Shakerag Workshops returns to the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus this June, offering opportunities for adults to expand and rejuvenate their creativity. Shakerag welcomes artists and aspiring artists from across the United States for in-person classes beginning with the Knitting Getaway June 10-13 and followed by one week-long sessions in a variety of media that run June 13-19 and June 20-26.
Shakerag’s week-long classes, taught by professional artists from across the country, include natural dyeing, pottery, painting, photography, collage, sewing, digital arts, beading, and wood sculpture.
“It has been fun to watch Shakerag Workshops grow over the years,” says director Claire Reishman. “We were disappointed to have to cancel the program on our campus last summer because of the coronavirus, but we were delighted that the series of online classes we offered throughout the winter were very well attended. We are excited to be back for in-person classes in June. Over 200 participants and faculty members will be joining us from all over the country, and we are looking forward to introducing them to our life here on the mountain.”
Shakerag Workshops attracts a diverse group of participants who enjoy the gourmet meals and social gatherings surrounding the classes almost as much as they enjoy the workshops themselves. Most classes are open to a wide range of abilities, and beginners and professionals take classes together. The inclusive atmosphere of Shakerag is one of the hallmarks of the program, and teachers over the years have commented on the vitality of classes. “Though the program has grown over the years,” said Reishman, “we work each session to retain the sense of closeness among faculty and students that we had as a smaller program, and those who have attended classes say that they leave Shakerag feeling refreshed and energized to continue developing their artistic interests.”
The Shakerag Workshops website <www.shakerag.org> has more information about Shakerag classes, a more detailed description of the program, and application forms. Though some classes and the Knitting Getaway weekend are full, Shakerag Workshops is still accepting applications for most classes this June. Local applicants receive a discount in tuition. For more information, contact Claire Reishman at (931) 691-5264 or email her directly <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Registration is open for SAS Summer 2021, a variety of camps on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus. Each summer the school welcomes close to 200 children and adults to campus for a variety of programs.
Athletics day camps this year include basketball, soccer and all-sports camps. Camp SAS returns with traditional summer day camp offerings such as crafts and games. Sign-up early to secure a spot.
Basketball Camp, 9 a.m.–noon, Tuesday–Friday, June 1-4, grades 1-8, $100, SAS Covid-19 Testing Additional ($60)—Gain a solid foundation of the fundamentals of basketball while learning to be a team player. Players work on fundamentals, participate in dribbling and shooting contests, and play full court games. The camp is directed by SAS Athletic Director and Varsity Coach Rob Zeitler.
Soccer Camp, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday, June 7–11, grades 3-8, $225, SAS Covid-19 Testing Additional ($60)—Peewee (rising 3rd graders), Junior (rising 4th-5th graders) and Youth (rising 6th-8th graders) Soccer Camps offer players instruction and drills to promote better ball handling skills and game strategy. Soccer camp meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include opportunities to swim at the DuBose Conference Center pool in the afternoons. The camp fee includes a camp T-shirt. Campers are expected to bring their own ball. Coach Margot Burns reserves the right to place children in camp divisions by skill level rather than strictly by grade level. Campers should bring an extra pair of socks, gym shoes and cleats, lunch, shin pads, soccer ball, sunscreen, a water bottle, a swim suit, and a towel. All campers should be dropped off and picked up at the SAS gymnasium. The camp is directed by SAS Middle School Soccer Coach Margot Burns. Coach Burns hold a US Soccer Federation “B” license and was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Coach-of-the-Year in 2002 while coaching at the University of the South.
Camp SAS, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday, June 14–18, or Monday–Friday, June 21–25, grades 1-6, $225, SAS Covid-19 Testing Additional ($60)—Camp SAS is back for two weeks this year. A traditional, summer, day camp, Camp SAS is an opportunity to play games and do crafts while hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Mornings will include group games like capture the flag, dragon tails, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. In the afternoon, campers will exercise their creativity while exploring a variety of arts and crafts. On at least one day, campers will explore the trails of SAS and enjoy a picnic lunch. Considering enrolling at SAS? This camp will be a great way to get to know the campus. Note: This program is limited to 30 participants per each session.
Camp Director Christine Monahan, history teacher, head houseparent, and residential life coordinator at SAS, has been teaching students of all ages for close to two decades. She previously taught history, social students, and English language arts at schools in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring a variety of crafts.
All-Sports Camp, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Thursday, June 28–July 1, grades 1–6, $200, SAS Covid-19 Testing Additional ($60)—Campers will enjoy the days heading into the Fourth of July holiday with our traditional All-Sports Camp, which offers a variety of sports including soccer, kickball, dodge ball, basketball, tee ball, and swimming. This camp is a great way for kids to make new friends in Sewanee and enjoy active days outdoors. Note: This program is limited to 30 participants.
SAS Summer Overnight Camp
SAS created the safest environment for our students this year and we have transferred this successful methodology to our summer programming. Our new residential sleep-away camp for children ages 10-17 (rising 5-12 grades) offers a unique approach by combining professional instruction in a wide variety of sessions with traditional camp activities. Each camper will enjoy his or her own personal schedule as they take advantage of our 550 acre campus - named one of the most beautiful in the southeast. Camp will follow all CDC and ACA guidelines and protocols for COVID-19. Arrival tests and second week surveillance testing are included in the registration fee. Go to <https://www.sasweb.org/summer/...; to register.
Regular session is July 2-18, cost, $1,990. New session is July 2-11, cost $1,100.
This exciting camp offers morning immersion into an array of pursuits including American Sign Language, dance, ceramics, visual arts, folk music, farming, computer technology, woodworking, an eco-build, high adventure, culinary arts, mountain biking, and more. Afternoon and evenings are filled with traditional summer camp activities such as sports, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, yoga, games, Frisbee golf, arts and crafts, square dancing, bonfires, jam sessions, movies, night hikes ... and the list continues to grow! Each camper has the freedom to design their own personal schedule.
