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By Reneé Kesler Sports play a pivotal role throughout all of history, including African American history. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center, “the place where African American history and culture are Joe Fishback preserved,” has in its archives a plethora of sports icons Knoxville has produced. World heavyweight boxing champion “Big John” Tate, professional basketball player and NBA coach Elston Turner, general manager of the Oakland Raiders and former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie, college scout and former NFL guard Raleigh McKenzie, and former NFL running back LeRoy Thompson are just a few of the sports figures who have called Knoxville home. Yet indisputably, my personal all-time favorite athlete was a member of the state championship football team and graduate of Austin East High School Class of 1986, my brother, Joe Fishback. Fishback was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 after completing a highly decorated National Football League career. During his professional career, he excelled with the Atlanta Falcons and was a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXVIII team. Prior to his NFL career, Fishback was a collegiate athlete at Carson-Newman University under the leadership of coach Ken Sparks. The accomplishments that Fishback, a fouryear starter, achieved while at Carson-Newman under Sparks include NAIA All-American who participated in four consecutive national championship contests 1986-1989, bringing the title home in ’86, ’88 and ’89. In 1989, he was runner-up for the NAIA National Player of the Year award, was named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was recipient of the title Carson Newman Male Athlete of the Year, and in 2013, was inducted into Carson-Newman’s Athletic Hall of Fame. While Fishback played with some of the greatest names in NFL history, he has also had the opportunity to be coached by the best. Positively, Coach Sparks, along with other outstanding coaches, have had a profound influence on his life and career. To page A-3

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Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Troop and Pack 255, which meet at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church, take a break from picking up trash along Cottrell Street.

By Betsy Pickle It was a long, grueling morning, but everyone was happy at the end of Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s SoKno Cleanup.

More than 300 volunteers KKB executive director Paturned out Saturday, March 25, tience Melnik was grateful for the for an epic effort coordinated by show of support. KKB. South Knoxville has been “We are overwhelmed by the KKB’s focus since early 2016. number of people that showed up,”

said Melnik soon after volunteers started signing in at Sam Duff Memorial Park. “We closed it (registration) at 300. To page A-3

‘Placemaking’ comes to Knox County By Shannon Carey Placemaking is when unused public spaces are transformed by ordinary citizens to improve the community’s health, happiness and well-being. And it’s happening all over Knox County. Look no further than the volunteer hours provided by members of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to build and improve trails in the Urban Wilderness and at Concord Park. In Powell, the community cleared land

adjacent to Powell High School to install a 9-hole disc golf course. And last August, MPC hired Ben Epperson as healthy communities project manager. According to the MPC website, people-centered, community-driven placemaking projects are lighter, quicker and cheaper. Placemaking improves the look and function of public space. Streets, sidewalks, parks and schools are all areas that can be repurposed when there is a need or desire to do so, according to the website.

Epperson is leading efforts to enhance public space at schools and parks. Mascot wanted a water fountain in its park with basketball goals, horseshoe pits and a volleyball net. Inskip wanted to make trails and paint the street to calm traffic near the school. Vestal wanted a natural playscape and community gateway. South Knoxville Elementary wanted a tiny skate park. Epperson said: “By making progress on small projects like these, communities will gain momentum for tackling larger goals.”

‘They walked down the aisle singing’ The Blue family’s early Knoxville days remembered

By Betty Bean A couple of days before Chris Blue headed out to Los Angeles to take the next step toward his future, he stopped by Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church to say thank you. Nobody was there, but he stood in front of the church and posted a video to Facebook with the following message: “Earlier today I had the privilege of going to where it all started when me and my family moved to Tennessee!! You’ll hear me say it till I can’t say it no more!!.... Thank you ALL SO much for all of your prayers Love and support!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! I love you!!!” Diane Jordan, whose husband, John W. Jordan, is pastor at Peace and Goodwill, remembers the first time she saw Chris and his family. Her brother Kevin had been raving about some talented kids. The eldest boy, PJ, went to Bearden High School with Kevin’s son. The family was new to Knoxville, and Kevin wanted the Jordans to invite them to sing at Peace and Goodwill. The next Sunday, the Blue Brothers walked into the church

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Chris Blue is the crowd favorite on NBC’s “The Voice.” “It was a faith move,” she said. “God had been speaking to me, and I knew that with God on my side, I could make it.” She researched different cities and narrowed her choices to Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, but wasn’t certain where she was supposed to go until she encountered a prophet at a church conference in Dublin, Ga. “There was a man of God, ministering prophetically, and he called me out. He didn’t know my situation, but I’d asked God before I went to the conference – ‘School is about

to start. Where would you have us to go? Which city? And when?’ “The Prophet said, ‘I see you and your children moving to the state of Tennessee.’ I said, ‘OK, but which city? I need to be sure.’ The man of God said, ‘I see you and your family established in the city of Knoxville.’ But he didn’t say when.” After the Sunday service, he told her she’d be leaving within a few days. By Wednesday, the Blues had their U-Haul and everything they needed for the journey. PJ, whose given name is Earnest, was a surrogate father to his younger siblings (his email handle is IMFirstof7). Today, he is an assistant minister at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. His deep, resonant voice gives him away as the basso profundo in the family choir. Next is Julius – nicknamed Maestro (he plays multiple instruments, has earned a degree in music from the University of Tennessee and is minister of music at Peace and Goodwill). Michael (Mookie) plays semi-professional To page A-3


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and into the Jordans’ hearts. “They were like the Jackson Five, but they were singing gospel. Chris, the baby, was Michael. He was only 10 years old and he was this big,” she said, measuring out about 4 feet from the floor. “We immediately adopted them as our godchildren – those five boys and the two girls, too.” From then until now, Diane Jordan has relentlessly promoted the Blue Brothers. Chris would preach his first sermon at Peace and Goodwill when he was 12. He was ordained at 13. “The whole Peace and Goodwill family embraced us with so much love,” PJ Blue said. Today, Chris is 26, and poised on the brink of stardom. He’s the crowd favorite on NBC’s popular talent show “The Voice,” and after his first appearance, celebrity judge Blake Shelton predicted he’d win it all. The Blue family moved here from Florida in August 2000, after their mother, Janice, made a prayerful decision to make a new life in a new place.

