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This weekend marks the fourth collaboration of filmmaker/veteran festival organizer Keith McDaniel and the Dogwood Arts organization on the Knoxville Film Festival, set for Friday through Sunday at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, 1640 Downtown West Blvd. The opening-night film is the world premiere of â€œOpposite of Ernest,â€? the debut feature by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, who won the 2015 KFF 7-Day Shootout competitionâ€™s $20,000 prize to support making the film. More than 40 hours of films â€“ features, documentaries and shorts â€“ will be shown throughout the weekend. The popular 7-Day Shootout films will be screened on Saturday, as will the student film competition. The awards ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Workshops on women in film, making your first feature and documentary filmmaking will be held Saturday morning. For the schedule and film descriptions and to order tickets/passes, visit www. knoxvillefilmfestival.com.
â€˜Loveâ€™ is in the air At-large Knox County Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas returned to Love That BBQ, 1901 Maryville Pike, for their Aug. 17 Night Out to meet with residents and hear their concerns. Proprietors Walter and Ann Love welcomed the legendary local radio duo and their posse, who packed the place.
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Usually, people arenâ€™t excited about â€œbuying the farm,â€? but Diane Shular is overjoyed with the purchase she made this summer. Yards away from the Neubert Springs exit off Gov. John Sevier Highway is the old Burchell place, a farm Shular has admired since she was a little girl. For many months, starting last year, developers were making plans to put a housing development on it. The South-Doyle Neighborhood Association has been keeping a close eye on the proposed development, but now the group doesnâ€™t have to worry. The deal fell through, and the only residents will be a couple of humans, up to four horses, possibly some goats and chickens, and the deer who already call the place home. When she didnâ€™t see the development proceeding, Shular reached out to the family that owned the property, and things magically fell into place for her and Tami Riley to buy it. Now they feel like part of the extended family that includes Linda Burchell Cruze, Bettye Kennedy and Wayne and Pam Varnes. They all sat down in the
Tami Riley and Diane Shular sit with cousins Bettye Kennedy, Wayne Varnes and Linda Cruze on property originally included with the John Sevier farmstead that Cruzeâ€™s father bought after serving in World War II. The place was Shularâ€™s â€œdream farmâ€? as a child, and now she and Riley own it. Photo by Betsy Pickle
Dine with history Marble Springs State Historic Site is hosting the fourth annual Sevier Soiree 6:308:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The evening at the farmstead of John Sevier, Tennesseeâ€™s first governor, will include music, a Southern-inspired dinner by Bradford Catered Events and a silent auction. The fundraiser will help Marble Springs, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, continue its mission of education and preservation. Tickets are $50 per person and should be secured by Friday, Aug. 26. To order, mail payment to P.O. Box 20195, Knoxville, TN 37940 or purchase at www. marblesprings.net. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.
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YWCA honors area women By Carol Z. Shane Itâ€™s time for the 2016 Tribute to Women, presented by YWCA Knoxville. Every year, the institution honors a select group of women in specific fields. Thereâ€™s also a Lifetime Achievement Award, and on Sept. 15, it goes to a woman who does a lot of good in a field familiar to anyone who has read the news lately. Avice Evans Reid spent many years at TVA in information technology before coming to work for the city of Knoxville, where sheâ€™s been for the past nine years. She first served
as executive director of Knoxvilleâ€™s Police Advisory and Review Committee (PARC). Reid started out as a volunteer committee member for PARC while she was still at TVA, and when the existing executive director stepped down, she moved into a leadership position. During her years at PARC, she facilitated diversity training sessions for law enforcement recruits, educating the officers to â€œhave a more open perception of people who are not like them,â€? says Reid. She brought in volunteers from various communities to interact
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Legislature to rewrite laws on elder abuse By Betty Bean Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen canâ€™t discuss open cases, but in the two years since she took office, she has become convinced that existing state law is too antiquated to deal with the growing problem of elder abuse. â€œLaws (addressing elder abuse) have always been on the books, but itâ€™s not clearly defined. Thereâ€™s the Criminal Code and the Adult Protective Services section, and we havenâ€™t been able to rely on criminal laws. Last year, laws went on the books but there was still no comprehensive rewrite under the criminal code. New types of crimes are being committed â€“ exploitation and financial crimes,â€? Allen said. One case she can talk about is that of an octogenarian woman whose â€œcaregiverâ€? forced her to watch him have sex with his girlfriend. Allen was frustrated when she learned that she didnâ€™t have a criminal statute to punish the perpetrator. Elder abuse laws in the Adult Protective Services section of the code often have definitions that are vague and overly broad. â€œWe have deemed sex crimes against children to be much worse than sex crimes against adults, but no particular sexual assault law was written to deal with elder abuse, so there
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Justin Snow achieves his dream Thanks to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Justin Snow celebrated his 40th birthday by ﬁnishing a marathon. While that in itself is a great story, it’s just one chapter for Snow, because he completed the marathon just a few years after having both hips replaced at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I’ve always believed in going big and living the dream,” Snow says with a grin. Snow has been active all his life, and has a passion for sports. After pitching for the baseball team at East Tennessee State University, he settled into the life of a family man, but never slowed down. While training for his second half Justin Snow achieved his marathon in 2010, dream of completing a full Snow began to feel pain marathon on April 3, 2016, in his hips. He tried to his 40th birthday. ignore the discomfort, and ﬁnished the race. When Snow began training for his ﬁrst full marathon attempt in 2011, the pain became so intense that he had to give up. “It got to the point where it was affecting my everyday life,” he says. Snow’s wife, Buffy, agrees. “We would go to UT games, and he would have to stop ﬁve or six times on the way to the stadium,” Buffy Snow says. “We’d go to the grocery store, and his hips would just burn, and he’d have to ﬁnd a place to sit down.” “I’m on my feet a lot at work, and it got so bad I was having to sit down,” he says. His job requires travel, and getting in and out of a car was also painful. His wife encouraged him to get the problematic pain checked out, Justin Snow pictured after completbut he lived with it for two years ing the marathon with his wife, before ﬁnally going to see Fort Buffy, and their children, Madelyn, Sanders Regional orthopaedic Drew and Gabe. surgeon Brian Edkin, MD. Snow was shocked by the results. “Honestly, I thought I was going to get maybe a hip injection and some and ﬂexibility so he not only had a life, but Celebrex, and be on my way,” Snow says. also had quality of life. But Dr. Edkin pointed to the X-rays as The follow-up visit with Dr. Edkin was proof that Snow was already “way beyond” very encouraging. Snow was told he could nonsurgical remedies. “He said my hips do just about anything he wanted to do. looked like I was 85 years old.” The surgeon discouraged running, but said, “He had severe arthritis and bone spurs,” “You can walk as much as you want to.” Buffy Snow says. At the age of 35, it was Those words stuck with Snow. He could recommended that Justin Snow undergo walk as much as he wanted to. total hip replacement in not one, but both It wasn’t long before Snow was back hips. at the gym ﬁve or six days a week, and “Hip and knee replacement surgery has enjoying an active lifestyle. He could walk been performed for more than 40 years,” for one to two hours with no pain in his says Dr. Edkin, “and has reached a point of hips, whatsoever. consistent reliability and success for patients One day in December of 2015, Snow was with a variety of disabling conditions.” online and learned that the 2016 Covenant Because of Snow’s young age and good Health Knoxville Marathon would be on health, he was offered the possible option of April 3. That just so happened to be Snow’s having both hips replaced on the same day. birthday, and a milestone at that. He would “I said, ‘if you you’re going to do this, let’s be turning 40. knock ‘em both out at the same time,” says Recalling Dr. Edkin’s words, “You can Snow. walk as much as you want to,” Snow called So on Jan. 23, 2012, 35-year-old his wife and told her he was going to walk Justin Snow checked in to Fort Sanders 26.2 miles in the full marathon on his Regional Medical Center for bilateral hip birthday. replacement, to be performed by Dr. Edkin. “I was a little hesitant, but I knew there “He talked to me about the whole wasn’t much I could say to talk him out procedure and the process,” Snow says. “He of it,” his wife says. “If his hips started made me feel comfortable.” bothering him, he was going to stop, but After a successful surgery, Snow had they never did bother him.” four days of inpatient therapy at Patricia Snow went to the Knoxville Track Neal Rehabilitation Center, focused on Club website for a training plan, he began returning Snow to live outside the hospital taking a couple of 45-minute walks during walls. Four weeks of outpatient therapy at the week, and a long distance walk on the Parkwest Therapy Center built his strength weekends. His ﬁrst long walk was ﬁve miles,
