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By Marvin WestAfter Doug Atkins died, I went
back to my book about Legends. I really needed to read Chapter 3 again.
This unusual man with the rare combination of size and athletic ability sort of nod-ded his approval back when it was written. I sup-
pose, for him, it was pure praise.“If you had put me a little closer
to the front of the book, I might have asked for a free copy.”
He was serious about “free.”Money was one of the windmills
he wrestled in his mind. He never was paid what he was worth. He even got shortchanged in recruiting.
In the spring of 1949, when Doug was just 6-6 and 197, good in basketball and still learning football, a prominent business-man wanted him to attend Murray State.
“The oil man was going to give me a used car and $400 a month,” said Atkins. “He said he’d put the money is escrow. If I had known what that word meant, I might have accepted the deal.”
The great Bob Neyland sent Tennessee assistant Ike Peel to Humboldt to get Atkins – no ex-cuses, reel him in.
Peel chose the soft sell.“We’ll take care of you, Doug.”“Whatever you need, Doug,”The coach even promised that
Atkins could try football and bas-ketball and choose whichever he liked best.
Somewhere in the gentle pitch, Doug thought he heard $50 a month in spending money.
“I never saw a penny of it.”Years later he asked Peel what
happened to his loot.“Ike said it was me or him, that
he had a wife and kids to feed, that he had to sign me to keep his job and that he had to tell me what-ever it took to get it done.”
There is a charming story about dental dollars.
Former Tennessee basket-ball captain Ed Wiener became a dentist. Doug needed repairs. He drove to Memphis to get a “Vol” discount. He asked Wiener if his work was guaranteed.
Dr. Wiener couldn’t tell the rest of the tale without laughing.
“Thirty years later, a fi lling fell out. Doug called and said if
Remembering Doug Atkinsmy guarantee was still good, he wanted his money back. I told him there wasn’t any to refund, that he never paid me.”
The Cleveland Browns signed Doug Atkins on the cheap. Coach Weeb Eubank met him in a high-way diner, paid for two cheese-burgers and eight bottles of beer, and signed the giant for $6,800. The fi rst-round draft choice was budgeted for $10,000.
Atkins won fame but not for-tune with the Chicago Bears. He went to seven consecutive Pro Bowls but his top salary was $30,000. Money wars with coach-owner George Halas were legend-ary.
Money was part of Atkins’ mo-tivation, his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks.
By Bill DockeryThe Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal
came back to the pulpit at Mount Olive Baptist Church on Sun-day after a holiday vacation, and a group of protesting members again demonstrated loudly against the man they say is occupying the pulpit illegally.
When the senior minister of the historic black church began to speak after the preliminary worship, some 15 members stood with their backs to him. Other members used a bull-horn and other audio equipment to try to drown out his message.
“We occupy the pulpit along with him, and when he gets up to preach, we start singing hymns,” said Theotis Robinson, one of the protesting members. “We’ve equipped ourselves with micro-phones and sound systems to compete with him.”
The church’s central aisle be-came a dividing line as supporters of the pastor moved to the right side of the sanctuary, while the protesters stayed on the left. The situation has made news recently when Knoxville police were called to the church on several Sundays but took no action.
This sign forbids disruptive devic-
es at Mount Olive Baptist Church.
‘Here till God says go’
The Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal (behind white table) preaches as a dozen protesting members (left) stand with their backs to him. Members seated on the
right did not take part in the protests.
Mount Olive pastor returns to renewed protests
Valentino McNeal has been the senior pastor of Mount
Olive Baptist C h u r c h - E a s t since August 2011, when the historic black congregation at Dandridge Av-enue and Sum-mit Hill Drive called him as its minister.
He’s a native of Greenville, Mississippi, and became a lay minister at 21. He was ordained in Greenbelt, Maryland, and was a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for nine years, capping a 28-year career in the military.
For McNeal, his position at Mount Olive is a prophetic mis-sion.
“God has called me to be his prophet here,” he said in an in-terview. “I will stay till God says go. I’m here to bring some peo-ple out of the darkness.”
McNeal sees the work at
Mount Olive as a part of God’s larger plan.
“It’s not my vision for the church. The Lord sent me to Mount Olive to enact his vision – not church business but king-dom-building that the world might be saved.”
His goal, he said, is “for each individual to be committed to be a disciple, to make every member of Mount Olive a dis-ciple.”
McNeal was critical of the Knoxville Police Department for being negligent for allow-ing the protesters to violate the First Amendment rights of the rest of the congregation. He said he and other church offi cials have talked with KPD chief Da-vid Rausch and that he intends to talk with Mayor Madeline Rogero about the problems.
“This is not a civil rights thing,” he said. “If this was hap-pening at First Baptist Main Street, it would have been halt-ed a long time ago.”
McNeal said that some of the protesters are “allowing the devil to use them” and that he hopes to “help them be restored to Christ.
“My sorrow is for the people are doing the protesting. They are in a dark place. If they can apologize to the church, we will welcome them back with open arms.”
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Ed & Bob in PowellAt-large county commis-
sioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas will be at Halftime Pizza, 2509 W. Emory Road in Powel, from 5-7 p.m. Wednes-day, Jan. 20, for a community meeting. Several other com-missioners may attend. All are invited.
SOUP’s on againKnoxville SOUP will heat
up community spirit at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.
SOUP is a combination of fellowship and crowd-funding. Up to four individuals or groups from throughout Knox County will make a short presentation on planned or current projects designed to benefi t the community or soci-ety in general. Attendees, who are asked to make a suggested $5 donation at the door, listen and then discuss the projects while enjoying a simple meal of soup and other goodies.
Everyone gets to vote on the project they feel is most wor-thy, and the winner gets the entire take from the door.
There will also be a raffl e and entertainment.
Tomorrow’s event will be held at Vestal United Method-ist Church, 115 Ogle Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentations begin at 6:30, with dinner starting around 7.
Last quarter’s Knoxville SOUP raised around $500 for the Joe Hill Road Show, a community event held in November. Another proposal, by South Knoxville Elementary School, caught the attention of an attendee, who privately donated the money to cover it.
Based on a concept that has been growing steadily through-out the country, Knoxville SOUP is presented locally by the South Knoxville Alliance. It is held on the fi rst Thursday of each quarter at alternating locations.
‘The Revenant’A grueling experience for
the characters, the actors and the audience, “The Revenant” is a visceral journey through physical pain and mental anguish, but it is worth it on oh so many levels.
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health & lifestyles
stroke:LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED.No comprehensive stroke and rehabilitation center in our region
does more to reverse stroke’s devastating eff ects than Fort
Sanders Regional Medical
Center. That’s why hospitals
across East Tennessee refer their
most complex stroke patients to
us. And only Fort Sanders Regional is home to the Patricia Neal
Rehabilitation Center, East Tennessee’s elite rehabilitation hospital
for stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients.
Certifi ed as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
Leading the region’s only stroke hospital network
Fort Sanders performs clinical trials and procedures
for stroke not available anywhere else in our region.
When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost, so it’s important to understand the
warning signs and how to reduce your risk.
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one
side of the body
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeingin one or both eyes
Albert Hernandez lost his mother to a series of strokes. He’s thankful that ad-vanced medicine and technology like the tele-stroke robot were available to give him a better chance of survival.
Gatlinburg man thankful for East Tennessee’s largest stroke network
He heard a voice. Someone was asking questions. As Albert Her-nandez began to regain conscious-ness, he realized the voice was coming from a robot.
It sounds like a scene from a science fi ction movie, but it’s a modern day wonder in use at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Cen-ter today. The tele-stroke robot is advanced technology that helped save a Gatlinburg man’s life.
Hernandez was on the job at Ober Gatlinburg one day last summer, when he noticed that a trash bin needed to be emptied. He began the very common and simple task of moving trash to a cart so it could be wheeled away, when something uncommon hap-pened.
“I started shaking and sweat-ing,” Hernandez recalls, “and I just dumped it.”
Hernandez told his supervisor he “felt funny.” Assuming it was a result of the summer heat, she took him to their administrative
offi ces to let him cool down, rehy-drate and have his blood pressure checked. After about 30 minutes, Hernandez felt much better, and decided to get back to work.
But it happened, again. He was overwhelmed with a strange sensation of dizziness and shak-ing. Hernandez didn’t understand what was happening, but he knew something wasn’t right. With per-mission from his supervisor, he left work so his wife could take him to a clinic.
By the time Hernandez got off the tram to meet his wife, he felt even worse. “I looked at her and I said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to make it,” he says.
Suddenly, what was intended to be a simple visit to a clinic turned into an urgent drive to the emer-gency department at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. On the way, Hernandez complained that he couldn’t feel his left arm. He turned to his wife, and said, “Honey, I love you.”