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Clinical trials participant hopes to help future cancer patients During a breast self-exam, Wanda Blackburn detected a lump. She wasn’t shocked or afraid, her heart didn’t skip a beat and she didn’t cry. There was no strong family history of breast cancer and Blackburn felt OK. She went on about her life without giving it much thought until she realized that the lump was growing. “I knew something was wrong,” Blackburn says. After a mammogram confirmed that the lump had grown to five centimeters in size, Blackburn called her doctor. When asked where she would like to go for follow-up, Blackburn remembered that a family member had recently received excellent treatment at Thompson Cancer Survival Center. At Thompson, leading cancer specialists use the most advanced technolo-

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By participating in clinical trials at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Wanda Blackburn not only treated her illness, but helped others by contributing to the future of cancer care.

team at Thompson Cancer Survival Center for their professional and compassionate care. She wants to use her story to help other women. “If I hadn’t waited as long as I did, the lump in my breast wouldn’t have gotten as big as it did, and it wouldn’t have gotten into my lymph nodes,” Blackburn says. “If you find a lump in your breast, definitely go and get it checked out.”

Clinical Trials: Research for the future of cancer treatment At Thompson Cancer Survival Center, oncologists and the clinical trials department work together to find suitable trials that could benefit patients here in East Tennessee. Clinical trials manager Jennifer England says patients are sometimes recommended by doctors and sometimes selected from research of medical files. “We then meet with eligible patients to discuss the trial,” England says. “This often takes place in the exam room on the day of an appointment with the doctor, but sometimes we will call them at home and schedule them to come and meet with us.” Patients are given ample information about the process, and an opportunity to ask questions. “A very important aspect of this meeting is reiterating that participation is completely voluntary,” England says. “We describe what will be required

of them, and if we know what the possible treatment is, we will discuss side effects.” When the patient decides to participate, the clinical trials nurse and the doctor have to perform an assessment within a month to verify eligibility. The process may include blood work, heart tests, and various medical scans. While the patient is undergoing treatment, a nurse coordinates all appointments, including any required blood work, follow-up scans and doctor visits. The coordinating nurse attends every appointment with the patient, and asks a series of questions about physical and mental well-being to help determine whether the medication has more, fewer or the same side effects as traditional treatment. Sometimes patients are asked to fill out questionnaires about their day-to-day lives and how they are feel-

ing, and those questionnaires are submitted to the study. The process is clinical and scientific, but it’s also personal. “Sometimes we may see a patient once or twice a month for years,” England says. “One of the best parts about clinical trials nursing is the bond we form with our patients and being able to offer them the service of their very own nurse, who is only a phone call away during their cancer treatment.” Whether a patient gets the trial treatment or the standard treatment, participation in these clinical trials helps bring a complete cure for cancer a little closer to reality. “Participating in a clinical trial can not only provide access to cutting edge cancer therapies, it also directly impacts the future of cancer care,” England says. To learn more about clinical trials at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, visit

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samples, which allow them to learn more about cancer,” she explains. England says clinical trial participants help Receiving the diagnosis researchers learn An ultrasound and subsequent biopsy “what genetic prerevealed a malignancy. Blackburn remem- dispositions peobers being frightened when she first heard ple may have to the results of her pathology report. Out of developing can17 lymph nodes taken, nine tested positive cer, what characteristics make for cancer. Thompson Cancer Survival Center uses treatments work a multidisciplinary approach to treatment for some patients and patient care, so Blackburn was able to and not others, speak with all the medical professionals and what kinds who would be directly involved in her case. of new targets we This helped set her mind at ease, and with can find in a tumor their input and guidance, Blackburn decid- to be able to develop new drugs to fight ed to have a double mastectomy. “I didn’t want to have to worry about it against cancer.” coming back,” Blackburn explains. “Every time I did a breast exam I would be freak- Treatment and ing out – every little thing I felt would scare testing me to death. I didn’t want to go through that While Blackburn wasn’t seagain.” lected to test a new drug, she was Before her surgery, Blackburn was approached about the possibility of taking part given the option of continuing in the in a clinical trial. It was an opportunity she clinical trial program. She was studied as she took two chemotherapy doses and two didn’t want to pass up. Thompson Cancer Survival Center was antibodies once every three weeks for a tothe first to bring cancer clinical trials to East tal of six treatments. Then surgery was perTennessee more than 25 years ago. Clinical formed at Fort Sanders Regional Medical trials are research studies designed to find Center. “I had a great surgeon who took the time better ways to treat different types of cancer. Thompson participates in trials of new to answer all my questions,” Blackburn medicines and treatments that may become says. “No matter how long I sat there and asked him, he would answer me.” the standard for cancer care in the future. Her treatment concluded with radiation “They gave me all the paperwork, I studied it over, and I decided I wanted to do it,” therapy. Blackburn was happy to be part of the study group using these traditional Blackburn says. Jennifer England, clinical trials manager, treatment methods. “I thought it might says Thompson’s program is valuable and help someone else later,” she says. Blackparticipants like Blackburn have a chance to burn is cancer free and is back at work and doing well. She praises her husband and change the future of cancer treatment. “Participating in a clinical trial gives re- daughter, who supported her through the searchers access to tumor tissue and blood process, and she is grateful to the medical gies to achieve breakthrough successes in treating many types of cancer. “They asked me where I wanted to go,” Blackburn says, “and I just said ‘Thompson.’”

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KKB, friends

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“We tried to be as prepared as possible, and it’s still chaotic.” SoKno organizations were joined by groups and individuals from throughout the county for the cleanup, which covered major roads like Chapman Highway, Moody Avenue, Young High Pike and Tipton Station Road as well as neighborhood streets. Several groups from the University of Tennessee, including the Wilderness Medical Society and Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, pitched in, as did members of the Young Professionals of Knoxville networking group and Knoxville Ultimate Frisbee. KKB provided gloves, trash bags and pickers, and the volunteers went to work. Perhaps the toughest job was in a wooded ravine on Crescent Avenue, off Davenport Road, where dozens of tires have been dumped over a long period. Jacki Arthur and Scott Murrin, who live nearby, recently purchased the property with the express intent of cleaning it up and restoring it to a natural state. Bob Riehl of Borderland Tees coordinated with Steps House on Sevier Avenue to recruit volunteers for the cleanup. Working on a steep, slippery slope, the men used grappling hooks and their own strength to wrestle the tires up to the street. They collected 61 tires. More are still embedded in the woods, and Arthur and Murrin plan to tackle them at a later date. Illegally dumped tires were collected at other sites, too, along with a number of odd items. Lindbergh Forest residents found an abandoned pair of khakis playing host to an ant colony. “There were literally ants in the pants,” said Ben Ream. Volunteers were rewarded with box lunches and T-shirts provided by Smoke-Free Knoxville. Melnik said there will be smaller SoKno cleanups before KKB shifts focus to East Knoxville in July. Next up is a trash run April 29 starting from SoKno Taco.

