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Meet the candidates

Early voting starts April 16, barely a month away, and the candidates are eager to meet interested voters. Three community groups are sponsoring just such an opportunity. The Northeast Knox Preservation Association, Fountain City Town Hall and Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association are cohosting a Meet and Greet for candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at New Harvest Park Community Center.

The Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting last month was a baptism by fire for a reporter learning a new beat.

Read Jake Mabe on page 4

A Vol for life I’ll say this in a soft voice: There isn’t enough happiness in Richard Pickens’ life. The Ol’ Vol has an assortment of problems. Some, estrangement from family, for example, he brought on himself. Some descended on him like a dark cloud. Since retiring as a railroad executive, he’s been in the fourth quarter for what seems like a long time. It could be he is in overtime.

Carter High sets historic pace in run to state tournament By Stefan Cooper

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Learning at BZA

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Good times roll at Bayou Bay

Members of the Carter High basketball team Jordan Bowden, Toy'Shaun Winton, Tucker Greene and John Woodruff sit on a rock outside the gym. Students painted it like a basketball to honor the team which is headed to the state tournament. Photo by Ruth White

By Betty Bean Good news for the environment, nature lovers and neighborhood children; bad news for privet, honeysuckle, kudzu and litterbugs. The Tennessee Clean Water Network has acquired five more acres for the Williams Creek Urban Forest project – doubling its acreage – and is preparing to tote the goats back to East Knoxville in June for the second chapter of a three-year landclearing project. The goats not only made a big dent in clearing the area of invasive undergrowth last summer but also drew crowds of visitors who came to watch them munch weeds.

“The goats were very popular,” said TCWN Executive Director Renee Hoyos. “People were coming by to take pictures, and they got to be a real family attraction. Children loved them.” In addition to being entertaining, the goats were so efficient that they cleared enough ground for crews of inmates who came behind them to be able to remove a massive dump site that included more than 500 junked tires. The brush and the trash weren’t the only things that needed clearing, Hoyos said. “Not only are we cleaning the water, but we were cleaning titles. Every one of those

(properties) had some crazy drama. The area had been a dump site forever.” The first five acres of the forest were acquired by TCWN as a result of a lawsuit it fi led in 2003 against Knoxville Utilities Board for storm-sewer overflows that polluted the groundwater and leached into the creek. In 2004, KUB was slapped with a consent decree obligating it to a supplemental enviTennessee Clean Water Network Executive Director ronmental project requiring Renee Hoyos consults with Dr. Sharon Jean-Philippe, the purchase of property soil scientist and assistant professor of urban forestaround the creek to establish ry at the University of Tennessee. Photo by Betty Bean an urban forest to protect the creek and surrounding wetlands, and the parties resident Rick Roach and Lida Mayer started fellow St. Luke’s Episco- Friends of Williams reached an agreement. In 2007, neighborhood pal Church parishioner To page 7

Veronica, Steffani, Lindsay and Jim Naylor show off the homemade tamales and pizza that are the specialties at the Pit Stop. Photo by Betsy Pickle

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Mount Olive celebrates reading At Mount Olive Elementary School, the week leading up to the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss was packed with presents and presentations designed to promote a love of reading. Students, teachers, parents and the community came together for a series of special days.

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Tamale queen reigns in unlikely kitchen By Betsy Pickle

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Joby Boydstone keeps it simple. “It’s an equal opportunity offense,” the Carter High School coach said. “All you’ve got to do is run and hustle.” And score. Boy, do the Hornets score. Carter opens play in the TSSAA state tournament this week in To page 7

Urban forest, Eastside greenway take shape

South Knoxville’s own Cajun escape, Bayou Bay Seafood House, celebrated Mardi Gras with a parade of delicious food and good spirits. The restaurant at 7117 Chapman Highway saw extra business throughout the Mardi Gras season, but last Tuesday and the weekend prior were super busy.

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When the forecast calls for winter weather, worried South Knoxvillians head to the grocery store. Panicked residents head to see the “tamale queen.” “They call her the tamale queen,” Jim Naylor says of his wife, Veronica. “They say she makes the best tamales they’ve ever tasted.”

Homemade tamales are the big draw at the Naylors’ business, the Pit Stop drive-through convenience store, 3130 Circle Oak Drive, at the corner of Gov. John Sevier Highway. Aside from the obsessive fans, who can’t deal with the idea of a polar vortex keeping them from getting their fi x, there are plenty of regular customers who make it a point to drop by

on Fridays and Saturdays, when Veronica has 300 to 400 tamales ready – for those who get there early enough. “By 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock, they’re gone,” she says. “If you come early, you’ll get tamales. If you come late, there’s no guarantee there’ll be any.” The Naylors moved from Texas last June, drawn by the cooler

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temperatures and the nearness of the mountains. “We were looking for a place to do something different from what we did in Texas,” says Jim, who ran a landscape-supply company and a propane company. “I’m from Ohio originally, and I grew up around these (drive-through convenience stores). We thought this would be something that the whole family could do.” Jim and Veronica work the day shift, and their daughters, Steffani and Lindsay, work the evening shift. The store is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 12-8 p.m. Sunday. And no, the daughters weren’t forced into it. “We had a family meeting,” says Veronica. “The decision involved everybody.” “Everybody voted to do it,” says Jim. Veronica grew up in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, Mexico. She learned to make tamales from her mother. She was surprised to find that tamales are considered a seasonal food in the United States. To page 3


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health & lifestyles

Brain tumors take many forms, cause differing outlooks There are more than 120 types of brain tumors. A diagnosis of any of them is very specific and individual to the patient. It’s also life-changing, life-threatening and often a shock. “Brain tumors can be insidious,” said Dr. Paul Peterson, a neurosurgeon at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “Initially, many people think their symptoms Paul Peterson, MD are a stroke. There can be Neurosurgery headaches, and subtle personality changes can occur even before the headaches occur. “But unlike stroke symptoms, which are sudden, brain tumors can enlarge silently for a long time,” Peterson added. Each year, an estimated 200,000 people are diagnosed in the United States with some type of brain tumor, according to research by the National Cancer Institute. Most tumors, about 160,000 of them, are spread from cancers in other parts of the body. These are called “metastatic” tumors. Cancers of the lung, breast, kidney and melanoma skin can-

cer are the most likely types of cancer to spread to the brain. Working with Thompson Cancer Survival Center, physicians at Fort Sanders use a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to treat metastatic tumors. “We customize a treatment program for each patient,” said Peterson. “It just depends on what they need.”

