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Final Insight Session at A-E

Knox County Schools will conduct its last of six Insight Sessions from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Austin-East Magnet High School. Everyone is invited, and childcare is provided. Previous sessions were held at South-Doyle, Karns, Halls, Farragut and Carter. The system will take ideas from the sessions to form its 5-year strategic plan.

IN THIS ISSUE Another chance Gary Harmon gets around. In his nearly 30 years with Knox County Schools, he taught French and English at Bearden, Austin-East and Halls high schools. He has spent the past 2 1/2 years at Richard L. Bean Juvenile Service Center, teaching English and history to troubled male teens that have been arrested or placed at the center by the Department of Children’s Services.

See Betsy Pickle’s story on page 6

Hopecote on Melrose Avenue Only two John Staub homes exist in Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee owns both. One is Hopecote, an English Cotswold cottagetype home at 1820 Melrose Avenue. The other is the much more formal home of the late Eugenia Williams at 4848 Lyons View Pike next to UT Trustee Charles Anderson and two houses east of James A. Haslam III, older brother of Gov. Bill Haslam.

Read Victor Ashe on page 4

Howling good time Don’t be surprised if you hear howling when you enter It’s a R-R-Ruff Life – and it is coming from the humans. Karen House thought she would retire after spending years as a rural mail carrier and a BellSouth operator.

See Nancy Whittacker on page 7

What a difference Missouri, SEC East leader, is the surprise of the season. At the end of 2012, there was talk of firing the coach of the Tigers, Gary Robin Pinkel. He was said to be distant, distressed, distracted, discombobulated and disengaged.

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Ijams on the ropes By Betsy Pickle Ijams Nature Center is on the ropes – in a good way. On Thursday, Ijams held a grand opening for its newly constructed ropes course, situated just across the street from the main Ijams parking lot on Island Home Avenue. Created in partnership with New Horizons Center for Experiential Learning, a Knoxville-based training and development firm that has been developing ropes courses for group programs for 20 years, the course boasts 10 high and 14 low elements and is split into two sections. For the grand opening, Ijams and New Horizons focused on the section closest to the parking area. A “rickety bridge” inspired by the Indiana Jones movies was the most striking element. High overhead, with boards at irregular – and some seemingly dangerous – increments, the bridge looks like everything your mother ever warned you against: heights, instability, scariness. But New Horizons director Phil Bateman insisted that’s not the case, and after the official ribbon cutting, a couple of his staffers were among those to climb up and prove him right. Bill Hall was the first to ascend a large tree that’s the anchor for one end, and he bravely climbed out onto the

Ashley Bruce enjoys her dance on the planks. Photo by Betsy Pickle bridge without holding on to his safety rope, trying to cross freehanded. He made it about halfway before losing his balance and coming down to the ground on his guide rope. He immediately went back up and crossed the whole way, using the rope for balance. Laura Jones, who works at

River Sports, has traversed ropes courses before, and she went up second. Slightly more cautious than Hall, she made short work of the bridge. “It’s challenging,” she said. “I wouldn’t say it’s scary.” Bateman explained that the course isn’t open to walk-ins. New Horizons operates half-day

and longer programs that facilitate groups (including families) on the course to teach leadership, team-building, trust and self-confidence. Interested groups should contact Ijams, 577-4717, or New Horizons, 281-9870.

City says go slow in neighborhoods By Betty Bean Most Scott Avenue residents don’t have driveways, so they park on the street. The big problem with that used to be caused by speeders cutting through Old North Knoxville from Central Avenue, dinging parked cars along the way. That doesn’t happen as much since the city installed the traffic calming circle at the intersection of Scott and Cornelia, says Amy Broyles, who lives a few doors west of Cornelia. The circle’s concrete curb is chipped and scarred from being run over, but it’s safer to park on the street now. Her neighbor Beth Booker showed up at the John T. O’Connor Center for the last of a series of five meetings about neighborhood traffic problems last week and told city officials that Old North’s problems aren’t yet solved. “The traffic circle is not a panacea,” she said. “We have 16 kids

under age 10 in a two- block area. Don’t lose track of us because we already have some stuff. Don’t feel like we’re done.” Jamie Rowe is tired of having cars go airborne into the field next to her house in the 4200 block of Tazewell Pike. Last month, a man was killed in a one-car crash two blocks west. “People just don’t realize the road is narrow through there. The speed limit’s 40, and I still think it’s too high,” she said. “They’re going 60-65. We had a car hit an ambulance in July. They fly through there and pass on the yellow line.” Some 50 residents of a dozen city neighborhoods, including Island Home, Edgewood Park, Lonsdale, Linden Avenue, Fairmont, Delrose Drive and Parkridge, joined Rowe To page 3 Aiden and Avery Parkey are two of the 16 kids who live in a two-block stretch of Scott Avenue near the traffic calming circle installed by the city of Knoxville to deter speeders. Photo by Betty Bean

A Haunting at Ramsey House Other local celebs and authors also told stories to small tour groups that passed from room to room in the historic buildings. Outside, creepy-looking cast members from Frightworks Haunted House and WBIR meteorologist Todd Howell wandered the grounds, looking for victims – or s’mores. J-Adam Smith, the psychic examiner, talked with visitors about a recent paranormal

By Betsy Pickle The ghosts came out to play even before the sun went down on Tuesday in East Knox County. A “Haunting at Ramsey House” brought storytellers, listeners, witches, ghouls and other spirits together for a goblin-good time complete with lots of yummy food. There was nothing too scary – it was a family-friendly event – but noted “Body Farm” founder, forensic anthropologist and author Bill Bass seemed to take pleasure in reading someone else’s creepy tale, “The Green Ribbon,” to a mesmerized group.

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A life changing night of sleep Scott Beverly of Knoxville, 53, has been taking better care of his health lately, ever since he experienced atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Working out and losing weight have helped. But Beverly has also visited Dr. Thomas G. Higgins at the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center for an exam and a sleep test in the summer of 2013. “My wife (Toni) kept saying I was snoring a whole lot at nighttime, and she could tell I stopped breathing during the night,” Beverly said. At the sleep center, Beverly was diagnosed with a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when a person’s airway relaxes during sleep and collapses on itself. This causes loud snoring and periodic lapses in breathing, which in turn can strain the heart. And of course, it makes for a lousy night’s sleep. At the sleep center, Beverly had a thorough exam by Higgins and then was scheduled for a sleep test. He arrived at 7 p.m. to spend the night in one of the center’s suites, complete with a comfortable bed and bathroom. “It was very nice, almost like home,” Beverly said. Except that patients are connected all night to monitors recording their heart rate, brain activity, breathing

dreamed. I hadn’t done that in forever!” Today Beverly wears a CPAP mask every night to sleep and has seen a dramatic improvement in his energy level. The machine is about the size of a shoe box and sits beside his bed. “I’m 100 percent better. I didn’t feel it at first. But my wife and even boss and others could tell the difference. I have more pep and a more normal energy level,” Beverly said. Beverly said he would recommend the Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center to anyone who needs a better night’s rest. And the added bonus of treating his sleep apnea has been a more regular heart beat. “My atrial fibrillation has gone from spells four times a week, to maybe once every two weeks, if that,” he said. “Dr. Higgins thinks maybe when I stopped breathing so many times during the night, it was triggering the irregular heartbeat. “I had excellent care at Fort Scott Beverly and his wife, Toni, in Annapolis, Md., where their son, Brandon, is a junior at the United States Naval Sanders,” he said. “When you walk in, you’re not a number, Academy you’re a person. It’s a great place, rate and limb movements. then I was awake for 15 seconds.” and mask and into the patient’s and I can’t say anything bad “They hooked me up to all After trying to sleep for two nose to keep the airway open all about it.” those wires, and I slept for two hours, the staff technician put night. hours,” said Beverly. “And out Beverly in a mask attached to a This time, Beverly slept sound- For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Fort of that two hours, for every one CPAP (continuous positive air- ly. “When they woke me up, I felt Sanders Sleep Disorders Center at minute of sleep I got, I stopped way pressure) machine. The ma- like I had slept way more than 865-541-1375. breathing for five seconds, and chine forces air through a tube five hours,” he said. “I finally

