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ISSUE 17 VOLUME 26 FARRAGUT, TENNESSEE THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014
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Lets danceFile photo
Barbara Stinnett and Larry Willis dance at the Towns inaugural Yearof the Snake Ballroom Dance (A Chinese New Year Celebration) inearly 2013. This years dance is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8.
ROBBY ODANIELrodaniel@farragutpress.comDust off your dancing shoes and
get ready to dance as preparationsare underway for the second annualTown soire.
The Year of the Horse AdultDance (A Chinese New YearCelebration) takes place from 7p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, inthe Farragut High School Com-mons.
Its basically around the ChineseNew Year, and every year its a dif-ferent year of the animal, ChelseyRiemann, Town public relations
coordinator, said. So last year itwas the Year of the Snake, and thisyear is the Year of the Horse.
The event is unique for the Townbecause its an adults-only occa-sion.
Its just a way for [the Town] toreach another segment of the popu-lation in our community that wemaybe havent done before,Riemann said.
Maybe older people that donthave younger children, this wouldprovide them a community event toattend, whereas they may not
See DANCE on Page 3A
Town to offer Income Tax preparation help TAMMY CHEEKtcheek@farragutpress.com
Farragut taxpayers can get free helpwith filing their Income Tax returns thistax season in Farragut Town Hall.
Once again, the Town has partneredwith the Internal Revenue Service to offerthe Volunteer Income Tax Assistance serv-ice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 7through April 11. Charles Dudney, theVITA site coordinator, recommends tax-
payers should arrive before 2 p.m.We have it every year, Chelsey
Riemann, Town pubic relations coordina-tor, said. Weve done it for many years. Itsdefinitely a regular part of what we offer.
Folks dont have to have an appoint-ment, Riemann added. They can justcome in.
She explained the IRS provides the serv-ice while the Town offers the space.
The IRS Vita Grant program is paid forby the U.S. Congress and initiated by the
IRS with grants available to 501c(3)organizations, Dudney said, adding theIRS provides training, certification, com-puters, paper and software while volun-teers provide the time needed to do thework.
A resident of Village Green subdivision,Dudney was trained and certified by theIRS earlier in December for the comingtax season. He has been a VITA site coor-dinator for 10 years and is the third coor-dinator for Farragut.
I think this site has been around sincethe early 1990s, he noted. Some of thevolunteers have been in VITA longer thanme. He expects there will be five otherVITA volunteers preparing tax returns inFarragut.
Dudney said the VITA service is targetedto the working poor and the elderly.
Taxpayers who run businesses musthave expenses less than $10,000 per year,
See TAX on Page 2A
Farragutsenior winsKMA Bestin Show
ALAN SLOANasloan@farragutpress.comGrace Khalsa developed a vivid imagina-
tion as a small child, which found expressionthrough a love of art dating back to age 2.
An only child living with her single moth-er in a cabin surrounded by woods inTownsend, Khalsa said she grew up prettyfar from neighbors. It was kind of hard for meto have friends over.
As a result, I had to make my own fun, soI was very imaginative, added Khalsa, now aFarragut High School senior whose ceramicwork, Trompe-loiel Shoe, won Best In ShowHigh School during recent 32-county EastTennessee Regional Student Art Exhibitionin Knoxville Museum of Art.
I know mom still has finger paintingsfrom when I was 2 years old.
Her winning boot, an assignment inWendie Loves ceramics class, required atechnique called trompe-loiel, which basi-cally means to fool the eye, Khalsa said. SoI had to chose a shoe, and I actually chosethese boots that I have on right now.
I chose the boot basically because I want-ed to show the wear and tear of an objectthat may hold memories, she added. I justloved the idea that it had all these memoriesand it kind of showed on the appearance ofthe boot.
Khalsa, 17, said Love chose to enter herboot in the KMA exhibition. I didnt reallythink anything of it. She actually didnttell me I had won, she wanted it to be a sur-prise. So I walked into the actual awards cer-emony not knowing anything.
Winning Best In Show was a very big sur-prise, Khalsa added.
Rosalind Martin, KMA curator of educa-tion for K-12 programs, said Khalsas bootabsolutely was a standout piece, the textureof it. Has the look and feel of leather. It waswell crafted. She did an outstanding job,along with her teacher Wendie Love.