A smaller portion of brain tumors, about 40,000 per year in the U.S., originate within the brain. These are called “primary” tumors. Of those, less than half are cancerous, although they still may be life-threatening because the tumor presses on the brain. “Not all brain tumors are cancerous,” explained Peterson. “But benign tumors still need to

be followed and may need to be removed because of pressure on the brain.” After removal, most benign tumors do not grow back or spread further, but serial followup with a neurosurgeon may be needed to watch for potential recurrence. Under a microscope, benign tumor cells usually have distinct borders and almost a normal appearance, according

to the American Brain Tumor Association. “We do a CT scan and an MRI and these may provide good clues, but sometimes you need a piece of the tumor before you know it’s truly benign or cancerous. You can tell something’s going on but not the specifics about what it is,” said Peterson. “Some benign tumors are classic looking, others we’re not sure. Sometimes tumors can look benign but they turn out to be metastatic cancer.” A malignant primary tumor is one that is cancerous. These tend to be fast-growing and send out tentacle-like tissue into the rest of the brain, or shed cells that travel throughout the brain. No one really knows what causes primary brain tumors, although excessive radiation exposure does increase the risk, as do a few rare genetic conditions, according to the National Cancer Institute. “Some speculate head trauma can cause certain benign tumors, but how many times do you hit your head over a lifetime? One thing we can say is that there’s no association with cell phones or living near power lines,” said Peterson. “Really the term is multifactorial, because there is no one thing associated with brain tumors,” he added.

Symptoms and treatment of brain tumors Symptoms of brain tumors can be subtle at first, but they increase as the tumor grows larger. “The symptoms of brain tumors are weakness; headache, especially one that’s worse in morning; nausea; and vomiting, if the tumor is big enough,” said Dr. Paul Peterson, neurosurgeon with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Fort Sanders Neurosurgery and Spine. There are four main types of treatment for brain tumors, and most patients receive a combination of therapies, depending on their specific needs. ■ Surgery – The goal of surgery is to remove as much of the tumor as possible without damaging the surrounding brain tissue. At the very least, the surgeon will get a sample of the tumor for a biopsy, but in many cases the tumor can be removed. The biopsy reveals whether the tumor is cancerous or not. ■ Radiation therapy – Using X-rays, gamma rays or pro-

ton beams, radiation therapy either is used to shrink tumors before surgery or as a follow up to surgery to get rid of any residual cancer cells left. Some types of radiation are used on non-cancerous tumors as well. ■ Chemotherapy – Medications that kill cancer cells are often used after surgery to reduce the chance the tumor will grow and spread. ■ Targeted therapy – New medicines being tested in clinical trials work differently than standard chemotherapy. Instead of killing all cells, they target certain types of cells in an effort to stop tumors. ■ Watchful waiting – For slow-growing tumors, this approach involves regular monitoring of the tumor without actively removing it. For more information about treatment options for brain tumors at Fort Sanders Regional, call 865-673-3678 or visit fsregional.com.

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A traditional king cake is ready for Mardi Gras consumption.

Bayou Bay employees Bridgette Fritz, Dalton Carroll, Morgan Snapp and Jennifer Tarwater get into the spirit of Mardi Gras.

Andy Cantillo fills a pan with jambalaya in the kitchen at Bayou Bay. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Leslie Burnette can’t mask her enjoyment at the benefit.

Good times roll at Bayou Bay South Knoxville’s own Cajun escape, Bayou Bay Seafood House, celebrated Mardi Gras with a parade of delicious food and good spirits. The restaurant at 7117 Chapman Highway saw extra business throughout the Mardi Gras season, but last Tuesday and the weekend prior were super busy. Andy Cantillo, who owns the restaurant with wife Cindy, added to his workload by catering a fundraising dinner at Graystone Presbyterian Church as he was preparing for his own Fat Tuesday customers. He and his kitchen staff whipped up 10 gallons of jambalaya, five gallons of green beans, 30 pounds of cole slaw and “a bunch of garlic bread,” and he prepared 10 king cakes from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans for the dinner at Graystone. Cantillo explained that finding the toy baby in a king cake doesn’t really mean good luck for the finder, though that’s what most East Tennesseans have been taught. The person who finds the baby “is supposed to buy the king cake for next year. That’s the real tradition. If you get the baby, you’ve gotta buy the next king cake – whether it’s tomorrow or next year or what.” Since most folks around here don’t know that, Cantillo likes to mess with them. “I like to tell girls it means they’re gonna get pregnant.” Whatever people choose to believe, they’ll more than likely enjoy the sweet cinnamon roll topped with icing and green, gold and purple sugar. Cantillo, who grew up in

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the small town of Lutcher in St. James Parish, about 35 miles upriver from New Orleans, opened Bayou Bay almost 22 years ago. He and Cindy met when both were living in Panama City, Fla., and she wanted to come back to be near family in her hometown of Seymour. Though Cantillo takes many of his meals at the restaurant, he likes East Tennessee country cooking and barbecue – and food from even farther south. “I eat a lot of Mexican, when I’m off.” ■