Science of a good night’s rest Getting a good night’s rest is not a luxury but rather a necessity for good health, according to Dr. Thomas G. Higgins, a neurologist and sleep disorders specialist at Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center. “Most people need at least seven or eight hours of sleep,” said Higgins. “There are shorter sleepers, but most people getting five hours are not getting enough sleep. Your body temperature, horDr. Thomas G. mones and everyHiggins thing in the body functions better if you’re attaining enough sleep.” A lack of sleep can affect the body in many negative ways, Higgins said. “The immune system is affected,” he said. “People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to become ill. People with insufficient sleep are more likely to put on weight, because a lack of sleep affects metabolism. That can lead to diabetes and heart disease. “Obtaining good sleep reduces your sensitivity to chronic pain.

doesn’t get to a deep stage of sleep. Sleep apnea is managed by wearing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine at night. This machine forces air through a tube and mask, and into the patient’s airway to keep it open. “In one study, they took photos of patients before and two months after using a CPAP machine, and asked other people to rate who was more attractive. The people judged most attractive were the ones who had used the CPAP for a couple of months. “So if you want to Fibromyalgia, for example, can be aggravated by a lack of sleep,” be good looking, healthy and feel better, use your CPAP,” said Higsaid Higgins. One of the most common sleep gins with a laugh. disorders is obstructive sleep apFor more information about nea, in which a patient’s airway diagnosis and treatment of your relaxes and collapses on itself sleep problem, call the during sleep, causing loud snorFort Sanders Sleep Disorders ing, choking and momentary Center at 865-541-1375. lapses in breathing. These wake the patient up, and he or she

Myths about sleep Myth: Some people only need 4 to 5 hours per night. Truth: Everyone needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and others need up to 9 hours. Sleep is productive time, in which brain and body cells rejuvenate. Myth: Sleep problems only affect older women. Truth: Insomnia affects everyone, but is more common in older women. Men in their 30s and 40s are most likely to get sleep apnea. And narcolepsy, a serious sleep disorder, most often begins in a person’s teens and 20s.

When to call the doctor If you have a problem getting to sleep, it’s probably a sleep hygiene issue. Try keeping regular sleep hours, use the bedroom only for sleeping don’t work on the computer or watch TV just before bed and avoid caffeine after dinner. Get exercise every day, but not right before bed. Do something relaxing before bed, like take a bath or read (as long as it’s not exciting). Keep the lights low or even off. Before there were electric lights, people regularly slept 9 hours per day. If you keep waking up during the night, that’s more likely a physica problem such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or any one of a number of sleep disorders. If you’ve tried good sleep hygiene and still can’t fall asleep, call your doctor. Or if you’re waking up in the middle of the night repeatedly that’s a reason to call a doctor as well.

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Authors Corey Circello of Morristown and Joe Moore of Kodak show off their books between storytelling sessions.

Prepare to relive the Civil War The Fort Dickerson Civil War Weekend is coming up fast. Activities take place 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

Betsy Pickle Presented by the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and the city of Knoxville, the event is part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and commemorates the anniversary of the Siege of Knoxville. Activities will include living-history campsites, infantry drilling and firing, a Civil War medical and surgical exhibit, women’s fashions, battle reenactments, cannon firings and more. Visitors can park free at the Disc Exchange and ride a free shuttle to Fort Dickerson, the last remaining publicly accessible fortification of the 16 original fortifications and battery positions surrounding Knoxville during the Civil War.

Among the winning decorated cakes were professional Haley McManigal’s haunted house in the Creature Feature category, amateur Karen Rose’s troublesome trio in the Happy Halloween category and professional Sara Horton’s raccoon in the Happy Harvest category.

King’s Mountain

Best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb made another stop in Knoxville to promote her newest book, “King’s Mountain,” last week, following up her September visit. Not only did she read from the book on Monday’s Tennessee Shines radio show, but she gave a talk Tuesday night at the East Tennessee History Center to a packed house of about 130 people. Anyone who’s ever watched McCr umb on YouTube knows how amusing she is, and she didn’t let her K nox v i l le area fans McCrumb down. McCrumb prefaced the reading of a few passages with a little of her own background as a history student and writer as well as with a discussion of the background of her novel. Her explanation of her connection to

John Sevier was hilarious and moving, even though it didn’t live up to her family legend of being descended from Sevier and a woman “he ran off with.” While it is a novel, “King’s Mountain” tells of a critical battle that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. McCrumb said she felt compelled to tell the story because so little has been written about it. Now’s your chance to read all about it. ■

Kinky ‘Venus’

Flying Anvil Theatre is putting on “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, described by the New York Times as “good, kinky fun,” Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 3, plus Nov. 7-10 and 14-17 at a new theater at 525 N. Gay St. “Venus in Fur” is about a playwright fed up with the lack of talent of the women he’s auditioned for his new play based on a 19th century erotic novel. When ditzy Vanda arrives, he’s less than impressed, but the situation gets more complicated and hilarious. Info: or 523-7521.

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Draco Tremble of Frightworks strolls the grounds of the Ramsey House Plantation.

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and Booker at the meeting to have their say. Their suggestions, along with those gleaned from the other four meetings, will be passed on to members of Mayor Madeline Rogero’s staff who will develop a residential traffic safety policy to be published before the 2014 budget hearings. “Mayor Rogero pledged to do a top-to-bottom review of the city’s traffic calming policy,” said Office of Neighborhoods director David Massey. “Our definition of traffic calming is the attempt to slow or reduce motor vehicle devices

through neighborhoods to increase road safety and allow for more livable communities.” Traffic engineer Bill Cole explained that the city stopped installing “physical” devices like traffic circles and speed humps due to cost ($10,000 for a circle, $3,000 to 5,000 for a hump) and access problems. He said the city stopped installing them in 2008 in favor of “E&E” (Education and Enforcement) programs including signage and lowercost devices like rumble strips plus off-duty police officers with radar guns.