Cost of the camp includes expert instruction, air-conditioned accommodations, all meals and snacks, camp t-shirt and lanyard, plus COVID-19 testing. The snack canteen and school store are also open for sales. Every residence hall is equipped with a complimentary washer and dryer (laundry products provided).
Participants will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arrival. Check-in is on July 2 from 8–11 a.m. CDT. Departure is Sunday, July 11 or July 18.
For complete information and registration, go to < https://www.sasweb.org/summer&...;.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett is issuing a warning statement to business owners across Tennessee, advising them of a scam that has recently resurfaced targeting businesses with a fake mailer from a company that goes by two names: “Tennessee Certificate Service” and “TN Certificate of Existence Filing Company.”
“Our Division of Business Services and myself personally have been hearing multiple complaints from business owners across Tennessee about these misleading mailers,” said Secretary Hargett. “We have seen scams like this before, with similar deceptive language that implies that businesses must have a certificate of existence to complete its formation or to fully operate in the state. This is not the case. Unfortunately, businesses who order a certificate of existence through these scammers may be paying for something that is totally unnecessary – at the very least they will be spending $50 to $150 more than what our office charges for this document when ordered from us directly.”
The misleading mailer is titled “2021 Certificate of Existence Request” and has been sent to businesses across the state—purporting to require all Tennessee businesses pay a fee of either $83.00 or $175.50 for this third-party company to step in and complete the Certificate of Existence paperwork on businesses’ behalf. However, a Certificate of Existence can be obtained directly from the Secretary of State’s office for just $20, either by phone, mail or online at https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/CertOfExistenceInstr.aspx.
The mailer makes it appear that the 2021 Certificate of Existence Request is part of the business entity’s registration process: “A Certificate of Existence certifies that your Tennessee business is in existence, is authorized to transact business in the state and complies with all state requirements.”
The mailer and organization are not affiliated with or authorized by the Secretary of State’s Office in any way. Businesses may wish to obtain a Certificate of Existence in certain circumstances, such as a loan closing or other business transaction. However, they are not required to do so as a matter of course during the business formation process.
Secretary Hargett encourages business owners to call the Division of Business Services at 615-741-2286 if they receive such a questionable mailer or have questions about obtaining a Certificate of Existence.
by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer
At the May 18 meeting, the Sewanee Utility District Board of Commissioners identified projects with a total estimated cost of $600,000, which were potentially eligible for being paid for with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The board also reviewed a draft of the 2020 audit and approved an updated Safety and Health Plan.
The ARPA guidelines stated the funds could be used for a variety of projects ranging from sewer upgrades to cyber security. SUD Manager Ben Beavers said SUD was eligible for ARPA monies through both Marion County and Franklin County, since it served both. Marion County will receive $5.6 million and Franklin County will receive $8.2 million. Beavers cited the need for a new computer at the water plant, a cyber-security priority, (cost $25,000) and replacing the membranes at the water plant (cost $100,000). Beavers noted SUD monitored the membranes daily since, although still functional, they had reached their official lifespan.
Board President Charlie Smith suggested requesting funds to upgrade the sewer system headworks (cost $120,000) and to pay for the relocation of water and sewer lines (cost $330,000) in conjunction with narrowing Highway 41A. Beavers questioned requesting funds for the highway project, but said, “We can try.” He speculated the highway project would not qualify since it had already been contracted out, and, “technically,” it was a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) project, not a SUD project. Beavers will contact the county mayors about the process for requesting funding for the four projects identified.
Updating the board on the highway project, Beavers said no start date had been set. TDOT was probably waiting for materials, and it was possible the farmers’ market lot would be used as a “lay down yard” for temporary material storage, according to Beavers. TDOT undertook the project at the urging of the University for the Sewanee Village Project. Beavers said the University will discuss reimbursing SUD for the cost the utility would incur after the project was completed.
Reviewing the draft audit for 2020, Beavers said, “the only finding was we lost money” which he attributed to “the University being shut down.” He hoped the state comptroller would “give everybody a pass for this past year…especially people like us who can directly prove” the loss occurred due to the pandemic. The comptroller monitors public utilities’ financial viability. SUD showed a $235,000 decrease in revenue in 2020 due to the University being closed.
Reporting on 2021 finances, Beavers said, “I’m more optimistic about how things are going now.” Compared to April of last year, “sales are up 19 percent.” Also “promising,” University summer programs are forecasted to occur.
Looking to the Safety and Health Plan recommended update from the state, Smith said the plan assigned SUD’s appointed inspectors specific duties in the event of an accident and charged them with the task of reporting. Beavers said during the annual training, the TOSHA representative stressed failure to report would result in a penalty. In the case of an on-the-job injury, the medical facility providing treatment also filed a report, Beavers explained, but the burden of reporting fell to SUD. Reports needed to be filed within eight hours.
Bodyworks Youniversity will be hosting an Open House 2–4 p.m., Sunday, May 30, in the American Legion Hall to celebrate owner Kim Butters 20 year business anniversary. Pilates demonstrations, chair massages, children’s yoga and biofeedback scans, along with refreshments and door prizes, will be offered.
Butters was a middle school teacher in Marion County for nine years. Stress contributed to her being overweight and inflexible. “I was miserable, had low self-esteem, and trouble keeping up with my husband on hikes. A neighbor convinced me to go to an aerobics class with her. I loved it and began to pursue a more enjoyable, healthy life,” she said. She became an AFAA certified Personal Trainer and Group Instructor in 2001 and left the Marion County School system to start her own fitness business from her home.
She would soon discover Pilates, her true passion, at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga. “Pilates instructors seemed to have a different—a more healing understanding—of the body. I wanted that,” she said.
