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September 16, 2013


Revamping Fort entrance In South Knoxville, if it’s not one road, it’s another, writes Betsy Pickle. Fortunately, there wasn’t much controversy at the Sept. 4 public meeting on the city’s planned redesign of the entrance to Fort Dickerson Park. About 40 people gathered in the community room of Flenniken Landing. Get the details and more.

See Betsy’s story on page 3

Obamacare The Affordable Care Act takes effect Jan 1. Extended enrollment runs Oct. 1 to March 31, 2014. After that, the enrollment period will be Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, mirroring Medicare. Betty Bean asks: Are we ready?

The Budweiser Clydesdales were at the South Knox Food City on 9/11 at an event honoring firefighters and police officers.

Zumbathon to boost cancer awareness

See Bean’s report on page 4

Hey Butch, the next one matters If you see Butch before I do, please tell him this next one matters. The Florida Gators are an official problem. They’ve whipped the Volunteers eight consecutive times. That is pretty close to becoming a habit. In theory, this would be a fine rivalry if Tennessee could win one now and then.

Read Marvin West on page 5

Feeling the Friday Night Lights The sounds of football season are a favorite to many in this area. Whether it is college football or Friday night football at the area high schools, there is just a different feel in the air during football season. One big rivalry is Fulton vs. Austin East, and school beat reporter Ruth White was there. She even took pictures.

See her report on page 6


By Betsy Pickle

People who take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Zumbathon this Saturday will know they’ve worked out for a good cause. “You’re sweating,” says organizer Karla Smith of Zumba, which melds choreographed movements with energetic music. “But it’s fun.” Smith, a manager at Chesapeake’s, turned to her Zumba instructor, Melinda Wolfe, when she was trying to come up with an idea for a fundraiser. All of the restaurants in the Copper Cellar family are raising money for the American Cancer Society’s October campaign, and Smith is the chair at Chesapeake’s. Wolfe not only is the Zumbathon leader, but she also secured the location, the gym at Washington Pike United Methodist Church, 2241 Washington Pike. The 90-minute event starts at noon. A $10 donation by cash or check is requested at the door. People who simply want to donate may send checks made out to the American Cancer Society to the attention of Karla Smith at Chesapeake’s, 500 Henley St., Knoxville, TN 37902.

‘Mr. Anthony’ steps out on field named for father

Scott Miller at the Disc Exchange Scott Miller will perform songs from his new album “Big Big World” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Disc Exchange, Chapman Highway, just south of the Henley Bridge. Free admission; CD signing; free beer.

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This is Smith’s first year leading the ACS fundraising charge for Chesapeake’s, and she’s hoping to beat some of the other restaurants in the group, which includes Copper Cellar, Calhoun’s, Cherokee Grill and Smoky Mountain Brewery. “Ultimately, it’s not about bragging rights, she said. “It’s all about raising money for a good cause. It’s fun, and it is good exercise.” She likes Zumba “because it’s exercise that doesn’t really seem like it’s exercise, but you’re sweating. If you ever go to one of MeZumbathon linda’s classes, Saturday, Sept. 21, she really sweats you.” noon to 1:30, Besides, she Washington wanted to try to work around the Pike UMC, 2241 UT-Florida footWashington Pike. ball game, whose time hadn’t been $10 donation scheduled when she needed to make her plans. “I know it’s away, but it’s on TV Melinda Wolfe works out. Photo by Betsy Pickle so I figured a lot of people would want to be somewhere to watch that,” she says. “I hope it won’t and decide something.” T-shirts, bracelet and pink-ribbon interfere, but we had to go ahead Smith will sell “Making Strides” pins at the event.

By Betty Bean Anthony Anderson knows he’s being watched. And that’s OK. It’s part of his job as the Emerald Youth Foundation’s elementary and middle school Just Lead coordinator at Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of 21 churches and faith-based organizations in the Just Lead Network. Anthony’s been there since January, and he started by recruiting kids from Sarah Moore Greene and Green Elementary Schools as well as Vine and Holston Middle Schools to attend the after-school program. Once he gets them there, it’s his job to interact with some 50 children and teens, many of whom

don’t have a father figure in their lives. It’s also part of his job as an assistant football coach at Austin-East, where a young, inexperienced Roadrunner team started the year with three losses and is looking Anderson for better days to come. It was part of his life as a highprofile student athlete at A-E and as a football player at the University of Tennessee. And most fundamentally, it is part of the legacy passed down

to him from his family, where he learned the importance of role models at an early age. “I see some of these kids who don’t have the father figure I have, or the mother I have, or the grandmother or the uncles or the world’s coolest aunt, and I know God has put me in this position to be someone they can talk to – from big problems to just, ‘How do I tie a tie?’ This is a huge opportunity that Emerald Youth Foundation’s given me to be back in East Knoxville to try to mold and maintain what’s left of the community.” He’s “Mr.” Anthony to the kids, and at the ripe old age of 24, he tries to pass along the lessons he has learned.

“We make sure they do their homework, and go into the Bible with them. We have life conversations to see how they’re thinking. They like talking to Mr. Anthony, they say I’m young, but yet they say I’m old at the same time, because I’ve known some of them since I worked at the city rec center when they were little kids. “We had Orange and White Day the week of the first game, and I brought my jersey and helmet and stuff. It shocked them. I played from 2007-11, and they say, ‘We were in elementary school!’ They tell me they’re faster than me. They can tackle me. They’re stronger To page A-3

