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String of Farragut burglaries ends in arrest KCSO task force members nab two following Cedar Bluff break-in


Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives said two suspects, caught while allegedly attempting to burglarize a Cedar Bluff office early Friday morning, March 21, may be connected to several burglaries in the town of Farragut. Kenneth Carl Loveday Jr. and

Jason Boyd Leffew, both 42 years old and from Knoxville, were charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. Loveday also was charged with the March 17 burglary of VG’s Bakery at 11552 Kingston Pike. He admitted to breaking into the business by prying open the back door and looking for cash, a KCSO press released stated. “It’s just my really strong

hunch that these are the two guys we’ve been looking for,” KCSO Capt. Jeff Palmer, town of Farragut liaison, said. “Our undercover guys, the Criminal Leffew Investigation Unit … had been floating around in unmarked cars. They had developed intelligence that they were out in a particular

vehicle. I believe it was a black [ F o r d ] Expedition. … They saw the black Expedition leaving the scene.” With both suspects having criminal histories Loveday involving burglary and theft according to the press release, Loveday and Leffew are part of a continuing KCSO investigation involving

more than 20 burglaries, Palmer said. The burglaries, including Karns and Cedar Bluff businesses, date back to Feb. 12. Most of the burglaries were committed by prying open the back door, the report stated. “It’s the same M.O. We had developed a pattern of conduct where they’d used a pry bar to the back door of these businesses and little strip malls,” Palmer added. Leffew was released from Knox County Jail after posting See ARREST on Page 2A

Field of four vie for Trustee ■


Four candidates for Knox County Trustee were listed on Knox County Election Committee’s website as of the filing deadline Thursday, Feb. 20 — three Republicans and one Democrat. Knox County Primary is Thursday, Aug. 7. General campaign begins thereafter leading up to Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election. Incumbent Craig Leuthold, 50, a former Knox County Commissioner, was appointed Trustee in July 2013 to replace John Duncan III, who resigned facing official misconduct charges. “Prior to being appointed Trustee, I did work in the office for 16 years,” Leuthold said. “…

I worked in most of the departments, so I learned about the office.” Also with “two-and-ahalf years” working in Knox County Property Assessor’s Leuthold office, “It gives me a unique set of knowledge and experience that no other candidate has,” Leuthold said. “… Also knowing how this office works in the collections side of it, and how these two offices need to work seamlessly. “I worked as a realtor before I went to work for the Trustee office, for six years,” Leuthold added. “Since I have been in the

office, morale has picked up. And I’ve been able to eliminate five positions. It’s saving the county $300,000 in salaries annually.” Republican Ed Shouse Shouse, 63, currently is Fourth District Knox County Commissioner. “I have a background in business and finance that I don’t think any of my current opponents have,” Shouse said. “… I actually was a trustee for First Tennessee [Bank] for a number of years. … Handing hundreds of millions of dollars of other people’s money. Bond money, tax

money and so forth. I have an extensive background in that field. I was also in the shortrun railroad business for about 15 years. “Bottom line, I’ve got Berrier real life business experience in the private sector, over 30 years of it, that I haven’t see reflected in any of the bios of anybody else that’s running.” Republican Barry Hawkins cites 17 years experience working in Trustee’s office, through July 2011, including “reconciling many of the bank accounts that we had.”

“The last couple of years or so I’ve been selling real estate with my brother.” Hawkins, 48, also said he plans to cut office staff roughly in half. “My whole time Hawkins there, that office has always been overstaffed,” he said. “What I’m going to do, I’ve looked at other counties,” saying Davidson County has 22 Trustee office employees and Hamilton County 15 versus Knox County’s 40. “I’m going to bring that staff See TRUSTEE on Page 4A

BOMA OK’s funding increase for outdoor classroom project ■


Funding and approval for bids to do work on the outdoor classroom project received final approval during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Feb. 27. BOMA members voted unanimously on second reading to approve the $165,000 needed to finish the project and award the bid to J&D Excavating and Contracting, Inc. Town administrator David Smoak said the outdoor classroom, being built off Campbell Station Road at the Farragut High School west driveway, was a $235,000 project. Last year, the Town budgeted $100,000 for the classroom, and this year it budgeted $135,000. The additional $165,000 will come from Capital Improve-ment Program reserves. The increase in funding resulted from input during a workshop Thursday, Feb. 13. Town engineer Darryl Smith

said at that workshop additions to the project increased the cost. The Board unanimously voted on first reading to add the additional funding to the capital outlay fund for the project during the BOMA meeting, which followed, Feb. 13. Smith said the classroom is a priority project in the Town’s strategic plan. “The outdoor classroom project is intended to provide a dynamic educational environment for public use in water quality demonstrations and exhibits,” he said. The Town opened bids Tuesday, Jan. 28. There were three: J & D Excavating and Contracting Inc., $335,774; Southeast Contractors Inc., $409,905 and Merit Construction, $399.700. “The staff has worked with J & D in the past, is familiar with their background and history and recommends them highly,” he said. “The bid allows for two deductive bid alternates, as well as one additive bid alter-


nate. The two deductive bid alternates are small elements the staff thinks could be completed as community projects by Eagle Scouts, Smith said. The additive alternate bid would achieve a desired color for the parking lot pavers. Smith recommended accepting all three alternates. On another action, the Board unanimously approved reappointing Jim Holladay to the Town’s Economic Development Committee. Town recorder Allison Myers said EDC charter requires “The term of any member shall expire on the third absence from committee meetings during the fiscal year. Members may seek re-appointment by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.” Myers said Holladay, who is serving his second term on EDC, has missed three meetings because of illness this year and was suspended. In a letter to the Board, Holladay requested re-appointment.

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policereports • March 20: Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 39-yearold female after loss prevention personnel at Kroger Marketplace off Brooklawn Street in Farragut observed the woman concealing items in her purse totaling about $34. The woman was placed into custody. • March 14: Kroger Marketplace off Brooklawn Street in Farragut loss prevention personnel reported to police two unknown suspects took a coffee maker and left without paying for it. Complainant stated the suspects were not in the store for longer than three minutes and left quickly in a silver four-door vehicle. License plate number was provided to police and video footage was available. • March 14: A Geyser Lane woman reported to police an unknown suspect took items form her unlocked vehicle while it was parked at the res-

idence. Complainant advised police she was called by a resident off Yarnell Road who stated he had found some of her items on his street. Estimated loss is about $350. • March 14: Police were advised by a representative of Kohl’s department store off Kingston Pike in Farragut an unknown couple entered the store and filled a mesh bag with merchandise then fled the store in an awaiting vehicle. Estimated loss is about $650. • March 13: Police were dispatched to a Choto Mill Lane address after the resident there reported he believed someone shot his living room windows with a BB gun. Officers observed there were three chips in the complainant’s windows. Complainant stated it would cost $5,000 to repair the damage.


ed as a vehicle drove into the parking lot at 224 S. Peters Road, Suite 106, shortly after midnight and then drive out a short time later, the press release stated. Dispatch was notified of an alarm going off at the business. Officers responded and confirmed forced entry to the front door a “of a pediatric clinic“ and that a burglary had occurred, Palmer said. Officers then stopped the suspects’ vehicle on Gleason Drive at Gallaher View Road. Officers found a crow bar, pry bar and items taken from the business, the report added. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones formed a task force of 15 officers from other units in response to this rash of burglaries, Palmer said.

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett speaks with Sue Boling and her son, Jesse, who own Cranberry Hollow, 12556 Kingston Pike, Monday, March 24. The business hosted one of several constituent meetings the mayor has planned throughout Knox County in the coming weeks.

Hardin Valley group seeks middle school


A group called “Hardin Valley Supports a Middle School” is making a push for a new middle school in the area. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders spoke to the group at its meeting Monday, Feb. 10, at Hardin Valley Church of Christ. “First and foremost, I think the thing you need to understand is that it’s ultimately going to be [superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr.] and the school board, I say pretty much in that

order,” Burchett said at the meeting. “And they’re going to make the decision on your middle school. ... I think you need to let your school board members know what you need and what you want. Go to the school board meetings and speak.” Jennifer Rice, group planning committee member, called the mayor informative. “I like that he’s giving us instruction as to the different steps that we need to take,” Rice said. “Instead of us running blindly, he’s told us exactly who to speak with and what steps to take to try to get this done.” Amanda Abshagen, planning

Phone scammer claims to be KCSO Officer Knox County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a recent phone scam. KCSO has taken reports from 21 people who have received phone calls from a man claiming to be a KCSO warrants officersince Feb. 27. The suspect tells victims that they have received a summons to report for jury duty and failed to show. He threatens that he is going to issue a warrant for their arrest unless they pay the fine by purchasing a Green Dot card and giving him the numbers from it.

The suspect has changed his telephone number 60 times, often identifies himself by using the names of actual KCSO officers and seems to be targeting elderly citizens. His voicemail identifies himself as a lieutenant or detective with the KCSO, and he usually greets callers with “Criminal Warrants.” Anyone receiving a similar phone call is warned to not give out any personal information and is asked to contact the KCSO at 865-215-2243 to file a report.


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committee member with Hardin Valley Supports a Middle School, said after the meeting, “I think he [Burchett] gave us some good information and some good feedback, and we can take that and use that to help us move further with our goal of gaining a middle school in this area. ... He encouraged us to speak to the superintendent and to take our message to him, and I think that’s a good idea. We’ve already done that, and we will continue to do that in the future.” She cited Karns Middle School as at 110-percent capacity and Farragut Middle School as at 104-percent capacity in an interview that took place before the See SCHOOL on Page 4A

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“Preventing Home Improvement Pitfalls — A General Code Overview for Homeowners and Builders” begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Town Hall. John Householder, senior codes official with the town of Farragut, anticipates that fire prevention inspector Colin Cumesty, fire marshal Dan Johnson and three building inspectors — Householder, Adam Price and Elliott Sievers — will be in attendance and talking at the event. “What we’re generally trying to do is we want the public to be aware of when they may need a permit and inspections and also kind of some reasons to why you would want to have those inspections,” Householder said. The event is open to the public and free, he said. “First of all we’ll probably talk about what a permit is, and why you would need to get a permit for work you’re having done or doing yourself, maybe types of permits and projects that would require permits and then a little bit about how to get your inspec-

tions,” Householder said. “And then even, a lot of times we can refer people to reference material and planning information for doing their own work if they want to do their own work, general questions basically for construction for homeowners, and then we’ll probably have a brief overview of some safety issues that people want to keep in mind with their existing home and their new home,” he added. Registration is not necessary, he said. “We would invite the general public to attend, of course, but homeowners, even people that rent, contractors and subcontractors if they would like,” Householder said. “Actually any facet of construction is invited” he added. “But we’re going to aim it towards residential and the resident that owns the home is what it’s going to be aimed towards. We want to get the word out to homeowners when they may need a permit and why, what dangers may be lurking that could pose a problem for their home or the occupants of the See WORKSHOP on Page 5A

Having lived in Farragut for roughly a quarter century, Farragut Alderman Jeff Elliott said his political career — spanning “five years plus” — will end in August. One of two South Ward (Ward II) Elliott representatives on Board of Mayor and Aldermen who has served since 2009, Elliott announced early this week he would not seek reelection. “After a promotion at work, it came with additional responsibilities — including some [time] conflicts with some of the Town Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings — and I just got to a point where I really had to kind of look to the future,” Elliott said about his job as a “health care fundraiser.” “It was a conflict between my full-time paying job and my parttime volunteer community service position.” Elliott, 60, said his BOMA service has been eye-opening.