to be a very driven individual. But it’s the ultimate proof of how far joint replacement has come, and how far patients can go after surgery. The Joint Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is a model program of excellence, designed exclusively for care of the hip or knee joint replacement patient. Teams of experienced orthopedic surgeons, nurses, clinicians and therapists work together to stay on top of the latest technological advances and minimally invasive surgical techniques to provide better care for patients. There is an emphasis on education to prepare patients for recovery, and strong family involvement. Patients get on the road to recovery at a faster rate, and with fewer complications. Snow’s greatest testimony is that he doesn’t think about his hipsanymore. They’re a wellfunctioning part of his body, no longer requiring special attention. “Most patients return to a normal level of activity,” Dr. Edkin says. Justin Snow enjoyed support “Although we usually recommend from his family along the way avoidance of impact loading activities, as he ran the 2016 Covenant such as running or jogging, in order Health Knoxville Marathon. to protect the manmade surfaces from repeated increased force over time.” Snow points out that he followed free of pain. the doctor’s orders, walking the entire Race day came, and Justin Snow marathon, and he doesn’t recommend that crossed the 50-yard line in Neyland every joint patient do what he did, but he Stadium, completing his ﬁrst full marathon, and realizing a dream. His feet were does offer encouragement to anyone whose blistered and he was tired, but his hips were daily life is affected by joint pain today. “If you think you might have a problem just ﬁne. Never one to slow down, as soon as the race was over he went home, showered, go see a surgeon, because you don’t have to got dressed, and jumped in the car to head feel that way,” Snow says. “Don’t be afraid to his daughter’s dance competition. to push yourself. Always think big, and if It might be good to put a “results not you have a dream, go after it.” typical” disclaimer on Snow’s story, just For more information about because Snow is not a typical person. He’s hip replacement at Fort Sanders younger than the average joint replacement Regional, call 865-673-FORT or visit patient, he was in excellent health and very active going into the procedure, and happens www.fsregional.com.
Tips on how to avoid joint injuries Avoid doing too much, too soon. Never increase the length of your workouts by more than 10 percent from one week to the next, and never increase both the length and intensity of your workout at the same time. Maintain strength in the muscles surrounding the joint area. To strengthen the knees, do calf raises, lunges, squats and leg lifts.
Train smart by cross-training. Repetitive-motion injuries caused by doing just one sport or workout are some of the most common. You can prevent them by doing different sports or activities that work different muscles. Never skip your warm-up or cool down. Tight or stiff muscles around a joint will make the area more prone to injury.
Always use proper technique and body mechanics when playing sports involving repetitive motion, such as tennis and golf. Taking lessons from a certiﬁed coach or trainer every once in a while can help you learn and stick with proper form, which can reduce your injury risk substantially. Keep in shape. A high cardiovascular ﬁtness level is crucial to avoid joint injuries. Otherwise, as you tire your form can fail and your joints carry unbalanced weight. Be sure to wear proper shoes that provide adequate support during exercise.
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Eighteen vendors will offer many different types of Asian food.
The dazzling Dragon Dance is one of the highlights of the festival.
The third annual Knox Asian Fest is coming to town this weekend, and you wonâ€™t find a bigger, brighter, better party anywhere. With its mission to promote Asian cultural heritage in Tennessee and neighboring states, the festival showcases the best of each participating countryâ€™s rich traditions, crafts, arts and textiles. The food alone is enough to get you off the sofa and into the city. This year, itâ€™s a bigger event all the way around. Previously located in Krutch Park, itâ€™s expanding to include Market Square. â€œLast year we determined we needed more space,â€? says festival organizer Kumi
The crowd enjoys a martial arts demonstration at last yearâ€™s Knox Asian Fest. Photos submitted
as many as last year. Theyâ€™ll offer hand-rolled sushi and other Japanese treats, as well as food from Malaysia, Laos, India, Philippines, China, Korea and Vietnam â€“ the last including a vegan menu. There are also various food demonstrations intended to educate the audience on ingredients, utensils and traditional culinary methods of preparation. You can view and take part in arts such as pottery, flower arranging, bonsai, origami, calligraphy, painting, bead work and tea ceremony. There are plenty of activities for children, including the popular Kidsâ€™ Passport attraction, where children can visit each
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Alderman, a Tennessee resident for 26 years whose own heritage is Japanese. â€œWe wanted to have more performers,â€? says Alderman, â€œand the people can move around.â€? The impressive lineup features a professional dance troupe from Thailand and Sanshin Okinawa Minyo performers from the island of Okinawa. â€œMinyoâ€? is a term for folk music found
Performers of the 2015 festivalâ€™s Lion Dance all over Japan, and â€œsanshinâ€? is the traditional threestringed Okinawan guitar. There are also demonstrations of martial arts, tai chi, meditation chanting, kimono shows, Chinese singing,
Vietnamese, Laotian, Philippine and Indian dancing â€“ and the spectacular Lion and Dragon Dances. Now about that wealth of Asian food. This year there are 18 vendors â€“ over twice
countryâ€™s tent and learn a bit about it, including the language, capital, population, main industry, history, traditional clothing and food, and how to say â€œthank youâ€? in the local language. Theyâ€™ll collect stamps in their passports for each â€œcountryâ€? visited. Itâ€™s the perfect way to have one last end-of-summer bash with your kids, enjoy delicious food and sumptuous sights, and learn a little bit in the process. The third Knox Asian Fest will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 28, in Market Square and Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville. Admission is free. Info: knoxasianfestival.com
Neubert Springs shade of the houseâ€™s back porch on a recent hot Sunday afternoon to discuss the significance of the home and the farm. Cruzeâ€™s father, Roy â€œBuddyâ€? Burchell Jr., bought the property after he returned from serving in World War II. He built the house, and he and his wife, Irene, and their toddler, Linda, moved in in 1946. Wayne Varnes, son of Buddy Burchellâ€™s sister Alma Jean Varnes, remembers visiting as a child, before the house was even finished. â€œFor the longest time I remember coming out here on weekends and the front porch wasnâ€™t done,â€? says Varnes. â€œIt didnâ€™t have steps to it; it just wasnâ€™t complete. He was saying, â€˜Iâ€™ll get to it one day. Iâ€™ll get to it one day.â€™ He did.â€? Varnes says the 9.42-acre farm was larger before the highway was built in 1966. It included the Neubert Springs exit and land across the road. â€œThis farm was part of the original John Sevier farmstead,â€? he says. â€œThis logging road next to the fence row right here, that was the original stagecoach
From page 1 road from Sevierville.â€? Varnes remembers helping his uncle on the farm. â€œHeâ€™d give me a coffee cup and have me walk behind the tractor over here, and I said, â€˜What am I looking for, Buddy?â€™ And he said, â€˜Pick up any bullets that you see.â€™ Civil War bullets.â€? Varnes never found any, but he did find a couple of arrowheads. He says the property also used to have an orchard and a blacksmith shop. Later, Varnes kept a large garden of his own on the place. He remembers his aunt pointing out the area where Indians were allowed to camp. â€œThatâ€™s as close as John Sevier would let â€™em stay.â€? Buddy Burchell, who had an engineering degree from Auburn University, was â€œbig on farming and also big on Civil War history,â€? Varnes says. He worked the loom at Standard Knitting Mill, and Shular has found several artifacts from the mill on the property. â€œWhatâ€™s ironic is, my mom worked there in the â€™60s,â€? says Shular, who grew