East Knoxville resident Evelyn Gill said she hasn’t had much luck contacting 311, and asked for steppedup traffic enforcement in the neighborhoods between Magnolia and Five Points. Massey referred the audience to the city’s web site, cityof trafficcalming. Immediate complaints may be reported to Knoxville Police Department Lt. Ron Green at 215-7517 or dgreen@cit yof k nox v ille. org; or to David Massey, 215-3232 or dmassey@

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Sunshine’s mighty fine By Sandra Clark One of Knox County’s finest social service nonprofits is rolling along, adapting with changing economic times and a diverse client base. The Arc Knox County started as the Association for Retarded Citizens in 1953 in a church basement. Now that politically incorrect moniker is outdated, but Sunshine Services lives on, serving some 100 adult clients with intellectual disabilities. Judy Wohlwend is the executive director, stepping in when the late Dr. Vicki Johnson retired in 2003. The center is located at 3000 North Central Street. “Those (founding) parents worked really hard to get it started, lobbying Nashville and the feds, demanding services for their kids,” said Wohlwend. The program now has three components in addition to the sheltered workshop which fulfills business and government contracts – originally the nonprofit’s purpose. Early Intervention for ages 0-3 offers home-based education for families with children identified as having a learning disability or delayed development. “We teach parents to be advocates for their children,” said Wohlwend. Leisure Services offers something every day

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for adults. “Activities are designed to allow participants to personalize their leisure schedules ... increasing their independence, improving self-esteem and enhancing their quality of life,” said Wohlwend. Activities include bowling, walking groups, movies, local sporting events and Special Olympics activities. Several vacations are offered and past trips have been to New York City, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Myrtle Beach. Residential Services include Beta Homes, two 10-person group homes with 24/7 staff supervision. Training by staff promotes personal growth and development for residents who require constant structure and supervision. Residents generally work at Sunshine Industries or participate in its retirement

program. Yes, participants are reaching retirement age, Wohlwend said. The retirement program addresses the changing needs of aging clients with a daily program that includes physical activity. An independent living program provides support services to adults with intellectual disabilities who live in the community. Clients may own a home or live in an apartment with a roommate or alone. The Arc offers training in independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning and money management. “We provide short-term vocational training and long-term sheltered employment,” said Wohlwend. The economic downturn hurt this business, too. Several government contracts were cut during the sequester. Sunshine Industries responded by starting a wood splitting and packing service, linking with businesses for retail sales. Sunshine’s Mighty Fine Wood and Sunshine’s Mighty Fine Wood Chunks are the brand names, and the products are available at Mayo’s, Three Rivers and 10 Pilot stores. “We need work,” said Wohlwend. “If you’ve got work our clients could do, give a call.” Info: or 546-9431.

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government Is the honeymoon over for Burchett/Rogero? Tim Burchett and Madeline Rogero aren’t like peas and carrots anymore.

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Burchett has taken on a combative tone, challenging Rogero’s opposition to the James White Parkway extension and accusing her of excluding the public from the process, causing old-timers among the local press corps to recall the glory days when County Executive Dwight Kessel’s brawls with Mayor Victor Ashe were going the length of the bar and into the street. Hot damn! Could we be returning to a time when we never had to look hard for a government story? Probably not. These are two exceptionally canny politicos. Republican Burchett says Rogero’s his friend. Democrat Rogero says she’s looking forward to continuing their cooperative relationship. Rogero was elected Knoxville mayor in 2011. Burchett was elected county mayor in 2010 and openly supported Rogero in the non-partisan city election, unlike most local Republicans, who were for Ivan Harmon in the primary and Democrat Mark Padgett after he got enough votes to force Rogero into a general election battle. Padgett made an open appeal for Republican votes, portraying himself as the conservative, businessfriendly alternative to the Cesar Chavez-loving Rogero (commonly referred to as “That Woman” by Padgett/ Harmon supporters who usually finished the sentence with the declaration “…scares me to death”). Burchett’s personal popularity and solid conservative credentials allowed him to safely buck the trend and let it be known that he was down with Team Rogero. It probably got Rogero some votes. But despite disclaimers to the contrary, the recent rough patch between the

Rogero and Burchett share a Hollerpalooza moment in 2011. Photo by Betty Bean

two mayors isn’t just a one-off disagreement. Burchett followed up his JWP outburst with a sideways swipe at the city’s $22 million Baptist Hospital Tax Increment Financing deal, hinting that he might ask County Commission to delay its TIF vote so he could study the matter (both city and county tax revenues are at stake, so the county legislative body must approve such arrangements). He didn’t follow through, but he got the city administration’s attention. Opposing Rogero’s biggest development project to date would have caused more fireworks than Boomsday. Another potential dispute is brewing over what to do with county-owned Historic Knoxville High School. City redevelopment director Bob Whetsel, a member of the committee that evaluated developers’ proposals, lives in Historic 4th & Gill, center of opposition to the county plan to convert the iconic building into senior citizens’ housing. Rogero declined to comment, calling Knoxville High redevelopment a county matter. Burchett, though clearly irritated by criticism of the county plan, deflects questions with signature humor – “You got two big kids on the block and they’re gonna bump heads. I’m a big picture kind of guy. I have a lot of vision.” It’s not Dwight/Victorlevel fireworks, but it’s not all bluebirds and Bubble Up between the offices on the opposite ends of the 6th floor, either. So old reporters have reason to hope.

GOV NOTES ■ Tom Brokaw, retired NBC news anchor, will give the Baker Distinguished Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Cox Hall in Alumni Memorial Gym. The event is free and open to the public. ■ Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will host a one-on-one constituent meeting 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Corryton Senior Center, 9331 Davis Drive. ■ The Democratic Women’s Club will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Shoney’s on Western Ave. New members welcome. Info: 742-8234

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Hopecote is second Staub house Only two John Staub homes exist in Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee owns both. One is Hopecote, an English Cotswold cottage-type home at 1820 Melrose Avenue. The other is the much more formal home of the late Eugenia Williams at 4848 Lyons View Pike next to UT Trustee Charles Anderson and two houses east of James A. Haslam III, older brother of Gov. Bill Haslam. Hopecote was built in 1924 and is used by the University as a guest house. The Williams home was built in 1940 and has not been used by UT for anything since its acquisition in 1998. Staub designed Hopecote for his aunt, Mrs. Albert Hope. Having myself grown up at 1811 Melrose Avenue from 1945 to 1961, I knew the Hopecote house and even delivered the News Sentinel there (then an afternoon newspaper). My family home is still standing, used as the Baptist Student Center. Both Staub homes have been in influential neighborhoods at one time or the other. Before the University moved into the Melrose Avenue area, the neighborhood was populated by well-known Knoxville families. Matthew McClellan, who owns MS McClellan’s, grew up on Melrose next to this writer. Former Mayor Kyle Testerman grew up here and other residents included attorney Charles Seymour, grandfather of Arthur G. Seymour Jr., businessmen Ed McMillan and Ed Ashe. Loye Miller, editor of the News Sentinel, lived in the area, along with Cliff Pettit of Pettit Motors.

