voted with Rogero. But last Wednesday, Waters tried to get the JWP extension back into the TPO’s priority list (without which it cannot receive federal funds). Burchett seconded lic hearings. his motion and then went down When Rogero knocked the es- in flames on a 3-10 vote. Brad Antimated $100 million extension ders, Knox County commissioner off the Transportation Planning from Karns and Hardin Valley, Organization’s priority list, both also voted yes. Burchett and Sevier County MayAnd then, Burchett voted with or Larry Waters were absent and Waters on the short end of a 12-2 the Knox County representative vote to adopt the priority list with-
JWP: Still dead By Sandra Clark
Mayor Madeline Rogero displayed political acumen in besting Mayor Tim Burchett, arguably the county’s best politician, in a fight that did not have to be. Burchett and Rogero initially stood together against the James
Analysis White Parkway extension, but Burchett retreated to a position of “let the people be heard” by supporting TDOT’s strategic ploy of a slight redesign and a call for pub-
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IN THIS ISSUE
Read Nicky D. on page 7
Inky wows them As an inspirational speaker, Inky Johnson is so hot he sets off alarms. Actually, Johnson had help from an errant student on Wednesday at South-Doyle Middle School. Someone pulled a fire alarm shortly after Johnson finished speaking to his second of two assemblies. He ended up waiting outside with his awestruck fans as members of the Knoxville Fire Department checked out the school.
Seldom does the University of Tennessee create what has become a food fight between top leaders on campus but that is what has happened with the exchange of comments between Pride of the Southland Marching Band director Gary Sousa (now on paid administrative leave) and UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. Read Victor Ashe on page 4
Coppock on adoption She is cited in Tennessee courts anytime an adoption case is being heard. Dawn Coppock didn’t start out to become adoption attorney, but was set on that course when she took on an interstate adoption early in her career, even though she wasn’t sure how to proceed because Tennessee’s adoption statues were not clear.
courtyard Burt, Carolyn and Jeremy Rosen dedicate the new courtyard at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. The area is called NaNew’s Courtyard after the Rosen’s oldest son, Matthew. Younger brother Jeremy couldn’t say Matthew’s name when he was little and it came out as “NaNew”.
Photos by Ruth White
The new courtyard at Knox Area Rescue Ministries offers a safe and secure gathering place for homeless individuals and families. The courtyard also has restroom facilities and charging stations for cell phones and wheelchairs.
Read Betsy Pickle’s story on 6
Striking the band
October 21, 2013
How many times have you sat through 3 or 4 traffic light cycles on Millertown Pike, in order to travel a quarter mile and get over that narrow creek bridge at rush hour? “Too many” is probably your answer!
out the JWP extension. It’s clear by his votes, if not his words, where Burchett stood. He stood on the side of road builders, Sevier County and perhaps some Knox County businesses at John Sevier Highway and beyond. He stood against local businesses on Chapman Highway from downtown to John Sevier. He stood for the past and against those who have invested in South Knoxville’s future – the urban wilderness. Luckily, Rogero won.
See Betty Bean’s story on page 3
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Urban League to honor Middlebrook 71, who was beBy Betsy Pickle friended by the In a tribute coming not quite King family when two months after the 50th annihe was a student versary of his friend Martin Luat Morehouse Colther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” lege in Atlanta in speech, the Rev. Harold A. Middlethe early 1960s, brook Sr. will receive the Whitney has been involved M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievein the civil-rights ment Award from the Knoxville movement since Area Urban League. Middlebrook he was a teenager The Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Awards Gala will be in Memphis. He became a member of the held Thursday at the Knoxville Convention Center. Middlebrook, Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee and participated in sitins in Atlanta. He later directed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s field office in Selma, Ala. While supporting a strike by municipal employees in Memphis in 1968, Middlebrook helped bring King to town to inspire strikers. It was when King returned to Memphis to revisit the strikers the next month that he was shot and killed. Middlebrook was a witness to the assassination, but the tragedy
made him more determined than ever to devote himself to the cause of civil rights. He moved to Knoxville in 1977 to pastor Mount Calvary Baptist Church. In 1980 he started Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, and in 1986 he founded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville, which he chaired until 2000. The lifetime achievement award To page 3
Booker promises ‘dazzle’ at Beck By Sandra Clark Robert Booker is back at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and he promises to “dazzle.” Booker has been involved with the center since its founding in 1975 in the home of the late James and Ethel Beck. A student leader at Knoxville College and later a 3-term state representative, Booker is a historian and general man about town. Booker calls going back as executive director at Beck “a labor of love.” The center is a repository of African-American history and lore, much of it compiled by Booker himself.
“We can compete with anybody (in the African-American Museum Association). I want Knoxville to be proud of that,” Booker said. The Becks were fierce competitors, he said. Mr. Beck was a Republican; she was a Democrat who often bragged of canceling his votes. He was a fee-grabber (sort of an adjunct law enforcement job) and a baseball player; she was state president for the Colored PTA. Both worked hard and had rental property and a working farm. Get him started and Booker will talk about Ethel Beck and Evelyn Hazen, a white woman
who lived just up the street (and once sued a lover who jilted her for breach of promise. She won.) “They were from two different worlds, but were a lot alike,” says Booker. Booker After serving in the Legislature from 1966 to 1971, Booker came home to work as administrative assistant to thenMayor Kyle Testerman, a job he remembers as being “everything he didn’t want to do.” Booker was executive director
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of the Beck Center for 16 years, leaving in 1998. He filled in for 10 months as a member of City Council when Mark Brown became a magistrate and before Daniel Brown was elected. The Beck Center has had some recent negative publicity and Mayor Tim Burchett cut its county funding. Booker says that’s in the past. He’s looking to fulfill Beck’s mission to research and exhibit local black history. He wants 5,000 members generating $75,000 annually. He wants to join with Visit To page 3
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health & lifestyles
Finding a ‘new normal’ after cancer There were only two things Sheena Curley of Knoxville, 61, asked from her doctors as she began breast cancer treatments in the fall of 2012 at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. “I told them to give me two things. I wanted to go home for Christmas and to be done with treatments in time for camp in June,” said Curley. “They gave me both.” Curley ﬁnished chemotherapy just in time to make a trip home to Boston and Maine for Christmas. And by “camp,” Curley means the Kiwanis Club Fresh Air Camp of Knoxville, which she has directed for the last 21 years. Curley had always taken off time from her full-time job in social work to direct the camp, which provides area low-income and special needs children a week each of summer fun. “We host 36 kids per week, and we had 150 kids this summer,” she said. “It’s in the middle of the city, so the kids don’t go that far from home. But they still get a week away from Mom and Dad, with arts and crafts and fun.” In fact, it was during Kiwanis Camp in June 2012 that Curley ﬁrst felt a lump in her breast. “I already had a mammogram set up for July, so I didn’t worry about it. But by the time I got to the mammogram, it was huge. They said it was a fast growing tumor,” she said. “But I had skipped a year of
A mammogram in July 2012 found a tumor in Sheena Curley’s breast. After six rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and 33 radiation treatments, Curley is now living her “new normal.”