Montgomery Village Benefit

The event Bayou Bay catered last week was the South Knoxville Coalition of Churches’ Mardi Gras Fundraiser for the Montgomery Village Hospitality Pantry. Held at Graystone Presbyterian Church, which was bedecked with Mardi Gras beads and masks, the benefit drew young and old for a Cajun dinner accompanied by a multi-instrument jazz ensemble. Elder Tanja Warren of the Montgomery Village Ministry spoke. The South Knoxville Coalition of Churches represents five churches – Colonial Heights Methodist, Gloria Dei Lutheran, and Graystone, Lake Forest and New Prospect Presbyterian. The group began meeting

about 18 months ago and took on the name about six months ago. “We meet once a month, and we engage in mission projects together,” said Lisa Emert Griffith, an elder at Lake Forest. Jim Brewster of Colonial Heights is the facilitator. The Mardi Gras event was the first fundraiser and was symbolic of the collaborative nature of the coalition. Each church had its own responsibilities for the evening. Jim Lundy, pastor of Graystone, is on the Montgomery Village board and saw an opportunity for the coalition to meet a need there. The hospitality pantry was established several years ago but shut down due to a lack of funds. With money from the fundraiser, the pantry will be reopened. “The pantry will carry items that food stamps don’t cover, like toilet paper, dish soap and laundry detergent,” said Griffith. Items will be provided free of charge to residents of Montgomery Village. The SKCC will have an Easter egg hunt at Lake For-

The Hopkins family – Heather, Kate and Matt – gets ready to dig into king cake.

est Presbyterian the Saturday before Palm Sunday, and it will have a combined carnival to kick off the various vacation Bible school programs at the participating churches. The group hopes other churches will join them. “We’re all smaller churches, so we try to do things together to be a community presence and help some of our neighbors,” said Lundy. “That’s what it’s all about.” Representing the Montgomery Village Ministry at the South Knoxville Coalition of Churches’ Mardi Gras fundraiser are ■ Fly fishing on film Christine Wilkes, Diane Kaiser and Elder Tonja Warren. The 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour will land at the Relix Variety Theatre on ■ Roundup roars for Rountree event Friday, March 14. The fun Amber Rountree packed sioner Mike Brown and Patti begins at 7 p.m. the house at Roundup Res- Bounds, unopposed school 3 Rivers Angler is hosting taurant for a campaign board candidate from Disthe event, with all proceeds fundraiser March 4. She is trict 7. Media types included benefiting the Legacy Parks challenging school board in- Shopper publisher Sandra Foundation. These are not cumbent Pam Trainor. Clark, Focus folks Steve your father’s fly-fishing Political notables in- Hunley and Dan Andrews films. Things can get crazy cluded County Commis- and radio guy Hubert Smith. on the water, and this night will prove that in a variety of ways. From page 1 Tickets are $12 and are available at 3 Rivers An“In Mexico, we have them cooking for the store. If Vegler, 5113 Kingston Pike, or ronica is the tamale queen, www.3riversangler.com. Re- year-round.” She had never worked Jim is the pizza king. He’s lix is at 1208 N. Central St. For more info, call 200-5271 or email in the food industry before the brains behind the homeinfo@3riversangler.com. coming to East Tennessee. made pizza they also sell. “I used to work at pizza She moved to Houston to go to college, and she met Jim places when I was younger there. She had intended to and learned quite a bit from return to Mexico, but her there,” he says. While his plans changed when they favorite is New York-style fell in love. They have been thin crust, they sell handtossed regular-crust pizzas. married for 23 years. “We have been happy all Jim says they get a lot of these years,” says Veronica. business from the neighbor“We have been blessed with ing South Knoxville Senior our two daughters.” Center. Her gluten-free tamales The Naylors appreciate typically are beef and are the welcome they’ve gotten “not too spicy,” she says, but in East Tennessee. she will tailor them to order. “Our customers keep us She can also make chicken going,” says Veronica. and veggie tamales. For info and orders, call Gincy and John Brewster are all smiles at the fundraiser. Jim does his share of Pit Stop at 579-7900.

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government Catching up with Chris Woodhull Former City Council member Chris Woodhull has moved to the Chattanooga area, where he lives in Lookout Mountain, Ga., although he maintains his domicile here in Knoxville.

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Over coffee recently, Woodhull, 54, told this writer that he continues to host “Improvisations” on Friday nights for WUOT; he started doing it before he left council in December 2011. “I grew up with jazz,” he says. He comes to Knoxville weekly to tape the show on the UT campus. He also does consulting work with Richmont Graduate University, which has sites in both Atlanta and Chattanooga. He is the director of Build Me a World, which can be found at www.buildmeaworld.com and is in a partnership with Fancy Rhino productions. He’s glad he served on City Council as an at-large member for eight years but calls his performance “underwhelming.” “I could have been better prepared for the life of a politician. Meetings often seemed artificial.” He described colleagues Mark Brown and Bob Becker as “good friends.” He said he would not have run for a third term even if the City Charter had permitted it, but after eight years on council he thinks the mayor should be allowed to seek a third term because it is difficult to accomplish much in only eight years. Woodhull said he was “glad to have been the deciding vote in choosing Knoxville’s first AfricanAmerican mayor (Daniel Brown).” The other four were Marilyn Roddy, Daniel Brown, Becker and Joe Bailey. Each was the deciding vote on a 5-4 vote on a

nine-member council. ■ The “Ed and Bob Show,” which used to be on WNOX, may appear on Knox County Commission starting Sept. 1 if Bob Thomas and Ed Brantley are elected to the commission’s two at-large seats. Brantley is opposed by Michelle Carringer, and Thomas is unopposed. Brantley says he and Thomas did not always agree on the “Ed and Bob Show.” Thomas is seen as a person (one of several) who may run for county mayor in 2018 when Tim Burchett’s second and final term ends. ■ The contest between Ed Shouse and Craig Leuthold for the GOP nomination for county trustee will be hard fought. It revives memories of Black Wednesday, when County Commission disgraced itself with backroom deals naming each other and family members to various county positions. Leuthold named his father, Frank, to his own seat. He also voted to install Fred Sisk as county trustee. Sisk then turned around a few weeks later and increased Leuthold’s salary by 44 percent (according to NS editor Jack McElroy’s column), making it an expensive thank-you for county taxpayers. ■ Events in Ukraine change daily, and the ultimate outcome is uncertain. Having lived in Poland from 2004 to 2009, I had a front-row seat observing how Ukraine freed itself from the former Soviet Union and moved haltingly toward democracy and economic vitality. The Putin-inspired occupation of Crimea is another major setback to Ukraine. Poland, rightfully, remains deeply concerned about developments there and wonders how steadfast the United States will be over the long term in restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

