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Do you know your roots? Kizzy said, “My pappy real name Kunta Kinte. He a African.” “You don’t say!” Miss Malizy appeared taken aback. “I’se heared my greatReneé Kesler gran’daddy was one dem Africans, too.” This dialogue between a young slave girl and a slave matriarch was taken from an excerpt of the book “ Roots, The Saga Of An American Family” by Pulitzer Prize w inner Alex Haley. Kizzy demonstrates the grit of a young slave girl determined to be defined not by her current enslaved situation, but rather by her strong ancestral heritage. What’s more, Kizzy’s staunch affirmation of her heritage aroused and inspired an elder to recall the stories told of that same proud lineage. Do you know your roots? Discovering our roots is about uncovering the stories of hidden treasures buried in our history while also unearthing layers of one’s self. Zack F. Taylor Jr. has researched and written five volumes of “African American Family Genealogy for Jefferson County, Tennessee,” and it is an extensive work. His dedication to uncovering the black families of Jefferson County is extraordinary. Additionally, Robert A. McGinnis has researched and compiled many books, including “Gone and All but Forgotten, The AfricanAmerican Cemeteries of Knox County, Tennessee.” Neither my friend Zack nor Robert resembles the people they have researched. Yet, when I asked them why they choose to do this work, both reply among other things, “It’s important.” To page 3
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Cindy Morgan reacts to a surprise presentation at Dogwood Elementary School. Photo by Betsy Pickle
Dogwood kids show love for wildfire victim By Betsy Pickle Once a month, Cindy Morgan drives her Kona Ice truck from Sevier County to Dogwood Elementary School, where students with a good behavior record are allowed to purchase a treat. She and the kids have formed a special bond. When they heard that Morgan had lost her Gatlinburg home during the wildfires, they wanted to do something nice for her. The Dogwood Ambassadors, a group formed this fall to groom leaders and develop public-speaking skills, organized a drive called “Change for Cindy.
They collected change from students and in return gave them ribbons. They promoted the drive during morning announcements. They got parents to collect money at work and kids to break open their piggy banks. And before winter break started, they presented their collections – $1,300 – to “Miss Cindy.” Morgan was led, blindfolded, through the school to the gym, where students and teachers waited excitedly. Her reaction when the blindfold was removed was perfect: surprise, amazement and appreciation.
The crowd responded with enthusiastic cheers and applause. After she was presented with the money and some presents, including letters from the students, she headed out to her truck to get ready for customers. She said her surprise was genuine. “I was told to come here a little early,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wonder if they’re going to sing?’ Wow, I couldn’t have topped this!” Morgan said that while she was growing up, her family moved frequently for her military father’s assignments, but she’s lived in Gatlinburg for six years and Ten-
Linda Rust to run for City Council By Betsy Pickle Linda Rust has announced that she will seek the City Council seat that Nick Pavlis will leave in December. Rust, president of the South Haven Neighborhood Association and community development administrator for the city’s Community Development Department, said she met with Pavlis, whose Linda Rust second four-year term ends in December, to see what he thought about her running. “He was very excited about it,” said Rust.
She expects to have his support. Pavlis told the Shopper News last week that he does not intend to run to succeed Madeline Rogero as Knoxville mayor in 2019. The first district City Council seat represents South Knoxville and Fort Sanders. Rust said she had been waiting to see if anyone else expressed an interest before deciding whether to run, but no one has. The longtime South Haven resident said the future of South Knoxville and Fort Sanders is too important to be left to a candidate who isn’t familiar with and devoted to those areas and willing to facilitate conversation between various interests. Rust sees serving on City Council as “a nat-
ural extension of my community development work.” She has told her boss, Community Development director Becky Wade, that she plans to run for office. She will not have to leave her job “until,” she hopes, she wins the seat. “I’ve been with the city four years. It’s been wonderful working in Madeline’s administration and working under Becky.” She said she’s “very mindful” of keeping her campaign activities separate from her city duties. If she wins, Rust expects to seek part-time work so that she’ll have time for the responsibilities of a council member. “If you’re doing a good job and researching and being aware of the issues, that is a job,” she says.