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Melrose Hall, which had been built in the 1850s and used by both Union and Confederate soldiers, was across from the Seymour home. The University, which has often had little regard for historic homes, demolished this Civil War era home to construct Hess Hall, which has to rank as one of the University’s least attractive buildings. The Ed McMillan home was acquired with the owner thinking it would become the UT president’s home, but that understanding was based on a handshake which was quickly forgotten as it too was hit by the wrecking ball. McMillan was president of Standard Knitting Mills. Last week I visited Hopecote, where I was met by five persons including Whitney Heins, media coordinator for Margie Nichols, Justin Dothard, Terry Ledford, Frank Cuevas and Garry Stinnett, Hopecote caretaker. It can house up to six guests at one time in three rooms. Stinnett has been there since 1990. The University bought the home in 1976 for $149,500. Stinnett said the most unusual experience he had was finding a guest deceased one morning in her room. The longest-staying guest was a Kelly Brown, a

professor from Florida who stayed three months as she monitored the work of UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. Stinnett keeps the house going and maintained. In the 2012 academic year, 41 guests stayed for 202 nights. This academic year has seen 34 guests for 118 nights. He said the best-known guest was Alvin Poussaint, who is a psychiatry professor at Harvard with an emphasis on African-Americans. In 2008-2009, more than $200,000 was spent for renovation, new furniture, a patio and landscaping. The prior furniture is in storage at the UT warehouse. Yet money is hard to find to stabilize the Williams house. There are three bedrooms with one being a master bedroom with an attached bath. The other two rooms share a bath. One has a queen bed and the other has twin beds. Room rates are $40 a night for a single room and $50 for the double bedroom. Non-University groups may rent the downstairs and outside patio for $150 for events. However, with a ban on street parking on Melrose, it is hard to determine where guests would park for a reception or wedding. Annual maintenance is around $33,000 plus a $25,000 salary for the caretaker who also lives at the house. The salary seems quite modest. Usage is on the low side compared to what it can be. As long as one pays the going rate, it seems that virtually anyone can overnight there with an approved Uni-

Hopecote living room versity sponsor. Hopecote is on the National Register of Historic Places along with Ayres Hall and Tyson House. The contrast with the care given to this Staub building and the other Staub house (the Williams home) is striking and painful to observe. ■ Progress on Fort Kid. It may be too early to suggest Fort Kid will escape the wrecking ball, but Mayor Rogero has a meeting this week with Fort Kid founder Beth Waters who oversees the $65,000 private trust fund. The meeting at Fort Kid represents a continuing discussion. Hopefully, the city will accept the use of these funds and restore the Fort to its original status, when it was built in 1991 in five days. The city removed any mention of Fort Kid from its recreation brochure, enclosed in the News Sentinel recently at a cost just under $10,000.

The week the wheels rolled off At Karns High School on Oct. 21, when Shelby Berkley sang Willie Nelson’s “Blue Skies,” I turned to Superintendent Jim McIntyre on the front row and said, “He’s singing your song!” To his credit, McIntyre laughed. He then jumped to his feet to lead a standing ovation for the music students of Caryn Marlowe who had stayed late to entertain those of us attending the school system’s fourth of six Insight Sessions. But it’s more like gray skies ahead for McIntyre as teachers are following the lead of Lauren Hopson and speaking out at Insight Sessions and meetings with school board members. If teachers don’t advocate for best practices, who will? And teachers know that we’ve gone way overboard on testing and evaluations. We’re weighing the hogs rather than feeding them and then wondering why they won’t fatten up. This conversation will get shriller until something gives.

Hemal Tailor and Jona- own skin, Haslam hired peothan Griswold left county ple who challenged him and government under a cloud, make his administration betcreating a disappointing week ter. Burchett needs to find his Sandra for Mayor Tim Burchett. Both Larry Martin, his Madeline Clark Rogero, his Bill Lyons. He’s were in his inner circle. Thinking back on the sure not had them yet. Ragsdale years, it’s easy to see I’m haunted by the theme how money and power go to song from the kids’ show “Paw Joy McCroskey got the heads of folks who have Patrol,” a cartoon designed by zapped last week when WBIR had neither. civil engineers: “No job is too and the News Sentinel critiThat’s why the contrast large, no pup is too small.” cized her job performance as with Mayor Bill Haslam was Welcome to Knox County clerk of criminal courts. Mike so stark. Comfortable in his government. Hammond then announced his candidacy for Joy’s job. Criminal Court, you may recall, is where former Judge Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has named the counRichard Baumgardner prety’s Veterans Service Officer Robert sided while under the influ“Buzz” Buswell as interim director of ence of prescription drugs Knox County Veterans and Senior Serand no one called him out. vices. It’s amazing that in 2013 “Buzz has done an outstanding job the clerk’s office is not comserving the veterans and taxpayers of puterized. It’s amazing no one this community, and I am very confident noticed an impaired judge. that he will continue to work hard and It’s indefensible that folks be successful in this new position,” said had their drivers license Burchett. Buzz Buswell pulled or even went to jail beBuswell will continue to work with cause of clerical errors. Deputy Veterans Service Officer Tom Humphries to ensure Hammond has challenged that Knox County’s veterans have access to the benefits and the most vulnerable incumservices they have earned. The Senior Services Departbent. It’s hard to see how Mcment oversees five senior centers operated by the county. Croskey wins.

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What a difference a year makes Missouri, SEC East leader, wrong had or was. Pinkel is the surprise of the season. and critics were staring at the leftover shadow of a serious driving violation, an expensive divorce after 40 years of marriage, entirely too many Tiger injuries and Marvin a terrible experience (42-0 West at halftime) at Texas A&M. In retrospect, Derek Dooley and Tyler Bray probably preserved Pinkel as we At the end of 2012, there know him – in the fourth was talk of firing the coach overtime at beautiful Neyof the Tigers, Gary Robin land Stadium. Pinkel. He was said to be That bad last year ended distant, distressed, dis- with monumental unrest at tracted, discombobulated Missouri. Fans, spoiled by and disengaged. success, wanted immediate (All those words came change. Pinkel emphatically directly from the famous declared his stuff would school of journalism at Co- work. Athletic director Mike lumbia, Mo.) Alden responded with firm Everything that could go words like “urgency” and

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“accountability.” What difference does a year make? Pinkel has vaulted from 5-7 and job jeopardy to a nomination for coach of the year, from hot seat to hot attraction, suddenly blessed with fresh intensity and positive energy. Better beware, Tennessee. Missouri has endured fewer injuries than before but is again without star quarterback James Franklin. Pinkel’s solution creates an interesting comparison. If all redshirt freshman quarterbacks were created equal, development is undoubtedly the difference we see. Case in point: Nathan Peterman and Maty Mauk.

Nathan was the victim of Butch Jones’ failed experiment at Florida. He was the Tennessee brick that broke. Mauk was plug and play at Missouri. When Franklin went down against Georgia, Mauk looked surprisingly comfortable as the emergency replacement. A week later, Mauk directed a victory over Florida. OK, those were not exactly the same Gators who ate Peterman alive. And, perhaps the Missouri offensive line did better in support of Mauk than did the highly regarded Volunteers on behalf of Peterman. (It is highly unlikely that both lines are the best in the Southeastern Conference). The difference in red-

shirt freshman quarterbacks goes back to high school. Mauk was a Parade All-American and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year at Kenton, Ohio. He broke national prep career records for passing yards, completions, touchdowns and total offense. Mauk’s senior stats were awesome: 5,413 passing yards and 68 touchdowns, 1,768 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. It seems the numbers mattered. His father was his high school coach. The dad allowed the son to keep playing in his final home game, a 74-22 rout. Mauk finished the evening 27-for-29 for 505 yards and nine touchdowns!