She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2005 and a Pilates Method Alliance certified Instructor in 2010. Butters has been teaching fitness classes onsite and online for Chattanooga State since 2001. She was invited to teach in the Sewanee community by a Sewanee alum taking her Chattanooga State Pilates Class in 2007. Butters started teaching Pilates and doing personal training in the Fowler Center two days a week and became full time in 2014. She also teaches Beginning Pilates as a PE class at the University of the South.
As the allotted time in the dance studio at Fowler quickly filled, and a waiting list for private and duet sessions began to form. Butters felt led to open her own studio. Butters met with Frank Gladu, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor in charge of the Village Development Project, in February 2016 to build a studio. The project received final approval from the University in early 2020 but was put on hold due to Covid.
Liza Sweeting, a University student and PMA certified Pilates instructor joined Bodyworks in 2018. When the Fowler Center closed to the public in March 2020, Butters and Sweeting continued to teach classes via Zoom and in Angel Park. Butters discovered the front porch of her home was just wide enough for two Pilates Reformers with the social distancing of 6 feet.
Since moving to the Legion Hall in September 2020, Bodyworks has added a full time massage therapist Matthew Sias, a holistic lifestyle coach, yoga and Zumba instructor Lauren Laurino, and Pilates instructor Bruce Manuel. Office Manager Susan Horton, bookkeeper Mary Lynn Sartain and social media director Isabelle Puckette help keep the business side of Bodyworks running smoothly.
Fourth of July Parade Entries Now Accepted
The 35th Sewanee Fourth of July theme this year is “MASK-CAR-ADE: Mardi Gras.” Parade entries are now being accepted.
The parade begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 4, with line-up on Georgia Avenue starting at noon and ending at 1 p.m. Judges will decide on trophies for best float, best decorated vehicle, and best horse; and blue ribbons for best decorated bicycle, best banner and best costume. The parade will end in downtown Sewanee.
There are so many creative ways to strut your stuff down University Avenue ranging from traditional and elaborate to simple, elegant, memorable and bizarre.
If you’re interested in showing how your organization keeps alive the American spirit of opportunity and hope for all, fill out and submit an entry form by June 30. For more information and to submit an entry, visit the Event Registration tab on the website <http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.or...;.
Volunteers Needed for the Fourth of July Events
Planning continues for the Sewanee Fourth of July events. Volunteers are needed to help run the children’s games from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, July 4. Contact Andrea Del Balso at email@example.com to volunteer to help run some of the children’s games. Volunteers are also needed to help with the Cake Contest viewing and awards announcement at noon, Sunday, July 4. Contact Paula Yeatman at firstname.lastname@example.org to help with the Cake Contest.
Please contact Jade Barry at email@example.com if you would like to be part of the planning meetings.
St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School celebrated the 2020-2021 school year with a weekend of ceremonies culminating in the graduation of the Class of 2021.
The 34 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2021 were accepted to 89 colleges and universities and will enroll in 24 different schools, from Sewanee: The University of the South to University College in Dublin, Ireland to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Multiple members of the class plan to attend Sewanee, Tennessee Tech, Smith College, and MTSU. Two students will take a gap year before matriculating and one plans to enroll in the U.S. Navy.
SAS is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. For more information, go to www.sasweb.org
Jenna Black (Sewanee), a seven-year day student. A four-year, three-season athlete, she was a member of the soccer, basketball, and tennis teams and received the school’s Best Female Athlete award this year. She recently placed first in the District and third in the Region in tennis doubles and qualified for the State tournament to be held later this month. Jenna completed an independent study in sports journalism and communication. She served SAS as a student ambassador, Proctor, and member of the Honor Council. Thanks to a special arrangement between SAS and the University of the South, Jenna was able to enroll in Chinese classes at Sewanee. In the fall, she will attend the university. She is the daughter of SAS Academic Dean and Associate Head of School Kelley Black and Robert Black.
Sarah Grace Burns (Sewanee) was a seven-year day student. A High Honors student, she was a member of Cum Laude and president of Honor Council and served as a Proctor, SAS Ambassador, and Acolyte. She recently received the Head of School’s Award given by the faculty to the individual whose achievements in academics, in extra-curricular activities, and in service to St. Andrew’s-Sewanee are outstanding and received the school’s Sarah McPherson Carlos Calculus Award. Last year, she received the SMA Class of 1946 Junior Leadership Award. Over the years, she has participated in Interact, Climbing Team, Black Student Union, Outdoor Club, Global and Local Outreach, Student Vestry, and ECO-SAS. A hard-working athlete, Sarah Grace was a four-year member of the soccer and track teams. She was named to the All-Conference soccer team her freshman and sophomore years and was elected team captain this year. She has placed in the State track meet in High Jump several times and holds the school record in High Jump and the 4x400 relay. She recently placed 1st in High Jump at the Regional meet and qualified for the State meet in that event and 300m Low Hurdles. She received this year’s MVP Awards in soccer and track and field. As a sophomore she was a State qualifier in swimming. Sarah Grace completed an independent study course in photography and researched the past effects of climate change on humans and language. During the summers, Sarah Grace participated in the EPI Yellowstone trip and as a counselor for the SAS Soccer and Waterfalls camps. Sarah Grace is taking a gap year to pursue internships, travel, and exploration and will then attend the University of the South where she received an Ecce Quam Bonum Award. Sarah Grace is the daughter of SAS faculty members Doug and Margot Burns.
Madalyn Cleveland (South Pittsburg) is a seven-year day student and honors student. She is a former member of the yearbook staff. Madalyn is a four-year member of the SAS volleyball team and played softball for South Pittsburg High School. She was named MVP of the volleyball team this year and to the 2021 All-Academic Softball Team by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. Madalyn will be attending Tennessee Tech where she plans to study nursing. Madalyn is the daughter of Sidney and Christopher Cleveland.