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meeting. “We would like for the school board to put a northwest sector or Hardin Valley middle school on their five-year capital plan,” Abshagen said. “... And then from there, after they’ve done that, we would like for them to

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level down to where it needs to be, probably around 17 to 20 employees. … Basically in all areas,” he added. “They’re going to be multi-tasking.” As for pinpointing the biggest Knox office employee excesses, Hawkins said, “I’d have to get up there and look. … When I get in there I will reorganize the office.” “Both of my [GOP] opponents, they’re career politicians. … To

“I’ve lived here since 1989 and thought I knew quite a bit about the town of Farragut, but realized how little I actually knew until I got involved with this,” he said. “… I’ve really enjoyed my time in serving the community. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about the Town. “The opportunity to continue on certainly was under consideration,” he added. Elliott will serve until the first BOMA meeting after the Thursday, Aug. 7, Town election, with the swearing-in of newly elected BOMA representatives. BOMA decisions Elliott voted to support, and on reflection said he is most proud of, include “the acquisition of the Dimmick [and Seal properties] to expand the McFee Road Park. We now have the acreage to do a lot of wonderful things for a lot of people,” he said. “… I think I’m really proud of that. That was a controversial issue at the time.” Elliott also said he was “very proud” of being part of a BOMA decision “to kind of bite the bullet and fix the retirement system for the [Town] employees” in “2009, 2010.” “Most recently, the Russell House acquisition was a good one,” Elliott added about his support, and BOMA’s decision, to spend $1.25 million to acquire

the historic house at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road last November. “… Possibly, down the road, moving the [Farragut Folklife] Museum to that site is exciting to me personally. I think that really opens up the historical aspect of Farragut to a lot of people in a much more convenient location.” Saying his service to BOMA was his first-ever venture into elected office, Elliott made one thing clear about his future in politics. “This is my first and last,” Elliott said. “I’m too old for one thing, I’m too close to retirement for another.” Elliott said he’s throwing his support to South Ward II candidate Ron Pinchok. As of deadline Tuesday, March 25, Pinchok’s opponent in this non-partisan election, according to Knox County Election Commission, is Ron Williams. In addition to being neighbors, knowing Pinchok’s views on many issues and recognizing his previous and current Town service — which includes serving as chair of Town’s Economic Development Committee — Elliott pointed to Pinchok having “no business interests in the community” that could call into question his motives on the Board.

start actively pursuing land in the area and fast track it.” The numbers are based on a data comparison the group did, taking the capacity figures for the middle schools from the Partnership for Education Facilities Assessment study done in 2006 and comparing it to enrollment figures in the schools as of January, Kevin Crateau, a

group planning committee member, said after the meeting. “If you look at the two schools that are closest to Hardin Valley [Karns and Farragut], they’re both over capacity and when you look at the four in the general area [Karns, Farragut, Cedar Bluff and Northwest], they’re at 98 percent capacity right now [combined],” Crateau said.

me they’re just recycling through the offices.” The lone Democrat is James Berrier, 40, “a regulatory principal supervisor in the financial services industry,” he said. “… If you have a financial advisor, if you have a stockbroker, I’m the guy behind them that audits them. … I supervise 100-plus reps across the country.” Berrier would represent his party in the General Election if no other Democratic candidates returned a petition by the Feb.

20 deadline. “I want to be Trustee because I believe with the skills I have, the background I have, I can honestly do something for Knox County,” Berrier said. “I believe I can remove the Trustee’s position from the news, because every time it seems to have been in the news it’s been in a bad way for quite a while. “And I can make Knox County residents’ tax dollars a better return for them,” he added.



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open to the public, Sandy Garber, event chairman and president of Farragut Arts Council, said. “Hopefully it is entertaining and educational at the same time,” she said. “Reading is critical for the future of all children. We hope this helps parents be aware of the importance of reading, as well as having a fun day with their children,” Garber added. Families can enjoy the storytelling, book signings from local authors, performances by magician Michael Messing, music, art activities, face painting and cookie decorating. Storytellers will include Laurie Fisher, Lynn Hinkernell and Emagene Reagan. Authors include David Boyce, Jean Leigh Claudette, Shawn Kirkpatrick Cline, Sam Darden, David and Mary Faith Enyart, Kathleen E. Fearing, Grant Fetters, Joan Frey, J. Sadie Gray, Gayle Green, Janet Greer, Charles G. Haun, Timothy Joseph, Katy Koontz,

Mary Lane McGinnis, Louise Hill Moore, Laura Ogle-Graham, Marilyn Mae Randall, Adele A. Roberts and Sandi Schulte. Also, musicians Samantha Hatmaker and Conny Ottway will perform, and the event will include the Ruff Reading Program. Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character: a character parade throughout the park will be held at 11:30 a.m. The first 400 children will receive free book stickers and a pencil; and the Town will provide free hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade beginning at 11 a.m. while supplies last. In conjunction, Friends of the Knox County Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Farragut Branch. New this year, Farragut Arts Council is asking attendees to donate new and used children’s books for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. A detailed schedule of all Book Fest for

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Modest in prognostication, yet champions among several states’ best robotic talent, Hardin Valley Academy’s FIRST Robotics 3824 RowHAWKtics team shined the brightest in South Carolina earlier this month. “We were very pleasantly surprised. We expected to be about middle of the pack,” senior Fletcher Blue, team cocaptain and “coach of the drive team,” said about FIRST Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 27-March 1. “We did not expect at all to be the No. 1 seed out of the 67 teams that were there,” Blue, whose RowHAWKtics team earned a trip to the World Championships in St. Louis next month, added. HVA also won the competition’s Industrial Design Award. Earning the Palmetto competition’s top seed among 67 schools in seven states plus Canada and Brazil by winning all nine of its preliminary games — two randomly selected alliance teams paired with HVA in each game — RowHAWKtics 3824 got the first team choice to align with in all championship round games (eight three-team alliances). Next up is annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional, with 50 teams from several area states plus

Canada are expected Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, in Knoxville Convention Center. RowHAWKtics 3824 is defending alliance champ along with Oak Ridge and Halls high schools. This season marks the third consecutive school year that RowHAWKtics 3824 has competed with an “all printed” or “3D printed” computer. “All the pieces are designed and manufactured in-house by our students,” John Tilson, team lead mentor and a physics, mathematics and robotics teacher at HVA, said about Manufacturing and Demonstration Facility off Hardin Valley Road. The goal is “to try to make things work from things we didn’t know would work. We take a risk every year that we’ll be able to make this unproven technology successful.” New this year, “This [robot] is entirely one piece. It’s printed on a large scale 3D printer,” Tilson said. “… It simplifies things. And this is new technology where you have carbonfiber infused inside ABS plastic to make [the plastic] strong enough.” Of the 51 RowHAWKtics team members, “I think around 40 attended” Palmetto, Blue said. “I think we had 12 or 13 active members.” This year’s FIRST Robotics challenge, named “Aerial Assist,” features passing, then shooting into one of two cylinders a See ROWHAWKTICS on Page 11A

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Five members of HVA FIRST Robotics RowHAWKtics 3824 team proudly stand with their robot after its alliance with two other robotics teams produced a first-place finish at Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 1. From left are junior Sierra Palmer, build team captain; senior Fletcher Blue, team co-captain; senior Joseph Nuttall, design team; sophomore Caleb Young, robot driver, and senior Brian Davenport, team co-captain.

ORNL Wagner brothers rack up awards ■ ALAN SLOAN

Alan Sloan

These FHS FIRST Robotics Flagship 3140 team members look over “a 3-dimensional printed part,” which will help their robot use its vacuum power to pick up a large ball roughly 2-feet in diameter. From left are senior Michael Haines, junior Josh Cook and sophomore Ward Manneschmidt.

FHS Flagship 3140 team aiming high for SM competition


Looking for better luck during annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional competition

this weekend, Farragut High School’s team has been hard at work tackling suction and throwing challenges. See FHS on Page 11A

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John Wagner, left, and younger brother, Robert Wagner, have won prestigious national awards while employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Thanks to his award-winning work in combustibles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Robert Wagner is keeping up with his older “nuclear engineer” brother from Concord, Dr. John Wagner. Robert has kept up with John at ORNL, as both came from Missouri to Oak Ridge while summer interns in the early 1990s, then back to stay as valuable employees in 1999. Most recently earning an International Leadership Citation from Society of Automotive Engineers, which Robert Wagner, 44, will receive during SAE World Congress in April in Detroit, “Actually I was pretty excited about it,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot more with SAE over the years at the international level. It was a See WAGNER on Page 9A

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community Now Robert Paul Keener has been named to the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List at The Citadel.

March 27 Pellissippi State Community College will recognize Hardin Valley Thunder at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27, in Clayton Performing Arts Center. The event is free, donations will be accepted. For more information, call 865-694-6400.

March 27-April 13 Clarence Brown Theatre will present “Wrens” from March 27 through April 13, in the Lab Theatre. Ticket prices range from $5 to $15. For more information, call 865-974-5161.

March 27 The Small Business Administration will be hosting an Affordable Care Act workshop at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Cedar Bluff Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Keri Wolfe, 615-736-7274.

March 28-April 13 Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “The Giver,” at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, March 28 through April 10; 1 and 5 p.m., Saturdays, March 29 through April 12; and 3 p.m., Sundays, March 30 through April 13. Tickets are $12 and $10 for any adult and child entering together. For more information, call 865-208-3677.

March 29 Tennova Healthcare will offer a free workshop on how to enroll for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace or AHCCCS and avoid penalty from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 29. For more information, call 855-836-6682.

