July 3, 2013 | Sewanee Summer Music Festival
During the past week at the University of the South campus, more than 76 Sewanee Summer Music Festival students competed in the first and second rounds of the 2013 Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition. Students were required to apply to the competition by May 31. They performed their concerto movements in front of a select group of judges by memory.
After the first round, the semifinalists performed in Guerry Auditorium in front of the entire student body and a wider group of judges. After deliberation and careful consideration, the judging committee announced the repertoire for the competition concert and the student performers who will play their concerto in front of the community. The students will perform with the prestigious Festival Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of faculty guest artists and other guest artists. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18.
The finalists are:
Jill Chronister, cello, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Opus 104;
Ryan Snapp, cello, Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 33;
Ryan Kirkconnel, tuba, Gregson’s Tuba Concerto;
Abigail Kent, harp, Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat major;
Michael Hoover, flute, Hüe’s Fantasie.
The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition is one of the most unique performances of the whole music festival. The community is encouraged to attend the concert and witness the tremendous talent of these young musicians.
To purchase tickets and read more about these students and pieces, please go to <ssmf.inticketing.com/events>.
July 3, 2013 | Friday Nights in the Park
The band Boy Named Banjo (Barton Davies, William Reames and Will Logan) will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, July 5, at the Angel Park in Sewanee. Community members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets on which to sit at this free, family-friendly event. University Avenue will be closed off at 6:30 p.m., and food and drinks will be available.
Boy Named Banjo writes and plays music that is strongly influenced by bluegrass and Americana. Davies and Reames are rising sophomores at Sewanee. Their song “This Light” was featured in the Sewanee video filmed by Stephen Alvarez.
Friday Nights in the Park will continue each week through the month of July.
On Friday, July 12, John Michael Hurt and the Jay Faires Band will perform.
The Sewanee Business Alliance is an informal group of business owners and leaders in Sewanee that promote, plan and execute community and business projects to improve Sewanee’s image and strengthen the economic welfare locally.
To learn more about or to become a member of the Sewanee Business Alliance contact John Goodson at 968-1127.
Only “morose feles” can win the grumpiest competition.This year’s Cats’ Meow has a special enticement for animal lovers. For every entry into the contest, an anonymous cat lover will make a $10 donation to Animal Harbor. Bring your cat and help the shelter.
For cats only, the categories to enter include biggest, smallest, look like my human, grumpiest, most impressive ear fur and/or toe fur and the cat with the most “catitude.” Humans may have to help their feline friends with the best-decorated carrier category.
See pages 8, 12 and 13 for all of the fun “Apple Pie Fourth of July” information.
by Marisa Wilson, Messenger Intern
With the Fourth of July being the 150th anniversary of the Army of Tennessee battling in Sewanee, I went to see the many Civil War sites in the area. The first historic marker I visited was the sight of the original cornerstone of the University of the South. The school’s founders laid the cornerstone of the first University of the South building on October 10, 1860. Although the building, including the cornerstone, was destroyed by Union troops on July 13, 1863, a symbolic cornerstone was placed in the original location. The new cornerstone is found along a short walking path off of University Avenue near the Sewanee Inn.
Another Civil War-related site in Sewanee is Rebel’s Rest. The site, located at the junction of Georgia and University avenues, is where the home first stood before the Civil War of one of the University’s key founders and lieutenant general in the Confederate Army, Bishop Leonidas Polk. The first two log cabins of postwar Sewanee were also erected on this spot in 1866. Now located on this historic site is a house which is used to accommodate Sewanee visitors.
Near the intersection of highways US-41A and SH-56 is the site of the last Battle of the Tullahoma Campaign, which took place on July 4, 1863. The battle extended 2 miles southwest of the modern-day plaque, which commemorates the battle. At this battle Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans commanded the Union army while Gen. Braxton Bragg commanded the Confederates. The battle was one of many that took place in the area as the Union Army pushed toward Chattanooga.
Other historic sites in Sewanee include the University of the South cemetery located on Georgia Avenue and All Saints’ Chapel located along University Avenue. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith and the Rev. Francis Asbury Shoup are buried there. They fought as Confederate generals during the war. At the time of his death in Sewanee, Kirby Smith was the last surviving man who had been a full general in the war.
Along the wall facing University Avenue in All Saints’ Chapel is a series of stained glass windows chronicling the history of the University, including a window depicting the original cornerstone of the University being blown up by Union troops.
For more information on the history of Sewanee, visit the Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation located at 400 University Ave. or visit one of the many events about Sewanee and the Civil War that will be held around town on July 4.