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Barnes Barbershop is Duncan family tradition By Sara Barrett When Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. stepped off a plane in Knoxville from Washington, D.C., he went straight to Barnes Barbershop in East Knoxville for important business. His grandson, Zane Jr., was getting his first haircut. “You can solve the problems of this country better here than in Congress,” said Duncan of the barbershop on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. He took off his suit jacket before settling down in the barber chair with Zane Jr. on his lap. “The tradition of Barnes Barbershop has been go-

ing on for a long time in our family,” said Duncan. A young Jimmy Duncan was taken there by his dad, the late John Duncan Sr., in the late 1940s for his first haircut. He became a regular and took his son Zane there for his first trim. Barnes opened in the 1920s and is still operated by the same family. Barber Debbie Barnes kept the shop’s basket of lollipops handy as she snipped the split ends from Zane Jr.’s mane. The haircut lasted about seven minutes and his mom, Hallie, saved some locks in an envelope as a souvenir.

Debbie Barnes waits as Jimmy Duncan gives a lollipop to his grandson, Zane Jr., as Zane Sr. is reflected in the mirror. Barbershop owners Ernie and Helen Barnes are at right. Photos by S. Barrett

Will money buy love? Fourth District incumbent Lynne Fugate is one of schools superintendent James McIntyre’s strongest allies. She is in her second year as school board chair and is seeking to be elected to a second term.

Betty Bean Fugate is sitting pretty, money-wise, reporting a balance-on-hand of nearly $18,000 at the end of the last reporting period, on Jan. 31. Her list of financial supporters is long and impressive, studded with the names of some of Knoxville’s most powerful citizens. She raised much of her war chest at a January fundraiser at the home of Ann Haslam Bailey, including a $1,000 contribution from James Haslam II, also a strong McIntyre supporter. This is not a staggering

sum by national standards but is enormous compared with opponents Sally Absher and Jeffrey Scott Clark, who were exempt from filing detailed financial disclosures because they received and spent less than $1,000. Fugate is local market executive for SmartBank and served as executive director of Nine Counties, One Vision, a regional planning initiative launched in January 2000. Her two sons attended West High School, and she has served as president of the West High School Foundation. When teachers showed up to air their complaints about McIntyre’s methods at the January County Commission meeting, clad in red for solidarity, Fugate chose a seat between McIntyre and his chief of staff, Russ Oaks. She did not wear red. Clark is a first-time candidate and a political unknown – at least to this reporter. He has not returned phone calls, and there is

little information to be gleaned about him online. His wife is his campaign treasurer and several people who signed his qualifying petition share his last name. Absher was an early member of the Tea Party but says she is no longer involved with that group. She was elected to the Republican State Executive Committee in 2010 and is not seeking re-election. She is critical of Common Core State Standards and says she would not have voted to extend McIntyre’s contract. She has a degree in geology and is a technical writer. Her husband, Steve, teaches chemistry at Halls High School, and she has been a regular at school board meetings in recent months, wearing red and sitting with the teachers, many of whom strongly support her candidacy. Her Facebook campaign page describes her as “… an issues-oriented individual

Lessons learned at BZA

The Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting last month was a baptism by fire for a reporter learning a new beat. Lesson No. 1: Eat before the meeting. I’m only half joking. The meeting ran four-plus hours. The big daddy was appeal of develCarringer’s March 13 event hosted by GOP leaders neighbors’ oper John Huber’s proposed A reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Westland Cove marina and Calhoun’s on the River for Michele Carringer, 312-unit, four-story aparta Republican running for at-large seat 11 for ment buildings near SinkKnox County Commission. She served on the ing Creek. After roughly eight hours commission from District 7 in 2009-10. The of discussion over two reception is hosted by former county GOP meetings, the board voted. chairs including Irene McCrary (the candidate’s mother), Sue Methvin, Mike Prince, And that’s when the trouble Phyllis Severance and Gerald Turner. The began. Motions to deny an appeal are a reverse negarally and fundraiser are open to the public. tive – like trying to read the Carringer graduated from Central High Carringer School and attended UT. Ed Brantley is cereal box in a mirror. The first motion, by real also seeking the nomination.

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estate guy Scott Smith, was to deny the appeal for the marina. It failed 3-5. Up jumped lawyer John King, representing Huber. “The motion has failed. In order for the appellant to be successful, you must produce five positive votes.” Deputy Law Director Daniel Sanders agreed. Kevin Murphy moved to overrule MPC and kill the marina. His motion passed, 5-3. (Murphy, Carson Dailey, Bill Sewell,

Frank Rimshaw and chair John Schoonmaker voted yes. Smith, Markus Chady and Cynthia Stancil voted no. Cindy Buttry, who had missed the January meeting, recused herself.) Murphy wanted to amend the 20 conditions MPC had attached to the apartments’ approval but said he couldn’t do it on the spot. He moved to overturn MPC’s use on review. This motion failed 3-5, which meant MPC’s approval of the apartments was upheld. It seems a “no” vote actually meant “yes,” even if most people in the room expected further debate. Commissioners sat in stunned silence while Huber and King packed up and left. Lesson No. 2: Know

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who admits she does not have all the answers, but is willing to ask the difficult questions.” “She does not blindly accept the talking points from either side of an issue, but does her own research and backs up her opinions with facts and documentation. “Honesty, integrity and transparency are of utmost importance. “She has researched education reform policies from the early 1900s to present in depth, and will use her skills and knowledge to represent the best interests of students, teachers, parents, and taxpayers.” Her campaign treasurer, Kathy Robinson, taught at Sequoyah Elementary School before her retirement.