March 29 Muscular Dystrophy Association Eleventh Annual Muscle Walk will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at Knoxville Zoo. For more information, call Ashley McCloud, 865-588-1632.

March 29 Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble-Children Helping Children, auditions are slated for 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at Dancer’s Studio. Auditions are for any child who is a resident of the state of Tennessee ages 8-16. For more information, call Judy Robinson, 865-250-4158.

March 29 The University of Tennessee libraries will host Big Orange STEM Symposium for Tennessee high school and first-year-college students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free but registration is required by Thursday, March 27. For more information, visit

March 30 The tenth annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is slated for Sunday, March 30. For more information, visit

March 31 National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold an eight-week course for those in need of help coping with a loved one with mental illness from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays, beginning March 31, at First Farragut United Methodist Church. For more information, e-mail Gerry Segroves,

March 31-April 18 Pellissippi State Community College will hold its annual Student Juried Art Show from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning March 31 and running through April 18, at Hardin Valley Campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-694-6400.

April 1 Registration forms for town of Farragut’s 27th Annual Independence Day Parade will be available at 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 1. The parade is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 4. The deadline for registration is Thursday, June 19. For more information, call 865-966-7057.

April 1 Maryville College Community Conversation Series will host “CoAvtch: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, in Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flex Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Kelly Battles, 865-273-8877.

April 1 Tennessee Valley Machine Knitters Club will hold its 24th birthday celebration and installation of officers at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, at First United Methodist Church, in Alcoa. For more information, call Marie Hickson, 865-457-0960.

April 2 A Brown Bag Lecture “Getting to Know the Walker Sisters,” at noon, Wednesday, April 2, at East Tennessee History Center. The lecture is free. For more information, call Lisa Allen Belleman, 865-215-8883.

April 3 The Community Development Department will host “Preventing Home Improvement Pitfalls-A General code Overview for Homeowners and Builders,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in Farragut Town Hall Board Room. For more information, call 865-675-2384.

April 3-25 Fast Frame, First Tennessee foundation and Sharpie will sponsor the Student Art Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Fridays, April 3 through 25, at Clayton Center for the Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dogwood Arts Festival officials, 865-637-4561.

April 4 Sharpie will present “Art Door Slam!,” a live art competition as part of the Dogwood Arts Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival at 5 p.m., Friday, April 4, at the corner of Morgan St. and Jackson St. Each artist will have two hours (6 to 8 p.m.) to cover a two-panel door front using primarily Sharpie Permanent Markers and Sharpie

Paint Markers. Products will be provided. For more information, contact Ellie Kittrell, or

April 4-6 and 11-13 Pellissippi State Community College will present “Unnecessary Farce,” at 7:30 p.m., both Friday and Saturday, April 4, 5, 11 and 12 and Sundays, April 6 and 13. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For more information, visit

April 5 Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Spring Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5. For more information, call Evelyn Lorenz, 865-435-4769.

more information, call 865-6946656 or visit

April 10 City Council Workshop will hold a meeting on “Pocket Neighborhoods,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the small assembly room of the City County building. For more information, call 865-215-2075.

April 10 AARP Smart Driving Program will hold an eight hour class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the community room at Farragut Town Hall. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call, 865-966-7057.

There will be a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at the Mills Conference Center. Tickets are $75 per person for two or more days. Single-day tickets are $50. Student tickets $15. For more information, call 865-436-7318 or visit

April 19 Dr. Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College, will lead a bus tour of Cades Cove’s Civil War sites from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 19. For more information, call Dr. Kelly Battles, 865-273-8877.

April 26

Run for Autism 5k Race will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at Regal’s Pinnacle Theater in Turkey Creek. For more information, visit

Farragut Beautification Committee is sponsoring a spring floral arrangement class at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at Farragut Town Hall. Cost is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-966-7057.

Color Me Rad 5K will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday April 26, at Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Cost is $32 per runner which will benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. For more information, call Children’s Hospital Development Department, 865-541-8244 or visit

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Maryville College will host “Meet Maryville,” at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 5, for high school students, adult learners and community college students. For more information, call 865-981-8092.

Webb School of Knoxville will hold an Admissions Open House at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 10, in Webb’s Central Building for grades 6 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school years. For more information call Christy Widener, 865-291-3830.

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April 5 The University of Tennessee is offering Professional MBA program to business professionals interested in earning their Master of Business Administration degree while continuing to work form 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 5, in James A. Haslam II Business Building. For more information, call Cindy Raines, 865-974-4359 or visit

April 5 Harvey Broome Group will takea-hike Saturday, April 5. For more information, call Mac Post, 865938-3116.

April 12 KiMe Cure Neurological Disorders Fund will hold its fourth annual Shakin’ Not Stirred Parkinson’s Fundraiser from 7 p.m. until midnight, Saturday, April 12, at Fox Den Country Club. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, dancing, silent auction and a casino. Corporate sponsor tables are $1,000. For more information, message via Facebook: KiMe Fund-Focused on Finding a Cure for Neurological Disorders.

April 12

Taoist Tai Chi Society will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays, April 7, at Peace Lutheran Church. For more information, call 865482-7761.

Farragut Arts Council, in conjunction with the town of Farragut and Knox County Library Farragut Branch, will host the seventh annual “Farragut Book Fest for Children,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Campbell Station Park. For more information, call Lauren Cox, 865-966-7057.

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James White Fort will hold a $10,000 reverse raffle benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at Rothchild’s. Cost is $100 per ticket. For more information, call 865-525-6514.

Historic Ramsey House will host the opening of East Tennessee’s first season of Vintage Baseball at noon, Saturday, April 12. For more information, visit

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April 10 Knox County Veterans Service Office will provide information and assistance to veterans and family members concerning VA benefits from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 10, at Frank R. Strang Senior Center. For more information, call 865-215-5645 or visit

April 10 Pellissippi State Community College will host a forum featuring and interview and question and answer with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in Clayton Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For

April 12 The University of Tennessee Gardens will hold its annual Easter egg hunt “Eggstravaganza,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Cost is $6 per child ages 12 and under. Reservation is needed. For more information, call Derrick Stowell, 865-974-7151.

April 12 The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will hold its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, in Oak Ridge. For more information, call Melanie Staten, 865-776-8227.

April 15-19 The University of Tennessee-led Pilgrimage will begin Tuesday and run through Saturday, April 15-19.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at Worlds Fair Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

April 26 Marble Springs Storytelling will hold a fundraiser for Smoky Mt. Storytellers Association from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April. 26, at Marble Springs State Historic Site. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students. Children under 5 are free. For more information call 865-573-5508.

worship March 30 Concord United Methodist Church will host a concert by Dr. Bradley Welch, organist, at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 30. For more information, call Reverend Mike Stallings, 865-966-6728.

April 5 Knights of Columbus Councils from Sacred Heart Cathedral and All Saints Catholic Church will sponsor the Eleventh Annual Fighting Irish Spring Classic at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at Smokies Park. The Spring Classic benefits the pregnancy and adoption services provided by Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. For more information, call Tom Ciaccia 865-7654046 or visit

April 10-12 “How to Hear God’s Voice” conference by Dr. Mark Virkler will begin Thursday, April 10, and run through Saturday, April 12, at My Father’s House. The event is free and open to the public, although materials purchase is required. For more information, call Ann Walden, 865-640-5600.

April 26 First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge will host the Eight Annual Family Kite Festival from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-483-8433.

Shrug off Shoulder Pain for Good Tuesday, April 15 Noon Turkey Creek Medical Center Johnson Conference Center 10820 Parkside Drive Featured Speaker Michael Howard, M.D.

To register, find a physician or learn more, call 865-218-7140 or visit

The Joint Replacement Center at Turkey Creek Medical Center Member of the medical staff


How to forgive a potato? Is there anything ickier than a rotten potato? Just the stench of one rotten potato is enough for a call to action. I got an email from a woman who said her teacher (spiritual) asked the students to bring a plastic trash bag and a sack of potatoes to class. They were told to write the name of every person they had not forgiven on each potato from the Pam sack and Young put the Make it n a m e d Fun! potatoes in the plastic bag. She said her bag was quite heavy and she was told to carry it everywhere, putting it beside her bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to her desk at work until she could forgive the people the potatoes represented. “The hassle of lugging it around made it clear, what a weight I was carrying spiritually, and how I had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and leave it in embarrassing places,” she wrote. Naturally, the condition of the potatoes would deteriorate to a disgusting gunk if you didn’t let go and forgive. This is a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our grievances. So after reading the email, I thought of myself as a potato who had some forgiving to do. There were two potatoes I thought of without any effort. Now if I didn’t forgive those potatoes, I myself as a potato would rot on the inside and I would affect those who lived in the sack with me because I would not be as totally loving as I could be. My husband, Terry was the only one in the sack with me, (ahemm) and I knew he was affected by my blame of these two potatoes I hadn’t forgiven or seen in five years! I decided to cut a russet in half and put it on my desk with the names of the “unforgiven” on the halves. They were going to sit on my desk until I had completely forgiven them. The halves began to show me what was happening on the inside of me. They also illustrated what I was doing to the potato I loved and shared my life with not to mention my potato friends and family who had to listen to the tales of these two “evil” potatoes who had “seemingly” wronged me. I also knew I couldn’t afford to let that metaphor rot before my eyes AND nose. Here’s what happened. February 25: Halves have been

on my desk for eight days. They’re very scary looking, and are starting to smell like dirty feet or dirty laundry that’s been in the hamper too long. February 26: Halves are getting soft and dark. I had an Aha Moment! It’s as ridiculous to be mad at the potato halves on my desk, as it is to be mad at the people they represent. There is NO difference! Is it the potato's fault that my office smells like dirty feet and there are gnats circling? No, the potato halves are just being what they are--- rotting potato halves. If I allow them to stay on my desk it’s my fault. Is it the people’s fault (who the potato halves represent) that I’ve been upset and angry? No, they’re just being who they are. If I allow the people the potato halves represent to pull me from my joy, it’s my fault. The rotting potato halves on my desk have done nothing to me that I need to forgive, any more than the people they represent have done anything to me that I need to forgive. There’s nothing or no one to forgive, but me for having bad feelings about the potato halves and the people they represent. In fact the potato halves that represent the people have been taking up way more energy in my mind than the people they represent. That tickles me! It shows me how silly this whole thing was in the first place and is now. Every bit of this has been in my mind! Who can I blame? ME. Who can I forgive? ME! Who loves me? ME. March 1: The potato halves are still on my desk only because they’re very interesting to observe. They are still teaching me some stuff in a very humorous albeit smelly way. Right now I am actually enjoying looking at them! They’re funny! March 12: I have to report the potato halves are still on my desk! They have dried up! They don’t stink and there are no longer any gnats flying around my office. I think the potato halves are in the process of petrifying! Maybe when we let go of our petty grievances they get a chance to just dry up and blow away! It’s when we keep things secret and pretend we’re fine that things fester and decay. I like this quote: "Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past."— Anne Lamott

Robby O’Daniel

Valerie Buckner (middle), who established the Angela Floyd Singers in December 2011 and serves as the group’s director, stands with the Angela Floyd Singers: Sarah Hepler (second to right), Ireland Wills (second to left), Sydni Stinnett (far left) and Katie Lin (far right).

