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Union County’s three veterans groups, American Legion Post 212, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8682, and the TriCounty Veterans Honor Guard, will host an open house for all veterans and their families 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Veterans Building behind the Little League baseball field in Maynardville. No alcohol or smoking in the building. Light refreshments will be served. Info: Lynn Sexton, 865-6047797

GOP to meet

The Union County Republican Party will hold a reorganization meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Union County Courthouse. Officers will be elected.

BOE to meet

The Union County Board of Education will meet in regular session Thursday, March 23, at the Union County High School auditorium. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting following immediately.

4-H in March

The Union County 4-H kids have a full schedule for March. Deadline is Thursday, March 9, for the photo contest. The Open House and Photo Show for the community, teachers, 4-Hers and families will be 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at UT Extension Union County, 3925 Maynardville Highway. The Union County High School Color Run is Saturday, March 11. The winter farmers market will be Saturday, March 11, at Saint Teresa Catholic Church. Norris Lake Clean-up will be Saturday, March 25. Info: 865-457-4547. Coming in April: All Star Conference and Clover Bowl. For general information on the Union County 4-H, call Ashley Mike at 865-992-8038.

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The late James Coppock stands with his son and Eagle Scout Jim Coppock at Camp Pellissippi in 1958.

Linda Myers, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 401, receives the James Coppock Memorial Award honoring her 30 years of service to the Boy Scouts. With her at the Echota District banquet are her son, Eagle Scout and Venture Scout Jerry Myers, and Steve and Jim Coppock, sons of the late James Coppock, for whom the award is named. Photos submitted

Scouting never gets old By Shannon Carey Ask Linda Myers why she’s poured 30 years of time, effort and love into the Boy Scouts, and she’ll tell you of the joy of watching “little kids turn into good citizens and good people.” Then, with a grin, she’ll add, “And it’s a lot of fun, too.” The Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts has taken notice of Myers’ commitment and fun approach to Scout-

ing, honoring her recently with the James Coppock Memorial Award, named for a man who contributed 78 years of service to the Boy Scouts in East Tennessee. Coppock’s sons present the award every year to a dedicated and deserving Scoutmaster. “It was just very humbling to receive this,” Myers said. “I feel a kind of kinship through (Coppock’s) sons. It’s an honor to have walked in some of the same places

that he had.” Myers came to Scouting when stationed at Abilene Air Force Base in Texas during her time in the armed forces. Her stepson, Justin, became a Cub Scout, and she joined another mother as den leader. When Justin got old enough to be a Boy Scout, Myers stepped up to be Scoutmaster for his Troop. That was 30 years ago, but even back then a female Scoutmaster

wasn’t as unusual as you might think. “In Texas, there were three female Scoutmasters, and we were all named Linda. Maybe it was something in the water,” she joked. And her gender doesn’t seem to hinder the success of her Scouts. “I like to think that I’m the kinder, gentler Scoutmaster,” she said. “I have the mom touch.” When Myers retired from the Air Force after more than 20 years of service, she and her family, including husband Billie, Justin, sons Jerry and Johnny, and To page A-2

Corum resigns as Chamber president By Shannon Carey Leslie Corum has resigned as president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, making her the second Chamber president to resign since the start of 2016. The move came less than two weeks after the Chamber’s annual banquet and on the heels of Union County Commission’s deci- Leslie Corum sion to use hotel/motel tax funds

earmarked for tourism to build a splash pad at Wilson Park. Hotel/ motel tax funds have previously been used by the Chamber for tourism promotion. Corum’s resignation was effec-

tive March 1. “I believe that Union County has some of the finest people and the best resources in the state of Tennessee,” Corum wrote to the board. “The people of this county are some of the most dedicated, hardworking individuals that I have ever met. Their love for this county has inspired me. I think that when the time comes that

these individuals can all work together in one direction, Union County can truly start to evolve into a county that will attract new business and residents.” Corum thanked the Chamber for the opportunity to serve. The Chamber’s board of directors has set an emergency meeting for noon Wednesday, March 8, to discuss plans for moving forward.