mammograms, and I had never Curley’s treatment involved six skipped a year. I will never do that rounds of chemotherapy, a masagain,” she added. tectomy and 33 radiation treat-
Program helps post-cancer patients transition back to living Even after the cancer’s gone, it leaves a mark on anyone who has battled the disease. That’s why Thompson Cancer Survival Center (TCSC) offers the Cancer Transitions Program for post-cancer patients. “The Cancer Transitions Program is designed to serve patients who have no evidence of disease after treatment, two weeks to two years afterward,” said Linda Kuhns, a registered nurse and director of the program. Linda Kuhns The Cancer Transitions Program was developed by the Cancer Support Community and Livestrong Foundation and is available for use by facilities that work with cancer patients. At Thompson, it is provided free of charge and is funded by the TCSC Foundation. The Cancer Transitions Program is offered each spring and fall at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in downtown Knoxville. It meets for six weeks, 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Each session begins with exercise led by a physical therapist, followed by a light and healthy mealand an
evening topic presented by doctors, nurses and other experts. Topics covered include exercise, good nutrition and emotional, medical and spiritual issues that affect people after cancer. Every participant is given a workbook to use as well. “The Thompson Cancer Transitions Program began in 2012, but it has already become an important part of healing for many patients,” said Kuhns. “We used to say congratulations you’re done with chemo, we’ll see you in a month,” said Kuhns. “But now, we realize that surviving cancer is a lot like having post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ve just fought a battle for their lives. When it’s over, it’s not really over. “It’s not like you can ﬂip a switch and be back to normal,” said Kuhns. “People take six months to a year to get over treatment.” Adds Kuhns, “Cancer Transitions can help people ﬁnd a new normal for them, and that’s what it’s all about.” For more information about the Cancer Transitions Program at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, call 865-541-1720.
ments, over the span of about six months. After treatment, she was exhausted. “Throughout treatment I was constantly going. There were only eight days in August that I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment!” Curley said. “I went for six months of treatment without really thinking about what cancer was – just going to appointments. I never had time to think about it.” After treatment was over, Curley’s doctor recommended Thompson’s Cancer Transitions Program, a free information program and support group for patients ﬁnishing cancer treatments. Over six weeks, the program offered sessions on nutrition, stress management, and emotional and medical issues for cancer survivors. “I was a non-exercise person, and I am now walking four to ﬁve days a week, a mile and a half,” said Curley, who lost almost 30 pounds during and after treatment. “You’ve got to change your life. You’ve got to get leaner to keep the cancer away, and you have to build strength,” Curley said. “The chemotherapy and radiation zaps your fatigue levels. I still have days when I do too much.” Curley said the Cancer Transitions Program also helped her discern what was most important in life. She quit her full-time job in May and today focuses on spending time with her husband, Wil-
liam, directing the Kiwanis Camp in the summer and volunteering with children at Jefferson City Christian Church, where she attends. “I was a workaholic,” said Curley. “Now, I’m doing things for myself. That’s what cancer taught me, you have to do some things for yourself.” Curley said the Cancer Transitions Program was also an important source of friendship. The group had mostly breast cancer patients but a few who had battled other types of cancers as well. “It’s so important to have a support group,” said Curley. “I had my church friends, my prayer group and my family, but you really do need to have other cancer patients involved in your care. “I’ve always been more of a giver than a taker,” she said. “I always needed to be doing for someone, so cancer was hard for me because I had to ask for help. But I have made some wonderful friends I didn’t even know I had until I had cancer. God blesses you always in bad times.” Curley said the Cancer Transitions Program at Thompson Cancer Survival Center was an important part of her recovery. She said she would recommend it to anyone ﬁnishing treatment. “It’s OK to be different after cancer,” she said. “The Cancer Transitions Program helped me ﬁnd my ‘new normal.’ ”
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Birthday bash The Disc Exchange will celebrate its 26th birthday on Friday with â€“ surprise â€“ music!
sic vein, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors will perform songs from the new album â€œGood Light.â€? Their set begins at 6:15 p.m. The party will feature free beer compliments of Eagle Distributing and food compliments of Quiznos.
spooks and spirits will guide visitors through the haunted rooms, where local celebrities and storytellers will share ghost stories. William Bass of Body Farm fame â€“ aka half of the Jefferson Bass writing team â€“ will be on site to sign books, which visitors can bring from home or purchase at the event. Guests can vote on their favorite Halloween-decorated cake in the Visitors Center. Many of the cakes will be available for purchase. There will also be snacks, and thereâ€™ll be a campfire where all can enjoy sâ€™mores. Cost is $10 per person. Info: www.ramseyhouse.org or 5460745.
