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BUZZ Fort Dickerson amenties outlined The city’s meeting on Fort Dickerson Park improvements brought out a hardy crowd on a dark and stormy night. It has been several months since a $1.4 million realignment of Fort Dickerson Road and Woodlawn Pike at Chapman Highway was completed and an auto-repair building was razed to create a more aesthetically pleasing entrance for the park, and SoKno residents have been wondering how long they would have to look at a blank, 30-foot retaining wall along the roadway.


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Film captures passion for saving animals

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Why Trump wins Count me among the skeptics who thought Donald Trump would blow over as a serious candidate. But after watching the debates and the early primaries, I finally get it. Donald J. Trump – casino-building, old-lady-evicting, multimarried, bankruptcy-filing wild man with three wives and five kids – is headed for the White House.


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Brantley wants relief on towing Knox County at-large commissioner Ed Brantley apparently believes that when a citizen comes to public forum, asking for help on an issue, that someone ought to pay attention. This is an odd notion that surely will be squelched. For now Brantley’s trampled on a sacred sheriff’s office prerogative. Stand by to learn the outcome. It started when Paul Johnson appeared at an earlier commission meeting to complain that he got a towing/ storage bill for more than $500 after a Thanksgiving weekend wreck rendered his car undrivable.


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Spring plants It’s March and I cannot keep from noticing the subtle signs of spring. My star magnolia has bloomed, but sadly after two days the freeze got it. My Lenten rose is now in bloom, but the plant is freeze hardy, so it is fine. The jonquils will be out in a couple of weeks and hopefully will not get frozen.


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Karen Talbot of Animal Aid USA prepares rescued dogs for transport to the Northeast. Photo submitted

By Betsy Pickle Becoming part of the story was never the goal for Knoxville filmmakers Michael Samstag and Josh Gildrie. But they were already in the story before they began making “A Southern Fix.� A documentary that follows professionals and volunteers trying to solve the pet overpopulation problem that plagues the South, “A Southern Fix� will have its debut

screenings at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Scruffy City Hall, 32 Market Square. Admission is $10. Samstag and Gildrie started filming in November 2014, but they have been animal advocates since long before that. It was a previous project that set them on the road to “A Southern Fix.� “‘Tails in Flight,’ the first film we worked on, was about Pilots N

Paws,â€? says Gildrie, who lives in South Knoxville. “They’re a volunteer pilot group flying dogs and cats ‌ and anything that can fit on a plane throughout the country to be adopted. “As we were going through the process of making that film ‌ we thought, ‘How can we fi x this? How can we put Pilots N Paws out of business? That’s where ‘A Southern Fix’ came from.â€?

After raising more than $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, the filmmakers started shooting. A two-week road trip took them to Middle Tennessee, southern Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tampa. They filmed at shelters, a shut-down puppy mill, rescue facilities and more. To page 3

Massey seeks volunteers to help food bank State Sens. Becky Massey and Doug Overbey are hosting other members of the Tennessee General Assembly, local officials and volunteers in a major effort to restock local food banks. The “Campaign Against Hunger� event, which is being held in conjunction with Outreach Inc., will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 5, at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville. “Tennessee is the Volunteer

State and we are looking for citizens who are willing to partner with us to package food for our neighbors who are in need,� said Massey. “We have held several packaging events at the state capitol with tremendous results. It will be a fun morning, and together we will be making a positive difference in the lives of our fellow Tennesseans.� The group will package approximately 100,000 meals for food

banks serving Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon,

Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties. The link to volunteer is: http://vols. pt/4YP8hk

Garden clubs join to ‘weed wrangle’ The Knoxville Garden Club is the sponsor of Knoxville’s first-ever Weed Wrangle Knoxville from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 5, and the public in invited to participate. Volunteers will gather at part-

ner sites − Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Legacy Parks/Wood Property and Lakeshore Park − to wrangle non-native invasive plants. Info:

Guilty: Even if somehow exonerated By Marvin West women’s sports. The Vols must The Title IX lawsuit against win. the University of Tennessee may I say scrub the deck as needed bounce around in the courts for but don’t sink the ship. There is a three or four years but the prelim- mortgage. inary trial is already over. The university? Another big deal. Even though it seeks to be one of the best in the country, it is not so sacred. It consumes tax The university, the athletic de- dollars, keeps raising tuition and partment in particular, has lost spends big on diversity frivolity. This Title IX stuff is contagious. in the eyes and ears of the general public. The degree of presumed Better beware. The U.S. Departguilt varies. Those who know the ment of Education’s Office of Civil least about the case think the Rights is currently investigating transgressions are monumental. 204 cases of sexual violence at 164 Officially, UT has a choice. It colleges and universities. can surrender, pay big and make Even if this sizzling Tennessee many changes, or counter-attack lawsuit burns itself out, the heat with hand grenades. Unofficially, was awesome. The orange image macho types think they can pre- is scarred. There are alarming vail. Could be, but ‌ numbers of anonymous accusers. The barrage of media blows was There are complications and constaggering but not enough for an flicts. That some changed their absolute knockout at home. The story between then and now infootball Volunteers are almost sa- creases the smell of smoke. cred. They are also the financial How bad were the hits? The engine of all UT sports, yea, even Tennessean has been having a

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Tackling tough sinus problems Steriods, nose spray, antibiotics and antihistamines – all are used to manage the symptoms of sinus sufferers. But what if these standard treatments are not eliminating the problem? Numerous sinus infections lasting longer than four weeks may require a sinus surgery procedure. Successful sinus surgeries clear the natural sinus passageways, allowing normal drainage. Restoring normal sinus drainage helps to reduce the number of sinus infections, improve the airflow though the nasal passages, and can even recover a patient’s sense of smell. Today’s technology allows for a variety of options depending on a patient’s current sinus situation. Two of the most effective procedures performed at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center are balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Much like angioplasty opens coronary arteries, balloon sinuplasty utilizes a nonlatex balloon to open the sinuses. Once the balloon is deflated and removed, the sinus is clear to drain. Illustration courtesy of Entellus

Dr. Clyde Mathison performs both balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery at Fort Sanders Regional.

Balloon Sinuplasy Much like angioplasty opens coronary arteries, balloon sinu- proved by the Food and Drug Adplasty utilizes a non-latex balloon ministration in 2005, the balloon to open the sinuses. First ap- is delivered via a small catheter

Christie Brooks found herself a victim of constant sickness. Whether it be a headache, cold symptoms, nasal pressure or fatigue she just couldn’t shake her flu-like symptoms. Brooks suffers from sarcoidosis, a disease that causes inflammation of body tissues, particularly the lungs. She was certain that sarcoidosis was the culprit of her sickness but after being admitted to the hospital with an upper respiratory infection, a CT scan revealed the problem. Brooks had developed nasal polyps in her sinuses. Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. They hang down like teardrops or grapes. They result from chronic inflammation due to asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders-like sarcoidosis.