YWCA honors Now the senior director of community relations for the city of Knoxville, Reid still oversees PARC. Her efforts have been so successful that, for the past three years, sheâ€™s served on the board of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. Her timely goal is â€œofficers having more respect for citizens, and citizens having Avice Reid more respect for officers.â€? Others honorees are: Technology, Research and Innovation â– Diana Hun, research and development staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory â– Suzanne Parete-Koon, computational scientist and Titan user support specialist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory â– Andrea Rocha, postdoctoral research associate, Oak Ridge Associated Universities/Oak Ridge National Laboratory â– Athena Sefat, scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Community Service and Government â– Ola Blackmon-McBride, vice president, Knoxville Area Urban League â– Sharon Hannum, co-chair, Blount County MLK Celebration Committee â– Becky Massey, state senator, 6th District of Tennessee, and executive director, Sertoma Center of Knoxville â– Patricia Robledo, business liaison, city of Knoxville Arts and Education â– Vrondelia Chandler, executive di-
up in Vestal and then Arrowhead subdivision. â€œHe mightâ€™ve been her boss.â€? Irene Burchell was talented at various crafts, her relatives say. She made baskets and grew loofas. She also was a volunteer greeter at Marble Springs, the nearby state historic site on part of the original Sevier farmstead, and made her own period costumes for her role. Not long after her husband died in 1994, she moved in with her widowed daughter, Cruze, a home economist for KUB who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After Irene Burchell died in 2014, Kennedy, a first cousin of Buddy, became Cruzeâ€™s caregiver, and the long-empty Burchell home was put up for sale. Shular, who has had horses since she was young, bought a farm behind the Burchell property in 1999 because she was tired of paying for boarding. â€œIâ€™ve always admired this farm, since the â€™80s,â€? she says. â€œWhen I bought the farm behind it, I kept admiring it. And then I met Irene a few times, but I never met
the rest of the family until the place went up on the market.â€? A sign-language interpreter at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Shular, who lives in Colonial Village, knew she would be embarking on a huge financial commitment, so she asked Riley if she wanted
to go in on the farm with her. An admitted â€œcity girl,â€? Riley didnâ€™t hesitate. After they renovate the house, they will live there. Riley, a nurse, plans to sell her West Knoxville condo. They describe themselves as a â€œGreen Acresâ€? duo. The only pet Rileyâ€™s ever had is
a miniature Schnauzer, but sheâ€™s going to give horseback riding a try, and sheâ€™s OK with having chickens and goats. For Shular, the farm is a dream come true. â€œA lot of people wanted this farm, and I really think it was meant to be ours,â€? she says.
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government Why the school board changed By Lauren Hopson Seven of our nine Knox County school board members (come Sept. 1) have education backgrounds â€“ a feat rarely, if ever, seen in an urban school Lauren Hopson district. Yet many in the local media still have no clue what just happened or why. Comments are frequently made that the elections were all about getting rid of Superintendent Jim McIntyre, and now that he has left office, there is nothing left for teachers to organize around. Wrong. Dead Wrong. Flipping school board seats was never about a person, but an ideology. People still holding that ideology are just waiting to take those seats back and do what they can to mandate top down management, push out experienced educators, and support charters, vouchers, inappropriate testing, and any other program that will suck public dollars out of our schools. Knoxville is the last urban holdout for a slew of charter schools, and if we think the dark money put into Nashville school board races this year wonâ€™t come for us, we are sorely mistaken. Test scores are not what earn the true bragging rights of a good school system. Scores are some of the easiest statistics to manipulate. Why has no one questioned our former superintendentâ€™s unwillingness to come to the defense of Bearden High School when test scores dropped? Iâ€™ll answer that one. If you question the validity of low scores that may be an embarrassment to the system, you must also question the validity of high scores on which you hang your hat. A flawed system is a flawed system, no matter which end of the scale you expose. Saying our school system is headed in the right direction simply because test scores and graduation rates are up shows either benign ignorance or a willful refusal to look beneath the surface. Also, I am bothered by the continuing erroneous belief that our former superintendentâ€™s problems with teachers were an unfortunate result of state mandates.
Well ... that may be true ... unless you remember that he testified to Congress about how great he thought all these new reform policies would be. He refused to align with other superintendents across the state who attempted to push back on some of the â€œtest scores at all costsâ€? and other illconceived reforms, again voicing his support instead. He actually increased the difficulty level for some of the state guidelines for the new evaluation system, a move that was undone by the outcries of teachers. Additionally, I am frustrated with the negative spin in the soundbite that the upcoming BOE sessions will look like a teachersâ€™ union meeting. To that I say, â€œWhy shouldnâ€™t they?â€? Nobody complained when only one former educator was on the board helping to set educational policy for our county. Why is an â€œunbalancedâ€? board an issue now? Educators who are deeply involved in their union are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in their field. They donâ€™t just do their job and go home. They spend their â€œspareâ€? time researching educational issues across the country and advocating for their students. This leads to my final point. I want the media to understand that â€œteacher issuesâ€? are student issues. At what point did things that are good for teachers became unequivocally bad for students? Meat and potatoes issues that teachers care about â€Ś class size, plan time, discipline, turnover, professional development, toxic testing, under staffing, inadequate funding, etc. all have a direct impact on the success and well-being of our students. Parents and community members are starting to understand the issues. That is why the school board is vastly different than it was three years ago. Are the teachers passionate and organized? Yes. They did what they were born to do. They educated and inspired others, getting parents and other community members to vote with them. The school board elections turned out as they did because the public is starting to listen and then ask the right questions of the people who actually live education every day. Itâ€™s time for the talking heads to catch up. Lauren Hopson is president of the Knox County Education Association. The full post is online at speaktn.com
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Staples to Dems: â€˜Theyâ€™re coming after usâ€™ A couple of points about Rick Staples getting the nod to replace ousted incumbent Joe Armstrong on the ballot in the 15th state House race: â– The entire Knox County Democratic Party canâ€™t fit into a phone booth (even if they could find a phone booth nowadays). Fifty people crammed into a very small room to witness the vote for Armstrongâ€™s replacement. A couple dozen more were denied entry by the cop at the door. â– Staples is no longer the Charlie Brown of East Knoxville politics. â– And hereâ€™s a bonus point: With Staples headed to Nashville and Evelyn Gill taking the District 1 County Commission seat, the coalition known as the Five Points Five that has long controlled the political establishment in Knoxvilleâ€™s black community has suffered a serious blow (for now, at least). Eleven of the 15 Knox County Democratic Party officers eligible to vote went for Staples. Two women whoâ€™d expressed interest in the seat, Jackie Clay and Armstrongâ€™s wife, Letonia Armstrong, withdrew their names and were
Betty Bean not nominated. Each candidate was given a couple of minutes for a campaign pitch, and Staples, who previously lost a race for City Councilâ€™s fourth district and this summerâ€™s commission race against Gill in the Democratic Primary (which most observers expected him to win), hammered home a change message, challenging the audience to drive down Magnolia Avenue and take a look around: â€œWhat is my experience? Iâ€™m there. And I do it because I can. Iâ€™m about this community. I got the legs. I got the youthfulness and Iâ€™ve also got my mother.â€? Cleola Staples, who owned and operated a preschool on Holston Drive was sitting in the audience next to former Commissioner Diane Jordan. He issued a warning that the party needs to unify, reminding the audience that Armstrong was the last Democrat left in the Knox County
Diane Jordan, Rick Staples and Cleola Staples legislative delegation. â€œTheyâ€™re coming after us, and we have to keep this seat â€“ not just for this year, but for the future.â€? Presumably Staples is thinking about 2018, since the GOP didnâ€™t bother to field a candidate in this yearâ€™s 15th district race â€“ a curious omission for the Red to the Roots bunch, given the timing of Armstrongâ€™s tax evasion trial â€“ and it is unlikely that Independent candidate Pete Drew, who has run for more offices than anyone can count since Armstrong took the seat from him in 1988 after he switched from
Democrat to Republican, will pose much of a threat in November. Itâ€™s also unlikely that Staplesâ€™ change in status made much difference in Staplesâ€™ weekend plans â€“ planning for an interest meeting of the 100 Black Men of Knoxville and young men whom they will mentor over the coming year, working on a September chess tournament for young people. â€œI didnâ€™t realize how busy I am until recently when I overbooked myself one day,â€? Staples said. â€œI have to be the busiest person in Knoxville that doesnâ€™t have a title.â€?