The Stroke Center at Fort Sanders Regional:Delivering immediate and excellent care
When a stroke happens, timely treatment is critical. The Com-prehensive Stroke Center at Fort Sanders Regional is well above the national average in delivering prompt treatment of live saving medication.
Clot busting drugs are given to stroke patients through a vein to improve blood fl ow and minimize potential disabilities. The amount of time it takes for a patient to be brought into a hospital until the moment medications are intrave-nously administered is referred to as “door to needle time.”
While the average door to nee-dle time is a little more than an hour, the door to needle time at Fort Sanders Regional is 30 min-
utes. That’s half an hour faster than the national average.
It’s just one of the many advan-tages a patient has when treated at a comprehensive stroke center. The stroke center exists to provide the highest level of stroke care for complicated stroke cases.
“It really exists to provide that next level up from what you can get at your local community hos-pital,” Dr. Moore, medical director of Fort Sanders Regional stroke program says. “Strokes can often be treated at those hospitals, but fi nding out why the stroke oc-curred to prevent it from happen-ing again sometimes takes some-one who’s done a lot more work in treating stroke.”
Moore says fi nding out the“why” takes some digging into apatient’s background, and some-times it’s not as obvious as themain risk factors.
“Stroke centers tend to be betterand faster at treating stroke just be-cause we see it all the time,” Mooresays. “We have doctors who can goup into the brain and pull a clot out,and that’s a really specialized niche.Most hospitals don’t have access tosomeone who can do that.”
The Comprehensive StrokeCenter at Fort Sanders Regionalsees patients from throughoutEast Tennessee, and even fromKentucky. To learn more, visit fsregional.com/stroke, or call865-541-1111.
Hernandez lost consciousness. Kelly Hernandez tried to keep her composure as she raced her hus-band to the hospital.
“I’ve never seen him unrespon-sive,” she says. “Just seeing him lie there, that was hard.”
Hernandez learned in the emergency department that he had suffered a stroke, and a team was already in place to help him.
“They had a robot there next to my bed, and there was some per-son in there asking me questions,” Hernandez says. Stroke medicine was administered, and Hernandez heard the voice in the robot say, “Bring him to Fort Sanders, im-mediately.”
Hernandez was experiencing
the benefi ts of the tele-stroke robot network, which allowed a neurologist from Fort Sand-ers Regional to virtually be in the same room as Hernandez at LeConte Medical Center in Se-vierville via a video monitor. The robot offers quick and early con-sultation that can make a critical difference in a patient’s chances of surviving a stroke with mini-mal effects.
“The next thing I knew I was being taken to Fort Sanders,” Her-nandez says.
Because of the tele-stroke ro-bot network, medical staff at Fort Sanders Regional were completely up to speed on Hernandez’ case. They were in place, and ready to
care for him the very moment theambulance arrived.
In the event of a stroke, min-utes matter. Brain cells can diequickly, and that can easily lead topermanent brain damage.
“They were all there, wait-ing for me, working there, askingme questions,” Hernandez says.“There was always somebodythere talking to me. They neverleft me alone.”
While his wife waited for re-ports on his progress throughoutthe process, she was comfortedby comments she overheard in thelobby. People around her were say-ing Fort Sanders Regional is thebest hospital for stroke patients.
Not only did he meet addi-tional neurologists specializing instroke, but he also met someonefrom Patricia Neal RehabilitationCenter, who arranged for treat-ment to help him recover from theeffects of the stroke.
“Fort Sanders, Patricia Neal – Iwas surprised at how quickly theyhelped me come back,” Hernandezsays. “Within a week or two I wasalready out of there and back atwork.”
Once in a while, Hernandez stillfeels a few effects of his stroke.But he has a clean bill of healthfrom his doctor, and his heart isstrong. He may never understandwhat caused his stroke, but that’sokay. He’s just glad it’s part of hispast, and that he still has a futureto invest in the people he loves.
“I just want to be here for mywife and kids, and to live for aslong as God lets me stay in theworld,” Hernandez says. “I thankFort Sanders and Patricia Neal forhelping me come back to my wifeand my family, and for allowingme to be with them, hopefully formany years to come.”
NORTH/EAST Shopper news • JANUARY 6, 2016 • 3 communityMount Olive pastor From page 1
“Your arms are too short to box with God,” McNeal preached last Sunday. “Je-sus and his people will al-ways win.”
Going into a traditional rhythmic preaching style punctuated by grunts and sharp intakes of breath, the pastor advised the congre-gation that “Christ is telling us to examine ourselves and tell the truth.” Near the end of the hour-long sermon, he came down the aisle and addressed the protesters directly, inviting them to repent.
“I still want Christ to be in your heart. Will you come? Will you come?”
The discord is the result of a long-simmering dispute over McNeal’s leadership that has led the unhappy members to fi le suit in Knox County Chancery Court seeking to wrest control of church property and ac-counts from the pastor and the church offi cials he has chosen.
Church member Juani-ta Cannon said that some members had taken abuse from the pulpit while their complaints were not being attended to.
“We have so many con-cerns,” Cannon said. “The church’s line of credit was being used without a vote on it.” These and other issues led Cannon and 34 other longtime members to ask for a meeting of the church in February 2015.
Opponents of the pastor claim that he has failed to follow the church constitu-tion and bylaws in replacing church offi cers who don’t support him with people who do. They also claim that he has failed to vacate the pulpit after members met May 18, 2015, and voted 86-5 to fi re him. They say that the church budget ex-penditures have dropped from $654,000 in 2011-12 to $397,000 in 2014-15, that membership is dropping and that church staff have resigned.
McNeal disputes those
claims, saying the church deacons did not fi nd reason to call a meeting over his leadership. He said that the church books are regularly monitored by an external auditing fi rm and that he has fi red no church staff. He attributes declines in revenue to the actions of the dissenters.
Lisa Wagoner, a church member and employee of Knox County Schools, has written that the church “is virtually being held hostage by Rev. McNeal and his 25 supporters.
“The issue at hand is that MOBC [the church] has transitioned from a democ-racy to a dictatorship where Rev. McNeal makes all the decisions and the congrega-tion does not have a voice.”
McNeal has supporters in the congregation. Af-ter another recent service, deacon Jimmy Hunter ex-pressed his support for the controversial pastor and complained that news re-ports have been one-sided.
“As long as this man preaches what’s in this book [indicating his Bible], I’ll support him,” Hunter said. Referring to the demonstra-tions that have taken place, Hunter said that they were disrespecting God’s house and that was the same as disrespecting God.
An announcement on the door of the church advises that “Persons who delib-erately disrupt the service … will be ordered off the premises.” It also bans bull-horns, other noisemakers and fi rearms.
“Some have a personal vendetta against our pas-tor,” Hunter said. “It’s the duty of the deacon to under-gird the pastor. I have seen him live what he preaches, and we should honor him.”
Hunter was critical of those members who took the dispute to civil court, noting that the New Testa-ment advises Christians to set their differences without calling on the secular gov-ernment.
Doug Atkins From page 1
“I thought they got paid enough to take whatever I could give ’em.”
After he’d caught more than his fair share and alarmed several others, after his knees went re-ally bad, after he bowed out at 38, Doug spent the second half of his life out of the limelight. He was pre-fab manager for a home-building company in Panama City. He recruited pipefi tters for a Louisiana shipbuilder.
He trained to be an Orkin man but found he
didn’t fit where termites often lived. He called on freight terminal managers for a trucking company. He sold caskets, actually hauled around a sample in a station wagon.
He sold eye-glasses. He dabbled in the coal busi-ness. He worked for a beer distributor, sometimes car-rying in cases, sometimes just batting the breeze with tavern owners. He was an assistant tax assessor. He ran the campground in Con-cord. He did not get rich.
When Doug fi nally set-
By Carol ShanePeople react to physi-
cal setbacks several differ-ent ways. Some throw in the towel immediately. “Oh well – I’m older now – it’s age and I can’t do anything about it, so I might as well get used to it.” Some go to their doctors with specifi c complaints, hear some ad-vice, and then either follow it or not.
And then there are those who make up their own cure. James Miller, who lives between Norris and Halls, is one those folks.
Miller, who goes by “J,” works for his family’s busi-ness, Miller Equipment Co. Inc., which sells and servic-es commercial refrigeration and food service equipment.
“My knee issues started about 18 years ago when I was working on a fryer in a restaurant kitchen,” he says. “I was on the fl oor on my knees, and bent them too far for too long. I never went to the doctor. I knew numerous people who had had knee pain and had sur-gery, most of whom told me it was the best thing they had ever done. So I was pretty resigned to having to
Trail runner J Miller enjoys the view from the top of Mount LeConte. Miller cured his knee pain on his own by running on soft mountain ground. Photo by Melony Dodson
J Miller: Trail running’s for him
have surgery someday but it wasn’t something I felt like rushing into.”
Miller, still a young man and much younger then, de-cided simply to live with the pain.