Got a thrills-and-chills itch you need to scratch? â€œA Haunting at Ramsey Houseâ€? takes place 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, has been around since 1797, so even in broad daylight its walls have their share of stories to tell. But Jennifer Alexander of B97.5 and Night Moon Productions is bringing her friends from FrightWorks to â– New home for adult amp up the spookiness (suitable education for families, of course). Knox County Schools will Ramsey Houseâ€™s resident
Actually, the music will be live, so thatâ€™s not something the store at 2615 Chapman Highway has every day. But the Birthday Bash, combined with Customer Appreciation Day, is special. As previously announced, the Band of Heathens will begin playing at 5:30 p.m. The group will feature songs from its new album, â€œSunday Morning Record.â€? Continuing in that new-mu-
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors will play this Friday at the Disc Exchangeâ€™s Birthday Bash and Customer Appreciation Day. hold open house for its adult education program from 2-3 Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Knoxville Center Mall near JCPenney. The program has relocated from Historic Knoxville High School. The renovated space at the mall is 7,500 square feet and provides seven classrooms, a computer lab, a teacher workroom and three offices. Technology will be incorporated into the curriculum as a teaching tool. Nancy Seely is the adult education supervisor.
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Knoxville to drive tourism, and he plans publicity in national magazines. The current exhibit features pictures from James and Ethel Beck. An upcoming exhibit will highlight the life and times of former U.S. District Judge William H. Hastie, who was born in Knoxville and became the first AfricanAmerican federal judge, appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Judge Hastie earned his law degree from Harvard University. He later was assistant solicitor of the Department of the Interior and a professor at Howard University Law School. Booker will invite his children to Knoxville to launch the exhibit. â€œThe Beck Center is in a beautiful and spacious new building with its valuable collections in boxes and hidden away from visitors and researchers alike,â€? Booker said. â€œPeople who visit here should be dazzled by what the center has to offer. That includes those who come for a reception, a dance or a meeting of any kind. The Beck mission should always be at the forefront of any activity held on these premises.â€? Beck is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: (865) 524-8461or beckcenter.net.
Coppock on Adoption: Local lawyer writes the book ate degree at Carson-Newman, earned a business degree, took a job at IBM near Washington, D.C., and started applying to law schools. She ended up at William & Mary, graduated one Saturday, was married the next, and worked for Rainwater, Humble and Vowell in Knoxville for 6 years before striking out on her own. In recent years, sheâ€™s made headlines with the Scenic Vistas Act, a religiously based anti-mountaintop coal removal bill she wrote and lobbied (so far, unsuccessfully) for 5 years.
By Betty Bean She is cited in Tennessee courts anytime an adoption case is being heard. Dawn Coppock didnâ€™t start out to become adoption attorney, but was set on that course when she took on an interstate adoption early in her career, even though she wasnâ€™t sure how to proceed because Tennesseeâ€™s adoption statues were not clear. â€œIt was technically a fairly difficult case, but at that stage, everything was hard,â€? she said. â€œI figured it out and I did it correctly. At that time there was a fax network of adoption lawyers, and somebody put in the fax, â€˜We finally found somebody that can get a kid out of Tennessee.â€™ â€œAfter that, I started getting calls. It felt like a fluke at the time, but I started working with birth moms, particularly when the kids were going out of state.â€? Coppock said working with birth mothers is her favorite part of the job. â€œWhat they expect is some gray-haired man in a suit to fold his arms and say, â€˜Little lady, how did you get into this trouble?â€™â€? She collects pictures and mementos for the children, and compiles a good medical history. The scales are heavily weighted in favor of the adoptive parents, except for one important factor. â€œThe motherâ€™s got the
baby. Itâ€™s a delicate and interesting dynamic. You want to empower her, but you donâ€™t want to motivate her to be opportunistic to the rather sacred thing thatâ€™s going down.â€? After Coppock became known for her expertise, she started doing seminars for lawyers who were interested in adoption law. After awhile, she compiled her seminar materials and sent them to Michie Law Publishing (now Lexis Nexis) as a book proposal. â€œThey immediately said yes.â€? She called it â€œTennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes.â€?
â€œI hadnâ€™t been out of law school 10 years, so they werenâ€™t going to call it â€˜Coppockâ€™ on anything. But when the second edition came out, they called it â€˜Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes.â€™ For a long time it was the second best-selling law book in the state, the first being Don Paineâ€™s â€˜Tennessee Law of Evidence.â€™ For a while the judiciary bought it for all the judges.â€? Most adoption lawyers also do divorce cases, something Coppock did during her early years as a lawyer, and didnâ€™t enjoy. She got her undergradu-
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Sarah Moore Greene. Other awards will be presented for volunteer of the year, minority business and corporate leadership. Jazz artist Boney James, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, will be the galaâ€™s featured musical guest.
The awards gala, a major fundraiser for the Knoxville Area Urban League, begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $200. For tickets and info, call 524-5511.
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She says thereâ€™s little connection between political work and her legal career. â€œThe only way the two intersect is a few years ago I picked six easy-to-pass little Band-Aids we could stick in the code, and I passed six adoption bills in my spare time,â€? she said. â€œLegislators ask me questions about child welfare related bills, and when Iâ€™m in Nashville, I can do adoption work also.â€? And that is important. â€œPeople want to feel good about how they become parents and how they give a child up. They want to feel
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Striking the band
Seldom does the University of Tennessee create what has become a food fight between top leaders on campus but that is what has happened with the exchange of comments between Pride of the Southland Marching Band director Gary Sousa (now on paid administrative leave) and UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.