BOE plan will offer health insurance to school subs By Sandra Clark Union County Public Schools will launch a new system for hiring substitute teachers which Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter says will be good for both the system and the subs. Kim Woodson presented a plan by Professional Jimmy Carter Education Services Group (PESG) to the school board in February. Proposed for the 2017-18 school year, PESG has been used by the Grainger County school system for two years without complaint. With offices in several states, PESG filled subs for over 1.15 million absences in over 4,900

schools, with a fill rate of 97 percent, according to the company website. PESG offers voluntary benefits including health insurance to the substitutes with zero liability to the school district. Yet the district has final say in determining who works in each school. With PESG, substitutes could work full time and be offered insurance, something not currently available in Union County. “It would take a work load away from the director’s office, the principal’s office and central finance,” Carter said. The school board approved, pending review of a contract by attorney Mary Ann Stackhouse and Carter. In other school board action, two additional teachers were ap-

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proved for tenure: Brooke Suttles from Luttrell Elementary and Jamie Miller Jones from Paulette. Mary Effler presented her vision for graphics and design for the Horace Maynard Middle School dining and serving area. The proposal will cost $85,000. The completion date is slated for August 2017. Carter praised Effler on her program and vision for the schools’ lunch program; the BOE approved her request. The board also approved a program by the Union County Health Department to warn fifth and sixth graders about the dangers of opioid use. Carter presented a proposal to pay coaches of major sports (football, basketball, softball and baseball) a supplement for off-season

work. “Off-season workouts are expected but not funded,” he said. This will be reviewed and voted on at the March meeting. Robbie Graves addressed the board with questions of how the Youth Football League should proceed with use of the HMMS football field for practices and games. The organization requires assurances that the participants have a dedicated field to play on. Carter recommended that he fill out a “community use of school facilities” form. This was not voted on by the board. Carter is continuing with district meetings to discuss the UCPS strategic plan. Union County High School and Horace Maynard Middle School will have a joint meeting tentatively scheduled for March 7 at UCHS.



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Sophronia Strong honored by her son Bonnie Peters

Strong Hall was torn down in 2014 to make way for the new $114 million earth sciences building. The original distinctive front arches were preserved in the new building. A couple of other history searches! I recently wrote about Ailor Mill, but I have learned that there is much more important history to be added. I’m told by several people that one of the millers was riding a fin in the wheel down from the second floor, but the fin broke, the miller fell through the wheel and was both crushed and drowned. Roscoe Heiskell, Roy Myers and Rome Sharp came to pull him out, clean him up and prepare him for burial. At the time, Maynardville did not yet have a funeral home. With all that information, no one has yet to remember the man’s name. If anyone knows, please call or email me. Also, I am looking for the connection between Slim Tolliver, Fate Harry Sharp

Scouting never gets old daughter Jamie, moved back to Billie’s native Union County, to family land near his grandmother Goldie Myers. That was 13 years ago, and the family kept Scouting. Myers became the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 401 in Union County. She also works with the local Cub Scout Pack and Venturing Crew.

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Now that she has two kids in college, Myers has gone back to college herself, learning collision repair at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. But she’s not looking to stop Scouting anytime soon. “I love doing it,” she said. “I love watching them grow and develop skills and learn to be independent. We go

This rendering above of the new science building was taken from the UT publication Tennessee Today, Jan. 16, 2014. The nine-story, 26 8 ,0 0 0 -square - fo ot building will be home to the anthropology and earth and planetary sciences departments. Strong Hall was built in 1925 and served as a women’s residence hall until 2008. The renovation and expansion project will preserve 20,000 square feet of the original structure.

and what is called Harry Hollow at Sharps Chapel. A lady volunteered to take me down Harry Hollow when I was working on the restora- – I have not been able to get tion of Oak Grove School, in touch with her. My phone is 865-687but – as luck would have it

out and do a lot of stuff in the community, and they pick what activities we do, even though the older I get the more I think they’re trying to wear me out. It’s kind of in my blood, and I really love getting out and doing all these things.” Those things include backcountry camping, community projects, and even a bike trip on the Virginia Creeper Trail coming up