These polyps were not allowing Christy’s sinuses to drain normally, causing chronic sinusitis. When her lung doctor saw the CT results, she was promptly referred to Fort Sanders ear, nose, and throat physician Dr. Clyde Mathison. “Dr. Mathison explained the entire situation to me. He genuinely cared about my health and felt like sinus surgery was the best solution to my problems, “stated Brooks. In December 2014, Dr. Mathison performed endoscopic sinus surgery on Christie Brooks at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. During the procedure, he removed the polyps, cleared passages, and restored natural drainage pathways in the nose. “I woke up and had instant relief,” recalls Brooks, “The sinus pressure and headaches were gone immediately after the surgery.”

ditional approach of endoscopic sinus surgery is the solution to these issues.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery During this procedure, a tiny camera and light – called an endoscope – is inserted through the patient’s nostril. This helps to magnify and increase visibility of the sinus tissues. Once the sinuses are in clear view, special instruments are used to rid the sinuses of any blockages caused by sinusitis, nasal polyps or scar tissue. “Often times polyps form in the sinuses as a result of allergies or immune disorders. Polyps can cause headaches and sinus pressure that is easily relieved once polyps are removed in surgery,” states Dr. Mathison. Since endoscopic sinus surgery involves tissue removal, the recovery time can be a bit longer than that of a balloon sinuplasty. Patients can expect to return to their normal routines within one week after surgery.

What is chronic sinusitis?

Christie Brooks felt immediate relief after her endoscopic sinus surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery leaves Knoxville woman breathing easy

up the nasal passageway where it is gently inflated to widen sinuses closed by swelling and inflammation. Once the balloon is deflated and removed, the sinus is clear to drain without the removal of any bone or tissue. Fort Sanders ear, nose and throat physician Dr. Clyde Mathison explains, “The balloon procedure offers eligible patients an alternative to traditional sinus surgery. By simply opening sinus pathways without removing any tissue, patients can heal very quickly and reduce the chances of recurring infection.” Since there is no cutting involved with this method, recovery time is substantially shorter than other treatments. Most people can return to work and normal activities within two days postsurgery. While balloon sinuplasty is very effective for certain sinus issues, it is not a solution for everyone. Patients who have chronic infections of the ethmoid sinuses between the eyes and patients with nasal polyps are not eligible for the balloon procedure. A tra-

Chronic sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen – for at least eight weeks, despite treatment attempts. Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, this condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. If you have chronic sinusitis, it may be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face may feel swollen, and you may have throbbing facial pain or a headache. Chronic sinusitis may be caused by an infection, but it can also be caused by growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated nasal septum. Chronic sinusitis most commonly affects young and middleaged adults, but it also can affect children. Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses often associated with a cold. At least two of the following signs and symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis: ■ Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat ■ Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose ■ Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead ■ Reduced sense of smell and taste

Other signs and symptoms can include: ■ Ear pain ■ Aching in your upper jaw and teeth ■ Cough, which may be worse at night ■ Sore throat ■ Bad breath (halitosis) ■ Fatigue or irritability ■ Nausea

This image shows the difference between a healthy sinus and an infected sinus

The signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis are similar to acute sinusitis, except they last longer and often cause more significant fatigue. Fever isn’t a common sign of chronic sinusitis, as it may be with acute sinusitis.

Affected sinuses There are four types of sinuses – maxillary (behind the cheek bones), ethmoid (between the eyes), frontal (in the forehead) and sphenoid (behind the eyes). All of these sinuses can be affected by sinusitis. The majority of cases involve the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses.

When to see a doctor You may have several episodes of acute sinusitis, lasting less than four weeks, before developing chronic sinusitis. If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis and need treatment from an ear, nose, and throat physician, visit your primary care doctor and ask for a referral. For more information about ENT physicians at Fort Sanders Regional visit

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Fort Dickerson updates win support The city of Knoxville put the spotlight on SoKno last week. Two meetings held at Flenniken Landing gave residents food for thought and cause for optimism.

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The city’s meeting on Fort Dickerson Park improvements brought out a hardy crowd on a dark and stormy night. It has been several months since a $1.4 million realignment of Fort Dickerson Road and Woodlawn Pike at Chapman Highway was completed and an autorepair building was razed to create a more aesthetically pleasing entrance for the park, and SoKno residents have been wondering how long they would have to look at a blank, 30-foot retaining wall along the roadway. City Council member Nick Pavlis, Mayor Madeline Rogero and Parks and Recreation director Joe Walsh spread thanks and talked about the park’s assets before Cliff Brooks of the landscape architecture firm Carol R. Johnson Associates got down to the nitty-gritty of plans for the entrance. Brooks had plenty of drawings and photos to illustrate the project, which he said would “pay homage to the past� and emphasize the importance of Fort Dickerson’s future. A stone pillar on each side of the entry will welcome visitors to the park. Brooks said it’s possible some type of arched metal sign will top the pillars. Trees will line the drive, which leads up the hill to an overlook, a picnic pavilion and the Civil War fort’s earthen works. The landscape architects are focused on the part of the park that can be viewed from Chapman Highway. On the lawn that was formerly the home of G&R Automotive, there is to be a circular stone wall at a height that’s comfortable for sitting. The green space inside the circle can be used for casual and more formal purposes. Brooks said they envisioned people picnicking in the circle and on the wall itself. A staircase will lead to a parking lot. Trees and plants will be chosen for all-season interest and beauty. There will be trees along the driveway

COMMUNITY NOTES ■Colonial Village Neighborhood Association. Info: Terry Caruthers, 5795702, t_caruthers@hotmail. com. ■ Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association meets 6 p.m. each first Tuesday, Gondolier Italian Restaurant, Chapman Highway, 7644 Mountain Grove Drive. The public is invited. Info: Liston Matthews, 316-6486. ■ Knoxville Tri-County Lions Club meets 7 p.m. each second and fourth Monday, Connie’s Kitchen, 10231 Chapman Highway, Seymour. Info: TriCountyLions/info. ■ Lake Forest Neighborhood Association. Info: Molly Gilbert, 209-1820 or ■ Lindbergh Forest Neighborhood Association meets 6:30 p.m. each third Wednesday, Graystone Presbyterian Church, 139 Woodlawn Pike. Info: Kelley DeLuca, 660-4728, ■ Old Sevier Community Group meets 7 p.m. each third Thursday, South

Matthew Kellogg of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Terry Caruthers of Colonial Village, Danny Gray of South Woodlawn and Dave Gartner of Lake Forest come in from a stormy night to hear about upcoming work at Fort Dickerson. Photos by Betsy Pickle Dr. Amanda Dykstra of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and filmmakers Josh Gildrie and Michael Samstag take a break during the filming of “A Southern Fix.�

Jason Stephens, Monte Stanley and Ann Strange check out a map indicating South Knoxville properties suggested for rezoning by MPC staff, including Mike Brusseau.

and around the stairs. A new bus stop is planned for in front of the park, and bicycle racks will be made available. As for that retaining wall: It will be faced with natural stone. The question-and-answer session after Brooks’ presentation brought out both praise and concern. Attendees seemed happy with the plans in general. Some were worried about safety as no fencing is planned along Chapman Highway. Suggestions were made for unobtrusive and even historical types of barriers. Brooks addressed questions about accessibility by explaining that there would be sidewalk cut-throughs into the circle. There will not be a ramp along the staircase because the incline would be too steep. Perhaps the biggest point of contention was about signage. For years, many have complained about how hard