Have you heard the Angela Floyd Singers?


The Angela Floyd Singers is a pop a cappella group made up of voice students from the Angela Floyd School of Dance and Music. Valerie Buckner, a piano and vocal instructor and the preschool music program director at the school, established the Angela Floyd Singers in December 2011. She serves as the group’s director. The Angela Floyd Singers sing at recitals and community events, she said. “The idea was to create a pop a cappella group there at the studio that would meet once a week and basically have them really involved,” she said. “They choose a lot of the material that we do, and we’re really mobile since we are a cappella. And we’re for the most part right now, the membership has varied from four girls to

seven girls, so it just depends on who’s taking voice at the time.” Beginning in January, the group prepares for spring performances, she said. After a short summer break, the group comes together in the fall to begin getting ready for its busy Christmas season. Those in the group pick songs for the group to sing, and Buckner makes suggestions as well. Whitney Houston’s and CeCe Winans’ “Count on Me” is the group’s signature song, she said. “My hope is that as this program continues, and like I said girls come and they go, but down the line and in the future that we can invite alumni members of the group to come back and watch the new girls perform,” she said. “And when we do do that song ‘Count on Me,’ then those alumni members, we could invite them up. They could sing with the

girls.” As of Tuesday, Jan. 21, there are four members of the Angela Floyd Singers: Sarah Hepler, Ireland Wills, Sydni Stinnett and Katie Lin. Both Wills and Lin go to Farragut Middle School. Buckner talked about what the current singers in the group have shown her. “For me, it’s this enthusiasm for performing and singing and a thirst for an opportunity like this,” Buckner said. “These girls love to sing and that bond that they form by being in a small group, a smaller group like this, and how at such a young age, they’re picking up on how to sing with each other, how to really blend with each other and just sort of their own chemistry between them. It’s just, it’s really, it’s magical. It’s really fun to watch.”

TOWN OF FARRAGUT Spring 2014 Classes, Workshops and Events Preventing Home Improvement Pitfalls – A General Code Overview for Homeowners and Builders When: Thursday, April 3: 5:30 p.m. What: The Community Development Department will give a general overview of the Town’s requirements for home improvement projects. Cost: Free – no registration required

For more from Pam Young go to You’ll find many musings, videos of Pam in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, videos on how to get organized, ways to lose weight and get your finances in order, all from a reformed SLOB’s point of view.

Farragut Dogwood Trail When: Wednesday, April 9 – Sunday, April 27 What: The 7.9-mile-long Farragut Trail is part of over 60 miles of trails in the Knoxville area. Visit for more information.

AARP Smart Driving Program

ORANGE TEES T-SHIRTS Custom Silk-screen Design

When: Thursday, April 10: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. What: Participants must be 55 years of age or older and complete 8 hours of class time to be eligible for a discount (up to 10%) on their auto insurance. Cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-AARP members. Bring cash or check payment to class. Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 9

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Spring Up Floral Arrangement When: Thursday, April 10: 6:30 p.m. What: Cranberry Hollow – a unique gift store located in Farragut – will show you how to spring up a floral arrangement and decorations. This class is sponsored by the Farragut Beautification Committee! Cost: Free – no registration required

One color designs in most cases can be printed in one week. Special: 24 one color shirts for $139. Check web for details! Call Janis: 566-7137 or email:

Atoms in Appalachia (Farragut Folklife Museum)

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When: Wednesday, April 23: 6:30 p.m. What: Museum Committee member Steve Stow will give a special presentation on the Manhattan Project and its impact on East Tennessee. Cost: Free – no registration required

All spring classes, workshops and events will be held at the Farragut Town Hall community or assembly room, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, unless otherwise stated. Hurry - classes fill up fast!!!! Call 966-7057 to register (if required). Payment must be received within 5 business days of date of registration but no later than the registration deadline (unless otherwise indicated on class description). No refunds are given after the registration and payment deadline. The Town of Farragut is not responsible for costs associated with the purchase of supplies when a class is canceled.

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Johnson shares life experiences, inspires

Alan Sloan

Ashlee Ebbert, FHS senior, looks over her Bijou Awards essay in creative writing, which earned first place by successfully illustrating how humans can transform from helplessness as newborns into extraordinary people.

Boudreaux, Ebbert come up big at Bijou Awards


In the categories of solo acting and creative writing, two Farragut High School seniors came up big during Second Annual Bijou Awards earlier this school year. With big plans for a career in theater, Admiral’s Performing Arts Company senior Dallas Boudreaux won “Female Acting Portion” among Knox area competition. Meanwhile, senior Ashlee Ebbert, 18, won first place in creative writing for a piece “based off a quote from a famous Knoxville author, James Agee,” she said. “… I wrote a paper about my cousin [Savannah Lynn Ebbert], and about something I call the ‘butterfly condition.’ It’s something I think about a lot. You know how caterpillars transform into butterflies. I believe humans are a lot the same way. “I started out by talking about the first time I ever held my cousin, and how I saw something just extraordinary in that because she’s a newborn,” Ebbert added about her roughly 600word winning piece among other Knox area contestants. “It was amazing.” “The potential within each human being to become something extraordinary,” she added. “The struggle for self confidence is another thing that I wrote about.” Ebbert and the other writing contestants based their piece off of the following quote concerning human potential: “Every time a human being is born, no matter to what circumstance or to which parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again,” she

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pleasant surprise.” Director of Fuels, Engines & Emissions Research Center within ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division since 1999, Robert Wagner said he is “constantly interacting with [U.S. Department of Energy], with industry. Making sure the research is going in the right direction. Making sure the team is doing what it needs to be doing.” Not new to winning, “The thing that’s the highest is that I was chosen an SAE Fellow last year,” Robert Wagner said. Meanwhile, John Wagner “is group leader for a group called Used Fuel Systems; I actually kind of have two hats,” John said. “With Oak Ridge National Laboratory I manage a group of people who use nuclear fuel management and disposition issues,” he added. “I have a second hat.

said. “… They gave us the topic in August, and it was due in December.” As for Boudreaux’s winning monologue, “It was a piece from ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ and I played the part of Corey. And it’s one of the fight scenes in the play, like between the husband and wife,” she said. “My theater teacher [Lea McMahan] helped me find it,” Boudreaux, 17, added. “She’s always helped me find stuff, like for Governor’s School and all that. Because she knows how I act because I’ve been with her since, like, my freshman year. She knows my strengths and weaknesses.” Moreover, “She’s pretty much shaped me as an actress,” Boudreaux added. “If I didn’t have her I’d probably be nowhere.” As for the value of this recognition, “This is probably the top thing right now,” Boudreaux said. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything individually, like with singing or acting. … It was definitely nerve-wracking.” Saying she’s been accepted into Middle Tennessee State University, “I’m also applying to Julliard School. If I don’t get into Julliard then I’m going to be going to MTSU.” As for a career, “I’m not really sure if I want to do stage or film yet, but I definitely want to act in the future,” Boudreaux said. Ebbert, on the other hand, said, “I don’t want to be a writer for my whole living. I definitely want to do it on the side. “I’ve applied to Brigham Young University in Provo [Utah],” she added. “… I may go into pre-med or nursing. I’m not sure. Something medical maybe.” Also from Oak Ridge, but I work with the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy as their National Technical director for Storage & Transportation of Spent Fuel.” John Wagner, 46, said he was “awarded the Fellow status of the American Nuclear Society in November of 2012.” With both brothers growing up in Missouri, John had the first taste of ORNL “in the summer for a nuclear program in 1991,” Robert said. “He came back and said, ‘Hey, you should apply [at ORNL] and go down there,” Robert added. “… I was more of a combustion guy.” By the late 1990s, “We were both looking for jobs at the same time and we both had offers from Oak Ridge real close together,” Robert Wagner said. “And we live really close to each other.” John Wagner added, “We didn’t plan this.”


Highly intense while sharing his life story, Inky Johnson told of enduring poverty while dodging inner city violence as a child. Next was tackling enormous classroom and football challenges in high school. All of that came before Johnson was left paralyzed in his right arm — while almost dying — after making a tackle as a Tennessee Vols defensive back in 2006. Also stressing his Christian faith, Johnson’s message left Concord United Methodist Church’s Worship Center especially quiet, the reaction of Farragut High School baseball players, coaches, parents and boosters during the school’s annual banquet Tuesday evening, Feb. 4. With the late Farragut assistant coach Scott Dean remembered during the banquet, Johnson began by saying, “I’m sorry about your guys’ loss, I truly am sorry.” Johnson said “the hand was perfect” in the fall of 2006, being less than one season from likely becoming an NFL player. He would make enough pro football money to rescue his mother and father from poverty and ever-present crime in Atlanta’s southeast inner city. Now a father living in Atlanta, Johnson recalled his boyhood “two-bedroom home, and there were 14 of us. I used to sleep on the floor.”

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Laughs break out during Farragut High School baseball banquet, as former Tennessee Vols defensive back Inky Johnson sought one-word descriptive responses from Admirals players upon feeling a baseball he passed around. Johnson, an inspirational speaker partially paralyzed during a UT game in 2006, was banquet keynote speaker Tuesday night, Feb. 4, in Concord United Methodist Church.

Johnson recalled a life-changing moment when “my uncle came out of the house and tossed me a football. I caught it, and I looked at my cousin … and I said, ‘this is it. … Man, this is our way out.’ “This is my mother’s way of never having to work another day in her life,” he added about striving for an NFL career. In the hospital a few hours after his ill-fated tackle, coming against Air Force, “I heard the doctor behind me say, ‘Rush this guy back to emergency surgery, he’s about to die,’” Johnson said about what he later found out was “a busted artery in my chest. I was bleeding internally.”


