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Kincannon to Slovenia; shakes up school board

School board member Indya Kincannon will resign her position in August to travel with her husband, Ben Barton, to Slovenia where he will teach law at the University of Ljubljana as a Fulbright Scholar. Barton has taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2001. He teaches torts, evidence, advocacy clinic, comparative law, and images of the law. Kincannon, in her third term, has represented District 2 on the school board since 2004. She served as board chair in 2008-10. Their two children, Dahlia and Georgia, will go along for the family adventure. Kincannon said she expects to teach English or Spanish there. Knox County Commission will appoint a replacement. – S. Clark

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Bryson Kilgore of Seymour checks out a classic car.

By Betsy Pickle A South Knoxville church used automobiles with history to help ensure the future of at-risk children. The South Knoxville Church of God held its fifth annual car show to benefit the Appalachian Children’s Home in Knox County, Ky. The June 14 event drew nearly 40 vehicles and a laid-back crowd to the church at 5623 Magazine Road. Gospel music, gift vendors and homemade concessions added to the appeal, but nothing drew the eye like the shiny classic cars lined up in the parking lot. David Oliver, a Grainger Countian who has worked on cars all his life, was one of the judges looking

over everything from antiques to muscle cars to street rods. There would be trophies presented in seven classes plus best of show, he said. “My favorite is the ’66 Chevelle down there,” said Oliver. But the real winner of the day was the Appalachian Children’s Home, a 65-year-old institution on the outskirts of Barbourville, Ky. The 501(c)3 entity is a cause close to the hearts of members of the South Knoxville Church of God. “Some of the men who actually hammered the nails to build the facility still go to the church here,” said pastor Robert Branch. “We’ve

Pastor Robert Branch, Grace Ownby and Steve Yeary take a break in the shade during the South Knoxville Church of God’s annual car show. Photos by Betsy Pickle

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Blankenship keeps job


Interns visit Happy Holler

A trip to Happy Holler isn’t complete without a stop at the original Freezo for soft-serve ice cream. Enjoying a summertime treat are Shopper-News interns Charlie Hamilton, Julia Grant, Leila Hennon and Joshua Mode. Read about the interns’ visit to the Time Warp Tea Room, the Mabry-Hazen House and the Old Gray Cemetery, inside on Page 7.

Lamar’s rally U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander left no doubt that he will do whatever it takes to win re-election, even reversing his 1,000-mile walk across the state. That would be fun to see because Alexander has aged a bit since that winning 1978 race for governor.

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Following the money By Betty Bean Why did the state buy a decrepit block building at the edge of nowhere – near the Strawberry Plains I-40 exit – for a Pellissippi State Community College branch campus? How did Pellissippi State attract Knox County Schools to build a new magnet school in the basement of the former Philips Electronics building at a time when it was closing down community vocational schools, like the Agricultural Education program at Halls? And how did a local investors group double its money in five years? Turns out reporter Walter F. Roche Jr. of the Tennessean covered this part of the story nearly two years ago, with a long, detailed account of how a group of investors led by Sam Furrow bought low and sold high after enlisting the help of Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff when the deal to unload the 220,000-square-foot building wasn’t moving fast enough. Read his article and supporting documents at: NEWS0201/312160067/Tennes

see-pays-millions-fi xer-upper/. “The state bought the building by tapping $87 million that it had previously budgeted for TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. “But that money was able to be shifted for other Don Lawson uses when the federal government boosted its share of Medicaid funding for Tennessee as part of the stimulus package. In addition to $8.5 million in state funds, $1.5 million was contributed by the Pellissippi State Foundation toward the purchase,” Roche reported. The bulk of the foundation money came from PetSafe founder and CEO Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny, who donated $1 million toward the purchase of the Strawberry Plains campus. Last month, the building was named for the Boyds, who have given large sums of money to support public education. Roche reported that the building required some $16 million in repairs. Pellissippi started classes in September 2012, a few months after

Knox County Schools Superintendent James McIntyre put a career and technical school in his strategic plan. During that time, Career Technical Education director Don Lawson said he pitched the idea to Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise one day over lunch. Wise was enthusiastic, since Pellissippi was utilizing only about 20 percent of the building. A year later, the school board voted to approve McIntyre’s plan to shift nearly $4 million in funding for renovations at Pond Gap Elementary School to the new CTE magnet. Knox County program: Don Lawson cut his teeth on vocational education when he was a senior at Doyle High School in 1978 and took an agriculture class from then firstyear teacher Mike Blankenship, whose award-winning agriculture program at the North Knox Career and Technical Center in Halls was shut down last month. Lawson has been struggling to preserve CTE since becoming its supervisor. Although the state funds CTE at a rate of nearly 250 percent of regular academic classTo page 3

Good news: Mike Blankenship has a job at the new career magnet academy on the Pellissippi State campus at Strawberry Plains. The award-w inning agriculture education teacher will be placed in the Blankenship Sustainable Living Career Cluster. More good news: Blankenship will also teach part-time at the North Knox Career and Technical Education Center where he had been for more than 25 years. This means that rising juniors and seniors at Halls and Gibbs high schools who were left in limbo when Knox County Schools terminated Blankenship’s program this spring will be able to take Ag classes at Halls this fall. Blankenship can also continue as sponsor of the Future Farmers of America, which provides scholarship and career opportunities. This announcement came from 7th District school board member Kim Severance. Bad news: The arrangement is good for one year only. Halls High senior Ryan Cox called the compromise “better than nothing” but said that while it resolves his problem, it won’t help younger students. “It’s not just the seniors who need this chance to gain the important skills (of Ag education).” FFA president and Gibbs High senior James Dunn can compete for a college scholarship. “I would like to thank everyone who was supportive and helpful to our cause,” he said. Both Dunn and Cox spoke at the June school board meeting.

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Fibroid tumors and fertility can coexist When Jamilyn Butcher of Maryville, 23, was a teenager, she worried whether she would be able to have a child in the future. “That was one of my concerns,” said Butcher. “I wanted to be able to get pregnant someday.” Butcher had been diagnosed with a noncancerous (benign) tumor called a fibroid, growing inside her uterus. While these types of tumors don’t usually interfere with fertility if they’re small, Butcher’s had grown much larger, triggering excessive menstrual bleeding. “The tumor didn’t hurt me, but it was the size of a soda can,” she said. “It wasn’t until after it was removed that I realized it was taking up so much space! I had a pooch all the time.” Butcher went to see Dr. Robb McKeown, an OB/GYN physician with Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists. He recommended removing the fibroid tumor in a procedure called a myomectomy, which takes out the tumor but preserves the uterus. McKeown operated on Butcher in November 2011. She stayed one night at Fort Sanders. “It was the first surgery I’ve ever had, and I was a little nervous,” said Butcher. “But the nurses were so comforting. Throughout the night I would get up. I was in pain and couldn’t move very well, but they were there when I needed them. It was wonderful.” And now nearly three years later, Butcher has returned to McKeown’s practice for a more joyful reason. “I’m pregnant!” said Butcher, who is due in October 2014. “I will have to have a scheduled Csection because of where the tumor was,” said Butcher. “But as far as developmentally, the baby is perfectly normal, and I’m not even considered ‘high-risk.’ ”

Jamilyn Butcher and her husband, Logan, will welcome their new son at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in the fall. “Of course, I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” she said. “Dr. McKeown and his staff are just wonderful. I wouldn’t drive the extra 30 minutes if it wasn’t worth it.” For more information on fibroid tumors and removal options, visit www. or call 673-FORT.