Knoxville Elementary School library, 801 Sevier Ave. Info: Gary E. Deitsch, 573-7355 or â– South Haven Neighborhood Association meets 10 a.m. each third Saturday, Hillcrest UMC, 1615 Price Ave. Info: Pat Harmon, 591-3958. â–  South Knox Republican Club meets 7 p.m. each third Thursday, South Knox Optimist Club, 6135 Moore Road. Kevin Teeters, â–  South of the River Democrats (9th District) meet 6:30 p.m. each third Monday, South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike. Info: Debbie Helsley, 7898875, or Brandon Hamilton, 809-3685. â–  South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association. Info: Shelley Conklin, 686-6789. â–  South-Doyle Neighborhood Association meets 7 p.m. each first Tuesday, Stock Creek Baptist Church fellowship hall, 8106 Martin Mill Pike. Info: Mark Mugford, 609-9226 or marksidea@aol. com. â–  Vestal Community Organization meets 6 p.m. each second Monday, South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike. Info: Katherine Johnson, 566-1198.

Mayor Madeline Rogero and City Council member Nick Pavlis are longtime advocates for renovations at Fort Dickerson. erson meeting. Simply put, not much has changed since last year, although meeting attendance was about double what it was in 2015. Mike Brusseau of the MPC brought a map that showed general rezoning possibilities suggested by the MPC staff. The properties include everything from ■Zoning former quarry off Stone recommendations aRoad to land adjacent to The Metropolitan Plan- Ijams Nature Center. ning Commission’s OneUnless City Council Year Plan Update for the makes a request, the rezonSouth Sector was held the ings will not be placed on night before the Fort Dick- the MPC agenda. it is to find Fort Dickerson. The realignment included an overhead road sign that makes the park hard to miss, but some insisted that was not enough. CRJA may have to go back to the drawing board on that one, but at least they’ve made a start.

History award nominations sought The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) invites nominations from across East Tennessee for Awards of Excellence in the field of history. The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. The postmark deadline for award applications is April 8. Info/nomination form: 215-8824; eastTNhistory. org; East Tennessee Historical Society, PO Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901.

Peep Show is Friday Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway, will present “PEEP SHOW!� – an art extravaganza based on the human figure – 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 4, with artists from the metro Knoxville area. Art is tasteful but can contain nudity. Finny B’s food truck will serve gourmet sandwiches to be enjoyed under a heated tent. Winners and awards for artists will be given at 6:30 p.m. The Sandsation Dancers will perform belly dancing starting at 7 p.m. and Cal Lampkin will

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“I don’t even know how many hours we shot,� says Samstag, who lives in West Knoxville. The film ended up at about 73 minutes. Young-Williams Animal Center and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine figure prominently in the story. So does Animal Aid USA, which arranges mass transports of adoptable pets from the Southeast to the Northeast. The film covers everything from the “compassion fatigue� that besets animal professionals and volunteers to the causes of pet overpopulation in the South to advocacy for more humane treatment of animals. One storyline shows Gildrie and Samstag getting involved in the plight of a little dog. “It was heartbreaking to the point where we were barely able to even capture footage – you’ve got tears in your eyes, you’re trying to

play it off, trying to be professional as possible,� says Gildrie. “I never like including myself in anything, but it was an amazing part of the tale.� “We’re human beings and rescuers and advocates first and filmmakers and producers second,� says Samstag. The screenings planned for Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia will benefit organizations featured in the film. Samstag and Gildrie have submitted to film festivals and hope to present the documentary at some of those in late summer and fall. Other distribution plans are in the works. Samstag says he hopes the film encourages people to adopt animals from shelters rather than buy them from a pet store. “We could clear out every shelter in America just by having 20 percent of the people who buy a dog at a pet store go to a shelter.�


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White Game. Beth Alford-Sullivan, director of track and field, said much the same. Her teams share indoor training facilities with football. “There is a huge amount of respect and a huge amount of care for each other.’’ Holly Warlick, women’s basketball coach, defended the entire athletic department. Of course some of her players go to parties with football players. They are friends. “I just tell them, ‘You have to make the right choices.’� Holly has cautioned her players not to walk alone at night, as if cavemen were hiding in the bushes. The threat, if there is one, is social interaction with loose or no boundaries. Ah, but the culture is described as healthy. It will, nevertheless, undergo inspection. There will be other studies. One will conclude that criminal accusations should be investigated by real detectives, not committees. Even if a court finds the

complaints are exaggerated, no way the university comes completely clean. Title IX is about women’s rights. There is no ceiling. The military front row in ground warfare, the right to be blown to pieces or captured and tortured unmercifully, was the ultimate victory for women. They, too, are Marines. Equal pay and proper respect are kid stuff. In the lawsuit, the university is blamed for enabling an environment of bad behavior. The disciplinary system is said to favor athletes. Administrators are accused of deliberate indifference. The suit seeks to remedy all ills, starting with the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, applicable to many institutions. The 1982 legislative idea was to assure due process. In reality, it is slow. The suit says protection of football came at any cost, even when the charge was rape. Rape is bad. So is premeditated lynching. Let’s have a real trial. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

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Jani Trupovnieks: International salesman When you know a thousand former Volunteers, the stack of stories never ends – who they really are, where they have been, what they are doing. We remember Curt Watson as an elite Navy pilot with the Blue Angels. David Allen remains a famous urologist. Alan Duncan became a missionary. Tim Townes, who chairs the of University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, is still chasing a cure for sickle-cell disease. Vol for Life Jani Trupovnieks is an international salesman. That is the benign tip of an unbelievable trip. Jani sells high-pressure reverse osmosis equipment

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that changes bad water into good. Since 2010, he has represented Aqua-Chem Global Water Solutions of Knoxville. His customers include major oil companies, cruise lines, municipalities (city of Vladivostok, Russia, for example), Caribbean islands and even the government of Kuwait. Jani works some of the circuit he traveled for 15 years when he sold boats for Sea Ray. Water is the connecting link.

