Veterans saluted

Sherrill Hills community pays tribute to those who served

Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort volunteer Peggy Cummings, left, helps resort resident Juanita Caroom light a candle for her late husband and veteran Hiram Caroom, as Caroom’s daughter Jo An Porter watches. Sherrill Hills Retirement Resort community paid tribute to its many veterans with a Veterans Day program.

Music, a slide show salute and presentations of flags to veterans’ widows marked its Veterans Day event Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the facility at 271 Moss Grove Blvd., Knoxville.

“I thought it was extremely great,” resident Bob Anderson said. “I’ve never seen anything like it before.” Anderson was a senior electrical technician when he served in the U.S. Army between 1948 and 1969.

“For me, it was special because I spent four years in a concentration camp in Germany,” resident Arthur Pais said.

Sherrill Hills has been home to 35 World War II veterans, as well as those who served in Korea and Vietnam.

“We are very fortunate to have 16 World War II veterans here today,” manager Dal Smith said. “We need to thank veterans every day, shout it from the mountain top, pray from the highest mountain and cry for those who are lost.”

Sherrill Hills welcomed U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. as a keynote speaker at the observance.

“This is a very special day to honor our veterans,” Duncan said. A veteran himself, he served in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. He enlisted in 1970 and rose to the rank of captain before completing his service in 1987.
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Celebrate Your Parks National Public Lands Day

Susie Stout, left, and Jenna Houen Bugs, a walk through the creek and crafts awaited Farragut and area children who attended the second annual Celebrate Your Parks National Public Lands Day event.

Town of Farragut hosted the free event Sunday, Sept. 27, at Founders Park at Campbell Station and at the Town’s Outdoor Classroom at the entrance of Farragut High School off North Campbell Station Road.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

An old-fashioned Sunday

“An Afternoon that Seemed to Stretch Forever,” that was the title of a magazine article I didn’t have time to read but wished I did.

I was just too busy. Still the idea haunted me throughout my hectic day and on into the packed weekend.

“Don’t you just love this sentence?” I asked my friend as we put the lids on the last canning jars of applesauce. “An afternoon that seemed to stretch forever.”

“That all depends on what kind of an afternoon you’re having!” (She’d just spent a nerve fraying, toxic weekend camping out in a leaky tent with a wild toddler and two cranky teenaged pubicydes belonging to her husband’s relative.)

I hadn’t even thought about how awful it is when a lousy day drags on and on. Since I laid eyes on the words, my brain had been creating for me a perfect, November afternoon. It would be an old-fashioned Sunday

that would capture the soul of the season.
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November’s Lacebark Elm offers few problems

Lacebark Elm, Ulmus parvifolia, grow rapidly and have small leaves that are less likely to clogg drains. No tree is perfect. Some have lots of issues and are not considered desirable landscape plants.

Trees with few issues tend to show up regularly on lists of recommended trees for urban use. Flaws that might not be so noticeable in the typical landscape are going to be obvious when the tree is used on a city street.

Lacebark elm, Ulmus parvifolia, shows up repeatedly on these lists and was chosen as Urban Street Tree of the Year in 2003 by Society of Municipal Arborists. Sometimes you may see this species called Chinese elm, but a concerted effort has been made to change that since Chinese elm also is a common name for Ulmus pumila.

Of course, the Latin name is the best way to ascertain you are indeed purchasing the correct plant.

Lacebark elms grow rapidly and have small leaves that are less likely to clog drains or create a littered as-pect. They are strong-wooded and heat and drought resistant once established and winter hardy at least to Zone 5. There is much variation in the genetics and selections have been made for upright, V-shaped growth habits — ideal for trees that will offer shade yet not obstruct pedestrians or drag on the roofs of automobiles.
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ESK third graders pay it forward to community

ESK third graders from left, Bradyn Hooker, Aidan Brown, Lily Egner, Wilson Shaver, Matthew Arning, Molly Kelson and Amelia Fielden sort cans donated by their fellow students. The Episcopal School of Knox-ville third-grade students have collected 5,805 pounds of groceries for hungry people during the school’s annual food drive.

This year’s collection is one of the largest in school history, exceeding last year’s total by nearly 700 pounds, ESK Lower School director Nancy Laurence said.

“Giving back to our community is a core component of what we do here at Episcopal School,” Laur-ence said. “Being able to give students a hands-on experience in serving others, while supporting their learning in the classroom, is a just one example of the interactive learning that happens at ESK.”
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