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Treating fibroid tumors Uterine fibroid tumors are very common. They are typically noncancerous but can be troublesome nevertheless, causing pain and excessive or irregular menstrual bleeding. “About 60 percent of women have fibroids, but only about 10 percent have some type of treatment for them,” explained Dr. Robb McKeown, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “They’re very common, usually small Dr. Robb McKeown and most can be managed or just watched.” What causes fibroid tumors? “Breathing air,” McKeown joked. “Actually, just having a uterus is the main risk factor. There’s no prevention, no dietary things you can do,” he said. Treatment for fibroid tumors depends on the needs of each patient. Most smaller tumors may not need treatment at all, while others may shrink with hormonal medications. Surgery can remove those that don’t

respond with medication and are causing significant symptoms. A hysterectomy also eliminates uterine fibroids. “If a woman is ‘finished’ having children we usually just take the whole uterus out, because it’s very likely these patients will have more fibroids down the road,” said McKeown. But if a woman still wants to have a child, then a procedure called a myomectomy removes the tumor but preserves fertility. At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, a myomectomy is most often performed using the daVinci Robotic Surgical Suite, or “robotic” surgery. “It’s not easier for the surgeon, but it’s easier for the patient as far as pain, a quicker recovery, less pain medication required and fewer adhesion problems,” said McKeown. The robotic system has a 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate with far greater flexibility than any human wrist. Robotic surgeries typically involve several small incisions instead of one larger one, meaning less scaring and blood loss, reduced pain and complications, and shorter hospital stays.

Compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, the daVinci system can remove more complicated and harder-to-reach fibroid tumors with fewer complications after surgery. “We can certainly tackle more difficult cases that you couldn’t do without it,” said McKeown.

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Meadow Lark makes music at Ijams South Knoxville is the place to be on Saturday, June 28, as the Meadow Lark Music Festival returns to Ijams Nature Center. Eight musical acts will take the stage in a summer celebration of music and nature. Topping the lineup are St. Paul & the Broken Bones and the Black Cadillacs. Also performing will be the Kenny Vaughn Trio, Leah Gardner, the Barstool Romeos, Josh Oliver, Jay Clark and the Tennessee Tree Beavers and Norwegian Wood. Doors open at noon, and the music begins at 1 p.m. There will be plenty of food vendors, including Cruze Farm, Savory and Sweet Truck, Tootsie Truck, Uncle Butch BBQ, Good Golly Tamale, the Tomato Head, Dave’s Dog House and Pop Culture. Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets, but pets and coolers are not permitted. Tickets are on sale at Ijams and WDVX (in the Knoxville Visitor Center) and at www. brow npaper event/635534 for $25.

ary,” but the county has to pay to bond the officeholder, and “taking two-thirds of the salary helps pay some of that back.”

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River Democrats one of his first stops in his campaign for Knox County Trustee. Last week, he returned to make the South Dems his final community-group appearance. Berrier, whose fate will be determined in the Aug. 7 election, came to thank the group for its support and to talk about the state of the Trustee’s office and what he will do to fi x it. “It’s still in disarray, and the people there are not happy,” said Berrier. He’s also well aware that the people of Knox County are not happy with the mistakes and mishandling of funds in the office. He wants to regain residents’ trust in the office, and he’s going to start by cutting his own salary by one-third. “This is not a stunt,” said ■ Berrier reconnects Berrier, explaining that it’s with Dems a symbol of his commitBack in February, South ment to using taxpayer dolKnox native Jim Berrier lars sensibly. The Trustee made the South of the “makes a pretty good sal-

Underwood visits Vestal group

Judicial candidate George Underwood came to introduce himself to the Vestal Community Organization at the group’s June meeting at the South Knoxville Community Center. Underwood, who is running for Knox County General Sessions Judge, Division III, might need to borrow a line from state Rep. Gloria Johnson – she “stands tall” for education, but he’ll stand tall for justice. Or anything he chooses. Let’s just say, he’s probably the least vertically challenged candidate to visit South Knox this campaign season. Underwood, who grew up in East Knoxville and now lives in North Knoxville, earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He has been both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He told the Vestal residents that justice should not be depend on factors such as race or political party affili-

Baron Hyatt, Debbie Helsley, Sylvia Woods, Jim Berrier and April Burt talk about Berrier’s campaign for Knox County Trustee after the South of the River Democrats meeting. Photos by Betsy Pickle ation. “My job (as judge) is to apply the law to the specific facts of the case.” The election is Aug. 7. Officer Brian Kauffman from the Knoxville Police Department provided an update on crime in the area. He noted that several items have been stolen from yards and vehicles and encouraged people to keep valuables locked away. VCO president Newman Seay reported that the group has obtained matching funds for improvements to Mary Vestal Park. ■

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The weekly South Knox Opry at the South Knoxville Senior Center will feel some extra love – and a welcome chill – next week. The program at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 3, will include an ice cream social sponsored by Independent Insurance Consultants. All seniors are welcome to

Judicial candidate George Underwood gets to know Arnela Gregory and other members of the Vestal Community Organization at the group’s June meeting. come enjoy delicious ice cream and toppings along with homegrown music. Another musical offering coming up at the senior center, 6729 Martel Lane, is an organ program by Hugh Livingston. The master or-

ganist will perform at 1 p.m. Monday, July 7, on a Lowry organ. There will be sing-alongs, trivia and prizes at this Independence Day-themed event. Call 573-5843 to RSVP.

Revving up been supporting it ever since its conception. That’s where all this money goes.” Between entry fees and concession sales, “We’ll be able to send a nice offering to the children’s home,” said Branch. Donations raised by events like the car show “allow us to do the little extras that normally we wouldn’t be able to do,” said Steve Yeary, executive director of the Appalachian Children’s Home. But the South Knoxville Church of God sends money to the home regularly, not just on special occasions. “I’ve been at the children’s home 14 years, and they have supported us every single month,” said Yeary. “They helped us back when we didn’t have much help at all.” Now supported by 130 churches in seven states, the home had $210 in its checking account when Yeary arrived and was in danger of shutting down. “Now we’re a no-debt facility and we have 52 kids full time, 60 staff members and 158 acres.” The home is for children from throughout the state of Kentucky who have been referred by Social Services. “It can be anything from abuse or neglect to (other) issues,” Yeary said. During his

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From page 1 tenure, “I’ve only had seven kids who’ve had a biological mom and dad in the same home. That kind of tells you. “A lot of our kids were being raised by grandparents who simply can’t do it. There are a lot of impoverished kids. We try our best

to do a good job. “We’ve got a really great staff. We get to see a lot of changed lives.” Grace Ownby, a South Knoxvillian and SKCG member since 1968, says she and her four younger sisters were among those

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es (due mostly to the cost of equipping classrooms with state-of-the-industry tools and machinery and keeping classes small enough for teachers to closely supervise students), class enrollments are capped at 20 per CTE class, making the numbers difficult for principals to work with when they are trying to stretch their resources to accommodate their student populations.