Robert’s Rules of Order. King and Huber swamped Wayne Kline, particularly at the January meeting, with facts. Kline rebounded during the second showdown, but his voice shook at times with emotion. King remained composed, even when audience members started shouting at him. A majority of BZA commissioners set out to reject John Huber’s development; instead, it was affirmed. (Huber said later he’s likely to appeal to Chancery Court to reinstate the marina, but it’s full speed ahead on the apartments.) Fatigue had to factor in the confusion, as did the “no means yes” quirks in the motion. Oh, by the way. BZA commissioners don’t get paid. Lesson No. 3: No good deed goes unpunished. “Pull Up A Chair” with Jake Mabe at jakemabe.blogspot.com

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Tradin’ Claude’s remarkable life

Lynnhurst-Resthaven Cemetery was established in 1922, but Col. Claude S. Reeder (left) became president in 1929 and expanded it.

HISTORY AND MYSTERIES | Dr. Jim Tumblin He earned a law degree, played a large role in building the framework for the Tennessee Valley Fair, might have helped found the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and became a local household name selling cars, once taking a cow as partial payment for a Studebaker. Meet Claude S. Reeder, who was born on July 14, 1886, in Knoxville, the son of Columbus Alexander and Adelia Hodges Reeder. Columbus Reeder was a prominent Knox County farmer and held several political offices in the county, including sheriff from 1876 to ’80. Claude graduated from old Girls High School, the predecessor of Knoxville High School, and enrolled at UT, where he played halfback on the football team and also lettered in basketball and track. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1908 and promptly enrolled in the College of Law. Although he never practiced, he felt the knowledge enhanced his skills in business. On June 10, 1909, Claude married Ella McKee Durham (1886-1982). They had four children: Claude S. Jr., John Alexander, Richard Durham and Betty McKee (Houston). Col. Reeder first worked as a clerk in the Knox County Tax Assessor’s office but

later resigned to found the Cherokee Motor Co., the local seller of Studebakers. He earned his nickname “Tradin’ Claude” when he advertised, “We trade for anything but a rattlesnake.” His photograph with the cow taken as partial payment made the local papers and was picked up by the national NEA news service. A promoter of the Appalachian Exposition in 1910 – the forerunner of the Tennessee Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair – Reeder remained interested in the fair throughout his life. There were many good years and some very lean ones, but eventually that fair became the “father” of the Tennessee Valley Fair. An apocryphal story, to which many lend credence, credits Reeder for influencing Gov. Austin Peay to take an interest in efforts to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the two sat on the porch of Reeder’s summer home in Kinzel Springs, Claude said, “Governor, these mountains would make the finest scenic park in the world. Why don’t you ask the legislature to acquire the land?” Coincidence or not, in 1925 the legislature enacted the Little River Lumber Co. Purchase Act, one of the first moves toward establishing the park.

Late in life, Reeder calculated that he had served on 47 corporate boards over the years including: chair of Reeder Chevrolet Co.; chair of Cherokee Oil Co., which he founded in 1928; director of White Star Bus Lines; chair of several Seven-Up bottling companies (Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., Richmond, Va., and Winston-Salem, Asheville and Charlotte, N.C.); president of Morris Plan Bank; president of the East Tennessee Fair Association; and president of LynnhurstResthaven Cemetery Co. Lynnhurst Cemetery had been established in 1922, when its first president, James Lyle Humphrey (1870-1925), bought the initial acreage west of First Creek near Greenway. Soon, the property north of Adair Drive was purchased from the Sanders estate, heirs to a portion of the original Adair land grant. Later, with Claude Reeder as president, the corporation bought the old mill property near the cemetery entrance from O.W. Sweat. Reeder presided over the corporation from 1929 until 1938, when he was succeeded by W.B. Hatcher. Reeder also owned Park Amusement Company, which operated rides and concessions at Chilhowee Park. His real-estate holdings included several U.S.

Pickens is a Vol for life I’ll say this in a soft voice: There isn’t enough happiness in Richard Pickens’ life. The Ol’ Vol has an assortment of problems. Some, estrangement from family, for example, he brought on himself. Some descended on him like a dark cloud. Since retiring as a railroad executive, he’s been in the fourth quarter for what seems like a long time. It could be he is in overtime. He has supposedly been diagnosed with “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and secondary frontal temporal dementia with pseudobulbar palsy.” Since my medical expertise is in bruises and abrasions, this is out of my pay grade. Some old teammates are convinced the affliction goes back to too many hits

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with the helmet, too many concussions treated with smelling salts. Pickens was a Tennessee fullback in 1966-68, part battering ram, part bowling ball, leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference as a senior, 736 tough yards, then the most by a Vol since Hank Lauricella in 1951. Going back to Young High School, Pick was never a tip-toe runner. He was nimble and quick but did not rely on fancy moves. He butted people who got in his way, broke many

tackles and probably created some running lanes with intimidation. Pickens still “plays” football with his wonderful collection of friends who (occasionally) stop by his home at Clarity Pointe in Farragut. Sometimes they just talk about big plays, magic moments, precious memories that need to be refreshed. Sometimes they watch old games on Vol Network DVDs. Sometimes they and Richard go places, to lunch or to see things, and talk some more, going and coming. Mike Miller, Mike Marchant, Larry Brown, Randy Webb, Van Fillingim, Sam Venable and Bobby Waggoner have been part of this support system. Dick Williams, Charlie Rosenfelder and Dewey

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Post Office buildings, which he leased to the government. In addition, he served in many civic and fraternal organizations: the Knoxville Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge (life member), the Masons (32nd Degree), Kerbela Temple, Chamber of Commerce (director), the Wonderland Park Club and Cherokee Country Club. He and Ella were also active at Church Street Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friend W.R. Kennerly. They often went to South Dakota for pheasant and to Canada for moose and deer hunting and muskellunge fishing. In addition to the summer home in Kinzel Springs, where the community considered him the honorary mayor, the Reeders later enjoyed a winter home in Fort Myers, Fla. When Norris Dam was built and the lake impounded,