Ethan Drey (Whitwell) attended SAS for three years, as both a day and boarding student. He achieved academic honors, was active with the SAS Farm and the Dungeons and Dragons club, and became an accomplished potter while at SAS. Following graduation, Ethan will be enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He plans to attend the Navy’s nuclear program in Charleston, S.C. Ethan is the son of Mary and Jack Jordan.
Meredith Foster (Winchester), a seven-year day student is a High Honors and Honors student who formerly served as an Acolyte. In the past, she has received awards in Latin and Health and Fitness. A three-year volleyball team member, she was team captain and MVP this year and past Most Improved Player. Meredith also participates in All-star competitive cheer where she received the best backspot award. Meredith will be attending Tennessee Tech University where she intends to study biochemistry with a focus in pre-dentistry. She is a recipient of the Hope Scholarship. Meredith is the daughter of Kim and David Foster.
Lily Garner (Sewanee) is a one-year day student. She was a member of the school’s state championship Ethics Bowl Team. She recently received the school’s 2-Dimensional Art Purchase Award. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Lily was able to enroll in Introduction to Molecular Biology & Genetics and Writing and Speaking French at the university. She was a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team. Lily will be attending Smith College in the fall. She is the daughter of SAS Counseling Services Coordinator Lisa Garner and Lee Garner.
Curtis Gill (South Pittsburg) is a five-year day student and High Honors student. Curtis participated in varsity track and field and is part of the school’s record-holding 4x200 relay team and state-bound 4x800 relay team. He performed with his band, Jettison, at many Creative Expression Assemblies and school celebrations. Curtis will attend Middle Tennessee State University in the fall. Curtis is the son of David Gill and Jocelyn Gill.
Myers Gorrell (Sewanee) is a seven-year day student and High Honors student. Over the years, he served as a Proctor, Acolyte, and SAS Ambassador. He was recently inducted into Cum Laude and awarded the Lulu Hampton Owen Service Award given by the faculty to the individual who has shown outstanding service to the school and to the community-at-large. Myers was PR representative for Interact and participated in Global and Local Outreach. A Boy Scout since sixth grade, Myers recently achieved Eagle Scout rank. As part of the process, he organized a service project to build six benches and a tarp shelter at the SAS sixth-grade campout site. Myers was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, senior co-captain, a former Coaches’ Award recipient, and this year’s MVP. He played for the Camp Forest FC while managing the SAS middle school girls’ team. His sophomore year Camp Forest went undefeated and won the DIII State Championships. He was formerly a member of the SAS swim team. Through a special arrangement with the University of the South, Myers enrolled in Macroeconomics at the college. Myers enjoyed an SAS-sponsored EPI Yellowstone trip during the summer of 2018. He has worked as a camp counselor and lifeguard. Myers was a delegate to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in 2019. He recently received the school’s Michael S. Dalton Award for Excellence in Physics. Myers plans to study Environmental Engineering at Gonzaga University where he was admitted to the Honors Program and awarded the Regents Scholarship, the university’s largest possible scholarship.Myers is the son of Iska Hoole and Buck Gorrell.
John Turner “J.T.” Jenkins (Sewanee) is a seven-year day student. An honors student, J.T. served as an SAS Ambassador and a member of the House Leadership. Over the years, he has received class awards in History and Chinese. He took Intermediate Chinese at the University of the South while a student at SAS and received a full scholarship through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) for a month-long study abroad program in Shanghai, China. J.T. founded the Debate Club and participated in Martial Arts Club, History Club, and on the SAS Farm. A talented musician, he performed with Vocal Ensemble and as both a solo act and in two bands for many Creative Expression Assemblies and school celebrations. He has participated in varsity track and cross country. J.T. will attend Belmont University. He is the son of Bess Turner and John Jenkins and stepson of Christopher Crigger.
Nathan King (Sewanee) was a seven-year day student. A true scholar-athlete, Nathan was a High Honors student, basketball team captain, three-time tennis team captain, and three-year member of the golf team. He received this year’s Best Male Athlete award. He previously participated in baseball and on the Franklin County High School Fishing Team. Nathan racked up many athletic honors over the years including Most Improved Player in golf and tennis and MVP in tennis and basketball. He was twice named to the All-District Team for basketball. He recently placed third in the District tennis singles. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Nathan was able to enroll in Introduction to Macroeconomics at the college. He recently received the SAS Advanced Statistics award. His non-school activities included working for his family’s business, King’s Tree Service. Nathan will attend Tennessee Tech where he intends to study mechanical engineering. He is the son of Edward and Barbara (’00) King.
Zolon Knoll (Sewanee), is an honors student, Proctor, Acolyte, and SAS Ambassador. He was a two-year member of the Curriculum Committee. He was a four-year member of the varsity swim team and participated in track and mountain biking. His 4x800 relay team recently placed second at the Regional track and field meet and qualified for the State meet to be held later this month. He qualified for the State swim meet in the 50yd, 100yd, and 200yd Freestyle, the 100yd Butterfly, and the 200yd Individual Medley. A guitarist, Zolon played several Creative Expression Assemblies with the campus band Jettison. He also had his pottery displayed in the SAS Gallery. Thanks to SAS’s special relationship with the University of the South, Zolon enrolled in German at the college. He recently completed a semester-long independent study entitled Archaeology: Lithic Debris Analysis. Zolon has worked as a swim coach for the Sewanee Tigersharks every summer since he was 11 years old. He is a lifeguard at Sewanee’s Fowler Center. Zolon will attend Centre College. Zolon is the son of SAS faculty member Marion Knoll and Martin Knoll (SA’78).