Knoxville to state: Get us some money and leave us alone By Betty Bean Mostly, what legislators heard at their annual breakfast with city officials is that Knoxville wants the state to help pay for a new treatment facility and otherwise stay out of city business. Yes, they’d like the state to help foot the bill for a behavioral health urgent care center (formerly called the safety center). The sheriff and the police chief and the attorney general and the city and county mayors all want this facility, which they say will take the pressure off the Knox County Jail by removing mentally ill inmates and substance abusers from the jail population and placing them in a short-term treatment facility. But Mayor Madeline Rogero politely informed the local lawmakers that what she wants most from Nashville is for the state to
stay out of the city’s business. She doesn’t want any “deannexation” laws, and said the city of Knoxville has not attempted any involuntary annexations for more than a decade. “The prospect of allowing deannexation for properties that have been part of the city and receiving city services and investment for more than a decade raises complicated legal and financial questions that would likely take years to resolve” is how a handout summarizing the city’s legislative wish list put it. City officials would also like for the state not to attempt to regulate short-term rentals (like Airbnb), and refrain from interfering with the city’s ability to jumpstart redevelopment projects by using tax abatement tools like TIFs and PILOTs.
The majority of the lawmakers present pledged their support for the behavioral health urgent care facility, led by Sen. Becky Massey, who outlined a three-pronged plan to get it done, with her preferred option being for the governor to include it in his budget from the get-go. Plans B and C would be a “backup” bill she and Rep. Eddie Smith are sponsoring and, as a last resort, a budget amendment. The general sentiment was that chances are good that the state will support the facility, which is also strongly supported by county Mayor Tim Burchett this session. Rep. Bill Dunn said he’d like to hear more specifics. There was little pushback from the lawmakers until Rogero brought up diversity. “We consider diversity a strength,” she said, citing the dif-
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nessee for 11. Her son attends Pi Beta Phi Elementary School. “The PTA there is doing a lot for those families,” she said. Right now, she is living in a camper her parents fortuitously purchased last summer. “It’s actually all hooked up to utilities, and we have heat and everything, so it’s very cozy and nice.” She’s been driving for Kona Ice for about a year and a half, she said. Dogwood is the farthest school in her territory. “They’re very, very special kids,” Morgan said. “I love them.”
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ficulties North Carolina ran into after its Legislature passed a socalled bathroom bill. She said North Carolina’s losses were other localities’ gains, including Knoxville’s. “We got an event because of that … Please keep Tennessee opening and welcoming,” she said. This plea struck a nerve with Dunn, who said the North Carolina legislators were forced to act to counteract an ordinance passed by the city of Charlotte. He said he believes in “the diversity of the individual,” and cautioned against telling people how to run their businesses. Rep. Martin Daniel told Rogero that he hears complaints about the city disregarding property rights and being “ultraregulatory.” To page 3
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Fort Sanders Regional tech gets new perspective after aneurysm When interventional radiologist Keith Woodward, MD, repairs an aneurysm, Adam Hill stands beside the surgeon and hands him the instruments. But on a recent November afternoon, the 33-year-old manager of interventional radiological technicians at Fort Sanders Regional’s Comprehensive Stroke Center was in a different position. He was Dr. Woodward’s patient. An aneurysm in an artery in his brain had ruptured several hours earlier, causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage and giving Hill a 13day hospital stay with a close-up view of Fort Sanders Regional’s heralded stroke care. “Everybody kept coming into my room saying, ‘Adam, was treating patients not good enough for you – you wanted to see the other side of it, too?’” he said with a laugh. “But the more people said it, I realized that this is going to help me to relate to my patients more because I know what they’re going through. I know what pain they’re in and I know what they’re going to be facing. It’s not an easy row to hoe.” The night it happened Hill was “on call for strokes,” but when a call came around 3 a.m., the young father of two was battling what he described as “the worst headache I’ve ever had.” Although he recognized that as a symptom of an aneurysm, he thought he was “just being paranoid” and brushed the possibility aside. After all, headaches and nausea were not uncommon for him. Still, this one was bad enough that he had to beg off on the call, sending in his backup while he waited to see if the pain would ease. “When it started, it came on really fast, really strong,” said Hill, who also had the risk factors of hypertension and genetics. “I felt like my head was going to blow off my shoulders. It was awful.” Hours passed; the pain didn’t. When he saw that his balance was also “off,” Hill’s suspicions of a cerebral hemorrhage grew. Those suspicions were shared by emergency room physician Douglas Campbell, MD, after Hill and his wife, Melissa, arrived at the Fort Sanders Regional Emergency entrance around 11:15 a.m. Dr. Campbell quickly ordered a computed tomography angiogram (CTA), telling Hill, “If that comes back negative, we’ll do an LP (lumbar puncture or ‘spinal tap’) and go from there.” He knew that if it was an aneurysm, Dr. Woodward would likely be treating him. “I work with Dr. Woodward and I’ve seen him do some unbelievable stuff,” Hill said. “He’s helped patients who had no hope and he would bring them back. I knew what that man was capable of. He’s a good man, a good friend and a good doctor.