July 3, 2013 | Recycling
Joe B. Long reports that residents are not separating materials as carefully as they should. When recycling items are not sorted properly, the items are put in with standard trash, defeating the purpose of recycling. If you participate in the recycling program, Long asks that residents please remember the following guidelines.
All recycled items must be sacked in blue bags, available from the University Lease Office, 110 Carnegie Hall, or at the Physical Plant Services office on Alabama Avenue, or at the PPS warehouse on Georgia Avenue.
Bags should be placed on the side of the road no later than 7:30 a.m. on the morning of pickup. Items to be recycled must be sorted and placed in separate bags. If plastic bottles are mixed in with tin cans, the entire bag goes to the trash.
Aluminum cans: Rinse the cans and store with other aluminum materials such as clean aluminum foil and pie pans. Crushing the cans is optional.
Tin cans: Tin cans need to be rinsed before storing, but the labels do not have to be taken off. The end of the can does not have to be removed. Crushing the cans is optional.
#1 (PET) Plastic: Remove the lid and rinse out the container. This category includes two-liter drink bottles, peanut butter jars and plastics that are stamped with the recycling triangle with the number 1.
#2 (HDPE) Plastic: Remove the lid and rinse. Some examples in this category are milk jugs, detergent bottles and plastics that are stamped with the recycling triangle with the number 2.
Mixed Paper: Flatten paperboard boxes from cereal, crackers and other items.
Among the unacceptable items are plastic shopping bags such as those used at grocery stores and drugstores; cardboard milk or juice cartons; boxes with food products stuck to them; wax-coated cardboard; polystyrene pellets (packing peanuts) and Styrofoam inserts.
by Leslie Lytle Messenger Staff Writer
At the June 25 meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties, SUD manager Ben Beavers offered new insight into the possible causes of SUD’s high unaccounted-for water loss. The board also discussed options for amending its contract with the University that allows SUD to withdraw water from Lake Dimmick in a drought emergency.
Unaccounted-for water loss is the difference between the amount of treated water SUD produces and the amount accounted for in metered sales. SUD’s water loss year-to-date is 28.7 percent. To address water loss from aging inaccurate meters SUD will replace all customer meters, which, according to Beavers, should account for about one-fifth of the loss.
Responding to a suggestion from a water-loss audit, Beavers checked the metering of water leaving the plant. SUD had been monitoring the output during the production process;this method includes water used to clean the skids which is later discarded. Monitoring the output externally as the water left the plant showed a 4,700-gallon difference in one day.
Beavers next plans to investigate sources of unauthorized consumption, such as fire service lines feeding sprinklers that are flushed in routine maintenance; not all fire service lines are metered, pointing to another unaccounted-for water-loss source. Beavers said that water used by the fire department also needed to be more efficiently monitored.
In July, Beavers will attend a conference on unaccounted-for water loss in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to learn other remedies specific to SUD’s situation.
The Lake Dimmick contract discussion at the May meeting led the board to ask Beavers to consult with SUD attorney Don Scholes. By the provisions of the contract, SUD pays the University $10,000 annually for access to Lake Dimmick in a drought emergency. Scholes questioned the value SUD was getting for its money. The board discussed whether SUD has an obligation to help maintain the lake since the University is SUD’s biggest customer, and it seemed unlikely the University would deny SUD use of the lake in an emergency.
Commissioner Randall Henley pointed out that the University needs to maintain the lake regardless. Beavers suggested two options: one, terminate the agreement; two, modify the agreement eliminating the $10,000 annual fee, but leaving in place the per-gallon use charge. Beavers also suggested that if the $10,000 fee was eliminated the University could be given a break on the rate increase assessed to all customers in extreme drought.
On a related topic, Scholes recommended SUD revisit its drought policy. By the policy, hotels and restaurants are among the businesses whose water is cut off during an extreme drought. Scholes said that as the policy currently reads, the University dormitories could be classified as hotels and McClurg Dining Hall could be considered a restaurant.
The board will revisit the Dimmick contract and drought policy at the next meeting on July 23.
Commissioner Henley asked that the board also review the backflow prevention device policy for commercial establishments in July.
On the suggestion of the college students who did the Constructed Wetlands Study, Beavers is taking measures to enhance public outreach. Plans call for a Twitter account for day-to-day communications and a SUD blog for weekly updates and information. Beavers has received many questions about the proposed constructed wetlands. SUD will also maintain a Facebook page to direct users to the Twitter account and blog for more information. The SUD website will continue to be the primary source for policy and static information, such as rates.
