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Thinking green(ways) in Knox and beyond

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

There’s a reason Ellen Zavisca and her colleagues are big on greenways.

“People in this country have been hearing for years, decades, that we need to be more physically active,” Zavisca said last week to the Sierra Club’s Harvey Broome Chapter. “And yet if you look at the trends of the percent of the population that’s getting no leisure-time physical activity, it’s pretty flat. The percent of the population that has regular exercise or does regular organized exercise … is pretty flat, despite all our exhortations and programs. …

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Arnold tells leaders they must ‘fight’

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

On the day after the Super Bowl, Pastor Daryl Arnold turned on the TV expecting to see interviews with the players who had fought so valiantly on the field the night before. Instead, the media was focused on the halftime show and what pop superstar Beyonce wore, said and did.

At the city’s recent Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon, Arnold told leaders from 100 neighborhoods across the city that he wasn’t there to talk about halftime, that he was there to “celebrate your fight on the field.”

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Pickle Top 10: indies and space epics

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

Ranking a year’s movies has turned into a national obsession, but it’s so much fun and such a healthy addiction that you don’t have to worry about seeking professional help – unless you’re literally relying on a professional critic for guidance.

It’s only opinion, after all, so there’s no right or wrong. People have different tastes and are drawn to different genres. And since the end of the year is always a good time to reflect, it makes sense to play the game.

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Rare silent highlights film festival

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

Unlike Lana Turner, Helen Mundy really was discovered in a drugstore. But it was in Knoxville, not in Hollywood, and Mundy blew off the film industry after one movie.

That was “Stark Love,” a 1927 silent that will be the culmination of “Southern Exposure: The Great Smoky Mountain Film Festival” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Theatre.

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Ijams gets ready for new zipline adventure

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

Things at Ijams Nature Center are looking up.

Not that Knoxville’s most beautiful park has been in trouble. But soon, in addition to the outdoor activities featured on trails and water, Ijams will offer a “playground” in the trees.

Projected to open in late June or early July, a Navitat Canopy Adventures-operated zipline challenge course is being set up on a four- to five-acre area just off the greenway near the Ijams visitor center.

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Neighborhood Conference: Crime and safety

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

Note: The city’s recent Neighborhood Conference drew more than 700 citizens to the Knoxville Convention Center to gather information on how to improve their communities. With 30-odd breakout sessions in three time slots, no one could possibly absorb everything, but the Shopper will be offering a look into three workshops that offered some of the basic and most popular subjects.

Concern about crime unites neighborhoods in every geographic and economic area of Knoxville and Knox County. The workshop “Getting Organized To Fight Crime” brought together city and county law-enforcement officials and neighborhood leaders to talk about problems, successes and strategies.

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