steel wool. Blood cells are caught and clot on this mesh, sealing off the aneurysm from the artery circulation. Just two months after his brain an“Dr. (Scott) Wegryn (a radioloeurysm, Adam Hill is back at work gist colleague of Dr. Woodward) helping to repair hemorrhages like was watching the procedure and the one he experienced. he said it was one of the best procedures he ever saw Dr. Woodward do,” said Hill. “He said it went smoothly – it was so perfect; Keith Woodward, MD, specializes there were no hiccups. He said in the prevention and treatment of Dr. Woodward got right up there, stroke, including brain aneurysms, at pulled it off, closed me up and sent Fort Sanders Regional. me off to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit.” A post-procedure checkup by occupational and physical therapists determined that Hill had not only survived his aneurysm rupture (50 percent of patients do not) but did so with no disabilities or deficits. Still, because younger patients are more susceptible to vasospasms, a dangerous after-effect of a rupture, he remained hospitalized at Fort Sanders Regional for 13 days as they kept close watch on him. “The care I received was beyond excellent,” he said. “It was the best care I’ve had in my life. It was amazing. I was treated like a king.” the aorta, up through the neck and As Hill recovered in the hospiinto the site of the aneurysm. The tal, he began to see his ordeal in a I trust him.” and ensuring the syringes used in guide wire is then removed and a new light. “I got to see the whole Just minutes after the scan con- the procedure do not contain air contrast dye injected via the cath- perspective of the patient, and eter to give clear radiographic im- that’s the best part,” he said. “We firmed a 4mm aneurysm on Hill’s bubbles.” only get to see the patient for the brain, Dr. Woodward was face to But if Dr. Woodward was shak- ages of the artery and aneurysm. A microcatheter is then slipped procedure, but we never see them face with his assistant-turned- en, it didn’t show as he performed patient. “I was shocked,” said Dr. an embolization using a technique into the larger catheter and used in the units, and once they leave … Woodward, who has performed known as endovascular coiling. to carry spring-shaped platinum there are a lot of things they have about 1,000 aneurysm repairs in The procedure accesses the femo- coils about twice the thickness of to go through to get out the door. 13 years of practice. “Normally, ral artery through a tiny incision a human hair into the aneurysm. A lot of things have to line up just Adam would be assisting me, in the groin. The radiologist uses a The coils are then “packed” into right. I got to see that part of the prepping and handing me the coils wire to guide the catheter through the sac, forming a mesh similar to picture.”
What are the symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm? The presence of a cerebral aneurysm may not be known until it ruptures. Most cerebral aneurysms have no symptoms and are small in size (less than 10 millimeters, or less than four-tenths of an inch, in diameter). Smaller aneurysms may have a lower risk of rupture. The symptoms of an unruptured cerebral aneurysm include the following: ■ Headaches (rare, if unruptured) ■ Eye pain ■ Vision changes ■ Diminished eye movement The first evidence of a cerebral aneurysm is most often a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), due to rupture of the aneurysm. This may cause symptoms such as: ■ Rapid onset of “worst headache of my life”
■ Stiff neck ■ Nausea and vomiting ■ Changes in mental status, such as drowsiness ■ Pain in specific areas, such as the eyes ■ Dilated pupils ■ Loss of consciousness ■ High blood pressure ■ Loss of balance or coordination ■ Sensitivity to light ■ Back or leg pain ■ Problems with certain functions of the eyes, nose, tongue, and/ or ears that are controlled by one or more of the 12 cranial nerves The symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
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Perry is outreach manager Mayor Madeline Rogero has h i r e d Knoxville native K e v i n P e r r y as community out re ach m a n a ge r Kevin Perry in the Community Relations Department. Perry graduated from Austin-East High School and earned a master’s degree in biblical studies and theology from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. In 2001, he and his wife, Natalia, founded Word of Life Ministries, and he has served as a chaplain for the Knoxville Police Department since 2010. “Kevin comes to the job with strong connections in the community and a deep passion for this work,” Rogero said in a
city-issued press release. “His experiences mentoring and ministering to young men and families will benefit our city.” Perry has served in the U.S. Air Force and on advisory boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Knox County Health Department and the FBI’s Tennessee State Advisory Committee for Civil Rights. Under the supervision of Community Relations senior director Dr. Avice Reid, Perry will comanage the Mayor’s Save Our Sons (SOS) initiative and implement the threeyear Tennessee Community Crime Reduction Program (TCCRP) grant with Tatia Harris. Harris joined the department as TCCRP grant manager and Title VI coordinator in October 2016, after three years as public affairs specialist in the Communications Department.