As Chancellor, Cheek is the public face of the UT Knoxville campus. He normally comports himself in a very professional and above the fray manner. He represents decorum. Therefore, it was really surprising to see his very public letter to Sousa accusing him of whining and petulance. Normally that is said privately if at all. Clearly, Sousa has fully antagonized the Chancellor who, with his hot letter to Sousa, has elevated the issue even more than it was already. It has guaranteed intense media coverage. As a taxpayer I have never liked the idea of paid leave which Sousa now has to the end of the semester. The first 2014 semester does not start until January. This is a paid vacation. Surely there is something he could be assigned to do to earn his pay beyond staying off campus. Since Sousa has tenure it is virtually impossible to fire him short of proving a criminal act. It would appear to violate his First Amendment rights to try to bar him from speaking to employees, students or fellow faculty members. The sooner this issue is resolved the better for the band, which is a source of pride for all, and the entire UT campus. While Cheek could not have prevented Sousa from his actions, he might have been better advised to leave the verbal broadsides to others. Attacks on subordinates seldom solve the issue but they are food for a hungry journalist. ■ Mayor Rogero won a huge victory last Wednesday when the Transportation Planning Organization
(TPO) voted to keep the James White Parkway extension off its 5 year plan. Rogero has regularly attended TPO since she became a member in 2011. She has made friends among the other members for attending and staying for the whole meeting. This paid off last week when her views prevailed. She won the support of all voting members from Blount, Anderson and Loudon counties in addition to the Farragut mayor and several others from Knox County. ■ Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters had never attended a TPO meeting until last week. Most TPO members did not know him and his pleas for the parkway extension suffered accordingly. If one wants to influence a group, then one needs to be present for all the meetings, not just those which attract the cameras. ■ County Commission chair Brad Anders voted to put the JWP extension back into the 5 year plan before he voted for the plan without the extension once that failed. Knox County Mayor Burchett voted for the extension saying he wanted more public debate after opposing the JWP extension a few months ago. ■ The message here is that the hard work of Rogero paid off. If Waters and others want to influence TPO in the future, they should start by attending the meetings and not sending staff. ■ Contrary to the report last week, city Fleet Service director Keith Shields does not receive a car allowance of $5,800 a year. He is one of a few city directors who do not receive this. ■ Next Friday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. the Knoxville Botanical Gardens will host a ceremonial planting of two blight-resistant American chestnuts. This is part of an effort by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore the chestnut tree after an estimated 4 billion mature trees from Maine to Georgia were killed by an Asian fungus known as chestnut blight. The public is invited to attend at the Gardens located in East Knoxville on Wimpole Avenue as well as view the gardens on the 47 acres of the former Howell Nursery.
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Drama-free forum for drama-free election Someone at the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum last week asked incumbent City Council member Daniel Brown where his opponent was. He smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
Betty Bean One of his colleagues snickered and said, “He’s in the restroom.” Then everybody guffawed, since candidate Pete Drew hasn’t shown up for anything this election season, which makes him no better or worse than about 98 percent of the city’s registered voters who will probably not show up on Election Day. Not that there’s much to show up for, since three of five incumbents are running unopposed and there’s no mayoral contest to draw attention. The League is doing its best to generate attention to these races. Its website an-
nounced that it was participating in something called National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24, which was the day of the city primary (if you didn’t hear about this event, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger – this reporter didn’t, either). LWV forums are dramafree events rendered devoid of embarrassment by presubmitted questions and strictly enforced rules and time limits. This one almost got interesting somebody asked the fusty old question about supporting consolidated government and Duane Grieve (unopposed, 2nd District) responded with a nifty little mini-rant – “Look at the city, look at the county. Look at the dif-
ference between the two. Who’s written up the most?” – but was admonished by moderator John Becker who reminded him that there was a reporter in the room. Becker, of course, was kidding, because surely nobody would really want to shut down a provocative answer at a political forum, not even when the question – should city and county governments be consolidated – is one that has been asked and answered with a resounding no every decade or so since the middle of the last century. The other candidates also reminded the audience of that fact. The contenders in the only real race in this election cycle, the 4th District race between incumbent Nick Della Volpe and challenger Rick Staples, sat sideby-side and chatted like old friends. Della Volpe, a pugnacious lawyer who has mortally ticked off police and fire fighters, was restrained and gentlemanly and passed on an opportunity to talk about the city’s pension problems
GOV NOTES ■ The 8th District Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Carter High School, 210 Carter School Road. County Mayor Tim Burchett will speak. ■ The Center City Republican Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 24, at Shoney’s, 4410 Western Ave. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7.
(the issue that earned him an opponent). Staples, an employee of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office who is low key and affable, stuck in a few gentle barbs by promising to be a listener rather than a talker. He mentioned his mother a lot, working her struggles as a small business owner into his answer to a question that was prefaced with the allegation that Knoxville’s gender pay gap makes us the third-worst city for working women. Altogether, the League should be commended for making the effort to stage this forum, even if no red meat was served. There’s only so much you can do.
Home-going for UT administrators Homecoming is a standard event on college calendars. This is about homegoing.
Dave Hart, valued at $817,250 plus perks per year as vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Tennessee, will return to Tuscaloosa this weekend. He will be accompanied by Jon Gilbert, executive senior associate athletic director, and Mike Ward, senior associate AD for administration and sports programs. They came with Hart from Alabama in 2011 and will return for the 96th renewal of the football rivalry which used to be played on the third Saturday – and was better then. The trio is highly regarded but will not be hailed as conquering heroes. They have captured Bristol and gained some traction but not yet solved all the problems they inherited or created. Legal settlements, controversy over traditions and sustained success on the fields of play are pending. Hart, 64, a former basketball guard for the Crimson Tide, is a career admin-