Before that, Trupovnieks was an offensive tackle, 6-8 and 260, for the Vols, 198081. He finished his degree, had a very brief fling with the Oakland Raiders and faced the real world. “I sent out 400 resumes. Sea Ray was first to respond. I had a connection. My parents had moved to Knoxville and bought a house from a company executive. It just took six months of pestering Sea Ray for them to hire me.� He helped build boats until the company posted an opening in international sales. It just took six more months of “pestering� management for the chance to move up. That job took Jani so many places, he lost count. “Something more than

50 countries, seeing some of the most unbelievable places, meeting some fascinating people and experiencing some thrills of a lifetime.� He took a 22-foot speed boat from Marbella, Spain, over to Gibraltar. He walked the streets of Amsterdam. He skied in Norway in subzero weather. A stiff breeze somehow turned his lift chair upside down. Exciting, very exciting. Jani made it to Moscow and walked through the Kremlin. In Rome, he saw St. Peters Square and the Vatican. In Berlin he visited Checkpoint Charlie. He was treated like royalty when he introduced Sea Rays into Finland. The boats and the country were a perfect match. He went boating along

the coast of France, from Cannes to San Tropez. He saw Monaco. He drove on the Autobahn. He visited his father’s birthplace in Latvia, and his mother’s in East Germany. He met relatives for the first time. There were none in America. Jani accumulated many rewards for commercial air miles, enough to fly his mother’s family to the U.S. (first class) for her 70th birthday party. Trupovnieks had a private jet for a three-week sales trip to South America. He didn’t stay long in Venezuela. “We were awakened by our pilots and told we must depart immediately due to a coup. I remember slipping out the back door of the hotel, rushing to the airport and running to the plane. It was already on the runway at 3 a.m.� Jani was a big man long

before all that. He looks trim enough at 320 but economy airline seats are a tight fit. He once survived 17 hours in coach, from Chicago to Abu Dhabi. He says hotel beds in Japan are a little problem. So was a dental chair. “I lost a filling. My interpreter helped find a dentist. The office reminded me of a big doll house. I knew I was in trouble when I sat down and my hands felt the floor. “I was sedated. When I awoke, at least 10 people were looking in my mouth. Obviously I could not understand a word they were saying. My interpreter interpreted. “‘Look at the size of those molars.’� Next week: The rest of the story, background, time as Vol, bumping into Rhonda Brimer. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is

Brantley wants relief for towing customers By Sandra Clark Knox County at-large commissioner Ed Brantley apparently believes that when a citizen comes to public forum, asking for help on an issue, that someone ought to pay attention. This is an odd notion that surely will be squelched. For now Brantley’s trampled on a sacred sheriff’s office prerogative. Stand by to learn the outcome. It started when Paul Johnson appeared at an earlier commission meeting to complain that he got a towing/storage bill for more than $500 after a Thanksgiving weekend wreck rendered his car undrivable. “I tried to call my insurance agency, but they were closed for the holiday. So the county (deputy) called a wrecker. For a 15-mile tow, the bill was over $500

when I went to get the car on Monday. I had to forfeit my title to the car, the bill was so high. I asked for an itemized bill and the person at the window said no. I finally took a picture of the bill with my phone. “It was $350 for towing, a $50 gate fee and $50 for cleanup at the site.� Brantley said the deputies should hand the victims a list of wrecker services and their charges. “The consumer should know what they’re up against when this happens because they’re not in any position to make a good decision.� He called for discussion. Commissioner Mike Brown jumped in. “Is there such a list? Who sets the list? Who sets the cost?� He called for someone from the sheriff’s office to respond. No one stepped forward.

Brantley said he had spoken with Deputy Chief Lee Tramel who said there’s no procedure in place. Ed Brantley Commissioner Brad Anders, also a city police officer, said the city has a contract wrecker service for each zone with set rates. “We would have to create a committee to inspect wreckers and it would require cooperation from the sheriff’s office.� Commissioner Charles Busler said his insurance has a towing rider and he also has AAA. Anders said AAA doesn’t tow wrecks. “They’ll call a towing service, but you’ll get the full bill.�

“I’m not asking for more regulations,� said Brantley. “The simplest thing would be a written list. ...� Commissioner Bob Thomas thanked Johnson for coming back to the February meeting. “The No. 1 thing that everyone up here wants is for every citizen to be treated fairly. We should come up with what it would cost (to oversee wreckers and towing). “It should be fair for citizens and fair for wrecker companies. Citizens should be able to get an itemized bill. We need to step into the 20th Century.� Commission chair Dave Wright asked Brantley to contact the sheriff’s office and set up a discussion for the commission’s next workshop meeting, which should be Monday, March 14.

GOP women’s award Helen “Tootie� Haskins and JoAnne Skidmore of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women acknowledge Haskins’ selection as one of five women honored by the new GOP committee on Women in Business, which Skidmore chairs. Recognized in the inaugural class were Chrissy Haslam, Speaker Beth Harwell, U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn, and Haskins. Haskins had a 33-year career as legislative assistant to Sens. Halbert Havill, Bill Baird, Reagor Motlow, Milton Hamilton and Ben Atchley.


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The human face of outsourcing Tom Anderson has worked for the University of Tennessee 15 years come August. He’s in Facilities Services (formerly Physical Plant) and is a buyer in the supply warehouse. A past president of United Campus W o r k ers (affiliated with the ComTom Anderson munication Workers of America), he and his wife have two children, ages 22 and 23, who want to continue their education. They live in the Whittle Springs area. Both he and his wife have preexisting health conditions, and it took him years to top $30,000 annually at UT. “There’s a public image of cushy state jobs with great benefits where you don’t really work that hard, but that’s far from reality,” Anderson said. “One of the tradeoffs for the ‘good benefits’ is a lower salary scale.

Betty Bean Folks who are custodians or in zone maintenance, they make $9.50 an hour – UT’s minimum wage. Almost everybody I know has a side job on weekends. They’re living hand to mouth, and I’m not far from that. We live paycheck to paycheck.” Nevertheless, he said that he and his colleagues take pride in their work and always find a way to do what needs to be done, regardless of Nashville-mandated funding cuts and belt tightening. He’s proud that Facilities Services logged a 94 percent approval rating for work orders completed in 2015. A memo prepared by the department says its employees have more than 5,000 years of accumulated service. “There’s an old saying that applies: ‘Never mind the mule, just load down the cart.’ ” Anderson said.

“And with state employees, that’s what you get. We understand what it takes to maintain campus as a safe and effective learning environment and we do whatever it takes to support the university.” He said life has been hard for campus workers since they found out about Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to outsource their jobs last August (nobody’s buying Haslam’s claims that he hasn’t yet made up his mind about going forward). Despite a series of embarrassments – the failure to attract a single private sector bidder to run the state’s parks, the scandalplagued handover of state buildings to a Chicago management firm (in which, it was later revealed, Haslam had invested) and the poor outcomes logged by the firm contracted to provide online elementary school education, Haslam appears set on outsourcing as many public jobs as he can hand over to private enterprise. Although he knows the

campus workers have strong support from their administration and the public, Anderson can’t help but worry. “If this happens, I’ll almost certainly lose my job, my income and my benefits. The ability to send my kids to college would become very difficult. My ability to get insurance will pretty much disappear, and so will my ability to spend money in the community. And we’re talking about 800 people. That’s a lot of money to take out of the local economy.” If past is prologue, even those who keep their jobs will make less money and see their benefits reduced. “It’s emotionally draining,” Anderson said. “My co-workers really are family – and not only will that go away, but its going to affect their ability to survive. There’s a very clear human cost that the governor and his Office of Customer Focused Government are not talking about – and they don’t want to talk about. They much rather keep it as numbers. “Never mind us mules.”