Come to the Water “Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15)

On March 1, traditionally known as Ash Wednesday, some Christians received ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross, and the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel” were proclaimed to them. After spending 40 days in the desert, these are the first words of Jesus at the start of his public ministry. In imitation of Jesus, many Christians practice Lent. That is, they engage in 40 days of penance. Some might ask, if I believe in Jesus, why do I need to engage in a time of sacrifice and penance? Jesus was asked a similar question, but in reverse: “Why do we and the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not fast?” (Matt. 9:14) His response was, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matt. 9:15) Fr. Steve Pawelk

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this spring. Another reward, said Myers, is seeing boys who have grown up in her Troop stay with Scouting as adults. Caleb Branum, for example, who earned Eagle Scout in Troop 401, has become an assistant Scoutmaster for the Troop. Tyler Warwick aged out of the Venturing program at 21 and became a Venturing adviser. “They’re turning into the future leaders of Scouting,” Myers said. She thanked all the adult leaders and parent helpers

Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48). Penance and sacrifice for the sake of Jesus helps us on the journey of becoming saints. Keeping the practice of Lent helps us to move toward Christian holiness. The three traditional practices are prayer, alms giving and fasting. (See Matt. 6:1-18). How much and what shape these take varies from person to person. One way to determine what I might do to keep Lent is to answer this question: What do I need to change in order that I may see Christ more clearly in the world and that the people of the world may see Christ more clearly in me? These traditional forms of penance - increased prayer, increased acts of charity, and moments of selfdenial or fasting - can help one discover the depth of Christ’s love. Often a medical procedure requires you to purify and clean out your bodily systems. This is the same thing from a spiritual side. It is getting rid of the junk that clots our spiritual arteries so the blood of Christ can flow more fully in our veins.

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who have helped Troop 401 grow. “This is not a one-man show by any means,” she said. “And I am very proud of all the boys that have come through the program.” Myers encouraged all parents to get involved in Scouting with their children at an early age. “You can get the same experiences as your kids,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun, and you learn a lot along the way.” Info: Linda Myers, 865992-3277

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Benjamin Rush Strong, a Knoxville leader and merchant, who bequeathed $1,000 to each of seven counties surrounding Knox County for the construction of a school. However, his largest bequest was to The University of Tennessee, including the University of Tennessee Farm and a building for what he called UT’s “girl students.” In all my college years and tripping around the campus and by Sophronia Strong Hall, I never once associated her with the man who had built schools in each of seven East Tennessee counties. Nevertheless, Rush Strong’s mother had died, and to honor her he detailed in his will his desire that a building be built on the UT campus dedicated to women students with the building named to honor his mother – Sophronia Strong Hall, which stood for decades at Cumberland and 16th Street. In all the publicity I’ve read to date about Rush Strong, I’ve failed to find what this man marketed to make so much money for the time, so I’ll keep digging. After more than 80 years housing women at UT,

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Casa de Sara:

The legacy lives, expands Lions seek donations for memorial scholarship and now has llamas Runners get their llamas going in last year’s Great Llama Race for Casa de Sara. The 2017 race will be Oct. 7.

this opportunity, the girls learn a trade, build their If you live in the Knoxville resumes and earn a salary. area, you’ve probably heard The young women also rethe story: A chance meeting ceive a college or technical between a 4-year-old child school scholarship. Casa de struggling to sell trinkets on Sara also provides scholara beach in Acapulco and a ships to young men who are young Knoxville woman just eligible. out of college and on vacation; a taxi ride to “the other ■■ Health Care side of the mountain, where The Hispanic Children’s Lori Santoro saw the pov- Education Fund provides erty and hopelessness the periodic health care clinics child called home; a cher- and health care seminars for ished photograph of Sara, the children and adults. These young Mexican girl on the clinics typically provide vibeach, that tattooed itself on sion, pediatric, gynecologiLori’s heart.” cal and dental care. Casa de Sara was born out of that chance meeting, ■■ Nutrition which wasn’t chance at all, The children in the believes Santoro, but fate. schools often eat very little A burning desire to help has outside of the school, and never left her, and Casa de what they do eat is lacking Sara, now a 501(c)3 organi- in nourishment. Casa de zation that provides educa- Sara provides a well-roundtion and opportunities for ed and nutritious breakfast, at-risk children and fami- lunch and a snack to all stulies in both Latin America dents in the Escuelita, as and the greater Knoxville well as iron supplements area, has stayed true to a and parasite treatment to mission to help individuals all students. and their communities for 17 years. Casa de Sara began ■■ Knoxville with the objective of helping programs to assist orphanages and Needs here at home have institutions caring for abandoned children. It is now so also hit Casa de Sara’s radar. A partnership with the Boy much more. Scouts at Northwest Middle ■■ Early Education

