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Vol. 48, No. 47 • November 23, 2009 • • 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville 37918 • 922-4136

Halls Christmas Parade is Dec. 5
The Halls Christmas Parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Lineup and float assembly will begin at 4 p.m. at Halls High School. The parade will terminate at Black Oak Plaza near McDonald’s. Registration is not required. The Sheriff’s Office asks that four-wheelers not be entered and there is a limit to one Santa. Do not throw candy from any float. Info: Scott Frith, 368-3232.

Fort Sumter Cemetery meeting is Dec. 3
By Betty Bean

Fountain City Christmas Parade is Dec. 19
The 41st annual Optimist Fountain City Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 19. Registration is necessary by calling Bill Gentry, 523-2796. Begin lineup at 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to CiCi’s Pizza. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.

By Shannon Carey By Shannon Carey hann n r

Powell Christmas parade is Dec. 5
The annual Powell Christmas parade hosted by the Powell Lions Club will step off at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. Participates will stage in the parking lot at Powell Place shopping center at Emory Road and Clinton Highway at 4 p.m.

Union County Parade is Dec. 13
The Union County Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Union County Rescue Squad, will start at Union County High School 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Judging starts at 1:30 p.m., and you must be ready to be judged. Floats must be Christmas-oriented to be judged, and Christmas music is encouraged. Please, no ATVs. The Rescue Squad will provide the one and only Santa. No registration is required. Info: 992-3811, or Jeff Sharp, 405-2196.

rchitects and project leaders for the future Clayton Park met with community members Nov. 19 for a public input session that will help form the basis for the park’s design. Mark Fowler and David Craig of Ross/Fowler architectural firm, Dan Martin of the Public Building Authority, Doug Bataille of Knox County Parks and Recreation, and greenway coordinator Terry Shupp led participants in a visioning process for the park. Fowler and Craig spoke about possible constraints on the property as well as special opportunities. Development of the park is limited first by the terrain. Rock formations and shallow soil on portions To page A-3


A vision
Architect David Craig of Ross/Fowler.

Dan Martin of the Public Building Authority shows Halls residents Sandy and Jim Comella a map of possible greenway connections to Clayton Park. Photos by S. Carey

Architect Mark Fowler of Ross/Fowler.

Halls Memory Gardens was abandoned by its owners in October 2005, but Fort Sumter Community Cemetery will hold its first annual community meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Mynatt Funeral Home in Halls. This meeting could ease the minds of grieving families who found that money they’d paid to secure headstones and perpetual care had disappeared; of those who found that strangers had been buried in family grave plots; of those who were worried because Knox County announced its intention to sue for back taxes; of those who’d lost hope because the state tried to find a buyer, but had no luck. During this time, a small group of property owners, led by Bobbie Woodall of Halls, decided not to be victims. They went to scores of court proceedings and Woodall and Teresa Mower worked with state and local governments to find a solution. Finally, it’s done: “We’re going to say good-bye to Halls Memory Gardens and say hello to the new Fort Sumter Community Cemetery,” said Woodall, who chairs the Fort Sumter Community Cemetery board. “We are required to have a yearly meeting with the community, and this will be our first one. We’ll be making a financial report, handing out copies of the new rules and regulations, and saying some ‘thank yous.’ We’ll just basically be saying ‘This is who we are now.’ ”

Luttrell Christmas Parade is Dec. 5
The third annual Luttrell Christmas Parade will start at noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Those interested in participating should call 992-0871.

Fountain City Lions need help with bicycle drive
The Fountain City Lions Club needs help in purchasing 104 new bicycles to be given to students in the Appalachia area during the Mission of Hope’s annual Christmas Drive. The bicycles are given in memory of former WBIR news anchor Bill Williams’ son, Michael. Each of the 26 participating schools is given four bicycles. The school staff selects two boys and two girls who have shown the most improvement in grades or especially needy children to be the recipients of these bicycles. Fountain City Lions have set $6,100 as their goal to purchase these 104 bicycles. The Lions Club needs the help of individuals and businesses in the community to raise this $6,100 and make 104 children happy this Christmas. The club is a fully licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and donations are tax deductible. Donations should be made payable to the Fountain City Lions Club, P.O. Box 5276, Knoxville, TN 37928. For additional information, call Gib Galyon at 688-1687 or 414-4630. Fountain City Lions Club members Ben Easterday, Dick McMillan and Gib Galyon show bicycles similar to those that they plan to give to students in the Appalachia area through Mission of Hope. Photo by Ruth White

‘The Miracle Worker’

The WordPlayers and Erin Stage Company present “The Miracle Worker” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, $8 groups of 10 or more, Thursday is “Pay What You Can” night. Reservations: 539-2490 or purchase tickets online at

And visit for …
The Powell Lions Club is making final preparations for the annual Powell Lions Club Christmas Parade on Dec. 5. Details are in this week’s Powell Shopper-News. Also, read the incredible and inspiring story of Sandi Fatow, subject of the book “Smokin’ and Jokin’ – the Sandi Fatow Story.”

Joe Rector highlights community concerns over the proposed Plumb Creek Park in this week’s Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper-News. He also goes caving with veterans from the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home. And Tia Kalmon catches up with Knox County school board student representative Sara Nicole Denton.

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‘It’s been a blessing’
Spangler to retire from Sheriff’s Office
By Shannon Carey
It’s been almost 30 years since July 1980 when now Chief Deputy Tom Spangler came on board at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. “It has very much been a blessing to me,” he said. “I’ve been humbled by all the comments and kind words.” Now, he’s counting the days until retirement, and during the Halls Business and Professional Association meeting last week, that count was 32 days. In January, Spangler plans to kick retirement off right with a fishing tournament in Florida. There’s still work to do until then, though. Spangler started his speech to the HBPA with an apology on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. He spoke of the recent arrest of patrol officer Mi-

mately 9 a.m. from McGee Tyson Airport and land at Reagan National Airport. Buses will transPrestige Cleaners anport the veterans to the nounced HonorAir Knoxville will take its next flight World War II Memorial. The group will tour April 28, 2010. HonorAir other monuments in the Knoxville, is a program Washington, D.C., area designed to honor East Tennessee World War II including the armed veterans by taking them forces memorials, Arlingon a one-day all expense ton National Cemetery trip to Washington D.C., and the Tomb of the to see the World War II Unknown Soldier. Box Memorial built to honor lunches will be served. their sacrifices. The flight will arrive back at McGee Tyson Airport The chartered flight will depart at approxiaround 8 p.m.

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Veterans interested in applying for the next flight should download the application at or call 938-7701. The flight will accommodate 102 veterans. Reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis and priority is given to those veterans who have not yet seen the Memorial. If the response exceeds the allotted space veterans will be placed on a waiting list for a future flight.

their body temperature drops Retiring Knox County Chief Deputy Tom Spangler receives a drastically. “Halls Has It!” shirt from Halls Business and Professional AssoThe NKF Serving East ciation president Karen Hurley. Photo by S. Carey Tennessee is looking for clean new or used blankets chelle Stiles for identity gun carry permits, the num- that can be given to the theft. Spangler called Stiles ber of which he said are on patients it serve. “a bad apple.” the rise in Knox County. If you or anyone you know “We do not and will not He encouraged those is interested in donating or condone that type of activ- with questions about the starting a blanket drive, conity,” Spangler said. “Please process of obtaining a hand- tact Jennifer Kuechenmeister don’t think of the other of- gun carry permit to call the at the National Kidney Founficers that way.” Knox County Sheriff’s Office dation Serving East TennesSpangler continued with or the Knoxville Police De- see at 688-5481 or e-mail at jennifer.kuechenmeister@ a presentation about hand- partment. a beverage will be served. All of the proceeds will go to the cause thanks to the donation from Aubreys Restaurant owner Randy Burleson. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door that morning or may be purchased from Faith Promise Church during regular business hours. Monetary donations are also encouraged. Please make checks payable to Grace Baptist Church, Attention: 278th, 7171 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931; or Faith Promise, Attention: 278th, 10740 Faith Promise Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931. Info: Tamara Longworth, or 755-3716.

Help bring the 278th home for Christmas
Efforts to raise money for all Knoxville 278th soldiers has begun. Aubrey’s, Grace Baptist Church and Faith Promise Church are joining together to help raise funds to cover the transportation costs to bring the soldiers home for Christmas. There will be a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Aubrey’s, 9208 Middlebrook Pike. Pancakes, eggs, bacon and

Coat drive underway
Halls Cleaners will have its annual coat drive this year through Monday, Nov. 30. All coats will be cleaned and donated to Mission of Hope, Halls Welfare Ministry and Angelic Ministries. Bring coats to Robbins Cleaners in Fountain City or Halls Cleaners. Info: 922-4780.

case for ages 13 to 2010 high school seniors is 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pitcher evaluation is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. College instructors participating include Clay Greene (ETSU), Gary McClure (Austin Peay), Steve Peterson (MTSU), Darren Schoenrock (Memphis), Steve Cornelison (Jackson State), Doug Jones (Tusculum), Josh Hopper (UAB), Mike Policastro (Cleveland State), Jerry Zulli (Memphis) and Fred Corral (Memphis). Cost is $95 (brothers are $170), $700 for a team of 8-9 players or $800 for a team of 10 players. Info: Dwight Smith, 694-2013 or Kent Mathews, 670-3900.

Two Crones Market to host karaoke
Two Crones Market & Deli, located at the intersection of Miller Road and Norris Freeway, holds karaoke the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The event starts at 6 p.m. with Wild Bill Davis as host. Info: 922-3886.

