2022 KACL Classes and Field Trips

KACL Class Descriptions, Fall 2022

October 11 – November 18

Tuesday 10 a.m. – Noon

October 11:  Personal Safety at Home and Online.  Jeff Blanton has over 30 years of law enforcement experience at the federal, state, and local levels.  He is currently the assistant vice president of Administration and director of Emergency Management for East Tennessee State University and an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force officer. Jeff is the former supervisory senior resident agent of the Johnson City FBI office where he retired in 2020 with over 24 years of service.

October 18:  Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Tracey Wilson, Northeast Tennessee regional director, Alzheimer’s Tennessee will present how the Alzheimer’s Tennessee serves those facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by promoting brain health through education, and to champion global research, prevention, cure, and treatment efforts.

October 25:  Green Spaces of Pompeii. Returning to KACL is one of our favorites, Lisa Rolen. She grew up in the shadows of Ancient Rome in North Africa between Leptis Magna and Sabratha, in the ancient city of Oea, modern day Tripoli. From her latest travels, she will share the similarities of the gardens of Pompeii to our gardens in the southern regions of America.

November 1:  Regions Bank: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life Using Banking Technology.

Join Yesenia Viramontes, Kingsport Branch Manager, and learn how to utilize all the tools available to help you conveniently manage your finances online.  In this session, you will learn convenient ways to bank whenever, wherever. After the presentation, participants can visit the local Regions Branch Bank, 461 W. Center Street.

November 8:  Pet Care and the Benefits of Pet Ownership. Gary Andes, DVM, will present best practices for the care of our pets and the benefits of pet ownership. The Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital opened in 1947. Gary’s father, Gerald Andes, was one of the original partners. Gary joined the practice in 1981 and upon his father’s retirement, assumed a partnership role.

Tuesday 1:30 — 3:30 p.m.

October 11 through November 15:  Wisdom Literature by The Great Courses: Daniel and the Wisdom of Solomon.

Fr. Joseph Koterski, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University.  Several books of the Old Testament of the Bible are known collectively as the wisdom literature, which extoll the wisdom afforded by God to His people. This study of the wisdom literature of the Bible concludes with six classes this term.  Topics this term include studies of Daniel, the Wisdom of Solomon, and the wisdom teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, as well as a few miscellaneous topics about wisdom.  Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite version of the Bible and follow along through these inspiring books. You need not have attended earlier sessions in this series to benefit from joining the class this term.  Moderator: Dave Petke.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – Noon

October 12:  Building Biosafety Globally. Jim Welch, as the former executive director of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation, will update us on its unique transfer in 2018 to the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, where it now exists as the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program.

October 19:  Daylight Savings Time: History and Impact of Spring Forward and Fall Back. Michael Stewart’s experiences include 28 years in the United States Army as an intelligence officer and leader and as a manager and industry veteran (SAIC, LEIDOS, MJS Consulting, LLC; Advanced Onion, Inc.). He has facilitated courses with Encore Learning and OLLI Mason as well as OLLI at University of Arizona. Daylight Savings Time (DST) affects us (at least most of us) twice a year.  Michael will explore how the antecedent systems developed; the wide range of stakeholders and their interests; impacts on various parts of the Country and World; and interesting nuances of this fascinating approach to synchronizing activity across the nation and the globe.  The discussion will include Standard Railway Time, driven by railroads and telegraph; WWI belligerent use of DST as a production edge, President Wilson’s veto of the repeal of DST in 1919 and Congress’ override; Agrarian interest, pre-sunrise authorization (PSA), AM Radio Stations, 15 degrees of Longitude per time zone, research on the impact on good sleep hygiene, full year DST, agency rule making, and the interesting case of Indiana counties and other oddities.

October 26:  Mayhem in Mayberry.  Fred Sauceman has been interested in what has made Americans laugh ever since he first read Mark Twain’s book “Roughing It” for a class in American Humor at the University of Tennessee.  A longtime employee of ETSU, where he delivers news five days a week on public radio station WETS-FM, Fred holds a B.A. degree in English and History and an M.A. in English from ETSU, where, in addition to his administrative duties, he taught courses in American Literature.  Fred will examine the character of Ernest T. Bass and the themes of the show itself within the context of American humor.  A one-camera production with no live audience, “The Andy Griffith Show” relied upon character comedy instead of jokes, and, like great literature, its humor was often built on irony and incongruity.  There are 249 episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show, from October 1, 1960, to April 1, 1968.  The character, Ernest T. Bass, appeared in only five of them, yet he remains one of the show’s most unforgettable characters, introducing disruption and chaos into otherwise peaceful Mayberry.  “Like too much garlic, he could become a liability rather than an asset,” said executive producer Sheldon Leonard.