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The back’s anatomy Chiropractic Outlook By Dr. Darrell Johnson, DC

Keeping your spinal cord functioning properly is one of the keys to healthy living. A healthy spinal cord lets your body function at peak efficiency. Protecting the spinal cord are your back and spine. They are a complex latticework of muscles, bones, nerves, tendons and ligaments. The spine, for instance, through which the spinal cord runs, is made up of more than 30 individual bones, the vertebrae. Each bone is separated by a shock absorber of sorts, a flexible pad or cartilage called a disc. The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain to almost the bottom of the spine. The brain, the cord and the nerves that emanate from the cord to various parts of the body

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The scholarships are awarded to UCHS seniors who plan to go on to postsecondary training, including college or trade school. Students apply and are judged based on many criteria, including academic achievement. Last year’s recipients all wrote thank-you letters and kept the Lions Club members apprised of their academic success. “That made us feel good that they were so appreciative,” said Mincey. “We picked six winners, and we felt really good about it.” The club hopes to award as many scholarships this year and to keep the scholarship going into the future. While the Lions Club’s main mission is to provide eye exams and glasses to those in need, Mincey said the club is also a service organization, and the scholarship is part of that service. “We serve. And anything you can do that helps the community in some way fits in with our mission.” To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Mincey at 865-278-6430. The Lions Club meetings are open to the public, and they are always seeking new members. Meetings are noon every third Monday at the Hardee’s in Maynardville. Mincey said the Lions Club will start taking applications for this year’s scholarships in April.

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Lori Santoro talks with some of the children in a Casa de Sara escuelita (little school) in Bolivia.


Escuelitas (little schools) are designed to reach and meet the needs of children in highly impoverished communities, currently in Latin America. The school is run and staffed by local personnel, providing jobs for those in the community. The schools have field trips, sports and participate in local events as a regular part of the school day. Special attention is given to each child’s health care issues, nutrition and individual needs. The school provides breakfast, lunch, snack and daily vitamins for students and staff.

are paired with a Knoxville school and a llama from Southeast Llama Rescue. The race is run in heats and first, second and third place winners are announced after the championship heat. The winning schools receive a percentage of funds raised to go to a project of their choice, with the remainder going to Casa de Sara. Other activities include vendors, food, entertainers, music, crafts and games, a children’s section, interaction with llamas and more. ■■ Fundraising The 2017 event on Oct. 7 will be the fourth year Of all the ideas for fundraising, Casa de Sara’s main for the Great Llama Race. event just seems to fit the or- Keep up with the adventure ganization like a glove. The at www.thegreatllamarace. Great Llama Race is a foot com. Sponsors are still race where local celebrities needed. School brings mentorship and teaches building skills to at-risk youth. The program engages youth in building gazebos and then donating them to needed spaces throughout the community. Hopes are to expand the program to other communities. There is also a Christmas for Kids program at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary and a college scholarship award given to a West High School student each year.