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Attempting to bring Farragut and Knox County opera enthusiasts top-quality performances, Knoxville Opera is “taking a huge artistic step” tackling masterpiece, non-contemporary works. A former international opera conductor and former resident conductor and administrator with New York City Opera, Maestro Brian Salesky, executive director and conductor of KO since 2005, said his company seeks huge challenges that, in turn, benefit the local audience. “These are very difficult works to pull off,” Salesky, featured speaker at The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset, said during its Tuesday evening, Feb. 4 meeting in Faith Lutheran Church. “It takes a lot of guts and gumption to do pieces that require you to take a huge artistic step. “We’ve been able to bring firsttime premiers,” Salesky added.

“Not contemporary operas as defined or written in the last 25 years or so, but operas that are very old; but that have never been performed here before.” Among their upcoming performances, “We’re going to be doing ‘Norma’ by [Vincenzo] Bellini in April,” Salesky added. “These are masterpieces that are performed in the major opera centers of the world, but have never been performed here in Knoxville.” As for why KO takes on such huge challenges, “I always feel that if you’re not growing you’re falling backwards,” Salesky said. “That is why I push us to take that step forward every year. To do something that stretches us. “It accomplishes two things: it stretches us as a company, but it stretches the community,” Salesky added. “You don’t have to go to Chicago or Atlanta to go hear the opera, or New York for that matter.” Saying the educational side of running Knoxville Opera was a

surprise to him upon arriving in Knox County, Salesky added that he “discovered a love for being with children in their environment. “The greatest part of my year is being in schools performing for children,” Salesky added. “… I’ve discovered there’s a great, great joy in my life because I get to be with children. I see their faces. … You actually see the light bulbs go on. In Knox County annually, “More people collectively attend all the arts events in Knoxville than they do the six [football] Saturdays at Neyland Stadium,” Salesky said. Moreover, “The industry we call the performing arts has hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Salesky said. The Maestro shared facts and figures about his company’s Knox County youth program, which adds up to “75 education outreach events per year … very robust.” As for KO’s reach within Knox County public and private

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Brian Salesky, executive director and conductor of Knoxville Opera, enjoys a few moments of “key awareness” with Bennett Cornwell, 3 months, and his mother, Jennifer Cornwell, a member of The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset. Salesky was featured speaker during the club’s Tuesday, Feb. 4, meeting in Faith Lutheran Church.

schools each school year, “Somewhere between 10,000 to 12,000,” Salesky said, adding that during one recent school

year, “We hit about 25 to 35 schools. … That’s a tremendous gift to the community, to the children.”

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Bradley Welch and the Concord United Methodist Church Chancel Choir Benefit Concert for #lovemychurch will take place beginning at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, in the Concord UMC sanctuary. The event is open to the public and free, but an offering will be taken that will benefit the Capital Funds Campaign. “We’re raising money to pay off the debt for the new building and the renovation of the sanctuary,” Brent Hall, Concord UMC senior minister said. “The new building is a worship center and new youth rooms and more adult classrooms and then the renovation of the

sanctuary to make it more userfriendly.” He said it is “really kind of the theme of the campaign” when describing #lovemychurch. “We’ve handed out hearts, little pieces of paper, and had people write on it what they love about their church, and we’ve also had them write on it how has the church helped you grow spiritually,” he said. “And we’ve displayed those all over the church.” The worship center will have a simulcast of the concert if there is an overflow crowd, he said. Welch is organist and music and arts director at Highland Park United Methodist Church, which is in Dallas, Hall said. “He grew up in this church

[Concord UMC]. ... He is the son of a couple [who are members] ... of this church, and he started out by practicing the organ here in this sanctuary,” Hall said. “... Oddly enough when he was just a teenager, unable to drive, he was organist at a former church that I had served, which was Trinity United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.” Mike Stallings, director of music ministries with Concord UMC, said the concert will consist of solo organ pieces, organ and piano works and then choral works with organ and piano. Stallings called Welch’s playing “nothing short of incredible.” “He’s played here before, and it’s really hard to describe just

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Fleeing various forms of persecution from their country of birth, refugees in the Knoxville Metropolitan area who receive assistance through Bridge Refugees Services are beginning a key step toward real independence. Alaa, a woman in her late 30s from Iraq, is the first of eight Bridge Refugees to go through driver’s training to receive a driver’s license, which is sponsored by a grant from Rotary International. Tom Marsh, a member of The Rotary Club of Farragut and instructor with Drive For Life Academy in Knoxville, is handling all on-road instruction. “Alaa was almost in tears because she was so happy, she said she thought she would never drive,” Marsh said. “We were driving down the Interstate and she said, ‘I’m so happy.’ “It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” Marsh added. “I see them become a viable part of society, once they

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“We build a robot completely from scratch,” Flagship 3140 team member Josh Cook, a junior, said about the team’s task performed at FHS’s Career Technical Education campus. “We get new, raw-material stock parts. And then from there we make our cuts.” Knoxville Convention Center again will host SMR Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29. Flagship’s robot got its first test Feb. 27 through March 1 during FIRST Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle

learn to drive and get their license. … When I see the joy it brings them, to be able to be mobile, that’s the satisfaction that I get out of it.” Driving independence “is especially important in this part of the country, where we don’t have mass transit,” he said. “It’s almost imperative that they have their driver’s license and have a form of transportation where they can drive.” Alaa already was one step ahead. “She already has her learner’s permit, so she already knows the traffic laws,” Marsh said. “When we very first started, she said she’d only driven one time in her life. Within 20 minutes, I had her on the road driving. She learned so fast,” he added. “We went to a parking lot and practiced accelerating, breaking and turning. We did that for 20 minutes, and then I had her pull out on to the roadway and we began to drive. Taking the regular drives that we always do.” Having finished “four hours” on the road beginning Jan 17 through mid-February, Alaa took a trip to “Strawberry Plains to do the road

test” at the end of February, Marsh said, whichwould earned her a driver’s license. “She said that once she gets her license, she would start looking to buy a car,” Marsh added. “And she has a good job not too far from where she lives. She lives in Knox County and her job’s about five minutes away. She’s a bookkeeper/accountant.” While the state requires students “under the age of 18 to have 50 hours behind the wheel and 10 hours of [classroom],” Marsh said, adults such as Alaa, “Once they’ve mastered the skill of being able to drive … I would be with her a total of 10 hours.”

Beach, S.C., among a multi-state field of 67 teams. This year’s competition is labeled “Aerial Assist.” Using vacuum power, the robot must first “pick up a large ball, about two foot in diameter,” Michael Haines, FHS senior, said about what Cook called “basically an exercise ball.” Haines added, “It’s almost like taking your house vacuum and sticking it to a ball and picking it up.” The next step in the competition, Cook said, “is to load it up on to our launcher. We’re going to use some springs, like what you’d have on your trampoline, to launch the ball over a more than 6-foot truss.

… into a 6-foot-8-inch-high goal.” For extra credit, “You get points for passing it to teammates,” Haines said. “… They want you to attempt to interact with other robots.” Compared to last year’s task of shooting Frisbees through elevated slots, this year’s challenge, “I would say, is more difficult,” Ward Manneschmidt, FHS sophomore, said. “Though the concept seems simple, getting a clean release to get a nice throw on the ball is quite difficult.” Haines added, “There’s two aspects of this game that make it difficult yet more easy … This year we’re focusing on one aspect

Bridge refugees coming to Marsh without a learner’s permit looking for their driver’s license can obtain that through DFL Academy co-owner Greg Mangan “for free,” which “normally is a $425 cost” according to Marsh. Helping along Alaa’s progress, “She speaks English very fluently,” Marsh said. “No problems with communication with her whatsoever.”

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giant plastic ball. High goals made scored 10 points each, while low goals score one point. “You get points for of our robot, even though it’s harder. “Last year there were two aspects,” added Haines, with the other “aspect” a choice to have

throwing over the truss [five feet], which is in the middle of the field. More points are awarded “if a [teammate] robot catches the ball on the other side of the truss,” Tilson added.

the robot grab a tower of bars and climb the bars to increase points. “… The climbing part was actually extremely difficult, which we ended up finding out.”


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FIS students read to Sunshine ■


As Farragut Intermediate School third-grade teacher Sarah Kerstetter taught her class Thursday, Feb. 6, students were taking turns going to a back corner of the room and reading to a dog. A golden retriever named Sunshine, along with Sunshine’s owner, John Brockman, were in the back corner of the room, as children each read to Sunshine. “This is the part of the UT HABIT [Human Animal Bond in Tennessee] program,” Kerstetter said. “... And they [the dogs] come and they visit the students in classrooms, and the children get to read with them. And it’s a way to help the children build their confidence in reading because dogs don’t judge and they don’t fix the mistakes. They just listen, and it just helps the kids relax and have more fun with reading and


Thanks to Cheetah Lacrosse head coach Kurt Sichelstiel, the University of Virginia’s top-10 nationally ranked Women’s Lacrosse team found Mayor Bob Leonard Park’s artificially surfaced upper rectangular field. It was UVa’s desired mid-point practice location Friday afternoon, Feb. 7, en route from its campus in Charlottesville to Atlanta and a Sunday, Feb. 9, season-opening game versus powerful No. 4-ranked Northwestern. “Colleen Shearer, my assistant, started looking around at what was on our way down to Atlanta, between Charlottesville and Atlanta, we knew we wanted to

break the trip up a little bit,” said UVa head coach Julie Myers, who led her perennial top-10-ranked program to the 2004 national championship. Shear “Goggled ‘Lacrosse in Tennessee’ and Knoxville, and she found Kurt, and Kurt was great and he lined everything up for us,” Myers said. “It was great. We pulled up and Kurt was already here, and the field was great. We were looking at these houses in the neighborhood thinking we would love to live right next to a facility like this. This is pretty awesome.” Afterwards, Myers, her assistants plus many UVa players met with Sichelstiel, his wife, Knoxville Catholic High School lacrosse cohead coach Lynn Sichelstiel and KCHS co-head coach Anna Turner,

plus several KCHS and Cheetah Lacrosse players. Myers emphasized the importance of university camps to the Cheetah and KCHS players. “You get a whole season of practice in one camp,” Myers said. “It’s about eight hours a day, four days in a row. … It’s lots of hours, lots of touches on the ball.” Myers asked her players, “Are you doing more than you ever thought possible?” It was answered with an overwhelming “yes.” “We throw challenges to them and they initially think, ‘There’s no way,’” Myers added. “’The coaches are crazy.’ But they do them and they do them well, and it gets easier the next time. See LACROSSE on Page 13A

look forward to reading.” There also is a responsibility component to it, she said. “It also teaches them responsibility,” she said. “My kids are in charge of getting her water and getting her area set up each week when she comes, and she becomes a member of our classroom. She’s in our group pictures, and she’s on our yearbook page.” As part of the HABIT Ruff Reading program, Sunshine visits Kerstetter’s classroom from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m Thursdays. But the normal classroom learning did not stop because Sunshine was in the room. While one student was in the back of the classroom reading to Sunshine, normal instruction was still taking place for the rest of the students. “We just go through our normal whole group instruction, and she’ll be here for the whole reading time,” she said. “So I’ll also go back into my See FIS on Page 13A

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small group instruction. And students are only missing about five minutes, and during small group is when I fill them in on anything that they may have missed during the whole group instruction. But at this point of the year, it’s down to a science. They each get several minutes with her, and then they return to their seat and pick up where they left off.”

all. You can’t go out every night and be extremely, extremely social. … They still have fun but they’re definitely sacrificing during the weekends and their weekdays. It’s a lot of hard work but they’re on a team with their best friends.” Each student has about five minutes to read to Sunshine, she said. Kerstetter has seen the positive effects of the program on students over the years. “I’ve seen nothing but positive effects with my kids,” she said. “In the past, I’ve had students that were afraid of dogs that have overcome that fear. I’ve seen students that did not want to ever read out loud in front of students by the end of the year be very comfortable reading out loud.”