Daughters of the Confederacy to meet
The Captain W. Y. C. Hannum Chapter #1881, United Daughters of the Confederacy will meet 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Bethel Cemetery in Knoxville for a wreath laying ceremony, to be followed by a candlelight tour of the Mabry Hazen House. Members and visitors are invited to end the evening with dinner at the R.J. Courtyard Grill on Alcoa Hwy. For reservations: Elaine Russell, 980-6346, no later than Dec. 3.

YWCA, YMCA host prayer breakfast
YWCA Knoxville and YMCA of East Tennessee will host the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Summit Hill. This year’s keynote speaker is Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church. This free event is open to the community, but RSVPs are required. The Annual Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by Home Federal Bank. To RSVP and for more information, contact the YWCA at 523-6126.

Kidney Foundation needs blankets

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of the park limit what can be built there. The low-lying areas consist of wetlands and floodplains which must be preserved. Also, the property is under a conservation easement which allows trails and low-impact structures like pavilions, restrooms, play areas and amphitheaters but requires that the land’s natural features must be protected. However, the land has great potential for creekside views, tree-shaded picnics, fun and exercise. Fowler added that, despite controversy over whether the driveway leading into the property is a legal rightof-way, Knox County has been communicating with TDOT about locating an entrance just east of the original driveway, lining it

The National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee is completely out of clean blankets to give to kidney patients and needs the community’s help. People on dialysis have their blood filtered into a machine outside their body From page A-1 three times a week. Over a period of three or more up with the Walmart drive- hours, all their blood has way across Norris Freeway. been moved through the Fowler said that location cool machine back into their will probably become the body. This causes many patients to feel very cold and park’s entrance. Participants suggested play areas and pavilions in the higher areas of the park and creekside trails and viewing areas in the lowlands. Others asked for natural education stations or that the land be left in its natural state. Doris Hodge Reeves, who grew up on the property, simply asked that her parents’ names be placed somewhere in the park. There will be two more public input meetings about the design of Clayton Park. The next one, which Bataille estimated would occur sometime after the holiday season, will feature a preliminary park design.

Smoky Mountain Showcase is Dec. 12
The Smoky Mountain Christmas Clinic and Showcase hosted by directors Dwight Smith and Kent Mathews is Saturday, Dec. 12, at Thunder Baseball School, 2510 Solway Road, across from Pellissippi State Community College. Show-

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Hutchison charms GOP partisans
By Sandra Clark
He’s had “a good break from government work” since term limits forced him from office mid-term in 2007, Hutchison said. He has never lost an election, despite spirited opposition from former Mayor Victor Ashe and others. Hutchison was elected sheriff five times, ousting incumbent Joe Fowler. A graduate of West High School, he learned construction from his grandfather. He took a job serving process in the Sheriff’s Office to supplement his income during a bad winter. He joined the department full time, but maintained his contractor’s license. Hutchison was a hands-on sheriff, upgrading and expanding the department. Tim and Jan Hutchison have been married for 36 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren, ages 6, 7 and 9.

Tim Hutchison gives voice to both the frustrations and aspirations of hard-core Republican primary voters. He showed his considerable skill last week at the Powell Republican Club. “Don’t blame Farragut (for objecting),” he said of the previous day’s vote by County Commission to reject a 23-unit supportive housing facility in deep West Knox County. “I don’t think the homeless should be spread out to Powell or Halls or East Knox County either. Put the homeless near the supportive services for those who need short-term housing. Help them get back on their feet. “But to spend a half million dollars for two acres just doesn’t make good common sense.” Hutchison advocates for “a balance of power” among elected officials, rather than the top-down form of government with appointed directors used by the city.


New name for ‘Million Dollar Parking Lot’
Outgoing City Council members Rob Frost and Steve Hall were the only “no” votes on a resolution to buy the “Million Dollar Parking Lot” at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Gay Street. This 7-2 vote gives the city the green light to spend another $1.3 million to buy a Jackson Avenue parking lot that the city had been paying $10,000 per month to lease since 2004. Buying the parking lot is necessary to accommodate construction on the Jackson Avenue ramps, the resolution says. Terms of the 10-year lease required the property owner, Rio Valeriano, Jackson Avenue Parking LLC, to build a condominium project next door and upped the city’s rent to $11,000 per month in 2009. Five years later, the condos have not been built and the city has trouble giving away free parking. The $600,000 paid by city to the property owner under the lease agreement will not be applied to the purchase price, bringing the total cost to the taxpayers to nearly $2 million. – Betty Bean

Tim Hutchison at the Powell Republican Club. Photo by S. Clark This position alone should bring him a cascade of support from officeholders and their employees – a group that would crawl through Kansas to vote in next year’s primary. Yet he’s quick to say that Knox County needs leadership and “it’s just not there.” He said the county mayor should make the budget and push all departments and offices to achieve maximum efficiency. As to those in the

Ragsdale administration who have been extravagant: “I will terminate all those who abused their P-card. I won’t keep them around. They should have been prosecuted.” Hutchison said he won’t take both a pension and a salary; he won’t take both a county car and a car allowance. Mike Ragsdale came into office with about $350 million in county debt and will

leave office with about $700 million, he said. “We have tough times ahead, and I will not say ‘no new taxes.’ With sales tax revenue down, we have to bring spending under control.” Hutchison is expected to challenge state Sen. Tim Burchett for the GOP nomination for county mayor. The primary is May 4 and the general election is Aug. 5 with the new mayor taking office in September.

Term limits: the first generation
When Barbara Pelot’s hand-picked successor, Duane Grieve, is sworn in as the 2nd District City Council member in December, he’ll be taking over a seat that has been represented by a woman since 1973. My slogan was ‘A voice for our values.’ I felt that I had won if I got that voice into the mix,” Pelot says. Teague and Pelot concur that Teague hasn’t tried to interfere with Pelot’s decision-making since she’s been a member of council even though Pelot has been considerably more businessfriendly than Teague. “I never asked Jean do I move two inches this way or that way,” Pelot says. “I’ve known good and well when I’ve not taken the direction she would have taken, but she never tried to influence me.” “I knew she had the information, and I didn’t,” Good friends Barbara Pelot and Jean Teague have held the 2nd Teague says. District seat on City Council since 1973. File photo Pelot: “She still checks in on me. I don’t always agree “They took the stupid“It was a very dramatic with her on everything, but est little things. It was like time and I never dreamed we don’t make an issue of it. they thought we’d be upset if that I would win. There were We’re friends and we don’t they took our goodies,” Pelot six of us and it was a real ed- have to agree on everyadds. ucational experience for me. thing.” Teague went on to become the first true homeowners’ advocate to serve on City Council, which didn’t sit well with the powers that By Larry Van Guilder were. Commissioner Bud “Kyle (Testerman) was Larry Armstrong the mayor and he fought Van has heard me like the devil. Dr. Bob Guilder e n o u g h (Overholt) was my first opabout the ponent,” Teague says. damage to Pelot laughs at that memLaura Cole’s ory: “I said ‘Bob. You’ve East Knox April 2007, Cole’s problems never been an Indian and C o u n t y persist. you want to be a chief.’ ” Armstrong noted that property Teague fought off Overcaused by “multiple” notices of violaArmstrong holt and some guy who lived storm water tion issued against the develin a house that sat right on runoff from a neighboring opers of the Graysburg Hills the county line. (“His bed- subdivision. At last week’s subdivision hadn’t resolved room was in the county.”) county commission meet- the problem. He had three Then she beat popular radio ing, he demanded action questions for Granju: How personality Bobby Denton from county storm water are we going to cure this? and the good old boys pretty manager Chris Granju. What is our implementation much gave up on trying. The damage to Cole’s strategy? When are we going Pelot was elected in 2001. property is well-document- to do it? The 9/11 terrorist attacks ed. There are even a few Granju said he “had no happened between the pri- YouTube videos floating answer for that.” He implied mary and general elections around on the Web. But, de- that years of agricultural use and pretty much sucked the spite the issue having been may have had as much imair out of everything else. in front of commission since pact on the stream running

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Pelot was a member of the first generation of new office holders who were swept into office by the term limits movement after both the city and the county voters approved them in the early ’90s. It took two full four-year election cycles for the new law to go into effect – longer than that for county officeholders, most of whom thought they were afforded a loophole by the state constitution until the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled against them in 2006. By 2001, city officeholders, who had no constitutional argument to make, surrendered quietly – some with more reluctance than others. Pelot laughs aloud at the notion that her predecessor Jean Teague – who took office in 1973 and has been a friend of Pelot’s for decades – willingly passed her the torch. “She was holding onto it tight, and I had to absolutely just drag it out of her hand.” Then she grins at Teague, who is sitting right next to her. “Just kidding.” They both laugh, probably because they’ve been together through so many political battles. “Ross Bagwell was my first PR person. He had just come back from New York. Our headquarters got broken into,” Teague says.