Brandon Widener, Scott Murrin and Mark Jackson lug tires out of a ravine on Crescent Avenue. Sixty-plus tires were hauled away. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Colonial Village volunteers Tim Dinwiddie, left, and Arturo and Sarah Cano, with Belleza and AJ Cano in back, relax at Sam Duff Park after a hard morning of picking up litter.

Blue family basketball. Johnathan plays drums at Eternal Life Fellowship Church. Ashley is a police officer at the University of Tennessee and is taking college classes in her field. Strawberry is married and raising children. Chris is a worship leader at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Janice divides her time between Florida and Knoxville, where she has grandchildren and her pick of places to stay. They remain close to the Jordans, who introduced them to other churches and relentlessly spread the word when they were getting started. Diane, a former Knox County commissioner

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COMMUNITY NOTES ■■ Second Saturday Marketplace events, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tea & Treasures, 4104 W. Martin Mill Pike. Outdoor vendor booths include arts & crafts, antiques, plants, books, food and more. Old time pickin’ & grinnin’ begins 1 p.m. ■■ South Knox Republican Club. Info: Kevin Teeters, kevinteeters018@gmail. com.

hood Association. Info: Molly Gilbert, 865-209-1820 or mollygilbert@yahoo. com. ■■ Lindbergh Forest Neighborhood Association. Info: Kelley DeLuca, 865660-4728, kelleydeluca@ ■■ Old Sevier Community Group. Info: Gary E. Deitsch, 865-573-7355 or garyedeitsch@bellsouth. net.

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■■ South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association. Info: Shelley Conklin, 865686-6789.

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I shall never forget the day my mother dropped off “Joey” as we affectionately call him, at Carson-Newman. That day, in addition to reminding her son of his responsibility to uphold the values and principles that she had instilled throughout his life, she also had a motherly chat with the coach. In so many words, my mother expressed to Coach Sparks that she was entrusting her baby to his care. She was holding him responsible for her pride and joy.

Today it gives me great pleasure to report that Coach Sparks did more than care for her baby, he propelled him to become a successful man on the gridiron and in life. This past Wednesday, Coach Ken Sparks died after a courageous battle with cancer. A mighty man of God and a remarkable icon bid farewell to this life. No doubt, he will be sorely missed. Yet, I am truly grateful that because of who he was to so many, my family included, the Sparks of life continue. “Thank you, Coach Sparks, well done, well done.”


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and an East Knoxville political powerhouse, remembers only one slight bump in the road. It makes her laugh. “Kevin told me PJ could really sing. I said, ‘Great!’ and PJ said, ‘If you can afford us.’ If you can afford us – that little smart alec boy stood there and said that to me!” She and PJ share a belly laugh. PJ remembers himself as a kid trying to get the hang of the business side of music, but concedes that he could have been more tactful. “I didn’t realize I was standing in front of the Queen of Knoxville, or I might have reworded it.”

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Angela Floyd & Friends present …

Cash For Classrooms Powell Elementary special ed teacher Judy Barnes and Angela Floyd show some of the fidgets purchased to help relieve stress for students. Photos by Ruth White

Angela Floyd and Beaumont Magnet Academy kindergarten teacher Kasey Powers explore MegaBlocks and other items to help “bring fun back to kindergarten.”

Belle Morris pre-K teacher Lauren Hmielewski and Angela Floyd show just a few of the dress-up sets to be used in the classroom to help promote understanding of careers with students.

Sam E. Hill preschool teacher Paula Holland and Angela Floyd sit inside the reading area of Holland’s classroom. Holland purchased basic art supplies to help promote creativity in her students.

Angela Floyd and New Hopewell teacher Donna Sanford try out the InStride fitness cycles purchased to help students who struggle to stay focused in special areas.

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■■ Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont: Nature exploration, science and wilderness backpacking (ages 9-17). Firefly Camp – parent and child overnight (ages 4-9). Food and lodging included. Visit or call 865-448-6709 for more info. ■■ Day camps, Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Drive. Milton Collins Day camp for K-sixth-graders; Teen Adventure Program for seventh-ninthgraders; Counselor-in-Training Program for 10th-graders and older; AJCC Preschool Summer Programming for ages 2-pre-K. Info/registration: or 690-6343 ■■ Knoxville Museum of Art Summer Art Academy, five-day camps for ages 3-12, 9

a.m.-12 p.m. beginning June 5 through July 28; Teen Art Club (ages 13-up), 1-4 p.m. June 26-30 (ceramics) and July 12-16 (tricks of painting). Special opportunities 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: STEAM Workshop (ages 5-8), June 1329; Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (ages 9-12), June 13-29; Afternoon Clay Adventures (ages 5-8 and 9-12), July 11-27. Info/registration: 865-525-6101 ext. 241 or Details with class descriptions at ■■ Sports Medicine Workshop by Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, for high school students, Hardin Valley Academy, June 13-14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $90. Info/ registration: or 865-6802640

■■ Fellowship of Christian Athletes, team and individual leadership camps in multiple sports (boys and girls basketball, cheer, golf, middle school football), leadership. Info/registration: www. or call 865-5246076.