istrator, widely known and often in the news. Alas, this is no time to compare him with Alabama’s inexperienced athletic director, William Raines Battle III, almost 72, a rare one indeed, a former Paul Bryant disciple who once beat the Bear at his own game. Hart is employed by Tennessee. Battle is part of the Tennessee fabric. He came first to Shields-Watkins Field as a player for Alabama. He returned as a very young assistant coach, part of the reconstruction of Doug Dickey’s staff after the tragic train wreck of ’65. Four years later, Bob Woodruff made the mistake of a lifetime, promoting Battle beyond preparation. At 28, he became the replacement for the dearly departed Dickey. He was the youngest head coach in college football. Dr. Andy Holt was surprised. Others raised eyebrows but nobody fainted. Battle got off to an excellent start and was 36-5 after three and a half seasons. He was obviously brilliant, on his way to fame and fortune. In fact, the bright highlights of Battle’s coaching career came in his first season, mid and late October 1970 and on Jan. 1. Tennessee intercepted a school-record eight passes and slugged sagging Alabama, 24-0. Bryant and Battle, teacher and student,
hugged and shook hands. It was a memorable occasion but it happened only once. A week later, the Vols ripped Florida. Dickey took a deep breath and endured. He might have even wondered if his move was a mistake. In the Sugar Bowl, Tennessee stunned undefeated Air Force, 34-13. It was the top of Battle’s mountain. Bobby Scott, Curt Watson, Chip Kell, Jackie Walker, Bobby Majors and people like that took him there. A little later, Ray Trail recruited Condredge Holloway and the excitement continued despite a general decline. Battle recognized what was happening and departed with dignity intact. His exit line, defining class, was sensational: “When they run you out of town, make it look like you’re leading the parade.” He returned as a businessman with a great idea, pointing Tennessee toward considerable earnings in logo licenses and souvenir sales. He became the national leader in collegiate marketing, a genuine legend in that field. Bill never lost interest in Tennessee. He has helped former players who needed help. He has been back for reunions, funerals and special events. In his third career, he is Nick Saban’s boss! Imagine
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that! My opinion of Bill Battle has never changed – in 47 years. He is a class act, keen mind, exemplary in character. What happened to him at Tennessee was unfair. He was a good receiver coach, innovative in scouting, honest in recruiting, an excellent role model for young players (Bill was a year older than senior receiver Johnny Mills – who put an arm on the coach’s shoulder and asked if the players could call him Billy). Given time, Battle might have matured into a fine head coach. He never had a chance. He did pretty well with his Collegiate Licensing Company. It sold for something over $100,000,000. Out of loyalty to his school, he became athletic director when Alabama called. Wonder what would have happened here and there if Hart had stayed in Tuscaloosa? Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are fam-i-ly! Baptist Hospital staff at reunion By Betsy Pickle Forget Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth – at least for one afternoon – was Tennova South, as former employees of Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee reunited five years after the hospital’s closing. Around 1,100 people packed a warehouse-like room at the back of Tennova South on Saturday, Oct. 12. It’s possible they broke a Guinness record for hugs and smiles, but there wasn’t enough room to squeeze in any monitors to document it. “I’ve seen a lot of people I didn’t expect to see,” said Beverly Gatton. The gathering drew people from every position of the defunct hospital. An informal survey of nametags – many of which included the wearer’s department – indicated a preponderance of nurses. “It was such a wonderful place to work, and it was fun being there,” said Sue Ellis, who worked in accounts payable for the hospital’s
Tennova South was packed for the reunion. Photo by Brad Hood
Melanie Elswick Pfennigwerth, above, sings for her former coworkers.
Margaret Jones, left, and Pauline Rassler had a lot to catch up on.
Dr. David Rankin, left, and Jim Decker helped put together the event.
Sherry Coffield enjoys looking through a Baptist Hospital scrapbook. Coffield was a second-generation BHET employee; her mother, Nancy Evans, also worked there and attended the party.
Reunion committee leaders Glenda Darden, left, and Patsy Boling seem happy that months of planning resulted in a fun time for all. Photos by Betsy Pickle
REUNION NOTES ■ Rule High Class of 1973 will hold its 40-year reunion Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bearden Banquet Hall. All graduates are invited. Info: Mike Doyle, 687-2268, or Juanita McFall Bishop, 804-4816.
A cake featured a photo of the hospital framed in icing.
HEALTH NOTES ■ Jump Start Health and Fitness, located at Associated Therapeutics Inc., 2704 Mineral Springs Road, will offer a women’s self-defense class series for ages 14 and up 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 3. Fee of $60 for the 12 classes is due at registration. Info: 687-4537, ext. 212.
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A veterans benefits free legal clinic, hosted by Knoxville VA-accredited attorneys, will be held 9 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the John Tarleton Center, 2455 Sutherland Ave. Veterans and their family members will receive an overview of the programs available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs; have the opportunity to meet with an attorney; and receive advice and guidance regarding the necessary forms and procedures required in the pursuance of a claim for VA disability and/or pension benefits. Space is limited. For reservations: 637-0484. Info: Troy Weston, 5442010.
The third annual Hearth Scares Ball, presented by James White’s Fort, will be held 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Fort. Music will be provided by the Chillbillies. Lighting and special effects will be provided by Bandit Lites. Activities include an appetizer buffet, costume contest, silent auction and more. All proceeds benefit James White’s Fort and its preservation and educational programs. Info/ tickets: 525-6514 or www. jameswhitesfort.org.
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final 15 years. “I was there during the rough times, and it was still a great place to be. “It’s so good that someone took the initiative to get us together. It’s like a family reunion.” Most of the four-hour reunion was devoted to chatting and reconnecting with old friends, as well as enjoying snacks and looking through memorabilia. A short program included singing by Melanie Elswick Pfennigwerth, comments from Dr. David Rankin and a few presentations by reunion committee chair Patsy Boling. “I loved it,” Jeff Turner said at the end of the gettogether. “I give thanks to all those who put it on. It was a great opportunity to see many old friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time.” All present felt as though they were taking part in something special. “There’s just this connection of Baptist folks,” said Sherry Coffield.
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Norris hangs out Linda Norris, principal at Bonny Kate Elementary School, is not above wacky. At a past School Coupon Book sales celebration, she wore a coconut bra and grass skirt. On Wednesday, after introducing 3rd grad-
er Jaycie Clapp as the top book seller, she allowed herself to be duct-taped to the wall of the gym by students and teachers. After her release, she said it had felt “tight and hot,” but “it was great fun.”