The director of the Knox County Health Department says “misinformation” has created unfounded fears about the H1N1 flu vaccine. “Why are some people saying this vaccine is unsafe?” 9th District Commissioner Mike Brown asked Jones at last week’s County Commission meeting. (Victoria DeFreese, who has announced her candidacy for the 9th District seat, has accused vaccine producers of using “scare tactics.”) “We live in an age of misinformation,” Jones replied. Mark Jones of the health de“False rumors get started.” partment. Photo by L. Van Guilder “Would you give this vaccine to your child?” Brown asked. Jones said he would and has. There have been 45 confirmed deaths in Tennessee linked to the H1N1 virus, including three in Knox County, according to Jones. Adults have been hardest hit, numbering 34 deaths among the total. Jones said the virus has remained “stable,” not mutating, so the vaccine remains effective. “Knox County has gotten its share of the vaccine,” he said. “The health department has received about half of the local supply. The county has a larger supply of the nasal mist vaccine than of the standard injection-administered type, said Jones. Adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine have been milder than those often seen with the seasonal flu vaccine, and include redness and swelling at the injection site. – Larry Van Guilder

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Armstrong wants action on Cole problems
through Cole’s property as development has. “We don’t have an all-encompassing solution,” he said. Wrong answer. “It’s incumbent upon us to see that the developer comply as the state recommended,” Armstrong responded. The state said the developer should remove the sediment from the stream, he continued, “So, what’s the status?” Granju said the state’s recommendations were “interesting,” but what the county found did not support the state’s position. Another wrong answer. Armstrong refused to let the storm water manager off the hook. “We have a mismatch between Knox County (storm water management) and

what this commission has asked Knox County to do. This is one of the worst situations around. I expect to have a cure for this before I leave office.” Graysburg was developed under the 2005 storm water ordinance, Granju said. “In this Graysburg property, there’s not a glaring violation of county codes,” he continued, a declaration which must have come as a rude shock to Cole, who sat quietly in the audience. Armstrong’s bucket of non-answer answers from Granju was full. His motion for the law director to contact the state asking it to do whatever is necessary to remedy the deficiencies cited in the notices of violation was approved unanimously.

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To boldly go …
Sci-fi class encourages students to explore new horizons
Bobby Steinke Gary Harmon

Even the sales clerk knew it. When the new “Star Trek” movie was released on DVD last Tuesday, Halls High School teacher Gary Harmon made a beeline for Target to pick up a copy. As he reached the electronics section, an employee was sorting movies from a box. The clerk looked up, saw Harmon, reached into the box and handed up a copy of “Trek.” “How’d you know I wanted this?” Harmon asked. “You look like my dad.” Some things you just can’t hide. Harmon wears his passion for science fiction like a badge. “Star Wars” posters adorn the wall of his classroom. Harmon’s enthusiasm for all things alien indirectly led to a new Sci-Fi class at Halls High. In it, students watch (and sometimes read) various works of science fiction, write about them and discuss it. Starting with Homer’s “The Odyssey” and continuing through George Lucas’s “Star Wars” films, Harmon says the overarching theme of the class is the notion of coming home. “We talk about an epic hero and heroism, and about valuing home and coming back home. You know, I have a wife and two kids and a family. As much as I love my job, I want to come home at the end of the day. Sci-fi is a metaphor for that, an analogy of our lives.” Science fiction has long been a “safe” avenue to pepper stories with social commentary. Back in the 1960s, for example, “Star Trek” writers could sneak stories about racial tension past network sensors because the action was

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set in a futuristic world. Harmon says that has prompted engaging discussion. “With Spock (on “Star Trek”), you have a character who is half human and half Vulcan. That brings up the topic of diversity. And if you think about the crew in the bridge, you have a Russian, a Chinese guy, an African woman, a Scottish (guy) and somebody from Iowa. And it shows how well they can work together. You don’t have to do an hourlong discussion before the students get it.” Bobby Steinke says he used to think “Star Trek” was mainly just boring dialogue. But, he likes the action and particularly enjoyed the new film, which features one of his favorite actors, Zachary Quinto, star of the TV series “Heroes.” Kimberly Oaks calls the class “amazing.” Her favorite part thus far has been watching episodes of “The X-Files.” “I like how this class makes me think.” Rain Larsen likes “Star Trek” and the ahead-of-itstime ideas the show explored 40 years ago. Roger Lynch loves “Lord of the Rings,” because “it has big war scenes with people getting their heads cut off.” Harmon says “Rings” is especially popular with the students because of “the beautifully drawn characters. It’s different than the usual television shows and movies they watch.”

Christmas dance at Senior Center
There will be a Christmas dance after the Halls Christmas Parade 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Halls Senior Center, 4410 Crippen Road. Music will be by the Super Dupes Band. Admission is $5. Info: Mary Dupes, 688-9167, or Darrell, 922-0416.

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He mixes a bit of science into the class, in part by showing the History Channel series “The Universe.” And the class even delves a bit into the supernatural. Harmon showed the TV series “Ghost Hunters” around Halloween. Near the end of the semester, each student will be required to create an alien – complete with its own background and life history. “We’ll get into a little more writing and try to see if they can create more of their own stuff.” Most of all, Harmon hopes that the class will encourage his students to explore new ideas and broaden their horizons.

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“I hope they are realizing that there are more possibilities than they’ve considered. I want them to be considering something, so that maybe one day they will live in the world they want instead of the world they inherit.”
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flew more than 30 World War II bomber missions and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross; Tommy Hensley, class of 1950. Hensley was not only a business owner and community volunteer but was a referee in the SEC and NFL; Kina Steed Mallard, Ph.D, class of 1977. Mallard is a noted educator and Provost at Carson-Newman College; and Richard Trythall, class of 1957. Trythall is an internationally known composer and pianist and recording artist. Each recipient or family member representing the honoree received a beautiful plaque to commemorate the honor. Names of the inductees will be placed on the Two of Central High School’s newest inductees on the Wall of Fame school’s Wall of Fame plaque include Richard Trythall and Kina Steed Mallard. Other inductees located in the library. are Billy R. Story, Tommy Hensley and Richard Reidinger. Photo by Ruth - Ruth White White

Ivey to compete in national pageant
Savannah Paige Ivey, daughter of Rob and Tammy Ivey of Fountain City, earned the title of the 2009 National American Miss Junior Teen Tennessee on Sept. 6. Ivey also won Miss Photogenic, Miss Spokesmodel, Miss Actress, and Miss Casual Wear, Modeling. Ivey will compete in the National American Miss Teen Pageant on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles. Ivey is a sophomore at Berean Christian High School and is active with the East Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Central High alumni gathered to honor classmates who were recently selected for the Wall of Fame. Each year, five alumni are honored for their contribution to Central High and to their communities. “We had so many nominations of deserving Central grads,” said CHS Alumni Association president Larry Smith. “It is great to see so many Central graduates who have made wonderful contributions.” This year’s inductees include: Richard Reidinger, Ph.D, class of 1961. Reidinger is noted for being a World Bank official, Fulbright Fellow and was honored by the government of China for work with water user associations; Billy R. Story, class of 1942. Story was an Army Air Flight Engineer Force Flight Enginee who g g neer

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Ballroom dance is Saturday night
A ballroom dance will be held at the Halls Senior Center 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. A live band will perform.

Fountain City photos sought for calendar contest

Arti Ar i t Ch rles Williams Artist Charles Williams Jr Artist Charles Williams Jr. ha l illi is seeking old Fountain City photographs as part of a contest that will lead to the creation of a 2011 calendar that will benefit the Fountain City Art Center. In the fall of 2010, as part of the Art-a-palooza festivities Sept. 22-25, a calendar for 2011 will be on sale. The theme will be “Growing up in Fountain City.” Williams, who illustrated a 2010 calendar that sold out and raised more than $2,000 for the art center, is seeking photos from native Fountain Citians and turning the photo search into a contest. If he uses your photo for one of his calendar illustrations, you will win that

An example of a calendar illustration by artist Charles Williams Jr.

Mercy’s vice president of Mission Integration Becky Dodson, St. Mary’s Hospice manager Lisa Collier and St. Mary’s Director for Home and Hospice Melissa Evans check out the newly refuroriginal artwork. football games or scenes from nished room at St. Mary’s Hospice. Photo by Ruth White All photos must be of Foun- past parades. Photos can be scanned and tain City life on or before the year 1960. Examples could be e-mailed directly to Williams photos of Cub Scouts decorat- at ing graves on Veterans Day, a Photos can also be brought to St. Mary’s Hospice cel- pice Melissa Evans. Evans followed approximately family reunion in Fountain the Fountain City Art Center, ebrated its 10th anniver- has been involved with hos- 5,300 families in the beCity Park, scenes from inside where they will be scanned sary last week. The event pice since the beginning. She reavement program. “More the original Central High while you wait. included a rededication in recently experienced the fa- than 100,000 volunteer School during the Hassie K. Deadline for submitting the chapel, a peek inside a cility when a family member hours have been logged Gresham era, photos from old photos is Feb. 28. newly refurnished room and was admitted and said that and our volunteers are a reception. she always knew that it was a amazing,” said Evans. “We couldn’t do it without our “We admitted our first pa- wonderful, caring place. tient on June 14, 1999,” said The hospice has admit- volunteers.” director for Home and Hos- ted 3,067 patients and has - Ruth White

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As anyone who has raised children can attest – it’s expensive. Kids need clothes, toys, car seats – all kinds of things – as they grow from newborns to young adults and beyond. The challenge to parents is that kids tend to grow – out of their clothes, out of their high chair, out of everything. And they usually grow fast, generally needing new clothes every few months. Fountain City residents Mac and Laura Watts, parents of two young ones of their own, knew there had to be a better alternative to constantly buying new clothes and other things for their kids as they grew. Laura even says as much. “I saw the need as a mother – constantly buying stuff for the kids. There had to be a better way,” she says. And they found it. “Show and Tell Consignment Sale,” a franchise operation owned by Ryan and Carey Ransom of Knoxville, was the perfect solution for the young couple. The Watts’ not only discovered something that could help them save some money in a tough economy, but help others as well. Not to mention a potential business opportunity. The concept is simple – take your unneeded, gently-used children’s items, bring them to the sale event and get rid of them while making a little money. You can also shop for stuff at substantial cost savings off

Mac and Laura Watts Photo by Greg Householder new retail from other consigners. The Watts’ are the owners of the North Knoxville Sale. They will be holding their first event beginning with a children’s sale Dec. 2-7 followed by a ladies and home décor sale Dec. 11-15 at Knoxville Center Mall in the former Piccadilly Cafeteria location just inside the mall’s main entrance. Chris and Heidi Winters own the only other Knoxville franchise in Turkey Creek. The company has another franchise in Spanish Fort, Ala. Consignees should visit the company Web site at

and create a user account and then register for the event. There is a $15 registration fee that will allow the seller to sell at both the children’s sale and the ladies and home décor event. The registration fee covers overhead such as rental of the mall location and marketing. The Web site will guide sellers through entering items and printing tags. Sellers will earn 65 percent of their ticketed price on the items. Should a seller volunteer to staff a shift at the event, their payout increases to 70 percent and allows the seller access to the private sale for children’s items Dec. 1 and the ladies and home décor Dec. 11 (before the regular sale opens). Sellers may volunteer for up to four shifts. The more shifts volunteered for means earlier shopping at the private sale – four shifts may shop from 10 a.m. to noon; three shifts from noon to 3 p.m.; two shifts from 3-6 p.m. and one shift from 6-9 p.m.