■■ Kids U, University of Tennessee, for grades 3-12. Choose from more than 100 camps on the UT campus in June and July. Please register early. Camp sizes limited and fill up early. Info/register: www. or 865-974-0150. ■■ Summer Technology Camps, MondayFriday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 10-17. Two locations: Pellissippi State Community College Blount Campus, beginning June 12 or June 19, and Hardin Valley Campus,

beginning June 26 or July 10. Info/ registration: or 423-414-3987 ■■ Culinary Basics Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 5-9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Basic skills that every aspiring young chef needs to be successful in the kitchen! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N.Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370 ■■ Breakfast Cookery Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 12-16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $299. Learn how to make the perfect breakfast! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370

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Summer Fun Time ■■ Baking and Pastry Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 19-23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. An incredible weeklong journey into the baking and pastry arts! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/ registration: or 865335-9370 ■■ The Artful Chef Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, June 26-30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Making food look beautiful is a skill every cook should have! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: or 865-335-9370 ■■ International Cooking Kids Summer Camp, ages 7-15, July 10-14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $299. Get ready for an amazing culinary travel adventure! The Cutting Edge Classroom, 817 N. Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37932 Info/registration: www. or 865-335-9370

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■■ Fairy Tale Ballet and Art Camp, June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Age 6 to 12. Tuition $175. Play movement games, take ballet class, and learn choreography. Make props and paint backdrop in art class. No dance experience necessary. Snacks, art and craft supplies included in tuition. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. ■■ Broadway Bound! Musical Theatre Day Camp, June 26-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Age 8 to 15. Tuition $200. No dance experience necessary. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Guest Artist Intensive, for intermediate and advanced level dancers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $250 per session, $450 if 2 sessions. Session I June 12-16 and Session 2 June 19-23. Guest Artist Josiah Savage from Georgia Ballet will be teaching classical ballet, variations and pointe. Erin Fitzgerald Peterson, professional contemporary dancer from Denver, will be teaching contemporary ballet, modern and improv. Additional instruction in dancer conditioning, yoga, pilates and Feldenkrais will be explored. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-5392475. 


Summer Art Academy The KMA’s Summer Art Academy offers quality educational opportunities through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. June 5-9 Line and Color • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Studio Explorers Ages 5-6 First Impressions Ages 7-9 Creative Expression Ages 10-12 Drawing & Painting

July 17-21 Meet the Masters • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Jackson Pollock Ages 5-6 Henri Matisse Ages 7-9 Wassily Kandinsky Ages 10-12 Alexander Calder

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July 24-28 Young Authors and Illustrators • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Words and Pictures Ages 5-9 Teller of Tales Ages 7-9 Comic Books Ages 10-12 Creative Writing

Wild Things • 9am-12pm Exploring the Wild Amazing Creature Creations Mixed-Media Monsters Artful Animals

June 19-23 Learning from Beauford Delaney • 9am-12pm Ages 3-4 Let’s Paint Ages 5-6 Express Yourself Ages 7-9 Blank Canvas Ages 10-12 Learning through the Artist Eyes June 26-30 Ages 3-4 Ages 5-6 Ages 7-9 Ages 10-12 July 10-14 Ages 3-4 Ages 5-6 Ages 7-9

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Our award-winning Kids U summer camps are exclusive opportunities for area youth in grades 3-12. Choose from more than 100 camps on the UT campus in June and July. Please register early. Camp sizes are limited and often fill up quickly.

Special Opportunities in the Afternoon (3 week classes): $200 KMA members / $225 non-members Classes and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 865.525.6101 ext. 241 or e-mail Detailed schedule with class descriptions at

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Fun in the Sun

■■ Young Dancers Intensive, for experienced dancers ages 10 to 14. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $200 per session, $375 if 2 sessions. Session I: June 12-16 and Session 2 June 19-23. Explore the different styles of dance. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.

■■ Dance Camp for age 5 and 6. Ballet and creative movement. No experience necessary. July 3-20, Monday and Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. $90/3 weeks or $40 per week. Each week is a separate session. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Dance Camp for age 7, 8 and 9. Level I. Ballet/modern and creative movement. July 3-20. No experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Each week is a separate session. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475 ■■ Dance Camp for age 8 to 12. Ballet/ modern and musical theatre July 3-20. Dance experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 5-7:15 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Dancers may take one, two or all three sessions. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Beginning Ballet and Jazz age 11 and up, no dance experience necessary. Monday and Thursday 7:15-9:15 p.m. Tuition $150/3 weeks or $60 per week. Learn Ballet, jazz and hip-hop fundamentals. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.  ■■ Rising Level IV/V, experienced dancers only. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 3-21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuition $275/3 weeks; $110/week or $50 per day. Work on improving your ballet technique. Take pre-pointe/pointe class and learn jazz, modern dance and musical theatre as well. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. 

■■ Intermediate I, II and Advanced, experienced dancers only. Monday, Wednesday, Friday July 3-21, 9 a.m.1:15 p.m. Tuition $300/3 weeks, $125/ week or $50 per day. Take class in Ballet, pointe variations, modern, jazz and contemporary. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475.

■■ Adult ballet Fit. Come dance this summer. Class 9-10:15 a.m. on Fridays in June and July. $15 per class. Studio Arts for Dancers, 1234 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 865-539-2475. ■■ Camp Webb Basketball/Soccer Camp July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-6 www. ■■ Camp Webb Boys Lacrosse Camp Fundamentals June 26-30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 5-8 ■■ Camp Webb Boys Advanced Position Lacrosse Camp July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 7-10 ■■ Camp Webb Boys Junior Soccer Camp June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 1-5 www. ■■ Camp Webb Elliott Stroupe Basketball School July 24-28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 4-7 ■■ Camp Webb Football/Basketball Camp July 10-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 4-8 www. ■■ Camp Webb Girls Soccer Camp June 19-23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering kindergarten-5th grade ■■ Camp Webb Grand Slam Dunk Baseball/Basketball Camp June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 3-8 ■■ Camp Webb Meske Football Camp  June 19-23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 1-5 www.campwebb. com

■■ Camp Webb Spartan Spirit Cheer and Dance July 10-14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering grades 3-6 www. ■■ Camp Webb Sports Variety Camp 13 Spaces Available. June 5-9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-5 ■■ Camp Webb Tennis Camp Session I: June 5-9; Session II: June 12-16; Session III: June 19-23; Session IV: June 26-30; Session V: July 10-14; Session VI: July 17-21; Session VII: July 24-28; Session VIII: July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 1-7 ■■ Camp Webb Volleyball Camp July 24-28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Girls entering grades 5-8 www. ■■ Webb Basketball Camp July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Boys entering grades 6-8

■■ Camp Webb Wild World of Sports June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 2-6 www.campwebb. com ■■ Camp Webb Wrestling Camp June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages: Entering grades 5-8 ■■ VBS 2017 – Passport to Peru, June 4-8. Sunday Kickoff 4-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at CentralBearden. org/Camp-Central, campcentral@ or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Mega Sports Camp, Jun 19-23, 5:307:30 p.m. Cost $30. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at, or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Music and Arts Camp 2017, July 9-14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $75. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/ registration at CentralBearden. org/Camp-Central, campcentral@ or call 865-450-1000