The Knox County Farm Bureau Women’s Group is bringing awareness of agriculture to Knoxville Center mall through window displays near the main entrance. Pictured are Kim Holden, Pam Stoutt, Vella Underwood and Mildred Thompson inside one of the display windows. “Agriculture affects everyone,” said Stoutt, “and we are serving as advocates.” Photos by Ruth White
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Camille Watson to lead healthy living workshops Camille Watson, holistic health coach, is offering two workshops in January at Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd. in Clinton. ■■“Cook’s Workshop: Warming Soups and Stews” class, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Watson will demonstrate how to prepare three healthy and wholesome soups. Participants will get to taste the
soups and will receive the recipes. ■■“Counting Sheep: A Primer on Sleep” Ijams Nature Center last week anclass, 11:45 a.m. or 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. nounced the hiring of Amber Parker as Class is 90 minutes and participants will executive director of the learn how putting good habits into practice 300-acre greenspace and will help with sleeping. wildlife refuge in South The cost of each workshop is $54. PreKnoxville. Parker will join registration and payment are required: the organization Feb. 20. 457-8237 or Camille@camillewatson.com Parker has more than 20 years of professional experience in the environmental education field, most reAmber Parker cently serving as executive director for Chincoteague From page 1 Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Virgin“If you want us to keep our ia, where she cultivated partnerships with hands off, only do that which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, NASA and other educational is minimally necessary.” Rogero said her adminis- institutions and conservation agencies. “Amber is going to make an outstandtration has streamlined a lot of processes in order to make ing leader for our organization,” said Kim Bumpas, board chair for Ijams, in a press the city business-friendly. Police Chief David Rausch, release. “Through our extensive interview who gave the final presenta- process, we found the perfect candidate.” Ijams Nature Center is an award-wintion, stayed with the “handsoff” theme, asking the legis- ning urban greenspace located less than lators not to decriminalize four miles from downtown Knoxville. The marijuana and not to interfere with civil asset forfeiture laws.
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Veteran lawmaker Harry Brooks huddles with rookie Rick Staples at meeting with city officials. Photo by Betty Bean
nonprofit organization ensures the preservation and maintenance of wildlife habitat, natural areas and facilities, as well as oversees and expands educational and recreational programming. Parker succeeds Paul James, who resigned in September 2016. Bo Townsend will continue to serve as interim director until Parker’s arrival in February. Townsend served as executive director for Ijams Nature Center for 10 years prior to leaving to become a minister in 1999. He returned Oct. 3, during the search for a new executive director. Parker also has experience in East Tennessee. She served as special programs coordinator and education director at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont from 2001-08. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from North Carolina State University in 1994, as well as a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona in 2007. In 2015, Ijams entered a multiyear regional partnership with Navitat, a treebased canopy zip line adventure.
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Beck – “The Place Where African American History Is Preserved” – is a great place to start. The Beck Genealogical Society is the genealogical and family history research community of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The group meets monthly, providing information and support on family history research. You are invited to come and discover your roots.
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4 • January 11, 2017 • South Knox Shopper news ■■ Nichols wins
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Dossie Nichols was surprised when her principal, Windy Clayton, her parents and art teacher entered her fourth-grade classroom at Beaumont Magnet Academy. She was a little shocked and at first thought she was in trouble. Little did Dossie know, but her art design was selected to be launched into space in late January. Knox County elementary schools took part in a design competition, the Mission 9 Patch Design contest. From the 98 student designs, a group of 600 high school students narrowed the competition down to the top eight patches, which were posted on the Knox County Schools website for community voting. Dossie received a framed print of her patch and will receive the patch after the launch into space.
Beaumont Magnet Academy art teacher Cheryl Burchett congratulates fourth-grade student Dossie Nichols for her winning space patch design. Photo by Ruth White
SCHOOL NOTES ■■ Fulton High School will host FAFSA Frenzy for students and parents, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, in the library. This is an opportunity to receive guidance and ask questions regarding the financial aid application.
A framed print of Dossie’s patch submission was presented to her as a keepsake.
News from Office of Register of Deeds
December caps off strong 2016 By Sherry Witt The final month of 2016 brought a nice ending to a very good year for local real estate and lending markets. In December, 1,020 property transfers were recorded in Knox County, slightly more than the November total. About $244 million worth of land was transferred last month, comSherry Witt pared to just under $287 million in December 2015. The total value of properties sold, however, increased nearly 13 percent between 2015 and 2016. Mortgage lending in December was ahead of the November pace, but below lev-
els of a year ago. Last month, approximately $352 million was loaned against real estate in Knox County, compared to $346 million in November. Lower rates produced nearly $433 million in mortgages and refinancing in December 2015. All in all, 2016 outperformed 2015 in virtually every statistical category. The total value of property sold for the year was just over $3.05 billion. By comparison, 2015 produced about $2.71 billion in real estate sales. Mortgage lending in Knox County saw about a $350 million increase during 2016 as well, to the tune of nearly $4.35 billion. On behalf of all of us at the Register of Deeds office, we hope you have a very happy and prosperous New Year!