Then, it’s just a matter of bringing the stuff to Knoxville Center. The Watts’ would prefer that sellers with children’s items drop off no later than Nov. 30 and for the ladies and home décor event on Dec. 10. The “Show and Tell” concept is not a rummage sale. The Watts’ have racks and a nice retail space to display the goods. Items will be purchased as if in a retail store, brought to the cash register and purchased. “We will take literally anything in good, resalable condition,” says Laura. “I advise folks to price their items around 35 percent of retail.” So whether you’re buying or selling, mark your calendar for Dec. 2-7 for the children’s event and Dec. 1115 for the ladies and home décor event. The hours for each event are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Info: Laura Watts, 3237481 or e-mail northknox@

Holiday show at the Fountain City Art Center
a Day.” Second place was oil still life “Lights Out” by Sylvia Williams. Kate McCullough, who will be the guild’s next president, won first place for her watercolor “Men at Work.” Best of Show went to “Tea Set,” an oil by Sylvia Williams. In addition to the new exhibits, the artists’ market, known as the “Parkside Open Door Gallery,” has work by three new members. Nell Chandler and Sharon Henderson joined in October, and “Still Life: Tea Set,” an oil painting by Sylvia Williams, is “Best of Frank Harvey will be joining in January. The Parkside Show.” Photo submitted shares the same hours as the Sherry Boettcher also re- “Praying.” Connie Gaertner Art Center and can be reached ceived an honorable men- received third place for an at 357-2787. tion for her pencil portrait oil landscape entitled “Call It

Town Hall to hold holiday event
Fountain City Town Hall will hold its December meeting 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Fountain City Lake. The 8th grade Girls Ensemble from Gresham Middle School will perform Christmas music, the Fountain City Lions Club will light Christmas lights and Santa is planning to attend. Complimentary cookies from Town Hall and complimentary cocoa from the Creamery will be provided. Everyone is invited to attend this special event. Town Hall will not meet in January. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Church of the Good Shepherd. In other business, Town Hall obtained a $400 neighborhood small grant from the East Tennessee Foundation to landscape the triangle behind Hardees’s at the corner of Tazewell Pike and Coile Street (between Rose Avenue and Adair Drive). The landscaping is intended to address a littering problem at that intersection, said Town Hall president Jamie Rowe. – Betty Bean

If you were “afraid” to attend the reception on Friday the 13th at the Fountain City Art Center, you have plenty of time to make up for that error in judgment. The Fountain City Art Guild’s Annual Holiday Show will be on display for the public, free of charge, through the holidays. The center is fortunate to have an extraordinary exhibit of work by students from Amherst Elementary and from Hardin Valley, including some remarkable photography. Hours for the Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with the exception of Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. Info: 357-2787, www. Awards were given out on the 13th for the Guild show. The judges were retired Knox County art instructors Martha Hall and Nancy Irwin. Two honorable mentions were received by Aurora Harrison-Bull for oil paintings “After the Harvest” and “At the Forks.”


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KCEA to hold legislative forums
By Jake Mabe
The Knox County Education Association will hold two legislative forums Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 with local and state officials. KCEA members will share concerns from the classroom teacher’s perspective and officeholders will share information about current policy affecting education, thoughts on funding and other issues. First-year KCEA president Jessica Holman says that the forums “have been a good dialogue.” The first forum is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the KCEA office, 2411 Magnolia Ave. Members of the Knox County Commission, school board, Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre are expected to attend. The second forum is 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, with members of the local delegation to the state general assembly. Holman says that KCEA’s mission is to represent all teachers in Knox County (including secretaries and principals) to promote excellence in public schools and work together to advocate for public schools. “People say, ‘All you want is teacher raises,’ ” Holman said. “We do advocate for higher pay for teachers, but we are talking about more than money. We’re choosing to focus on things like school reform, Dr. McIntyre’s strategic plan and (new state standards).” Holman says that the new standards are “a great thing, because for so long we heard that Tennessee students were doing great, but it was because our standards were so low. But it does create more work for educators as we raise the bar.”

ty Schools has good leadership in place. “Dr. McIntyre seems to be very in tune with hearing from the community and all of the stakeholders. He’s done a lot to teach out with the community forums and then the employee forums. He has a hands-on approach to figuring out what the needs of the school are. And that adds credibility when he (makes a recommendation for a school) because he can say, ‘I can back that up, I’ve been there, I’ve seen it.’ ” Holman says that open communication is a key to the success of a school system. She likes the tools available on the school system’s Web site, including the Parent Portal, and likes the fact that the site is both parent and teacher friendly. “(KCEA) has a good Jessica Holman Photo by Ruth White working relationship with “Teachers are dealing the school system. In a lot of She says her goal is to make sure teachers’ con- with added pressures, they places, it’s more of an advercerns are voiced and that have less planning time and sarial relationship. We make they are given the support a lot on their plate now.” sure that we all (KCEA, She says that Knox Coun- Knox County Schools and needed to do their jobs well.

the school board) have the same goals – that we have a great school system, that we educate our children well.” She says another goal is to increase membership. Building level representatives are present at every school and can provide membership forms to any teacher interested in joining KCEA. More information can also be found by calling 522-9793. She says an updated KCEA Web site should be online by January. Holman has taught third grade at Dogwood Elementary since 2003. She served as a building-level KCEA representative for the school and automatically became a board member after being elected to the Tennessee Education Association board of directors. She served as KCEA vice president before becoming president earlier this year. Originally from Memphis, Holman now lives in Fountain City. Her mother is a longtime music and related arts teacher at Bearden Middle.

Joy of Music School holds fundraiser

Children caroling, the warmth of a holiday gathering set against the backdrop of a spectacular river view of a festive and glittering downtown – all the key ingredients for the fourth annual Holiday Sparkles & Spirits!, a wine and jewelry auction to benefit The Joy of Music School. The event begins 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Baptist Hospital Atrium/Rotunda. Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a special performance by the students of the Joy of Music School Youth Choir and several soloists. Tickets are $75 per person and can be obtained by contacting the School. Info: 525-6806.

The following films will be playing at Halls Cinema 7 through Dec. 3. All times are p.m. unless otherwise noted. Midnight showing on Friday only. Movieline: 922-2187; Web site:
■ New Moon (PG13) 12:50, 3:30, 6:50, 9:25 (No Passes) ■ 2012 (PG13) 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 (No Passes) ■ Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (No Passes) ■ Planet 51 (PG) 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 (No Passes) ■ The Blind Side (PG13) 12:45, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35 (No Passes) ■ Paranormal Activity (R) 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25, 9:25 ■ The Fourth Kind (PG13) 7:20, 9:20 (Ends Tuesday, Nov. 24) ■ Law Abiding Citizen (R) 12:40, 2:55, 5:05 (Ends Tuesday, Nov. 24)

Toys for Tots applications available
Applications for Toys for Tots, organized by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), may be picked up by parents and guardians for children 15 and younger at area Goodwill locations in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Scott and Union counties. Applications, proof of income or government aid, social security cards for each child and proof of custody (if applicable) should be taken to the Toys for Tots warehouse (directions can be found on application) on Dec. 5 for screening. Toys can be picked up at the warehouse on Dec. 12. Info: 546-1312 or 522-2414.

Recipients of the 2009 Knox County Retired Teachers Association scholarships include: Matthew Davidson, Melissa Rosloniec, Mary Beth Zink, Heather Thomasson, Lakin Hair and Ann Letsinger.
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Honoring future educators
The Knox County Retired Teachers Association gathered to celebrate American Education Week and to honor six students who are on their way to becoming teachers. “This is a special day for six future bright leaders,” said committee member Lexa Hooten. More than 20 years ago, Tom Underwood and Reuben Hunter founded scholarships to future educators through the KCRTA. “Tom and Reuben had a strong commitment to excellence in education,” she said. The association presented six $1,000 scholarships to hard working, dedicated students. This year’s recipients were Matthew Davidson, Johnson Bible College, receiving the Clyde Berry Scholarship; Lakin Hair, University of Tennessee, receiving one of two


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If you know what living in space does to your health, how lunar craters are formed or where UV radiation comes from, you are either a rocket scientist or maybe you attended Gresham Middle School’s Super Stellar Space Spectacular last week. Attendees were able to visit various stations around the school building and learn interesting facts about science and how it affects us. In the cafeteria, students assembled film canister rockets and launched them on the outdoor patio. Results were recorded and questions were asked on the rocket launch success. Another area in the cafeteria helped answer questions on volcanoes, their eruptions and how long they have been around. Stations were set up in the library that helped participants learn how space can affect our bodies. The “UV man” area asked questions on the harmful affects At left, Hannah Hancock and Abbey Bolton perform an experiment to learn how volcanoes work at the Super Stellar Science Spectacular at Gresham Middle School. Below, Hannah Elle Faddis helps Dustin Kerney assemble “UV man” for a demonstration on the effects of radiation. Photos by Ruth White