Reeder built a lodge on the lakeshore, where his personal friend, Army Gen. Mark Clark, was a guest. But, most of all, he enjoyed his old family home place, 316 W. Hill Ave., currently the site of the City County Building. The picture window in his den overlooked the Tennessee River (Fort Loudoun Lake). A mounted buffalo head hung over the great stone fireplace, while other trophies of pheasant, elk, Rocky Mountain sheep and game fish were hung around the room. Col. Reeder suffered a fatal heart attack while attending a reception in honor of Sen. Herbert S. “Hub” Walters in Morristown on Oct. 17, 1964. Knoxville Mayor John Duncan had asked him to read a procla-

Warren are in the informal group. There may be a dozen others. Jim McDonald, a teammate at Young High and UT, is a mainstay. He manages Pickens’ pensions and financial matters. McDonald and Pickens go back to the beginning. Their competition to see which was best probably made both better. That their relationship has lasted so long provides a peek into something called “Vol for Life.” That smart term was created as a recruiting tool to help convince prep prospects that Tennessee players are all in this together, once a Vol always a Vol, forever and ever, amen. Several fans embrace the idea. Alas, their lasting commitments sometimes fluctuate, depending on Saturday scores. With former players, it tends to be real. Ol’ Vols hang in there. There is a genuine bond. Former tackle Jerry

Holloway has a mailing list of hundreds who share the ups and downs, fishing tales, obituaries, anniversaries, accomplishments by children and grandchildren, news of knee replacements, and other hard-earned aches and pains. They remain bound together by fellowship, loyalty and the color orange. Pickens was the focal point of such love last week. Distinguished artist Alexander Dumas initiated it. As the story goes, Pickens commissioned a painting 15 or 20 years ago of a favorite play. When he came to claim the finished product, it wouldn’t fit inside his Volkswagen.

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“Later” was somehow forgotten and Dumas filed his handiwork in a stack of other treasures. He found it in time for the current art exhibition at Clarity Pointe. Of course it was a delightful surprise for Pickens. Ol’ Vols and several others shared in the celebration. A fun time was had by all. Blessings on the good man Dumas, an unexpected ray of sunshine in Richard Pickens’ life. Full disclosure: Alexander Dumas once gave me a print of his very best snow leopard. I thought it was Smithsonian quality.

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Cats in Hats, fairy-tale princesses and Lizzie Peterson from “The Puppy Place” are among dress-up choices of third-graders excited about Book Character Day at Mount Olive Elementary School. Regan Bonner, Alyssa Gilbert, Kennedy Looney, Paige Severson, Victoria Sullivan, Mark Hancock, Garrett Edgeworth, Garrett Hilton, Allen Sizemore, Jenny Rimmle and Owen Milsap are in Susan Mattingly’s class. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Kindergarten teacher Crystal Alama and student teacher Jackie Rose Davis bring author Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious and Purplicious to life.

LaTray Woodruff, Brock Jenkins and Cole Davis display their pajama choices.

Paytan Fleshman, MaKinna Trentham and Brodie Kirkland browse the book table.

Goodies at Gap Creek Fifth-graders Kailey Garrison and Charis Ridge take charge of their class’s bake-sale table during parent-conference night at Gap Creek Elementary School. The students are trying to raise money to help pay for their three-day, twonight environmental camp trip to Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend. Photo by Betsy Pickle

Principal Paula Brown gets her Dr. Seuss on.

Sophie Ellis and Ariella Varner, both fans of purple, have a wide range of pajamas from which to choose.

Mount Olive celebrates reading By Betsy Pickle At Mount Olive Elementary School, the week leading up to the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss was packed with presents and presentations designed to promote a love of reading. Students, teachers, parents and the community came together for a series of special days. The kickoff was Monday’s Book Character Day, on which students and teachers were encouraged to dress as favorite book characters. The faculty members borrowed liberally from the works of Dr. Seuss – with

several Cat in the Hat doppelgangers along with Thing 1 and Thing 2 – but other classic characters such as Pippi Longstocking showed up as well as more recent favorites such as Pinkalicious and the Lunch Lady. After a character breakfast, classes took turns visiting the cafeteria so that each student could pick out a pair of pajamas and a book. Early-literacy coach Jennie Scott secured donations through the nonprofit the Pajama Project and Scholastic Books. Kindergarten teacher Crystal Alama said her stu-

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Property sales steady By Sherry Witt

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February is traditionally the slowest month of the year for real- estate activity and mortgage lending, and last month was certainly no exception. While Sherry Witt property sales held their own, mortgages were down from both January and last February’s totals. In February, 551 total property sales were processed in Knox County.

While that was slightly more than the number of transfers in January, it was well short of the 639 parcels that sold in February of 2013. The aggregate value of land transferred was off about $14 million from last February but was substantially short of the $143 million worth of property sold in January. The first month of 2014 was some $60 million ahead of last year’s pace. Mortgage lending continued to trend downward. About $158 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County compared with $202 million in Janu-

dents were excited about selecting their pajamas and books. “They could not wait,” she said. Tuesday was Fox in Socks Day, and classes had guest readers from the community. The next day was Wacky Wednesday (offbeat fashions optional) and D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day. On Thursday the school had fun with Twin Day. The festivities wrapped up Friday with Pajama Day for the whole school, with everyone wearing their new PJs, and a read-in.

ary and $278 million in February 2013. The past six months have shown a consistent decrease in overall mortgage lending. The largest land transfer was for residential property on Scenic Drive in the Sequoyah Hills community, which sold for $1.8 million. There were no large sales of commercial property. Topping the list on the lending side was a mortgage securing property off Gleason Drive known as the Raintree apartment complex. The loan was recorded in the amount of $6,289,100. With the cold winter of 2014 mostly behind us, the first day of spring is only a couple of weeks away. As the warmth returns, hopefully it will bring with it good times for the real-estate markets.