■■ Jr. Chef Academy, July 24-27, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost $50. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/ registration at, or call 865-4501000 ■■ Preschool Summer Adventure, Age 6 weeksentering kindergarten. July 10-14 and July 17-20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Info/registration at, or call 865-450-1000 ■■ Calvary Baptist Church “Big Fish” summer camp and afterschool, field trips, swimming, devotions and lasting friendships. For ages entering kindergarten through entering seventh grade. Three Knoxville locations. More info, schedules, online registration at www. or call 865-386-0779 ■■ Camp Wallace Summer Day Camp, May 24-Aug. 4, for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade. Field trips including Splash Country, Jump Jam, Knoxville Zoo, Alcoa Pool, plus weekly devotions, arts and crafts. Contact Kristie Bell, director, 865-688-7270. ■■ Christian Academy of Knoxville “We Have That Camp!” Full summer lineup at www.cakwarriors. com/cak-life/summercamps.cfm or call 865-6904721


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If you’re reading this column on Wednesday, April 5, then you’ve already enjoyed two weeks of official springtime. And it’s been nice – after three nights of hard freezes, we’ve been having warm days, cool nights, occasional rain showers. The redbuds have rebounded from the cold snap into their usual luscious spring glory, and the cedars and elms are making pollen (Achoo!). Most of the trees, though, are still a little skeptical of it all; the buckeyes and wild cherries are barely starting to peek out with some leaves. The wily walnut trees know better. They’re waiting, as the seed packets say, until “all danger of frost has passed.” Nevertheless, as we drive around in our part of the world here in Knox County and nearby environs, we are seeing a lot of bright, spring-fresh new green leaves. But notice – uh-oh – they seem to be growing on only a couple of kinds of plants. Tall bright green trees, shorter bright green undergrowth bushes. We may be having some problems here, Houston. Look at the edges of the woods along I-75 or Highway 33. Those early green trees? They’re out way ahead of the usual early trees such as the poplars and the maples, serious competition for sunlight and nutrients. They aren’t from around here, as we say in East Tennessee. Actually, they are from across the water, brought to us from China by none other than the U.S. Department of Agriculture back around 1965. The Bradford Pear. To make matters worse, all that exuberant understory shrubbery that has been up and growing for weeks now, completely filling some areas under the trees and lining our highways, is another foreign invader, native to China, Japan, and Korea, brought to us compliments of the New York Botanical Garden in 1898 – the dreaded Amur bush honeysuckle. Now we know that there are at least two sides to every story, staunch differences of opinion – normal human behavior. Just look at politics – and religion! It’s that way with Bradford Pears. Lady Bird Johnson

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called them “the perfect tree.” The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in its publication The Tennessee Conservationist, calls them “evil dressed in white.” Perfect tree? Well, yes, in a number of ways. The people who love them point out that they grow very fast – a great feature for contractors, useful for quickly transforming a brand-new subdivision onto a tree-lined neighborhood. The trees are a uniform, lollipop shape, they bloom profusely early in the spring, and have lovely redto-maroon foliage in the fall. And they are disease and insect resistant; not even Japanese beetles will eat them. But the dark side to the perfect tree is as follows: The Bradford Pear’s rapid growth also makes it vulnerable to a short life, average 20 years or less, because it is so subject to wind damage – broken limbs, split trunks. The monotonous, uniform, stamped-from-apattern lollipop shape of the trees is disagreeable to a lot of folks, who prefer to see their accustomed variety in the shapes of their trees. The flowers of Bradford Pears are notoriously malodorous, a smell described by some as resembling that of rotting flesh. The fruits, eaten mostly by starlings, drop in yards and onto cars as they deteriorate, and smell unpleasant as well. And yet, the worst part is this: When those seeds that are eaten by birds are dispersed far and wide, and germinate and grow, they revert back to their ancestral Callery Pear, growing in dense thickets and bearing fierce, strong thorns that can penetrate a tractor tire or work boot. They aggressively crowd out our native trees and shrubs – a classic alien invasive species! Those widespread bush honeysuckles? Well, they don’t sprout thorns, probably the nicest thing a person could say about them.

But like many of the other invasives, they come out earlier in the spring, go dormant later in the fall, are disease and insect resistant, and out-compete the native shrubs, ground covers and wildflowers, spreading and growing fast and aggressively. Their bright red berries, a selling point for them as an ornamental planting early on, are attractive to many bird species, and get dispersed by them, far and wide, often for miles from the mother plant. They can grow in full sun and deep shade, in wet or dry locations, and are lining the roadsides all over the eastern United States except for arctic Maine and tropical Florida. They have been banned in Connecticut and Massachusetts (believed to attract deer and bring an increase in Lyme disease), labelled a “noxious weed” in Vermont, and are on Tennessee’s, and others’, invasive species list. These two bad actors are the ones that stand out at this time of the year, but there are many others. Think Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese privet, mimosas, kudzu, and the tree-strangling Oriental bittersweet. Garden escapees become serious invasives, too: winterberry, English ivy, burning bush, nandina. So, what to do besides wringing our hands and grumbling? Mostly, I would say, read up, be informed, remove exotics from your corner of the earth, and above all– shop wisely for whatever you plant and grow. The Tennessee Native Plant Society and the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council both have websites with lots of useful information. In checking the web, I found nurseries that are still offering both Bradford Pears and bush honeysuckles for sale! Find a good, reputable plant nursery to do business with, and let them know that you’re aware of the problems with alien invasives and don’t want them on your place! Enjoy the native plants, try some you haven’t used before. Hooray for the redbuds, dogwoods, wild plums, serviceberries, sugar maples and black cherries, silverbells, witchhazels and sourwoods!

Also coming up at the Playhouse...