June 28, 2013 | Community Council
At the June 24 meeting, the Sewanee Community Council received an update on the future of the Sewanee Market and on the Police Department’s efforts to reduce speeding on Hwy. 41A. The council also discussed a commitment on behalf of the Lease Committee to reduce the transfer fee.
Speaking on behalf of the University, Frank Gladu, vice president for administrative services, informed the council of the ongoing search for a new operator for the Sewanee Market. The current operators are experiencing difficulties, Gladu said, and no longer want to manage the business.
The new operator would be responsible for providing refrigerators and freezers. The operator would be offered a contract for at least two years or until construction of the roundabout on Highway 41A called for in the Campus Master Plan.
The Master Plan also calls for an independently owned, grocery-type facility in the downtown area. Gladu said several individuals had expressed an interest in operating the Sewanee Market for the next two years.
Police Chief Marie Eldridge addressed concerns about speeding on Highway 41-A. When public school is in session, there is an officer on duty there in the morning and afternoon, Chief Eldridge said, but speed monitoring is more “relaxed” during the summer months.
The speed trailer, which shows drivers their current speed, is occasionally placed on Highway 41-A. The typical excess speed there is 38–41 mph, she said. A resident suggested parking an unoccupied patrol car at the side of the road. A council member suggested purchasing an additional trailer, but Eldridge said it would cost $5,000–$6,000, and the money would be better spent on a permanent monitoring device.
Council representative Drew Sampson noted that several years ago the University said it would consider lowering the transfer fee assessed when an individual sold their home; the current fee is 1 percent of the value of the home. The council will review past meeting minutes to determine what was proposed and then refer the subject to the Lease Committee.
The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for August 23. The Council does not meet in July.
Children from Tracy City Elementary School, along with their families and community members, gathered at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor’s Center on June 14 to celebrate the end of the second annual Camp Discover, a two-week summer program for schoolchildren in grades 1–6. Students explored the region, participated in literacy activities and engaged in experiences designed to inspire questions and celebrate the community’s history.
More than 75 students participated and visited sites such as the Dutch Maid Bakery, the Silverbait Worm Farm, Beersheba Springs Assembly and the Coal Miner’s Museum. Campers in grades 1–3 learned photography from Pradip Malde, a professor at the University of the South, and older campers completed a Junior Ranger curriculum with support from the South Cumberland State Park, Sewanee’s Environmental Studies Program and the Friends of the South Cumberland. All students read books to build community connections through literacy, including, for the younger group, “Dad’s Railroad: The Mountain Goat” by Mary Priestley and, for the older campers, “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George.
Camp Discover is a partnership between Yale Child Study Center, Scholastic, Inc., Tracy City Elementary and the University of the South. The University Dining Services and Morton Memorial Methodist Church volunteers provided food for each day of camp. Mountain T.O.P. also helped support the event.
June 28, 2013 | Local Authors
Imagine Sam Spade meets Samuel Adams in Boston during the late-1760s and you have a glimpse into “Thieves’ Quarry,” the latest novel by D.B. Jackson, better known in Sewanee as David B. Coe.
Coe, who has written 14 books in the past 16 years, has a Ph.D. in U.S. history. The new novel, the second in a series, is a timely blend of two of his interests.
“When I left academia, I needed a clean break,” Coe said in a recent interview. “So I wrote fantasy, a genre I love. This new project allows me to play with history and feed my passion for writing fiction.”
“Thieves’ Quarry” takes place in 1768, as the British occupation of Boston begins. The volumes of the Thieftaker Chronicles follow the adventures of Ethan Kaille, a conjurer and thieftaker living in colonial Boston. Each book in the series is a murder-mystery set against the backdrop of a significant historical event in the years leading up to the American Revolution.
Booklist has said the book is “at once a gripping historical mystery and an inventive urban-style fantasy.”
Coe described Kaille as the “most compelling and complex” character he’s written yet.
“He is not a typical hero. He is older, scarred and broken in a lot of ways,” Coe said, “yet he struggles to be whole.”
If he were casting a movie star to play Kaille, Coe said he’d want Mark Wahlberg in the part.
Kaille’s nemesis in “Thieves’ Quarry” is Sephira Pryce, a rival thieftaker based on a historical figure. In Coe’s world, however, this thieftaker is a strong, sexy, fearless woman. Blending the real and the fantastic, as he does with this character, allows him to weave together the disparate threads of his professional life.