From page 1 Lawson said his program has been cut by nearly $2 million in salaries in recent years and will have five fewer positions next year, although Knox County Schools reports that 9,598 students enrolled in CTE classes last year, and enrollment is expected to hold steady. The new career magnet academy, where Blankenship has been reassigned, will be enrolling 120 freshman students in the coming

year, with one grade level to be added annually until enrollment tops out at 500. Students will choose an area of concentration from Advanced Manufacturing, Homeland Security, Sustainable Living or Teacher Preparation. Net operating cost of the yet-unnamed magnet school (the students will choose a name this school year) is expected to be about $1.2 million per year.

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Greenways Commission Good news on the greenway front. The Greenway Commission, appointed by Mayor Rogero, finally has a chair and vice chair after a year without either. The new chair is greenway enthusiast Brian Hann of South Knoxville.

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Hann has played a significant role with Legacy Parks, Carol Evans and others in contributing time, effort, money and determination to build the 16-mile greenway loop in South Knox, which had strong backing from Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis. Hann has filled the role that Will Skelton, two decades ago, provided in being the citizen sparkplug to build greenways. He is a bundle of energy that is sorely needed to jump-start greenway construction. City-sponsored greenway construction has been at a snail’s pace in the past three years. Greenway advocates privately have voiced concern and surprise. The choice of Hann to lead this commission, accompanied by vice chair Chris Cherry, UT associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, can only be seen as positive. Cherry was actually chosen in a contested election among greenway commission members. It is unusual on boards of this sort that more than one person seeks the vice chair position, but it is healthy that more than one was interested. It bodes well for an active Greenway Commission that can make a mark for itself in connecting the existing greenways in Knoxville. ■ Lots of talk about Eric Cantor being ousted by voters in the Richmond area as a member of Congress and whether it may impact other races. It is hard for this writer to see how it applies in East Tennessee where U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan spends almost every day in our district when Congress is not in session. Cantor had lost contact with his district and failed to remember all politics is local. Duncan is just the opposite. It would be hard to find another member of Congress who helps out every constituent and attends every meeting he is invited to. His sister, Becky Dun-

can Massey, has continued that level of service in her state senate district. Generally if a member of Congress loses in his own party primary, it is unique to him and issues circulating in that state or district. Dan Davis, in the 1st Congressional District, is the last incumbent Tennessean to lose renomination (to Rep. Phil Roe in 2008). Before that, one has to go back to Sen. Ross Bass losing in 1966 in the Democratic primary to Gov. Frank Clement, who then lost to Howard Baker Jr. Other Tennesseans who lost their seats lost in the November election to a member of the opposing party such as Bill Brock, Jim Sasser, Lamar Baker and Lincoln Davis. National trends generally kick in for the generalelection runoff. ■ A week from this Saturday, July 5, at 11 a.m. there will be a wonderful neighborhood dedication of the Lyons View Community Pavilion in memory of William “Sonny” Davis. Mr. Davis was a longtime leader of this small AfricanAmerican community adjacent to several affluent neighborhoods. Spearheaded by his son, Ronald Davis, this community has worked hard to preserve its heritage. Parking for the event will be at the Church of the Ascension off Northshore Drive, where a shuttle will take people to the pavilion. ■ While attorneys’ voting in the Tennessee Bar poll on retaining or replacing the three Supreme Court justices seeking a new term was overwhelmingly in favor of the incumbents, the equally astonishing figure was the overwhelming number of the 12,000 Bar members who did not vote in the poll. It exceeded 80 percent. What that means is unclear, but apathy seems to be winning if attorneys who are most impacted simply do not vote in their own poll. ■ Mainstream media owe it to the public to educate and inform voters on whom the incumbents are and the debate arguments on retention or replacement. The new court will choose the next state Attorney General in September for an eight-year term. No woman, African-American or Republican has ever been chosen by this system. There may ultimately be an effort to change this unusual selection process since it has politicized the ballot issue for Aug. 7.

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Tony Tiger to the school board? Even before this year’s school board races are fully decided, rumbles are arising about what’s going to happen in the next election cycle – specifically, how those elections could impact Superintendent James McIntyre, since two strong allies (Karen Carson and Indya Kincannon) are expected to exit the board in 2016.

Norman says he has a good working relationship with 3rd District school board member Doug Harris but doesn’t rule out the possibility of making a run for that seat. “A couple of people have asked what I’m going to do, and what I tell them is I’m in the school business,” Norman said. “I’ve got the appropriate experience for the position, and it absolutely would be a consideration. Betty Whatever happens, I’m goBean ing to be interested in the schools. I’ll stay busy and find something to do, try to The most interesting see if I can find a fit somerumbles are about a new where.” candidate, one whose elecHe thinks this year’s tion would surely be the stuff school board primary elecof McIntyre’s nightmares. tions were “… a fairly strong It’s 3rd District County statement about the disconCommissioner Tony Nor- tent. For (Amber) Rountree man, who will leave the to beat an incumbent in the commission in August and primary, and if Marshall is looking for something Walker wins in the 1st Disnew to do. Among the su- trict, I’m going to be like, perintendent’s critics, none Wow!” has been tougher than NorIn the meantime, former man, a retired high-school commission chair Norscience teacher. man, who voluntarily re-

linquished the gavel and declared the experience a terrible ordeal, says he will remain interested in school issues. “ They ’re spending money on Tony Norman programs in ways I question. ‘Really? You’re going to take money out of normal systems that are set up and put that much into that CTE magnet school out at Pellissippi??’ There are always these questions about where the money is being spent and why. I understand this pressure on these nontraditional classes. The administration sees those as sort of non-essentials. “But these are people who are highly motivated, super intelligent in their academic area who have found a unique way to project it into the curriculum, and kids love those classes. “Another example is the

Homecoming for Lamar U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says he’ll walk the state again if that’s what it takes to win reelection. “And I can do it, too!” Alexander was elected governor in 1978 after walking 1,000 miles from Bristol to Memphis. His threat to reverse that walk drew laughter and applause from a crowd of partisans at Cedar Bluff Shopping Center on June 21 in what was billed as a Statewide Day of Action.