“Then one night about six years ago I had chest pain such that it kept me up all night,” he says, “so the next day I thought I should go to the doctor. They found my blood pressure was high and wanted to put me in hospital
then and there.” He didn’t stay, but returned soon after to undergo a battery of tests. “There were no blockages or anything, just high blood pressure. But it was enough to scare me into wanting to take better care of my heart, something I had never wor-ried about too much.”
Growing up near Norris, Miller had always been fair-ly active. He especially loved mountain biking. But adult life imposed time restraints,
and he found that he didn’t have the spare time for two-hour-minimum bike trips.
“I decided I should try running again as I could get more exercise in a shorter time. I say ‘again’ as I had tried running numerous times when I was younger. Running to me was some-thing you did on roads or sidewalks or whatever. Ev-ery time I tried it I hated it.
“At this time I was living in the town of Norris within walking distance of some great trails, and it suddenly hit me – I could go running in the woods! It was a life-changing revelation!”
The hilly terrain made it diffi cult at fi rst. “But with my heart scare, I was de-termined to make it work. Plus, I just really love being in the woods. I found that after about four attempts at running my body was get-ting used to the idea. Within about two months I was getting quite profi cient at it. I then realized that I was no longer having any knee pain!”
And his blood pressure dropped accordingly.
Miller, who also plays percussion for Clarence Brown Theatre productions, sings the praises of trail run-ning. “The ground is softer than pavement so you don’t get all that jarring shock on
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■ Belle Morris Community Ac-tion Group meets 7 p.m. each second Monday, City View Baptist Church, 2311 Fine Ave. Info: bellemorris.com or Rick Wilen, 524-5008.
■ Chilhowee Park Neighbor-hood Association meets 6:30 p.m. each last Tuesday, Administration Building, Knoxville Zoo. Info: Paul Ruff , 696-6584.
■ Edgewood Park Neighbor-
hood Association meets 7 p.m. each third Tuesday, Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail. Info: edgewoodpark.us.
■ Excelsior Lodge No. 342 meets 7:30 p.m. each Thurs-day, 10103 Thorn Grove Pike. Info: Bill Emmert, 933-6032 or [email protected].
■ Historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization meets 6:30 p.m. each second
By Betty BeanThomas “Tank” Strick-
land made his fi rst run for offi ce in 1987. His start was pr om i s i ng – he beat Bill Powell in the Dis-trict 6 City Council pri-mary – but he ended up
losing citywide in the gen-eral election. He didn’t try running again until 2002, when he succeeded Frank Bowden on Knox County Commission.
“The best thing about politics is helping people. That’s what I always tried to do,” he said. “The worst thing was some of the antics on County Commission.”
Strickland had a front row seat to watch those antics, and his tenure on the commission turned out to be a wild ride, punctu-ated by the notorious Black Wednesday shenanigans of 2007 and his subsequent election as commission chair, something no other Democrat has managed to
Tank Strickland: Waiting on opportunitydo, before or since.
He was one of four Dem-ocrats on the county legisla-tive body, which then had 19 members and was always chaired by a member of the majority party. In a show of bipartisan gracious-ness unimaginable today, the commission, in those days, observed the custom of naming a Democrat as vice chair. The easygoing Strickland was popular with his colleagues, so that title belonged to him when attorney Herb Moncier’s re-lentless hammering forced commission chair Scott “Scoobie” Moore out of of-fi ce in 2008.
Moncier never called on Strickland to testify in the trial that was Moore’s downfall.
“I asked him – ‘Why didn’t you come after me?’– because I was ready for him,” Strickland said. “He said, ‘Because I couldn’t fi nd anything on you.’”
The month after Moore’s ouster, Strickland’s chas-tened colleagues set party loyalty aside and voted him in as Moore’s replacement.
Miraculously, they did
it again the following year, but not without a bruising fi ght, which his District 1 seatmate Sam McKenzie de-scribed in a 2009 Shopper-News interview.
“It took a lot of arm twist-ing and wrangling, but we ended up electing a Demo-cratic chair, again,” McK-enzie said. “This time there was a strong contingent of people that wanted a new chair, and (GOP party chair Ray Hal) Jenkins really lob-bied, but at the end of the day, they actually set aside party politics.”
Former Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert was one of the Republicans who stuck with Strickland.
“I caught some fl ack,” Lambert said. “There was a move on to elect Craig Leu-thold, but I and a couple of other Republicans voted for Tank. I always liked Tank and have a lot more in com-mon with him than many others who were on that commission.”
Lambert says he has nev-er regretted that vote, even though he lost a couple of supporters over it.
“Tank was always fair
to me and to everyone, and allowed alternative views to be expressed. No debate was shut down, as opposed to some who try to drive the debate by who they call on and how much time they give them,” he said.
Strickland, who has con-centrated on his work with the city since stepping down from his commission seat, is a close political ally of state Rep. Joe Armstrong, who was indicted earlier this year in federal court on corruption and tax evasion charges. He said he intends to stand by Armstrong.
“Joe has told me that he didn’t do it,” Strickland said. “And he’s my friend.”
He says he has no hard and fast plans for future ventures after he leaves his job Jan. 29 as the city’s director of community re-lations, but has kept his li-cense as a boxing promoter, and knows that he’s going to continue to give back to the community, and will keep his options open.
“If the right opportunity turns up, I might jump on it,” he said. “And opportuni-ties come up all the time.”
your joints and entire body. Also, the unevenness of the running surface seems to work more muscles, giv-ing a superior all-around strengthening of the legs and knees. I have had a num-ber of twisted ankles due to this but those are very minor and go away quickly.
“The bottom line for me is that I no longer have knee pain. Ever! Except when I go
a few weeks without running, then it can creep back up.”
He also enjoys hiking and running in the Great Smoky Mountains National park and other scenic venues. And he’s careful to point out that the story of his “cure” is “very much just opinions and personal experience with no actual medical ex-perience to back it up.
“But very real for me.”
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tled into old age, he dis-covered pensions sounded better than they were. He was embarrassed to say how little the NFL sent each month.
Long, long ago, I thought I bought two used camping tents from Doug for a scout troop. He wouldn’t take the two $20s. He said money wasn’t everything.
Much later he asked i f I remembered the tents. He said he was relieved when I offered to pay.
“I thought I was going to have to pay you for helping clean out my garage.”Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is [email protected]
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servative, even pro-charter, school board members.
New broom sweeps clean: Incumbent County Commissioner Jeff Ownby might be swept away by stiff competition from well-known Republicans and Webb School grads Hugh Nystrom and Janet Tester-man. The District 4 race will be the hardest fought and most expensive.
And one more thing: It’s ridiculous to make March 1 winners, like un-opposed school board can-didate Tony Norman, wait until Sept. 1 to take offi ce. Other school board candi-dates who capture 50 per-cent plus one on March 1 are effectively elected. They at least should be included in the search for a new schools superintendent.
Here are the matchups:School board (non-par-
tisan) – District 2: Jennifer
Owen vs. Grant Sandefer; District 3: Tony Norman, unopposed; District 5: Bud-dy Pelot, Susan Horn, Lori Boudreaux; District 8: Mike McMillan, unopposed.
County commission (partisan; general election in August) – District 1: Mi-chael Covington (R), Evelyn Gill (D), Rick Staples (D), Tyrone LaMar Fine (I).
District 2: Michele Car-ringer (R), John Fugate (R), Laura Kildare (D).
District 4: Jeff Ownby (R), Janet Testerman (R), Hugh Nystrom (R), Marleen Kay Davis (D).
District 5: John Schoon-maker (R), Sheri Ridgeway (D).
District 6: Brad Anders (R), John Ashley (R), Donna Lucas (D).
District 8: Dave Wright (R), Donald Wiser (I).
District 9: Carson Dailey (R), James Hamilton (D),
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The knockout of North-western boosted expecta-tions two more notches and reminded us that Jalen Hurd has the heart of a champion.
One co-star of the Hard-ees coffee club says the fu-ture of Tennessee football is so bright, he’s going to start selling sunglasses.
Another said the outlook is favorable enough that he can put away the crutch, “Just wait until next year.”
This is next year.This is the year the Vol-
unteers do more than talk about defeating Florida, winning the East and com-peting for the Southeastern Conference championship. This is the time to do it.
January’s the time for deciding what excess clutter needs to be pitched, and I’m not talking about the anti-macassar Aunt Zelda gave you for Christmas. I’m talk-ing about Knox County’s March 1 primary elections.
(If you don’t know what an antimacassar is, look it up. If you don’t know who’s running for which offi ce, read on.)
Normally held in May, the local primaries have been moved to March 1 to match the Presidential Primaries in other Southern states (the SEC primary). How will an outpouring of voters for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz impact local races?