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of radiation and students were able to assemble a stick figure to help answer questions. The auditorium was set to resemble a planetarium. Peaceful music filled the room as constellations were displayed on the ceiling. - Ruth White

A gift of love
Sterchi Elementary teacher Cindy Andriopoulos knows that sometimes you get what you wish for. Andriopoulos had posted on her class webpage that her classroom was in need of a rocking chair in the reading area. Carl Foster, grandfather to student Solomon Cochran, immediately responded by donating a special chair to the class. The rocking chair had many years of use on it as his wife, Sue, had used the chair when their two children were small. The Fosters’ children attended Sterchi Elementary and Sue Foster was an active volunteer there. Kelly Everett, whose daughter Emalyn is a student in Andriopoulos’ class, refurbished the rocking chair. In addition to painting the chair, she painted Andriopoulos’ favorite quote on the chair. The quote reads, “Reach for the moon … even if you miss, you will still land among the stars.” “The rocking chair is absolutely beautiful,” said Andriopoulos. “I was so

Santa takes the train!
For just two weekends in December, Santa trades his sleigh for the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train at Oak Ridge. On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13, the volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have

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Pictured in Cindy Andriopoulos’ classroom at Sterchi Elementary are: (front) Solomon Cochran, Emalyn Everett, Nate Everett; (back) Carl Foster, Andriopoulos and Kelly Everett. Photo by Ruth White touched by Kelly’s thoughtfulness to add the quote. I will treasure the rocking chair forever.” Andriopoulos is thankful for the thoughtfulness of her students’ families and feels blessed to have such wonderful, dedicated and caring parents and grandparents in her school. - Ruth White

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American history comes to life
Halls Middle School American history teachers understand the importance of teaching history to students but they know that students are more likely to remember their history when it is presented in an interesting way. Teachers Ted Williams and Don Cato bring history to life each year during their lessons regarding the history of our country. Each teacher presents historical facts while dressed in period clothing and ends the class period with a rifle demonstration. Nov. 13 was Colonial Day.

By Shannon Carey

There was a surprise waiting for me at Daniel’s day care last week. It was the first in what will be a long line of artistic triumphs that will grace my refrigerator. Picasso, Monet, you ain’t got nothin’. This Winnie the Pooh coloring sheet, slashed with artful lines of color, is the greatest work of art I have ever seen. Every visitor to my home will be dragged before it and encouraged to praise its quality. When we got home, I presented the sheet to my husband like it was the Holy Grail. His face lit up. “Buddy, did you do this Halls Middle School American history teacher yourself?” he cried. Ted Williams discusses the different types of Stop rolling your eyes and weapons used to fight during the Revolutionindulge these proud parents. ary War era. There’s something special about the first thing your child creates. Daniel used a tool to make something new, even if the tool was just a crayon and the something Halls Middle School principal new was just a line. Tim Wiegenstein receives a It makes me wonder what quick lesson on loading a rifle will hang on the refrigerator from teacher Don Cato during in the years to come. PerColonial Day. Photos by Ruth White haps macaroni art, some conglomeration of cotton balls and construction paper


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or even schoolwork with a red A+ and gold star sticker will have pride of place on the fridge. They say that these first scribbles are the precursors of full-fledged writing skills, but that’s far from the only reason why I’m glad to see Daniel coloring. I want him to enjoy creating and being creative, too. As I do so often lately, I find myself thinking back to my childhood. It’s been so long since I drew anything but doodles, but I remember how fun coloring could be. There was a peacefulness to it and a great deal of pride when an adult praised the finished product. I want Daniel to know that I’m proud of him, and that his best will always be on display at my house, whether it’s crayon scribbles or a doctorate.

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Patriotic weekend aboard the Yorktown
For those who regularly read this column, you know that I primarily write about Scouting and in particular our local Cub and Boy Scouts in the Halls and North Knox communities. This column has a bit of a different twist to it. I recently traveled with 54 Scouts and Scouters to Charleston, S.C., to spend the weekend aboard the USS Yorktown. We ate and slept in the same basic conditions as thousands of sailors and marines had done in the long and storied history of the U.S. Navy’s “Fighting Lady.” We spent the nights in the ship’s crew quarters on bunks that were stacked three high with barely enough room to turn over and with just enough room between the rows of bunks to walk, and ate in the ships dining halls. We walked the

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halls and toured the various rooms of the ship and the flight deck among displays of memorabilia from the past as well as a wide variety of combat aircraft on the flight deck and the hanger bays. We were also able to have access to some parts of the ship that were off limits to the general public. The USS Yorktown (CV10) was the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Originally to be named the Bon Homme Richard, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed to the Yorktown in honor of York-

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Air Force Airman Travis Air Force Airman BradC. Cox gradley W. Carr uated from graduated basic milifrom batary training sic military at Lackland training at Air Force Lackland Base in San Air Force Antonio. Base in San Antonio. He earned distincHe is the tion as an honor graduate. son of Douglas and Yvonne Cox is the son of Tim and Carr and is a 2008 graduate Tami Cox and is a 2008 grad- of Central High School. uate of Halls High School.

ton to serve as a focal point of the Patriot Point Naval Museum. The Yorktown is joined at Patriots Point by the Balao Class submarine, The USS Clamagore and the Sumner Class destroyer, The USS Laffey. The combination of these vessels and the surrounding displays of Vietnam Era Support Base and the Medal of Honor Museum make this a full day adventure at a minimum. We were also able to visit nearby the Fort Sumter National Monument and participate in the morning flag raising ceremony. I hate to admit it, but for someone who lives off of Fort Sumter Road, I knew very little at all about the real Fort Sumter. I knew from my history classes in school that the first shots of the Civil War were fired there, but actually being there gave all that a brand new meaning. The morning at the fort was quite awe inspiring and thought provoking to me. I was standing where history was actually made and noticed how such a small strucAlexis White celebrated ture had such a large part in her third our country’s history. The b i r t h d a y sight of the numerous AmeriOct. 18 at can flags over top of the fort Bounce USA with family and friends. Parents are Jason and Nikki White of Gibbs. Grandparents are Wayne and Jodi Evans of Corryton, Jim White of Halls and the late Glenda White. town (CV-5), sunk at the epic Battle of Midway in June of 1942. The Yorktown participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The Yorktown also received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning of 1944 documentary “The Fighting Lady” was filmed aboard Yorktown. After the end of World War II the Yorktown was primarily used as an antisubmarine aircraft carrier and served through the Vietnam era and earned another five battle stars. The Yorktown also participated in the recovery of the Apollo 8 capsule in 1968. It was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve. In 1975, it was donated to Charles-


against the backdrop of a dark and cloudy sky was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I have always considered myself to be quite patriotic but I have to admit that my patriotism got quite a boost that weekend. I experienced, if only in a very small way, what it must have been like to live on a ship. I was only there for a couple of days and I had the ability to walk off of the ship at any time I pleased. To be on the ship for weeks and months at a time is hard enough for me to imagine and to throw into that mix the fact that there was always danger on the horizon goes well beyond what I can easily comprehend. Our young men from Troop 506 made me quite proud with their excellent behavior, thoughtful and insightful questions, and respect and reverence for where they were and what the men who lived on this ship gave to our country. I also want to give a quick thanks to Randol Waters for coordinating our trip. In the last few weeks, Troop 506 attended the Echota District’s Fall Camporee. It was a fun, albeit wet,

weekend that consisted of education, competitions with other area troops and fun filled fellowship. The troop took second place overall in the camporee events and were led by a surprising victory in the firebuilding contest by the Gryphon Patrol. The Gryphons are our youngest Scouts and this was their first camporee competition of any kind. There were quite a few surprised looks on some older Scouts faces when these young men stepped up and performed in true Troop 506 fashion. I would also like to offer a quick thanks to Halls Middle School for allowing me to come and speak to the 6th grade young men about our Scouting adventures. The staff was very accommodating and made us feel quite welcome. As always, if you have a boy or girl in the area ages 6-18 and they would like to give Scouting a try, feel free to e-mail me at troop506@ or call me at 2542210 and I will be happy to get you in touch with the appropriate people to get you started. In the meantime, I’ll just be Scoutin’ around.

Art Market features artists
The Art Market Gallery of Knoxville, 422 S. Gay St, will feature the work of two member artists – Lynnda Tenpenny, mixed media, and Pat Fitch, painted toys and furniture – Dec. 1-27. Holiday Gallery Hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Gallery will host a First Friday Reception for the Featured Artists on Friday, Dec. 4 with music by Brian Sward, guitarist. Info: 525-5265 or

Black Friday and half-off weekend sale at Goodwill
In the spirit of holiday tradition, area Goodwill stores will be opening one hour early, at 8 a.m. Nov. 27, for Black Friday. In addition, store merchandise will be discounted 50 percent, Nov. 27 and 28. With Goodwill, not only will you get the jump on holiday shopping, but you’ll also save a bundle on holiday gifts and décor from lights and ornaments to gently-used children’s toys. Info: 588.8567 or visit

Isabella Grace and Olivia Hope Yancey celebrated their fifth birthdays Oct. 12 with a party at the Bounce House with family and friends. Parents are Bridger and Kim Yancey. Grandparents are Norton and Verdie Henderlight, David and Linda Bennett and the late Woody Webber.