Inky Johnson, back center, hangs with, from left, teacher Lisa Lusby and 8th graders Rayshawn St. Germain, Isaiah Henry, Lexi Carrell, Inky Johnson, Jaycob Forrester, Kloi Blue and Stephanie Cupp. Photo by Betsy Pickle
Inky wows South-Doyle students By Betsy Pickle
Bonny Kate Elementary School principal Linda Norris applauds Jaycie Clapp, the school’s top coupon-book seller. Photos by Betsy
As an inspirational speaker, Inky Johnson is so hot he sets off alarms. Actually, Johnson had help from an errant student on Wednesday at South-Doyle Middle School. Someone pulled a fire alarm shortly after Johnson finished speaking to his second of two assemblies. He ended up waiting outside with his awestruck fans as members of the Knoxville Fire Department checked out the school. But there was no question that Johnson fired up the students with his talk. The former UT defensive back mesmerized his listeners with his personal story of perseverance. Born Inquoris Desmond Chade Johnson on Feb. 12, 1986, the Atlanta native might have had a fairly standard rags-to-riches story if he had achieved his lifelong
goal of playing in the NFL. A career-ending injury during the second game of the Volunteers’ 2006 season, however, changed his narrative. As a youngster in the Kirkwood section of southeast Atlanta, Johnson loved all kinds of sports – basketball, baseball, track. But he fell in love with football at age 7. “I liked the idea of being able to hit people without getting into trouble,” he said. When his mother arrived home from work, Johnson would beg her to leave the car lights on so he could continue running drills in the dark. He rose at 5 a.m. to go on runs with his father. Drugs weren’t just down on the nearby corner. “I saw drugs cut up every day in my house,” he said. “I never touched the stuff.” Living in a two-bedroom
house with 13 other relatives, Johnson slept on a pallet on the floor, fighting off cockroaches. Every night before he drifted off to sleep, he would dream of a future in the NFL. His high school career was plagued by injuries, and at 5-9 and 153 pounds he wasn’t an obvious pick for a Division I college team. Still, he caught the attention of then-UT coach Phillip Fulmer, who offered him a scholarship. On Sept. 6, 2006, in a game against Air Force, Johnson was injured while trying to make a tackle. He “busted” his subclavian artery – doctors at UT Medical Center stopped his internal bleeding and saved his life – but he severed so many nerves that even the experts at Mayo Clinic were unable to get his right arm to work again. Though people might have expected him to sit
back and give up, he thought only of the people who had put their faith in him. “I kept going,” he said. “I had to complete my mission.” Johnson returned to UT and earned his bachelor’s and a master’s degree. These days, he lives in Atlanta with his wife and young daughter and son, and he devotes his time to mentoring and public speaking. At South-Doyle, Johnson used his combination of evangelistic fervor, moviestar good looks and Navy SEAL determination to get through to the students. “I don’t believe in excuses,” he said. “You’re not a product of your environment. You’re a product of your decisions and your choices.” Johnson sees his injury as a blessing. “It was the defining moment of my life,” he said.
Empowering young women Principal Linda Norris seems happy to be duct-taped to the wall.
Middle school is tough enough without added pressures of drugs, alcohol, bullying, low self-esteem and peer pressure. Thanks to the Sister-To-Sister summit, girls can learn how to deal with everyday problems and pressures and know that “everyone isn’t doing it” (participating the risky behavior). This year more than 100 8th grade girls from Vine, Holston, Carter and Whittle Springs middle schools participated in the summit and worked in breakout sessions to address a variety of important topics.
Through the day’s activities, girls were able to gain a deeper understanding of problems they may encounter on their journey to adulthood and learn how to conBurlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville front problems. Highway. Info: 525-5431. Library, 4614 Asheville Participants were able ■ Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Highway. Info: 525-5431. to discuss topics with fa– Computer Workshop: ■ Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. cilitators – many who went Introducing the Computer. To – Computer Workshop: through the seminar in register: 525-5431. Introducing the Computer. To middle school themselves – ■ Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. – register: 525-5431. and learn how to deal every Computer Workshops: Library ■ Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. – day. “Everyone has issues,” Online. To register: 525-5431. Computer Workshops: Library said Carter Middle School Howard Pinkston Online. To register: 525-5431. teacher Tracy Cagle. “This Branch Library, 7732 Carter Branch Howard Pinkston event gives the girls an acMartin Mill Pike. Info: 573- Library, 9036 Asheville Branch Library, 7732 tion plan to deal with pres0436. Highway. Info: 933-5438. sures.” Martin Mill Pike. Info: 573■ Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. ■ Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Facilitator Kezia Wyatt 0436. – Spooktacular Evening Story– Halloween Storytime. An is a junior at Carter High. ■ Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. time. A fun evening of Hallowevening of Halloween fun She attended the summit – Spooktacular Evening Storyeen stories, creepy crafts and with Halloween books, crafts and now enjoys helping time. A fun eveLibrary events spooky snacks. For ages 2-6, and treats. Costumes encouryounger girls work through accompanied by an adult. aged. Burlington Branch issues. “When I was in middle school attending the summit helped prepare me for what to expect in high school. It was a life changing experience.” Ayanna Troutman is a junior at the L&N STEM Academy. She enjoys seeing the girls come in to the first session with some attitudes and reservations, only to leave in the afternoon with new friends and more positive attitudes. Wyatt and Troutman know that they can’t always fi x problems but they know that talking through issues and having the girls learn that they aren’t alone in their struggles helps. This is the eighth year of the summit and this Singers from East Knox County Elementary School wowed the crowd at Carter Middle School year’s event was held on the when Superintendent Jim McIntyre and others visited for an Insight Session in preparation for Strawberry Plains campus the next 5-year strategic plan. They were directed by Steve Smith and are: (front) Eric Parrott, of Pellissippi State. Iyana Jones, Wesley Slagle, Aidan Cate; (second row) Taylor Dupler, Gabe Clark, Mason Foster, Austin Bailey, Paul Winburn, Jacob Jackson, Katie Tolliver, Destany Thurmer; (third row) Nolan ■ Berean Christian Thomas, Isabelle Hicks, Briley Brasher, Katrina Hillard, Emily Bentley, Chloe Mahaven, Lizzie Bain, School Sami Jo Johnson, Brynn Fuller, Elexis Burton; (back) Deanna Ogelsby, Anna Spires, Brooke MyCasual Coffee events ers, Briel Norman, Hannah Ortiz, Belle Wilson, Jaci Neal, Savannah Price, Savannah Lindsey, Alex will be hosted by the school Brown. Photo by S. Clark
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Ayanna Troutman, of L&N STEM Academy, and Kezia Wyatt, Carter High, are two of the facilitators at the Sister-to-Sister seminar, a day for at-risk girls to talk about problems they face in middle school and to learn an action plan. Photo by Ruth White
Allen is Carter homecoming queen Marena Allen, (right) with escort Ben McCurry, was named the Carter High School homecoming queen for 2013. Photo by Justin
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Strategic planning asking the questions: What’s good? The CTE department will What’s not? What’s next? ‘go pink’ to raise money for are open to the public at 6 Susan G. Komen and breast p.m. Remaining sessions cancer awareness. A Survi- are: Monday, Oct. 21, Karns vor Luncheon will be held noon-1 p.m. and guests are High; Thursday, Oct. 24, asked to call no later than Halls Elementary; and Tuesday, Oct. 29, to reserve Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Austina seat. Salon services will East Magnet High School. ■
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Business is ‘ongoing reunion’
North side of Millertown Pike is complete.