Ijams Nature Center’s new executive director, Amber Parker, center, gets an enthusiastic welcome from South Knoxville neighbors – Kim Pieratt, Lyn Bales, Jake Hudson, Kenny Bradley and Shelly Conklin – at the Ijams Spring Open House. Photos by Betsy Pickle

Ijams director embraces SoKno life


Ijams Nature Center’s Spring Open House was the perfect forum for SoKno and other Ijams fans to meet new executive director Amber Parker. Parker enjoyed it as well, “just seeing how excited people are about the education programs here and Ijams in general.” Parker, who came to Ijams from the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Va., worked at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont 2001-08. “I had almost forgotten how nice people could be, and when I came to interview it was just like this

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warm hug all over again.” Parker, who started in February, has bought a home in an older subdivision near Bonny Kate Elementary School but isn’t rushing to unpack all her boxes. Other things take priority. She spent one recent Saturday hiking in the Smokies, and she’s done several hikes at Ijams. “I’m still getting to know

all the trails,” she said. “I see things that we might want to work on.” She’s impressed with all of the staff but particularly appreciates the education department. “The education staff and the effort they put into doing really quality educational programming and natureappreciation programming is very special. They really want the public to have a great experience here and to learn while they’re here.” A hiker, gardener, birdwatcher and kayaker herself, she understands that “people come to nature … To page 9

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There’s a lot of love at “Love” That B-B-Q, as displayed by Walter and Ann Love and Kelly and Phil Keener.

Pickle WrapUp from a lot of different angles.” She sees those coming together at Ijams and the Urban Wilderness. “I love the idea of having all those different avenues to appreciating our natural world.” ■■ Belting it out for


Dozens of South-Doyle High School singers and a handful of instrumentalists took to the stage last week to participate in a benefit concert to raise money for the school’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” More than 150 attendees were treated to a variety show “hosted” by Thomas Bush and Cody Eads (a la Johnny Carson). Principals from the cast, including Grace Irwin (Belle) and Caleb Wender (Gaston), and much of the ensemble performed individually and in groups, with the cast wrapping up the show with a number from the musical. Performances will be 7 p.m. April 20-22 and 2:30 p.m. April 22-23. Volunteers are needed to help build sets April 13-14. To volunteer, email cody.

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“Love” That B-B-Q is always full of love – thanks to owner Walter Love – but there were more good vibes than usual as one of SoKno’s favorite eateries celebrated its sixth anniversary. As is typical, Love didn’t make a big deal out of the occasion, quietly inviting customers to show up through a post on Facebook. There was no cake – just the usual great barbecue, sides and banana pudding. Love launched his barbecue career with a catering service. He and his late wife, Bonny, opened the 1901 Maryville Pike location in 2011 and quickly became a beloved fixture in the Mount Olive community. Love kept going after Bonny’s death in January 2014 with the support of loyal employees Kelly and Phil Keener. He has since remarried, and wife Ann now adds to all the love at the cozy restaurant that sends wonderful aromas throughout the neighborhood six days a week.

Clusters of joy The living, the living, they thank you, as I do this day; fathers make known to children your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord. (Isaiah 38:19-20 NRSV) Time was, in my family, that births took place in January. Mother and two of her three siblings were January babies. Daddy was also born in January, as were his father and mother. There were jokes that floated around the family about how unfair it was to have so many birthday celebrations in the same month. That pattern has shifted now, to April. My brother Warren and his wife, Libby, are April babies, as are my daughter Eden and my husband, Lewis. My daughter Jordan is a March baby, and her husband, Justin, was born in October. Like them, I am an outlier in the April pattern, because although I was due in October, I dilly-dallied around until the first wee hours of November. I am especially fond of birthdays because of their power to make what would be an otherwise ordinary day into a spe-

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cial occasion. Birthdays bring back memories, tend to bring out old pictures and stories, and celebrate the life of one person. Sometimes when I am considering the joy of birthdays, I remember the birthday of our Lord, which we celebrate with all manner of food and gifts and partying, but too easily forget the birthday Boy and the difference He made in our world and in our lives. So, let’s celebrate the gift of life, not just on birthdays, but every day, and give thanks that we are here, alive, able to enjoy this beautiful world, with all its wonders and joys and challenges! Enjoy life!

Grace Irwin sings “All I Ask” at the South-Doyle High School benefit concert. ■■ Don’t forget … The Candoro Dogwood Art Show will accept entries (up to three pieces for $25) through Saturday, April 8. The juried show opens April 16 and runs through May 13. … Second Saturday South is this weekend at participating businesses in SoKno. Visit s out h k nox v i l le a l l ia nc e. org. … Knoxville SOUP is looking for groups that need a little cash for their community-focused projects to present their plans at the April 27 soup dinner at Dara’s Garden. Diners decide a four projects, and the winner collects the money raised from the door. Deadline to enter is April 20; visit

FAITH NOTES ■■ Seymour First Baptist Church, 11621 Chapman Highway, will hold its spring rummage sale for missions 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 8. All proceeds to support the church’s domestic and international mission trips and projects. Donated items may be left at the church 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through April 7; large item pickup available: Jeff Sovastion, 865-719-4145; Frank Enter, 865-474-0199; church office, 865-577-1954.

SENIOR NOTES ■■ South Knox Senior Center, 6729 Martel Lane. Info: 865573-5843. ■■ South Knox Community Center, 522 Old Maryville Pike. Info: 865-573-3575.

REUNIONS ■■ Woodhill School Reunion, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, 4311 Pleasant Gap Drive. Bring covered dish. All who attended Woodhill are invited. ■■ Halls High Class of 1967 final planning meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, Bel Air Grill. The reunion is 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, Bearden Banquet Hall. The class is the featured class at the Halls Alumni Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Halls High. Info: Theda, 865-221-0710, or Darlene, 865-256-7491.

Writers’ Guild to sponsor ‘character’ workshop Writer and editor Jeannette Brown will lead a Knoxville Writers’ Guild-sponsored walking-workshop on “Finding Characters: A Walkabout” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 22, Awaken Coffee, 125 W. Jackson Ave. In this workshop, participants will discuss character – interior and exterior – before taking a short walk downtown. In the second half of the workshop, each will write a description of a “character” encountered and give him/her a bit of personality. Participants should bring a digital camera or smartphone and the writing materials of their choice. The cost is $50; discounts available for members and students. The public is invited. Info:

A-10 • April 5, 2017 • South Knox Shopper news

What if John Adams were on Twitter? By Kip Oswald

Adams was not only the first lawyer to become president of the United States, he was also the first vice president to be elected president. Adams and Thomas Jefferson were in the White House together as Jefferson served as Adams’ vice president, and ran against him for president. When Jefferson won the election, though, Adams became one of only 10 presidents to lose reelection. He and Jefferson then became enemies and joined different political parties, and Adams refused to attend Jefferson’s inauguration. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence. Tweets from President Adams could be: John Adams @FoundingFather So proud that one of three buildings at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is named the John Adams Building. John Adams @FoundingFather In 1798, I signed an act of Congress for the creation of the United States Marine Band, the oldest active professional musical organization in our country. John Adams @FoundingFather I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof. Send your comments to oswaldworldtn@ More on Thomas Jefferson next week!

