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  • VOL. 9 NO. 13 April 1, 2015www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    By Anne HartImagine, if you can, a breath-

    takingly beautiful nautilus shell. And then imagine that its yours, to do with as you want. What would be your choice? The choice was easy for local artist, wood-worker and marine archaeologist Jim McNutt.

    He crafted a table from Ten-nessee white oak, fi nished it in shades of ocean blue, embedded the shell in the tabletop and added tentacles he carved from African Padauk wood that originated near where the shell was found in Mad-agascar.

    The table is just one of McNutts

    creations in more than 40 years as a woodworker. His interest in ma-rine archaeology has led him to the depths of the ocean in search of sunken relics that feed his pas-sion for ancient wood, especially if it has an interesting story at-tached.

    McNutt will open his studio for Dogwood Arts DeTour 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, with music, food, door prizes, demonstrations and time to visit with the artist.

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    Jim McNutt: local Renaissance manJim McNutt

    points out the

    crystallized chambers of

    a 200-mil-lion-year-old

    nautilus shell.

    McNutt designed and built

    the table to showcase the fossil.

    Photo by A. Hart

    By Sandra ClarkTommy Everette, who served

    as principal of Karns High School from 1981 when the new high school opened until his retirement in 2000, is remembered as a big man who enjoyed his family, his sports and his career as an educa-tor. He was tall, affable and smart.

    Mr. Everette passed away March 26 at age 66. Survivors in-clude his wife, Carolyn, a retired elementary school teacher; daugh-ter Kristi; and son and daughter-in-law Bryan and Margaret Ever-ette and their children, Ben and Makenna. The family requested memorials be made to the Tom-my Everette Scholarship Fund at Gibbs High School, 7628 Tazewell Pike, Corryton TN 37721.

    Diane Jablonski remembers Mr. Everette as extremely help-ful when she served on the school board. He gave me great insight into the ins and outs of operating a major high school in Knox County.

    We worked closely together to bring the new baseball complex onto Karns High School campus after the old one was eliminated to build the middle school addition.

    He was so in-tune with every-thing that happened at Karns that it was quite an undertaking to surprise him when we named the sports complex in his honor.

    Fred Russell worked alongside Mr. Everette for seven years when

    By Sara BarrettWhen Hardin Valley resident

    Alan Zimmerman was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease last June, it was more like Parkinsons disease was diagnosed with a case of Alan Zimmerman.

    Little did I know Parkinsons was a life sentence, said Zimmer-man. Perhaps that is why I took it calmly and began to read and read and read. Then I decided to give it a run with all I had.

    Zimmerman joined every Face-book group about Parkinsons, two local support groups and every association mailing list he could fi nd. He also started his own local Facebook group, Knox Area Par-kinsons Club, cross-posting info from other sources to help spread the word about new fi ndings in re-

    search and treatment. Doctors cant be expected to

    know everything, and this disease strikes everyone so differently, said Zimmerman. If youve met one person with Parkinsons, thats all youve met. And whos more interested in keeping up with re-search: you, or your doctor?

    The determined Zimmerman is now an assistant state director for the Tennessee chapter of Parkin-sons Action Network, a nonprofi t advocating in Washington, D.C., for the entire Parkinsons community.

    Just last week, he visited Wash-ington to get support for HR 292, the Advancing Research for Neuro-logical Diseases Act that would en-sure funding for proper collection of data on neurological diseases by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Making lemonadefrom a truckload of lemons

    Everette made big impact in Karns

    Russell was principal of Karns In-termediate School. I cant begin to explain what a top-notch pro-fessional he was, he wrote.

    Donna Wright, now director

    of schools in Wilson County, says Mr. Everette always claimed cred-it for discovering her. It started when Wright taught Bryan Ever-ette in seventh grade social stud-

    Alan Zimmerman lives with Parkin-sons disease, but it doesnt run hislife. Photo by S. Barrett

    U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan has an-nounced his support of the bill.

    And Zimmerman plans to at-tend the upcoming People with Parkinsons Advisory Council meeting and Parkinsons Unity Walk in New York City.

    Zimmerman also helps pro-mote local events to raise aware-ness of the disease.

    He is looking for participants for the fourth annual Parkinsons Walk of East Tennessee to be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 25, at Bissell Park Pavilion in Oak Ridge. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and there will be live music, prizes, face-painting for the kids and free health care information. Proceeds will help fund research for the seven major Parkinsons organizations.

    Its all going quite well, said Zimmerman of his own symp-toms. A tremor in his right hand is the only tell-tale sign. He agrees his diagnosis may have been a bit of a blessing because of the oppor-tunities its given him to help oth-ers. He has 4,000 friends on Face-book, and hes always looking for alternative methods of treatment


    Meeting SeymourActor Ethan Hawke makes

    his documentary-directing debut with Seymour: An Introduction, and he seems to have absorbed powerful les-sons from his subject.

    Pianist Seymour Bernstein was a star on the concert stage who decided at his peak to stop performing because he had other things he wanted to do. He was, and is, a teacher, and he wanted to compose music and write books.

    Read Betsy Pickle on page A-8

    65 Vols had no place to go

    The NCAA basketball tournament has changed some through the years. Perhaps you have noticed.

    In 1965, a mere 50 years ago, it involved 23 teams. They played in Bowling Green, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Philadelphia; Lexington; Manhattan, Kan.; Provo, Utah; College Park, Md. and fi nished in Portland, Ore.

    Read Marvin West on page A-4

    Women of Central Baptist host Tu Dia

    Last weekend, after lis-tening to a talk about health from Alexis Andino, dozens of women fl ocked to tables to make crafts, apply makeup or have their nails done.

    Volunteers from Roane State Community Colleges mas-sage therapy program offered complimentary massages while children were entertained in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden gym.

    Read Wendy Smith on page A-7

    Visiting ZimbaweSeveral local Rotarians

    recently traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa to observe projects of their international counterparts, and they were inspired to build relationships through those projects.

    Read Bonny Millard on page A-10

    UT: Stop brandingWhen the talk turns to

    branding, you can be damn sure somebody is about to get burned. And the hide that gets charred wont be on the cowboy wielding the branding iron.

    Its time to take the brand-ing iron off the fi re and quit trying to take ownership of athletic and academic excel-lence we have yet to earn.

    Read Bill Dockery on page A-5Tommy Everette high fi ves a friend on the night the Karns High School sports complex was named for him. School board member Diane B. Jablonski (back to camera) joins the celebration. File photo by S. Clark

    ies at Gibbs. He kept his parents informed about the class and for some reason Tommy decided I was a keeper, Wright recalls.

    to share with them. If Ive got three years I can

    give all my efforts to this maybe in 20 years, Ill write a book, he said. Info: 482-4867, pk_hopeisalive@bellsouth.net or www.pkhopeisalive.org.

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