KCT to present ‘Three Little Pigs’ The Knoxville Children’s Theater will present “Surprising Story of Three Little Pigs,” a live comic play, beginning Friday, Jan. 20 and running through Sunday, Feb. 5. This play, originally produced by Dallas Children’s Theatre, has been a smash hit across the United States. Three classic fairy tales, with three famous trios (the Little Pigs, the Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Bears) begin in their usual “once-upon-a-time” fashion, but things
change on the way to “happily ever after.” The pigs imagine life without a wolf, the goats can’t face another troll, and Papa Bear has had enough of Goldilocks. The trios join forces for a hilarious mashup of some of the world’s oldest tales. Show times will be 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets and info: 208-3677 or knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com. The Knoxville Children’s Theatre is at 109 E. Churchwell Ave.
BIZ NOTES ■■ Roger Ball and Dr. Carroll Rose have joined the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) board of trustees. Lynn Duncan, who served on the board in the early 2000s before joining the division of University Advancement, has rejoined the board following her retirement. ■■ Dr. William L. Harvey has joined Tennova’s medical staff and has opened his practice at Tennova Primary Care – Turkey Creek, 10820 Parkside Drive, Suite G100, on the campus of Turkey Creek Medical Center. Harvey specializes in caring for men, women and children ages 6 and older. Info: 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682).
Federal Credit Union. Price has been promoted to Director of Marketing. Curtis was promoted to Regional Branch Manager, overseeing branches in Sevierville, Roane County and Clinton. Shepherd was promoted to Regional Branch Skinner Smith Manager, overseeing the Eagleton and Alcoa branches com. The upgraded website in Blount County and the highlights the most soughttwo branches in Campbell out airport information, such County. Smith was promoted as flight status, new airport to Branch Manager for the Oak maps, a trip cost calculator Ridge Branch. and ground transportation, which includes ride sharing ■■ Candlewood Suites-Knoxopportunities. ville hotel recently received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2016 Quality Excellence Award, given to hotels achieving distinction in all aspects of their operations.
■■ Lisa Hood Skinner has been named Director of Development at Sertoma Center of Knoxville. She was 2014 president of the Sertoma Center board and has served since 2009 in various board positions and on the MyLife Foundation board.
■■ KUB customers who enroll in paperless billing by Feb. 28 may receive a $5 gift card to one of 25 participating retailers. To enroll, visit kub. org and register or log in to your account. Click on “Billing Options” and follow the instructions.
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■■ The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is adopting a new look and feel to its website, FlyKnoxville.
■■ KUB’s Project Help campaign, which provides emergency heating assistance to those in need, will run through Feb. 3 and offers four ways to donate: purchase a donation coupon when shopping at Food City; make a donation at any Knoxville area Home Federal Bank location; send a check to: Project Help, P.O. Box 59017, Knoxville, TN 37950; or check the donation box on your next KUB bill for a one-time donation or monthly pledge. Project Help of East Tennessee is a 501(c) (3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.
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A pygarg? These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, the hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois. (Deuteronomy 14:4-5 KJV) When I wander around the more obscure pages of the King James Bible, I Cross run into words I never saw Currents before! Lynn My love of words (and Pitts my fascination with words that are completely new to me) sometimes keep me holding a Bible in might have occurred to one hand and a dictionary me that chamois equals in the other. leather, and leather For example, a pygarg? equals animal, but someA what? how I didn’t think that far. My New Revised StanThis kind of informadard Version of the Bible tion (which is not terribly translates pygarg as ibex. useful, I admit) is just fun And my dictionary (Web- to know. I mean, think of ster’s Seventh New Colle- playing Scrabble and begiate) says that an ibex is ing able to put pygarg on a “wild goat living chiefly the board. You are bound in high mountain areas of to be challenged, but you the Old World and hav- will be right and your oping large recurved horns ponents will be bumfuztransversely ridged in zled. The dictionary will front.” be involved, I feel sure! Clears it right up, This leads me to wondoesn’t it? der how any of our words And besides that, who came into being, but if knew that a chamois was we re-read Genesis, we not just a very soft piece will discover that we can of leather that one uses blame it all on Adam. He to polish a car? I guess if is the guy God deputized I had thought about it, it to name the creatures!
Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church welcomes distinguished speaker for MLK Day By Carol Z. Shane The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission offers a series of events honoring the civil rights leader. “Our theme is ‘Honoring the Dream by Standing for Justice and Equality,’ which derives from the famous quote by Dr. King: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” says Clarence Vaughn, executive director of the Police Advisory and Review Committee and chair of the event. Of special note are an interfaith prayer service; a Leadership Awards Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Donald Casimere, founding member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement; the YWCA Race Against Racism; and the Night with the Arts Tribute concert, featuring the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the MLK Holiday Choir. Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day begins with the annual MLK Parade. Beginning at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Av-
enue, the route terminates at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church in Burlington, where a memorial tribute service featuring the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, pastor of New York City’s Abyssinian Baptist Church (ABC), one of the largest churches in Harlem, will take place. “I can’t think of a person more fitting to deliver the address,” says Dr. Maxine Davis, assistant vice chancellor for student life at UT and co-chair for the event. “Reverend Dr. Butts has been an activist for justice and civil rights in addition to being an esteemed educator.” Born in Connecticut, Butts graduated from Flushing High School, where he was president of the senior class. He earned his bachelor’s at Morehouse College in Atlanta, his master’s of divinity from NYC’s Union Theological Seminary and his doctorate of ministry from Drew University in Madison, N.J. Hired by ABC as an office assistant while still in graduate school, he worked his way up to head pastor
and in 1989 established the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a nonprofit community-based housing and commercial development organization which has renovated property for a homeless shelter, a senior apartment complex and moderate income housing. He hosts a weekly radio show, is president of the Council of Churches of New York and vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way. In 1999, he was appointed president of the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He was also instrumental in establishing the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, and is the visionary behind the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, which opened in September 2005. Butts also serves as chairman of the National Affiliate Development Initiative of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Vaughn says simply, “Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts is a human rights icon.” The memorial tribute
Dr. Calvin O. Butts, pastor of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, will speak at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Photo submitted
service, which will also posthumously honor the life of local civil rights activist Avon W. Rollins Sr., directly follows the parade at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16 at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. For a full list of MLK memorial activities, visit mlkknoxville.com.
Bob Grimac: Called to meet the needs around us Peace Corps, he lived for a year without electricity or adequate food in a jungle on the island of Pohnpei. What he learned was that most of the world lacks the comforts of Americans. “Things like cars and electricity are privileges and luxuries. I don’t like to rely on electricity and appliances because they could go away,” he said.
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Bob Grimac has been teaching skills and promoting social justice in Knoxville for nearly 40 years. Photo submitted ley Unitarian Universalist Church, each Sunday morning. He gives the proceeds to a Haitian fund at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. “We need to be aware of the needs all around us. People we see every day may be hungry,” he said. Grimac works as van driver with Family Promise, a nonprofit that coordinates short-term housing for homeless families. Additionally, using grant money and donations collected through his church, he periodically takes children and adults out for recreation — to Jump Jam, movies and low-cost events. “There’s a big need for recreation. We need a gym we can use. Many times, like during the holidays, there is nothing for them to do.”
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Bob Grimac takes human need personally. For nearly 40 years, Grimac has led local efforts to improve conditions – as an environmentalist, social justice advocate, helper to immigrants and refugees. And he teaches people things – folk dancing at Tremont Institute and Camp Wesley Woods, American Sign Language, Spanish, composting, performance and singing, among many others. “I like working for a more just world with equal opportunities for everyone,” said Grimac, recognizable in baseball cap and rolled sleeves. He walks and rides his bike wherever possible. Low-key with a quick sense of humor, Grimac turned a degree in elementary education, awarded by the University of Tennessee in 1976, into a distinctive career with a broad reach. In addition to a central job, he serves in a range of contract and volunteer roles that satisfy his interests (like music) and quietly meet acute needs. For example, he worries about the people of Haiti – “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where over half the people are illiterate and malnourished.” So, among other measures, he sells “Bread for Haiti” – bagels and fruit – at his church, the Tennessee Val-
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Adjustable aspect of recruiting
How to achieve ‘red to the roots’
