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    VOL. 53 NO. 20 May 19, 2014www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    Fountain City Arts Center charter board member and auctioneer Kenneth Clayton Jr. honored his dad with a postal- and journalistic-themed table at the garden party. The table was voted most creative theme. Photos by Cindy Taylor

    By Cindy TaylorSylvia Williams knows how to

    throw a party! The director of the Fountain City Art Center more than proved that during the 10th annual garden party held at the pre-World War II home of Bill and Ginger Baxter.

    It may be raining out there, but the sun is shining in here, said Bob Meadows, art cen-ter president and master of ceremonies. His table included handcrafted miniature books for those fortunate to be his guests.

    Ginger and gar-den master-mind Bill Baxter had the hilltop grounds groomed to per-fection. The color-ful fl owers were so bright their blooms dared anyone to miss the sun, as that ball of fi re was noticeably a b-sent.

    I love hosting and was asked by Sylvia to be on the board when we fi rst started the art center, said Ginger. We are lucky to have someone as passionate about the art center as Sylvia.

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    Linda Wise, garden party co-chair, sets up her table.

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    By Betty BeanLauren Kitts did a good job of

    hanging onto her composure the fi rst few minutes after she was declared the winner of CTE goes Live, the talent show featuring vo-calists from every high school in Knox County.

    Sure, she shed a couple of tears when her name was called who could blame the Powell High School junior for being over-whelmed at having prevailed over tough competition in the biggest talent contest of the year?

    But she pulled herself together when MC Jack Ryan summoned her up to the Market Square stage and asked her to sing an encore. She belted out the fi rst few lines of I Will Always Love You (the Whitney Houston version, not the Dolly Parton one) without a hitch.

    And then she saw her daddy.Id gotten my composure back

    until I looked down and saw him, and I started crying again. He was laughing and crying he said he felt like hed won it himself. And Mama? She was just fi lled with

    joy. I just lost it.The contest was on the night of

    her 17th birthday. Offstage, Lauren is a little bash-

    ful, but singing comes as naturally to her as breathing. In fact, it runs in the family. She is the daughter of gospel singers Michael and Del-ilah Kitts, aka Michael and Deli-lah, the Sonny and Cher of gospel music (because of Michaels di-minutive stature). Shes been join-ing them onstage for several years and hopes to jumpstart her career as soon as she graduates next year. Winning a trip to Nashville to record a song at Nash10 Studios wont dampen her plans a bit.

    Music runs in the veins of the Kitts family, a supersized clan out of Luttrell that is closely related to the equally musical Hunley and Brewer families. Con Hunley is a cousin.

    Mike Kitts, who began per-forming with area bands at the age of 12, is one of 12 children of longtime Union County school board member Samuel Runt Kitts and Leita Rose Kitts, who

    Lauren Kitts is heir to family tradition

    Lauren Kitts, CTE goes Live winner

    By Cindy TaylorKim Hansard, a local radio

    personality and six-month can-cer survivor, spoke May 9 at the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life at Tennova Health & Fit-ness Center. Hansard has sup-ported the event for years but says it has a new meaning for her now.

    I have just recently begun to speak about my experience with breast cancer in public, she said. It brings on a whole new view of this event once youve been through the disease.

    Hansard says talking about her personal battle with cancer has be-

    come a mission. She often sports a T-shirt that states Yes, theyre fake. The real ones tried to kill me.

    Cancer is sometimes hard, sometimes easier, but never fun, she said. The loss of your breast is hard, but once you know cancer is in your body you want it out.

    The crowd was slimmer for the fi fth annual event than in years past due to the weather.

    Those who turned out did so because their lives or the life of someone they love has been af-fected by the disease. Ben Easter-day is North Knox chair for Relay for Life.

    Relay survivors dont stop no matter if its rain, shine, snow or sleet, said Easterday.

    We go most of the night, and weve seen it all.

    After the opening cere monies, the event began with a Survivor Lap followed by a Caregivers Lap. A Luminary Ceremony was held at 9 p.m. to honor those who have lost the fi ght against cancer and to support survivors and those cur-rently battling the disease.

    The eight teams and 48 par-ticipants have raised more than $10,000, and the amount contin-ues to rise.

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    Hansard hits cancer at Relay for Life

    Ladies in their fl owered

    hats and fl owing dresses evoked thoughts of times past. Gentlemen were dashing in berets and suits.

    Its always fun to play dress-up, said board member Aleex Conner.

    The event included a tour of the amazing gardens, lunch from

    The Creamery Park Grille, a live auction, a silent auction and jazz music by Lewis, Maney and Coker.

    More than $15,000 was raised for the art center, meeting the goal.

    sang at churches all over Union County.

    Daddy was the youngest of 12, Mamaw Brewer was the oldest of 14 and Papaw Runt was the oldest of 11, Lauren said. Im from a re-ally big family with tons of cous-ins. My moms from Kingsport and was an only child. Daddy says he had to go all the way to Kingsport to get out of marrying a cousin.

    A member of the Powell High School Singers and the Concert Choir (her cousin Caleb Brewer is also a member of the choir), Lau-

    ren is generally classifi ed a sec-ond soprano but considers her-self an alto. In addition to Whitney Houston, she likes R&B, 70s mu-sic, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Phoebe Snow. She says some-times people compare her voice to that of Adele.

    I dont see that one, though.Her mom says she inherited her

    prodigious pipes from her father. Ive been singing since I was

    2, Lauren said. My mom remem-bers me jumping up and down and singing, Man, I feel like a woman. My mothers a soprano and a great singer. Its kind of hard to describe my daddy, honestly. He can sing anything he wants, and he cant go anywhere without seeing some-body he knows.

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    were winners of school events and participated in photo shoots, ra-dio interviews, choreography and dress rehearsals.

    Kim Hansard fi res up the crowd.

    SHOPPER ONLINEShopperNewsNow.com

    Celebrating Greek traditional dance

    Traditional dance is alive and well in Greece, says Chris-tos Papakastos, a teacher at the University of Athens who visit-ed Knoxville. Wendy Smith was there for pictures and an inter-view. See her story on Page A-7 of the Bearden Shopper-News.

    Johnson on glide path to re-election

    If anyone is on a glide path to easy re-elec-tion it seems to be state Rep. Gloria Johnson, who squeaked out a 299-vote win 18 months ago to win a seat in the House of

    Representatives. It was a dis-trict Mitt Romney carried by 1,100 votes, but several Rom-ney voters pushed the button for Johnson, who has become one of the most popular legis-lators among Democrats and least popular among Republi-cans (who control the House by a 71 to 28 margin.)

    Read Victor Ashe on page A-4

    Cookie sales refl ect economy

    You can fi gure how the economys doing by counting customers in the cookie aisle. Thats the gospel according to Steven C. Smith, president/CEO of Food City, who said, Unemployed or underutilized people dont go down the snack aisle or the cookie aisle.

    And although the economy is coming back, there are slightly fewer people working today than in 2007, Smith said.

    Read Sandra Clark on page A-12

    Ice machine hosts grand opening

    Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero attends her share of grand openings. Its part of the job.

    But its one thing to cut the ribbon at a new store or park. Its something else to do the honors at an, um, ice machine.

    See how Powell guy Andy Wallace got the mayor to his opening and learn about the best ice in town.

    Read Betsy Pickle on page A-14

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