Timing of Armstrong trial is dilemma What happens to state Rep. Joe Armstrong as he seeks a 15th term in the Legislature this August and November? It is an awkward issue for many who like Armstrong. He is under federal indictment for income tax evasion and it goes to trial on Aug. 2, just two days before the state primary. Of course it could be postponed again or settled. But if not, to be in court on election day is not a good situation for a public official running for office. One wonders if the judge hearing the case will want it to be heard while voters are deciding Armstrong’s future. If he is acquitted, then his problems are resolved. He has well-known Knoxville criminal defense attorney Greg Isaacs working his case. However, if he were convicted, he can still legally continue running for office in November but it would be embarrassing for local and state Democrats. Of course, he could also resign the nomination and allow local Democrats to replace him. However, if elected, it is unlikely the House would seat him as a convicted felon. Under Tennessee’s Constitution the House or Senate determines the eligibility of its own members. If Armstrong were not seated then that would trigger a special election in his district in 2017 at considerable public expense. County Commission would also name an interim representative for 100 days until

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the election was held. However, there is precedent for a lawmaker serving in the state House and drawing a paycheck while in federal prison. That was the late Tommy Burnett who represented Fentress County. He was re-elected while in prison. The Democratic Party faces the dilemma of sticking with Armstrong despite the indictment or securing an alternative candidate to oppose him. Right now the Democrats seem to be backing Armstrong or at least not opposing him. The district itself is less than 50 percent African American and includes Holston Hills, the UT campus and much of South Knoxville as well as all of East Knoxville. It is a Democratic district but an indictment and certainly a conviction could change voting patterns if the Republicans run a serious moderate candidate. New state GOP chair Ryan Haynes has a challenge as the deadline for filing is April 7 (a little over one month from now). It falls to him and the House GOP caucus to seek a candidate in case Armstrong falters. Armstrong is personally liked by members of both parties. The vast majority, including this writer, hope

he is innocent. That is one reason there has not been a rush by political leaders calling for his ouster. On the other hand, should he be found guilty then there are consequences for both parties and the people of his district whom he has ably served for 28 years. ■ Retiring U.S. Rep. Steve Fincher from West Tennessee who has served only three terms in Congress is taking with him a huge campaign war chest of $2.7 million. This can be found at for those who wish to check donations to campaign for Congress as well as president. This was as of Dec. 31, 2015. Fincher will be able to give this away to various causes and political activities as long as it lasts. He cannot use it for personal matters. To place this in comparison to other Tennessee House members, Rep. Phil Roe from the upper East Tennessee district has $535,000 in his campaign account. Rep. Jimmy Duncan has $1 million. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has $931,000, Rep. Scott DesJarlais has $240,000, Rep. Jim Cooper from Nashville has $891,000, Rep. Diane Black has $1.7 million, Rep. Marsha Blackburn has $2.2 million and Rep. Steve Cohen has $745,000. ■ County Commissioner Bob Thomas is contacting lots of folks about a possible 2018 run for county mayor when Tim Burchett is term limited in

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2018. Thomas had coffee a few weeks ago with former Mayor Tommy Schumpert at Panera’s in Bearden. He is thinking about a May event at Powell Auction to raise some funds but he has not named a treasurer yet which is a legal requirement to raise money. ■ John Hooker’s death removes a colorful and iconic personality from the Tennessee political scene. He came close to being elected governor in 1970 but came up against a Memphis dentist named Winfield Dunn who prevailed. Dunn and Hooker later became good friends and Dunn described him as a “giant. It is hard not to like and admire the tenacity with which Hooker approached the causes he favored. He had character and conviction. They are worthy attributes. ■ Noted author Erik Larson will speak in Knoxville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Bijou Theatre. He is the author of “Dead Wake” and previously wrote “In the Garden of Beasts,” and “The Devil in the White City.” Tickets are available from

government I’ve seen the light: Why Trump wins Count me among the skeptics who thought Donald Trump would blow over as a serious candidate. But after watching the debates and the early primaries, I finally get it. Donald J. Trump – casinobuilding, old-lady-evicting, multimarried, bankruptcy-filing wild man with three wives and five kids – is headed for the White House. Trump has caught the wave of outrage that folks across the country are feeling. “Let’s make America great again” resonates. For every Ron Ramsey who got outspent and outpolled by an establishment sort like Bill Haslam, this Trump’s for you. For every evangelical who dutifully voted for Republican nominees only to see nothing change, this Trump’s for you. For the middle class,

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standing on an economic sand bar watching good jobs and their standard of living wash away, this Trump’s for you. Donald Trump in the White House is scary. Very scary. But even scarier is the massive federal debt we’ve piled up by spending money on social programs and wars we haven’t been willing to tax ourselves to fund. Voters in yesterday’s primary said “Enough. No more. Let’s go.” Donald Trump, allAmerican scoundrel, is headed for the White House.

Library honor State Sen. Randy McNally, who chairs the Senate finance committee and represents a portion of Knox County, has received the Medallion Award for leadership in financial management and support of the state’s libraries. Secretary of State Tre Hargett (left) presented the award to McNally, citing his work to secure state funding to construct the Briceville Public Library in 2011. McNally said libraries, especially in rural areas, give important Internet access for online education programs and job searches.

Tennessee Highway Patrol hiring cadets The Tennessee Highway Patrol will soon begin accepting applications for the next Trooper Cadet Academy. Men and women interested in a career as a state trooper can begin the

GOV NOTES ■ Thursday 3/3, 7:30 p.m., GOP Concord Farragut, Fruitation Café, speaker Lee Tramel ■ Saturday 3/5, 9:30-noon, public officials assisting Second Harvest, RSVP 615-741-1648 ■ Monday 3/7, 1 p.m., East Knox Community Meeting, Burlington Library, speaker Charme Allen ■ Monday 3/7, 7 p.m., GOP West Knox, Red Lobster, Kingston Pike ■ Tuesday 3/8, 7 p.m., GOP North Knox/Fountain City, Shoney’s, Broadway.

application process online only, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Applicants may apply at agency.governmentjobs. com/tennessee/default.cfm There are currently 884 authorized commissioned trooper positions within the THP. Trooper cadets will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation. The starting salary during the training academy is $2,733 per month. Info: or 615-741-4841

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St. John’s to present a generous young pianist By Carol Z. Shane Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral is well-known in town as a musical destination., with its Cathedral Arts Series regularly presenting high-quality programs featuring choirs and soloists of all types performing Christian and secular music. The church’s director of music, Jason Overall, is excited to be involved a new venture. He’s presenting young pianist Brandon Coffer in concert with other area musicians, including Knoxville Symphony Orchestra players, in a recital meant to encourage excitement about classical music in the next generation. “The thrust of this recital is bringing the piano to a younger audience,” says Overall. It is indeed an exciting program, featuring the chamber piece popularly known as the “Brahms horn trio.” The work includes a

rollicking final movement that evokes images of hunters on horseback cresting the hills, and is a good bet to set young feet a-tapping. Coffer, a native Knoxvillian and Carson-Newman University alumnus, says, “The motivation really stems from me wanting to perform more and market myself as a collaborative pianist. However, so many young people have parents that enroll them in music lessons and sometimes those kids never get to see the result of what could and would happen if they stuck with it. Although not everyone who takes music lessons will go on to major in music it doesn’t mean that they can’t be proficient in their craft.” As a student at the Community School of the Arts, remembers the school’s executive director Jennifer Willard, “Brandon was always a highlight at the annual piano

recitals, and his talent was evident from the start. But what really made us proud was the fact that as both a high school and college student he was willing to share his Coffer k nowle d ge by coming back to teach elementary school kids!” Coffer says, “I just want to show the youth that the possibilities in music are endless regardless if it’s their main career or not.” There will also be solo piano and vocal pieces, and the audience is invited to come early in order to visit with the pianist. “Brandon is very articulate,” says Overall, “and he will lead a Q&A session in addition to the performance. This would be a great opportu-

nity to see a young AfricanAmerican music professional, and to show kids that the arts are more than just an after-school activity.” Will there be more programs of this nature? “I’m working on it,” says Coffer. “I have this idea that there are so many of us younger musicians who are trying to establish ourselves and I want to help be a part of that process.” Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral Arts Series presents pianist Brandon Coffer and special guests in performance at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue in downtown Knoxville. A Q&A session with Coffer will precede the recital at 5:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Info: or 525-7347. Send story suggestions to news@