I asked my brothers, sisters and cousins if they studied the presidents in their social studies or government classes. All of us study about some of our presidents who served at different times during our country’s history, but I decided that maybe all the presidents really don’t get studied by the time we get out of school. That makes Kip sense, because I am finding that when I ask really smart adults what they know about some presidents, I am getting a stunned look. This week, I asked what they knew about our second president, John Adams, and they thought I meant John Adams, the News Sentinel sportswriter! So, I had to rephrase that I meant President John Adams! Then, I found they knew nothing about him, which at least meant I didn’t have to correct any misunderstandings about this president like I did about George Washington. Actually, if there had been Twitter, there could have been many great tweets during his presidency. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House, even though his wife called it her “chilly castle” because they moved in before most of the rooms were finished. She even hung her clothes to dry in some of the unfinished rooms.


Road). Free. Open to the public. Bring a basket. ■■ Powell Business and Professional Association, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, Powell Station Park on Emory Road adjacent to the high school. Communitywide event includes prizes, live animals, free refreshments and more. Info:

■■ Willow Ridge Center annual Easter egg hunt, Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. 215 Richardson Way, Maynardville. Free pictures and have a snack with the Easter Bunny. ■■ Fountain City Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 8, Fountain City Park. Schedule: 9:30 a.m. (ages 6-8); 10:15 a.m. (ages 3-5); 11 a.m. (walking to 2 years); 11:45 a.m. (ages 9-12). Free and open to the public. Bring Easter basket. Event includes: the Easter Bunny, vendor booths and food truck spaces. Info/registration for booth:

■■ River View Family Farm sixth annual spring event, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 1415, 12130 Prater Lane, Farragut. ■■ Sharon Baptist Church, 7916 Pedigo Road, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Ages preschool through fifth grade. Includes: food, candy, fun and the Easter Story. Bring basket and a friend. Info: or 865-938-7075.

■■ Fountain City Presbyterian Church egg hunt, 500 Hotel Road, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the fellowship hall. Lemonade provided; bring basket and a snack to share.

■■ Heiskell United Methodist Church, 9420 Heiskell Road, will host an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your Easter basket and a friend for snacks, prizes, fun and the Easter story.

■■ Big Ridge State Park, Saturday, April 15, rain or shine. Schedule: 10 a.m., 2 years and younger; 10:30 a.m., 3-4 years old; 1 p.m., 5-7 years old; 1:30 p.m., 8-10 years old. Bring a basket and meet at the Park Office. Info: 865-992-5523.

■■ More than a dozen Tennessee state parks are offering themed activities on Easter weekend, including egg hunts on Saturday, April 15. Activity details can be found here: easter#/?holiday=easter.

■■ Gulf Park Easter Egg Hunt, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 528 Pensacola Road (off Cedar Bluff

South Woodlawn elects officers

New officers and board members for the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association are, front, Janice Tocher, Debbie Helsley, Sylvia Woods, Debbie Sharp, Sara Baskin; back, Andy Blanchard, Kenny Bradley, Danny Gray and Raymond Aldridge. Not pictured: Shelly Conklin.


Knoxville Writers’ Guild to host Adult Spelling Bee The second annual Adult Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, Central UMC, 201 E. Third Ave. The competition will be open to ages 15 and up, providing a great opportunity for high school age youth to compete with teachers, parents and community adults. Words will be drawn from vocabulary used in great literature as well as from other nontechnical sources. Competitors will be limited to the first 40 registrations. The entry fee is $10. Participants do not need to be KWG members. Info/registration/rules: knoxvillewritersguild. org/events/kwg-2017-spelling-bee.

HEALTH NOTES ■■ “Joint Pain, Don’t Let It Slow You Down,” a free orthopedics seminar presented by Tennova Healthcare. At Turkey Creek Medical Center Johnson Conference Center, 10820 Parkside Drive: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 or 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. At Physicians Regional Medical Center Emerald Room, 930 Emerald Ave.: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Register at least one day prior to seminar. Info/ registration: or 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682). ■■ “Ready, Set, Unite! Walk for Child Abuse

■■ Career Fair hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League, 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 6, on the ground level of the Midway Rehab Building, 1515 E. Magnolia Ave. More than 25 local employers seeking applicants for open positions with a wide range of occupations, experience and expertise. Bring resume and dress for success. Info: Bill or Jackie, 865-524-5511.

Prevention” free community prevention walk and information fair, 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, Market Square. No registration required; everyone invited. Hosted by Helen Ross McNabb Center. Info: mcnabbcenter. org; or Houston Smelcer, houston.smelcer@ or 865-329-9119. ■■ Parkinson’s Walk sponsored by PK Hope Is Alive Parkinson Support Group of East Tennessee, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, Bissell Park Pavilion in Oak Ridge. Live music, free healthcare info, prizes and more. All donations go to research funding for the seven major Parkinson’s organizations. Info: unitywalk. org, specify team: PK Hope Is Alive.

News from EyeXcel

40-year eye care legacy continues with a new name There is a personal touch to everything about the long-standing optometry practice of Dr. David A. Patton, O.D., including the sign in front of which he proudly stands. Dr. Patton built the frame of the new sign in his woodworking shop, a hobby he enjoys when not caring for his patients. Over the last few decades, Dr. Patton has provided care and has helped countless eyes see better, but now he is also focused on ensuring that his patients and friends are still being cared for many decades from now. Most people know Dr. Patton as the founding partner of Drs. Rhyne & Patton Optometrists, and along with Dr. M.W. Rhyne Jr., he started in 1978 with just a dream and a desire to help people. “Back in the early days when we were just

starting out, we didn’t have enough patients, so we were truck farmers growing and selling vegetables on the side. I’m glad my wife stuck around because she was definitely not happy about helping,” Dr. Patton says jokingly. A lot has changed in the nearly 40 years in practice. “We have so much better technology, medicines, diagnostic machines and treatment methods today that just didn’t exist when we first started. We can treat so many things now, and it’s exciting to see all the changes and to be a part of it; not only in eye care, but all of medicine.” The most recent change to the practice, though, has not been an advancement in medicine, but some new faces and a new name. “I knew I didn’t want the practice to just shut its doors one

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day,” says Dr. Patton. His first order of business was to bring in new doctors, but was very selective in picking the partners to continue his legacy. The practice is all about relationships, and he wanted to see that it remained that way. “It’s a family atmosphere. I love seeing the same patients year after year. I like getting to know my patients. I enjoy meeting their vision needs, but oftentimes my staff gets mad at me for talking too long about fishing or about what’s new with their children or grandchildren,” he says with a laugh. In 2015, Dr. Bruce D. Gilliland was added to the practice. He is the only low-vision specialist in East Tennessee, and loves people and meeting their needs. Dr. Patton grew the practice again in 2016 when he added Frank A. Carusone, a young optometrist who specializes in vision therapy and binocular disorders of the eyes relating to the brain. “Instead of adding more locations, we are growing our practice to involve more specialties so we can treat more people” says Dr. Patton.