Hartâ€™s departure could bring back Lady Vols With Dave Hartâ€™s retirement, which will be greeted with applause by Lady Vols fans, it is time to restore the name as a lasting tribute to Pat Summitt. Hartâ€™s contract amendment will give him a buyout of over $600,000; the public will want to know if he receives any other retirement benefits from the state or university. This column predicted Hart and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek retirements and we renew our prediction of a position for Madeline Rogero in a potential Hillary Clinton Administration, occurring in the summer of 2017. Rogero, a few months ago, downplayed it by saying she was not seeking a position. She has asked others not to promote it. Of course, saying you are not seeking a federal appointment is not a denial of a willingness to serve if offered. It is not even close. Rogero has not answered whether she would serve out her full term or decline a federal post if offered. Actually, it is a real compliment to the mayor that she is being mentioned as a Clinton appointee and an even greater honor if it is offered. It seems crystal clear that, if offered, she would quickly accept. Rogero likes public service. This would allow her to go to a level where she is already active with climate change and womenâ€™s issues. She
has traveled to China, Turkey and Los Angeles for the Obama Administration. It could trigger a pay raise of over $30,000 a year in most positions she might be offered. She will be 65 next year and will have only two years left in her final term as mayor. A federal post would give her four to eight years of additional employment and vesting in the federal pension system on top of the city pension she receives the day she leaves office. The four years could become eight if Clinton is re-elected, taking her to age 73. There is virtually no elective local or regional office she could win after mayor due to her liberal leanings. She leads the only Democratic enclave in East Tennessee and is term limited. What would be a position for Rogero? Certainly assistant secretary of labor or housing would be doable and logical. An assistant secretary of state for human rights or womenâ€™s issues would also be credible. She might have a U.S. Senate confirmed position or one free from the Senate confirmation process. Her key staff and several directors may hope she does
not depart before December 2019 as their jobs are not assured under a new or even interim mayor. â– City Council: Knoxville architect Randall DeFord is seen as a strong contender for Nick Pavlisâ€™ seat. DeFord is active in Fort Sanders historical preservation efforts. Former council member Joe Hultquist may run. Stanton Webster, a Fort Sanders resident, is another possibility. Nick Della Volpe is termlimited in District 4. Lauren Rider is clearly running and longtime neighborhood activist Jeff Talman is giving it consideration. David Williams, who ran against Finbarr Saunders, is running for the Duane Grieve seat. Also mentioned are Terry Faulkner, Bearden activist; Sandi Robinson, West Hills sidewalk advocate; Wayne Christensen, former director of Knox Youth Sports; Doug Veum, retired; and Marleen Davis, who ran strongly but unsuccessfully for County Commission two weeks ago. Veum, Davis and Christensen all live in Sequoyah Hills. James Corcoran is mentioned for the Brenda Palmer seat, along with former council member Steve Hall, who has lost his last two races for state representative. Hall still has $10,000 left over from his losing legislative races. County Commissioner Sam McKenzie is mentioned
for the Daniel Brown seat. â– Bob Thomas, announced candidate for Knox County mayor in 2018, has raised over $95,000 but $50,000 is a loan from Thomas himself. The GOP candidate also received generous donations from two well-known Democrats, former U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball, $500; and Farragut developer Doug Horne, $500. Former 911 director Bob Coker gave $200. â– State Rep. Martin Daniel was congratulated election night by a joint call from House Speaker Beth Harwell and Gov. Bill Haslam. Several Haslam friends in Knoxville had financially supported Danielâ€™s opponent, Steve Hall, this summer while Harwellâ€™s PAC had donated $1,500 to Daniel as did ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd who is from Knoxville. Daniel, along with state Reps. Jason Zachary and Roger Kane, face Democratic opponents in November. However, the marquee contest will be the Gloria Johnson-Eddie Smith rematch on Nov. 8. It will be hard-fought and close as it was in 2014. The composition of the district is almost even between the two parties. Trump leading the GOP ticket may harm Smith. Rogero will help Johnson and Haslam will help Smith, who chairs the Knox delegation.
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At-large Knox County Commissioners Bob Thomas and Ed Brantley join SouthDoyle neighborhood residents Lyda and D.J. Krahwinkel and Carson Dailey (9th District commissioner-elect) at Love That BBQ on Maryville Pike. Photos by Betsy Pickle
Ed & Bob ‘love’ SoKno At-large Knox County Commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas returned to Love That BBQ, 1901 Maryville Pike, for their Aug. 17 Night Out to meet with residents and hear their concerns. Proprietors
Walter and Ann Love welcomed the legendary local radio duo and their posse, who packed the place. Aside from SoKno locals Lyda and D.J. Krahwinkel, their neighbor and County Commissioner-elect Carson
Visiting Love That BBQ for Ed & Bob’s Night Out in SoKno are County Commission chair Dave Wright, Bart Rountree, holding Teddy Rountree, proprietors Ann and Walter Love, school board member Amber Rountree and County Commissioner John Schoonmaker.
Dailey, school board member Amber Rountree with husband Bart Rountree and son Teddy, and this reporter, most of the diners were visiting from other parts of town, but the raves they gave Love That BBQ very
Opening-game memories Excitement is peaking. The lid may blow off the pressure cooker at any time. The opening game is almost here. Alarmists say don’t take Appalachian State for granted. I say the Mountaineers have a problem, a very serious problem. This Tennessee team is poised to make memories. I’ve collected a few from opening games over fourfifths of an exciting lifetime watching football Volunteers. Some memories are better than others. Perhaps you recall … 1950: Cousin Ray Byrd, reserve fullback, told me the Vols were going to be good. I went to the opening game because of a complimentary ticket. I was 16. I didn’t
1968: In one of the great drives in Tennessee history, Bubba Wyche led the Vols in a race against the clock Marvin and a fiercely determined West Georgia defense. The final horn sounded with a play in progress, a touchdown pass to Gary Kreis. After that know what to expect. Ten- came a dramatic two-point nessee defeated Mississippi conversion to Ken DeLong Southern, 56-0. Hot dogs (eight points after time exwere inexpensive. pired) to steal a 17-17 tie. 1958: Tennessee lost The introduction of artito Auburn, 13-0. The Vols ficial turf was the wonderplayed all afternoon with- ful, controversial side story. out making a first down. Georgia didn’t like any part They were minus 49 rush- of the Knoxville visit. ing. Beautiful broken-field 1972: It was supposedly a runs enabled tailbacks to big deal that both Tennessee get back within two or three and Georgia Tech had black yards of the line of scrim- quarterbacks. Condredge mage. The embarrassment Holloway’s first pass was inwas on national TV. tercepted and looked to be a
sure Tech touchdown. As if his life depended on it, Peanut ran down the bandit and made the tackle at the 3. “The thought flashed through my mind that if I didn’t catch him, that might be my last play as quarterback at the University of Tennessee.” The Vols squeezed that threat down to a field goal and won in a romp, 34-3. 1976: A guy you never heard of, Vince Fusco, kicked three extra points for Duke, and the Blue Devils won, 21-18, because Tennessee failed three times at conversions. Bill Battle said he had never seen such a weird game. It was Bill’s last opener as coach. 1984: Tony Robinson,
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and John Schoonmaker attended, as did commissioners-elect Michele Carringer and Hugh Nystrom and former commissioner R. Larry Smith. School board member Patti Bounds also checked out the fare.
