping opportunity from the view of passing motorists. Outta sight is outta mind. Council’s resolution informs TDOT that the existing business opportunity “would be enhanced by a second opportunity exit ramp at the other end of the Millertown Pike and Washington Pike exits.” Further, that improvement of the exits and related frontage roads may “result in higher traffic counts and, hopefully, increased business for the merchants at the East Towne area exits and surrounding area.” A thorough assessment of the dated features of the interchange would benefit those merchants and result in increased income to sustain businesses,

By Alvin Nance As we prepare for the next phase of revitalization in Five Poi nt s , KCDC has gathered together an expert master plan team, led by Johnson Architecture, Alvin Nance to gather public input and develop a roadmap for the next phases of redevelopment. This past week, we released the results from our first public workshop to discuss the

overall redevelopment plan for this community. More than 75 individuals who represent, reside or work in the community attended the September workshop at the Walter P. Taylor Boys and Girls Club to learn about market research about existing conditions in Five Points and to provide input in the process of developing the master plan for redeveloping the neighborhood. The workshop offered four interactive “visioning” exercises and the results of those exercises are posting on our Five Points Revital-

in-fill housing. Along with KCDC and HUD funds, the city of Knoxville has dedicated $8 million over 10 years to the revitalization of Five Points. We have set the date for our next workshop for the Five Points Master Plan on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walter P. Taylor Boys and Girls Club. Our development process will include three public workshops and is expected to conclude in 2014. The master plan will take this community to a brighter future, and we ask for support through the process.

ization section of our website (http://www.kcdc.org). As with the HOPE VI project in Mechanicsville, our goal is to decrease the density of housing and replace those units with highquality, family-style and senior affordable housing. We have already made great strides toward breathing new life into the community with the demolition of 183 units of Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee Williams Senior Complex and the addition of more than 125 new housing units in the Residences at Eastport Alvin Nance is executive direcand senior and family-style tor of KCDC

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as well as additional tax revenues for state and local governments. The Resolution concludes that such a Modification and Review of an Existing Interchange Study might well result in “improved visibility, access and business for the area.” ■

Throw in a greenway too?

Have you noticed the new sidewalk built along the north side of the Millertown Pike improvements? At first, it looked like it would end at Kinzel Way. Recently, Sam’s Club is continuing that people-friendly theme by adding a walkway alongside its newly-expanded building on Millertown Pike all the way to the mall frontage road. What if the city and state combined to continue that people-friendly access down the length of the frontage road to Washington Pike? As the city’s efforts to clear away some of the overgrown brush along the northern frontage road (the North Mall Road) go forward, why not continue that people-friendly idea by adding a greenway trail along the eastern (or inboard) edge of that road? That would allow safe passage for joggers, cyclists and walkers as they travel to the restaurants and stores, or allow one to continue on to the Target center and other shops located along Washington Pike. Just imagine: pedestrians could travel safely alongside, but off of, a busy road as they shop or just get out for some healthy exercise. Once they reach Washington Pike, they are on well their way to yet another pleasurable destination – the 43-acre New Harvest Park run by Knox County. Nick Della Volpe represents District 4 on Knoxville City Council.

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