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KFL hears about incredible journey
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Her first boyfriend died in the Florida electric chair for the murder of two state troopers. Her second boyfriend received a 99 years and life sentence for the murder of a wealthy Miami tennis player. Her third boyfriend was shot along with his crime partner and ended up on the 10 Most Wanted list – twice. While he was serving a 38year sentence, he escaped in a garbage truck. Now he is serving a life sentence. She was a heroin addict in Harlem, N.Y. She overdosed and almost died at Woodstock. In 1967, she joined the United States Marine Corps – trying, as she says, “to be somebody.” She was kicked out of the Marines with an honorable discharge when she got pregnant. She gave her son up for adoption. He would be 43 years old today. She partied with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Tommy James. She even partied with Tiny Tim and other rockers of the ’60s and ’70s. And all of this was when

Sandi Fatow accepts a medallion from the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon’s John Brown last Tuesday. Fatow was the guest speaker. Photo by Greg Householder she was between the ages of 18 and 23. The Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon heard the incredible and inspiring story of Sandi Fatow at the group’s weekly meeting last Tuesday. “I just wanted to smoke
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a little, joke a little, dance a little and party a little,” said Fatow. She told of friends committing suicide and dying of drug overdoses. She related how one day in 1970 she was walking into a friend’s murder trial when

another friend who was incarcerated across the street in Miami yelled at her to go to the nearby rehab center and get him a preacher. “I didn’t have any idea what a ‘preacher’ looked like,” she said. The rehab center was run by Pentecostals. She checked herself in. She told of how one elderly woman told her that she was praying that she would be saved. “I thought she was talking about banking,” said Fatow. Later, the woman told her of being forgiven. “I understood ‘forgiven,’ ” she said. So, on Oct. 1, 1970, Sandi Fatow’s life was changed forever. “When I met Jesus Christ, I got the real deal,” said Fatow, who still speaks in

street lingo at times. She has been clean ever since. Today, she is married to Steve Fatow, pastor of Trinity Chapel. She also spends her time serving in prison ministries in 29 countries. “I like street people,” she says. Fatow’s story is the subject of the book, “Smokin’ and Jokin’ – the Sandi Fatow Story.” The KFL is a group of Christian men and women that meets weekly at the Golden Corral in Powell. Alan Guy, a health care consultant and former president and CEO of Covenant Health Systems will speak to the group at noon on Tuesday (Nov. 24). Info: www.kfl-luncheon. com.

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The Friendship Force Club of Knoxville hosted ■ The Mabry-Hazen House will host its annual free members of the Friendship Christmas Tours 5-8 p.m. Force of Hartwell, Ga., last Saturday, Dec. 5 and 2-5 p.m. week. Jim Dennis arranged Sunday, Dec. 6. Light refreshthe program, which includments will be served. Info: ed a tour of the Tennessee 522-8661. Theater and organ concert ■ Lilly’s Oncology on Canvas, by Dr. Bill Snyder and lunch a free art exhibit honoring at Café 4 with bluegrass muthe physical and emotional sic by the April Verch band. journeys people face when Friendship Force meets confronted with a cancer each first Tuesday at Second diagnosis, will be on display Presbyterian Church, Kingsduring regular business hours to Dec. 4 at the Cancer, ton Pike. Visitors are always Women’s, Imaging and Mediwelcomed to the meeting cal Center at the St. Mary’s which starts with snacks and North campus. Sponsored punch at 6:30 p.m., a short locally by Mercy Cancer business meeting, followed Centers. by a program. ■ The Knoxville Museum of The group has an exArt has acquired “Dawn, change to Cleveland County, Autumn Forest, Great Smoky United Kingdom, next May. Mountains, Tennessee (1948)” Info: Bill Boys at wboys@ by legendary American or 584-9222. tographer Ansel Adams. The Christmas Luncheon will rare photo is on display in the be noon Tuesday, Dec. 1, KMA main lobby. The KMA is seeking prints of Adams’ at La Costa Restaurant, 31 other three published images Market Square. The presiof the Smoky Mountains. dent is Phyllis Driver.


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James and John: good as gravy
gravy in his 1941 book “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” Agee mentioned this pork-infused staple of poverty-stricken southerners as one of the “… true tastes of home.” And Johnny Mercer praised gravy in the verse to his song “Lazy Bones,” which begins “Long as there is chicken gravy on your rice, Ev’rything is nice.” Maybe it’s because I grew up in the South, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like gravy – myself included. And these acknowledgements of the Everyman’s ambrosia just reinforce why I so like their work. Both Agee’s and Mercer’s words evoke images of the small-town South during the first half of the 20th century. You can almost feel the humidity and smell the magnolia blossoms in their writing.

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Writers Guild
Knoxville Writers Guild will host a Holiday Potluck and Open Mic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Laurel Theater. Admission is free, but a $1 donation will be accepted. Attendees are asked to bring a holiday dish to share. Guild members will be spotlighted in the open mic reading. Rules are available on the group’s Web site at www.knoxvillewritersguild. org/. Pamela Schoenewaldt is program chair.

It’s the centennial anniversary of the birth of two giants of American creativity: James Agee and Johnny Mercer. Had they lived this long, Knoxville-born author James Agee and pop lyricist Johnny Mercer of Savannah, Ga., would have turned 100 this month. I recently discovered something else these two southern gentlemen had in common: they both had occasion to appreciate gravy. James Agee included some local incarnations of

Mercer’s lyrics don’t always speak directly to a Southern experience, but you can tell he’s from here. Most of his standards indirectly attest to his down-home roots: talk of trains, breezes, moonlight and meadows all help paint a sentimental picture of love lost or unrequited. The miracle of saints James and John was in their storytelling of the common ground that connects all humanity. They remind us of childhood, nature, the richness of living simply and a time when no matter what else was happening, at least there was gravy on the stove. And it’s as true today as it was then – somehow everything’s the better for that.
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O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105: 1-3 NRSV)

It is Thanksgiving week, and a time when – depending on who you are – you are calculating how many football games you can watch on Thursday; how to coordinate use of the oven to accommodate turkey, dressing, rolls and pies; or how to count your many blessings. It has been a year of financial insecurity, of job losses for millions, of uncertain futures. We are at war in two countries, swine flu has parents of young children terrified at levels that bring back memories of the days before a polio vaccine was

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available and health care is being fought over like a bone between snarling curs. Lest Thanksgiving become just another day off from work, let’s make it a meaningful celebration of our blessings. So here, my children, are

your assignments: 1. Every day this week, find one thing to be thankful for before breakfast: the fact that you actually are awake and alive, the smell of brewing coffee, the way the rising sun slants across the backyard, the feel of the hot shower on your back. 2. Remember one person who made a difference in your life – a significant difference – and write them a note, or a whole letter, and tell them so. If they aren’t still living, write the letter to one of their relatives. 3. Attend a service of worship somewhere during this week. Acknowledge that God is the source of life and all its blessings. 4. Do something kind for an animal. Spend some time with your pet. Make a donation to an animal shelter. Feed the birds. 5. Go outside at night and look up. Look as far into

space as you can and give thanks for the wonder of infinity and the holiness of light. 6. Sing a song. Hum a tune. Remember your mother’s voice. Give thanks for the unique voices of those you love. 7. Smile at someone who helps you: a sales clerk, janitor, mail carrier. Look them in the eye and say “Thank you.” 8. Read something out of the ordinary. If you read the paper, pick up a book. If you like novels, sit down with a book of poetry. If magazines are your favorite, try a chapter – any chapter – out of the Book of Proverbs. Want a love story? Read a modern translation of the Book of Ruth. 9. Consider this question: What is really important and meaningful to me? 10. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

LeaAnn Wright and Matt Porter in “The Hanging of the Greenes,” which will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2829, at Fairview Baptist Church. Photo submitted

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Christmas services
■ Fellowship Christian Church, 746 Tazewell Pk., will host the life of Christ in a drive-through Christmas exhibit 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5. The event is sponsored by Cedar Ford Baptist, Clear Branch Baptist, Fellowship Christian, Friendship Baptist, Hubbs Grove Baptist, Union Baptist and Warwick Chapel Baptist churches.

p.m. Tuesdays. Info: 688-8390. ■ MAPS meets noon Fridays “for the soul purpose of their children.” Info: 688-8390.

Kirk, Clark will be missed
At 99, Albert Kirk was our oldest UT basketball player, and he was team captain in 1933-34. Holy Ghost Catholic Church meant a lot to him. He was a Fountain City resident who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, was a charter member of Beaver Brook Country Club and played golf until age 98. Albert will be missed. Evelyn Maxine “Mac” Clark was a good member of Smithwood Baptist Church, Telephone Pioneers CWA 3805 and the Democratic Women’s Club. She retired from South Central Bell with 35 years of service. Bob King will be missed by his children, grandchildren and his friends. He is with his parents, Rush and Mary, his wife, Lena, and siblings Patricia and Cindy. Jack Wade was a member of Sharon Baptist Church and retired from KUB with 46 years of service. He was also a Mason. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Music services
■ Christ UMC, 7535 Maynardville Pike, sponsors bluegrass each second Sunday at 9 a.m. ■ Free Fellowship Pentecostal Church will host a special singing by The Washam Family at the morning worship service, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The church is located on Maynardville Hwy. near Eagle Boat Docks and Little D’s Market. All are welcome.

The Fairview Baptist Church Drama Ministry will host the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, Serenity Shelter and Genesis Recovery Ministry for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a presentation of the Christmas play, “The Hanging of the Greenes,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The play will be presented again at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. The play is a comedy set in 1949 about a family that runs a Christmas tree farm. The tree farm is chosen to provide the National Tree for the White House by President Harry S. Truman. The play will include 1940s fashions, hairstyles, furniture/sets and music. Fairview Baptist Church is located at 7424 Fairview Road, just off East Emory Road, in Corryton. Info: 687-5648.

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■ Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church, 400 East Beaver Creek Drive, holiday services include: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Hanging of the Greens Christmas service; 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, showing of the movie “The Nativity”; 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” adult and youth musical.