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After a roughly two hour practice at Mayor Bob Leonard Park’s upper synthetic surface field, University of Virginia’s Women’s Lacrosse coaches and players met up with Cheetah Lacrosse youth and Knoxville Catholic High School players Friday afternoon, Feb. 7. UVa coaches, led by head coach Julie Myers (red gloves), spoke about 10 minutes to the girls, offering tips on success and fielding questions. Lacrosse coach Kurt Sichelstiel is joined by his wife, KCHS co-head coach Lynn Sichelstiel (light blue coat) and their daughter, Anika (light blue headband), a Lady Irish junior midfielder.

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SCENIC POINT S/D! Looking for a little piece of heaven? Almost 5 acres in gated community w/a 4400+/- sq ft 2 Sty, inground pool, 50x54 Barn & community dock & ramp. What more could you want? 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, Bonus & totally remodeled & updated home. GR w/2 sty tall ceiling, fireplace & wall of windows overlooking pool. Remodeled Kitchen w/all new cabinets, Travertine tiled flooring, new island, new granite tops, new appliances & large eatin breakfast area. Main master w/sitting area & adjoining office. Luxurious bath w/all new tiled shower & hammered vessel sinks. 3 BRs and bonus up w/dry bar & refrigerator. Remodeled baths. New roof & gutters on barn w/new paver driveways. New hardwood & carpet up. Beautiful water feature & landscaping. Central vac. For More listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232. #873096 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 1016

126 CLEAR COVE $895,000

405 E FOX DEN $799,900

3515 SCENIC DR $799,900

2321 MYSTIC RIDGE $769,096

MILLERS LANDING! Beautiful 6300 sq. ft. lakefront home. Energy efficient 2x6 insulated framing. Main level living with gourmet kitchen, keeping room, dining room, master bedroom suite, office and 2nd guest BR suite, office, and 2nd car garage, large screened porch and wraparound Brazilian hardwood decking allows you to enjoy the captivating views of Ft. Loudon Lake & Smoky Mountains. Lower level offers optional separate living w/a private guest bedroom suite & BA, 2nd full kitchen, enormous rec room, extensive storage, workshop, 2nd multi-car garage and 2nd screened tiled patio. Newly finished 1000 sq ft bonus room. Boat house with lift and separate jet ski lift. New roof and gutters on house and boat house. New gas installed and most windows replaced. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232. #869616 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 8470

FOX DEN VILLAGE! Fox Den Country Club area! Custom built 2 sty bsmt located on 17th green of golf course. Beautiful GR w/open living area & Dining area featuring towering ceilings & spiral staircase. Kitchen w/vaulted ceiling, stainless appliances & 8 window bay breakfast area. FR w/built-ins & frpl. Main level master w/gorgeous golf course views & relaxing bath. 6 BRs, 4.5 BAs w/3 BRs up & 4th, 5th & 6th BRs in bsmt w/a “safe room,” rec room & 2 BAss. 3-Car gar. Private backyard. Covered front & back porches. 3 Gas HVAC units. New roof & downspouts. Irrigation, security. Exterior freshly painted. It’s one of a kind. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232. #842767 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 9041

FT. LOUDON ESTATES - Immaculate Tudor 2 Story with basement on Ft Loudon LAKEFRONT on the main channel. Just across from Fort Loudon Marina where Tellico and the Tennessee meet. New hardwood and tile flooring on both floors. Formal Living Room and Dining Room. Remodeled Kitchen with new granite countertops and backsplash, new cabinets, new stainless appliances, wine cooler and lighting. Family Room with fireplace and bar. Master up with remodeled master bath with new vanity and new granite top and new tiled jetted shower. Finished basement with Rec Room and fireplace, full bath, office/bedroom, 3rd car garage. New roof and gutters. Screened porch, deck and patio. Remodeled boat dock w/2 lifts. Stone driveway. Central vac. Remodeled kitchen and baths. New front landscaping. Wonderful level lot with main channel lakefront. Move-in condition. For more listings like this one visit or call 865-693-3232. #878169 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 9013

TURNING LEAF TRAIL - Suites, one on main level and one up. Main level Master w/double trey ceilings exits to veranda, sitting area & cove lighting. Main level bath adjoins laundry & mudroom. Bonus up. Fin. bsmt w/complete 2nd kitchen & living quarters including Rec Room, BRs 5 & 6, office, bath & workshop. All hardwood flooring on main & upstairs. Irrigation, central vac, 3 heat pumps, community pool & cabana. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232. #879394 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546


7144 SIR ARTHUR WAY $675,000

8809 COVE POINT $599,900

424 BOXWOOD SQUARE $549,900





BERKELEY PARK! Spectacular 2 story basement home in popular Farragut Community. Towering ceilings in the foyer. 5 Bedrooms, 4 full and one half bath plus a finished daylight basement. Loads of storage plus workshop, media room and 3rd floor walkup attic storage. Main level master with adjoining study and fireplace, double trey ceiling and posh bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite tops, topof-the-line stainless appliances and large eat-in breakfast area and bar. Great Room with 2 story tall ceilings and fireplace. Hand hewn hardwood flooring on the main level. New terraced paver patio with firepit and built-in grill and new staircase. Private wooded backyard. Lawn care by the HOA. Community pool and club house. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-6933232. #868072 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 8480

WELLSLEY PARK! Spectacular brick 2 sty in unsurpassed location. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Main level luxurious Master suite w/trey ceiling, sound & an exit to covered porch & deck. Master bath w/“doorless” walk-in shower & separate whirlpool tub. LR or office. Open GR w/vaulted ceiling & gas fireplace & open to kitchen. Gourmet Kitchen features granite tops, gas cooktop & serve thru to GR. You’ll love the stainless appliances & large eatin breakfast room. Main level Guest Room bath as well! Bonus up. Central vac, security, sidewalks, community pool & club house. The gated community is a great amenity. Walk to the mall! Just 10-15 minutes to UT and downtown. For more listings like this one, visit or call 693-3232. #872638 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 1015

COVE POINT S/D! 3.2+/- ACRE WOODED LOT with a totally remodeled basement ranch & detached lake lot w/flat 22’x20’ dock w/YEAR ROUND WATER! 5 Brs, 2.5BAs. Refinished hardwood flooring. Open FR w/frpl, beamed ceilings & French doors to patio. LR & DR. Remodeled kit w/ Magna granite countertops from Brazil, new cherry cabs, new appliances, new island & open to LR & DR. Screened porch. Remodeled baths. Master w/granite tops, whirlpool Travertine tiled flooring & walk-in tiled shower. Rec room & workshop down. New roof & gutters. New 2car detached gar. New electric panel. New dock. 5 Minutes to shopping. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232.#838438 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 9098

BOXWOOD SQUARE S/D! Beautifully updated 2 sty bsmt w/lots of hardwood flooring. LR w/gas frpl. Formal DR. Updated kit w/new tiled flooring, new granite tops, new appliances, new tiled backsplash, lighting & eat-in area that opens to sunroom. Marble, tile & hardwood flooring throughout. 2 Master suites up w/lake & mountain views. Sitting room #2 adjoins sitting room or BR. Fin bsmt features Rec room w/gas frpl & wet bar. Full BA & BR #3 down. New windows, new exterior doors, new awnings. New roof and gutters. Brick walled courtyard and Pergola with covered patio and side porch. Small unique subdivision. Unique in every way. For more listings like this one, visit or call 865-693-3232. #874069 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 9056

12448 AMBERSET $509,900

2229 MYSTIC RIDGE $499,900

12624 RED FOX DR $499,900

12235 WEST ASHTON COURT $479,900


MONTGOMERY COVE! Brick 2 story beauty w/towering ceilings in foyer & GR. Open floor plan. Formal DR. Main level study & Master Suite. Master features deep trey ceiling w/exit to full length sunroom & remodeled bath w/new dual vanities & basins, whirlpool & sep shower & new tiled flooring. Remodeled Kitchen w/new tiled backsplash, new granite tops & updated appliances. Added Sunroom w/skylights. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs plus bonus. Courtesy dock. MLS 876352 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 8984

TURNING LEAF S/D! - 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath 2 story with partially finished basement. Private wooded backyard. Towering foyer. Formal Dining Room with trey ceiling. Great Room with gas fireplace. Open Kitchen includes long island with prep sink and stainless appliances. Gathering Room with builtin bookcases, fireplace and cathedral ceiling. 2nd Bedroom and full bath on the main level. Main Level Master with columned whirlpool garden tub, separate tiled shower, bidet in the bath. Trey ceiling and sitting area in the Master bedroom. Open Bonus Room plus 2nd Bonus. Loads of walkin storage. Basement is heated and cooled with finished full bath with granite topped vanity and finished workshop plus loads of unfinished room for expansion. Sound speakers on the deck, patio and in gathering Room. Central vac, irrigation. Community pool and cabana. Custom built home in like- new condition. A must see! For more homes like this one go to MLS 863398. Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 8996.