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Meet Knox County candidates Early voting starts April 16, barely a month away, and the candidates are eager to meet interested voters. Three community groups are sponsoring just such an opportunity.

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The Northeast Knox Preservation Association, Fountain City Town Hall and Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association are cohosting a Meet and Greet for candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at New Harvest Park Com-

munity Center. er talked about stress manAlso, the Halls Busi- agement. ness and Professional AsCity Council member sociation has invited school Nick Della board candidate Patti Volpe is Bounds to speak at noon spearheadTuesday, March 18, and caning a project didates for County Commisto remove sion Bo Bennett and Charles brush to Busler to speak at noon open up visTuesday, April 15. Meetings ibility along are at Beaver Brook CounI-640. The try Club and are open to the Lisa Birnesser ETABPA enpublic. Lunch is $10. courages all businesses in the East Knox ■ Stress relief corridor to attend the next Lisa Birnesser, occupa- meeting, 8 a.m. Wednesday, tional therapist, spoke to April 2. Contact the group the East Towne Area Busi- at its new email address: ness and Professional Asso- etabpa2013@gmail.com. ciation March 5 at the New Harvest Park Community ■ Upcoming Center. ■ Fountain City BusiSeveral visitors and new ness and Professional Asmembers attended. Birness- sociation will meet at 11:45

a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Central Baptist Church. Lunch is $10 (first come, first served). The speaker is G. Larry Hartsook, president of Global Integrated Security Solutions. Info: fountaincitybusiness.com or 865-688-2421. ■ Powell Business and Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, March 11, at Jubilee Banquet Facility. Lunch is $14, and the speaker will be Rick Ross. Info: Sage Kohler, 938-2800. ■ Halls Business and Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, March 18, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Buffet lunch is $10. Info: Bob Crye, 9222793.

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Bridging the digital divide in Lonsdale By Alvin Nance Phyllis Patrick, head of the Lonsdale Homes Resident Association and a resident member of the KCDC Board of Commissioners, has a vision for her commuAlvin Nance nity. Her vision is a Lonsdale Community Technology Center. More than 200 schoolaged children live in the

Lonsdale community. Only 18 percent of them have home access to the Internet. Studies consistently show a connection between poverty and lack of access to the Internet, a true digital divide across income lines. This gap affects school test scores. Lonsdale children perform below the state average. Some of this can be attributed to lack of access to technology in their homes. Commissioner Patrick believes we can bridge the digital divide in Lonsdale by placing a technology cen-

Press, run, have fun Murfreesboro as the highest scoring boys basketball team in the state at 91.6 points per game. That number, a stunning 10 points better than second place Christ Presbyterian Academy, ranks second nationally. Junior Jordan Bowden, 18 points per game, leads six Hornets who are averaging at or near double figures. Boydstone, in his first season with the Hornets, has taken some criticism this season for his team’s style of play, patterned off of the run-and-gun offense of the Loyola Marymount clubs of the late 1980s. “Carter takes bad shots,” say detractors. “All the Hornets do is jack up threes.” “They

don’t play defense.” Which begs the question: How do you average 92 points per game if all you’re doing is taking bad shots? Twelve times this season Carter has ripped an opponent for better than 100 points. “The System,” as the Loyola offense came to be called, is all about pace, Boydstone said. Carter not only puts up a lot of shots, the Hornets press opponents throughout – pace, pace and more pace. Let down for only a few minutes, and the Hornets will have blown the game open with a 10-0 run. Showing its defensive prowess is no slouch, Carter

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Rick Roach on Williams Creek cleanup detail in 2007

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From page 1 Creek, which aimed at cleaning up the creek that represented Roach’s favorite childhood memories, many years before it was declared the most polluted creek in Knox County. Friends of Williams Creek worked at building community support and joined forces with TCWN and other groups. The second phase of the cleanup was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Aslan Foundation that put the project on a faster track and allowed Hoyos to do things like bringing in the goats. The urban forest will become part of the extension of the James White Greenway along Dailey Street be-

ter in the Lonsdale Homes community, and her vision is taking shape. Plans call for locating the center in the on-site resident association office. In addition, neighboring steel recycler Gerdau has pledged financial support toward outfitting the center with computers. A team from the current Leadership Knoxville class has adopted the project also. We have consulted with Amy Brace, principal at Lonsdale Elementary, on student needs. We plan to start with students in the

younger grades. When kids are not at the technology center, the neighborhood’s senior residents can also increase their computer skills. We hope to have a grand opening in June to bring Commissioner Patrick’s vision to fruition. As she told her fellow commissioners last month: “I am glad to be a part of this. This is my neighborhood, and I want it to succeed.” Thanks to the help of all our partners, her vision will succeed.

blew out Unicoi County, 7257, in the sectional round to reach state. Boydstone said he got the idea the Loyola approach would work for the Hornets immediately after taking the job. “When they ran last year, they were successful,” he said. “When they slowed it down, they got bogged down, so I knew it would be a good fit for them.” It’s produced an offensive juggernaut where any one of five players – Bowden, John Woodruff, Tucker Greene, Shawn Winton and Charles Mitchell Jr. – can erupt for a 20-point night. Winton poured in 37 in the district championship game against Gatlinburg-Pittman. Bowden and Greene (15.5 points) have become a

nightmare to guard. “Our goal is to put up more shots,” Boydstone said. Trusting your players is key, he said. There isn’t much time to call plays or set defenses the way the Hornets get it and go. “It really boils down to the coach himself,” Boydstone said. “You have to give up some control.” The effect of such an approach on a player’s confidence is immeasurable. A 3-point shooter hitting 30 percent of his shots is soon ringing the bell at close to 40 or better if he isn’t always looking over his shoulder, Boydstone said. “If the kid knows he’s got the green light to shoot, his shooting percentage is going to go up.” Eventually, two-point

tween Brooks Avenue and South Chestnut Street to the east. The new land acquisition will enable the city to close Dailey, making it less inviting to illegal trash

dumpers and other lawbreakers. When completed, the greenway will link the Williams Creek Golf Course with the Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