Onward Christian Soldiers: The advantage may go to school board candidates Grant Standefer (executive director of Com-passion Coalition) and Su-san Horn (Jason Zachary’s
Outlook depends on NFL lure
Butch Jones, four-mil-lion-dollar-man, has done the brick-by-brick thing, created the culture, re-cruited superior talent and nurtured it through the growing stage. The coach is a splendid motivator. The players, constantly focused, have learned a lot. Butch and his staff are wiser in the ways of the big league. Ex-perience is said to be price-less.
Tennessee now has an al-most fi nished product.
Butch said a few days ago that it actually takes six or seven years to build a winning program in the SEC. That is coach talk, just in case of a calamity. The third year should have been at least one victory better than it was. This fourth year should be outstanding.
How outstanding will depend in part on the lure of the National Football League. If the pro prospects eligible to leave early – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cam Sutton and Alvin Kamara – dive in, three other future stars must move up on the depth chart.
Jones has surely
planned for this eventual-ity. It appears SEC coaches may even be using “early out” as a recruiting tool. Come to our place and we’ll get you ready for a big payday after three years instead of four.
With or without the three big names, the Tennessee schedule is no picnic. It nev-er is. The red meat is packed from the last Saturday in September to the third Sat-urday in October. Florida and Alabama come to Ney-land Stadium. The Vols go to Georgia and Texas A&M.
Playing in the SEC means one tough test after another. If you fi nd that intimidat-ing, you do not believe the lofty evaluations of the past
three recruiting classes. The Vols have been among national leaders at gather-ing talent. It appears sales is Butch Jones’ strength.
It is now time for the Vols to be among the national leaders in results. Top 15 in August, until they have demonstrated strength, top 10 in December when they are in a big bowl.
Hurd is good enough at what he does. The defensive line has tremendous poten-tial. Praise be to the depart-ing Kyler Kerbyson but the offensive line should con-tinue to improve.
Joshua Dobbs must re-fi ne downfi eld passing accu-racy. Practice does not make perfect but it helps.
There is a need for depth at linebacker. The second-ary, even with Sutton, is cause for moderate concern. Safeties are gone. New safe-ties are moving up.
The big jump has to come from receivers. They are the under-achievers of recent seasons. Blame them or coaching or pass protection or Dobbs.
Special teams? Wow! Net results are not accidental. This is another Butch Jones strength.
This is not a national championship prediction. This is an acknowledgment that good times have re-turned to Tennessee.Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is [email protected]
Primary primer for March 2016
ally and children’s minister at Christ Covenant Church). Jim McIntyre won’t be the issue. He guaranteed that by agreeing Monday to step down in July.
Elections matter. Mc-Intyre acknowledged that the majority of school board members come September will prefer a different direc-tion and a new leader.
Coupling the non-parti-san school board races with the Presidential Primary, which will turn out a huge Republican vote in Knox County, causes a trickle-down effect which will en-hance the majority of con-
Ownby Nystrom Testerman
Tom Pierce (I). Pierce’s in-teresting political agenda, advertised on Facebook, says that those who prac-tice Islam, Judaism or oth-er “foreign religions” will “simply have to get over it.”
Property assessor: Andrew Graybeal, Jim
Weaver and John White-head, all Republicans.
Law director: Bud Armstrong and Nathan Rowell, both Republicans.
Several races will be de-cided by the primary, so don’t skip it. The General Election is Aug. 4.
GOSSIP AND LIES ■ Tony Norman is scarier than
you think. Just the threat of him joining the school board eight months out is enough to send Jim McIntyre packing.
■ The political climate is just fi ne. School board elections
are the voters’ way of setting public school policy.
■ What do folks want? A superintendent appointed by a board that’s appointed by the superintendent?
– S. Clark
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The funeral service at Overcoming Believers Church for Zaevion Dobson on Dec. 26 was one of the saddest and most moving I have attended.
He was killed while saving the lives of two young girls in Lonsdale. Local offi cials were represented by Mayor Rogero who spoke, as well as Police Chief Rausch, former Mayor Daniel Brown, former Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Council member Finbarr Saunders, former Council member Larry Cox and School Superintendent Jim McIntyre, along with former school board chair Sam Anderson and state Rep. Joe Armstrong.
The irony of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ one day and saluting one of his children in death the next day was not lost on attendees. Hopefully, out of this darkness will emerge a new and effective way to eliminate violence in our neighborhoods.
Giving powerful mes-sages were Mark Brown Jr., son of former Vice Mayor Mark Brown, and the Rev. Walter Cross. Had this tragedy occurred in mili-tary combat, Dobson would be an obvious candidate for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
■ Over the Christmas holidays several well-known Knoxvillians who made substantial contri-butions died, but did not receive the special mention they merited in this writer’s view. They included John Bynon, for whom West Hills Park is named, along with prominent business-men Tom Bell and Jim Talley.
Bell and Talley in their day were key leaders of the community and the Cham-ber of Commerce. Few issues arose without their participation. They leave a signifi cant legacy of service and civic leadership.
Bynon was a key leader of the West Hills Neighborhood Association. He was a regular attendee at City Council meetings and close friend to Council member Jean Teague. In later years, he moved to Alabama and then Hous-ton where his son lived and where he died two weeks ago. He leaves an interesting article with the East Tennessee Histori-cal Society on his days as a young soldier in Europe in World War II which he had embargoed from public review until his death.
■ The failure of Mayor Rogero to lift a fi nger to help former Vice Mayor
Remembering Zaevion Dobson, John Bynon
Nick Pavlis keep his posi-tion has city hall observers talking in amazement. Pavlis had been there for Rogero on numerous occa-sions such as sponsoring an ordinance raising her salary by $15,000 a year (and her lifetime pension being increased as a con-sequence). He assisted her in pension reform. He of-ten defected criticism of her. He was there for her on any issue of importance.
This signals to Council, the new vice mayor and the public that there is little appreciation, reward or benefi t for being with the mayor. Rogero simply walked away from Pavlis despite four years of him being as loyal to her as Jack Sharp was to me when I was mayor. It is likely that Pavlis, now that he free of the vice mayor offi ce, will chart a different course.
■ The University of Tennessee once again made the national media in a way it may regret. This time it was in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 23 with a column by Daniel Henninger on the UT diver-sity offi ce urging readers to “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.”
The columnist tied it to the trend to secularize Christmas in many com-mercial advertisements, especially in major stores along New York’s Madison and Fifth avenues.
UT offi cials need to develop a strategy for this story which continues. The Legislature goes back into session next week on Jan. 12 and just as surely as Tuesday follows Monday this will be a hot topic.
The real issue is to justify is how the $5 million is being spent systemwide and could it achieve the same result for less. What is a typical day in the life of a diversity offi ce employee? What do they do to justify this sort of expenditure?
The University can-not expect Gov. Haslam or the UT Board to stop legislation to restore the Lady Vols name by Rep. Roger Kane or protect the diversity offi ce from budget cuts or further review. They will have to do it on their own.
Happy New Year in 2016.
After a long series of election beatdowns, Knox County Democrats are at their lowest ebb ever, and Republicans are prepared to administer the coup de grâce in 2016.
Not one single county-wide elected offi ceholder is a Democrat. County Commis-sion is down to two Demo-crats (in the center city fi rst and second districts) and the only Democrat left in the county’s legislative del-egation, Joe Armstrong, is facing trial in federal court.
So why would Cameron Brooks, a young guy with a full-time day job, want to spend 2016 chairing the Knox County Democratic Party?
His answer is simple:Fighting uphill battles is
what he does.“Throughout my life I’ve
felt like an underdog,” said Brooks, who took offi ce in 2015, and spent his rookie year recruiting County Commission candidates – a distinct change from the Democrats’ usual practice of allowing those races to be decided in GOP primaries. He’s also planning a vigor-ous attempt to take back the 13th District House seat that fell to Republicans
Democrats’ rookie chief not raising white fl ag
in 2013, and there will be Democrats on the ballot in six of the seven contested commission districts, leav-ing Republicans to fi ght it out amongst themselves only in the deep red eighth district of East Knox Coun-ty where Dave Wright now serves.
“The fi rst thing I wanted to do was make sure we re-cruited candidates to run in as many open slots as possible. The Republicans have targeted the fi rst and second districts, but we’ve recruited great candidates, and they’re going to have to spread their resources out. I don’t know what the result will be, but they will not sweep us out,” Brooks said.
As a student activist in economic justice issues, he got involved in the for-mation of United Campus Workers (UCW), which is affi liated with the Commu-nications Workers of Amer-ica (CWA). After he got his degree he went to work in
the School of Social Work’s Offi ce of Research and Pub-lic Service, and in 2003, took a job as an organizer with UCW and worked in the Living Wage campaign.
In 2011, he was promoted to a staff position with the national CWA, moved to the D.C. area and hit the road. After a year and a half of exhausting travel, he came back to Knoxville and went back to work for the campus workers for a year or so be-fore taking a job as an agent with Coldwell Bankers Wal-lace & Wallace.