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Sometimes a Wildcat and a Blue Devil can drive toward the same goal surgery by Art to remove his prostate gland. Art used the da Vinci Surgical System at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The ďŹ rst of its kind in Knoxville, the da Vinci is a state-of-the-art robotic surgery system that allows removal of the prostate with only a few small cuts. This in turn means less blood, less post-operative pain and a shorter hospital stay. “Dr. Art explained everything to me,â€? said Eubanks. “And as usual, he was very detailed. Along with my Christian faith, prayer and Dr. Art’s conďŹ dence and our informative discussions, I was to the point of not being too worried about the actual surgery. I was more worried about telling my family of my diagnosis and needing surgery.â€? The robotic surgery went smoothly, and Eubanks was home within two days. “My care at Fort Sanders was very good; I had no problems,â€? he said. “The nurses were all very friendly. You could ask them questions and they were very attentive. “I had almost no pain. I did not even take any pain medications,â€? said Eubanks. Within three months, Eubanks was back to normal, doing sit-ups, lifting weights and playing tennis. When the weather warmed, he was back on his motorcycle as well. “It has now been almost nine months since the surgery and I do everything now that I did before, maybe more because I seem to want to make up for the three months lost during recovery,â€? said Eubanks. “I attribute my great outcome to my age, my health before the surgery and especially Dr. Art and the da Vinci robot at Fort Sanders. My only issue with Dr. Art is that he is a Kentucky basketball fan,â€? Eubanks said with a laugh. “I recommend all men begin having prostate cancer screening. I did, and it may have saved my life.â€?

Richard Eubanks of Knoxville, 50, a diehard Duke basketball fan, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of 2012, after routine screening by urologist Dr. Kevin Art of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. At the time, however, Eubanks didn’t realize that Art was a devoted University of Kentucky fan. “When I saw he had a UK pin on his lapel, I said, ‘I’m not sure this is going to work,’ â€? said Eubanks with a laugh. “Ever since then, we always talk basketball.â€? After the diagnosis of cancer – prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men – the two men set aside any basketball differences to ďŹ nd a slam-dunk treatment. Since Eubanks was only 49 years old, on the young side for prostate cancer, Art ďŹ rst recommended surgery to remove the gland. However, since it was at such an early stage and slow growing, Art pointed out that there was no need to rush. “My ďŹ rst instinct was ‘Cancer, get it out, I don’t want to take any chances,’ â€? said Eubanks. “But Dr. Art said there was no rush; it was likely to be slow growing and early. He explained all of my options, but he put no pressure on me to have the surgery. He said the second option would be radiation treatment, and he recommended I get other opinions.â€? Eubanks did receive a second opinion from a radiologist, who also recommended surgery. “That made me feel reassured,â€? said Eubanks. But still, Eubanks decided to wait for a few months before the surgery, to enjoy a summer motorcycle trip to Utah with his father and another trip with his wife to Hawaii. All the while, Eubanks had extra blood tests to check the cancer, which remained unchanged over the summer. Finally in November 2012, Eubanks had Richard Eubanks with his wife, Joana

Robotic surgery at Fort Sanders Originally developed by the military for use in tele-surgery, robotic surgery has become the gold standard for prostate removal surgery today. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center acquired the first robotic da Vinci Surgical System in the Knoxville area in 2004. It has become very popular among physicians with 90 to 95 percent of all prostate surgeries, and many Dr. Kevin Art other abdominal procedures as well, being done by the robot. “The robotic system allows us to perform a less invasive procedure, compared to traditional open surgery,� explained Dr. Kevin Art, a board certified urologist at Fort Sanders. “The robot has replaced open surgery in most cases, although in some patients the robot may not be possible due to prior surgeries.� Using a computer console, the

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physician controls each movement of robotic “hands,â€? which hold surgical tools. Because it’s a robot, Prostate cancer is the leading type of cancer in the United States died from prostate cancer. the hands can move more smoothly On average, 1 out of every 6 men will be diagdiagnosed in men, and the second leading type and precisely than any human hand nosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. of cancer death in men. is able. While prostate cancer is far more prevalent Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. This allows for surgery with in men than lung cancer, lung cancer causes far The average age of diagnosis is 67 years old. only a few small incisions. While more deaths each year. African-American men are at a greater risk not every patient is a candidate for In 2009, the most recent numbers available, for getting prostate cancer than white men. surgery, those who are experience 206,640 men in the United States were diag- You’re especially at risk if your relatives are shorter hospital times and fewer nosed with prostate cancer, and 28,088 men from sub-Saharan Africa. complications with robotic surgery than traditional open surgery. “This means that over 90 percent, of patients go home the very next day,â€? said Art. “It’s important when choosing robotic surgery to go somewhere that has experience. Prostate cancer screening guidelines are constantly changing, so it’s best to talk to your physician Fort Sanders was the first hospital about your own risk for the disease and how best to detect it. in the Knoxville area to get the The standard prostate cancer screenings are as follows: da Vinci System, so we are well experienced in it, and we believe â– PSA (prostate-speciďŹ c antigen) test – rectum, to feel for any enlarged, hard, lumpy or our care reflects that.â€? This blood screening detects protein in the blood abnormal areas of the prostate, which is located made by the prostate gland. An elevated level may next to the rectum. For more information on indicate cancer; however, it is not completely acâ–  Prostate Biopsy – Using a thin needle robotically-assisted surgery curate. Some men with normal PSA levels may and local anesthesia, a small sample of cells is exat Fort Sanders, have cancer, and sometimes men with high PSA tracted from the prostate gland. The cells are then please call (865) 673-FORT levels do not have cancer. examined under a microscope to determine if or visit our website at â–  Digital Rectal Exam – Using a gloved they are cancerous. A biopsy is performed if other ďŹ nger, the health care provider inserts it into the screening tests are positive.