Peterman, Florida 6-A player of the year, threw for 2,972 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior at Bartram Trail High in St. Johns. He ran for 319 yards and five touchdowns. Nathan’s dad is a pastor. Missouri beat Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati for Mauk’s signature and services. Nathan was thinking Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Cincinnati before Tennessee offered a scholarship. Indeed, Coach Jones had been vigorously recruiting Peterman and Mauk for the Bearcats. Maty’s brother Ben played at Cincinnati. Peterman, recovering from a fractured hand, does not project as a Saturday factor. Mauk is the young man for the Vols to beat. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is

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Apples, apples everywhere By Betsy Pickle Once a year, Washington Presbyterian Church becomes the apple capital of East Tennessee. And we thank them for it! The tiny church’s Apple Festival draws hundreds from all over the area, and the edition held Saturday, Oct. 19, was no exception. Before the festival drew to a close at 3 p.m., more than 1,700 people from Knox County and well beyond had shown up to eat, play and shop. Even though the official start time was 9 a.m., church member Tim Adams said they started parking cars at 8:15 a.m. and hadn’t stopped by 2 p.m., an hour before closing. Last year, the church raised about $24,000 for its missions programs with the festival. That’s even more

impressive considering that, according to Adams, the church has about 100 members, with probably 60 attending regularly, and 40 to 50 of those volunteer to help at the festival. “It’s bizarre, actually,� he said, that the church is able to pull off the festival with those numbers. It makes a little more sense when you talk to people like Peggy and Jerry Shipe. Jerry grew up in the church, and Peggy joined when they married about four decades ago. The festival started about 36 years ago. The Shipes started making apple butter to sell at the festival around 2000. This year, they made enough to fill 600 jars, and they sold every jar. They made several batches a few days ahead, but Jerry got to the church

pavilion area around 6 a.m. to make one last batch. It takes about six hours, he said. “We make it the old-fashioned way.� Some might accuse Peggy of bragging when she talks about how good their apple butter is, but from her lips it sounds like fact: “We would rate ours up with anybody’s.� There was plenty of food to eat on site, filling food like pork barbecue and yummy snacks like fried apple pies and ice cream and funnel cake. A country market offered everything from fresh veggies and fruits (including apples) to jars of homemade salsa, dill pickles, jams and jellies. Another market was a hodgepodge, like a garage sale. Nancy Acuff organized the lineup of bluegrass mu-

sicians who played throughout the day to entertain young and old. Kids got their fill of games and facepainting. There was even an unofficial visit from Santa Claus, who was found out of uniform relaxing with the Mrs. Traveling under the names Lynn and Barbara Carmichael, they stopped by the festival with friend Susie Howard to sample the food and take a break from Christmas preparations. They still were on something of a mission. “Rudolph has a fondness for apples,� Santa said.

Church members Peggy and Larry Shipe display jars of their highly sought-after apple butter. They made about 600 jars, including 120 at the festival, and had sold out by 1:30 p.m.

Carey Norton holds her 4-month-old son, Evan, who seems happy even though he wasn’t old enough to sample the festival’s goodies.

Santa and Mrs. Claus (at right) enjoy a taste of fall. With the North Pole residents (aka Lynn and Barbara Carmichael) is their friend Susie Howard. Paige Travis and Greg Horne enjoyed the food and the shopping; Travis found a first-edition Wilma Dykeman book at one of the tents.

Clark Miller and Darrell Acuff were among the many musicians who performed throughout the day. Siblings Madison and Hunter (who came with grandmother Ebbe Anderson) dance to bluegrass music


Holston Middle School students Hannah Kirkham and Mackenzie Voiles dig into a freshly made funnel cake at the Washington Presbyterian Apple Festival. Photos by Betsy Pickle

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Carter High School ■The CTE department will ‘go pink’ to raise money for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness. A Survivor Luncheon will be held noon1 p.m. and guests are asked to call no later than Tuesday, Oct. 29, to reserve a seat. Salon services will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 9328181 for an appointment. The Mobile Mammography unit will be on site and appointments can be made by calling 583-1003.

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‘We always have ... another chance’ By Betsy Pickle Gary Harmon gets around. In his nearly 30 years with Knox County Schools, he taught French and English at Bearden, Austin-East and Halls high schools. He has spent the past 2 1/2 years at Richard L. Bean Juvenile Service Center, teaching English and history to troubled male teens that have been arrested or placed at the center by the Department of Children’s Services. He loves what he’s doing – for starters, teaching history, a favorite subject, but especially teaching these students. “The kids need to see adults who care about them and try to push them,” Harmon says.” I do that. The kids know it. I’m not a touchy-feely guy. I don’t sit down and say, ‘Tell me about your life.’ “One time I had a student make a comment that he didn’t understand why we pushed him so hard to be in school, and I said, ‘Well, you don’t know what you want to be yet. I want to give you some choices.’ And he said, ‘Aw, come on, really? What do you think my choices are gonna be?’ “I said, ‘You know, son, I don’t believe a lot of things, but what I do believe is that we always have another chance. I don’t care what you did to get in here; doesn’t matter to me and I’ll never ask. But when you get out of here, it’s the next chapter, and it’s your job to get up and do something with that. I want to arm you for that with what you really need – not bullets, but knowledge.’ That’s what

I try to do.” Growing up in Clarksville, Harmon had a very different life from his current students, but he had teachers who made it possible for him to have choices. His challenge was that he was born with only two fingers on his left hand, a right arm that ended at the wrist and no feet. He got into teaching “because teachers had made a big difference in my life, and I wanted to do the same thing for other people.” Schools had a different attitude about children with disabilities in the 1960s, when Harmon was growing up. “When I was starting school, my mother took me to register the first day, and we were met at the front door by a principal, who ushered us to special ed. My mother is a strongwilled Southern woman who explained to him that I was not going to special ed. I could already read, I knew my numbers – I was ready. “She wanted me to go into 1st grade. We didn’t have kindergarten back in the (Stone) Age. He assured her that special ed (was) the place I needed to go. “Special ed was nothing in those days; they taught kids how to fold boxes. … And my mother said, ‘No. There’s just no way.’ “They stood out in the hall and argued for what seemed like forever to a 6-year-old boy. And finally a 1st grade teacher came out and asked what was going on, and my mother explained. (The teacher) knelt down by me to talk to me and she said, ‘Let me ask you, are you smart?’ I said,

Says Gary Harmon, “This is my smile.” ‘I don’t know.’ She said, ‘I’ll make a deal with you … From now on, if I ever ask you that question, if you’ll say yes, you can come into my class.’ “She stood up, and she knelt back down, and she said, ‘Gary, are you smart?’ I said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ And she took my hand and said, ‘Let’s go!’ “We went in, and we learned, and I thought that was wonderful. In that one fell swoop, the woman changed my whole life.” Harmon spent his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in his hometown, then came

said they didn’t want her father to pick her up from afternoon day care because they were “a little afraid” of him. The book, “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off,” was published in August. Harmon is selling it in person and through his website www. “This book is about how we solved the problem. It wasn’t all persuasion; there was chocolate involved.” He believes we all have “disabilities” but wants to help people get over their reluctance to interact with people who seem different.