House members, Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and “13 former state Republican Party chairs.” Sandra Alexander is “more conClark servative than he gets credit for,” Duncan said. Alexander sounded traditional Republican themes, State Sen. Randy Mc- predicting the GOP will Nally said volunteers were pick up six Senate seats and heading out after the speech “start moving the country in to knock on doors. U.S. Rep. the right direction.” “You can’t be pro-jobs Jimmy Duncan said Alexander has been endorsed by and anti-business. We need all seven Republican U.S. to lift the big wet blanket

Where’s the beef? Summer is here, the season when bees buzz, chiggers chig and politicians meet in cow pastures. Last week, Commissioner Amy Broyles and Commissioner Dave Wright announced they would be meeting at Wright’s farm so Broyles’ children could “see the calves.” For a seasoned reporter, nothing sets off the radar like the vision of two politicians picking their way through cow pies on a Sunday afternoon. The notice announcing this seminal event carefully reminded the public that “no county business” would be discussed. Reporters were welcome if they prov ided their own boots. Cynics may crow that a cow-pie-laden pasture is a fitting place for the entire County Commission to convene considering the character of debate that sometimes takes place at its meetings. I say this is a

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chance for commissioners to take the bull by the horns and brand a new image for Knox County. You don’t need to skim much of the county’s recent history to realize some image enhancement is overdue: Black Wednesday, the reign of Ragsdale, embarrassingly mishandled court records and choke-holdhappy sheriff’s deputies, to cite a few examples, have tarnished our fair county’s name. Fortunately, Commissioner Wright’s farm provides a golden opportunity for this paradise of milk and honey to lead the state in the arts, science and education. First, move over Bonna-

roo because “The Knox County Moosic Festival” will soon be booking the cream of the crop in headliner acts. Come hungry for music and hungry for victuals; our signature veal cutlets, from locally raised calves, will make Paula Deen green with envy. A lot of you, especially Tim Burchett, tire of hearing that Knox County’s current mayor is the “donothing” chief executive. With Wright’s pasture and some cooperative cows as his backdrop, the mayor will expose that slander with his own televised weekly news program. “The Methane Hour” will kick off by explaining the impact of our hooved friends on global warming. Early reviews of the pilot are unanimous – it’s a gas. We need some entertainment along with our education, and with that in mind the mayor’s office has cooked up “Rawhide: 2014.”

school system spending $100,000 on dump trucks. They say it’s to spread salt when it snows. My question is why? We’ve got salt trucks running all over the county, running right by schools. And these trucks are basically all for salt – other than that, they’re just going to be sitting there. They seem to have an unlimited budget, and they spend money like crazy.” Norman believes the teacher-evaluation system is “heavily flawed,” and he is no fan of charter schools, which he predicts will drain money from the children who need resources the most. He supports SPEAK (Students, Parents and Educators across Knox County), which is moderated by staunch McIntyre opponents, but he doesn’t expect them to do much in the near future. “They’re just worn out. That’s normal in the first weeks after school’s out, but these days it’s much worse. They need some rest.” of Obama regulations off our free-enterprise system” to get the country moving again, he said. Alexander, 74, looked and sounded 20 years younger. He found friends in Knoxville, including those imported from Blount and Loudon counties. Ominously, those not seen included: Tim Burchett, Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, Sherry Witt, Phil Ballard, Craig Leuthold, Joy McCroskey, Cathy Shanks, Bill Dunn, Harry Brooks, Ryan Haynes and most county commissioners (the exceptions being Briggs, Shouse and Wright). With Burchett reprising the role of trail boss Gil Favor, Dean Rice as a hipper Rowdy Yates, and Michael Grider as Wishbone the cook, this one has Emmy written all over it. Set at Wright’s ranch, the series opener, “Watch where you step, Big Sexy,” promises to be unforgettable. A lot of noise about the environment, recycling and “green” living comes out of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s office. But nothing says “I love the Earth” like roasting your wieners over a mound of dried cow chips, and the Wright farm is an environmentally friendly fuel depot. Friday night family barbecues begin soon. Finally, in the spirit of open government, the Knox County Commission is considering quarterly televised meetings at the Wright farm. What’s more open than a cow pasture? Styled “Hoof and Mouth” by local wags, the meetings will be co-chaired by Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas. Bring your own boots.

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Is June too early to worry? What we have here is a dilemma.

name, I’ll tell you that I didn’t see the answer at quarterback. There were four but no obvious No. 1.” Without going into details, the coach said it is unthat all are brilliant. Marvin likely It is more likely that all are West ordinary for different reasons. Some can do this but can’t do that. The dilemma has changed Not so long ago, a former but continues. Now there are head coach of college football three quarterbacks. The one stopped by Tennessee to see with the most potential, the what he could see. He was best arm, went away. For impressed by the facilities. some strange reason, there He said he certainly enjoyed was not widespread weepthe fellowship. He appreci- ing. I thought Riley Ferguated the intensity of spring son was very promising, but practice but went away with it seems he was unpredictconcerns for his friends. able and an occasional irri“If you won’t use my tant. He did not always fol-

low traditional quarterback form. He was inconsistent. I have no idea about the significance of those tattoos, but he has talent. So do the remaining three – but there is no precise fit for the Butch Jones offense. There was no need for the visiting coach to explain that the quarterback dilemma is critical. Quarterbacks rarely win or lose games all by themselves, but there is a clear correlation between performance and won-lost records. All teams with really good quarterbacks do not contend for championships, but you seldom see the ordinary ones in title games. It seems to me that Coach

Jones and Mike Bajakian have a few weeks to work out a solution to this little problem. If Justin Worley is the best game manager, the coaches must somehow upgrade his arm and ability to run the zone-read – or they can concede that Joshua Dobbs is the answer. If that doesn’t work, they can give Nathan Peterman another chance under more favorable circumstances. It might be good to prepare a prayer. By the end of September, this dilemma, if unsolved, will be serious. Jones has said many times that he is looking for leadership, the so-called alpha male. It will be interesting to see if he finds one. The best part of this team, bold improvement at wide receiver, obviously depends on quarterbacks for

Gloria Johnson is likely loser The race for 13th District state representative is underway. Voters in North Knoxville, Sequoyah Hills, and South Knox County have a contested Republican primary in August, with the winner facing the Democratic incumbent Rep. Gloria Johnson in the November general election. In the Republican primary, there is a familiar narrative emerging with the “big money” candidate, Jason Emert, facing the “values voters” candidate, Eddie Smith. A local businessperson with family connections, Jason Emert has been raising (and spending) a lot of money to try to win the seat. Eddie Smith is the former events director at Sevier Heights Baptist Church and has been endorsed by Republican kingmaker state Rep. Bill Dunn – an important endorsement among

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conservatives. The winner takes on Gloria Johnson in November. Johnson has kept a high profile since getting elected in November 2012 and has quickly become the most outspoken, partisan Democrat in local elected office. As a result, Johnson has become the media’s reliable quote machine, eager to criticize the state’s Republican super-majority. Most notably, Johnson has led the fight against state education reform, gaining her flattering media coverage. Unfortunately for Johnson, it won’t be enough to

win reelection. Regardless of which candidate emerges from the August primary, either Republican will defeat Gloria Johnson. Johnson will lose for two reasons. First, Democratic turnout will be lower this year than in the 2012 presidential election. Second, Johnson will not benefit from an independent candidate splitting up the Republican vote in a Republican-drawn district as she did in 2012. Johnson was elected two years ago by taking advantage of the second most Democratic electorate in recent memory (only November 2008 was more favorable to Democrats). Many folks – but especially traditional Democratic constituencies – only vote in presidential elections. As a result, expect Democratic candidates to struggle with lower turnout more

than Republican candidates, whose voters are generally older and are historically more likely to get out and vote. In fact, Gloria Johnson would not have gotten elected without the November 2012 Democratic turnout for Barack Obama. Those picking Johnson to win reelection conveniently

functionality. Quarterbacks obviously depend on blocking for survival. A better running game would reduce double-teams in the secondary. Offense is all tied together, but it starts at QB. This is an improbable time for great expectations at Tennessee, no matter who emerges. There are too many depth problems and not enough experience at the line of scrimmage. But the Vols do need to demonstrate improvement to maintain momentum. Last winter, recruiters could sell the future. They did it with vigor. Results were superior. Next winter, rivals will whisper to prospects, even commitments, that they should ask when they can expect the future to arrive. Good question.