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Fort Dickerson redesign has scenic potential In South Knoxville, if it’s or former Knoxville residents – will take advantage not one road, it’s another. of Ijams’ verdant backdrop to share poems inspired by the natural world. The event was created in association with the city’s Centennial ConserBetsy vation Expo, set for Oct. 12. Pickle “Our mayor is very supportive of local writers and artists; this event is one way that Mayor Rogero’s support Fortunately, there wasn’t is evident, and we poets can much controversy at the return the ‘gift’ with words Sept. 4 public meeting on that hold our environment the city’s planned redesign dear,” says Marilyn Kalof the entrance to Fort Dick- let, director of the Creative erson Park. About 40 people Writing Program at the gathered in the community University of Tennessee and room of Flenniken Landing. one of the participants. “The poems we’ll be The project will align the entrance to Fort Dickerson reading/singing are not Park with Woodlawn Pike at sentimental though. We Chapman Highway about a recognize the threats and mile from downtown. There the damage that has alwill be a traffic light with ready been done; the natusignage and a landscaped ral world in our backyard is drive that allows for access all the more precious to us as we face up to the damage from adjoining businesses. A large retaining wall and pitfalls.” Kallet says attendees can emblazoned with “Fort Dickerson Park” will make expect diversity in the poems. “Some of us are urban, a much bigger deal of the entrance than the current some of us were raised on brown metal sign at the in- farmland or near rivers – all conspicuous roadway lead- share in caring for the natuing to the park. Trees and ral world that is endangered,” plants will beautify the en- she says. “Poetry is a way of trance and disguise retain- gardening, giving a chance to protect the green shoots that ing walls on the hillside. There was some discus- peek through the rubble.” Also performing are: sion of whether southbound ■ Poet, songwriter, mudrivers would be able to see sician, playwright and actor the new sign in time to turn. The city is looking into in- RB Morris, whose books of stalling additional signage. poetry include “Early Fires” The meeting took a hu- and “Keeping the Bees Emmorous turn when area resi- ployed.” ■ Jesse Graves, an asdent Arnela Gregory asked about getting rid of the kud- sistant professor of English zu that’s currently the park’s at East Tennessee State most visible trademark from University whose first colChapman Highway. Don’t be lection of poems was “Tensurprised to see goats along nessee Landscape with Blighted Pine.” Chapman at some point. ■ Arthur Smith, professor of English at UT, who Poets embrace nature at has written four books of Ijams poetry, including 2013’s Six poets will be showing “The Fortunate Era.” some Mother (Earth) love at ■ Linda Parsons Mari“Letters to the Earth: Songs on, an editor at UT and auand Poems of Conserva- thor of three poetry collection” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. tions. 22, at Ijams Nature Center, ■ Jeff Daniel Marion, 2915 Island Home Ave. who has published nine poThe writers – all current etry collections, four poetry

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Audrey Gilbert, 9, and her brother Finnian, 7, stand in front of the Gilbert home in Lake Forest.

Lake Forest group stays busy

Karen Fletcher, right, shows her mother, Mary Farmer, renderings of the planned redesign of the Fort Dickerson entrance at the Sept. 4 meeting.

Photos by Betsy Pickle

The Lake Forest Neighborhood Association doesn’t seem to need rest. In addition to holding a recent impromptu ice-cream social to celebrate the demise of the James White Parkway extension project, the group is heading into the home stretch of a “Plant Pink” neighborhood-improvement contest. Many houses in the neighborhood have exterior features made from Tennessee pink marble. The contest encourages residents to accentuate the beauty of their homes by pruning and planting – not just in pink hues, but in any color that will enhance their yards. The association is looking ahead to the 2015 Dogwood Arts Festival, when Chapman Highway will be the featured Dogwood trail. Participants must submit before-and-after photos, which will be judged by a panel of experts and have prizes awarded at the group’s 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, meeting at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. President Molly Gilbert says the association had a plant swap in the spring to help neighbors find foliage to add to their yards.

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Dead and deader Is the James White Parkway extension really dead? Probably, but not totally. It all happened on Aug. 29 when the local TPO (Transportation Planning Organization) voted to remove it from their list of projects (TIP). TDOT Commissioner John Schroer threw in the towel and beat a fast retreat. Gov. Haslam said he would work to improve Chapman Highway.

had conferred regularly with his representative, he would have known that on Jan. 23 the board had voted to remove it from the priority list to which his representative did not object. Also, if Waters actually attended these meetings, he would have more knowledge about what is happening. However, if he feels pressure from people in Sevier County who favored this $22 million a mile road project, he may show up in person with constituents Victor at a future TPO meeting Ashe to revive the James White Parkway extension. Even if it fails, he can tell his constituents he tried and try to offset the embarrassment TPO is one of those litof being absent on Aug. 29. The matter can come up tle-known but still very important organizations for reconsideration at any which the public and many future meeting if a member public officials know little makes a motion and gets a about. It includes Sevier, second. Knox, Blount and Loudon ■ Leadership Knoxcounties plus the city of ville celebrates 30 years of Oak Ridge. Projects in achievement this year and these areas which require will honor prior graduates federal funding must be with a reception Thursday, on the TPO approved list. Sept. 19, at the Knoxville The four county mayors Zoo. Tammy White leads serve on this body as do the organization. the mayors of Knoxville, ■ State Rep. Bill Dunn, Farragut, Lenoir City, Alcoa who is the senior Republiand Maryville. Jeff Welch can from the Knox legislaof MPC is staff director. tive delegation, became a When this writer was grandfather a few weeks mayor, he attended the ago. Dunn will complete 20 meetings faithfully. Thenyears in the House in 2014. county executive Tommy He plans on seeking an 11th Schumpert attended regutwo-year term. larly as well. Mayor Rogero, ■ Mary Pat Tyree, forto her credit, attends regumer wife of former mayor larly. However, most county Randy Tyree, has moved mayors do not attend and back to Knoxville from instead send a representaNashville and has joined tive which is unfortunate. Coldwell Banker Wallace Sevier County Mayor and Wallace, Realtors. Larry Waters, who is the She has a website at www. most senior county mayor of all 95 counties in TennesShe was a Realtor when see (serving over 36 years she lived in Knoxville. now), criticized the TPO ■ Apologies for not reaction on the grounds he calling that former council was not notified this would member Rob Frost (now be before TPO. At this council attorney) and wife meeting, he failed to have Erin had a son, Charlie, on a representative present Sept. 26, 2005, when Frost which he normally sends. was seeking his second It may be a valid comterm on council. He joins plaint that he did not know Joe Bailey and Ed Shouse the motion to remove the and in October, Mark Parkway extension was Campen, in those who coming up that day for a fathered a child while on vote. However, if Waters council.