When he looks back, he is most gratifi ed by the “living wage” battle, which worked for salary increases for workers on the bottom of the pay scale.
“We made a lot of progress during my tenure, and wages did go up,” he said. “The big-gest thing was having an or-ganization that could go to Nashville and build relations with the Legislature.”
Brooks had good working relationships with former legislators like Harry Tin-dell and Tim Burchett.
“Tim was like a hero to a lot of UT employees. I’m a Democrat, but can see when someone genuinely does care and does connect
with rank-and-fi le blue col-lar guys.”
And the admiration is mutual.
“I’ve got nothing but re-spect for Cameron,” Bur-chett said. “He worked for those people who were over at UT scrubbing toilets. He’s a stand-up guy, and we were both tilting at similar windmills. As a Republi-can, though, Cameron is the kind of guy I hope is not suc-cessful.”
Brooks says it will be bet-ter for everybody for Demo-crats to grow stronger.
“We need two-party gov-ernment. And it would be great to elect some women – we need more gender di-versity. That is a no brainer. If we can do that in Knox County, government will work even better.”
Jake Mabe called Wednes-day to check in and catch up.
2016: Bring it on!
We commiserated about our ailments. I told him about a Wufoo form some-body decided would help our effi ciency. How can you take it seriously if it’s named Wufoo?
Jake recalled the good old days when we worked in a tiny offi ce in Halls with an assortment of friends and characters dropping by to show us oddly-shaped veg-etables or giant pumpkins.
There was Hubert Ma-
jors, who tried to convince me and Betty Bean that his shaggy animal was a rare “sheep-goat.”
Joe Smelser: “Hey, Jake, jump in the truck. Gotta show you this cemetery.” And he’d tear out on two wheels.
Tud Etherton: “Hey, San-dra, my good friend Jerry Cheung is cooking up some-thing special tonight. Bring your camera.” (And after dinner at the Mandarin House, Jerry might come out to play “Rocky Top” on his urhu.)
Jesse Butcher: “Hey, I’m taking these gourd seed over to Mynatt’s (Hard-ware). Giving them away. Let people know. Hollow out the gourds to make houses for purple martins, and those martins will keep
your place mosquito-free.”Lula Mae Winegar:
“Hey, I found this bat at my house.” She dragged a pet carrier into our offi ce.
“Hey, get that thing out of here,” I said. “I don’t like bats.”
Jake leapt up and dragged the crate outside. Our of-fi ce was in a log cabin with a front porch. Lula wanted us to photograph the bat (or maybe she just wanted it gone from her place), so she opened the crate.
The little bat fl ew out and immediately attached itself upside down under our red paper box. While I climbed the gutter downspout, Lula tried to coax the bat into fl ight so Jake could snap a picture. The bat literally disappeared, probably un-der the porch.
“Jake,” I said. “Those folks have one thing in com-mon. They’re all (except Jerry) dead.”
Pour another round, bar-tender.
The Halls Shopper was Facebook before Facebook. We created community by sharing information. Now folks just post their sheep-goats and ballerina squash directly online. And that’s OK. We never owned the information, Jake, just the mechanisms for sharing it.
Imagine a couple of dusty monks discussing that new-fangled printing press back in the day. “Why, Brother Anthony, you’ll have folks writing whatever comes into their heads and claim-ing it’s straight from God. Woe, woe.”
Ha! 2016 will bring more change to our business. I, for one, am past ready. Here comes Gannett, a company that actually makes money in the information business. Bring it on!
Jim McIntyre: Not a good fi tBy Sandra Clark
Jim McIntyre made a wise choice to leave Knox County Schools. I’m just sorry that he’s asking for a year’s pay as a buyout.
And why the battle over a four-year contract just two months ago?
Fact is, one doesn’t walk away from a job he loves be-cause his enemies don’t like him. He walks away when his friends stop liking him.
I think the 12 white guys
that we used to joke ran K n o x v i l l e have been dow nsized through the r e c e s s i o n to the 7.5 white guys.
B e t t e r late than
never, I suppose, but if the white guys (if you’re not certain who they are, re-view Tracie Sanger’s donor
list) had been paying atten-tion, they would have seen this “dysfunctional political climate” brewing for some time.
When 300 teachers wear red shirts to the school board, many in tears, they represent probably 3,000 teachers who are upset. When veteran teachers quit in droves, you’ve got a problem. And when princi-pals are churned through schools without even a
chance to say good-bye, mo-rale has tanked.
That’s Jim McIntyre’s legacy with Knox County Schools.
We cannot run a modern school system on stress and fear; when teachers feel like the evaluation system is a “gotcha.”
On at least one occasion, he demoted a principal by saying, “You’re a nice guy, but you’re not a good fi t.”
So on behalf of my friends who are educators, let me say, “Good-bye, Jim. You’re just not a good fi t.”
6 • JANUARY 6, 2016 • NORTH/EAST Shopper news
SENIOR NOTES ■ Carter Senior Center:
9040 Asheville Highway932-2939Monday-Friday8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Off erings include: card games; exercise programs; arts and crafts; movie matinee each Friday; Senior Meals program noon each Wednesday. Edward Jones Breakfast Club: Meet and Greet with Darron Kidwell, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8.
■ Corryton Senior Center:9331 Davis Drive688-5882knoxcounty.org/seniorsMonday-Friday
Off erings include: exercise classes; card games; billiards; Senior Meals program, 11 a.m. each Friday. Knox County Veterans Services, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Register for: Super Seniors meeting, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12; entertain-ment by Sarah Dockery. Clear Caption Phones for Seniors presentation: “En-semble” landline telephone for seniors with hearing loss, noon Tuesday, Jan. 12.
■ Larry Cox Senior Center3109 Ocoee Trail546-1700Monday-FridayHours vary
Off erings include: exercise programs; bingo; arts and crafts classes.
■ John T. O’Connor Senior Center611 Winona St.523-1135knoxseniors.org/oconnor.htmlMonday-Friday8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Off erings include: Card games, billiards, senior fi tness, book club, Senior Savvy computer classes, bingo, blood pressure checks 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Knox County Veterans Services, 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10
p.m., Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clinton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724; oakridgefolkdancers.org; on Facebook.
THURSDAY, JAN. 7Big Ridge 4th District Neighborhood Watch
meeting, 7 p.m., Big Ridge Elementary School library. Info: 992-5212.
Living with Diabetes: Putting the Pieces Together, 2-4:30 p.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.
FRIDAY, JAN. 8Art exhibit by Hanna Harper, 5-9 p.m., Broad-
way Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway. All ages welcome. Light refreshments served. Info: Jessica Gregory, 556-8676; BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com; [email protected].
Opening reception for “Gallery of Arts Tribute”: a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6-8 p.m., Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. Info: 523-7543 or knoxalliance.com.
SATURDAY, JAN. 9Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West
Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: www.feralfelinefriends.org.
Saturday Stories and Songs: Faye Wooden, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.
Saturday Stories and Songs: Georgi Schmitt, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.
The Tennessee Stiffl egs Old-Time String Band, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $14, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.jubileearts.org.
SUNDAY, JAN. 10Pen to Podium: SAFTA Reading Series, 3-4
p.m., Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. Featuring: George David Clark and Jeni Wallace. Info: 215-8750.
MONDAY, JAN. 11Staged reading of “Last Train to Nibroc,” 7:30
p.m., The Square Room, 4 Market Square. Presented by the WordPlayers. Free admission. Info: 539-2490 or wordplayers.org.
TUESDAY, JAN. 12Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meeting,
8 p.m., Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Speaker: Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College. Topic: “The Civil War Along Tennes-see’s Cumberland Plateau.” Dinner, 7 p.m. Cost: lecture only, $5; dinner and lecture, $17. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 11: 671-9001.
Paulette 6th District Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m., Paulette Elementary School cafeteria. Info: 992-5212.
TUESDAYS, JAN. 12-FEB.16“Refl ections, Light and Magic” class, 10 a.m.-1
p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Cost: KMA members $150/nonmembers $175. Materials list provided. Info/registration: knoxart.org.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13International Folk Dance Class, 7:30-10 p.m.,
Claxton Community Center, 1150 Edgemoor Road, Clin-ton. Info: Paul Taylor, 898-5724; oakridgefolkdancers.org; on Facebook.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14AAA Driver Improvement Course, 5:30-9:30
p.m., AAA Offi ce, 100 W. Fifth Ave. Four-hour course helps reduce points for traffi c offenders and teaches how to reduce risk while driving. Cost: $30 members/$35 nonmembers. Must preregister. Info/registration: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252.
Coffee, Donuts & a Movie: “Max,” 10:30 a.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431.
Halls Book Club: “The Rocks,” 1 p.m., Halls Branch Library, 4518 E. Emory Road. Info: 922-2552.