Millertown bottleneck uncorked How many times have you sat through 3 or 4 traffic light cycles on Millertown Pike, in order to travel a quarter mile and get over that narrow creek bridge at rush hour? “Too many” is probably your answer!
Between the initial traffic light queue, as you get off the I 640 exit, and the two traffic lights at the Kinzel Way and Loves Creek Road intersections sandwiched between the narrow bridge, it seems like the bottleneck creep was endless. Cheer up! Your days of dodging those orange and white traffic barrels will soon end. Work on the north side of Millertown is done and that newly-paved lane is open. Work on the south side is moving forward expeditiously. Weather permitting, the overall project target completion date is Nov. 17. That is when the new bridge and protective wall on the south side, and some 1,330 feet of widened and paved roadway improvements should be finished, according to the city’s top civil engineer, Tom Clabo.
He reports that the nearly $900,000 road job will sport three 12-foot wide lanes, a sidewalk, and turn lanes and new traffic controls at Loves Creek Road. There will also be a left turn lane for both approaches on Loves Creek Road to help eliminate the wait there. Soon, you will purrin’, instead of cussin’, on your commute or shopping visit. The Millertown Pike project will help our expanding East Area shopping destination thrive. As reported recently, the Time to Shine car wash is open and running smoothly. The building pad for the dentist office and eye doctor next door on the Matlock tract is graded and appears ready to start construction. Sam’s Club is almost ready to throw the doors open on its massive store addition. Engineer Robin Tipton is encouraged with the road’s progress now that KUB has moved its power lines and AT&T has reworked its fiber optic cable, and removed the old line poles. The shopper no longer needs wonder if you’ll ever reach Food City’s modern grocery store on Millertown – you can get there any time of day. Better traffic flow will encourage more shopping visits and quick-stop trips, while traffic snarls often cause folks to shy away. Brick by brick, the East
Bridge work on southbound Millertown Pike
Turn lane at Loves Creek Road Area is expanding its shopping zone. The East Towne Area BPA has selected officers, and is ready to begin launch advertising and area promotions. Yes, the east side is open and on the move!
Pellissippi State Community College aims to help its students achieve academic goals and reach personal goals through extracurricular activities and educational events. That’s the point of the Oct. 21-25 Relationship Week at PSCC Magnolia Avenue campus. “We’re going to talk about healthy relationships: dating, family, school peers, spouses and the whole, broad spectrum – and about keeping relationships healthy and safe,” said Rosalyn Tillman, Magnolia campus dean. The Clothesline Project, featuring shirts designed by Pellissippi State students, will be on display in the lobby. The Clothesline Project gives women affected by violence an outlet to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. “Sometimes it’s just a few words or images,” said Tillman. “We’ll display shirts designed by students last year.” Monday, Oct. 21, opens with representatives from UT’s Relationship Rx program discussing ways to keep relationships healthy. Relationship Rx will have a table in the lobby with information and giveaways 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Also Monday in the lobby, 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Pellissippi State faculty and staff will lead students in “Relationship Trivia.” The game includes broad trivia on all types of relationships
– romantic, friendly and acquaintance related. Tuesday features a Question Persuade Refer presentation, designed to facilitate suicide prevention and awareness. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-yearolds and is the second leading cause of death among college-age students. Approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. The QPR presentation is open to the public. It takes place 12:55-1:40 p.m. in the
Community Room. On Wednesday, YWCA representatives are in the Community Room to discuss domestic violence and to allow students the chance to ask questions and receive personal counseling. YWCA victim’s advocates Judith Wyatt and Pat Boorse will be joined by Maria Mendoza, a bilingual advocate.
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gains. They have “the best prices on baby food and formula” and carry not only consignment items but new items as well. Becky and Fathi make a great team. Both beam while talking about their four children who range in age from 15 to 23. Two sons were valedictorians at South-Doyle High School. Their older daughter graduated cum laude from UT and their youngest child, a daughter, is a student at the L&N STEM Academy. The best part of owning Wee Care Shoppe is seeing some of their original customers coming back with their now grown children who have a new baby. Becky says owning this business is like an “ongoing reunion.” Check out the latest updates on Facebook, Wee Care Shoppe or call 5734218.
Becky and Fathi Husain at Wee Care Shoppe Correction: We misnamed the theater on Millertown Pike in the last column. It’s Carmike and we’re glad it is here. Nick Della Volpe represents District 4 on City Council.
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Fathi and Becky Husain met while students at UT. After they married and started a family, owning a business was their dream. Wee Care Shoppe was started 22 years ago after they were faced with the huge expense of items for their first baby. They wanted a fun, kid-friendly place where they could take their own children to work. They also had a desire to help other parents find the items they needed at reasonable prices. Their current location, 2537 Chapman Highway, is in the same center as the Disc Exchange. As soon as you walk in to their showroom, it becomes evident parents can find everything they need. From maternity clothes, baby books, baby equipment, cribs and toys – the selection is unbelievable. There is a huge selection of assorted shoes and clothes ranging in size from preemies all way to young adult. Halloween costumes and decorations plus bikes for all ages, even adults, are currently available. Fathi loves to “wheel and deal” and gets great bar-
The Rev. Daryl Arnold, pastor of Overcoming Believers Church, speaks on the topic “What Men Want, What Women Need,” 9:4510:35 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, also in the Community Room. Arnold’s talk is open to the public. On Friday, the campus staff and faculty again administer the “Relationship Trivia” game, this time so that students can self-test on what they learned about healthy relationships. Info: 329-3100.
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Blaylock is R/M chief chief. The position opened when Jerry Harnish was named Rural/Metro of Tennessee regional manager. Harnish called Blaylock “a proven leader” for the company’s 15 local fire stations. Blaylock said he took a job as a firefighter while attending college and enjoyed it so much he made it his career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from UT. He was a member of the first freshman class at the old Doyle High School and continues to live in South Knox County. He and wife Debra have a son, Logan, who is a firefighter with Rural/Metro stationed in Bluegrass.