Looking ahead instead of behind … The dead period in college football recruiting is ending. It was in place to protect coaches of bowl Like a football team that Nick Pavlis, Nick Della Vol- teams from being overtakgoes for a touchdown in the pe and George Wallace are en by coaches with time on not ideologues. While they waning minutes of a 50-12 their hands. game, rumbles have begun would probably be comfortThe turn of the calendar that the state’s legislaable wearing the label of means Tennessee can retive GOP supermajority is fiscal conservative, none of sume pursuit of young tallooking to take over the last them is cut from the same ent supposedly better than cloth as the county’s most frontiers left for them to what it has in the bank. conquer – city governments outspoken right-wingers. Butch Jones and associPavlis, who has served and school boards. ates assembled a strange four four-year stints on the preliminary list of threecouncil, refused to knuckle star commitments while under to NRA activists who looking all around for more Betty flooded the audience to pro- famous names. This is the Bean test the city’s opposition to controversial shotgun ap“guns in parks” legislation. proach to recruiting, based Della Volpe is a strong on bountiful travel budgets How? By making those neighborhood advocate. – go here and there and look elections partisan. And that Wallace, who has inherat everybody, extend scholwould be a mistake. (Let’s ited wealth and runs a pros- arship offers to 300 possisave the school boards disperous real estate business, bilities and hope to hit a top cussion for another day.) has surprised his skeptics 25 as permitted by NCAA The state’s four largest with his moderate views restrictions. cities (Nashville, Memphis, and willingness to listen. Each time the collection Knoxville and Chattanooga) Brenda Palmer, Daniel appears complete, a better all have Democratic mayors Brown, Duane Grieve and possibility suddenly develand generally vote that way Finbarr Saunders are all ops an interest in Tennesin national elections. Democrats, although (and see. To create space, one Naturally, this cannot be I’m going out on a limb of the early commitments tolerated by a GOP estabhere) they probably weren’t mysteriously goes away. lishment that controls the among the crowd that was Hard to tell if 18-year-olds governor’s office, walkout feeling the Bern last fall. read tea leaves precisely majorities in both houses of They’re business-friend- or coaches suggest looking the General Assembly, both ly, mindful of neighborhood U.S. Senate seats, seven interests and moderate in of nine Congressional disapproach. tricts and county commisMarshall Stair, the son of sions from Pickett to Polk a prominent West Knoxville counties. family, fits the profile of a But pulling off such a Republican. He hasn’t said Former GOP state chair coup could be harder to do much about party affiliaRyan Haynes will become than to talk about if Knoxtion, but did confirm (to head of the Wine and Spirville – probably the most this reporter) that he is a its Wholesalers and will Republican of Big Four citDemocrat. Stair is also a fis- not be a candidate for loies – is any example. cal conservative who looks cal office in Knox County Knoxville Mayor Madout for neighborhoods. anytime soon or ever if this eline Rogero is a lifelong Mark Campen likes bebecomes his career path. Democrat who enjoys ing independent. As such he will replace the strong support from her “We’re just trying to fabled Col. Tom Hensley of nine-member city council, make Knoxville better. To Jackson, known for years whose members are elected make it more partisan like among legislators as “the on a non-partisan basis. the county is, it will just Golden Goose.” Hensley In her first run for office, create factions.” also worked closely with the she handily beat all comers Wallace, who was presMiss Tennessee pageant in in the primary, including ent at the city’s breakfast Jackson. a well-known Republican meeting for the Knox Hensley had been a fixformer officeholder and a County legislative delegature in the Legislature for Democrat who was suption, noted some tension over 50 years. Whether this ported by Republicans in among conservative turns out to be a 30-year job the runoff. legislators when Rogero for Haynes or not remains This year’s Knoxville asked them to stay out of to be seen, but compensacity council elections may Knoxville diversity issues. tion (while not public) is prove to be a better testing He said he wishes that were very comfortable and is in ground for GOP ambitions. not the case. the six-digit range. Haynes But it’s probably not going “There’s trepidation on a served as state representato be easy, and even if some lot of these issues, but we’re tive from Farragut for five Republicans get elected, in the trenches here, and years and will maintain a they are unlikely to be the our issues are not partisan.” residence in both Knoxville red meat, Trump-supportIf the Legislature tries and Nashville. He has a law ing kind. to make city elections pardegree. Take the sitting council, tisan, expect vigorous local ■■ The big news in for example: Republicans opposition. Knoxville’s legal community is that prominent, highly regarded attorney L. Caesar Stair III, 72, father of City Council member MarAndrea Kline, an Elder Abuse Unit prosecutor with shall Stair, has retired as a the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, will speak partner of Bernstein Stair to the Halls Republican Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. and McAdams law firm 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Halls/Powell, 1819 Dry and is now of counsel. This Gap Pike. Come early for refreshments. means his law practice has Since its inception in October 2014, the DA’s Elder been sharply curtailed and Abuse Unit has reviewed over 1,600 cases with nearly he no longer is a partner in 900 referrals made during last year alone. It is the first the firm. unit of its kind in the state of Tennessee. Stair’s retirement folThe club will elect 2017 officers. lows well-respected atto-
around for more favorable playing opportunities. Prep players, relatives, girlfriends and high school coaches are often befuddled or offended by the shuffle. They have told all their friends about the scholarship at Tennessee. Even worse than the embarrassment, they are sometimes left to learn of changing plans through osmosis. One father said coaches never said anything. They simply stopped calling his son. He took that as a clue. Recruiting travels a twoway street. Future stars, apparently dedicated and all locked in, may succumb to rival lures and simply walk away, leaving terrible voids and fever blisters. Recruiting is a cruel and often heartless sport. Promises don’t count until signed in blood and legally notarized – or the young man enrolls in school.