“Urban fantasy has magical elements, but is set in real cities so it has a gritty, realistic feel to it. It has a noirish voice, even with the colonial American vernacular,” he said.
Shifting to a new genre has meant adopting a new pen name for this series.
“David B. Coe writes epic fantasy set in alternate worlds with a variety of points of view,” he said. “D. B. Jackson writes historical fantasy with a single point of view.”
The author name change helps the reader know what to expect, he said. “Author branding is not as painful as it sounds,” he joked.
“Thieves’ Quarry” will be released on July 2 in hardcover and as an e-book; both will be available wherever books are sold. It is published by Tor Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers.
Coe will have a book signing for “Thieves’ Quarry” 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at the University Book and Supply Store.
The first book in this series, “Thieftaker,” will be released in paperback on July 2. In addition to many fine reviews, Thieftaker was named “Best First Book in a Series” for 2012 by the Word Nerds and was listed as one of the best Science Fiction/Fantasy books of the year by SciFiChick.com.
Coe is best known for his fantasy fiction, including “Children of Amarid” and “The Outlanders,” the first two novels of the LonTobyn Chronicle, which won the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award as the best fantasy by a first-time author.
—Reported by Laura Willis
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival will be hosting a special performance at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, at the new golf course in Sewanee. The concert will be held next to the number five green, better known as The Edge, which is named for its distinct drop-off and dramatic views off the bluff behind the green.
A hike, led by the Sewanee Outing Program, will begin at 4 p.m. and traverse the University of the South hiking trails, ending directly at The Edge for concert time. A bike ride, led by Woody Deutsch from Woody’s Bicycles, will start at 4 p.m. and will take participants around the Sewanee campus to key highlights, including the Cross, Green’s View, the Chapel of the Apostles and others, before ending at the golf course. Bike rentals are $15 if you cannot bring your own. For both the hike and the bike ride, meet at The Course in Sewanee. To reserve a spot for the hike or the bike ride, go to <www.sewaneemusicfestival.org/hike>.
People attending the concert are encouraged to bring picnic items and blankets. This concert event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Monteagle Inn & Retreat Center.
June 21, 2013 | Sewanee Fourth of July
Among the things to do this year will be to have a picture made of your favorite mutt at the Hair Depot. Photos are $5 and proceeds will go to the Franklin County Animal Harbor as they proceed with construction of a new facility.
This year the Girl Scouts will be collecting donations for the Fireworks Show at Lake Cheston. They will continue the tradition of collecting the money in a fireman’s boot. Please consider giving generously, as donations make this possible.
All vendors must be local and prior authorization is necessary for setup and sale of any items. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Birdie McBee at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Look for local merchants on the 4th, such as Ivy Wild, Blue Chair, Julia’s and Crossroads Café, for exciting and delicious food choices.
July 4, 2013, is the 150th anniversary of the last engagement of the Civil War on the Domain. Be sure to visit the University Archives to see their collection of memorabilia.
Be watching the Messenger next week for the announcement of the Grand Marshall of the 2013 parade. See page 5 for more Fourth of July information.
Each Friday night, beginning June 21 and continuing through July 26, the Angel Park in Sewanee will be the place to enjoy friends, music, food and dance. At 7 p.m. each Friday, University Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the community will come together to enjoy the music in the Angel Park Pavilion from 8 to 10 p.m. Food, beverages and ice cream will be available from local establishments.
On Friday, June 21, from 8 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., Ben Ayers & Hillary Bevels will offer old-time, traditional and Celtic music. Guitarist Ben Ayers, a 2011 graduate of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, is in the music program at MTSU. Hillary Bevels plays fiddle and is a two-time top-10 finisher in the Grand Master Fiddler Championships. The pair frequently perform at Tullahoma’s Celtic Cup.
From 9:40 p.m. to 11 p.m., Southern Proof featuring Patrick Greer will perform American, acoustic and alternative country music. To hear a preview of the songs, go to <https://soundcloud.com/southernproof>.
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is scheduled to appear the next week, from 8 to 10 p.m., on Friday, June 28.
The Sewanee Business Alliance is an informal group of business owners and leaders in Sewanee that promote, plan and execute community and business projects to improve Sewanee’s image and strengthen the economic welfare locally. Angel Park is nearing completion, and many other projects are currently on the SBA planning docket. SBA is funded by community and personal donations. To learn more about or to become a member of the Sewanee Business Alliance, go to <www.sewanee.biz> or contact John Goodson at 968-1127.