thin as a fishing line, was virtually invisible for two years behind quarterback Alan Cockrell. Tony’s combined stats were six for 15 passing and 12 runs for minus six yards. Tony moped. Tony fretted. Tony went home once, considered going again and asked about getting his old job back at a hardware store in Tallahassee. Quarterback coach Walt Harris said Tony just didn’t have his heart in being second-team. When Cockrell got out of the way (he went pro in baseball), Robinson blossomed. In his first game at the controls, the opener against Washington State, he completed 13 of 16 and suddenly became the best quarterback nobody had heard of. 1998: Jeff Hall’s field goal won the Syracuse game at the final horn in the Car-
rier Dome, which had the famous brand name but no air conditioning. It was hotter than … well, the kickoff was at noon. Tee Martin (nine for 26) fell far short of spectacular as Peyton Manning’s replacement but did run better. Syracuse took the lead late and probably thought it had won when Tee threw incomplete on what appeared to be the final fourth down. Not so. The home team was flagged for pass interference. The official got it right. The defensive back hit the receiver a fraction of a second early, but you can’t count on such precise officiating on the road. As you may have heard, Tennessee took full advantage of that reprieve. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is email@example.com
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Sullivan receives high certification as police chaplain By Kelly Norrell The Rev. Dr. C. Glenn Sullivan, pastor of South Knoxville Baptist Church, 522 Sevier Ave., doesn’t talk much about one of his pastoral jobs. But recently, it led to national distinction. Sullivan, 81, has been a chaplain with the Knoxville Police Department since its police chaplain proSullivan gram began in 1994. And on July 14, during ceremonies at the annual meeting of the International Conference of Police Chaplains in Albuquerque, N.M., the agency bestowed upon Sullivan the title of “Fellow.” Not only is that the highest level of credential ICPC gives, but also Sullivan is the first chaplain in Tennessee to achieve it. ICPC is an accrediting agency for police chaplains. Pam Neal, minister for administration of First Baptist Church and KPD chaplain coordinator, also received high ICPC recognition. She was the only Tennessean to receive the “Diplomate” credential, ICPC’s second highest level of achievement. Both credentials reflect deep involvement in police
chaplain work and more than 1,000 hours of training. In many ways, Sullivan has lived as a traditional Baptist pastor, having graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and served about six churches as senior pastor, with wife Danny Faye by his side. He has served South Knoxville Baptist since 2006. But for 22 years, Sullivan has also ridden shifts with police officers and spent one 24-hour period each month on call. His job has been to help officers deal with the hellish aspects of the job – attending death scenes and both notifying and comforting bereaved family members. He also supports the officers by listening to officers’ worries and standing by them during life events. “Everyone in our corps looks to Glenn as a leader because he was one of the original chaplains. He has provided great leadership as assistant coordinator and a certified teacher. He has always been in the forefront of the program,” Neal said. Following groundwork by such early chaplains as Sullivan and Neal, the KPD now pays for all its chaplains to earn certification by the ICPC. Neal and Sullivan said KPD has
national distinction for the number of police chaplains it has – about 36. The department helps train and accredit chaplains from nearby cities, including Chattanooga. In Knoxville, police chaplains’ service to the public ranges from being on call at UT football games (two are at every home game) to notifying and comforting family members following deaths. Sullivan said police chaplains’ first duty is to the officers. Chaplains ride with officers on shift and get to know them – work that may lead to officers confiding in chaplains or asking them to perform weddings or funerals. They provide bottles of cold water when officers work at events like parades and stay with a wounded officer in the hospital. “I love the police officers,” he said. “You have to love them and build that relationship, so they can trust me.” He said he struggles knowing that each morning when an officer straps on a service belt, he or she knows an attack may wait that day. Of the new credential, Sullivan said, “It just means I’ve trained and trained. Most of us who get this credential have been in it 20 years or more.” Info: southknoxvillebaptist.com, 865-573-1973.
Church Street UMC hosts Jack Neely By Carol Z. Shane Arnstein Jewish Community Center. Beretta Tile Co. Kern’s Bakery. John T. O’Connor Senior Center. The town of Farragut. The New York Times. All of these things, says Jack Neely, have come about because of immigrants – specifically immigrants who were either born in or were residents of Knoxville at some point in their lives. For instance, New York Times founder Adolph Ochs started his own journalism career working for the Knoxville Chronicle at age 11. As part of Church Street United Methodist Church’s
SENIOR NOTES ■ South Knox Senior Center 6729 Martel Lane 573-5843 knoxcounty.org/seniors Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings include: dulcimer and guitar lessons; arts and crafts classes; dance classes; exercise programs; Tai Chi; card games; Joymakers practice; free swim 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Senior Meals program noon each Wednesday and Friday. “Meet your Commissioner” open house discussion with County Commissioner Mike Brown, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. ■ South Knox Community Center 522 Old Maryville Pike 573-3575 Monday-Friday Hours vary Offerings include a variety of senior programs. ■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center 611 Winona St. 523-1135 knoxseniors.org/oconnor. html Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Offerings include: Card games, billiards, senior fitness, computer classes, bingo, blood pressure checks 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Fall program preview and Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Register for: Lunch and Learn: “Five Aspects of Health” presentation by Dr. Scobie Branson, noon Monday, Aug. 29; reserve lunch by Thursday, Aug. 25. The annual O’Connor Center Golfa Classic, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Three Ridges Golf Course; cost: $125/player or $500/team. ■ CAC Office on Aging 2247 Western Ave. 524-2786 firstname.lastname@example.org
yearlong 200th-birthday celebration, widely known local historian Jack Neely, author of the book “Knoxville’s Secret History,” has been giving a lecture each Sunday afternoon in August. The latest was on the topic of immigration, which is, Neely says, a “huge subject” and one for which just scratching the surface could take several hours. “This was a very interesting place during its first 20 years,” he said of the decades following the 1791 founding of the city. For one thing, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee – originally as a territory and then as a state – which made it attractive to immigrants seeking opportunities. Well known as a destination for English-Scots-Irish immi-
grants, Knoxville also received citizenry from those fleeing the French Revolution and those who wanted to join Americans in continuing to keep a stronghold against the British. Like the Minorcan Spaniard Jorge Farragut Mesquida, who became George Farragut. In the mid-19th century, there was a large influx of immigrants from all over the world because, with its railroad, iron and marble concerns, “Knoxville was hiring. This was a time that we were suddenly an industrial city.” Neely also mentioned utopian settlements from Europe, two of which became Rugby and Wartburg. Many of those members drifted into Knoxville. Neely spoke of the Krutch family, which came here
Local historian and author of “Knoxville’s Secret History” Jack Neely speaks at Church Street United Methodist Church. Neely’s popular August lectures have been part of Church Street UMC’s yearlong bicentennial celebration. Photo by Carol Z. Shane
from Germany. “They were an interesting family of musicians, artists, writers,” he said. Charles Krutch, a TVA
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A teacher of children “… and if you are sure that you are a … teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth, you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself?” (Romans 2: 19, 20-21 NRSV) School buses are rolling again. I grew up among teachers: at home, school, church, in the community. I majored in music education and taught a few years before moving on to other forms of ministry. Along the way, I discovered there were different kinds of teachers. There were those who taught rules, those who taught content of books and those who taught children. I wanted to be one who taught children – and later, adults. As a school year begins, I think about classrooms, teachers, support staff and students. I hope that every person who works in a school cares about kids! I remember the custodians at my school. They were as much a part of the staff as the principal. They took care of us. They taught us that
photographer who died in 1981, donated the money for the park that bears his family’s name. There are no Krutch descendants, which led Neely to observe wryly, “They were more creative than procreative.” Other nationalities that have enriched the region are Swiss, Italian, Greek, Asian and Welsh. Neely told a lovely story of immigrants from Wales who came to work in the iron industry and settled in what is now Mechanicsville. At dusk, after supper, one or two Welsh
any job is important and should be done well and thoroughly. They cleaned up when we made messes and, to my knowledge, never complained. I remember teachers – the ones who cared, went the extra mile, kept us interested and challenged, and helped us grow up. One of my most poignant memories is seeing a miracle. There was a boy in school who had physical challenges. He struggled to carry his lunch tray, and sometimes he dropped it. One day, Mother was in the cafeteria when he came through the line. She showed him a way to hold his tray and carry it to his table successfully. As long as she lived, my mother remembered his turning around and beaming a smile at her – because she had taught him a lesson in competence.