Jewelry treasures to benefit India mission work Lee Ann Vinson (at left) is a key organizer of the India Jewelry Sale, a missionminded fundraiser set for 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at First Baptist Concord. With more than 6,000 pieces available at prices from $1 to $12, the sale features necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the church’s website, All profit is given to the International Mission Board and put back into work in India.

Connective tissue For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. (Ephesians 3: 14 NRSV) All that they were he would never have again. – Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Jan Karon Family is a broad concept. There is the family of mankind, which includes all of us. In the midst of a contentious political season, that is an important thing to remember! There are also clans, countries, organizations, political parties, clubs, churches, denominations, sororities, fraternities, and lodges, claiming a special kinship with one another. What all of those things have in common is connection. We are social animals, and we need each other. And speaking of animals, let us not forget that there are a great many other social animals besides us humans. For example, whales live in pods, fish live in schools, female elephants help each other during the process of birthing, male wolves get excited and protective when their mate is giving birth. When one reaches a certain age, one begins to notice that there are holes in the connection. People we have loved die; friends we have cherished move, lose

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touch, disappear from our lives. As is so often the case, I know the following quote because I heard it sung many, many times when I was in junior high school. I never had a chance to sing it when I moved up to high school, but I remember it fondly, both the lyrics and the tune. “No man is an island, no man stands alone. Each man’s joy is joy to me, Each man’s grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend Each man as my brother Each man as my friend.” – Based on a poem by John Donne

WORSHIP NOTES ■ West Haven Baptist Church, 5651 Matlock Drive, will host VBS FunShop, a VBS training and networking event, Saturday, March 5. Group Publishing VBS expert will provide hands-on training on its “Cave Quest VBS.” Registration: Info: Elizabeth, 237-4090.

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SENIOR NOTES ■ South Knox Senior Center 6729 Martel Lane 573-5843 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: dulcimer and guitar lessons; arts and crafts classes; dance classes; exercise programs; Tai Chi; card games; Joymakers practice; free swim 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Senior Meals program noon each Wednesday and Friday. AARP Taxaide free income tax preparation and electronic filing available Mondays through April 14; appointment: 521-5569. ■ South Knox Community Center 522 Old Maryville Pike 573-3575 Monday-Friday Hours vary Offerings include a variety of senior programs. ■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center 611 Winona St. 523-1135 html Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Offerings include: Card games, billiards, senior fitness, computer classes, bingo, blood pressure checks 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Free tax preparation available 9 a.m. Wednesdays through April 13. Pancake Fest, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 4. ■ CAC Office on Aging 2247 Western Ave. 524-2786 knoxooa@knoxseniors. org ■ Knox County Senior Services City County Building 400 Main St., Suite 615 215-4044 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Tellico Tappers step-ball-changing their way through “Singing in the Rain.”

The Tellico Tappers with Strang Senior Center coordinator Lauren Monahan at the center’s 18-year anniversary celebration Feb. 10. Pictured from left are Amy Covell, Michel Hamilton, Sharen Bennett, Lauren Monahan, Ku Adams, Mary Jane Pope, and Gale Montgomery. Photos by Nancy Anderson

Tellico Tappers hang up their dancing shoes By Nancy Anderson The Tellico Tappers Shuffled off to Buffalo for the last time at Strang Senior Center’s 18-year anniversary celebration on Feb. 10. For 20 years the popular seniors tap dancing troupe from Lenoir City performed four to five shows a month entertaining in nursing homes, veteran’s homes, senior centers, and events

throughout East Tenn. With five numbers including “Singing in the Rain,” “The Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Grand Old Flag,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “Rocky Top” each with a quick costume change, this year’s show was high energy with lots of pizazz. Most would agree that’s impressive for a group of 52 to 76-year-olds. When founder Marilynn

McKenna passed away in 2015 and four others either moved or went back to work, the group decided to hang up their tap shoes but not before dancing for the Strang Senior Center one last time. “Last year was tough. Really tough, we lost our director and several others so we felt it was time,” said dance captain Mary Jane Pope. “Without Marilynn it’s

just not same, she was the glue that held us together. “But we had to come to Strang Senior Center today. We wouldn’t miss it. It’s tradition. “I’m going to miss my tapper sisters. We had a lot of fun laughing at ourselves and each other. “I think that may be the most important thing Marilynn taught us.

Plants of spring It’s March and I cannot keep from noticing the subtle signs of spring. My star magnolia has bloomed, but sadly after two days the freeze got it. My Lenten rose is now in bloom, but the plant is freeze hardy, so it is fine. The jonquils will be out in a couple of weeks and hopefully will not get frozen.

Of course, heart leaf pig is not this plant’s real name. Its real name is bergenia. Another common name for this plant is pigs squeak, so named because when the wet leaves are rubbed together, they squeak. This beautiful little plant was discovered by me when my mother would take my sister and me for walks in the woods. She would let us pick the little pigs and use them in our playhouse. When this Bonnie plant blooms in the early Peters spring, it has a little five-petal white, bell-shaped flower. If you have a woodland yard as I do, it is a nice plant for your flower bed. Heart Leaf Pigs: Bergenias are evergreen Plants and their names perennials that form as low are always entertaining. clumps of bold, shiny green

the berries will burst and form the shape of a heart. I have grown one or two into small trees – about seven feet tall and perhaps an inch trunk diameter.

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leaves in the garden. With some winter sunshine, these glossy green leaves develop shades of polished bronze making them attractive contrasting plants. Bergenias are also frost/freeze hardy. They are happy in mild sun or partial shade and are often seen in established gardens under forests of tall trees. Mine is under a large Yoshino cherry tree.

“No matter what happens or what mistakes you make, just keep smiling. You’ll get through it.” “We’ve had a wonderful time and we will cherish the memories of all the wonderful people we’ve met along the way. “Today is a bittersweet day, but if Peyton Manning can retire so can we!”