Ronnie Mincey, Union County Lions Club president, remembers the late Mark Martin fondly. Both were longtime employees of Union C o u n t y P u b l i c Schools, Mincey in the classroom and central office, Mr. Martin as Mark Martin the traveling music teacher for Sharps Chapel, Big Ridge and Luttrell elementary schools. “Mr. Martin was a shy individual. He liked kids and kids liked him. He touched the lives of half the student population of Union County for 27 years,” said Mincey. That’s why the Union County Lions Club chose to name a scholarship in his honor. Last year, the Mark Martin Memorial Scholarship gave $500 each to six deserving Union County High School seniors, and the club is hoping to do it again this year. “I think he would be happy that something was done in his name to help the kids he used to teach,” said Mincey. “And it keeps a piece of him alive.” Mr. Martin passed away unexpectedly in May 2015. Mincey said the Union County Lions didn’t know how much they might raise for the scholarships, but they were surprised. They raised more than $3,000. Mr. Martin’s surviving family contributed about a third of that, and the rest came from individuals, along with staff and students at the schools where Mr. Martin taught.

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Currie selected on split vote Newly designated University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie was not the unanimous choice of the six-member search committee, this writer has learned from sources who declined to be named. Peyton Manning and another trustee voted for former coach Phil Fulmer, while Currie was the choice of the remaining four members. None are talking on the record. The hire was a strong surprise. Manning did attend the Currie news conference Thursday in a show of unity. Interestingly, Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who was not a committee member, participated in some of the closed interviews, which increased the number of women involved from one to two – but still there were no African-Americans. Davenport, who nominally named the committee, announced the list before she even arrived in Knoxville to become chancellor. She also flew to Kansas to interview Currie after interviewing Fulmer and perhaps others.

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It is felt Davenport wanted someone who had spent a significant part of their career outside Tennessee. Currie meets that standard. When Currie last lived in Knoxville, he lived on Hillvale Turn and his family attended Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. They were active in the community, but the majority of his life has been removed from Knoxville. If Currie, who will become 46 on April 1, restores the Lady Vols name after his April arrival, it will go a long way to winning over people who have misgivings over this surprise choice. However, the people who in reality picked him may not allow him to do this. It remains to be seen whether he will have the freedom Dave Hart has had to do whatever he wanted as athletic direc-

tor. The search was trusteedriven and owned. Davenport was the conduit by which it all occurred, but her main role was to approve the choice from her employers (trustees). It will be interesting to see how she handles the search for a new provost and communications vice chancellor. ■■ Meanwhile, the state Senate Education Committee has added $450,000 for an “intellectual diversity office,” which UT President Joe DiPietro is less than happy about. He had no

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Kidney disease stealthy By Joanna Henning March is National Kidney Month, so it’s a great time to shine a light on these two, very important little fist-sized organs. They may be small, but the kidneys are mighty in their ability to maintain overall health within the body. When they’re healthy, the kidneys are like a first rate maintenance crew. They filter waste from the blood and remove drug residue from the body. They also work to regulate salt and potassium, help balance the body’s fluids, and release hormones that regulate blood pressure. The tricky part about the kidneys, however, is that they don’t give much of a heads-up when they’re not working properly. In fact, most people with early stages of chronic kidney disease show no symptoms, which is why getting tested early is so important. The National Kidney Foundation reports that Kidney Disease is the ninthleading cause of death in the country, and more than 26 million Americans actually have kidney disease and don’t know it! Wondering if you might need to get tested? Some common risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older. Also, once the disease begins to progress,

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identified with Haslam is Knoxville’s Randy Boyd, former Economic and Community Development commissioner, who filed his campaign papers on Monday. ■■ Doug Harris, former Knox County school board chair, and his wife, Carla, are back after 3½ months circling the world and visiting over 24 countries. They especially liked Bolivia, Peru and Chile. They were in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 10th floor of a building during a 7.8 earthquake, which was a challenging experience. They felt New Zealand was one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

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candidates seeking to replace Haslam who oppose Haslam’s gas tax proposal, helped to defeat his Insure Tennessee proposal or separated themselves from Haslam’s disavowal of Donald Trump in the recent presidential campaign. It also contrasts with the state Democratic Party chair, who often criticizes Haslam. Dean is already running a general election campaign (but he may face state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh in the primary). Appealing to Haslam Republicans, who may not be happy with the eventual GOP nominee, may be a bright strategy. The current GOP candidate most closely

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SENIOR NOTES ■■ Union County Senior Citizens Center, 298 Main St. Info for all seniors groups: Melanie Dykes, 865-992-3292 or 865992-0361. ■■ Luttrell Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each third Monday, Luttrell Community Center, 115 Park Road. ■■ Plainview Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first Monday, Plainview City Hall, 1037 Tazewell Pike. ■■ Sharps Chapel Seniors meet 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each first and third Wednesday, Sharps Chapel Community Building, 1550 Sharps Chapel Road.