women would step onto the back porch and begin to sing. Others would soon join in, and over the neighborhood would float “these shared songs that they all knew from Wales.” Church Street UMC continues to celebrate its bicentennial for the rest of the year. There is one more lecture to come from Neely on the topic of music in Knoxville, on Aug. 28. For a full listing of special bicentennial events, visit churchstreetumc.org or call 865524-3048.
And, they didn’t say it in so many words, but I got the feeling the fellowship is a factor, too. Harrell says it’s helped him a lot. He can now go home and mow the yard with a push mower. “It’s even helped with my thinking.” They all praised Solomon, said her encouragement and the music she plays helps them keep pedaling. “These guys, they’ll have tremors, pedal, get off the bike, walk normally, and have improved speech and memory,” Solomon said. The program is open to idiopathic Parkinson’s patients aged 30-75 who comTrainer Cindy Solomon with the Rev. L.B. Harrell, Bill Warden, Tom Kearney and Harry Shehan at Bob Temple North Side Y’s Pedal- plete and sign required coning 4 Parkinson’s class last week. Harrell, Kearney, and Warden were celebrating birthdays. Photo by Shannon Carey sent and medical forms and agree to periodic monitoring of their progress. Parkinson’s patients with cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, deful eye of trainer Cindy It’s part of the Y’s gentle just. Just doing the exercise mentia or other conditions By Jake Mabe You want to hear an in- Solomon, pedal for Parkin- faith-based philosophy on is working. It’s definitely that make exercise dangerworth putting the time into ous are not eligible. spirational story? Found son’s disease. And, oh, has living well. it helped. “So many people will not (doing).” one at the Y. Classes are free for Y Each has different symp- members and $5 per class The Pedaling 4 Parkin- come out and do this,” SheThe Rev. L.B. Harrell’s wife tipped us on it. You may son’s mission is to improve han said. “You can’t sit and toms, and each has a dif- for non-members. It is offerent type of Parkinson’s. fered at every Knox area Y remember L.B. either for his quality of life for Parkin- wait for it to go away.” Kearney has noticed Each sets goals of speed, location. preaching or his longtime son’s patients and their presence at Midway Barber caregivers, support treat- marked improvement in his time and miles. Each says For more info about the it works. One says it works Halls program, call 922ment research, and edu- gait. Shop in Halls. “You get on a (station- better than boxing (a com- 9622. For general info: Every Tuesday and Fri- cate caregivers, the public, day at 12:30 p.m. for about and most importantly the ary) bike and maintain a mon exercise for Parkin- http://ymcaknoxville.org/ a year, Harrell, Tom Kear- patients themselves about rhythm. It helps, because son’s patients). pedaling-4-parkinsons/. “Amazing” is the word Email Jake Mabe at JakeMabe1@aol.com ney, Harry Shehan and Bill the importance of main- the body does not produce or visit him online at jakemabe.blogspot. Warden, under the watch- taining an active lifestyle. enough dopamine to ad- Warden used. com.
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November. Info: easttnfarmmarkets. org; on Facebook. ■ Farmers Market in Halls, beside Tractor Supply, 7580 Maynardville Pike. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. ■ Garden Market, New Life UMC, 7921 Millertown Pike. Hours: 4-7 p.m. Second and fourth Mondays through September. Box dinners to go available.
Info/vendor applications: 546-5153. ■ Gatlinburg Farmers Market, 849 Glades Road, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 8. ■ Lakeshore Park Farmers Market, Lakeshore Park across from the Knox Youth Sports Building. Hours: 3-6 p.m. Fridays through October; 2-5 p.m. Fridays in November. Info:
easttnfarmmarkets.org. ■ Market Square Farmers Market, 60 Market Square. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 19. Info: marketsquarefarmersmarket.org. ■ Maryville Farmers Market: Church Avenue. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays through Nov. 17.
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Winning summer for 4-H
The dog ate my homework? By Kip Oswald Well, maybe not! Thatâ€™s a great excuse for not having my homework â€Ś except I donâ€™t have a dog! I really didnâ€™t get my homework done because the Oswalds, Kip Oswald like most families, are always going to some activity after school, so we just donâ€™t get home in time to do hours of homework at night. So, why do we have two or three hours of homework after we have spent seven hours at school doing the same work? As usual, sister Kinzy put on her research hat to find out the history of homework and what homework policies around the country and the world look like. First, she found that our family wasnâ€™t alone in struggling with time for homework. More than 80 percent of respondents in a today.com poll complained about the amount of homework kids are assigned. Then Kinzy found several school districts that have completely stopped assigning homework based on studies done by many researchers including the Brookings Institution and the Rand Corporation. They found evidence that homework overload is the exception rather than the
norm, and in the past 20 years, this increase is associated with neutral and sometimes negative effects on student achievement. One study compared TIMSS math scores of students in over 40 countries with the amount of homework they reported completing each night. They found that many countries with the highest-scoring students, such as Japan, the Czech Republic and Denmark, had teachers who assigned little homework, while countries with low scores, such as Thailand, Greece and Iran, had teachers who assigned a great deal of homework. Also, Kinzy found that many school districts that assign homework follow a standard called the â€œ10-minute rule,â€? created by Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper. The rule, endorsed by the National PTA and the National Education Association, says kids should get 10 minutes of homework a night per grade. A first-grader would have 10 minutes of homework each night; a fifth-grader 50 minutes. What is your schoolâ€™s policy and how does your family handle homework? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Joke of the Week: Teacher: Did your mother help you with your homework? Student: No, she did it all by herself.