POLITICAL NOTES ■ The Volunteer Women’s Republican Club will meet noon Monday, Sept. 16, at Buddy’s Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Lunch ($12 buffet) begins at 11:30 a.m. Program: City Council Candidates. Info: ■ The South Knox Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Gary Underwood Park on Moore Road. Info: ■ The Powell Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Shoney’s on Emory Road. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Info: knoxgop. org. ■ Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will host a one-on-one constituent meeting 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Burlington Branch Library, 6414 Asheville Highway.

The Affordable Care Act takes effect Jan 1. Extended enrollment runs Oct. 1 to March 31, 2014. After that, the enrollment period will be Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, mirroring Medicare.

Betty Bean Are we ready? Sort of. Tennessee is one of 26 states that opted not to create a healthcare exchange – the marketplace where consumers can shop for health insurance – so anyone wanting coverage must rely on the exchange set up by the federal government. Is this mandatory even though Tennessee isn’t participating? Yes. Those who do not have health insurance are required to sign up. Exemptions will be granted in several categories, including the indigent, American Indians, undocumented immigrants, incarcerated individuals, those with religious objections and those for whom the lowest cost plan exceeds eight percent of their annual income. In 2014, the penalty for not enrolling is the greater of $95 or one percent of taxable income. In 2015, the pen-

alty is $325 or two percent of taxable income.Subsidies are available for those who meet income guidelines. What about Medicare recipients? Medicare recipients who are happy with their plans don’t have to make any changes, although they can shop around if they wish (an option available every year). Becky Harmon, a registered nurse who is Knox County coordinator for the Tennessee Health Care Coalition (a volunteer group that is disseminating information about the ACA) says two significant changes are already in place for Medicare recipients because of ACA: an increasing number of preventive and wellness services, and the shrinking of the “doughnut hole” gap on prescription drug benefits. “There are many benefits – pap smears, mammograms, flu shots, colonoscopies, etc., that are now available with no co-pay at all,” Harmon said. “And there’s the shrinking of ‘doughnut hole.’ which will disappear by 2020. Starting that year, beneficiaries will be responsible for 25 percent of the cost of their drugs, no matter the size of their bill. In 2012, moe than 3.5 million seniors who fell in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” were giv-

Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) sponsored a panel discussion on the Affordable Healthcare Act last week at the Beck Cultural Exchange. Becky Harmon (standing, in red), THCC’s Knox County coordinator, explains a fine point of the law while Rick Roach (at left) and Dr. Mary Headrick listen. Todd Shelton is behind Harmon to the left. Photo by Betty Bean en deiscounts on medication. The Affordable Care Act aims at shrinking and closing the doughnut hole, making it easier for those that fall inside that coverage gap. This closure will happen over the next 10 years, with 2020 seeing savings of 75 percent of brand named and generic drugs. “We would get calls at the Office on Aging from people who couldn’t afford their insulin anymore.” Already in effect: Children covered by family policies can keep the coverage until they are 26. Coverage cannot be denied because

of pre-existing conditions. Lifetime caps on medical benefits have been eliminated. Info: 800-318-2596 or For in-person assistance, watch the media for announcements. “Organizations like Cherokee Health Systems will be working with their own patients, and the rest of us will be volunteers. The state has not chosen to put any money into assisting, so all the information, education and enrollment in the Volunteer State is being done by volunteers,” Harmon said.

‘The Rabbit’s Got the Gun’ Pete DeBusk pens autobiography It’s the book we’ve all been waiting for.

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“The Rabbit’s Got the Gun,” by Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, has hit the stands. It’s a readable tale of the rise from stark poverty of one of Knox County’s richest residents. DeRoyal Industries is privately held, so records are sparse, but the photo pages show huge manufacturing facilities, each employing hundreds, in: ■ Powell ■ Maynardville ■ Tazewell ■ LaFollette ■ Portland, Tenn. ■ Sanford, Fla. ■ Rose Hill, Va. ■ Stone Mountain, Ga. ■ Camden, S.C. ■ Santiago, Dominican Republic

■ Villa Canales, Guatemala ■ San Jose, Costa Rica ■ Dublin, Ireland ■ Tallinn, Estonia DeBusk grew up in a house trailer, hauled by his daddy to coal camps where there was work. Pete attended 13 schools in grades 1-12. Now he lives in a huge home on Cunningham Road in Halls. This place has 37,000 - squa re feet in the main house and another 11,000-square feet in an adjoining lodge. Caretakers live in a garage and apartment area. The estate is fenced with a running trail and small lake. This writer was around during the endless construction, giving occasional updates in the Shopper under the heading, “DeHouse.” Pete was not amused, but he didn’t come and shoot me. He spearheaded construction of the Boys and Girls Club of Halls and Pow-

ell, which bears his name. He’s a good community member and a former Halls Man of the Year. So I like Pete DeBusk. I like the way he built factories all over East Tennessee and exported merchandise when many businesses built plants overseas and imported merchandise. Don’t you love the way he bowed up and sued the American Bar Association when it failed to accredit the Duncan School of Law at LMU? Who does that? You’ll gain insight into how Pete thinks and operates by reading this new book. The title is based on an Appalachian metaphor for a situation in which an underdog comes out on top, when the hunted becomes the hunter. In an afterward, Pete’s son Brian, now CEO of DeRoyal Industries, salutes his dad by saying, “Don’t worry, Dad. The rabbit still

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has the gun.” Family is important to Pete. We would see him around Halls, coaching teeball and shopping with his kids. He talks a lot about his wife, Cindi, and the ways she helped him make their blended family seamless. Pete’s best business advice: “Stop and listen. Find a problem to solve and then figure out how to address it. Listen to your customers because your success or failure will ultimately depend on your ability to meet their needs.”