Caroline Lamborn (Sewanee), a six-year day student, participated in yearbook and theatre. She had a lead role in the school’s production of Babka without Borders and performed in Kaleidoscope and The Robber Bridgeroom. Caroline distinguished herself this year by being the only senior to have managed to take six years of science during her four years in the Upper School. Caroline will be attending Eckerd College. Caroline is the daughter of Robert and Amy Lamborn.
Luciana Mollica (Sewanee), a seven-year day student, was an honors student and a member of the Conduct Council. A four-year member of the volleyball team and this year’s team captain, over the years, she has received the Coaches’ Award and Most Improved Player Award. She is past recipient of the Bun Pickering Spanish V Award and received the Sewanee Poetry Award this year. Luciana enjoys outdoor activities. She was a member of the Mountain Biking team and participated on Climbing Club and backpacking trips. She received this year’s G. Sanford McGee Outing Award. She also contributed to the literary magazine every year and had one of her paintings displayed in the SAS Gallery. In addition to her school activities, Luciana worked at the Monteagle assembly and participated in Sewanee Spoken Word. She will be attending Western Carolina University. Luciana is the daughter of Pete and Jill Mollica.
Hannah Moss (Monteagle), a six-year day student, achieved academic honors her senior year. Over the years at SAS, she participated in Global and Local Outreach, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. In 2019, she was named Most Improved Player by her tennis teammates. In addition to her academic work, Hannah has been a summer camp tennis instructor and cabin leader and hostess at the Sewanee Inn. Next year, she will attend University of Memphis. Hannah is the daughter of Dana and Tracey Moss.
Porter Neubauer (Belvidere) is a seven-year day student and this year’s Salutatorian. He recently received the the Sewanee Military Academy Memorial Merit Award. Given by SMA alumni to the student who has displayed athletic proficiency, academic excellence, and, above all, outstanding character in all actions both within and outside of our school community. Porter served as an Acolyte, Proctor, and SAS Ambassador. He was previously a member of House Leadership. A High Honors student, Porter is a member of Cum Laude and the Curriculum Committee. He has received class awards in Spanish and Physics and took courses in Principles of Chemistry and Creative Writing at the University of the South. He recently received the school’s James Agee Award for Nonfiction. Over the years Porter has participated in Literary Magazine, Student Vestry, Outdoor Club, Debate Club, Global and Local Outreach, The Middle Way, Fashion Club, Great Discussions, History Club, and as Service Coordinator for Interact. He recently achieved Eagle Scout as a member of the SAS Boy Scout Troop for which he was Senior Patrol Leader. He is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, a three-year member of the varsity swim team, and participated in Strength and Conditioning. He is recipient of the Coach’s Award in swimming in 2019-2020 and in soccer this spring. He was named a Soccer Division II-A All-District Player and served as team co-captain. His club soccer team, for which he was team captain for four years, were 2016 D3 State Champs and 2018 D2 State Runner-up and D1 State Quarterfinals. He is a member of the Sewanee Tigersharks’ record-holding 100 freestyle relay team. In the fall, Porter will be attending Washington and Lee University on a prestigious Johnson Scholarship which provides full tuition, room, board, and expenses. Porter is the son of Alex (’91) and Amy Neubauer.
Lauren Ostrowski (Monteagle) is a seven-year day student. She was a member of the volleyball team and yearbook staff. As a member of the SAS Players, Lauren participated in productions of Kaleidoscope and The Robber Bridegroom. She was recently recognized for completing five years of science in her four years in the Upper School. Lauren will attend Maryville College. She is the daughter of Joyce and Michael Ostrowski.
Isabella Randolph (Sewanee), a seven-year day student at SAS, is an honors student, Proctor, SAS Ambassador, and president of the Conduct Council. Over the years, Isabella participated Black Student Union, Global and Local Outreach, Gender and Sexualities Awareness, Bible Study, and track. She was a frequent performer on the SAS stage, performing in 13 theatre productions. She also frequently sang in Creative Expression Assemblies and Chapel. She was a two-year recipient of the theatre award. She also received a SHOW Job Award. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Isabella enrolled in Music of Western Civilization at the college. She will be attending University College in Dublin, Ireland. Isabella is the daughter of SAS faculty member Tracy Randolph and Adam Randolph.
Justine Rogers (Sewanee), a seven-year day student, is the Class of 2021 valedictorian and was recently awarded the Day Student Award given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to our community. A High Honors student and Proctor, Justine was president of Cum Laude and a member of Honor Council. She received this year’s Advanced Functional Pottery award. She is a three-year member of the school’s state championship Ethics Bowl Team. Justine participated in theatre and volleyball. Thanks to a special relationship between SAS and the University of the South, Justine was able to enroll in an upper-level Spanish class at the college. The summer of her junior year she attended the Governor’s School for the Humanities. Justine will attend Smith College. Justine is the daughter of Linda and Clayton Rogers.
Adeline Smith (Tullahoma) is a seven-year day student. She was co-captain of the varsity girls’ soccer team, a three-year varsity starter, and recipient of this year’s Coaches’ Award. An honors student at SAS, she will attend the University of the South. Adeline is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Smith.
Hannah Warmbrod (Belvidere), a five-year day student, is a High Honors student and a member of the Honor and Conduct Councils. Over the years, she received awards in Spanish and Studio Art. She recently received the school’s 2-Dimensional Art Purchase Award. A four-year member of the cross country team and three-year member of the swimming and track teams, Hannah is past recipient of two Most Improved awards in cross country and one in track and two Coaches’ Awards in swimming. She was chosen to attend the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. Next year, Hannah plans to attend Berry College on a Berry Academic Scholarship. Hannah is the daughter of Mark and Rebekah Warmbrod.