It has been a busy summer for local 4-H students. Knox County 4-H took 1st place at the 2016 Wildlife Habitat Educ at ion Program (WHEP) National Contest in July at Canaan Valley Freeland State Park in West Virginia. The group won the Tennessee competition earlier in the summer and represented the state in the national contest. No stranger to winning, the first place performance gives Tennessee its fifth straight win at the national level. Winning team members are Alec Bissell of Bearden, Josiah Creech of Halls, Shelley Griffith of Oak Ridge and Brianna Saylor of Farragut. The team is coached by Sharon Davis and Brandi Griffith. The members also won national individual honors: Shelley Griffith, second in the nation; Josiah Creech, fourth; Alec Bissell, sixth; and Brianna Saylor, twelfth. WHEP educates and tests 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth on their knowledge of North American wildlife species, management and concepts. This yearâ€™s national competition involved 15 teams from 13 states and focused on birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians native to the Appalachian region. Dr. Craig Harper, University of Tennessee professor and extension specialist, directs the program in Tennessee. Hannah Freeland of Farragut was recently recog-
Knox County 4-H took first place in the national WHEP competition with team members Josiah Creech (Halls), Shelley Griffith (Oak Ridge), Brianna Saylor (Farragut), Alec Bissell (Bearden) and coach Brandi Griffith.
4-H Vol State award winners: Brie Anne Davenport, Thomas Cates, Houston Vandergriff, Alec Bissell and Mary Beth Nehls nized as a Level I (9th and 10th grade) state winner in the line and design project at the Tennessee 4-H Roundup held at the UT Knoxville. A homeschool student and the daughter of Brent and Sabrina Freeland, Hannah received a $500 college scholarship and a Horizon Award trophy. At the Roundup, several local 4-H members in
Knox County received the Vol State award, the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member can achieve. Vol State is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership in their communities. Local winners included Mary Beth Nehls, a senior at
Christian Academy of Knoxville; Brie Anne Davenport, a senior from Halls enrolled in Tennessee Online Public School; Thomas Cates, a senior at South Doyle High School; Houston Vandergriff, homeschool senior from Powell; and Alec Bissell, STEM academy graduate and freshman at UT Knoxville.
Knox County Schools Coupon Book campaign to launch The Knox County Schools Coupon Book campaign will start Thursday, Sept. 8, and run through Sept. 27. Each book includes over $11,500 in savings and 31 new merchants, including over $2,000 in savings in the Sevier County Family Fun Section.
Merchants and their offerings are available for viewing on the Knox County Schools website. Purchase books from your local school to show support. This is an efficient fundraiser: Each $10 book generates $8 for the school
selling the book; 70 cents is redistributed to schools within Knox County with greater economic needs; 13 cents goes to the K-12 eBook subscriptions for all school libraries; 63 cents goes toward printing and 54 cents goes toward overhead and incentives.
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Clarence Brown launches new season By Sandra Clark
The curtain will rise Friday, Sept. 2 for opening night of â€œViolet,â€? the first of eight productions for 2016-17 at Clarence Brown Theatre. This season could be the best yet. â€œVioletâ€? is filled with bluegrass, folk and gospel music in telling the story of a mountain girl scarred in a farm accident who takes a bus to Tulsa â€“ via Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis â€“ to be healed by an evangelical preacher. â€œVioletâ€? runs through Sept. 18. Other plays ahead are â€œThe Crucible,â€? by Arthur Miller; â€œThis Is Our Youth,â€? a comedy about three wayward adolescents; â€œA Christmas Carol,â€? the Charles Dickens classic; â€œOutside Mullingar,â€? a romantic comedy set in Ireland; â€œThe Busy Body,â€? a comedy; â€œTop Girls,â€? a contemporary feminist play about sacrifices in reaching the top; and â€œAround the World in 80 Days,â€? from the novel by Jules Verne. Weâ€™ll see plays for all people at a range of prices for all budgets: â– Pay what you wish nights make the plays affordable to all â– Open captioned performances include a text display of all words and sounds â– Deaf night at the theatre provides four live interpreters and a barrier-free experience â– Student matinees are scheduled during the school day at drastically reduced rates â– A day for community provides an evening of free theatre including a talkback for a targeted audience identified by the Urban League in order to engage the under-served â– Blue Star theatre offers discounts for military and veterans â– Family feast provides dinner and $10 tickets
â– Penny4Arts offers kids the opportunity to attend select performances for a penny when accompanied by an adult. In addition, Clarence Brown Theatre offers an â€œI want it all packageâ€? for $175 with discounts for UT faculty and staff, UT students and non-UT students. Preview nights for all eight plays are (Wednesday and Thursday before opening night) are $145. Single tickets are available. Ticket info: 865-974-5161 or online at clarencebrowntheatre.com The theatre is â€œlike a teaching hospitalâ€Ś it is our labâ€? with training for actors as well as all those folks behind the stage in lighting, costumes, set design, marketing and directing, said David B. Byrd, managing director of CBT, who spoke recently to the North Knoxville Rotary Club at Littonâ€™s. â€œGraduates leave UT with professional experience,â€? he said. UT has 80-100 undergraduates, up to 22 graduate students in design and 16 auditioned and invited students seeking a masterâ€™s in fine arts. Those MFA students will perform in the first play, â€œViolet,â€? a play thatâ€™s been a year in the making. UT leases six one-bedroom apartments in the Fort Sanders area to house visiting guest artists, Byrd said. â€œItâ€™s really important that they enjoy their time in Knoxville, and they do.â€? Byrd said no two performances are the same because â€œthe audience is a central component,â€? and performers adjust to the crowdâ€™s engagement. â€œTheater is a collaborative art form.â€? Clarence Brown, a Knoxville native and 1910 UT graduate, and his wife, Marian, endowed the theatre â€“ at the time, UTâ€™s largest single endowment. It was built without a center aisle because Brown â€œhated to see people leaving during the performances.â€? It was dedicated in November 1970 as one of the nationâ€™s finest performance venues.
