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    By Laura ClineFor a Hardin Valley couple,

    spring means honeybee heaven. Artist Neranza Noel Blount and her husband, Don Sobsczak, have a farm that does double-duty, es-pecially in the warm months. The farm doubles as both honeybee and encaustic artist paradise.

    Encaustic art, an ancient art method and medium, uses colored hot beeswax to paint on a variety of surfaces. The 15 hives located be-hind their house and maintained by Sobsczak, a beekeeper, this art-ists wax supply never runs dry.

    Five years ago, Blount didnt know anything about encaustic art. I was at the Knoxville Muse-um of Art, and I overheard people talking about art they saw at an in-ternational show in Miami. Some-one mentioned encaustic art, and I was intrigued, she said. For one month, I read everything I could about it and watched videos. I was hooked.

    Although the community of en-caustic artists is growing today, this artistic medium has a long history. The Egyptians fi gured

    out that wax could seal the water out of boats, and that it can also hold pigment. So they then started decorating their boats with it, Blount said. Egyptians also used this method for tomb portraits. They would paint a portrait of somebody in their prime. It would hang in their home, and then when they died, it would go on the outside of their tomb. After get-ting exposure to this portrait style at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Blount added this method to her encaus-tic repertoire.

    Encaustic is both the medium and the method, said Blount. The artist uses a hot plate to heat the wax and then applies it to a sur-face. You have to go fast, she said. When you pull it out of the hot plate, you only have about two seconds before it cools. Blount can also use a heat gun to extend the amount of time to work with and manipulate the wax.

    This is it for me. I just love it, Blount said.

    Not only does the artist love the medium, but she also loves to use

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    Hardin Valley artist uses beeswaxin ancient painting style

    Neranza Noel Blount works on a piece of encaustic art. Photos by Laura Cline

    her artwork as a platform. Even if my subject matter doesnt have a bee in it, it gives me the opportu-nity to talk about the importance of honeybees. People dont realize that pesticides put out during the day will kill the bees. Its all about education. We must learn to live with the honeybees.

    Blount learned the importance of living with the bees as a child. Her father, O.J. Blount, has been a beekeeper for 50 years and now lives in Southern Alabama. My dad educated me about the im-portance of honeybees, so it seems like a natural progression to do it with my art.

    Blount enjoys doing different art series that highlight a particu-

    lar theme or cause. She has done, for instance, a series on plants helpful to the honeybees and a series entitled Barely There that promotes environmental awareness and responsibility. Additionally, Blount has donated art to various causes including a fundraiser organized by Com-munity Television benefi ting East Tennessee Childrens Hospital and the non-profi t organization Random Acts of Flowers, which donates fl owers to hospital and nursing home patients.

    Blount will be showcasing her art at the Dogwood Art DeTour April 12 and 13 and the 4th An-nual Art in the Park in Farragut on April 26 and 27.

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    By Sandra ClarkKnox County Sheriff Jimmy

    J.J. Jones says he has all the patrol offi cers in neighborhoods that he can afford, that hes almost doubled the count from January 2007 when he became sheriff, and that Bobby Waggoner knows better than to scare people about home safety.

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    Patrols are adequate, says sheriff ues to turn up the heat. Hes the most serious opponent Jones has faced since he was beaten by then-Sheriff Tim Hutchison in the GOP Primary in 2002. He then refused to endorse Hutchison and worked for Attorney General Randy Nich-ols, a Democrat, before patching things up with Hutchison and returning to the sheriffs offi ce. Hutchison has endorsed Jones in this election.

    Waggoner said last week that Jones could spend more on patrol if he didnt serve as a retirement home for former county commis-sioners. Waggoner said six of them work for Jones, costing the county about $170,000 per year.

    The six are: Greg Lumpy Lambert, Mark Cawood, Ivan Harmon, Larry Clark, Lee Tramel and Fred Flenniken. Four were on Knox County Commission when Jones was appointed to replace the term-limited Hutchison on the day now known as Black Wednes-day. One was hired the next day, said Waggoner.

    Waggoner, who is challenging Jones in the May 6 Republican primary, earlier said neighbor-hood patrols are thin fewer than 30 offi cers on a shift and its a question of the sheriffs priori-ties. The former chief of detectives promised more offi cers on patrol if hes elected.

    In an interview last week, Jones said his offi ce continuously moni-to rs calls to allocate offi cers to ar-eas of highest crime. When I took over we had some 17 to 18 offi cers

    on (patrol) duty. Now its about 30.

    Knox County outside the city (the Knoxville Po-lice Department patrols inside the city) is divided into 12 zones with a patrol car as-signed to each. There is overlap

    during peak times (9 p.m. to mid-night) and times of heavy traffi c.

    Jones says response time is cru-cial, so he has fewer offi cers on pa-trol during the middle of the night when traffi c is sparse.

    South Knox has two zones, East Knox has two, North has three plus Halls and West has three plus the town of Farragut. There are precinct stations in Halls and Far-ragut and about 44 to 50 square miles in each zone, Jones said.

    In addition to the patrol offi -cers, other certifi ed, gun-carrying offi cers are in the fi eld, Jones said, especially during the day when

    civil and criminal warrants are served. We have 220 offi cers (in addition to pa-trol) out in neigh-borhoods and in school zones. The men and women of the sheriffs of-fi ce do a great job.

    Jones pegs n e i g h b o r h o o d

    safety as 8 to 8.5 on a 1-10 scale. People feel safe because we work hard, he said. People dont want to live in a neighborhood thats crawling with cops. What people want is quick response an offi cer there when they need one.

    As to Waggoners criticism about luxury SUVs, Jones said his 4-wheel-drive vehicles were bought straight off the state bid list and cost about $2,000 to $3,000 more than a regular police car. Hes glad he had them during the snows of the past winter. Vehicles are not a luxury item for law enforcement.

    Meanwhile, Waggoner contin-


    How about that Career Magnet?

    Knox County Schools new Career Magnet Academy seeks the 8th-grader who can visual-ize post-high school work-life, not as a chemical engineer but as a homeland security or sustainability technician, whatever that even means.

    Anyone who has known (or been) an 8th-grader has cause to cringe, says Sandra Clark.

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    Grace students excel in musical

    When Marybeth Davis as Dorothy took the stage at Grace Baptist Church and sang the fi rst few notes of Somewhere Over the Rainbow,the audi-ence sat in stunned silence. A diminutive Marybeth delivered the classic tune with absolute power and clarity.

    Read Nancy Anderson on page A-3

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    Church serves community

    Central Baptist Church of Bearden recently hosted Tu Dia, or Your Day, an outreach to local Hispanic women. Held in conjunction with Interna-tional Womens Day, Tu Dia featured pampering, spiritual inspiration, crafts and edu-cation on health and family issues.

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    Kathy Burrow is retired volunteer

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