BLUFF POINT S/D! Custom built Contemporary 2 Sty basement on 1.22+/- acres of wooded splendor. 5 BRs, 3.5 BAs. 1 1/2 year old w/main level master plus 2nd BR on main level. Open foyer, DR & GR w/gas fireplace. Kitchen features Glass Block backsplash w/windowed breakfast area. Open Bonus Room up. Fin. basement w/5th BR & BA. Rec Room includes wet bar w/quartz countertops. Community boat ramp. 3 car gar. Cellulose insulation. MLS 862712 TALKING HOMES 877-463-6546 CODE 8995

ANDOVER PLACE S/D! Updated & immaculate 2 sty w/towering ceiling in foyer. Formal DR w/trey ceiling & hardwood flooring. Main level office w/high ceiling. Butlers pantry w/wet bar. LR w/gas fireplace. Remodeled kitchen w/new granite tops, new tiled backsplash, new sinks & cooktop & Kit is open to FR. 3 Car gar. Master up w/triple trey ceiling. Master Bath w/new lighting, tiled floor & shower w/sep whirlpool tub & featuring cathedral ceiling! Adjoining Bonus w/skylights off BR 3. New roof & gutters. Half the windows new in 2013. New carpeting throughout. Freshly painted inside & out. New exterior lighting. Central vac. 4 BRs & bonus up. 3.5 Baths. Community pool, tennis courts, & club house. Great Farragut area just 5 minutes to Turkey Creek shopping. For more listing like this one go to or call 693-3232. #870945 Talking Homes 1-877-463-6546 Code 1005


FHS Ethics BHS dance earns bronze team No. 1


The Farragut High School Ethics Bowl team took first place at the Tennessee High School Ethics Bowl Saturday, Feb. 8, at The University of Tennessee. ”The Farragut team won first place and earned a spot at the national competition at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in April,” Morgan Rutherford, FHS social studies teacher said. The team consists of Peter Grossman, Katie Fowlkes, Sara Zett-erberg, Faiza Islam, Audrey Gibson, Akshay Soni and Ethan Young. “We were given cases and pretty much we debated them against other schools in front of judges at UT,” Zetterberg said. Cases debated included student-athlete compensation, Edward Snowden and the Trayvon Martin case, she said. Gibson said preparation for the ethics bowl began in January. “We didn’t start until the beginning of this semester, so we were a little bit pressed for time,” Gibson said. “And I was kind of worried about that. Because we only had like a month-and-a-half until it was starting. But we just met a lot before school. We did like twice a week at 7:15, and we discussed them with each other to prepare.” This year marks Young’s first year as part of the team. He talked about what he took away from the experience of the February competition. “I think it’s great because I don’t think we realize how often people our age are really considering huge ethical questions,” Young said. “So it’s exciting to think that people in our generation are already taking these questions seriously, and it’s encouraging.” Rutherford is the team’s sponsor. “Three years ago, I taught them the ethical theories, and they started practicing debating cases and competed,” she said. “And from then on, it’s really been a student-led group. They organize their meetings, and they facilitate their own practices and debate. And it’s really all their original thought processes that they go through, and they’re just brilliant kids.”



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BHS dance team ranked third in the nation in Pom and eighth in Jazz at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Competition Feb. 8-9 in Orlando, Fla. Each team member received a bronze medal as part of the Pom top three recognition. BHS competed against dance teams from across the country. This is the first time in the BHS Dance program’s history that the team has ranked top three on a national level. Team members, front row are, technique coach Peyton Cheatham, Elena Alles, Lindsay Tom, Hannah Wunschel, Olivia Riley, Taylor Kidd, Faith Goddard and coach Hannah Keathley. Second row: Lindy Vaughn, Merrielle Luepke, McKensie Wehinger, Ashley Williams, Audri Brakebill, Allison Balsley, Rachael Buckley, Marissa Tarantino, Natalie Werner, Caroline Ward and Paige Walter. third row: Haley Mañalac, Madison Deatherage, Alyssa Menavich, Sarah Balsley and Alison Napier.

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a girl, Sophia Collette • Chad and Ashley Chuako, Knoxville, a girl, Maggie Anne • William and Megan Faidley, Knoxville, a girl, Willow Marie • Kelly Simpson, Knoxville, a girl, Erin Olivia • Jerry and Andrea Reed, Knoxville, a boy, Quinn Alexander • Barry and Stephanie Cofer, Rockwood, a girl, Piper Blake • Robert and Christina Bonsack, Knoxville, a girl, Ava Marie • Scott and Melissa Frazer, Knoxville, a girl, Shannon Joann

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biz beat • Journal Broadcast Group, 1533 Amherst Road, will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event, starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 27.

business briefs • Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Farragut has hired five new full-time sales associates: Hui (Howard) Guo, Lynn Brown, Mary Pat Tyree, W a r r e n Pineda and Deborah Saunders. • Ray B. Sterling has Brown j o i n e d Te n n e s s e e State Bank as executive vice president and senior lending officer to the bank’s executive team, Todd Proffitt, bank president and CEO, Guo recently announced. Sterling comes to TSB with 38 years of banking experience with his previous bank in Kentucky where he held the positions of senior execSaunders utive vice president, chief lending officer and board member. • Eileen Clark recently joined The University of Te n n e s s e e M e d i c a l Center as vice Pineda president and chief information officer. In this role, Clark will oversee information systems and provide leadership in this rapidly changing healthcare and technology environTyree ment. • Registration form for town of Farragut’s 27th Annual Independence Day Parade will be at and at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 1. Parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 4. Deadline for registrations is Thursday, June 19, until the Town receives 95 entries, or the lineup area is full, whichever comes first. • Deadline to file a Nominating Petition to run for office in the nonpartisan town of Farragut Municipal Election is noon Thursday, April 3. Election day is Thursday, Aug. 7. Petitions must be filed at the offices of the Knox County Election Commission, located in the Old Court House in downtown Knoxville. • Town of Farragut hosted the practical skills portion of State of Tennessee Advanced EMT Bridge Course in the Farragut Town Hall Community Room Wednesday, March 12. The course increases knowledge and scope of practice of fire department and EMT professionals in order to better equip them to respond.

Starting at home, SE Spanish growing


A business that began as Corporate Spanish is now Southeast Spanish, Inc., which has blossomed from headquarters run out of a Farragut home to 15 locations. The name change took place in 2013, the same year the 14 new locations officially opened, said Dan Hickman, Southeast Spanish, Inc. president. “Those are all home-based businesses as well,” he said. “It’s not a franchise or anything.” Hickman is also a Spanish and linguistics professor at Maryville College. All business for Southeast Spanish, Inc., is still coordinated and payments are still processed through the home-based Farragut headquarters. But now document translators and voice interpreters are at 15 different locations across 10 states. But the move to expand was not done so that Southeast Spanish, Inc. would grow into a large company. On the contrary, the expansion was done to keep things local. “Previously we were serving customers in all these cities from Knoxville but we never wanted to be a national company, doing translations from Knoxville in all these different cities, so we con-

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Dan Hickman, Southeast Spanish, Inc. president, certifies a translation at his home Tuesday, March 18.

tracted translators and interpreters in other towns to be able to serve those cities,” he said. “... It wasn’t an attempt to go national or regional. It was an attempt to continue our local approach in other cities.” Before the official expansion, Hickman was receiving calls and doing business with customers

from different cities and states, but he wanted interpreters and translators available in the places he often received calls from. “It is essentially community outreach, so I’d like to keep it local, keep it personal and affordable,” he said. Hickman still receives calls

and does business with customers from other cities and states, but now translators and interpreters are on site at those high-demand areas. Hickman, 36, opened the business in 2007. “We started it to try to provide See SPANISH on page 18A

Farragut Medical turns 30 Medex Transport ■ now open ROBBY O’DANIEL

Things have changed over the years in the town of Farragut, but one constant is Farragut Medical Center, located at 11551 Kingston Pike, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in February. J. Leland Hughes, a family physician and owner of Farragut Medical Center, said he established the center in the beginning, and for those 30 years he has been in practice. “It’s a family practice, so we treat all ages,” he said. “We do all the routine primary care, including outpatient minor surgery and of course, I admit patients to the hospital still. ... And we treat acute illnesses plus chronic disease, just standard primary care family practice.” Hughes, 63, called working in the Farragut community all these years a privilege. “It’s what I look forward to,” Robby O’Daniel he said. “To me, the Lord led J. Leland Hughes, a family physician and owner of Farragut me here. The purpose is to Medical Center, celebrated its 30th anniversary in February. serve people. That’s what my profession is all about. It’s a real privilege in my opinion.” Hughes has seen Farragut always been at the 11551 loca- of course, take out a loan and change over the years. tion, Hughes said, and it has purchase it. Of course it “Well a lot of development, always gone by the name required quite a bit of work to of course a lot of new business Farragut Medical Center. get it for an office, electrical places, bigger population, all “I have a cousin who had and all that stuff, but that’s the new subdivisions in that this property and wanted it basically how I got here.” period of time. It’s really sold,” he said. “He needed to Essentially Farragut developed a lot,” he said. sell it, and I just happened to Medical Center is Hughes, an But Farragut Medical be needing it at the time. And See 30TH on page 18A Center is the constant. It has that connection, I was able to,


A local Medex Patient Transport opened for business Monday, Feb. 24. Larry Woods, owner of the local Medex Patient Transport, said he purchased the Knoxville metropolitan area franchise rights. “It’s a non-emergency medical transportation service,” he said. “... We’re there primarily for the elderly, wheelchair-confined patients who need transportation help.” The local franchise is based in Farragut. “All the orders are set up through the Nashville call center,” he said. The national corporate location for Medex Patient Transport is in Nashville, Woods said. “I would say 90 to 95 percent of our customer base are [patients at] nursing homes, assisted living, rehab, dialysis clinics, patients that need transportation to and from appointments, primarily to and from doctor’s appointments.” The business serves patients in need of transportation, with a specialty in transporting wheelchair patients, he said. They are trained to take patients from “bedside to doctor-side.” “We’re opening with two vans, See MEDEX on page 18A


Jet’s, FSG networkings

Robby O’Daniel

Larry Woods, owner of the local Medex Patient Transport, stands beside one of the business’ vans.

Medex From page 17A

Robby O’Daniel

District manager Chris McElroy and general manager Angie Wolf Sanders were brass from Jet’s Pizza, 11124 Kingston Pike, who hosted a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking Thursday, Jan. 16.

and these vans are specially outfitted to transport wheelchair patients,” he said. “...We start out with two vans, and ... as part of my franchise agreement, I have to bring in new vans and drivers as the business grows. “We set up strict guidelines as far as patient wait times, on-time percentages for our appointments, and as soon as we hit certain barometers, then I’m required by franchise agreement to bring in a new van. And we anticipate we should be bringing

30th From page 17A

office manager and two people working in the front office. “Right now I’ve got probably

B Robby O’Daniel

FSG Bank and Campbell Station Wine & Spirits hosted a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking event Thursday, Jan. 30, at FSG Bank, 155 N. Campbell Station Road. Representing FSG Bank were, from left, mortgage loan officer Kim Mizer, Knoxville market executive David Haynes and branch manager Tenae Shipley.