Sean Willis (Sewanee), a seven-year day student, was on the Honors list. He participated in the Debate and History Clubs. Over the years, he was a member of the soccer, baseball, and swim teams. As drummer of the campus band Jettison, Sean performed in Creative Expression Assemblies and at SAS events. Next year he will be studying biology at MTSU. Sean is the son of Sally Krebs and Kevin Willis.
Lauren Wockasen (Monteagle), a seven-year day student, served as an SAS Ambassador and on the yearbook and literary magazine staffs. She performed with the school’s Vocal Ensemble at special events and in Creative Expression Assemblies. She was a four-year member of the volleyball team and was JV captain her senior year. Lauren plans to attend Chattanooga State to become a licensed aesthetician. Lauren is the daughter of SAS employee Tanya Wockasen (’94) and Tony Wockasen.
Payton Zeitler (Sewanee) is a seven-year day student. He is a High Honor student, Proctor, and SAS Ambassador. He recently received the school’s Statistics and Probability class award. He formerly served as an international student mentor, participated in Debate Club, and received academic honors in Chinese. A four-year member of the basketball team, he is a two-time recipient of the Coach’s Award, served as captain, and won the William Holland Varnell Manager’s Award. This year, he also played soccer. Payton will attend Hampden Sydney College. Payton is the son of SAS Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler and Courtnay Zeitler.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee are seeking the public’s help in finding this missing 13-year-old girl.
Jaylei Smith vanished from her home in South Pittsburg, Tennessee on May 10, 2021. Investigators believe she may be with an adult male. They may travel across state-lines and may now be in Georgia or Alabama.
Investigators believe the last known sighting of Jaylei was at a BP gas station in Clarkesville, GA on May 10th.
“We just want her to come home,” said Jaylei’s aunt, Constance Barnes. “Please let us know that she’s okay. We love her and we miss her and we’re here for her.”
“If you have any tips at all, please get them to us,” said Detective Beth Raulston with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “We need all the help we can get.”
Jaylei is 5’8 tall, 180lbs, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has information about Jaylei Smith, you are urged to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 1-423-942-2525, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST, that’s 1-800-843-5678.
Jaylei’s missing poster can be found here: https://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/1420636/1/screen
by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer
“The purpose of this meeting is to address a technical defect in the process relating to the rezoning of the RBT property,” Chair Iva Michelle Russell announced, opening the May 10 Monteagle Planning Commission special called meeting. (See related story “Monteagle Reconsiders Truck Stop Rezoning on May 4” on page 5.)
“Our new zoning ordinance has a provision that reads the planning commission and town council have to make certain findings in connection with rezoning. While it is arguable our original actions…addressed those considerations, we did not do so in a literal sense.”
The 4.6-acre tract in question is a portion of a parcel slated for inclusion in a 20-acre truck stop RBT Enterprises hopes to construct. For the project to go forward, the tract needs rezoned from R-3 to C-3. The planning commission originally recommended the rezoning at the Feb. 2 meeting. The Town Council held a public hearing and approved the rezoning on first reading March 29 and on second reading April 26.
Citing the ordinance, Russell said a zoning amendment must be in agreement with the general plan for the area; not violate the legal grounds for zoning provisions; have no adverse effects on adjacent property owners unless such adverse effects can be justified by the overwhelming public good; have no material benefit to one property owner or small group of property owners; and warrant change to the general plan because conditions affecting the area have changed.
Russell noted Monteagle did not have and was not required by law to have a “general plan” so the provisions referring to the “general plan” were “not relevant to our consideration tonight.”
Taking up RBT’s request for rezoning the tract to C-3, Russell offered 3 minute speaking times to parties with an interest in the outcome.
RBT investor Rodney Kilgore said, “We bought this as commercial property…There’s a truck stop next door.” (Note: the former C-3 zoning status of the 4.6-acre tract was determined to be invalid due to inadequate meeting notice when the council approved a new zoning map in 2018. See Messenger Nov. 4, 2020.)
“You can’t stop development if it’s by rules and by the laws,” Kilgore said referencing advice from RBT’s engineer.
Rusty Leonard, attorney for RBT, stressed the revenue the city would receive and the jobs created by the project. The proposed development was “not just a truck stop,” Leonard said, “but a travel center” with restaurants which would draw visitors to other Monteagle businesses.
Billy Best, who resides on property neighboring the proposed development, countered the tax revenue from the truck stop “would go to Marion County first and they decide what we [Monteagle] get from that portion…There are employees wanted signs all up and down this town…The traffic study says there’s not going to be any increased truck traffic at this exit, so why is it going to bring more revenue to this town?”
A 3-inch-thick binder on display at the meeting contained objections to the project received by the planning commission on May 4, according to Russell.
Leonard argued engineer Jim Waller, cited in the complaint documents, “is not an expert on this project.”
Best insisted Waller was a West Point graduate and structural engineer with more than 50 years’ experience.
Asked for his observations on the tract under consideration for rezoning, town planner Garret Haynes said 70 percent of the tract was wetlands. The RBT site plan allocated the remaining 30 percent to parking.
The commissioners present voted unanimously to recommend the council rezone the tract to C-3. Commissioners Peter Beasley and MaryJane Flowers were absent.
Following the meeting, Best commented on the thick file of objections. Attorney Doug Barry compiled the complaint for the Neighbors group opposing the proposed truck stop. Best said the complaint documented storm water runoff and contamination, site preparation occurring without a building permit, and denial of Freedom of Information Act requests. A lawsuit brought by the Neighbors group against RBT Enterprises will be heard in Marion County Court later this month Best said.
The Franklin County School Board met for a regular session on May 10, with two requests to appear before the board, and discusstion on a literacy implementation network, a possible virtual learning academy, and the budget.
Marcus Allgood requested to address the board concerning the desegregation status of the Franklin County School system. One of the plaintiffs in the 1963 lawsuit, Emma Hill, is Allgood’s grandmother.