business News from Pellissippi State - Magnolia Campus

Fulton grad explores art at PSCC By Heather Beck When most people think theatre masks, the ancient Greek masks of comedy and tragedy come to mind. Alexia Murriel, a student at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, recently put her own slant on a final project in a theatre class by creating African-inspired religious masks. A Fulton High School graduate, Murriel is in her fourth semester at Pellissippi State, pursuing a general associate of arts degree. Once finished, she plans to attend a four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. “Rituals were one of the early forms of theatre,” Murriel said. The masks were modeled after those used in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. For Murriel, her love of art and her career pursuits are drawn from the same well of interest. “I’m very much a handson and experimental person,” she said. “Anything I can make with my hands that’s my own idea is what interests me. “Art was something that found me in elementaryschool art class – I found that I was pretty good at drawing. At first it was just pencil and paper, but now I use mostly acrylic paint on canvas boards. Then, in high school, I found I was

really good at math, so I became interested in mechanical engineering.” Murriel is inspired by nature, but also by graffiti, three-dimensional chalk drawings and aerosol art on canvas. “I draw or paint just about anything that’s appealing to the eye.” In addition to attending college, Murriel also has considered joining the U.S. Air Force or Air Force Reserve as well. “I’m still exploring my options. I came to Pellissippi before going to a university to just get a feel for the college life.” The Magnolia Avenue Campus is at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Info: www.pstcc. edu/magnolia or 865-3293100.

baskets vs. 3-point baskets begin to add up. “You do the math,” Boydstone said. “There have been times where, on paper, we haven’t had the better talent, but we had the better team.” Carter’s scoring average this season may be the highest the state has ever seen. Records are being checked. Regardless, the field for the Class AA state tournament is expected to

be fierce. Boydstone knows the three-game run it takes to win a state title will be a tough one. When all is said and done, offense, shot frequency, won’t decide who goes home with the trophy. “When it comes down to winning a state championship, it’s the six inches between your ears that make the difference,” Boydstone said. Ninety-two points per game sure helps, though.

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Special presentation on “Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage” in the boardroom of Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Book signings, 6 p.m.; presentation, 6:30. Book available at the Folklife Museum gift shop. Info: www.townoffarragut.org; Julia Barham, julia.barham@townoffarragut. org or 966-7057. The 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour, 7 p.m., Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. Tickets: $12, 3 Rivers Angler; $15, 3riversangler.com and at the door. Info: 200-5271 or allen@3riversangler.com. Application deadline for the Aviation Academy at McGhee Tyson Airport. The Academy will be conducted 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 23 to May 21. Info/ application: http://flyknoxville.com/tys/ programs-at-the-airport/aviation-academy.

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THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 16 The 2014 annual Used Book Sale organized by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center in the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park. Schedule/info: www. knoxfriends.org or 215-8775.

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 23 World premiere of “Tic Toc” by Gayle Greene, presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info: www. tennesseestagecompany.com.

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.

MONDAY, MARCH 10 Muslim Journeys: Point of View – “Dreams of Trespasses,” 6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: Mary Pom Claiborne, 215-8767 or mclaiborne@knoxlib.org. Tennessee Shines featuring CD release show for Paul Brewster and Wordplay guest Jayne Morgan, 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. Free Stroller Tour, 10-11 a.m., McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free and open to the public, but reservations necessary. Info/reservations: http:// mcclungmuseumstrollertour.eventbrite.com or 9742144.

Harvey Broome Group, Sierra Club meeting, 7 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Program: Preview of Harvey Broome Group 2014 Outings by Ron Shrieves, Outings coordinator. Computer Workshop: “Introducing the Computer,” 2 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info/to register: 215- 8700. “Covering Science: Worst of Times, Best of Times” lecture by Ron Winslow, Wall Street Journal health-science writer, 8 p.m., McClung Museum auditorium, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 “Caring and Coping” caregiving training workshop hosted by Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc., Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. Advance registration required: www.alzTennessee.org. Info: 544-6288. “Terra Incognita”: The Great Smoky Mountains in Print, a Brown Bag Lecture by Anne Bridges and Ken Wise, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free and open to the public. Info: 215-8824 or www.EastTNHistory.org. The Bonny Kate Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, noon, Second UMC, 1524 Western Ave. Guest speaker: Sharon Davis, state chair for women’s issues.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 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. “Put A Spring in Your Step” luncheon hosted by Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection, 10:45 a.m., Buddy’s Bearden Banquet Hall on Kingston Pike. Cost: $12 inclusive. Complimentary child care by reservation only. Reservations/info: Marie, 382-1155 or marie. rose139@hotmail.com. First Lutheran Church senior group 55 Alive meeting, noon, First Lutheran Church meeting room, 1207 N. Broadway. Hot lunch: $7; reservations requested. Guest speaker: Susan Spicer will talk about the Stephen Ministry program. Info/reservations: 524-0366.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 14-15 “Peter Pan” presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company, 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, the Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Tickets: Appalachian Ballet, 982-8463; Knoxtickets.com, 656-4444; The Clayton Center for the Arts, 981-8590. Tinkerbell Tea follows the Saturday performance. Tickets limited. Info: 981-8590.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Hands-on herb lore workshop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway. Cost: $10 per person. Bring lunch. Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 12. Info/registration: 573-5508 or marblesprings@gmail.com. Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans, monthly business meeting and cleanup day at Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House), 3148 Kingston Pike. The Samuel Frazier Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting for the Historical Preservation “Witness to History” program, 11 a.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Visitors welcome. Info: Martha Kroll, 603-4655. Free concert of Spanish music performed by the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, 2 p.m., sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, on the corner of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and LaFayette Drive. Donations appreciated to support the orchestra’s operating expenses. “Master Gardeners: Pruning Hydrangeas,” 10:30 a.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Free and open to the public. Info: 777-1750. “Family Search in Detail,” 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Learn how to access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical Internet site. Preregistration required. Info/to register: 215-8809

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