“I wrote this hoping that families who want to make sure their kids understand that we all don’t look just exactly alike might want to buy this book and read it with their kids, and they might talk about the people that they know that look a little different or maybe think a little differently or have some difference that seems to make them stand out. “And have them understand that those people are still children and brothers and sisters and husbands and wives. People forget that.”

known as the “Mayor of Hardin Valley. He saw an empty chair and had taken advantage of it for a little while until Justin returned.

tains, lived off the land and did his own cooking. No, he lived in a log house in Hardin Valley, and he didn’t cook – his wife did. I soon decided I’d struck out and went back to the authors’ tent. An hour or so later I looked by the tent again and there was the mountain man. Back up the hill I went. I asked, “Are you the person who lives in a tipi in the mountains?” “Yes, I’m Justin Burke. I live in a 20x20 ft. tipi at Boone, N.C.” He had bought his winter’s supply of cushaw, pumpkin, butternut squash, etc. at Walton’s. His tipi accommodates a wood stove and his lighting is an oil lamp. He said he has a minimum of cook pots and skillets. He doesn’t own

a Dutch oven. He had once cooked a coyote at the request of the park service. He is a young, self-employed blacksmith, bark basket maker, leather worker and knife sharpener. Jim Clayborn, who had stopped by to visit with Justin and his grandmother who came over with him, says Burke is a better knife sharpener than 80-yearolds who have sharpened knives for 60 plus years. Justin uses a diamond hone. He teaches classes in blacksmithing, bark baskets and leather working at the John C. Campbell Folk School near Boone, N.C. Justin is indeed an interesting and gifted young man who is gaining worldwide recognition. Fifteen foreign countries were represented at the Homecoming. I learned that the gentleman of a certain age I had spoken with earlier is Jim Stafford who is fondly

About this time every year, I also ponder the imagination of our Creator who thought up praying mantises and Beluga whales and Irish setters, as well as mastodons and kitty cats and hippopotami. While God was creating, He also got busy and gave us stars

and comets and rainbows, as well as bald eagles and cardinals and hummingbirds, red maple trees and dark firs and majestic oaks, each one a joy to behold. So I would surmise that God loves variety as much as I do. The poet Cecil Frances

Alexander goes on in her poem to rejoice in the fact that “God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell How great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.” Consider it done.

to UT, where he graduated in 1983. It’s easy to see why he doesn’t like the word “disability.” He met President Jimmy Carter and ended up on the NBC Nightly News. He studied abroad in France during college, served as Knox County Education Association president for four years and spent enough time in law school to decide law wasn’t his thing. He is married to a “beautiful wife” and has “two great kids.” And this spring, he wrote a children’s book based on an incident his 12-year-old daughter had at age 6, when friends

Bonnie’s persimmon predictions I attended my 23rd Fall They not only can grow Homecoming this year, re- things, they know how to newed acquaintances, made market. new friends and learned One of the people at the lots. Walton display told me I really should stop by and talk with the “man by the tent.” He told me the man lived in a tipi in the mountains – lived off the land. Bonnie With a break from the Peters authors’ tent, I made my way up the hill. An older man with a long beard was sitting there and looked the part. Being the bashful soul My classmate Irene that I am, I approached him Walker Nelson’s family and said, “The people over owns Walton View Farms so at Walton View Farms said I that was my first stop. They ought to come over and talk always have a splendid va- with you. He replied, “I don’t know riety of pumpkins, gourds, squash and other fall prod- why, but I’ll be glad to talk ucts. Sales had already been with you.” I proceeded to contracted for anything left tell him that I understood he lived in a tipi in the moun- Justin Burke from the festival.

A tardy autumn When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8: 3-4 NRSV) All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. (“All Things Bright and Beautiful,” Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848) It seems to me that autumn is late this year. I may be wrong about that, but I have been watching the ridges and the mountains for color, and it has been only in the last week that I have seen Mother Nature putting on her truly gaudy clothes. Oh, there have been hints and a few promising trees, but no take-your-breath-away views. She is being a tease, I think. I was supposed to be an October baby, and Daddy took Mother to the hospital

on Halloween night (spare me the witch jokes, please) but I missed an October birthday by one day. Even so, October is my favorite month. I love the cooler air, the blue skies, the turning trees. On the drive home the other night after a visit to my daughter Jordan in Atlanta, I watched the moonrise over the mountains. It was a waning moon, and I was startled to realize I had missed the October full moon in the bright lights of the city.

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Lynn Pitts

Only now that October is almost over, and the harvest moon of the Cherokee is waning, I see at last the warm plaid on the mountains, the gold and scarlet and orange against the faithful evergreens. I think we are blessed to live in this part of the world, where there are four distinct seasons. That is something you probably already know about me, since I have been known to go on and on about the first daffodil, or the first sandal day, the first wood fire, the first snowfall. Maybe, to be perfectly honest, I love the four seasons because change keeps life interesting and entertaining.

Gary Harmon looks through his book, “My Daddy Takes His Legs Off.”

LIBRARY EVENTS Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431. ■ Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. – Computer Workshops: Library Online. To register: 525-5431.

Carter Branch Library, 9036 Asheville Highway. Info: 933-5438. ■ Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. – Halloween Storytime. An evening of Halloween fun with Halloween books, crafts and treats. Costumes encouraged.

South Knoxville Branch Library, 4500

Chapman Highway. Info: 573-1772 ■ Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – KSO Musical Storytimes for Kids. Members of the KSO string quartet combine stories about music with classical selections, sound effects and hands-on learning for preschool aged children and their parents. Programs are free and open to the public

CHURCH NOTES Fundraisers ■ City View Baptist Church, 2311 Fine Ave., will host a spaghetti dinner 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. All Proceeds will go toward the medical expenses of Nancy Wyrick.

2013 Persimmon Weather Predictor

I was asked by several at the homecoming what the persimmons were saying about the coming winter. I had to say I didn’t have any persimmons on my trees this year, so Ellen Perry brought me some. First, these persimmons were much larger than usual, but the seeds were much smaller than I can remember seeing before. I cut open several seeds and only one had the imprint of a spoon (mild winter). The others had a knife (hard, cold, icy winter). I don’t know about the persimmons, but, if this morning’s frost on my roof is any indication, we’re in for a humdinger.

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, 6872268, or Juanita McFall Bishop, 804-4816. ■ Karns High School will have a centennial celebration and alumni reception 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, for all of its graduates. Info: 539-8679.

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A howling good time Don’t be surprised if you hear howling when you enter It’s a R-R-Ruff Life – and it is coming from the humans.

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High school students experience college

Nancy Whittaker

Karen House thought she would retire after spending years as a rural mail carrier and a BellSouth operator. In October 2009, with help from her daughter, Amber, Karen became the proud owner of this popular dog grooming and boarding business located at 4509 Chapman Highway (next to Sonic). It is obvious that the 4-legged “clients” are like family to everyone who works there. Amber says it took team effort to create this successful business and all of the employees “fit like a glove.” Customers who walk in say they are bringing their pets to see “Granny.” Karen now has five employees who stay busy bathing, grooming and loving their furry friends. The groomers have had a couple of dogs who started howling while being groomed, so the employees just started “singing” along with the dog and Karen says this quiets the dogs’ nerves pretty quickly. Karen loves giving back. She gives discounts to military, law enforcement, firefighters and senior citizens. She also gives a hefty first time discount to anyone who adopts from a shelter. One of Karen’s favorite expressions is “you can fool people but you can’t fool a dog,” and she says all of the dogs know she loves them. She is also quick to point out that cats are also welcome. Hours for grooming are weekdays, 7:30-5, and Saturdays, 8-5. Appointments are recommended. Call 5772810 or check them out on Facebook.