For various reasons, the immediate past may not be a fair barometer, but it is a matter of fact that the Vols have had four consecutive losing seasons. Additional facts: Quarterbacks delivered more interceptions in 2013 than touchdowns. Their passerefficiency rating of 105.48 was slightly above awful. Ferguson didn’t do it. Can we expect improvement? Of course. Coaches are paid a lot to do a lot of coaching. Considering that the legendary Jon Gruden made an appearance, quarterbacks have undoubtedly progressed. The next question is whether it will be enough to make a noticeable difference. Is June too early to worry?

ignore that she barely got elected in 2012 and only defeated her Republican opponent by 288 votes. This isn’t an indictment of Johnson. It is impressive that she won in a Republican-drawn district at all. However, she’s unlikely to repeat the performance in a non-presidential year. Moreover, in 2012 an independent candidate on the ballot split Republican voters, allowing Johnson to prevail with only 48 percent

of the vote. This year, no independent candidate will be on the ballot, further hindering Johnson’s chances to win reelection. It’s always risky to predict elections five months away. Yet, regardless of the Republican nominee, Gloria Johnson will lose her bid for reelection. The 2012 Obama turnout elected Gloria Johnson. The shrinking 2014 Democratic turnout will likely defeat her.

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Campaigning in Sequoyah Hills State Rep. Gloria Johnson sought votes Sunday afternoon at an ice cream social in Talahi Park. Pictured are Natalie McNutt, Chris Foell, Doug Veum, Johnson, Clark Stewart and Judy Stewart. Johnson, who stands 6-3, joked that she shops online at Long Tall Sally. That gave her something in common with the Stewarts, who said their daughter is tall and shops there, too. Photo by S. Clark

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Following lunch, the interns played pinball and pool in the game room before heading out to the vintage shops in Happy Holler. Pictured inside the Tea Room are Donna Mitchell, Charlie Hamilton, Joshua Mode, Leila Hennon, Julia Grant, Laken Scott, Zoe Risley, Katie Sasse, Kaila Bond and Abbey Underwood.

Do you really know Knoxville? By Donna Mitchell If you’re anything like me, then you wish Knoxville were more interesting. You wish there was something about it worth sharing when you meet people from other cities and states. Look no further; this article will blow your once-narrow mind with some pretty big Knoxville history that exists in just one area! Our first visit was to the Mabry-Hazen House, which harnesses three generations of historical aspects. In a lot of ways the history is much like that of the Hatfields and McCoys. Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. was one of Knoxville’s most influential people; he held a large amount of slaves. He was a trustee of the college that became the University of Tennessee and served as

president of the Kentucky and Knoxville railroad. In 1853, he and his brother-in-law donated land to the public. It’s known today as Market Square. Mabry built his Italianate home after marrying Laura Evelyn Hayes. His untimely death occurred when local banker Thomas O’Connor shot him over a land dispute in 1882. The shooting, which occurred in broad daylight, ended the lives of Mabry Jr.’s son and O’Connor. Mabry’s daughter went on to marry Rush Strong Hazen and together they had the last inhabitant of the house, Evelyn Hazen. Down the street is Morningside Park, home of the Alex Haley Statue, created by renowned artist Tina Allen. Alex Haley, born in 1921, was a writer best

Evelyn and Rush Strong Hazen are buried in the cemetery as were Evelyn’s father, Joseph Mabry III, and her grandfather, Joseph Mabry Jr. Photo by Charlie Hamilton

Touring Old Gray Cemetery By Sara Barrett Tour guide Laura Still from Knoxville Walking Tours led the group on a leisurely stroll through the Old Gray Cemetery, 13 acres of beauty and history in Old North Knoxville. She explained that a graveyard is attached to a church, but a cemetery can be used by anyone and can serve several churches. Gray opened in 1851, but since it was two miles from town, folks thought it was too far to go for burials. They began using the spot as a picnic area. Most folks were buried here from 1860-1910, with some 9,000 buried there to date. Odd monuments shaped like tree stumps are strewn throughout the cemetery. Still said they were sold to Woodmen of America’s insurance policy holders as part of a package deal. Still said we shouldn’t clean monuments because it destroys them. She also discouraged “rubbings” of grave stones unless it is a member of your own family. The cemetery has been named an arboretum because of its lush greenery, she said. Still hopes more folks will visit the cemetery since so much of Knoxville’s history rests here. Literally. She has a book of ghost stories coming out in the fall. The only male statue in

Old Gray Cemetery is a confederate soldier that guards the graves of two brothers. While they did not die battle, both fought in the Civil War and wanted to do something upon their death to honor their service. Notables buried at Old Gray include: ■ Thomas William Humes ■ Lillian Gaines, age 7 at death, and her monument is a likeness of her. Still said it looks so much like the girl, her family brought tokens such as small toys and bubbles to leave at the statue. People still do this today. ■ Lizzie Cozier French, suffragist ■ Robert Love Taylor’s grave is empty because his family moved him. He ran for governor in 1886 against his brother. Taylor was a senator so popular that 40,000 people attended his funeral, which was held in Market Square. ■ Artist Anna Catherine Wiley ■ Sneed Family, owners of the Lamar House Hotel where the Bijou is now. ■ Peter Kern of Kerns Bakery is buried here. He got off the train in Knoxville the day Burnside invaded so instead of rejoining the military as he has planned (because he would have opposed Burnside) he learned a trade and became a baker. He also opened a shop on Market Square and, accord-

known for his 1976 book “Roots.” Haley was an exceptional student as he enrolled at Alcorn A&M College at age 15. He left school at 17 to enlist in the Coast Guard for a 20-year career. After success with the “Autobiography of Malcolm X,” Haley engaged in a new project tracing the history of his ancestor’s journey from Africa to America. He published his work, “Roots,” in 1976 resulting in a global interest in genealogy as well as easing racial tension in America. Until then no one had given such a real view of slavery, the book went on to be adapted into a fi lm and win a special Pulitzer Prize. A few miles away sits Old Gray Cemetery, open since 1851. The cemetery, originally thought to be in a

bad location, contains over 9,000 bodies, most buried between 1860 and 1910. The cemetery has a large presence of Union and Confederate soldiers, but also has other very important people. The bodies of the Rev. Thomas William Humes, the Hazen family, Lizzie Crozier French, Robert Love Taylor and Peter Kern were buried in Old Gray Cemetery. Next to the cemetery is the national cemetery for the Union soldiers, established in 1864. After reading this, I hope your mind has been stretched to a new dimension. Knoxville really does have interesting history; you just have to find it! Now stop reading this and go explore this historical city! Go!

ing to Still, “changed the face of Knoxville retail” by selling everything related to fun – fireworks, party supplies, candy, etc. He was also the first retailer in Knoxville to decorate his windows for Christmas. ■ William Brownlow, founder of The Whig newspaper, Tennessee governor (1865-69) and U.S. Senator (1869 to 1875). ■ E.C. Camp, who owned the Greystone building and is said to haunt it today ■ Artist Lloyd Branson ■ Thomas O’Connor, who shot Joseph Mabry and his son ■ Charles McGhee Tyson has a monument in the cemetery. A pilot, his family donated 60 acres in West Knox

for an airport in his memory after he was shot down and lost at sea during World War I. McGhee Tyson Airport in Blount County is named for him. ■ Novelist Virginia Rosalee Coxe has an angel statue on her grave. The angel’s right hand was stolen by vandals, which Still thinks is poignant because Coxe was right-handed. Rumor has it that Coxe walked the cemetery at night looking for her right hand. Also in the cemetery is a stainless steel monument with one rusty panel – rumored to have been a dropoff for moonshine. Info: Knoxville Walking Tours: 309-4522 or www.