Just Add Color: Adult Coloring Club, 5:30 p.m., Burlington Branch Library, 4614 Asheville Highway. Info: 525-5431.
VFW meeting, 7 p.m., 140 Veteran St., Maynard-ville. All veterans are invited. Info: 278-3784.
FRIDAY, JAN. 15Steep Canyon Rangers in concert, 8 p.m., Bijou
Theater, 803 S. Gay St. Info/tickets: knoxbijou.com.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 15-16“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream-
coat,” 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Tennes-see Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Info/tickets: all Ticketmaster outlets, Tennessee Theatre box offi ce and 800-745-3000.
Monster Jam, 7:30 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena. Saturday Pit Party, 5 p.m. Info/tickets: tbarena.com; knoxvilletickets.com.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16AAA Driver Improvement Course, 8 a.m.-4:30
p.m., AAA Offi ce, 100 W. Fifth Ave. Eight-hour course helps reduce points for traffi c offenders and teaches how to reduce risk while driving. Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Must preregister. Info/registration: Kate, 862-9254, or Stephanie, 862-9252.
“Fantasia, Live!” presented by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Info/tickets: knoxvillesymphony.com.
Kitten and cat adoption fair, noon-6 p.m., West Town PetSmart adoption center, 214 Morrell Road. Sponsored by Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Info: www.feralfelinefriends.org.
Roux du Bayou Cajun Dance Music, 8 p.m., Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Tickets: $12, some discounts available. Info/tickets: www.jubileearts.org.
Saturday Stories and Songs: Faye Wooden, 11 a.m., Fountain City Branch Library, 5300 Stanton Road. Info: 689-2681.
Saturday Stories and Songs: Sarah Rysewyk, 11 a.m., Powell Branch Library, 330 W. Emory Road. Info: 947-6210.
“What’s For Breakfast” cooking class, 10 a.m., Clinton Physical Therapy Center, 1921 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton. Led by Camille Watson, Holistic Health Coach. Cost: $33/$60 per couple if paid by Jan. 13. Preregistration requested. Info/registration: Kelly Lenz, 457-1649, or Camille Watson, 661-9956.
SATURDAYS, JAN. 16-FEB. 13“Pottery On The Wheel” class for all levels, 10
a.m.-2 p.m., Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 An-dersonville Highway, Norris. Instructor: Katie Cottrell. Registration deadline: Jan. 9. Bring lunch. Info/registra-tion: 494-9854; appalachianarts.net.
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Shannondale Assisted Living Center hosted a resident appreciation cel-ebration sponsored by the therapy department. It was enjoyed by residents, family members and staff.
Several activities were lined up for all attendees included: Corn hole toss, dart tournament and cookie decorating class.
Everybody also enjoyed roaming the halls to check out door entrance decora-tions and a display of the coloring page contest.
Winners of several contest categories are noted here:
Corn hole toss:First place: Nola Killion2nd place: Euvena Suggs3rd place: Christine
Coloring page contest: 1st place: Emily Jones2nd place: Jean Holloway3rd place: Myra Payne
Decorate Room Entrance1st place: Evelyn Paulsen2nd place: Myra Payne3rd place: Mary Mont-
Dart Tournament1st place: Wanda Lippert2nd place:Dot Cowan3rd place:Emily Jones
“It was a successful event and we our grateful to all those who participated and those who generously do-nated prizes,” said Ling.
“We are also grateful for Santa (Tim) who visited us even in his busiest time of the year.”
Living Cen-ter offers “ a r o u n d the clock” p e r s o n a l assistance by licensed nurses and nursing as-s i s t a n t s . And when
residents need it, there is access to Shannondale Health Care Center.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared on-site and served restaurant style.
While residents enjoy a private room with bath, there are also community spaces such as the recre-ation/activities room, a beauty shop and barber shop, a sunroom/living room, nursing services and emergency care.
Shannondale ALC resident appreciation celebration
Nola Killion, fi rst place winner, corn hole toss, pictured with her daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Jean Holloway at decorating cookie class w/Lauren, PEP tech and Clay, OT, rehab director.
Emily Jones, fi rst place, coloring page contest; third place, dart tournament; pictured with Clay, OT, rehab director.
Myra Payne, third place color-ing page contest and second place decorated door.
Skip Paulsen, fi rst place, deco-rated door entrance contest
Euvena Suggs , 2nd placer, corn hole toss w/ Paige,OT
Kayla Webb, RN, w/ MaryMontgomery during darttournament
Wanda Lippert, fi rst place, dart tourna-ment; with Ling, PT.
Mary Montgomery, third place, decorat-ed door entrance contest.
Jean Holloway, second place, coloringpage contest.
Make a Diff erence in a Child’s Life
Be a Foster ParentThe state Department
of Children’s Services is in need of foster parents for children/youth of all ages.
There is a special need for sibling groups, school-age children and teens.
Classes are free and a new class begins monthly in Knox County.
Upcoming PATH train-ing dates are Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. or Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m.
All sessions will be held at the DCS offi ce at 2600 Western Ave., Knoxville.
For more informa-tion contact Jennifer at 865-329-8879 or jennifer.stamper@ tn.gov.
Shopper news • JANUARY 6, 2016 • 7 faith
In the Christian cal-endar, Jan. 6 is Epipha-ny, the day in which the church celebrates the visit of the wise men.
Tradition even gives us names for them: Caspar, which means “Master of Treasure,” Melchior, which means “King,” and Balthasar, which means “Protect the King.”
The visit of these for-eigners has more mean-ing than simply their own adoration of the Christ Child, however. There were cosmic implications.
The Magi (from the Greek, meaning sages) were Persian astrologers, professional star-watch-ers. So naturally they took notice when a particularly bright star appeared, a star they had not seen be-fore. They were curious – naturally – and intrigued.
Modern astronomers have opined that what the Magi saw could have been a super-nova, an exploding star (which, in my opinion, is amaz-ing enough to count as a miracle).
Thinking about all of this, however, brings me to a smaller, more per-sonal miracle.
The God who fl ung the stars into the heavens, who created all the worlds that are, who keeps the whole universe spinning, who may have created other universes that we don’t even know about, sent a part of God’s own self to live among us as a baby and as a savior for all humankind!
God became one of us, in order to save each of us from our rebellion and our disobedience.
The fi rst verse of Scrip-ture I ever memorized was John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world….” The whole world: kings, cam-el, and a Babe.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
(Matthew 2: 2 NRSV)
FAITH NOTES ■ Church Women United of
Knoxville-Knox County meeting, 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 124 S. Cruz St. Info: 546-0651.
■ First Comforter Church, 5516 Old Tazewell Pike, hosts MAPS (Mothers At Prayer Ser-vice) noon each Friday. Info: Edna Hensley, 771-7788.
■ Church Women United of Knoxville-Knox County meeting, 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 124 S. Cruz St. Info: 546-0651.
It is a privilege to join Shopper News in writ-ing about faith, church and ministry happenings in our community. It is a new year, and just as I am opening a new chapter so is Beaver Dam Baptist Church with its newly ren-ovated sanctuary.
A renovation commit-tee chaired by Travis Ed-mondson worked diligent-ly to create a fresh place for the church to worship. The project, which began in June, is now nearing completion.
This new worship space
The newly renovated sanctuary at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls.
Beaver Dam renovates sanctuary
By Carol ShaneAmong close-knit church
communities, you won’t fi nd a more caring set of folks than those who attend Glen Oak Baptist Church in Old North Knoxville. Many members of the congrega-tion have been coming for 30 years or more, with their children and grandchildren following. The intergenera-tional bond is strong.
But sometimes even that type of bond has its limits when dealing with the phys-ically disabled.
The building nestles into a hill and has two multi-level entrances: the lower one in the back leads into the fellowship hall and the higher, main one in front leads into the sanctuary. Inside the building, the only access to the lower fl oor is by four very narrow, steep, enclosed stairwells, each in a corner of the rectangu-lar building. “All four sets of steps are just the same,” says Rick Cole, a church deacon and member of the building committee.
Even an able-bodied per-son has to be careful ne-gotiating those stairs. The wheelchair-bound have no chance of getting down them, and they’re a danger to anyone who’s physically challenged or infi rm.
“The stairs have been an issue for the disabled for as long as they have been members, which in several cases is 20 years or longer,” says church member Roger Gilland. “As for the elderly, we have many who have been there for 30 years or longer and have always ex-pressed concerns about the steps.”