Securing that December commitment from Trey Smith, best offensive lineman in the state and maybe America, did not eliminate all alarm among experienced recruiting followers. It appears there are holes in the fence that Butch built around his turf. Clemson is causing consternation. Texas A&M has invaded. Alabama is a constant threat. LSU and Oklahoma think they have one each of ours. Others are circling like hawks, looking for a free lunch. In times past, Tennessee recruiters went elsewhere due to the perceived shortage of talent in our state. Now the shoe is on the other foot. In some cases, there are disagreements about how good is a certain prep player and how much does it matter which college he chooses. There is no disagreement about wide receiver Tee Higgins of Oak Ridge. The Vols know he is good. Clemson has him. There are whispers about academic shortages. The Tigers haven’t noticed. Amari Rodgers of Knoxville Catholic, son of exVol Tee Martin, never has shown deep interest in Ten-
nessee. Clemson wins again. Clemson success is relevant. Are there secret recruiting weapons? Dan Brooks is no secret. He is associate head coach. He was a key man with Phillip Fulmer for 15 years. Marion Hobby is a sharp Tiger who played at Tennessee. Both know which interstate exits to take and a lot of people who live nearby. John Chavis, once a gritty Volunteer, longtime defensive coach for Fulmer, crosses state lines while wearing a Texas A&M shirt. He signed two from Tennessee last winter that UT didn’t make much fuss about. He is back, trying to take someone Tennessee wants. Maybe you’ve read and fretted about de-commitments. They make headlines but should be evaluated carefully. Ten who said they would be Volunteers have since said so long and are going elsewhere. Sometimes that means better prospects have appeared. If more emerge, others will clear out. It is the law of the recruiting jungle. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is email@example.com
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Halls GOP sets program on elder abuse
ney Bernard Bernstein, who retired several years ago from the same firm, located in West Knoxville’s Bearden on Agnes Street. Stair will maintain an office there. His specialty has been divorces, and virtually every affluent individual (and some not so affluent) in Knoxville who had marital issues sought him out to be their attorney or, in the alternative, hoped the other spouse did not retain his services. He was that good. His older son, Caesar Stair IV, continues working at the firm. He was superb in maintaining confidentiality with well-known clients who were often a who’s who in Knoxville and often getting positive results for his clients. His civic leadership over the years in the arts has been outstanding and tireless, heading up both the Knoxville Museum of Art and Knoxville Opera at different times. He has been an advocate along with his wife, Dorothy, of historic preservation. Their home, Hilltop Farm, on Lyons View
Pike celebrated its 100th birthday and has one of the most spectacular views in Knoxville of both the Tennessee River and the mountains. The home was originally acquired by his parents. It has been the site of major fundraising events for charities in Knoxville. Govs. Ned McWherter, Lamar Alexander and Bill Haslam have all been guests there, as well as George W. Bush before he became president. Stair was a strong advocate and proponent in the early 1990s of the creation of Lakeshore Park. He was a major player, along with Tom McAdams, in placing it on the city agenda. He even went to Nashville to lobby then-Gov. McWherter on the project. He is a 1962 graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn., and a 1966 graduate of Yale University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as an officer. ■■ Beth Harwell was re-elected House speaker last week after a closer than anticipated vote among Republicans of 40 to 30 over Loudon County’s popular state Rep. Jimmy Matlock. It will be interesting to see how she appoints members to committees and whether she attempts to punish those who opposed her. With a secret ballot, it is not possible for her to know the
identity of all who opposed her or pledged their support to both candidates. However, the smartest move she might make is to announce all 74 GOP members are on the same team and she would not sideline any member who opposed her in committee appointments. That would shock her rivals who expect retribution and go a long way toward healing the divisions which exist. It would help her if she seeks another term as speaker in 2018 or runs for governor that year. ■■ Mayor Madeline Rogero a week ago on Jan. 4 opened her annual legislative breakfast to the public. Last year she tried to close it, got criticized and learned from the criticism by not repeating it this year. She deserves a compliment for transparency on this, in contrast to UT President Joe DiPietro, who misled the media as to the purpose of his legislative breakfast as he closed the meeting to the public. Rogero included the whole city council and several city directors, such as David Brace. Rogero often learns from her errors and does not repeat them. ■■ U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan made the front page of the Jan. 4 issue of USA Today when he was sworn into office for his 15th term.
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