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Please tell Butch this one matters If you see Butch before I There was one stretch where do, please tell him this next the winner won the SEC one matters. East 11 of 14 years. No point in going back to the beginning of time. The two schools had a few early connections and played an occasional game but for this Marvin tale, let’s start with 1963. Tennessee’s acting athWest letic director went to a late summer fish fry in Fayetteville, Ark., so he could see his former Florida quarterThe Florida Gators are back, a young assistant on an official problem. They’ve Frank Broyles’ Arkansas whipped the Volunteers staff. eight consecutive times. Just as Jim McDonald That is pretty close to be- was starting as coach of the coming a habit. Volunteers, athletic director In theory, this would be Bob Woodruff was thinka fine rivalry if Tennessee ing who might be a replacecould win one now and then. ment. Doug Dickey was first Once upon a time, this choice. match of salty words and The switch worked for hard hits was really big. most of six seasons, un-

til Florida wanted Dickey back in Gainesville. That idea hatched in late summer 1969. What followed were denials, lies and damn lies. The Gator Bowl, bringing together Tennessee and Florida, was the depths of awkwardness. There remains some question as to where Dickey’s heart was that day. A funny thing happened the next September. Dickey had to bring his new team to Neyland Stadium to play the guys he left behind. The Vols annihilated the Gators. In no other so-called rivalry has there been so many sticking points. Consider 1977: the Gators scored with 46 seconds left to build a 10-point lead. The Vols responded with a fumble. Game over, right?

The Gators gained easy ground. With three seconds remaining, they surprisingly called time out. More surprisingly, quarterback Terry LeCount threw what looked like a TD pass to Wes Chandler. Officials interceded and said out of bounds. Trying to pile on points and further embarrass beaten visitors caused an explosion. All heck broke loose. There was a genuine brawl at midfield. Said John Majors: “Our time will come.” It took a while. After growing up in Johnson City, Steve Spurrier went off to be a Gator great, returned as coach and added other insults to injury. He scored far more points than necessary and made big jokes at Tennes-

All we have are questions No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22: 46 NRSV) Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. (Leonard Cohen)

In my first job after college, my boss was a man whose most famous quote was, “Don’t bring me problems! Bring me solutions!” In his discussions (argu-

ments? banter?) with the Pharisees, Jesus was the consummate debater. He discussed and sparred with them, taught them and led them into traps designed

see that Jesus was at times impatient with the slowness Cross of his students, especially Currents his disciples. However, if someone came to him sinLynn cerely seeking knowledge – Pitts or better yet, wisdom – Jesus was willing to teach. It was my discovery of to open their eyes to see Leonard Cohen’s verse things they had no desire (quoted above) that was an to see. He asked them ques- “Aha!” moment for me. Our wondering, our cutions (what our teachers called “thought questions” riosity and (let’s be honest) when I was in school) to our ignorance are, in truth, the “crack in everything” make them think. In other words, he that provides the entry point for the light to get in. brought them problems. If we read the Gospels If we are willing to allow carefully and honestly, we new thoughts, to reach new

see’s expense. Florida was the beneficiary of the infamous fax of the Tennessee playbook. Florida was the beneficiary of the Jabar Gaffney noncatch. Florida did miss a field goal in 1998. Phillip Fulmer had serious difficulty with the Gators. The hall-of-fame coach lost 12 of 17. Peyton Manning was in the eye of that storm. He did not beat Florida. Some setbacks were not all his fault. Consider 1995: The Gators, trailing 30-14, scored 48 consecutive points to turn an exciting game into a 62–37 romp. Danny Wuerffel threw for six touchdowns and won the cover of Sports Illustrated. Consider 1996: The Gators scored five touchdowns

in the first 25 minutes. Later, Tim Tebow inflicted hurt on the Vols but Eric Berry got him for a big one, a pick and 96-yard interception return. Alas, Florida won, 59-20. Lane Kiffin was a lot of help. He popped off, accusing Urban Meyer of cheating. Next he said he was going to sing “Rocky Top” all night long after his Vols beat the Gators. I suppose you recall how that turned out. Nothing happened during Derek Dooley’s three years but the losses were not runaways. Tennessee-Florida needs serious rejuvenation. When you are talking to Butch, ask him to begin to start to turn this thing around.

understandings, to learn, we can begin to find answers to our questions. That is when we grow and become. I remember when my daughter Jordan came home from college for her very first fall break. She described her experience in classes as “honing my mind,” and she accompanied that statement with a movement of her head as if she was sharpening a knife on a whetstone. She was discovering the “crack in everything” and the light was pouring in. There are some folks who are afraid to ask questions, particularly about matters of faith, about the Bible.

They think it is impertinent, or sacrilegious. I believe that the Bible is sturdy enough to stand up to our questions, and I believe that it contains the answers we need to find our way to God. It is a compass that points us in the right direction. It is a whetstone that we can hone our souls on. Our questions are “the crack in everything,” the opening that lets the light in. Ask your questions. Ask them over and over, if need be. Ask them of different people. Ask them of God. Keep on asking, until you find answers, until the light gets in.

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Gametime: behind the sidelines

The sounds of football season are a favorite to many in this area. Whether it is college football or Friday night football at the area high schools, there is just a different feel in the air during football season. One big rivalry is Fulton vs. Austin-East. Fans pack the stands to see their favorite team work its magic on the field, to watch the athletic cheer squad or to listen to their child play in the marching band. Those are the sights and sounds of football. From the Fulton stands that night I heard someone yell, “Miss Ruth!” When I looked up I saw the yearbook student, Simmone Smith (whom I accidentally called Simmone Davis in the last edition). Smith came down and we chatted for a few minutes and to start my night off just right, I received some sweet words and a nice warm hug. That’s what it’s all about. While walking the sidelines behind the Fulton

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Fulton player Xavier Hawkins and Austin-East’s Michael McMateam, I recognized many han fight for possession of a fumble. faces including coach Rob Black and his father, Bob; Danny Beeler in his referee uniform on the field; cheer coach Kim Pratt and her group of girls; school principals and even the superintendent, Dr. Jim McIntyre. The view from the sidelines is an interesting one. You are right there with the action and have to be quick on your feet for fear of getting tackled by an out of bounds play. But from the sidelines you can see the players in a different light, Taking care of the team during breaks are waterboys Bryson feel the intensity, watch Hartsell and Grant Warwick. the support staff and hear the band music as it flows across the field. Although I wouldn’t call myself a football fan, I do call myself a fan of Friday Night Lights.