Together with the new partners, Dr. Patton decided it was time for a name change. Instead of sticking with the old name that includes the last names of the original doctors, Dr. Patton thought it was the right time for a new identity that will carry the practice forward for the new doctors and next generation. “When I step down one day, I’ll know that this is a premier and thriving practice with a great name and reputation in the community that offers all aspects of vision care.”

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last words

Digging up bones:

Regulations are a good thing I heard from the cemetery woman again this week. This time she called me. Her English was better than my Spanish, but that didn’t get us anywhere, so she got my email address and sent me a bill. Best I can make out, if I don’t pay up, she’s going to dig up my grandmother. My grandmother, my Mamita, lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her name was Luci Gonzales and she laughed a lot. She was deeply religious and was always making deals with God.

Betty Bean Once, when my mother had diphtheria and almost died, Mamita told God she’d beg money and give it to the church in exchange for her baby’s life. Mama got well, and Mamita hit the streets with a tin cup. At a time and in a place when educating women wasn’t a big priority,

she made sure her girls went to college. She saw ghosts in odd places, and once demanded to be moved to a different room in a Venezuelan hotel because there was a ghost under her bed. She sent me sparkly jewelry and big fancy dresses for my birthday and Christmas and Easter, and visited us in the winter because she loved to play in the snow (we’d go to the Smokies to find it). I loved her. She died in 1982, the year the World’s Fair came

done. But as time passed and money dwindled, I started culling them. Then a bill to town. My mother, who from the cemetery arrived. Turned out that she was brought Mamita to Knoxville to care for her when paying annual maintenance she got sick, took it hard, on Mamita’s grave. This one truly bumfuzand arranged to fly Mamita’s body home to the island zled me. I’d covered the long, so she could be buried in a sad story of Halls Memory pretty cemetery in Carolina, Gardens (now Fort Sumter Community Cemetery), just outside San Juan. Mama is 95 now, and suf- and how its previous owner fers from dementia. The first abandoned it, bilking scores year I took on the task of pay- of customers by selling the ing her bills, I was astounded same plot to more than one at the number of charities customer. I followed tireless and political causes she sup- crusader Bobbie Woodall ported. At first, I paid them around, and she educated all, just as she would have me about Tennessee laws

regulating cemeteries. Like every other state, we have mandatory trust funds set up for perpetual care. That’s part of the built-in cost of buying a cemetery plot. Not so in Puerto Rico, where problems are compounded by an economic crisis that has bankrupted the island. There are no laws requiring up-front payment of perpetual care. I’ve been paying the annual fee because that’s what Mama did. But let’s face it. None of us are here forever. I’ll think about this the next time I hear a rant about government regulations.

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have not complied with all aspects of the law. ■■ The death of former state Sen. Doug Henry marks the end of an era. He was a true Southern Democrat from the old school. He served 40 years in the state Senate. He truly believed that the two U.S. senators from each state were ambassadors to the U.S. Capitol as we are a union of 50 sovereign states. He chaired the Senate Finance Committee for many years. He and the late speaker John Wilder were close allies. When the Senate Democrats dropped Wilder, Henry joined the Republicans to keep Wilder in office. When the Democrats

dropped Bill Snodgrass as comptroller for Floyd Kephart in 1972, Henry and a few other Democrats sided with the Re- Joe Bailey publicans to keep Snodgrass in office. Henry’s integrity was unquestioned. His devotion to Tennessee history was remarkable. ■■ Former vice mayor Joe Bailey, 59, says several people have urged him to look at running for Knoxville mayor in 2019, and he plans on doing just that. Interestingly, one other person seriously eyeing the mayor’s office lives almost directly across the street from Bailey on Kingston Pike. This is Eddie Mannis, 58, former deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero. Bailey served eight years on council. The two other potential candidates now are council

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■■ T h e Polish Ambassador to the U.S., Piotr Wilczek, will speak next Wednesday af ternoon, April 12, at

the Howard Baker Center. The public is invited. ■■ Former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and his wife, Allison, have moved to Jefferson County to live on the lake in Dandridge, which is the county seat. They sold their home in Farragut.

Lamar offers help on health insurance U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has drafted a plan to help Tennessee residents who lack options on health care. Sen. Bob Corker joined Alexander to sponsor the legislation. Alexander said 34,000 Knoxville area residents rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase health insurance. Currently, he said, they will have “zero options on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. After the one remaining insurer pulled out of the exchange for 2018, these subsidies are

worth as much as bus tickets in a town with no buses running. There is also a real prospect that all 230,000 Tennesseans who buy insurance on the exchange – approximately 195,000 with a subsidy – won’t have any plans to buy next year either.” Alexander’s bill would allow those in Knoxville and across the country who receive a subsidy and have no option next year to use that subsidy to buy any state-approved individual insurance plan off the exchange.

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Another name being mentioned for the TVA board of directors is state Sen. Ken Yager from neighboring Roane County, who chairs the legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee. He is a former county mayor and would be an interesting choice given the massive TVA spill several years ago in Roane County. However, if nominated and confirmed he would have to resign his state Senate seat to serve. He cannot do both at the same time. At present, there is no one from East Tennessee serving on the TVA board for the first time in recent memory. It appears TVA has caved on the citizens’ lawsuit over the program for treecutting under power lines. This lawsuit has been twice to the federal court of appeals under attorney Don Vowell’s direction, where his arguments have prevailed. TVA attorneys are finally acknowledging they

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