In 1963, eight Franklin County families joined a lawsuit to compel the Franklin County school system to provide a “unified, nonracial educational system” (see <https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/doc...;). In 1964, the court issued an order to desegregate the schools. Objections to the order were filed by the school district. In 1966 the plaintiffs made a motion to reinstate the case on the active docket. Since 1970 there has been no action on the case. The case has not been dismissed, and the district has not been formally declared to have “unitary status” or released from court order.
Allgood asked the board if they planned on seeking unitary status or to dismiss this case. Director of Schools Stanley Bean asked Allgood to discuss this with him so he (Bean) could go speak with attorney Ben Lynch. Lynch was an attorney on the 1963 lawsuit Bean said.
Tanya Otero asked the board to reconsider the dress code as it is “subjective, discriminatory, and punitive.” The 6.310 Dress Code - Middle School and High School was issued in 2016 and is to be reviewed annually in April. Otero said the dress code “was difficult for a couple of reasons” including cost and the disruption to the school day when teachers were only “focused on appearance.” She asked her written letter to the board be considered as a petition to revise the dress code.
Kim Tucker and Leah Harrell with Elementary Curriculum and Instruction presented information on the Literacy Implementation Network. This program will provide the necessary consistency across the district for training, curriculum implementation and support for the teachers. This is based on new $100 million statewide initiative, Reading 360°, that will ensure Tennessee districts, teachers, and families are equipped with tools and resources to help students read on grade level by third grade.
The Literacy Plan includes participation in early literacy training series, the Pre-K-12 literacy implementation network, and a plan for foundational literacy instruction following state guidelines. Tucker pointed out that in an Exact Path diagnostic assessment given in December, 58 percent of the students were below grade level in reading. ACT scores showed only 29.9 percent of Franklin County students are college ready in reading, and only 50.6 percent in English.
The board also discussed a possible virtual learning academy for Franklin County. Bean said it was planned that everyone would go back to the classroom for the next school year, without a virtual learning option. Other area school systems will be offering both in-person and virtual learning options. Right now, there are approximately 600 virtual learners in Franklin County, Tucker said.
“That leaves us in the middle of these counties without a virtual option. A student in Franklin County could enroll in these other county virtual programs and we would lose BEP (Basic Education Program) funding. Or, some would choose to homeschool,” Bean said. The Franklin County school system receives approximately $8,000 per student from the BEP funding Bean said.
Tucker is working on a program for virtual school for middle and high school students. She said learning would come from a program and would not be synchronous with in-person learning. The program would cost $68,000, plus a stipend for teachers who agreed to help teach students with this program. There would be an application process to go through to sign up for the virtual option. Enrollment in this program would be limited Tucker said.
The board recessed the meeting for a continuation discussion on the 2021-22 school year budget, scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, May 24. Bean said the board would have to approve the budget and send it to the Finance Committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 1. The budget then goes to the Franklin County Commission on Monday, June 21.
The board is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 14.
—reported by Kiki Beavers
UT Extension has partnered with the May Justus Memorial Library in Grundy County to offer WiFi hotspots for residents to check out. This program is part of a research initiative to bring internet to rural communities in Tennessee. Two AT&T WiFi Hotspots are available at May Justus Memorial Library. Grundy County residents with a library card can check out a hotspot for personal use at home or their business. When they return the hotspot, they are asked to fill out a short survey to better help understand internet needs in the community.
This program has been a collaboration with Creig Kimbro, County Extension Director and Jennifer Banks, Extension agent with Cannon County as well as Linda Parrish, Chair of Grundy County Library Board and Karen Tittle, Director of May Justus Memorial Library. Dr. Sreedhar Upendram, assistant professor for the University of Tennessee’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Isabella Baxter, Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian are heading this project and collecting data from residents who check out the hotspots from the library to look at what they are mainly using the internet for, what kind of support they need with the internet, and some demographic information. The purpose of this research is to help bridge the gap in broadband services in Grundy County, and hopefully lead to a more permanent solution.
by David Shipps
At this point, many of us who live and work in Sewanee have noticed a number of new construction signs and indicators along U.S. Route 41A near the intersection with University Avenue. As Frank Gladu indicated previously, the project of narrowing this portion of the highway has officially begun. The primary objective is to better connect the existing commercial area north of 41A to future expansion on the south side of 41A where most of the available land considered for future development sites is located. Narrowing 41A will also create a more pedestrian-friendly downtown. The project will provide sidewalks and planting areas for trees and landscaping, as well a crossing signal at the University Avenue intersection. This is a positive development for Sewanee broadly, as well as Franklin County that should generate new business interest, activity and employment. TDOT is funding the construction, and the University will eventually help fund street lighting and landscaping. Reaching this tremendous milestone, more than seven years in the making, would not be possible without the leadership of Frank Gladu, as well as guidance and assistance from many across the community.
While subject to change, the following are the key project dates and events:
April 23, 2021: Project begins
May 6, 2021: Initial demolition and grading (clearing vegetation)
May 21, 2021: Lanes shift; temporary striping
May 25-July 16, 2021: Water and sewer relocation
Oct. 21-Nov. 22, 2021: Phase I concrete (curb, gutter, sidewalk, and ramps)
Dec. 6, 2021: Lanes shift; temporary striping
Feb. 23-March 28, 2022: Phase II concrete (curb, gutter, sidewalk, and ramps)
May 9, 2022: Lanes shift to final alignment
May 31, 2022: Estimated project completion
This visual above provides an aerial view of the improvement to the intersection of University Avenue and Hwy. 41A (for reference, the building with the red roof is Shenanigans).
Additional updates regarding this particular project, as well as other initiatives that begin to take shape going forward, will be highlighted in future columns in an effort to keep our community updated and informed.