It’s a R-R-Ruff Life staff includes: Melissa Loy, Karen House, Claudia Fortes, Katie Shaw and Gabriel (on the grooming table); not pictured are Jill Shelton and Amber House. Pho-

tos by Nancy Whittaker

Misty Bullock and her mom, Joyce Collier, at The Lunch House

old friends. Located at 3816 Holston Drive, Joyce Collier opened 20 years ago with help from her mom and four sisters. Her daughter, Misty, and son, Billy, as well as grandchildren are now all part of her team. Misty laughs when she tells me about her grandmother. Joyce and her sisters worked together and it was their mom’s job to “tell the girls how to behave themselves and keep them in line – she had her hands full.” Joyce is the oldest daughter in a family of nine kids and learned cooking secrets from her dad who was a chef. Deciding what to order is the hard part. They have daily specials and say chicken and dumplings, madeto-order fried chicken livers and turkey with homemade dressing are some of their best sellers. If you still have room, there is an abundance of homemade desserts. They make their own pies, cobblers and banana pudding. Blackberry cobbler has be■ Comfort food, come a local favorite. warm people Don’t let the name of the The Lunch House is like restaurant fool you. The going back home for a great Lunch House is also open for meal and catching up with breakfast Monday through

Saturday. Joyce is proud of her “old school breakfast” and says the pan fried potatoes and homemade biscuits and gravy are very popular with their regulars. Joyce is proudest that her customers represent all walks of life and she loves the diversity. Located across from Petree’s Florist and next to First Tennessee on Magnolia, The Lunch House is open from 6-3, weekdays and 6-2:30 on Saturdays. You can dine in or call 6375188 to order a carry out meal. Cash only. ■

AmVets to hold fundraisers

AmVets Post 16 has big plans for several fundraisers over the next year at its new location, 3846 Martin Mill Pike. In conjunction with the Disabled Veterans, Chapter 24, AmVets will host an old time horseshoe tournament on Saturday, Nov. 2. Amy Burnett promises a good time and good food for all who attend. For those who are not great at pitching horseshoes, there will also be a pool tournament. Sign-ups start at 11 a.m. with an entry fee of $10.

A delicious all-youcan-eat buffet with homecooked food will be served at 3 p.m. for $7.50 per person. A reverse raffle will be held with tickets selling for $1 or 6 for $5. All profits will go to the Sen. Ben Atchley Home for Veterans. Info: Ammy at 240-4942. ■

Joyce Floyd heads state association

Joyce Floyd, KCDC director of strategic planning and special projects, is president of the Tennessee Association of Housing Joyce Floyd and Redevelopment Authorities.

The third spoke: Washington Pike Wait a minute, wait a minute! In all this talk about the twin mall frontage roads flanking the interstate, are we forgetting about the third spoke of this Golden Shopper’s Mile? The first half-mile of Washington Pike, as you leave I-640 exit 8 and drive eastward (or southeast), is part of the shopper’s paradise we’ve been featuring here lately. Washington Pike alone sports some 20 independent stores. For years, Kohl’s and Honey Baked Ham anchored this segment; and across the street, you will find Mattress Firm, American Flooring, the SewingVacuum store and Hunley Turner appliance repair shop. Those are all great stores. But there is more … In recent years, Washington Pike retail options have blossomed. This started around 2005, when the failing Farmers Market site was sold by the county government through the Industrial Development Board to a private developer for $7.6 million. What a crazy financial deal that was (sorry, taxpayers), but that story is for another day! You probably recall when Target uprooted from Fountain City and planted itself on that roughly 30acre Farmers Market parcel. That was just a begin-


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ning. The balance of the land (owned by Knoxville Levcal LLC) soon added a number of retail and food establishments riding Target’s coattails. The site now hosts Marshall’s, the Dress Barn, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross Dresses, the China Wok Buffet, Sport Clips, Sally Beauty Supply, LifeWay Christian books, Dollar Tree and an AT&T phone store, among others. Just north of Target are JoAnn’s Fabric & Crafts and Shoe Carnival. If you are hungry after all that shopping (and not ready for Chinese), try Kitts Café across the street (technically, it’s Greenway Drive at that point) or visit the Tasty Cake Discount Bakery. The TVA Credit Union is nearby. The site is also home to New Harvest Park, a 43-acre county park with walking trail, ample parking, a great picnic pavilion, a kids’ splash pad and playground, an outdoor farmers market, and a large meeting hall which hosts meetings and early voting for this side of town.

Wait! there’s more. There’s more roadwork ahead. The city’s engineers, with help from TDOT and federal funds, are studying an $18 million boulevardtype widening of Washington Pike, running from I-640 eastward to Murphy Road. Construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015, with completion sometime in 2018. It is said the road work is needed to handle the 17,000+ trips per day. (More information is available on the City’s website ( The road plan may anger some of the neighbors, but it also reveals the east’s hid-

den secret – this segment of Knox County is growing! According to the census information on MPC’s website, the growth rate for housing/ population approaches 40 percent since 2000. To help manage potential roadwayspurred growth, MPC and City Council are working on Corridor Overlay rules and standards for better managed development along Washington Pike. More important, such area population growth means opportunity. New businesses are sure to spring up along our Golden Shopper’s Mile. Nick Della Volpe represents District 4 on City Council.

In its continual efforts to prepare students of all ages for the workforce or for pursuit of higher education, Pellissippi State Community College encourages local high school students to take advantage of the college’s Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program. Dual enrollment allows students to earn both high school and college credit for taking specific classes taught by Pellissippi State faculty. Courses are offered at a number of high schools in Knox and Blount counties, as well as at all of the college’s five sites, including the Magnolia Avenue Campus. “Dual enrollment allows high school students to double up on their learning and take up to four 3-credit classes that count for college credit,” said Spencer Joy, head of Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program. “Those students then get a jump-start on pursuing a higher education, entering college as freshmen who already have as many as 12 credits.” At the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 15 high school students are attending classes as varied as mathematics, geography and English. Nine come from the nearby L&N STEM Academy and are working to complete English 1010, a basic composition course. This is the first year students from the academy have participated at the Magnolia campus. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Moira Connelly, instructor, teaches a dual enrollment English course for students from the L&N STEM Academy. Academy was established in 2011, and 2013 is seeing the first senior class. As the academy grows, Joy and Rosalyn Tillman, Magnolia campus dean, hope more L&N students take advantage of the Pellissippi State program. “We are happy to have these young students on campus,” said Tillman, “taking full advantage of the dual enrollment program and the college resources we have for all of our students.” Additional partnerships are planned. For information about the Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program, visit or call Spencer Joy at 539-7349. For more information about the Magnolia Avenue Campus, visit magnolia_avenue or call 329-3100. The campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