Katie Sasse will be a 9th grader at the Career M a g n e t A c a d e m y. She lives in the Strawberry Plains area and her favorite place in K nox v ille is the SunSasse sphere. If Katie could have lunch with one person, she would love a sit down with Abraham Lincoln. She would love to have been present at the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If her house were burning, Katie would grab her picture album, her favorite book and her favorite stuffed animal. Kaila Bond will be in the 9th grade at Karns High in the fall. If she could have lunch with one c e l e b r i t y, it would be singer Ariana Grande, so there is no surprise Bond that if Kaila were stranded on a desert island, she would want Grande’s song “Problem” with her. If her house were on fire, Kaila would grab her Bible, Kindle and money. If she could go back in time, Kaila would like to experience the days of “Little House on the Prairie.”

Laken Scott will be a 9th grader at Hardin Valley Academy this year. Her favorite part about Knoxville is dow ntow n and Market Square. If she could travel back Scott in time she would like to see the creation of the bomb at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. If Laken’s house were on fire, she would be sure to grab money, her passport and a laptop. If stranded on a deserted island, she would have the complete works of Sherlock Holmes and a fully stocked fridge on hand. Abbey Underwood will be a 9th grader at Carter High School in the fall. Her favorite place in Knoxville is the zoo and she loves photography. If she were able Underwood to go back in time, Abbey would like to experience the ’50s or the ’60s. If her house were burning, you can bet that she would grab her phone, her purse and her computer. Luke Hemmings would be the ideal lunch date for Abbey if she had the opportunity to meet him.

The majority of objects inside the historic Mabry-Hazen House are original family heirlooms, including furniture, clothing, photographs and personal items. Photo by Julia Grant

Mabry-Hazen House: A step back in time By Kaila Bonds Last week we visited one of Knoxville’s most historical landmarks, the MabryHazen House. This home was built in the 1800s by Joe Mabry and his brother- in law. It was used for living, entertainment and business. My experience was so amazing and spectacular. I

really felt like I was in the 1800s. The house had all of the furniture and paintings so nicely preserved that you had to feel a special connection to its ties to Knoxville. Every detail seemed so simple yet so complex and intriguing. I really recommend going to see this beautiful home and all of its treasures.

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Lewis Jones, general manager of the Knox Farmers Co-op on Asheville Highway, stands by its mission statement, figuratively and literally. Photos by Patricia Williams

Wesley Hawkins fills customers’ orders from the warehouse.

Ask a farmer at Knox Co-op By Patricia Williams

Duncan for Congress Working on Issues that Matter to You A Personal Message from Congressman Duncan

Defending the Constitution I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and that is exactly what I work to do each day.

Balanced Budget I don’t believe in spending money we don’t have. With one of the most fiscally conservative voting records in Congress, I consistently vote to reduce government spending in order to protect Social Security and control the federal debt.

Growing our Economy I want to eliminate government over-regulation so more businesses can open and expand, creating better jobs for Americans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed my re-election saying it will, “produce sustained economical growth, help create jobs and get our country back on track.”

Repealing Obamacare I believe the biggest problem with the so-called Affordable Care Act is that it is unaffordable already. I will continue to speak out against it at every opportunity, and I believe our federal dollars are better spent on things like improving care for our nation’s veterans.

America First I oppose spending billions of dollars on people in foreign countries who hate us. We need to stop trying to take care of the whole world and start taking care of our own country and putting the American people first once again.

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You don’t have to be a farmer or a member to shop at Knox Farmers Co-operative (Co-op). “For Every Home and Every Acre – We are here for your needs” is a slogan used by Co-op members according to Lewis Jones, newly appointed general manager of the Co-op store at 6616 Asheville Highway. And I would agree. Co-ops are owned by member farmers who offer their products and expertise to all. The staff is knowledgeable, experienced and eager to help. If they don’t know the answer, they turn to their vast resource of farmers and specialists. “We are in the business of service and educating customers,” says Jones, “and if we don’t have the answer, we will find out from our network of Tennessee farmers.” When I shop at Knox Farmers’ Co-op I always get more than I bargain for. Sometimes I don’t know what I need, I tell them the problem and they make a recommendation that is usually spot-on with no trial and error at my expense. “We are your hometown store where all of the profits stay local and products are purchased from local farmers,” says Jones. “We are not going to overcharge ourselves.” But don’t let the prices fool you. Although the prices are low, the quality is high.

The Tennessee Farmers Co-operative Tenco Feed Mill in Rockford was rated the No. 1 feed mill in the nation for 2014 by the American Feed Industry Association, according to Jones, and that’s where his store gets its feed. If it was on the ark, most likely you will find what’s needed to feed, house and care for it at the Co-op. The Co-op provide feeds and bedding for animals at the Knoxville Zoo from orangutans to flamingos. It does the same for horses at the University of Tennessee. “They sometimes turn to us for treatments for their care,” says Jones. The store’s size is an asset. It offers a variety of supplies to care for ponds, bees, horses, birds, dogs, cats, chicks and other two and four-legged critters. There are treatments for pests such as ants, roaches, opossums, flies, fleas, snails and more. The Co-op offers custommade fencing and gates, and concrete mix for installation; landscape materials and treatments; athletic field products and line markers. Farmers with pests by the acres purchase bulk and custom-mixed insecticides, fertilizers and fuel. Equipment for rent includes trailers for transporting horses, dogs and farm animals; supply trailers and liquid sprayers for large applications. Info: 865-522-3148.

Helms is ‘retailer of year’ Jody Helms, executive vice president/director of store operations for Food City’s retail grocery chain was named 2014 Retailer of the Year by Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association during its annual convention. Each year, TGCSA, a Nashville-based trade organization, selects one Tennessee retailer to be named Retailer of the Year. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Helms began his career in the grocery industry in 1973. He joined the Food City team in December 1999, as executive vice president over the company’s Knoxville Division. In 2004, he was promoted to his current position. Helms directs the operation of all 94 Food City su-

permarkets, 10 Super Dollar discount food stores, two convenience stores and one wine and spirits location in southeast K e n t u c k y, southwest Virginia and northJody Helms east Tennessee. He also directs the operation of 81 Gas N Go fuel stations and 77 Food City Pharmacies. Helms attended college at Auburn University. He and his wife, Julie, have been married more than 38 years and reside in Blountville. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Knoxville Rotary rewards outstanding youth By Bonny C. Millard Rotarian scholarship recipient Alicia Lewis said her mother pushed her to do better in high school and stressed the importance of education. Lewis, a recent graduate of Austin-East High School, was honored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville during the presentation of the 2014 Rotary Foundation of Knoxville College Scholarship. The four-year scholarship, an annual award to a selected student, is $16,000 with students receiving $4,000 each year. Lewis, who graduated with a 3.5 GPA, held various leadership roles and took accelerated courses while she was in high school. She also worked part-time as a pharmacy technician for a discount drug store. The young woman said she grew up in a single-parent household, and her mother worked two jobs to support them. She said her mother told her if she ran with “the crowd,” that is what she would become, one of the crowd.