David Shipps is vice president of economic development and community relations. More information about the Sewanee Village Project is available at www.sewanee.edu/village.
ACIP recommendation to CDC and FDA announced today
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 03:24pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health today announced it will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15 years. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the Pfizer vaccine be made available to administer to children ages 12-15 years. The vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Prior to this decision, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for individuals age 16 and above.
“We have been anticipating this decision for several weeks, and I am thrilled we can begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to children in this age group,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “As a mother and a pediatrician, I believe this vaccine to be safe and effective for children and I hope other parents across the state are relieved to learn this option is available. Our local health departments have been working ahead in preparation for this decision, and vaccine supply is available.”
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be available to individuals age 18 and older. Those seeking vaccination should visit VaccineFinder.org to find a list of locations and the vaccine brands they provide. This site includes a listing of both local health departments and other approved vaccine providers across the state. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two-dose vaccines, and it’s important to receive the second dose for maximum protection against COVID-19.
Local health departments will be able to vaccinate children ages 12-15 years beginning Friday, May 14. Individuals are able to request appointments online through Vaccinate.tn.gov. When making an appointment, individuals under the age of 18 should select a Pfizer vaccine appointment time. Health departments also accept walk-ins.
Individuals may also schedule an appointment with a local vaccine provider by visiting covid19.tn.gov or VaccineFinder.org. Many local providers also accept walk-ins. For more information regarding vaccine recommendations and guidelines from ACIP visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/covid-19.html.
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 12:08pm
Free Decodables to Use at Home to Build Strong Reading Skills
Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the free At-Home Decodable Book Series are now available to Tennessee families of kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade children to help our youngest learners become stronger readers. This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students.
Designed for Tennessee children in grades K-2, in partnership with Tennessee teachers and state-adopted instructional materials from the State Board of Education approved list, each free pack has 7 decodable booklets which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to help practice phonics and develop strong reading skills.
Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this order form.
“Reading and strong literacy skills open doors of opportunity for children throughout their education and well after they graduate. Tennessee has deeply invested in literacy to help strengthen and extend the learning that happens in classrooms every day,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “From teachers to school and district personnel, state officials to elected leaders, and most importantly, parents and families-- everyone can play a role in helping our youngest learners become strong readers. As a parent, I hope all Tennessee families will order the free At-Home Decodable Book series to support their children in learning and reading together.”
A decodable is a book or story carefully sequenced to include letter sounds and words familiar to readers that allow them to practice important phonics and decoding skills at their grade level.
As part of Reading 360, the At-Home Decodable Book Series was intentionally designed to practice important grade-level sounds and provide adult readers with guidance on how to focus on sounds when reading aloud with their child.
“Family support for early reading is crucial to student success and I am so excited that families will be able to get free decodables to read with their children at home,” said Kristy Brown, Director of Schools, Jackson County Schools. “This is a great resource that will support strong literacy skills for students in Jackson County and throughout the state.”
Teachers can also utilize these resources to help families extend learning that takes place in the classroom.
“Helping families have access to decodable booklets, which are filled with engaging stories full of sounds and words to practice, will enable them to support their children, who are hungry to read independently at home as they continue to build upon the foundational skills they have acquired in the classroom,” said Hannah Cunningham and Brandy Puckett, 1st Grade Teachers at Indian Springs Elementary School, Sullivan County Schools. “There is nothing better than seeing the delight and self-confidence students exhibit when they successfully transition to reading stories on their own. As we know, early literacy leads to future success!”
For family ordering: Families seeking to order booklet packs for their kindergarten, first or second grade students can do so at this link. Booklets will be delivered to the mailing address provided. In addition to the order form, a step-by-step ordering guide, FAQs and additional information can be found online at www.tn.gov/education/decodables.
For teachers: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers participating this summer in the Reading360 Early Literacy Training program will receive At-Home Decodable Reading Series booklet packs for their K-2nd grade classrooms for free. If you are a teacher who will not complete the training, please contact TN.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to help your students access these free resources.
Tennessee families and teachers are encouraged to share fun and exciting reading moments using these and other reading resources on social media. Join in by using the hashtags #TNDecodables, #Reading360 or #ReadTogetherTN.
Reading 360 is a comprehensive statewide literacy initiative to provide optional grants and resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. Components of the Reading 360 initiative including the At-Home Decodable Book series are funded with federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding. To access additional resources on Reading 360, click here.
Planning continues for the Sewanee Fourth of July events. Volunteers are needed to help run the children’s games and to help with the Cake Contest. Contact Andrea Del Balso at <email@example.com> to volunteer for the children’s games. Contact Paula Yeatman at <firstname.lastname@example.org> to help with the Cake Contest.
Please contact Jade Barry at <email@example.com> if you would like to be part of the planning meetings.
Food Vendors Wanted for the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July Planning Committee is seeking food vendors for this year’s celebration. We are looking for folks to sell cold drinks, snacks, sweets, or whatever tasty treat you’d love to share with the community.
There are three opportunities to participate: Saturday, July 3, from 5–11 p.m. for the Street Dance at Angel Park; Sunday, July 4, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for the events and parade, along University Avenue; and Sunday, July 4, from 4–11 p.m. for the volleyball tournament and fireworks at Lake Cheston.
We will only be able to accommodate a limited number of vendors at the street dance and at Lake Cheston Sunday evening for the fireworks. The cost is $20 per event or $50 if you are approved to participate in all three events/time slots.
If interested, please complete this form: <https://forms.gle/YF5MJU23kPrQ...;.
You may request a specific location. Requests will be granted first to vendors who have previously participated and then in the order of complete applications as space permits.
Please contact Bess Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org>, at (334) 300-1214, or Beth Rudder at (931) 224-1935 with questions or for more information.