FAITH NOTES Special services ■■ Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, 716 Ailor Gap Road, Maynardville, will begin a series of meetings with hopes and prayers for renewal and revival 7 p.m. Monday, March 13. The Rev. Wayne Henderson, will bring the messages. ■■ UPLIFT, a nondenominational study/prayer group for Universal Peace, Love, Inspiration, Faith & Truth, meets 11 a.m.-noon Sundays in the conference room at Hardee’s, 2825 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville. Info: Eva, 865-992-0185 or eva.

Community services ■■ The Union County Food Pantry, 553 Fall Creek Road, is open 2-5 p.m. every second and fourth Monday. In case of inclement weather, the food pantry follows Union County Public Schools closures. Info: Kitty Lewis, 865-992-4335, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ■■ Hansard Chapel Methodist Church, located on Highway 33 across from Tolliver’s Market, hosts a food pantry 6-7 p.m. each third Saturday. Gently used clothing is also available. Info: the Rev. Jay Richardson, 865-776-2668.

Union County Shopper news • March 8, 2017 • A-5

It seems I dream every night. Most I usually don’t remember, thankfully so, because they seem unsettling.

Ronnie Mincey Teacher Time Some believe that all dreams have meaning. This idea does seem to have biblical foundations, as Joseph in the book of Genesis was able to interpret dreams. A teacher colleague gave me a universal interpretation of all dreams, that they are merely manifestations of fears. When I was in elementary school, I had a recurring dream of getting off the bus, entering school clad only in my underwear. How terrifying it was to walk down the main hall underdressed, with everyone looking at me! I’ve had friends tell me they have had this same dream. A Google search, depending on key words chosen and site accessed, reveals that such a dream suggests a person is stressed out, scared of having inadequacies or secrets revealed, of being revealed as a fraud. Happily, at least in my dream no one seemed to notice that I had no pants! Hans Christian Andersen might have had this same dream – after all, he did write “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” in which a king paraded in front of his kingdom in invisible clothes – only a small child was brave enough to “expose” the situation for what it really was. In another recurring dream, I found myself overdressed. I wore a black coat with a long tail, much like a tuxedo. I ran through the field behind the house where I grew up, and a man wearing a black derby hat chased me. He reached out to grab the tail of my coat as it flew in the wind. My legs got heavier and heavier, and I looked back to see the man just about to grab the tail of my coat. Just at the last possible moment, I jerked my coat away and ran a little harder to escape. After 51 years, he hasn’t caught me yet. This also appears to be a common dream. A Google search of that dream type gives possible meanings stranger than the dream itself. In a final recurring dream, it would not matter how I was dressed. I seem to be standing on the edge of a flat roof of a six-story building (I have no idea why always six stories). I always fall backward off the roof, then jerk and wake up. So far, I have never hit the ground. I have been told that if I ever hit bottom I won’t wake in this world! This also seems to be a frequent recurring dream shared by many. A Google search of falling dreams also yields some interesting ideas of what these types of dreams mean, most related to loss of control of some life aspect. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka said, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” For each dream above, there are positive as well as negative interpretations. May all your dreams (and interpretations) be positive. More school dreams await. Follow us on Twitter @ShopperNewsNow