The congregants at Glen Oak Baptist have been tak-ing care of their own for
A need for accessibility
Church members Carl Cole, Gayle Witt, Donna Cole and Rita Taylor with her children Stanley (in wheelchair) and Lisa pose in front of one of the “problem” stairwells. Because the church has many elderly and infi rm members, the congregation is asking for help in making their building’s interior more accessible to those with physical limitations. Photos by Carol Shane
Glen Oak Baptist Church members of all ages enjoy their com-munity and the Wednesday night suppers in their spacious fellowship hall. Shown in the back row are Jamia Gilland, her daughters Kaylee, a sixth-grader at Holston Middle School, and Lexie, a 10th-grader at Fulton High School, Tayler Inman, and Bryson Rush, a ninth-grader at Karns Middle School. In front are Evan Hall, who attends fourth grade at Ritta Elementary, and Jamarius Fishback, a sixth-grader at Whittle Springs Mid-dle School. Of the Wednesday night gatherings, Gilland says, “Anybody who wants to join us is welcome.”
some time now. At their regular Wednesday night fellowship hall suppers fol-lowed by a service in the sanctuary, members who are unable to take the stairs are helped up the hill out-side by younger members – in many cases by the youth of the church. It’s a touching and rare opportunity for intergenerational bonding, and the youth gain perspec-tive and compassion in the process.
When it rains, adult members drive their cars around to the lower en-trance in order to transport
people up to the sanctuary entrance. Everything pos-sible is done to help every church member take part in all desired activities. “We try,” says Jamia Gilland, Roger’s wife. “We try.”
It’s worked for a while, but some older members’ re-cent bouts with illness have made the stairwell problem more prominent and wor-risome. Fortunately, Knox-ville’s Compassion Coalition – a nonprofi t agency which describes itself as “a cata-lyst to help local churches build capacity and vision for community transforma-
ously served Morristown’s Calvue Baptist for seven years. He, Cole, and the Gillands have their hopes up for an elevator, though the expense worries them. “But it is more feasible and safer than a chair lift,” says Zavattieri, “because of the children. You know how children are. You can’t watch them all the time.” A chair lift moving up and down stairs would certainly tempt young daredevils. And it would only be able
to accommodate one elderly person at a time.
“I think an elevator would be best-case scenario for our members, but any-thing to help them would be greatly appreciated,” says Roger Gilland.
If you’d like to donate, please call the Compassion Coalition at 251-1591, or visit the website at compas-sioncoalition.org, and spec-ify your gift for Glen Oak Baptist Church’s accessibil-ity program.
seats over 900 with a stage that has removable walls designed by church member Jerry Worsham, enabling the church to have more space for events such as va-cation bible school.
By God’s grace, the church has been able to complete renovations with-out incurring any debt. The
words wrapped continu-ously around the outside hall of the sanctuary show-case what Beaver Dam is all about, “Proclaiming God’s Word to Make and Mature Believers.”
A new welcome area features a global map and Matthew 28:19-20 – the great commission. This is a church that will continue fulfi lling God’s call in the book of Matthew to make disciples of all nations throughout the New Year.
They do this by their min-istries and missions, both local and abroad, such as
Love Local which provides food, mentoring and basic needs to over 100 families in the community. Other ministries include Food for Friends that provides food for elementary students during the summer.
With a new sanctuary and these continued minis-tries it is su re to be a great year for Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Zach Wishart is a busy young man. A 2012 graduate of Halls High and a stu-dent at Liberty University, he is also min-ister to students and children at Lincoln Park Baptist Church, special education TA at Halls Middle, tennis coach at Carter High and a licensed Realtor. We’re proud to add Zach to the Shopper’s news team.
tion” – got wind of the need for a more accessible way of transitioning between Glen Oak’s upper and lower fl oors. So they’re putting out the call for help.
“I would really appreciate the help for the elderly at the church,” says the Rev. Bob Zavattieri, who has been at Glen Oak Baptist for about 18 months, having previ-
8 • JANUARY 6, 2016 • Shopper news kids
Children all over Knox County were sweating over the holiday break, and it wasn’t just from the unsea-sonably warm weather.
Cabin fever lured many families out around town to partake in exhibits, day camps, art activities and playground fun during stu-dents’ last days of winter vacation before returning to school.
The Muse Knoxville held several Winter Wonderlabs that featured crafts, 3D de-sign and printing and code writing.
A favorite hot spot was a sensory activity made of boards and thousands of yellow zip ties. Children walked through the ties as if walking through a hallway while the ends of the plastic tickled their skin.
More than half of the children at The Muse were accompanied by an adult family member that seemed to have just as much fun as their younger play pal(s).
Lucinda Alexander, grandmother to Everett and Edith Alexander, spoke very highly of The Muse’s Grandparent Pass, which allows a grandparent to pay one time and bring all of their grandchildren as of-ten as they’d like.
A special presentation also took place at The Muse on Dec. 29 when TVA an-nounced a presenting spon-sorship of this year’s third annual Robotics Revolu-tion: A STEM Awareness Event, to be held Aug. 6 at the Jacob Building in Chil-howee Park.
TVA will donate $10,000
News from the Rotary Guy
By Tom KingDid you know that Ro-
tary Inter-n a t i o n a l and the Boy Scouts of America have a long and storied h i s t o r y ? They are two of the oldest or-
ganizations in the United States – Rotary was found-ed in 1905 and fi ve years later the Boy Scouts began in the U.S.
Recently, members of the Rotary Club of Farragut heard this story from David Williams, the Scout Executive of the Great Smoky Mountains Council. Williams is a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. In his role he leads Scouting in a 21-county East Tennes-see area with 10,300 Scouts and their adult leaders.
Williams explained the link:
“Paul Harris was the
founder of Rotary and James E. West, the fi rst chief scout executive, were good friends in Chicago,” he said. “They traveled the country together establish-ing Boy Scout councils. And our relationship continues to be strong today. Because of the support of Rotarians, countless young men and women across the nation are able to enjoy the ben-efi ts of Scouting.”
In 1918, Rotary was the fi rst service club to adopt Scouting. Today, Rotar-
ians remain among the foremost sponsors. Rotary clubs in the United States char-ter over 1,400 Scout-
ing units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout Troops
and Venturing crews) serv-ing about 45,000 Scouts.
And then there is the In-ternational Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, one of more than 50 Rotary Fel-lowship Groups established to bring together Rotarians with similar interests from around the world. This fel-
Rotary and Scouts
lowship is made up of Ro-tarians, Rotarian spouses, Interact and Rotaract members.
Williams, who is an Eagle Scout, is an Army veteran, a graduate of the University of Memphis and has worked for 18 years for the BSA.
He says the relation-ship is strong because, “We share strong codes of behavior that defi ne and shape who we are. Rotary has the Four Way Test and those are the same types of principles at work in our Scout Oath and Scout Law
to this day. Rotary has been a part of scouting since the beginning.”
Prior to his presentation, Williams introduced John Tipton, the new Toqua Dis-trict Executive. His district includes West Knoxville and Loudon County. Tipton now has been welcomed as a new member of the Farra-gut club, again strengthen-ing the ties between Rotary and Scouting.Tom King is a retired newspaper editor, a Rotarian for 27 years and past president of the Rotary Club of Farragut. He can be reached at [email protected]
January Council on Aging Meeting: “Dealing with Sentimental Clutter – Feel the Freedom” will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the O’Connor Center. The meeting will feature Mary Pankiewicz, certi-fi ed professional organizer, who will talk about what clutter to let go of and what to save. She will discuss such items as gifts, greeting cards, family heirlooms and more.
Declutter: Feel the freedom
BIZ NOTES ■ Steven M. Goodpaster, of Woodford &
Associates, has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s MAI membership designation, which is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of prop-erties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. A Powell resident, he is president of the Broadacres Homeowners As-sociation. Info: 865-686-3300
■ Dr. Robert E. Malka, a neurologist and neuro-hospitalist, has joined Tennova Healthcare at Physicians Regional Medical Center. Dr. Malka off ers critical inpatient care for individuals admitted to the hospital for stroke, aneurysm, head trauma, brain and spine tumors, and other neurologic condi-tions. He will coordinate care and treatment for neurologic patients from admission through discharge from the hospital.
Goodpaster Dr. Malka
Thanks for your serviceDavid Hutchins is thanked by KCDC chair Dan Murphy for Hutchins’ 15 years of leadership at KDCD. His fi nal meeting was in December. Hutchins began his tenure during the HOPE VI revitalization project in Mechanicsville in 2001 and continued through the ongoing Five Points revitalization in East Knoxville.
Homeschooled sisters Ana and Ava Berkheimer release some energy on the playground outside The Muse. Ana favors the space ship exhibit and Ava likes the art projects.
Chris McDonald and his niece, preschool-er Adelyn Smith, dig for dinosaurs.
Rains Emery and her big sister, Mary Mac, a fi rst grader at Se-quoyah Elementary School, walk through a sensory activity made from thousands of yellow zip ties. Mary Mac seemed to enjoy the experience more than Rains.
Seventh grader Will Conlon’s favorite piece at KMA was Ansel Adams’ “Dawn, Autumn, Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, Tennessee, 1948”. “I really like the black and white scheme, but that it’s still realistic,” he said.
Cabin fever easers
to the event, hosted by The Muse.