Spanish From page 17A

low-cost translations to reach out to the community,” he said. The business’ focus is document translations, but voice interpretations also are available when scheduled in advance. The business’ niche is small document translation, Hickman said, such as marriage certificates or birth certificates. Southeast Spanish, Inc., focuses exclusively on English to

Spanish and Spanish to English “Even though we’re a for-profit corporation, we run on a nonprofit model, meaning we adjust our rates frequently to make sure we pretty much break even,” he said. “... Earning a profit is never our primary objective.” A part of the money from each translation or interpretation is donated to charity at the end of the year. For more information, call 865-777-1177, or e-mail


in a new van every two to three months. We should have a fleet of probably six by year end,” he added. Woods anticipated the local business would start service transporting stretcher patients by around the end of May. The business is not limited to transportation to doctor’s visits. “Whatever their needs are, that’s why we’re here,” he said. Medical or otherwise, Medex seeks to fill transportation needs. “I looked at several opportunities out there and was really attracted to this business for a couple of reasons, one being the

growth explosion of the senior population,” Woods said. “With the baby boomers just starting to populate the senior community, the whole senior population is just ready to explode over the next decade, so this type of service has become more and more needed. “More and more seniors are looking for independence, and they just need help from companies like us to help them achieve that independence, take care of their transportation needs, help them get back and forth,” he added.

the best staff I’ve ever had,” he added. “They’re excellent. The staff I’ve got now, it’s just ideal. They just do a good job.” Hughes is on call. “I have one doctor I exchange call with if he’s

going out of town or I’m going out of town or vacation, but otherwise, basically I’m on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day, if someone truly has an emergency,” he said.



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Late Thomas slam rallies ’Dawgs past FHS Bearden five-run 7th-inning negates 12-8 Ads hitting edge


Farragut had more hits (12 versus eight), but Bearden took more walks and sent more balls onto Kingston Pike. Bulldog Lane Thomas, a Tennessee Volunteers signee, did the biggest damage: his seventhinning, rocket-shot grand slam highlighted a five-run rally at FHS’s John Heatherly Field that erased a 6-5 Admirals lead. Adding a solo home run in the fourth inning, and aided as BHS starting pitcher by clean-up hitter Elijah Helton’s two-run homer in the fifth, Thomas led Bearden to a 10-6 win Monday night, March 24. The Bulldogs win overshadowed three-hit efforts from Farragut senior second baseman Sam Schulze (two RBI) and first baseman Chase Chambers, along with two hit showings from Ads Cole Morgan and Roy Mutta. “Their pitchers kind of fell behind in counts against me so I could swing at some fastballs,” Thomas, whose Bulldogs improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in District 4-AAA, said. His grand slam came on a 2-0 count. The UT signee also had a first-inning RBI single. Helton, a senior whose blast tied the game 3-3 and who added

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(Above) Bearden pitcher and Tennessee signee Lane Thomas connects in the fourth inning on what would be the first of his two home runs off Farragut pitchers during play Monday, March 24, at FHS. (Right) Thomas fires home against the Admirals.

a seventh inning RBI single, said his team’s rally “is crazy, it’s amazing. We have such good team chemistry. And we had some young guys step up tonight. “And, of course, Lane.” Bulldogs head coach John Rice said Thomas had “his best game by far” this season at the plate. “Lane played awesome.”

Thomas worked five innings as starting pitcher (10 hits, six runs, one walk Bulldogs 10 and three strikeAdmirals 6 o u t s ) before giving way to reliever and wining pitcher Hunter Henry (1 2/3 innings, no runs, two hits, two walks and two strikeouts).

“Hunter Henry is a Bulldog. He went out there and got after it,” Rice said about the senior. Freshman lefty David Beam came to close things out by inducing a Chambers fly out, with two men on, to deep center field in the seventh. Other Bulldogs contributors included a Brady Duncan infield

hit that started the BHS seventh inning rally. Josh Smith added a seventh inning RBI single. David Beam belted a triple in the sixth. Victimized by seventh-inning wildness from its relief pitching, Farragut dropped to 4-4, 2-2. Sophomore Duncan Pence See BEARDEN-FHS on Page 20A

Hawks hold of KCS comeback, start first 2 weeks 8-0 ■

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(Above) Knights pitcher Eric Nolan hurled a complete game against Hardin Valley Academy Wednesday, March 19, despite a 7-6 KCS loss. (Right) HVA Hawks left fielder and reliever Tyler Thompson connects on a pitch from Nolan.

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Concerned about his team “thinking it’s something special without proving it for the entirety of the game,” Joe Michalski’s Hardin Valley Academy Hawks still manage to win. The Hawks made it an 8-0 start, holding off a Knoxville Christian School rally to win 7-6 at KCS on a cool, windy Wednesday afternoon, March 19. Three errors, two walks, a hit batter and a runner reaching after a Hawks 7 strikeout helped Knights 6 t h e Hawks build a 6-0 lead after its first two at-bats. But the Knights rallied to close within 7-4 before some bottom-of-seventh-inning drama. An infield hit by Logan Adams, one of his two hits on the day, was followed with a walk and infield error to score two runs. Anthony Crowder ended up as the tying run on third base with only one out. But Hawks junior pitcher Matt Turner rallied with two strikeouts, sandwiched in-between a hit batter, to hold off the Knights after two innings of relief (five strikeouts, two walks,


one hit, one hit batter). “There’s always a guy who steps up in a moment where we need to have a big pitch or big hit,” Michalski said. “Today it was Matt Turner.” Sully Smoak’s RBI single highlighted a two-run HVA firstinning. Seth Hunt’s RBI triple,

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Dylan Harris’ RBI infield hit and a Zach Sears single highlighted a four-run Hawks second inning. After the Knights pulled to within 6-4, Hunt singled in the sixth, stole second, reached third on Ian Pung’s infield hit and scored on Hunter Cameron’s sacrifice fly.

Tyler Thompson pitched twoand-a-third innings of relief for Hardin Valley. He also singled. Vinnie Gambuzza added a single. KCS (4-3 after the loss) began to rally in the third when Sam Helm scored after his single. Eric See HAWKS-KCS on Page 21A

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Kaleigh Wynne, Hardin Valley Academy sophomore staff ace, approaches every batter with the mentality of, ‘I’m going to sit them down for a strikeout.’” Wynne’s mental approach, as told by HVA head coach Whitney Cruze, couldn’t have been more in tune Wednesday evening, March 19: each of the 15 Clinton batters she recorded an out against were strikeout victims. “I had done it one other time before, in summer ball, but not in high school,” Wynne said after allowing just one Lady Hawks 14 hit along Lady Dragons 0 with one walk and one hit batter in a 14-0 HVA home win in five innings. “I had my rise ball and changeup working.” About Wynne practically giving her defense the day off, Cruze said, “I had never seen that before. But it doesn’t surprise me that she does that. I mean, she’s averaging probably 12, 13 strikeouts a game.” Wynne also contributed at the plate with three hits, including a

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Natalie Keener, HVA freshman baserunner, slides safely into home plate as Clinton catcher Brooke Bailey takes a late throw home.

solo home run to left field, and four RBI as the Lady Hawks (4-1 after the win) scored five runs in the third inning and eight more in the fourth.

Freshman third baseman Sarah Story belted a two-RBI double in the third and a single in the fourth. “One was a fastball and the

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Farragut's Duncan Pence makes a throw from shortstop to put out a Bearden runner during play Monday, March 24, at Farragut.

From page 19A

added a sacrifice fly for Farragut. Chase Fullington singled and scored a run. John Painter singled. An infield error allowed Schulze to score Farragut’s goahead run in the bottom of the sixth. While praising Thomas, FHS head coach Matt Buckner said, “We had the game right in our grasp, but we didn’t make enough pitches at the end, that’s the bottom line.” Chambers said his team “had a really good game offensively, and we had guys on base every inning. ... But we couldn’t get those extra base hits that would move in more than one run every inning.”

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other was a change-up,” Story said. Chelsea Texeira, junior centerfielder, added two hits including a double. Leslie Beecham connected for two hits.

Hayley Cloud had an RBI single, while Aubry McGuire added a pinch-hit RBI single. Halle McGuire doubled. Katie Cooper, Erin Moye, Olivia LaSorsa also singled. Cruze said Texeira and Cooper “are really leading the way for us as far as having the most experience. And they’re getting it done for us, too. “I really just wanted the girls to come out here tonight and honestly just blow them out,” Cruze added. “They responded well. Whenever you see 14 runs on the scoreboard you’re very happy.” Cruze said there’s something special about 2014. “I’ve been a coach for six years, and this is the most excited that I’ve had a group of girls be,” she said. “I think they feel good about it, and I think they know we’re only going to get better and better. And we’ve got a shot this year to make some noise.” Story said, “My teammates are great. I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else because they’re all nice,” adding the older Lady Hawks “treat us all equal even though, like, we’re not the same class.” Clinton fell to 3-3. Alicia Phillips, Lady Dragons head coach, said Wynne “pitched very well, but my kids didn’t make an adjustment at the plate, so that’s partly on us, too.”


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Nolan, Knights starting pitcher, drove home Helm with an RBI groundout. Knoxville Christian made it a game in the fifth. Two hit batters plus an infield error scored Cas Wilborn. Crowder’s two-RBI double to right-centerfield scored two more, cutting the difference to 6-4. “He’s been a big bat for us all year,” KCS head coach John Barry said about Crowder, starting shortstop. Adams also belted a double for the Knights. About the team’s 8-0 start, Hunt said, “Not all of them are pretty, but we’re still fighting, we’re grinding.” Sophomore Dylan Harris, Hawks starting pitcher, went two-and-two-thirds innings (no runs, no hits, four Ks, two walks).

Having never been a starting pitcher before this season, Harris said he “had to make an adjustment to the mound, it’s a lot different than ours. It was a lot steeper than ours.” To compensate, “I had to follow through more to the plate,” he added. “Deliver more lower strikes. I was leaving everything high.” Barry said the pitching of Nolan, a senior lefty who went the distance, was “the story. … He’s phenomenal.” Along with his fastball, curveball and change-up “to keep the hitters off-balance,” Nolan said he developed a knuckle-curveball in the offseason. “Coach [Eric] Hill has worked with me a lot in the off-season with it.” Mixing in his over-the-top delivery with sidearm, “I’ll throw a sidearm fastball and changeup,” Nolan added. “And I’ll throw a slider occasionally.”

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