The KCDC “Wellness Warriors” team raised $4,256 for the American Diabetes Association at the Knoxville “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” at the World’s Fair Park. Team members are: (front) Darrell Lindsey, Tiara Webb, Sean Maxwell, Beth Bacon, Morgan McGlasson, Cathe Lee, Shana Love and daughter, Jack Canada with grandchild Troy Bruce, Madison and Syla Sharp, Jackie and Dakota Strange; (middle) Bret Lindsay, Michael Webb, Beverly Mack, Joy Russell, Wendy McGlasson, Sandra Lewellyn, Dawn Lewellyn, Kim Mills, Angie Sharp, Donna Canada, Nancy Mills, Denise Jaqua-Houston, Helen Teff Teller; (back) Kent Patrick, Terri Evans, Joe Mills, Becky Fetters, Steve Ellis, Brenda Ellis, Kristie Bruce and Ray Sharp. Photo submitted


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THURSDAY-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.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 24-NOV. 10 “CTRL+ALT+DELETE,” a satire on commercialism, greed and corporate ambition, at Clarence Brown’s Lab Theatre. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 non-UT students, $5 UT students with ID.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 25-NOV. 9 Knoxville Children’s Theater, 109 Churchwell Ave., “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie, a mystery play for teens and families. Shows at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 7 and 8; 1 p.m. Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and 9; 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3; 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. Tickets: $12 ($10 each for adult and child entering together). Reservations: 599-5284 or tickets@childrenstheatreknoxville. com.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 30-NOV. 17 Flying Anvil Theatre presents “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, directed by Jayne Morgan, 525 N. Gay St. Contains strong language and adult themes. Previews: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 (pay what you want night) and Oct. 31 ($20; $15 if you come in costume). Gala opening 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 ($35); $25 for shows at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 7-9 and 14-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Reservations and advance tickets are available at and 523-7521.

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. for November featured artists, painter Harriet Smith Howell of Rutledge and jeweler Joann Marie of Knoxville, plus newly juried-in gallery members. Live music by Living Room Roots. Bliss, 24 Market Square, opening reception 6-9 p.m. for jewelry exhibit by Grant Barton of Precious Metals Prints. Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, opening reception 6-9 p.m. for artist Ryan Blair’s mixed-media “Bottle Cap Art.” Folk musician John McCutcheon, 8 p.m. Laurel Theater, 1537 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $20 at www.knoxtix. com, 523-7521 and at the door.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 1-2 Back Porch Mercantile, 5052 Kingston Pike, trunk show for Pure Sanctuary Jewelry. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of Pure Sanctuary by Tyler Deal goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Info: 247-4532.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 1-3 17th Master Woodworkers Show, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St., 4-9 p.m. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3. Works by 33 craftspeople and artists from East Tennessee and the surrounding region will be represented in the biennial juried show. Public reception 5-9 p.m. Nov. 1.


MONDAY, OCT. 28 Tennessee Shines’ Halloween show will honor the legacies of “War of the Worlds” and “Monster Mash” and feature performances by King Super & the Excellents, Norwegian Wood and poet Rus Harper, 7 p.m., WDVX studio, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St.; broadcast on WDVX-FM, 89.9 Clinton, 102.9 Knoxville. Tickets: $10, at WDVX and Remaining tickets sold at the door, while supplies last. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children 14 and under with a parent admitted free. Info: WDVX. com. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29 Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina cooking class, Autumn in Appalachia, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 7610 Maynardville Pike. BYO wine. Cost: $50. Register: www. or 922-9916. Spirits of the Night, Halloween party for over21s (with ID) featuring dancing, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and costume contest, 8 p.m.-midnight, Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Tickets: $30 ($25 members); at, 637-5331 or at the ticket window during zoo hours and the evening of the event. Proceeds benefit the Knoxville Zoo.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 31-NOV. 3 Foothills Community Players present Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Nov. 2-3.

Third annual Solar Tour, informational meeting by Tennessee Solar Energy Association on solar energy for home and business, plus tour of solar homes and businesses, 8:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the Knoxville Transit Center, 301 E. Church Ave. First 35 to arrive will board bus for tour at 10 a.m. (returning at 3 p.m.); remainder will carpool and follow bus. Hardin Valley Community 15th Fall Litter Cleanup, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the parking lot of Hardin Valley Food City, 11501 Hardin Valley Road, and Hardin Valley Community Center. Bags, gloves and vests will be provided by Knox County Adopt-a-Road Program. Havana Heat: Hot Night at the Copa, featuring Cuban singing sensation Maria Aleida and MexicanAmerican tenor Sergio Cepeda, benefiting Knoxville Opera, at Cherokee Country Club. Cocktails and silent auction at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m. Tickets: $200; at “An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert,” 7 p.m., Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Gilbert’s 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, was published in 30 languages and adapted into a feature film starring Julia Roberts. Tickets: $35 (includes a copy of Gilbert’s new book, “The Signature of All Things”) at the box office, www.tennesseetheatre. com, 656-4444 or KnoxvilleTickets outlets. Singer Leah Gardner, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1537 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12 at, 523-7521 and at the door.

MONDAY, NOV. 4 Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Cozy Joe’s Café, 2559

Willow Point Way. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. The WordPlayers, staged reading of “Freud’s Last Session” by Mark St. Germain, 7:30 p.m. at the Square Room, 4 Market Square. Sigmund Freud clashes with C.S. Lewis on the day England enters World War II. Free. Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Blvd, opening reception for “Remix: Selections From the International Collage Center” and “Richard Meier: Selected Collage Works,” on exhibit through Dec. 9. Preceding the reception ICC founder and New York gallerist Pavel Zoubok will cover the history of collage in the lecture “Collage Culture: From Picasso to Facebook,” 7:30 p.m. in Room 109, Art & Architecture Building. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

TUESDAY, NOV. 5 Autumn Care Assisted Living, 136 Canton Hollow Road, will have its grand opening, 9-11 a.m. Door prizes; all are welcome. Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 4855 Kingston Pike. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182. Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina cooking class, Comfort Food With Style!, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 7610 Maynardville Pike. BYO wine. Cost: $50. Register: www. or 922-9916.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13 Time Well Spent: Inspiration at Lunch will feature photographer Jeffrey Stoner, noon, Emporium Center, 100 Gay St. Stoner will discuss “The Fine Art of Photography,” the history of photography as a fine art. The Arts & Culture Alliance event is free; brownbagging is welcome. The Eagles, 8 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena. Tickets: $40-$149 at the box office, 656-4444 and www.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 NightinGala, a fundraiser for the UT College of Nursing including dinner, music and a silent auction, 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park. Robin Wilhoit will emcee. Comedian Leanne Morgan will perform. Tickets: $125; at or 974-3672.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 205 N. Peters Road. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Books Sandwiched In, a lunch-and-learn series, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Marshall Stair, Knoxville City Council member and attorney, will discuss the book “What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution” by Gar Alperovitz. The public is invited to bring a lunch and join the conversation.

TUESDAY, DEC. 3 Newly Bereaved casual workshop by Amedisys Hospice of Knoxville, 5 p.m., Panera Bread, 4855 Kingston Pike. Free. Preregister with Sarah Wimmer, 689-7123 or 1-866-462-7182.

TUESDAY, DEC. 10 Avanti Savoia’s La Cucina cooking class, Classic Gingerbread House, 6-9 p.m., 7610 Maynardville Pike. BYO wine. Cost: $60. Register: www.avantisavoia. com or 922-9916.

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