Fulton head coach Rob Black walks the sideline in preparation for kickoff against Austin-East. Black’s father, former head coach Bob Black, in the foreground of the photo stands ready to help lead the Falcons to victory. Photos by Ruth White

Drum major Jamyia King leads the Fulton band from the podium.

Quay Stewart warms up on the marimba prior to the halftime performance by Fulton’s marching band.

Band member Anna Clabough plays the flute in the stands dur- Fulton color guard members Emani King and Destinie Cullom ing the football game. serve cold water to band members prior to the game.

Jeremiah Branson and Abby Barker hold a Flag of Honor that bears the names of the 2,996 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Woodmen of the World donated a flag for each classroom at the L&N STEM Academy.


Football at Fulton High is a family affair for the Black family. As Rob Black and his dad, Bob, work the sidelines coaching, Rob’s wife, Michelle, is in the stands cheering her favorite team on, and their daughters Makenna (pictured) and Makaley are cheering on the sidelines.


Library events

Kenneth Foster looks on as Faith Harris rings a bell 12 times for the 12 years that have passed since Sept. 11, 2001.

■ Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway, will host the following events. Info: 525-5431. ■ Monday, Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” ■ Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.” ■ Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. – Computer Workshops: “Introducing the Computer.” Presents the information and skills required for other workshops: computer terminology, the Windows environment, mouse and keyboard familiarity, working with files and folders. To register: 525-5431. ■ Monday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.”

Dine-out for Fulton band Kathy Coley, dean of teacher innovation at the L&N STEM Academy, gives a tearful hug to Hayden Cooper, the first L&N student to enlist in the military. He will serve in the Navy. Photos by Elias Arnold and Peyton Williams play during the L&N STEM Academy’s Sept. 11 memorial program. Wendy Smith

Not wanting to be outdone, the Fulton High School band will benefit from a dine-out today (Monday, Sept. 16) at the Quaker Steak and Lube, 5616 Merchants Center Boulevard. Commissioner Amy Broyles will be there and has invited other commissioners to attend.

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Good food and shirts The first thing I noticed when I walked into Joe Shirt was a large decorative giraffe and hundreds of examples of what owner Ed Foley and his employees create every day. This unassuming building located at 201 Winona Street is filled with amazing designs to personalize any type of shirt a group wants.

AROUND THE TOWN “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn will be presented at Clarence Brown Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 19, 20 and 21, with 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 22. Tickets: $12-$40; available at “The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham will be presented at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St., at 8 p.m. Sept. 19-21 and 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets: $10 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday-Saturday; in advance at Candoro Arts & Heritage Center seeks artists, crafters and vendors to reserve booth space for the “Candoro Rocks” festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Candoro Marble Works, 681 Maryville Pike. Applications are online at or Tennessee Artists Association People’s Choice Exhibit featuring paintings and photography by 25 artists is on display through Sept. 27 at the DENSO Gallery at Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Artist reception is 5-8 p.m. Sept. 27. “Of Sword and Pen,” an exhibit of regional artifacts and documents from the Civil War era, is on display at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., through Sunday, Oct. 13. The center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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When Ed was in a scuba diving club over 27 years ago, the members of the club wanted distinctive Tshirts and he thought, “I can do that” and set out to create the design and make the shirts himself. He laughs when recalling that it took him over a week to make the shirts which would now take an hour. Ed started the company in his apartment and has built the business by believing customer service is the most important part of any business. He says this is a cliché but he wants all of his customers to feel they are receiving “over the top” service. Schools, youth ministries, bands, churches, businesses and reunions are just some of the groups which have used Joe Shirt for personalized shirts. Some of his loyal customers create their own design but many need help with graphics. His five employees have the skills to guide someone with no idea what they want in the right direction! They must be doing something right – after 27 years in business, they are creating an average of 1,000 shirts per week! Joe Shirt is open for walk-in business

Ed Foley at Joe Shirt weekdays from 8-5 or you can call 521-6960. Check out the website at or send email to So, where did the giraffe come from? Colorado … not the answer I was expecting!


A family affair The year was 1939 and the log structure which now houses Ye Olde Steak House had just been built. Smoky Mountain Pottery Manufacturing Company was the first occupant and stayed busy making all types of pottery, crocks and jugs (including moonshine jugs). Flash forward to 1968. Bunt and Helen King decided to start a steak house in South Knoxville, and this building was just what they were looking for. The first major undertaking was to get rid of thousands of pink and blue elephants that had been left by the pottery company. Once this feat was accomplished, the steaks and other delicious food started becoming a staple for everyone in the area.

David King and Cheryl Wilson at Ye Olde Steak House Today, Ye Olde Steak House is still in the family. The Kings’ children, David King and his sisters, Cheryl Wilson and Nancy Ayres, run the restaurant with precision. Although the Henley Bridge closing has slowed their business down, they have made it thanks to their loyal customers. The restaurant was temporarily relocated to the old L & N Station at the World’s Fair Park after a fire in 2002. Cheryl says everyone in the family was thrilled to be back “home” almost two years later. While you are there, enjoy the steaks, burger specials and homemade des-

serts. They also have several menu selections for people who are not beef lovers. Be sure and check out the potbelly coal stove that was used in the 1970 Anthony Quinn movie, “A Walk in the Spring Rain.” Christmas and birthday parties, reunions and rehearsal dinners keep the three banquet rooms busy. Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more. With private rooms that hold up to 70 people, the entire gang at Ye Olde Steak House welcomes you like an old friend. Located at 6838 Chapman Highway, call early for reservations, 2503724.

Millertown Center: Ready to serve you Longtime East Knox resident Tommy Vann developed and has been operating the Millertown Center shopping plaza on Millertown Pike since 1997, originally under his flagship company, Vann Land Ltd., and more recently under Millertown Investments LLC, a business which he runs with his brother, Bobby Vann.