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Attracting new, younger members J. Fred Heitmanâ€™s job is his company, American Aquatics. He travels the country helping cities and counties with stormwater inspections. He is an expert when it comes to fish sampling studies. But his real job is Rotary. In this Rotary year of 201617, he serves as Governor of District 6780, the home district for Knoxvilleâ€™s seven Rotary clubs and 58 other clubs in East Tennessee. Fred, who lives in Knoxville, is past president of The Rotary Club of Oak Heitman Ridge. He joined that club in 1998 when his company was located in Oak Ridge. Fred has managed to continue working fulltime and be a district governor, and thatâ€™s a neat trick. Heâ€™s changed the model and instead of visiting all 65 clubs, heâ€™s had 16 cluster meetings with four or five clubs on average at each meeting. Heâ€™s also popping in unannounced, visiting clubs during their regular weekly meetings. â€œI like to sit and talk with who I call â€˜table Rotarians,â€™â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s been eye-opening to learn up close what great things our clubs and our Rotarians are doing in their communities.â€? He has 10 goals for his year. One major goal is for each club to do one community project per month. â€œI want us to do these projects in our communities and tell the communities what we are doing, on Facebook, social media or through other media,â€? he says. â€œWe tend to hide Rotaryâ€™s bright light under a basket.â€? Another goal is for clubs to increase membership by 5 percent, especially recruiting younger members who will be the future of Rotary. â€œWe have to attract young members going forward,â€? he says. â€œAnd that is starting to happen.â€? â–
The Welcome Picnic for Pellissippi State Community Collegeâ€™s international students will be 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the College Courtyard at Pellissippi Stateâ€™s Hardin Valley campus. The Rotary Club of Knoxville is sponsoring this event. â–
Career Magnet students set to earn college credits By Ruth White Last week, Career Magnet Academy recognized students from the class of 2018 who have met the requisite benchmarks to begin taking dual enrollment courses at Pellissippi State Community College. This group will make significant progress toward an associate degree at PSCC while still in high school. Through the program, most students will need only an additional three to six courses to complete their degree, but some will earn their high school diploma and an associate degree when they graduate. What makes the program unique is that juniors in the program can walk upstairs from the high school campus and be in the PSCC lobby. The students will attend regular high school classes and then head upstairs during the middle of the school day for two college courses, ending the day back at CMA for seventh period. Dr. Mike North, campus
dean for the Strawberry Plains PSCC, said, â€œI canâ€™t say how thrilled I am to see the first group â€˜come upstairsâ€™ to begin coursework at Pellissippi this fall. Approximately 50 students from the first CMA class made it this fall. Getting to â€˜come upstairsâ€™ means successfully progressing to the next step in their program. That is something the teachers and administration in the Career Magnet Academy have been cultivating in them for the past two years â€“ a desire to obtain the skills to enter college coursework and degree pursuit.â€? Out of the 82 juniors enrolled at CMA, 48 will work on the dual enrollment program, or 58.5 percent of the class. Magnet facilitator Cameron Molchan calls this figure â€œremarkableâ€? given that 65 percent of the junior class came to the school below grade level in reading and math. The juniors earned an average of 19.5 on the ACT during their sophomore year, with the highest
score by a sophomore being 30. Students must meet certain criteria to participate in the program. They must maintain the requisite GPA (varies by pathway 2.0 or 3.0), must meet the benchmark scores either on the Compass Exam or the ACT (17-19 depending on the pathway), and must demonstrate maturity and maintain a clean discipline record to be referred by one of the administrators. Pathway choices selected for the classes of 2018 and 2019 at Career Magnet include Homeland Security: 43.2 percent participation; Advanced Manufacturing: 19.6 percent; Teaching as a Profession: 25.1 percent; and Sustainable Living: 12.1 percent. Each year the school will accept 125 freshmen. It will begin taking applications on Oct. 2 and use a lottery system. The link to the online application is https:// transapp.knoxschools.org. There is no charge to at-
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tend, and all students receive free breakfast, lunch and a Chromebook. Career Magnet Academy is at 7171 Strawberry Plains Pike. Info: 622-3800.
Free Flu Shot Saturday
Get this on your calendars â€“ the annual Free Flu Shot Saturday will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, at six schools â€“ Austin-East High, Carter High, Farragut High, Halls High, South-Doyle Middle and West High. Watch this column for more details to come.
â– James Shamiyeh, MD, has been named medical director for UT Medical Centerâ€™s Heart Lung Vascular Institute. A graduate of the UT Health Sciences Center in Memphis.
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THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 â€œThe Three Musketeers,â€? Knoxville Childrenâ€™s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Ave. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Info/tickets: 2083677, knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com, zack@ childrenstheatreknoxville.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 Books Sandwiched In: â€œRepublic Lost: The Corruption of Equality and the Steps to End Itâ€? by Lawrence Lessig, noon, East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. Info: 215-8801. Knoxville Writersâ€™ Group meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Naples Italian Restaurant, 5500 Kingston Pike. All-inclusive lunch, $12. Visitors and guests welcome. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 22. Info/RSVP: 983-3740.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25 Rehearsal of The Golden Tones, a senior (age 50+) womenâ€™s chorus, 1:30 p.m., Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort, 271 Moss Grove Blvd. New members welcome. Info: email@example.com or Martha Farrelly, 687-9222. Sugar High!, 8:30-10 p.m. Sugar Mamaâ€™s, 135 S. Gay St. Free stand-up comedy show featuring Craig Holcombe and Andy Cummins from Greenville, S.C.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27 Around the World in 82 Days, 2-3 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Info: 470-7033. Authors Rachel Holbrook and Bobbi Phelps Wolverton, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave. Info: 951-2180. Cades Cove Heritage Tour, 1:30 p.m., Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Tickets: $15. Info/reservations: 448-8838. Dwight Yoakam to perform, 7 p.m., Back Porch on the Creek, 601 Lovell Road. Tickets: $40 and $60. Tickets: KnoxvilleTickets.com; 656-4444 or 877-9959961. Info: BackPorchontheCreek.com.
Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: www.feralfelinefriends.org. â€œPropagation: Make More of What You Already Have,â€? 10:30-11:30 a.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Library, 9045 Cross Park Drive. Free presentation by master gardener Lisa Churnetski. Info: 470-7033. â€œSailing Along the Nileâ€? Family Fun Day, 1-4 p.m., McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive. Tours, crafts and activities exploring ancient Egyptian civilization and culture. Free and open to the public. Reservations not necessary. Info: 974-2144. Stargazing Workshop, 9:30 p.m., Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. Cost: $1 donation. Includes indoor video/ lecture on Venus and Jupiter and outdoor viewing of the conjunction of the two planets. Info: info@ marblesprings.net or 573-5508. Vintage baseball, noon and 2:30 p.m., Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike. Games and parking free; concessions available. Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. Info: ramseyhouse.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, AUG. 27-28 Murder mystery play â€œThe Mismatchingâ€™s of Madeline Matchmaker,â€? 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Beaver Ridge UMC, 7753 Oak Ridge Highway. Tickets: Saturday dinner play, $20 or table of eight $150; Sunday dessert matinee: $15 for one to four people or $12 for five to eight people. Proceeds go to the Adult Missions and Outreach. Info/tickets: 680-7032.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28 Asian Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Market Square. Free admission. Activities include: food, live music performances, dance performances, Kimono show, Tea Ceremony and more. Info/event schedule: knoxasianfestival.com. Closing reception for â€œEncore,â€? an exhibition of the work of 11 graduates from UT School of Art, 1-4 p.m., Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Info: 974-3200 or ewing-gallery.utk.edu.
upcoming production of â€œBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,â€? 6:30-10 p.m., Clayton Performing Arts Center, Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Thirteen roles available. Auditions open to the community. Info: facebook.com/pstcctheatre.
TUESDAY, AUG. 30 Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv troop, 8 p.m., Scruffy City Hall, Market Square. Free admission.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 Authors Guild of Tennessee meeting, 11 a.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd. Published authors are invited to attend. Info: authorsguildoftn.org.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SEPT. 1-2 AARP Driver Safety class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Drive. Info/registration: Linda Lawson, 218-3375.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Gallery showing and play performances of The Moving Theatreâ€™s presentation of Chekhovâ€™s â€œThe Boor,â€? 6-10 p.m., Fluorescent Gallery on Central St. Features works by painters Ocean Starr Cline and Robert H. Thompson, costumer Brigid KO, and hair and makeup by LOX salon. Info: MovingTheatreKnoxville@gmail.com. Public reception for new exhibitions, 5-9 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Exhibitions include: â€œSlot Machineâ€? by Stephen Reid Carcello; â€œWe The Peopleâ€? by Antuco Chicaiza; Projects by Emily Taylor; â€œA Time of Recent Creativityâ€? by Anthony Donaldson; â€œCosmic Orderâ€? by Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball. Info: 523-7543, or knoxalliance.com. â€œRoses in Pots: Selecting and Planting for Patio Spaces,â€? 10 a.m., Crestwood Hills LadyBugs Garden Club. Presented by Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian Brian Townsend. RSVP required. Info/RSVP: Linda Wimbrow, 966-2421.
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Fall rehearsals begin for the Shannondale Singers, a mixed voice community chorus, 1:30 p.m., Shannondale Retirement Community main building assembly room, 801 Vanosdale Road. New singers welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 687-9222.
MONDAY-TUESDAY, AUG. 29-30
Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry, 9:30 a.m. departure from Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Cost: $60. Advance reservations required. Info/reservations: 448-8838. Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: www.feralfelinefriends.org.
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