Rec programs
■ North Acres Baptist Church Happy Travelers Fall schedule includes Tennessee Theater, Sunsphere and lunch at S&W Cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 7, and Black Bear Jamboree Christmas Show in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, Dec. 12. Info and to sign up: Derrell Frye, 938-8884.

Community services
■ Celebrate Recovery classes are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays at New Hope Baptist Church, 7602 Bud Hawkins Road. Classes for youth 6th grade through college. Info: 6885330, 300-5350.

■ Emory Valley Baptist Church will have revival Sunday, Nov. 29, with Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. and evening service at 6 p.m., and continuing at 7 p.m. each night. Special preachers will be the Rev. Tommy Louthan and the Rev. Sam Griffin. Everyone is welcome. Special singing each night. The Rev. Richard Nicely is pastor. Info: 922-8264.

Fred Grable of Halls passed away after a brief illness. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church and served our country in the U.S. Marines. He and Connie were married for 42 years. Veronica Ann Sharp of Fountain City was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Now she is with Elmer, her husband of 64 years. J.B. Cole was a wonderful husband and father and was a member of Dutch Valley Baptist Church. He was a World War II veteran. He and his loving wife, Loretta, had 58 years together. Eva Sellers of Halls was a lifelong member of Salem Baptist Church. She will be missed by family and friends.

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One of the things I enjoy about this column is the opportunity to share a little bit about the many tremendous organizations serving our community and the ways that First Tennessee helps to bolster them. We provide support in the form of donations

through the First Tennessee Foundation, through our employee volunteers and in other ways, such as helping with promotion of worthy events. Today, I’d like to promote Fantasy of Trees, an event that has been an East Tennessee holiday tradition for 25 years now. For many, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the Knoxville Convention Center to take in the sights and sounds of the season. In addition to the fabulously decorated trees, the five-day celebration includes dancers, singers and entertainers of all ages; children’s areas with cookie decorating, face painting,

and more; and a Handbell Festival on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and run through 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Funds raised through Fantasy of Trees help East Tennessee Children’s Hospital purchase the most up-to-date pediatric medical equipment so that they can stay on the cutting edge of medical technology and meet the region’s growing pediatric health care needs. I hope that you will join me in supporting this entertaining and worthwhile event.
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Pinnacle opens in Fountain City
Folks packed the parking lot of the old Kroger on a rainy afternoon to welcome Pinnacle Financial Partners to Fountain City. The bank is located on the former site of Amber Restaurant. Pictured are Fountain City branch manager Lisa Moyers, Jane Hunter, and Knoxville area president Nathan Hunter. Photo by S. Clark

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Members of Mercy Foundation’s Impact Mercy are advancing Mercy Health Partners’ mission of improving the health of our community by providing $50,000 to help cancer victims, mothers in labor, senior citizens and the environment in East Tennessee. “The members of Impact Mercy are in a unique position as they vote on what healthcare projects to fund with their donations,” said Carlton Long, Mercy Foundation’s Regional Vice President for Philanthropy. “By combining the resources of this group of more than 50 women, Impact Mercy was able to make an impact on some of our area’s most difficult healthcare issues. The 2009 Impact Mercy programs and amounts awarded were: ■ $10,000 in start-up funding for the Mercy Indigent Cancer Fund. ■ $20,000 for the Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP). ■ $20,000 for a new fetal monitoring system at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. ■ $3,000 in start-up

Bright spots
There was good news for the local real estate market last week. The week produced 171 property transfers, worth approximately $29.3 million. The numbers were up substantially from the previous week, which was shortened by a holiday. There were, however, other indications of recovery in the market. The first three weeks of November have produced 534 property transfers this year, compared to just 426 last year.

funds for the Mercy Green Team’s recycling program. Long encouraged women in the East Tennessee area to join Impact Mercy. Impact Mercy is an opportunity to let your opinion make an impact on healthcare in our region without joining committees, volunteering or attending lengthy meetings. It is for the busy women that want to be involved but have limited time to spare. They participate by making an annual donation to the Mercy Health Partners Foundation. Info on joining Impact Mercy: 632-5678.

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Central has lofty expectations for season
By Ken Lay
Central High School’s boys basketball team shocked the basketball world last season. The Bobcats, one of the KIL’s most dormant teams in recent years, turned things around last year and went 21-11 and mons, Charles Cresswell, Kevin Hensley, Paige Spangler, Jeremy won the District 3-3A regular Redding, Susie Cresswell, Jeffrey McCarter, Minyu Li, Jon Holz- season championship. Now, worth, Kara Garland, K.C. Ratliff and Joey Smith. Photo submitted coach Matt Mercer is hoping to make even more improvement this season. “We want to focus on doing things the right way,” said Mercer, who opens his Hensley, Jonathan Holoz- Gibbs boys and the second third season as the ’Cats worth, Alexander Simmons time in three years for the coach tonight (Nov. 23) and Jeffrey McCarter. girls. when Central takes on FarFor the girls, sophomore “It’s an accomplishment ragut at 8:30 p.m. in the Minyu Li finished seventh for us to compete with big- opening round of the Cen(24:12) and claimed All- ger schools at that level,” tral Hoopfeast. “We know Region honors. Other Gibbs Eagles coach Grant Dakin that we have to get better as competitors included Kara said. “I’m very proud of the season goes on. Garland, K.C. Ratliff, Paige these kids. “Our motto is ‘On the AtSpangler and Suzie Cre“They worked hard and tack.’ We don’t want to play swell. gave their all. They were scared and we want to play It was the third straight dedicated and I’m really great defense. Last year, we played good defense but not appearance at state for the proud of them.” great defense.” Expectations are high in Fountain City. “We want to win the district again,” Mercer said. that benefited from Snyder’s “We want to win the district tournament and the region generosity. “He’d pay kids’ way to tournament and our goal, as camp if they didn’t have the always, is to make the state money. He’d buy them shoes. tournament,” Mercer said. He’s helped more kids and bought more stuff than anybody will ever know. He’s bought them clothes, sent them to tutoring. He helped The Wolves had three players with wrestling, baseball, in double figures. Tyler Carter chorus. He really took care and Paige Denton scored 20 of things we needed. And he points each while Erin Walsh Central High School head footdidn’t want any recognition finished with 10. ball coach Joel Helton with the from anybody. He’d get mad Hershel Snyder Press Box in the Kendal Bailey led the if he knew this was going on. background. Photo by Betty Bean Gladiators with a game-high “I still catch myself pick21 points. Courtney Styles ing up the phone to call him, finished with 10 and Marissa Chris Freeman, Bubba Tram- and will think ‘He hasn’t Spires added eight. mell, Brad Fullington … all called me. …’ those guys. He was the kind “He completely built that of person who, if he did any- press box through donations thing, whether it’s business or whatever. I don’t know how or athletics, it was going to be he did it. It was built, that’s all first class.” I know; and I think it’s one of And it wasn’t just football the best around.”

The Gibbs High cross country boys and girls teams took third place at the 1/A/AA Regional Meet. Pictured are: coach Grant Dakin, Joseph Joiner, John Simmons, Landon Leach, Alex Sim-

Eagles finish successful cross country season
By Ken Lay
The Gibbs High School cross country teams finished their seasons recently at the Class A/AA state championships at Percy Warner Steeplechase Park. The boys finished 21st in the 24-team field and the girls finished 18th in a 23-team field. Both Eagles teams qualified for the state meet with third-place finishes at the Region 1-A/AA meet at Victor Ashe Park. The boys had two runners post top-10 finishes and earn All-Region honors. Junior Joseph Joiner claimed fourth place with a time of 19 minutes, 4 seconds. Senior Charles Creswell came in 10th (19:46). Other runners who competed for the Eagles included Landon Leach, Kevin

CHS dedicates press box to Hershel Snyder
By Betty Bean
Senior Night is always an emotional time for high school football teams, but this year at Central, it was particularly tough for head football Hershel Snyder coach Joel Photo submitted Helton to get through the ceremony dedicating the press box to the memory of Hershel Snyder. He’d been on the practice field when he heard about Snyder’s sudden death, scarcely a month before, and was dumbstruck by the news. Snyder had been the most generous and active supporter of the Bobcats football program for decades. He invited the staff to barbecues and holiday parties at his home; on Sunday nights during the season he had the coaches over for dinner and planning sessions; he bought mowing machines and athletic equipment. And he was Joel Helton’s best friend. “Hershel was a creature of habit, like I am, and I knew when the phone rang who it was going to be because we called each other just about every day. We saw each other every day. He’d been in the hospital a week after having surgery for an aneurism. … They were letting him go the next Monday, and I’d called just as they were loading him up in the wheelchair to go. He said,‘Tell him I’ll see him after practice.’ He got in the car to go home, and that’s when it happened. “I said ‘Don’t tell me that,’” said Helton, who first met Snyder at Inskip Park where Snyder coached football and baseball in the early ’80s, a year or so before Helton took the job at Central. “Hershel grew up right here in the Central High School area. His family came here out of Kentucky and his dad owned a coal yard on Old Broadway. He’d moved to Florida for a while and came back here in the ’80s.” Snyder was a very successful homebuilder, and it wasn’t long after he established his own business, Family Homes, that he started giving back to his community. “He started coaching at Inskip and started Knoxville Stars Baseball Organization. He coached Todd Helton,

Central features a deep and talented squad. “We have good depth and we have players who are good at their positions,” Mercer said. “We have depth and experience and not every team can say that,” Mercer said. Top returners for the Bobcats include: Dre’ Mathieu (junior, point guard), Linwood Holloway (a senior guard and four-year starter), Julian McBee (a senior post player who recently signed with CarsonNewman), Brett Wade (senior, shooting guard), Sabian Smith (sophomore, guard), Darnell Williams (senior, guard) and Tommy Bushur (junior, forward). The top newcomer is senior forward Zeek Holden, who transferred and played junior varsity last season. This season, he and Holloway will provide athleticism for the ’Cats, according to Mercer. Team strengths should include speed, shooting, depth and experience at the point guard position. Mercer said he would like to see his team improve its defense and rebounding. New uniforms: Central will have new uniforms this year, paid for by County Commissioner R. Larry Smith.