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The roughly 15,000square foot shopping center is situated on roughly four acres. This area is part of the brothers’ old stomping grounds, as they grew up along Millertown Pike and their dad ran a construction business there. These days, Tommy’s diverse interests have caused him to locate his business headquarters more centrally, out west, though his heart is still anchored east. Space in the Millertown Center is fully rented with a Breadbox Shell gas station/convenience store situated on the corner of Loves Creek Road and Millertown


Pike. Behind it, in an Lshaped strip plaza, are six Extending from the Shell station to the shopping plaza, Milindependent shops, includ- lertown Center specializes in customer service. Photos by Nick Della ing a Taco Bell, the Tanger- Volpe ine Japanese Restaurant, a Pizza Hut, Deluxe Cleaners, Mike Davis’ State Farm office, and a Game Haven video store. Tommy reports that business in the center is good, although it will likely improve once the city’s road contractor, CSI Construc- where chef-owner Ricky opened. When completed, tion, completes the bridge (short for Yan Liu) can pre- this greenway will meanwidening over Loves Creek pare you some fresh sushi der some 1 1/4 miles along and the lane addition on or sashimi, or prepare a the riffling creek, through Millertown Pike. A left turn hibachi or teriyaki grilled the woods and down to the lane will be added to relieve dinner. county-run Spring Place the traffic light queue at You can fill the tank at Shell Park, providing a scenic the corner of Loves Creek while your pizza is rising. walking trail for citizens to Road. The story of Millertown enjoy the outdoors, and a Improved traffic flow for Center would not be com- safe way for walkers, bicybusy residents will add to plete without a green aside. clists and joggers to reach the convenience of the fast Tommy Vann’s area roots the rich regional shopping food and sit down dining shine through as he has gra- at Millertown Pike and the available at the center, as ciously agreed to make his Mall frontage roads. well as an efficient stop at property along the stream Look for great things as the other service businesses bank of Loves Creek (his this area matures, and has operating there. The hoped- western border), available the visual infrastructure for TDOT interchange up- to Knoxville Parks and Rec barriers removed along grade of I-640 (at exit 8) Department to extend the the interstate and frontage will likewise help the over- Loves Creek Greenway Trail roads. Residents also share 100 local businesses located north from the trail end be- a renewed hope that Simon there thrive, including the low Wal-Mart’s rock wall Mall will soon arise from ones at the Millertown Cen- behind his property. its slumber and be restored ter. Someday (hopefully to its full glory. More about But don’t wait. Stop in for soon) that trail will run that soon … lunch or tonight’s supper at from the East Towne Mall Yes, East Knoxville is Pizza Hut or take home a (its real name to locals) open for business. Come enchimichanga or stuffed bur- southward to the Spring joy some leisurely shopping rito at Taco Bell or, for finer Place Park on Loves Creek away from the harried West dining, visit the unique Tan- Road, where a half-mile of side madness. The sun, after gerine Japanese Restaurant wooded trail was recently all, rises in the East!

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Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will give the lecture “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear” at 3:30 at UT’s University Center Auditorium, Room 329. Reception to follow. Tennessee Shines will feature Missy Raines & the New Hip at 7 p.m. at the WDVX studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18 Books Sandwiched In, a lunch-and-learn series, will be held at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Chad Hellwinckel, research assistant professor at the UT Agricultural Analysis Center, will lead a discussion of “The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming” by Masanobu Fukuoka. The public is invited to bring a lunch and join the conversation.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, SEPT. 18-19 A concert sound engineering workshop offering a basic introduction to live sound mixing for musicians and volunteers will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Lou Gross, volunteer sound engineer at Laurel, will lead the workshop. There is no charge, but participants will be expected to volunteer six hours over the next year to aid productions by Jubilee Community Arts. Register: 522-5851. Info: Toby Koosman, 522-5851 or

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 A Title VI symposium, “Economic Fairness Through Diversity and Inclusion,” will be held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center. Info: Joshalyn Hundley,, or Kelsey Finch, kelsey. “Smoky Mountain Tales: Feuds, Murder and Mayhem” is the title of Gail Palmer’s brown-bag lecture at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free. Fashion Sense Meets Common Sense, Goodwill’s 29th annual Vintage Fashion Show, will be at the Hilton Knoxville, 501 W. Church Ave. Dinner and drinks start at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets: $40 each or $375 for a table of 10. Tickets include dinner, two glasses of wine (with valid ID), the show and entry to the after-show sale. Purchase: 588-8567. Pre-sale 5-6:15 p.m. is $5.

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John Sevier Days will bring first governor’s era to life By Betsy Pickle Marble Springs is having a birthday party for the governor, and everyone is invited. The party isn’t for the current governor – it’s for John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee – and it celebrates his life and times. John Sevier Days Living History Weekend takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Born in Virginia 268 years ago, Sevier was a militia leader who became a Revolutionary War hero as well as one of Tennessee’s earliest and most popular politicians. He purchased the Marble Springs property in 1796 and lived there until his death in 1815. John Sevier Days focuses on everyday life in the 19th century with demonstrations of such activities as blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, weaving, soap making, wool processing and quilting. Of course, military life also will get its due, thanks to weapons demonstrations and drills by the Regiment of Knox County, Tennessee Militia. Attendees at the annual event never seem to get enough. “They always enjoy getting to join in with the militia,” says Ashleigh Oatts, Marble Springs assistant director. “I see people hanging around the militia camps for hours.” A reenactment of the Battle of King’s Mountain is one of the highlights of the weekend. A new feature this year is the “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Oatts says people should expect something more along the lines of Professor Pickwick than Dr. Caligari.