Jennifer Willard, left, executive director of the Community School of the Arts, and Bob and Diana Samples, right, award Madison Craddock with a Community School of the Arts scholarship.

Congratulating the 2014 Rotary Foundation of Knoxville College Scholarship recipient Alicia Lewis, right, a graduate of Austin-East High School, is mentor Mae Moore of Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center. Photos by Bonny C. Millard

As part of her high school coursework, Lewis was required to do 35 hours of community service each semester, and while she volunteered in several capacities, she said the one that meant the most to her was feeding the homeless at her church. Lewis plans to attend the University of Tennessee and major in business administration with a concentration

the presentation to Madison Craddock, a graduate of Family Christian Academy of East Tennessee. Willard said Craddock, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 5, served as the Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run and for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Craddock has been involved in many activities despite dealing with frequent pain, her mentor said. “She’s one of the most accomplished people I’ve ever known,” Willard said, Craddock has taken lessons in piano, guitar, writing, acting and art at the school, a nonprofit visual and performing arts afterschool program, for eight years.

to make repairs. If this is the case, he will tell you. If you are considering purchasing a new computer, don’t hesitate just because you dread transferring ever y thing from your current one. Brian Wilson Wilson can do that for you. If a virus has attacked your computer, Wilson can clean and restore it. Wilson is open for business now but plans the grand opening for July 7. He plans to offer Simple Mo-

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in nonprofit administration. In addition to the foundation scholarship, the Bob and Diana Samples Community School of the Arts 2014 Scholarship was also presented. Bob Samples is the current Rotary president. His wife, Diana, introduced the school’s executive director, Jennifer Willard, who made

We Fix It moves South Thank goodness there are people who understand all of the electronic gadgets in today’s world. I know how to turn them on but could be dangerous trying to fi x something that doesn’t work properly. We Fix It Electronics recently moved to its new home at 3905 Chapman Highway from its former location at Knoxville Center Mall. The owner, Brian Wilson, has been doing electronic repairs since 1996. He was just finishing re-

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pairs on a laptop when I arrived and said it was one of the more challenging ones. He had it up and running. An East Tennessee native, Wilson has lived in Knoxville for three years. He knows electronics in-

side and out. In addition to all brands of computers, he makes repairs on game systems, mobile phones and tablets. “If we can get a part for it, we can fi x it,” Wilson says. About the only things he won’t work on are TVs. If you are hesitant to take an item to him, don’t be. He will do a free diagnostic test and let you know what the problem is. Then he will give you the repair cost up front. Wilson says sometimes it is less expensive to buy a new item than

“This school means more to me than a place just to play music or take art lessons,” she said. Craddock said Willard has encouraged her through the years, and she wants to make a difference in the lives of others like Willard has made in hers. Craddock received a $2,500 scholarship and plans to attend Johnson University.

tion for the fastest crawler. Participants must be under the age of 12 months and not yet able to walk. The winner will receive a fabulous prize, and trophies will be awarded. All participants will receive a goody bag. The event will feature a Tiny Tot Fashion Show, crafts and information from family-friendly vendors. The event is free, but registration is limited to 36 crawlers, so ■ Diaper Derby be sure to arrive early on ahead Saturday, June 28. RegistraCalling all cuddly crawl- tion begins at 10 a.m. Races ers! Knoxville Center Mall begin at 10:30, followed by is set to hold a Diaper Derby, the fashion show at noon. where babies will race to the Winners will be announced finish line in a fun competi- at 12:30 p.m.


Robotic-Assisted Surgery Gives Surgeons Greater Clarity & Precision As a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates, having good hand-eye coordination is essential for Marcella Greene, M.D. That’s why Dr. Greene is enthusiastic about an innovative tool that gives surgeons a Dr. Marcella Greene, General clearer, more powerful 3-D view of the surgical Surgeon site and greater precision and control while operating. The da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery system allows a surgeon to control surgical instruments from a console a few feet away from the patient. The instruments include a tiny camera that enables the physician to see a magnified, high resolution image inside the patient’s body. The surgeon controls the robotic arms and instruments with his or her fingers in real time. “The instruments are “wristed”. Your range of motion and dexterity is just like your own hand,” explains Dr. Greene. “For me, it’s ergonomically better than the straight, un-wristed approach of traditional laparoscopic instruments. You can use your fingertips while your arms are rested on a console, so it preserves the strength in your arms.”

“It will likely be the future of general surgery as we continue to adapt more procedures to a robotic approach.” ~Dr. Marcella Greene, Surgeon


Seasoned prosecutor in Channon Christian & Chris Newsom murder trials with more than 17 years of service in Knox County D.A.’s Office The surgeon controls the robotic-assisted surgery system with his or her wrists and fingertips. Photo courtesy of Intuitive Surgical.


gives the patient a great experience.” Dr. Greene, along with her partners Dr. David Harrell and Dr. Roland Weast, use the da Vinci robotic system to perform a variety of surgeries at Tennova Healthcare including procedures for acid reflux, colon diseases, ventral hernia repair, adrenal gland removal and some pancreatic procedures. Dr. Greene is one of the few surgeons in the Knoxville area to perform robot-assisted single-site gallbladder removal. “It’s a virtually scarless procedure that is done through the navel,” explains Dr. Greene. “Many of my female patients especially like the single-site surgery because they can still wear a bikini.” Dr. Greene believes that there will only be more and more possible applications for robot-assisted surgery. “It will likely be the future of general surgery as we continue to adapt more procedures to a robotic approach. Robotic technology is great tool and another great option for surgeons and patients.”