Yet another encouraging attribute is that bergenias are classified as water-wise plants that require average moisture. It is said they are buck- and rabbit-resistant so are ideal for farm house or country gardens. Hearts A-Bustin’ with Love: In midsummer, this little shrub will form marble-size red berries. In late summer

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at Community Schools Celebration Voters of Knoxville/Knox County, which sponsored last Thursday’s event with the school, looked happy and interested. Most upbeat of all were the three “visionaries” honored for their roles in bringing the community school initiative to Knoxville: Dr. Bob Kronick of the University of Tennessee, Knox CounDogwood Elementary second-graders Madalynne Mathis ty Schools Superintendent and Chloe Galyon present Superintendent Jim McIntyre with Dr. Jim McIntyre and Great art created during their Community School art class as Jamey Schools Partnership presiDobbs watches. Photos by Betsy Pickle dent Buzz Thomas. Each in turn received a framed piece of artwork created by community school students at Pond Gap, Dogwood and South Knoxville, respectively. After a welcome by LWV president Rynn Dupes and words from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, LWV board Stephanie Welch of Great Schools Partnership leads a small group, including Karen Holst (in member and past president violet) and Blaine Sample, coordinators of the University-Assisted Community Schools at Pond Jamey Dobbs jumped right Gap and Inskip, respectively, on a tour of the SKES campus. into the art presentations. Riley Greaney represented Pond Gap; Madalynne Mathis and Chloe Galyon, Dogwood; and Alexis Banks, South Knoxville. Kronick recalled coming up with the idea for community schools while driving on a two-lane road between Pikeville and Crossville. He stopped to eat at “a chicken joint” in Crossville and started writing down his ideas about “the school as a human-service agency.” Kronick founded the University-Assisted Community Schools now at Pond South Knoxville Elementary students Isahia Rich and Kaylee Galyon, front, along with Chloe Gap and Inskip. The other McMillan, Alexis Banks and Natalie Washam served as principal Tanna Nicely’s helpers during 10 local community schools are managed by the Great the Community Schools Celebration.

By Betsy Pickle

Beaming faces were everywhere at the Community Schools Celebration at South Knoxville Elementary School. The kids taking part in the program and those helping out around the gymnasium were all smiles as they represented SKES. Visitors from a number of community schools from throughout the county and members of the League of Women

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THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 4 “Painted Paper Baskets” exhibit, lobby of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Admission is free; hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays. Info: or 694-6400.

THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 2083677;; info@

THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 15 Selected works by artist Kay List on exhibit, Envision Art Gallery, 4050 Sutherland Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. Info:;; 438-4154.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Clarence Brown Theatre Family Feast, 6 p.m., UT’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. A performance of “A Lesson Before Dying” and a pre-performance buffet-style dinner. Must attend as a family. Recommended for mature middle schoolers and up. Info: Jazz Lunch at the Square Room featuring “Tribute to Ahmad Jamal with Justin Haynes,” noon, 4 Market Square Building. Cost: $15; includes lunch buffet by Café 4. Info/tickets: or by visiting Café 4 prior to show.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Flower Lover’s Garden Club meeting, 2 p.m., John T. O’Connor Senior Center. Info: 687-0744. Friends Mini Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663,

How to Use Facebook for Seniors, 1-3 p.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Presented by Social Media 4 Seniors. Cost: $30. Registration/payment deadline: Thursday, March 3. Info/registration: 2183375;; in person at Town Hall. Sean McCollough, 4-4:45 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Clarence Brown Theatre: Season For Youth Student Matinees, 9:30 a.m., Ula Love Carousel Theatre, UT campus. Performance of “A Lesson Before Dying.” Recommended for mature middle schoolers and up. Info: clarencebrowntheatre/season-for-youth. Grand opening of “Peep Show” art exhibit, 5-9 p.m., Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N Broadway. Exhibit on display March 4-27. Parental discretion is advised for children under 18. Info: BroadwayStudiosAndGallery. com; Jessica Gregory, 556-8676. Opening reception for Beth Meadows exhibit, 7-10 p.m., The Central Collective, 923 N. Central St. Free and open to the public. Exhibit on display through Tuesday, March 29. Info: 236-1590 or info@ Opening reception for “Three Views of Reality” exhibit, 5-9 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. On display March 4-24. Info: 523-7543 or Opening reception for exhibit of works by painter Lynda Best and pipe maker Ron Smith, 5:30 p.m., Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St. On display through March 27. Info: 525-5265;; Public reception for Knoxville Watercolor Society exhibit, 5-9 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. exhibit on display March 4-24. Info: 523-7543 or

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 4-5 The Appalachian Ballet Company encore presentation of three ballets, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Featuring: “My Mama had a Dancing Heart,” “When Uncle Took the Fiddle” and “Little Lil and the Swing-Singing Sax.” Tickets:, 981-8590, at the door.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 4-20 Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 546-4280.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd. Info/regis-

Bob Kronick receives artwork from Pond Gap student Rylee Greaney.

Buzz Thomas is presented with art created by South Knoxville Elementary student Alexis Banks.

Community Schools resource coordinators Adam Fritts of Dogwood and Susan Martin of South Knoxville have an enthusiastic partner in Ben Epperson of the Knox County Health Department. Schools Partnership. McIntyre called Kronick “a very persistent man” and said “we are all the beneficiaries of his persistence.” The superintendent spread thanks around generously – to principals, coordinators, people in the community, the school board and the two mayors. Thomas said the community schools initiative isn’t a “project – it’s a strategy for

how we build healthy, safe, prosperous communities and schools.” Stephanie Welch, vice president of operations for the Great Schools Partnership, highlighted projects going on at specific community schools, including a nature trail, a walking school bus and community dinners. The evening ended with tours of SKES and snacks.

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tration: Carolyn Rambo, 382-5822. “Beginning Genealogy,” 1-4 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Preregistration, valid email address, good Internet searching capabilities required. Free and open to the public. Info/registration: 215-8809. The Bing Brothers featuring Jake Krack, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $14, some discounts available. Info/tickets: Friends Mini Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663, Garden Tool Use and Maintenance workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. The workshop will focus on the use and maintenance of chainsaws, lawnmowers, garden hand tools and sprayers. Free; donations welcome. Info: 4833571; Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: Mardi Growl, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Market Square. Includes pet-friendly parade and festival. Proceeds benefit Young-Williams Animal Center. Info/registration:;; 215-6599. Rummage sale/bake sale/concessions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Macedonia UMC, 4630 Holston Drive. Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Ages birth to 5 years old. Info: 470-7033. Saturday Stories and Songs: Miss Lynn, 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Weed Wrangle, 9 a.m. Volunteers needed to help remove invasive plants in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Ijams Nature Center, and Lakeshore Park. Info/volunteer registration: and click on the photo of Knoxville.

SATURDAYS, MARCH 5-26 Pilates/Yoga Fusion classes, 9-10 a.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Cost: $40. Registration and payment deadline: Friday, March 4. Info/registration:; in person at Town Hall; or 218-3375.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 UT’s Love United Gospel Choir concert, 6 p.m., Farragut Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 209 Jamestown Blvd. Free and open to the public.