“I’m looking forward to that one,” she says. “They should have the opportunity to see what’s left of Lot’s wife,” says executive director Anna Chappelle mysteriously. Many visitors enjoy watching the blacksmith but are surprised by his contributions. “They’re actually seeing that you don’t just go to a hardware store and purchase a box of nails,” says Chappelle. “Someone has to make them by hand.” Young people especially are astounded by how long it takes to do or make things that are convenient and quick in their world, Chappelle and Oatts say. Whether it’s churning butter or weaving, the re-enactors give a faithful depiction of work in the old days. Seeing history come alive should prove especially valuable to Tennessee schoolchildren now. The public school emphasis on Tennessee history and John Sevier’s role in it is about to expand. “They just changed the standards this summer, so they’ll be a lot more focused on it,” says Oatts. “King’s Mountain, what John Sevier gave to the founding of Tennessee and how all of that worked is going to be one of the new 4th and 8th grade standards. Then there’s a lot about the state of Franklin and the Watauga Association and those things that John Sevier can slide into.” Sevier was born Sept. 23, 1745, and died Sept. 24, 1815. He is buried on the lawn of the Old Courthouse downtown. “He actually was buried originally in Alabama, where he died, and then they moved him in 1889, and 30,000 people came for the reburial on Gay Street,” says Oatts. The remains

Marble Springs assistant director Ashleigh Oatts, left, and executive director Anna Chappelle stand in front of the main cabin. of his second wife, “Bonny Kate” (1754-1836), were moved there in the 1920s, and a marker for his first wife, Sarah (1746-1780), was put up in the 1950s. Admission to John Sevier Days is $5 for age 16 and up,

$3 age 7-16 and free for 6 and under. Parking is free. All proceeds benefit Marble Springs’ mission of preservation and education. For more info, visit or find Marble Springs on Facebook.

The multifunctional weaving house is one of several period structures moved from other locations to the Marble Springs site.

The Bonny Kate chapter of the DAR erected this monument made from stones from the old Marble Springs kitchen.

A car wash, a fish fry and the band By Ruth White Austin-East band members sure know how to hold a fundraiser. During the game against Fulton, an announcement was made that the band would host a car wash and fish fry at the school the following day. I decided to visit to see how it was done. As band members greeted people at the front of the Jerrion Joy uses some elbow grease to put a school, parents and stushine on this navy pickup. dents were busy packing up Styrofoam containers of freshly-fried fish and fries which, in my opinion, would rival any area restaurant. The band members took Austin-East marching band members Jaida great care washing my hus- Hill, Ashley Toepfer and Imani Hill work hard band’s truck and as speak- at the school’s car wash. Photos by Ruth White ers played some really good music, a pair took up dancing in the parking lot. Soon Band members Dion Glass and after I wasn’t surprised to Joshua Allen serve up fish and fries see the line for the wash to guests at the band fundraiser. area filled six cars deep.


Free Eddie Check PSA screenings at blood drive One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime – and one in 36 will die from it.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men. The purpose of the “Real Men Wear Gowns” campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of prostate cancer screenings for early detection. Provision is proud to be a sponsor of this important campaign.

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy will be the first facility of its kind in our area and will have the capability to treat 900 cancer patients annually including prostate cancer patients. When caught early, prostate cancer can be successfully treated. For more information, call 865-862-1600 or visit The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the proud sponsor of “Real Men Wear Gowns,” a partnership with WBIR Channel 10, that encourages men to get a PSA blood test for early detection of prostate cancer. Log on to to learn more and to view the commercial. Visit one of the Eddie Check locations on September 19 & 20 for a free PSA test.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. during 2013, about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and 29,720 men will die from it. But there’s still good news. If prostate cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Prostate cancer is rare before age 40, so if you are 40 or older, the first step is a free, simple prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening that only requires a blood sample. In 2004, Rockford-based Nisus Corporation teamed up with area hospitals and MEDIC Regional Blood Center to create Eddie Check, an annual event that adds free PSA screening for prostate cancer to blood drives. Nisus has a personal stake in the fight; marketing vice president Jim Gorman is a prostate cancer survivor, while company president Kevin L. Kirkland lost his father, Eddie Kirkland, to the disease. “Eddie Check” is named for Eddie Kirkland. Farragut resident and former proton therapy patient Tom Zuraf says Eddie Check saved his life.

“I had recently relocated to East Tennessee and then missed a year of getting my annual PSA screening. I heard about Eddie Check on the radio. It sounded simple, so I decided to participate. I couldn’t have been easier,” he said. “If it had not been for Eddie Check, I never would have known I had cancer. I was completely symptomfree.” This year, Nisus and MEDIC are joined by Provision as well as sponsors WVLT Volunteer TV, WIVK FM 107.7, The Sports Animal, NewsTalk 98.7 FM, the Knoxville NewsSentinel, Rip Noel Studios and Abacus Arts, Inc. Eddie Check will be held at 11 different locations in nine East Tennessee counties Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20. Blood samples for PSA screening will be taken at every location during all hours, even if you don’t donate blood. MEDIC will draw all samples, which will then be analyzed by Provision Center for Proton Therapy. This free PSA screening is available for men 40 years of age or older, or in the event of family history, at an age 10 years younger

than the affected relative’s age at his cancer onset. Free cholesterol screenings and refreshments, as well as special “Gator Hater” Medic Tshirts, will be provided for all blood donors at all sites. Thursday, Sept. 19 ■ MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Avenue, Knoxville, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, with live remotes from Hallerin Hill, News/Talk 98.7 FM, and Sports Animal. ■ MEDIC Regional Blood Center, 11000 Kingston Pike, behind Pittsburgh Paints, Knoxville, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ■ Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live remotes from Gunner, WIVKFM, and Phil Williams, News/Talk 98.7 FM. ■ Walmart, 19740 Alberta Street, Oneida, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Walmart, 630 E. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Walmart, 475 S. Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.

For more information, visit Provision online at or call 865-684-2616.

to 6 p.m. ■ Books-A-Million, 310 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Friday, Sept. 20 ■ MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Avenue, Knoxville, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ■ MEDIC Regional Blood Center, 11000 Kingston Pike, behind Pittsburgh Paints, Knoxville, 7 5 p.m. ■ Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live remotes from Hallerin Hill, News/Talk 98.7 FM, and Gunner, WIVK-FM. ■ Walmart, 1075 Cosby Highway, Newport, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ New Midland Plaza, 232 S. Calderwood Street, Alcoa, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Lowe’s, 1800 Roane State Highway, Harriman, Bloodmobile, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Lowe’s, 1751 Congress Parkway South, Athens, Bloodmobile, 10 6 p.m.

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