“Robotics Revolution has hosted almost 3,000 at-tendees in the previous two years,” says Ellie Kittrell, ex-ecutive director of The Muse.
“State-of-the-art corpo-rations always benefi t from a well-educated workforce and TVA’s investment in Robotics Revolution dem-onstrates how events like this are meeting this need in our community.” Info: themuseknoxville.org.
The Knoxville Museum of Art’s East Tennessee Re-gional Student Art Exhibi-tion is on display through Jan. 10, and several stu-dents and their families stopped by for a peek.
Cain, Libba and Louise Gray Leonard were visit-ing their grandparents but came by KMA for a scaven-ger hunt. Their mom print-ed a list of items to look for in the exhibits, and the children marked them off as they went along.
KMA will host its Winter Family Fun Day 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. There will be artist dem-onstrations, live entertain-ment and lots of art activi-ties for kids.
The kids will most likely need another break from school by that time. Info: knoxart.org
Scout Executive David Williams, Farragut Rotarians Andy Lut-trell and Chris Thomas, and John Tipton, the new Toqua Scout Executive.
Siblings Libba, Cain and Louise Gray Leonard dis-cuss “Snaggles and the Great Battle” by student artist Zachary Hicks.
Shopper news • JANUARY 6, 2016 • 9 weekender
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‘The Forest’Sara Price (Natalie Dormer) goes looking for her identical twin sister in a Japanese forest and fi nds herself surround-ed by paranormal forces in “The Forest,” opening Friday in local theaters. Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt and Yukiyoshi Ozawa star for director Jason Zada. The horror fi lm is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic con-tent and images.
By Betsy Pickle“The Revenant” may be
one of the toughest movies you’ll ever love.
A grueling experience for the characters, the ac-tors and the audience, “The Revenant” is a visceral jour-ney through physical pain and mental anguish, but it is worth it on oh so many levels.
Its story of survival alone raises it above even the best human-vs.-nature tales that come to mind, and yes, that includes “127 Hours.” Mountains, rivers, freezing temperatures and – most memorably – bears besiege the protagonist beyond what mere mortals are ex-pected to endure.
Some would mark that off to the revenge that drives Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but that would be dismissing the person Glass is – as cre-ated indelibly by DiCaprio. Many might feel the burn-ing anger that Glass expe-riences, but unless they are as full of love for family, re-spect for nature and honor for the righteous, they could not begin to follow his trail.
Glass is a scout in the western wilderness of the 1820s. Leading a party of trappers organized by Capt. Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), he aims to keep the scruffy group safe from Native Americans who want their pelts and their scalps. He has with him his teenage son, Hawk (Forrest Good-luck), whose protection is his top priority.
After a Ree attack leaves more than half the trap-pers dead, Glass hustles them deeper into the woods on a route toward a frontier fort. Reconnoi-tering early one morning, Glass is surprised by a grizzly bear that thinks he means to harm her cubs. The bear violently mauls him, and when the trap-
By Carol ShaneSometimes it’s good to
be reminded that in a world where negativity seems to nab the front page more of-ten than not, good things also tend to grow and fl ourish.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Com-mission’s Gallery of Arts Tribute is an example. It’s grown so much that it needs a new home. On Jan. 8, in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and in celebration of 2016’s very fi rst First Fri-day, it will be the featured exhibition at the Empori-um Building in downtown Knoxville.
According to the ACA’s deputy director Suzanne Cada, the exhibition, which honors the life and legacy of the slain civil rights lead-er, has traditionally been housed at the Beck Cultural Center, and has featured only one or two artists. “This year they wanted to open it up,” Cada says. “It’s a juried show for multiple artists.”
In the spirit of making the entry process even more egalitarian, there’s no entry fee.
According to the ACA website, “The exhibition seeks to feature: 1) works by African and African-Ameri-can artists living within 50 miles of Knoxville; and/or 2) works that pertain to the themes of unity, commu-nity, love, reconciliation, so-cial justice and civil rights by any artist living within
50 miles of Knoxville.”“When I put the call out,”
says Cada, “we had a lot of people respond that they’re making something espe-cially for this exhibition.” The selected works, judged by a panel of three, will be displayed in the Emporium’s atrium and upstairs gallery.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Com-mission’s purpose, according to its website, is “to reaffi rm and refl ect upon the Ameri-can ideals of freedom, jus-tice and peace. To that end, we pledge to work inclusively with community partners to: lift and live principles of non-violence, equality and love; tell the stories of the struggles; and provide edu-cation and leadership train-ing for adults and youth.”
The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception as part of January’s First Friday. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.
“They’re hoping this will grow,” says Cada of the an-nual art show. “There’s al-ready been a big response.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Com-mission’s Gallery of Arts Tribute opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. The show will run through Friday, Jan. 29. The Emporium will be closed on Jan. 18 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. na-tional holiday. Info: knoxal-liance.com or 523-7543. For info about the Commission, visit mlkknoxville.com
Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) refuses to let harsh weather and terrain deter him from revenge in “The Revenant.”
Alan Jones’ painting, “Altar Ego.” Works by Jones and other lo-cal artists will be on view at the Emporium Center through the month of January. Photo submitted
An artistic tribute to MLK
pers find him they expect him to succumb quickly to his injuries.
The fact that he doesn’t sets up a dilemma for Henry and brings out some of the best and worst of human na-ture from the others.
Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu from a script by Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, “The Revenant” was inspired by real-life events as well as a novel by Michael Punke. A version of the sto-ry was previously told in the 1971 fi lm “Man in the Wil-derness.” The brutal por-trayal of frontier life comes from a 20th/21st-century sensibility, but the story benefi ts from that realism.
It’s a tough existence with strong emotions driv-ing whites, Native Ameri-cans and French traders alike.
Hand-in-hand with the violence is a magical real-ism that surfaces in Glass’s dreams/memories of the past with his Pawnee wife (Grace Dove) and young Hawk (Isaiah Tootoosis), as well as the compassion shown by Henry and young Jim Bridger (Will Poulter). Family is a touchstone for many, and Inarritu never lets the darkness completely overshadow the light.
As much as “The Reve-nant” is a riveting adventure
tale, it also turns out to be a stunning acting showcase. DiCaprio fi nally fi nds a role that erases all vestiges of his pretty-boy, urbane persona. Covered in blood, furs and facial hair and communicat-ing primarily with his eyes and grunts, he commands the screen more than he has ever done before, yet because it is all in service to the character there’s never any sign of “acting” to it.
Tom Hardy, as the vil-lainous Fitzgerald, is as talkative as his “Mad Max: Fury Road” character was
reticent, and his contribu-tion is outstanding. Glee-son, Poulter and Goodluck are superb as well.
Cinematographer Em-manuel Lubezki turns the gorgeous and unforgiving terrain into another charac-ter, and Inarritu brings it all together with heart and in-sight. “The Revenant” is one you’ll want to come back to again and again.
Rated R for strong fron-tier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.
‘Conversations and Cocktails’ aheadThe Humanities Center
at UT has announced the lineup for its annual “Con-versations and Cocktails” series, which will begin 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Offered in collaboration with the Grill at Highlands Row, the series provides the community an oppor-tunity to interact with guest scholars as they discuss his-tory while enjoying special dinner and appetizer selec-tions.
All discussions are free. Dinner reservations are re-quired and seating is lim-ited. A reservation can be made by calling the Grill at Highlands Row at 865-851-7722.
The fi rst discussion will feature UT s c h o l a r C h a r l e s M a l a n d , J. Doug-las Bruce P r o f e s s o r of English and Cinema Studies.
The talk is titled “‘That’s What You Think:’ James Agee as Mov-ie Reviewer” and will ex-plore how Agee responded to some of the famous fi lms of his era.
Agee, a Knoxville native, was a Pulitzer Prize-win-ning novelist who was fi rst known for his movie re-views for Time and The Na-
tion published in the 1940s.Maland recently com-
pleted the editing process of “Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays, and Man-uscripts” for the UT Press “The Works of James Agee” series. He will provide guests with an overview of Agee’s movie reviewing ca-reer during the event.
Other “Conversations and Cocktails” talks in-clude:
Feb. 2 – Thomas Bur-man, professor of history and Riggsby Director of the Marco Institute: “Ignored Model, Admired Enemy: Is-lam and Christian Europe.”
March 1 – Tore Olsson, assistant professor of his-tory: “How East Tennessee
Transformed the World: TVA’s Global Career after WWII.”
April 5 – Robert Glaze, doctoral student in his-tory: “‘Hardships, perils and vicissitudes:’ The Army of Tennessee in Civil War Memory.”
May 3 – Mary Camp-bell, assistant professor of art history: “The Mormon Church’s Polygamous Suf-fragettes.”
The Humanities Center supports faculty fellows and graduate students whose work explores what it means to be human, our place in the universe, and our obli-gation to extend compas-sion and social justice to one another.
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