MONDAY, MARCH 7 Book Discussion: “A Lesson Before Dying,” 6 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Facilitated by Ginny Weatherstone. A light dinner will be served. Info:


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News from the Rotary Guy

Breakfast Rotary, Blue Grass build partnership By Tom King Every school day at Blue Grass Elementar y School the 620 students recite the core beliefs of Rotary International – known Tom King simply as “The Four Way Test.” These are the same four principles that Rotarians around the world say at every Rotary meeting. ■ First, Is It the Truth? ■ Second, Is It Fair to All Concerned? ■ Third, Will It Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? ■ Fourth, Will It Be Beneficial to All Concerned? ■ Reciting the Four Way Test is the result of the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club’s partnership with the school that began in 2013.

“It’s so special when you are in the hallways in the mornings during the school’s 10-minute TV show. You stand there and hear The Four Way Test reverberating through the school,” says Scott Taylor, a club member and Knoxville attorney who was instrumental in pulling this partnership together. “It’s very special.” “The Rotarians have made a great impact at Blue Grass on the students, teachers and on our community. We think of them as part of our family here,” said Blue Grass principal Jaime Cantrill. “They are a regular fixture around here. The Four Way Test is about character development and it’s an important part of our day.” Taylor said the club had wanted to take on a major project. Helping Blue Grass seemed like a perfect fit. “With the school being so close to where we meet at Gettysvue, approaching Blue Grass seemed a natural

Kayden Segich holds up The Four Way Test for the camera.

Six students and two teachers were honored with the February Rotary Good Citizen awards. Pictured are (front) Ashlynn Murrel, kindergarten; (second row) Izzy Galehouse, 4th grade, Grant Cross, 2nd grade, Austin Madigan, 1st grade; (back) Molly Dalton, 5th grade, Gianna Hugg, 3rd grade, Breakfast Rotarian Scott Taylor and teachers Lauren Rosenbush and Phyllis White.

thing to do,” Taylor said. The club meets each Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at Gettysvue Country Club. Blue Grass is just down the road on Westland Drive. This partnership began in August 2013 with a cleanup/beautification day on the school grounds. Each August now club members join parents and staff for the workday. This includes mulching, pressure washing sidewalks and steps and building exteriors, install-

After 39 years “on the bench” as professor of piano at UT, Dr. David Northington will present his final faculty recital this Sunday. Photos by Carol Z. Shane

Though he’s presenting his final recital as a UT faculty member this coming Sunday, Dr. David Northington, the school of music’s Powell Distinguished Professor of Piano, is already excited about his next project. Northington is founder and artistic director of the East/West International Piano Festival at Shandong University in Weihai, China. And this summer he’ll be headed there to facilitate its inaugural season. “We have American and Chinese students,” he says. “There will be lessons, master classes and excursions. I hope we will

eventually expand it and have students from everywhere.” Wo r l d - r e n o w n e d as a concert pianist and educator, Northington will be retiring in July after 39 years at UT. He’s chosen for his final faculty recital a “concert of ‘lasts,’” he says. “It’s not a long program. I’m playing Beethoven’s last works ˉ the opus 126 ‘Bagatelles’ ˉ and Schubert’s ‘Piano Sonata in B flat,’ finished a few months before he died.” Northington says the “Bagatelles” ˉ or “trifles” ˉ are “mini-encapsulations of Beethoven’s style. In six small pieces, everything is there ˉ the lyricism, the

outdated equipment, purchasing two video cameras, a teleprompter, a tripod, an electronic media processing control box, an iPad and MacBook Pro for a major upgrade to the school’s broadcast department. For the past three years the club has sponsored monthly student and staff Rotary Good Citizen Awards. Six students – one from each grade level – and two teachers or staff members are honored. Aubrey’s Res-

of inspiration to them that I feel a student needs.” He’s got a substantial bucket list. Both he and his wife, Stephanie, are eager to visit New Zealand, where neither has been, as well as other countries new to them. He’ll be returning to some favorites, but “as a tourist, not as a performer ˉ without all the stress and schedule constraints.”

A wine aficionado, he looks forward to some “tasting tours.” And he’ll have two grandchildren and a stack of books calling his name. “I think that every person enjoys certain advantages in every stage of life. I have advantages in my life now that I could not previously enjoy. “I’m looking forward to opening those new doors.”

Tom King is a retired newspaper editor, a Rotarian for 28 years and past president of the Rotary Club of Farragut. He can be reached p at

Dr. David Northington presents his final faculty recital at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, March 6, in the Sandra Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the UT campus. The event is free and open to the public. Info: 974-3241 or visit www. Send story suggestions to news@

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A concert of ‘lasts’ By Carol Z. Shane

ing new swing sets and new storage sheds, working on the shrubbery and landscaping, replacing the seats in the outdoor theater, and new picnic tables. “These Rotary guys sometimes work until dark on those cleanup days,” Cantrill said. This coming August will make the fourth straight year for the workday. Breakfast Rotary also has a hand in the morning TV show. The club raised $8,000 in 2015 to replace

taurants donates gift cards. Club members are there each month for the presentations. Taylor estimates the club has invested about $20,000 in the last three years and this partnership continues. “This has been a great partnership and it is our signature project,” Taylor said. “For a small club (about 22 members) we’ve done quite a bit and we truly enjoy it and love the school.” This partnership is leading to another Rotary partnership as well. In the fall of 2016 the Breakfast Rotary Club will sponsor a new Interact Club at West Valley Middle School. “This is a natural progression for the Blue Grass students who go on to West Valley,” Taylor explained. “When they leave Blue Grass, they know all about Rotary.”

Forum 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville dynamic contrasts, the classicism, the beginnings of romanticism.” All were written in 1823, four years before the great composer’s death. Speaking of his students, Northington says, “In so many ways, they keep me young.” He admits that he’ll miss that. But, he says, he just can’t keep up the same schedule and the same intensity of performing and teaching. “If I can’t perform and be an inspiration to my students through performing, I shouldn’t teach; I want to be the kind

‘Mockingbird’ The Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents its timely, faithful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” this month. “We’re not doing a junior version of this play,” says artistic director Dennis Perkins. “That means that the language and issues of the book aren’t diluted. There’s no other way to tell this story.” The recent death of its author, Harper Lee, will probably be noted, says Perkins, but “It’s the enduring impact of the work that really matters. If we can manage a faithful rendition of the work then that will be the best way that we can pay tribute to her.” The play runs through March 13. Info: or 2083677.

Panelists: Patricia “Pat” Pierce, retired senior director of Vanderbilt University’s Opportunity Development Center Dena Wise, professor and chair, Family and Consumer Science, UT Institute of Agriculture and immediate past-chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women Christina H. Blanton, regional director of human resources for Select Medical Corporation Moderator: Wanda Sobieski, attorney-at-law

In 67% of Tennessee homes with children under 18, women are providers. And in one in four of these homes, women are the sole providers. This free and open forum will explore the problem and solution of unequal pay. Info: Anne Loy, 865-281-9689 or Linda Murawski, 865-607-8032; or Sponsored by the AAUW branches of Knoxville, Maryville and Oak Ridge; the League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Oak Ridge; the YWCA of Knoxville; and the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council. Ad space donated by Shopper News.

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