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Gresham played Whittle Springs on Thursday in a nonconference game. Results were unavailable at press time. The Wolves and Gladiators return to action today (Nov. 23) at 4:30 p.m. West Valley hosts Halls in its home opener while Gresham travels to Vine.

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Kole Matherly and Chandler Greer of West Valley surround Gresham’s Dallas Fields during basketball action in Fountain City. Photos by Ruth White

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Wolves outlast ‘scrappy’ Gladiators 49-40
By Ken Lay

Central girls hope to reach Regionals

When Gresham and West Valley renew acquaintances on the basketball court, it’s always a battle. The most recent chapter in this saga between the two Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference rivals last Monday in Fountain City was no exception. The Wolves prevailed 49-40 over the Gladiators but it was anything but easy. For three quarters, the Gladiators and Wolves slugged through an epic battle. The game wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter when West Valley’s defense turned up the heat and got several transition baskets off of Gresham turnovers. “Gresham always has a scrappy team and this is a tough place to play,” Wolves coach Chuck Comer said, “because the gym is small but also because the kids are so scrappy. “No matter whether coach (Hayne) Steed (who returned to the Gladiators bench after a two-year hiatus) or coach (Alfred) Huffaker (who coached at Gresham while Steed was away) coaches them, they always scrap and play hard.” The roller coaster ride began in the first quarter as the Wolves held a 12-11 lead at the end of the frame. Gresham played well enough to wrestle the lead away by halftime. The Gladiators led 24-23 by intermission. West Valley pulled back in front 33-32 by the end of the third quarter but neither team led by more than five points at that point in the contest. The final six minutes of the game, however, were a different story. West Valley (2-0 overall, 1-0 in conference play) was able to put the game away with a 16-8 surge. Jack Graham led the Wolves with 19 points and Isaiah Campbell finished with 13. Graham scored five of his points in the fourth quarter while Campbell dropped six in the final stanza to help West Valley seal the victory. Jonathon Halcombe and Josh Poplar scored 10 points each for the Gladiators (0-2, 0-1). The Wolves and Gladiators both return to action today (Nov. 23) at 5:30 p.m. West Valley hosts Halls while Gresham travels to Vine.

Wolves’ press proves too hard to handle for Gresham
A tenacious pressure defense spelled victory for the West Valley Middle School girls basketball team over Gresham last Monday in Fountain City. After the Wolves and Gladiators slugged through an even first quarter, West Valley turned up the heat in the second quarter and forced Gresham into numerous turnovers en route to a 54-43 Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference victory. Gresham and West Valley were tied at 13 after the first stanza before Wolves coach Alex Comer employed an aggressive trapping defense. Comer’s press enabled West Valley (1-1 overall, 1-1 in conference play) to go on a 15-3 run to put the contest away. “The difference between this game and our first game (a loss to Farragut) was that we forced turnovers,” Comer said. “We got our hands on the ball (against the Admirals) but tonight, we just played a little harder.” The victory was Comer’s first as the girls coach and he hopes there’ll be more to follow. The girls game was the second of the evening as the boys played first. “I hope it wasn’t just because we played second because if it was, then this might be the only game that we win all year,” he said. The Gladiators (0-2, 0-1) struggled with the press in the second quarter but they battled valiantly and found a way to solve the Wolves’ press and keep the game close. “It took us until the second half to find an answer to their press,” Gladiators rookie head coach Lindsey White said. “We figured out that we couldn’t dribble through the press and we had to throw over it.” White also commended her team’s perseverance. “The one thing I can say about these girls is that they always play hard and they always give 110 percent,” she said. West Valley and Gresham both boasted balanced scoring attacks. To page A-15

Central High School’s girls basketball team had its best campaign in coach Jason Kallenberg’s four-year tenure last season. The Bobcats went 11-18, the team’s best showing since the ’Cats went 16-15 in 2002-03 under J.D. Lambert and lost in the District 3-3A tournament quarterfinals. The ’Cats open their season tonight (Nov. 23) against Carter in the Central Hoopfeast. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central enters the season with just eight players, but seven played varsity last year. The Bobcats have three returning seniors including Alicia Robinson (a guard/forward who has a chance to finish her high school career with 2,000 points), Blair Brabson (forward) and Victoria Taylor (center). Other returnees include junior Jalisa Ash (guard) and sophomores Caroline Testerman (guard), Makayla Graham (guard/forward) and Sierra Scott (guard). The lone newcomer on this year’s squad is freshman forward/center Hannah Bradshaw. Expectations are far from modest in Fountain City considering the lack of numbers and the program’s recent history. “Last year, we set a goal to make the region tournament. I don’t know if we’ll reach that but I would like nothing better than for our seniors to get there after all they’ve been through.” Central won 11 games last year but were more competitive than their record would indicate. “What people don’t understand is that we led at halftime in 70 percent of our games last season,” Kallenberg said. “I think we can reach the region tournament if we stay healthy and if I do a good job managing the game. I would also like to see Alicia get to 2,000 points and that will be a big accomplishment considering that everybody in the gym knows that she’s going to get the basketball.”

It isn’t always the weather
Weather is not always a factor in Tennessee-Kentucky football. Sometimes the sun shines. On occasion, fireworks light up the sky. Tom Siler said there was blowing snow and frustration in 1929. That’s as far back as he ever took me. I know for a fact that the ’50 game was played in a deep freeze. Tennessee had hand-warmers on the sideline, smoking fires in 55-gallon drums. Kentucky put its bestever team on Shields-Watkins Field. Tennessee won 7-0, Hank Lauricella to Bert Rechichar, Pat Shires on the conversion. It suddenly seems a long time ago. It snowed what seemed like two feet the day and night before the 1952 game but the grounds crew and a host of volunteers shoveled off enough for combat. I didn’t help much but I dug in for the duration, east side, section D, duck-hunting togs, wool toboggan, two pairs of socks and heavy boots. The guy trying to give away orange and white shakers took pity on the cold country boy and provided un-

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expected shelter, a big cardboard box with the front cut out. I’ve never been certain that 14-14 was worth the effort. From Kentucky’s perspective, this is a blood rivalry that has been strangely one-sided. The Wildcats have won seven times in 50 years, none in the last 24. Some Saturdays were nail-biting battles. Some were routs. Strange what we remember – besides Bob Gain, Babe Parilli and Lou Michaels. It was cold, wet and windy in ’97, sloppy weather, sloppy game but a terrific offensive show. Can’t say much for the defense. Kentucky was coached by Hal Mumme. His attack was correctly called the Air Raid. Simple philosophy, just score more.

As was often the case, this was Kentucky’s bowl game. Tennessee, No. 5 in the polls, was a solid favorite. To be honest, the Vols thought the UK way was mostly smoke and mirrors. A solid smack up side the head would stop the foolishness. Didn’t happen exactly that way. Kentucky scored on its opening possession, a Tim Couch touchdown pass. The Vols hit back with 17 points, a Jeff Hall field goal and Peyton Manning strikes to Marcus Nash and Andy McCullough. For some strange reason, the Wildcats didn’t give up. A short dump-off by Couch and a missed tackle or two produced an 87-yard score. Next came a rushing touchdown, unidentifiable by some of the locals. So, it is actually permissible to wedge the ball across the goal? Interesting. Manning to Nash made it 24-21 at intermission. I don’t recall what Phillip Fulmer said he said in the dressing room but the Vols were better in the second half. Jamal Lewis snagged a short

pass and went roaring down the sideline for 50 yards. Give him six! A few minutes later, Lewis scored again. Before the third round was over, Manning arched another TD pass. Nash made a beautiful overthe-shoulder catch. Kentucky kicked a field goal. The Wildcats, always trying to get the ball back, no matter the cost, allowed two more Lewis scores. Tennessee won 58-31. Manning generated five touchdowns and 545 yards. Couch had 476 yards but endured three intercepts and four sacks. The Vols fumbled twice. Blame it on the weather. Nash had spectacular stats, seven catches, three TDs, 195 yards. He offered to buy dinner or gift-wrap a scarf and Isotoners for Manning. Lewis rushed for 128, caught three passes for 96 yards and scored four touchdowns. There was a track meet two years ago in Lexington, 52-50 in four overtimes. Don’t recall the weather but the Vols dodged a bullet. That isn’t right. They blocked a field goal at the end of regulation. The orange team went backwards in the fourth extra period but Erik Ainge solved that little problem

with a 40-yard TD pass to Quinton Hancock. Counting TV timeouts, the shootout stretched to almost five hours. By stopping Andre’ Woodson short of the goal on a two-point conversion attempt, the Vols were finally allowed to go home and get ready for Atlanta. Strange game at Kentucky, 24-7 lead at halftime, 24-7 the blue way after intermission. Strange season, 59-20 loss at Florida, 41-17 setback at Alabama, but SEC East champions at the end. Strangely enough, sometimes it is defense that dominates in Tennessee versus Kentucky. In 1971, defensive end Carl Johnson saved the game, catching a bobbled pitch late in the day and scampering 87 yards for the clinching touchdown. Carl chuckles and admits he did not speed from one end of Stoll Field to the other. “Half the team caught up to me because I ran out of steam about halfway there.” Strange, indeed, what we remember about Vols against Wildcats. It isn’t just the weather.

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