Dr. Greene says the enhanced visualization of the robotic platform is remarkable. “The 3-D images are amazing. You see enlarged details that you couldn’t normally see.” Dr. Greene says the most important aspect of the robotic-assisted surgery technology is the benefit to the patient. For more information about robotic“Since we use only a few small in- assisted surgery procedures performed by cisions instead of a large incision, there Premier Surgical Associates’ physicians at is less blood loss, reduced pain, and a Tennova North and Physicians Regional, please call (865) 938-8121 or visit quicker recovery,” says Dr. Greene. “It

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THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 27 Leonardo Silaghi: 3 Paintings exhibit, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park. Presenting sponsor is Emerson Process Management. Info: Angela Thomas, 934-2034, or

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Finding Your German Ancestor, a Brown Bag lecture, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Speaker: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, noted genealogist, UT chemistry professor and member of the ETHS Board of Directors. Free and open to the public; bring “brown bag” lunch. Info: 215-8824 or www. Fun With Shakespeare, 10:30 a.m., Sequoyah Branch Library, 1140 Southgate Road. The Tennessee Stage Company will present an interactive workshop designed especially for elementary school age children, focusing on the play “Much Ado About Nothing.” Info: 525-1541. Make an Insect Craft, 2 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. Computer Workshops: Excel, 2 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Requires “Word 2007 Basics” or equivalent skills. Info/to register: 215-8700. Movie Party: “Meet the Robinsons” (PG, 95 min.), 3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Summer Family Programming: Appalachian Bear Rescue, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Hands-on educational materials to educate visitors on efforts to rescue Appalachian bears. Info: 448-0044.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Patriotic Bike Parade, 6:30 p.m., beginning on Union Ave, parading down Gay Street to Magnolia and back down Gay Street. Sponsored by the city of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events. Info: www. Informational meeting for new women’s golf league, 10 a.m., Knoxville Municipal Golf Course, 3925 Schaad Road. Info: Liz Jett, 591-5548. Summer Library Club presents the Zoomobile, 11 a.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: 588-8813. Lecture about early 20th-century artists in Knoxville, 6 p.m., McClung Museum auditorium, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Speaker: Stephen Wicks of the Knoxville Museum of Art; topic: “Grand Ambitions: Branson, Krutch, and Early 20th Century Knoxville Painters.” Free and open to the public. Info: http://

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, JUNE 26-27 AARP Driver Safety class, noon-4 p.m., Harrogate Senior Center, 310 Londonderry Road, Harrogate. Info/to register: Carolyn Rambo, 584-9964. Summer Family Programming: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Sunset Music Series presents R.B. Morris Trio, 7 p.m., Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s covered outdoor amphitheater, Townsend. Americana, country music. Admission: $5. Info: 4480044.


and watching fireworks from the 26th floor. Sponsored by Kids First and Child Advocacy Centers in Knox and Blount counties. To register: Denise, 986-1505. Info: “Experience our Cherokee Heritage” tour with Native American Expert Randy McGinnis. Offered by CaThe town of Farragut’s Independence Day des Cove Heritage Tours. Reservations limited. Cost: $100 Parade, 9:30 a.m., beginning on Kingston Pike at per person. Info/reservations: Don Alexander, 448-8838. Lendon Welch Way (Farragut High School entrance) and Bricks 4 Kidz: LEGOs fun at the Library, 10 continue to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne a.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Square Shopping Center (old Ingles store site). Info: Road. Free library program for elementary age children 966-7057. from kindergarten through 5th grade. Space limited; KSO Annual Pilot Flying J Independence Day registration required. Info/to register: 777-1750. Concert, 8 p.m., World’s Fair Park. Free and open to Saturday Stories and Songs: Kindermusik, the public. Fireworks display begins 9:30 p.m. Blankets 11 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park and lawn chairs encouraged. Drive. Info: 470-7033. Opening reception for multi-artist exhibit featurSaturday Stories and Songs: Brianna Hanson, ing painter Kathy Holland, 5:30-9 p.m., Art Market 11 a.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Gallery, 422 South Gay St. Exhibit will run through July Info: 215-8750. 27. Info: 525-5265;; or www. Book signing by Fred Sauceman – “Buttermilk and Bible Burgers: More Stories from the Kitchens of Opening reception for “Do I Know You?” exhibit Appalachia,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Long’s Drug Store, 4604 by R.L. Gibson, 5-9 p.m., the Balcony at the Emporium Kingston Pike. Info: Long’s, 588-9218, or the author at Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit will run through July 26. Info: 523-7543 or Opening reception for Artistic Gems of our region exhibit by local artist Stephen Hicks, 5-8 p.m., Casa Hola, suite 109, Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay St. Featured works: dragon images from driftwood and Auditions for WordPlayers’ production of “Steel spiritual masks. Exhibit runs through July 31. Info: Magnolias,” 3-5 p.m. by appointment. Seeking women ages 35+ for roles of Truvy, Clairee and Ouiser. For apPublic reception for “Then & Now” exhibit, a pointment: 539-2490 or email wordplayers@comcast. celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Emporium net. Info: Center, 5-9 p.m., main gallery, Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit will run through July 26. Info: 5237543 or



Sparky and Rhonda Rucker share stories and songs, 3 p.m., Bearden Branch Library, 100 Golf Club Road. Info: 588-8813. Summer Family Programming: Build a Cabin, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

TUESDAY, JULY 1 UT Hospice Adult Grief Support Group meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., UT Hospice office, 2270 Sutherland Ave. A light supper is served. Info/reservation: Brenda Fletcher, 544-6277. Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop performance, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Free admission. Craft Day, 2 p.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Info: 470-8663. Summer Family Programming: Archaeology Day – The Townsend Dig, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 Intermediate Genealogy, 1 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Learn advanced techniques in genealogical research with special attention to primary sources. Preregistration, a valid email address good Internet searching skills required. Instructor: Ann Bloomquist, MEd. Info/to register: 215-8809. Pinwheel Craft, 2 p.m., Farragut Branch Library, 417 N. Campbell Station Road. Info: 777-1750. Craft Party, 3 p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Info: 215-8750. Zumba® Kids class, 10-10:45 a.m., Community Room of Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. For ages 7-11. Theme: Red, White and Blue. Instructor: Gina Guider. Cost: $3 per class. No registration required. Info: Lauren Cox, lauren.cox@townoffarragut. org or 966-7057. Summer Family Programming: School Day in the Church, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

THURSDAY, JULY 3 Summer Family Programming: Service Day, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

FRIDAY, JULY 4 “Fire in the Sky” at Club LaConte. Includes dinner

SATURDAY, JULY 5 Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9 a.m., departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $50 per person; includes light snacks and a cold beverage. Reservations required: 448-8838. Learn to Do Magic with the Great Bevarino, 10:30 a.m., Karns Branch Library, 7516 Oak Ridge Highway. Free magic classes for all ages. Info: 470-8663.

MONDAY, JULY 7 Open house and first beginning Tai Chi class, 7-8:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 621 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Classes will meet every Monday. Info: The Taoist Tai Chi Society, 482-7761 or Zumba® Kids class, 10-10:45 a.m., Community Room of Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. For ages 7-11. Theme: Favorite Disney character. Instructor: Gina Guider. Cost: $3 per class. No registration required. Info: Lauren Cox, or 966-7057. Summer Family Programming: Make the Mask of Your Clan, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 7-11 Summer camp at Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. “Beginning Acting” for ages 8-11, 9 a.m.-noon; “Creative Movement for the Stage for Experienced Actors,” 1-4 p.m. Info: 208-3677;; info@

TUESDAY, JULY 8 Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop performance, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Free admission. Harvey Broome Group meeting, 7 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike. Program: “The Incredible Fish Diversity of the Little Tennessee River – The Case for a Native Fish Conservation Area” by Patrick Rakes, Conservation Fisheries Inc. Open house and first beginning Tai Chi class, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: The Taoist Tai Chi Society, 482-7761 or Summer Family Programming: Chunkey, 10 a.m.-noon, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. Info: 448-0044.

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