Tennessee track stuck in reverse Speaking of athletics directors, did you spot Dave Hart at the bus stop, waiting for Tennessee’s one-man track team to come home from the Southeastern Conference indoor championships? It is understandable if the departing director was busy elsewhere. His reconstruction plan for the once famous Volunteer program isn’t going very well. But for Christian Coleman, it wouldn’t be going at all. The junior sprinter scored 18.25 points, about the same as all other UT track and field athletes, men and women, combined. Coleman, relay reserve at the Rio Olympics, won the SEC 60, was second in the 200 and ran a leg on an eighth-place relay team. Others boosted the scoring total to 23.5 points, bad enough for 10th place, far, far behind real track teams. Tennessee women were worse. They scored 13.5 points and finished 12th. Hart’s choice to rebuild the track program, Beth Al-

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ford-Sullivan, is in her third year as director. Her results are much like her predecessor’s, the honorable J.J. Clark. He got fired – after his people recruited Coleman. Coleman was virtually hidden at Our Lady of Mercy, a small Catholic school on Evander Holyfield Highway outside Fayetteville, Ga. At 5-9 and 159, he considered himself a very fast defensive back and wide receiver with an invitation to continue football at 1-AA Valparaiso University. Life-changing events occurred in the spring of his senior year. In the Georgia Olympics, he set records in the 100 and 200, won the long jump and anchored Mercy to a gold medal in the

4x100 relay. He ran fifth in the 100 and 11th in the 200 at the New Balance Nationals and was suddenly sought as a big-time track talent. “My life could be a lot different,” said Coleman. He realizes he could be grinding away in spring football practice where the game doesn’t matter all that much. “I thought track was a good opportunity for me. I took a leap of faith, and this is where God wanted me to be.” Why Coleman chose Tennessee remains a mystery. There is one clue. In 2007, at age 11, he won an AAU national title in the boys’ long jump – at Tom Black Track. Things were some better back then. The Vols notched another SEC title. There has been a dropoff and it is still dropping. The recent SEC meet represented an uncomfortable decline from last year – which wasn’t very good. These Vols scored about half

Sickness or sin? Knox neighbors battle over facility Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones want to divert non-violent, misdemeanor offenders with mental health issues to a 24-bed urgent care center for psychiatric treatment rather than take them to jail. Burchett has patched together a funding package through partnerships with Helen Ross McNabb Center, the state and the city of Knoxville. Officials, start-


Sandra Clark ing with then-Atty. Gen. Randy Nichols, have worked eight years on this and now it’s at risk of blowing apart. I’ll be writing more on this for our Knox County papers, which you can read

online, but last week’s public meeting was mindbending. After a mother told of her son’s adult-onset schizophrenia, a man stood to say, “It’s not a ‘sick’ problem, it’s a ‘sin’ problem.” He said offenders should go to jail and added that we’re all becoming too soft. It’s probably the first time Tim Burchett has been called “soft.” Amazing.

as many points as the 2015 joint effort. Tennessee cross-country results fit the pattern. Last October, male distance runners were a distant ninth in the SEC meet, 250 points behind champion Arkansas. UT women finished 14th (last). Coach Alford-Sullivan still sounds optimistic. She talks about how young is her team. She emphasizes improvement and personal bests, even when they are far behind scoring minimums. Beth isn’t getting a lot of help from the athletics department. Poorly managed restoration of Tom Black Track ran past the deadline and the facility was inoperable last outdoor season. The school doesn’t have an indoor track. It does have track history. Several coaches were responsible. Chuck Rohe put track in the headlines and won an astonishing 15 consecutive SEC titles.

Stan Huntsman built on that. Back in the era of dual meets, he led the Vols to a 93-26-3 record, 20 SEC titles and Tennessee’s first NCAA championship. Ex-Vol Doug Brown lasted long enough to go 53-8 and win four SEC titles and another NCAA crown. Bill Webb did rather well – 521, four SEC and two NCAA titles. Terry Crawford and Clark were big winners with the women. Clark got promoted with the merger. You don’t really want to know what happened after that. Right now, the Vols do not have a competitive track team. They have one of the finest sprinters in the world and others in similar colors who don’t accomplish all that much when it is time to run, jump or throw. Coach and athletes remain hopeful. Maybe the new AD will fix it. Marvin West invites reader reactions. His address is






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