Also praising FHS art teacher MarthaRobbins, They have some outstandingteachers who give students the opportunityto express themselves, Martin said.
Madison Brown, also a Love student inceramics, earned Best Ceramic High Schoolfor her blue teapot.
Martin praised Browns teapot for itsglaze.
Looking ahead, I havent been acceptedyet, but Id like to go either to the Universityof Michigan or The School of the Art Institute
See BEST on Page 4A
ALAN SLOANasloan@farragutpress.comOf the seven principals in Karen
Carsons Board of Education District 5,which includes all four Farragut schools,the call to renew Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr.scontract to remain as Knox County Schoolssuperintendent featured overwhelmingsupport.
However, lines of communication fromKCS down to its rank and file, teachers,come into question among many District 5teachers, added Carson, who althoughechoing some of those communicationconcerns gave her vote to renew (8-1 infavor).
Evaluations are the biggest sore spot forDistrict 5 teachers according to Carson.
Overall Im very satisfied with his per-formance. When I look at student achieve-ment, direction, strategy, use of fiscalresources, Im pleased with all of that,Carson said of McIntyre, now serving in hissixth school year with KCS.
While acknowledging that McIntyre hasheld forums at schools throughout thecounty inviting teachers to speak out fortwo years straight, Carson added, I dontthink weve established, as a school sys-tem, a good mechanism of creating oppor-tunities for there to be true sharing ofideas and concerns.
Moreover, For a number of years teach-ers have not shared their concerns direct-ly because they were afraid of retalia-tion or retribution, said Carson, who alsorepresents Blue Grass and A.L. Lotts ele-mentary school plus West Valley Middle.
As a result, a new teacher advisorycouncil is taking shape with a preliminarygroup, which is set to meet in earlyJanuary, of about 15 teachers and twoprincipals, myself and Lynne Fugate[school board chair] and Knox CountyEducation Association president TanyaCoats, McIntyre said. The goal is creatinga council from which teachers can passalong complaints and ideas in monthlymeetings.
Meet with the same group of teachersevery month so they have an opportunity todevelop trust, Carson said.
While saying hes strongly in favor of thenew advisory council, McIntyre added, Ithink during the six years I have been hereweve really tried in a variety of ways tocreate opportunities for teachers and staff
See CARSON on Page 2A
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policereports Dec. 26: Knox County SheriffsOffice arrested four people afterKohls department store in Farragutemployees alerted police conspiredto steal a ring valued at about $25.One of the arrestees put the ring onher finger and wore it out of the storewithout attempting to pay for it. Thefour were taken into custody and theirvehicle was towed to Chestnut StreetTowing. Dec. 26: KCSO arrested a 53-year-old woman for attempting to stealabout $1,500 in merchandise fromKohls department store in Farragut.The woman admitted to police shetook the merchandise. The arresteetold police she was dropped off at thestore by a family member while onthe way to work. The woman wastaken into custody. Dec. 26: Police were called toWalmart off Parkside Drive after aloss prevention officer told police thesuspects, a 49-year-old woman anda 29-year-old man, concealed mer-chandise valued at about $150 andthen went to Customer Service andreturned the merchandise. The sus-pects left the store with other mer-chandise without attempting to pay.Suspects were taken into custody inthe parking lot. Dec. 23: A Stanley Road womanreported to police her home hadbeen burglarized. The victim statedshe came home and found her frontdoor forced open and her televisionmissing from the living room. Dec. 23: Police arrested two 24-year-old men and a 22-year-old manafter Kohls department store inFarragut loss prevention officers wit-nessed the trio take an Xbox gamingdevice, headphones and a Ninetendogaming device and leave the storewithout paying. Kohls store person-nel stopped the trio in the parking lotwith the merchandise and waited forpolice to arrive. The suspects weretaken into custody and taken to theKnox County Detention Center. Valueof the loss was about $500. Dec. 22: Police were dispatched toan Augusta National Way residenceon a burglary call. Upon arrival, offi-cers were told by the complainant
that she received a notification fromher alarm company at around 8:30a.m. letting her know someone hadgained entry