Gene Blaylock, a longtime firefighter who joined R u r a l / Metro Fire Department when it began its Knox County operations in 1977, has been named Knox CounBlaylock ty fire chief. Blaylock started his career as a firefighter at Station 26 on Strawberry Plains Pike and rose to the rank of assistant fire chief. He has served at five stations and received numerous promotions, culminating in his recent advancement to fire
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YWCA Week Without Violence concludes with the Purple and Persimmon walk, noon-1 p.m. Oct. 25, starting at the YWCA Downtown Center, 420 W. Clinch Ave. Info: 523-6126 or www.ywcaknox.com.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 24-27 BOO! at the Zoo, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27, Knoxville Zoo. Trick-or-treating, music, games, jugglers, ScaryGo-Round. Tickets: $7 at 637-5331, knoxvillezoo.org, zoo ticket booth (during regular business hours) and Kroger stores; free for children under 2. Parking: $5.
TUESDAY, OCT. 22 Einstein Bros. Bagels, 11693 Parkside Drive, hosts Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center mobile unit. Call 584-0291 to schedule an appointment, and after the screening receive a free bagel and schmear. Info: www. knoxvillebreastcenter.com. Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program orientation, L.T. Ross Building, 2247 Western Ave. Info: 524-2786. A Haunting at Ramsey House, 4-8 p.m., Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Family fun including ghost stories, spooks, spirits and sâ€™mores. J-Adam Smith of Knoxville Ghost Tours will discuss the â€œSpirits That Occupy Ramsey House,â€? and Bill Bass, co-author of the Body Farm novels, will sign books (bring your own or purchase). Avanti Savoiaâ€™s La Cucina cooking class, Chef Arnoldâ€™s Eggcelant Egg Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 7610 Maynardville Pike. BYO wine. Cost: $50. Register: www. avantisavoia.com or 922-9916. Appalachian author Sharyn McCrumb will speak and sign copies of her new book, â€œKingâ€™s Mountain,â€? 7 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Free.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 24-27 â€œDoubt, A Parableâ€? â€“ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley, presented by the WordPlayers, Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road. Shows: 7:30 p.m. 24, 25 and 26; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets: $10-$12 at www.wordplayers.org or at the door with cash or check. Info: 539-2490 or www.wordplayers.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 24-31 Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., will have Haunted Lantern Tours 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 29 and 30 at the Ijams quarries, $10 ($7), call 577-4717, ext. 110 to register; Ijams Enchanted Forest all-ages Halloween walk, 4 p.m. Oct. 26, $10 ($7), call 5774717, ext. 130 to register for a start time; and Naturally Yucky Halloween! 4 p.m. Oct. 31, $5 ($3), call 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.
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â€œDeathtrapâ€? by Ira Levin, presented by Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Shows: 8 p.m. 2526, Nov. 1-2; 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Tickets: $10$12 at www.wordplayers.org or at the door with cash or check. Info: 539-2490 or www.wordplayers.org.
Knoxville Writersâ€™ Group, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Naples, 5500 Kingston Pike. Writer and medical editor Dorothy Foltz-Gray will read from her book â€œWith and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin.â€? All-inclusive lunch: $12. RSVP by Oct. 21 to 983-3740. Beyond the Comfort Zone, professional development seminar for local and regional artists, 12-1 p.m. Emporium Center, 100 Gay St. Artist Laurie Szilvagyi will lead the presentation and introduce ways to remove obstacles and barriers to creativity. Cost: $5 (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). Register: https:// acaknoxville.eventbrite.com.
MONDAY, OCT. 21 The 5th annual Goodwill Golf Classic in memory of Jerry Hatmaker,12:30-5:30 p.m. at Holston Hills Country Club, 5200 Holston Hills Road. Format is four-person scramble. Registration: individual,
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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 25-27 Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs 2013 Convention and Hunt, Ramada Inn, 7737 Kingston Pike, and Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore Drive. Info: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/FMDAC/.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Band of Heathens will perform at 5:30 p.m. at Disc Exchange, Chapman Highway, for the storeâ€™s 26th birthday bash. Free beer and food, compliments of Eagle Distributing and Quiznos. 3rd Annual Hearth Scares Ball, 7-11 p.m., James Whiteâ€™s Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave. Lighting and special effects by Bandit Lites. Music by the Chillbillies, finger food, silent auction, costume contest. Tickets: $75 at www.jameswhitesfort.org or send check to JWF, 205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26 West Knox Lions semiannual pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Chiliâ€™s, 120 Mabry Hood Road. All-you-caneat pancakes and sausage; $5 adults, $3 children under 12 at the door. Info: www.thelube.com (click locations, Knoxville). Anderson County High School Model United Nations team rummage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the school, 130 Maverick Circle, Clinton. Vendor spots available: $10; email Ashley Bealer, firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 23 to reserve a spot. Keep Knoxville Beautiful celebrates America Recycles Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Krutch Park. Learn about recycling in Knoxville, see recycled art, bring old medications for safe disposal. Goodwill will shred and dispose of old documents. Veterans Benefits Free Legal Clinic, 9 a.m.2 p.m., John Tarleton Center, 2455 Sutherland Ave. Register: Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 637-0484. Space limited to first 30 registrants. Capt. W.Y.C. Hannum Chapter #1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 10:30 a.m., Green Meadow Country Club, 1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa. Business meeting 11 a.m. followed by lunch. Guest speaker Gerald Augustus will present â€œBattle of Campbell Station.â€? Reservations/ info: Charlotte Miller, 448-6716. Visitors welcome. St. Mark UMC, 7001 Northshore Drive, Trunk or Treat, 4-6 p.m. Door prizes, hayride, costume parade, refreshments. Free. Info: 588-0808.
SUNDAY, OCT. 27 Paws on the Patio dog costume party, 1-6 p.m., Quaker Steak & Lube, 5616 Merchants Center Blvd. Benefit for Union County Humane Society; prizes for best costumes and treats for dogs. For every $10 donation receive a $5 gift card.