November 2:  A Historical Perspective of the Kingsport Press. Barney Brehl, former manager of Engineering and Maintenance at Arcata Graphics (aka Kingsport Press, Quebecor Printing and Quebecor World), will examine the history of the Kingsport Press, the large book manufacturer formerly located in downtown Kingsport.  Barney was involved with “The Press” from 1987 until the closure and dismantling of the facility.  The Kingsport Press was one of the core industries established in the early days of Kingsport.  With a facility of over a million square feet and thousands of employees, it was one of the largest book manufacturers in the United States.  He will focus on the history, people, technology, and economics involved with “The Press.”

November 9:  The Christian Imagination of the Inklings: An Enduring Legacy. Martin Dotterweich, Professor of History and Director, King Institute for Faith and Culture, King University. From the early to mid-twentieth century, the literary landscape of Great Britain reflected the anxiety of world war, pandemics, and social upheaval.  Much of this landscape was bleak and spare, but a surprising garden of Christian authors addressed their age by reaching into the medieval past, the fairy tale, and the riches of theology.  Far from being escapist these works of Christian imagination fueled poetry, plays, and novels which offered tangible hope and purpose, and continue to do so today.  In this brief survey, Martin will examine the work and enduring legacy of the Oxford writing group that called itself the Inklings, particularly C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.  In addition, he will consider their important predecessors George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton, their contemporaries T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden, and some modern writers who have taken on their mantle.

November 16:  The Latest from the United States Supreme Court. (Part 1) Leslie Lynch, retired trial attorney, represented primarily employers before the federal district, 9th circuit and supreme courts. She will present the results of the recent session of the United States Supreme Court.  This session was one of the most momentous in recent history.  In Part 1 and Part 2 of Leslie’s presentation, she will discuss several of the major decisions from this session and discuss what the court held, how the court got there, and the implications going forward and illustrate how the court works and its place in the United States federal judicial system.

Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

October 12:  Petworks Animal Services. Tom Parham and Russ Adkins, Past and Present Presidents of Petworks. In October 2020, former Kingsport Alderman, Tom Parham, organized a community effort to provide a better environment for our homeless animals.  Petworks, formerly SBK Animal Control Center, serves the animal control needs of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee and adoption services for the region.  Tom and Russ will share the last 10 years of history and the future ahead for Petworks.

October 26:  Paul Brock Irish Band. (KCHE Auditorium) Button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock is an award winning “All Ireland” champion from Athlone now living in Ennis, County Clare. Join Paul and his band as they entertain us with their extensive repertoire of acclaimed Irish music.

Thursday 10 a.m.- Noon

October 13:  Centenarian Secrets and Travels. A native of Chester, South Carolina, Bob Miller, Kingsport centenarian, moved to Kingsport to work for Tennessee Eastman as a chemist.  He will share his travels and secrets to enjoying a long life.  Bob enjoyed his most recent zipline run at Bays Mountain Park in 2021 at age 103.

October 20:  Picts, Vikings, and Historic Sites in Scotland. Gene and Mary Ellen Eubank will share pictures and stories from their two-week tour of Scotland this summer.  Studying the oft times bloody and violent history as they toured the countryside, cities, islands, and Highlands, Gene and Mary Ellen were overwhelmed by the beauty of Scotland, the character of the Scots, and the abundance of ancient history and Scottish culture.

October 27:  Move to Kingsport. Former city manager, Jeff Fleming will explain how the “Move to Kingsport” began, who it targets, and why it is important to sustain our regional economy. East Tennessee has been the recipient of thousands of newcomers who have bolstered the economy through increased demand for goods and services, but they’ve also increased local housing prices with cash offers and bidding wars.  While many equate these trends only to the recent pandemic, the “Move to Kingsport” initiative began as an idea from the 1999 Economic Summit.

November 3: Exploring America’s National Parks of the Southwest. Rick Currie, retired attorney and avid photographer, will treat us to a photographic tour America’s Southwest: Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Arches, Canyon lands, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Mesa Verde and places in between. “Kingsport Times News” spotlights many of his remarkable photos in their weekly “Sunday Storiespublication.  Rick is a favorite of KACL audiences.

November 10:  Ukraine and Russia – Background to War. With his specialty in Russian history and interests in state, ethnicity, and ideology in east-central and eastern Europe, join Henry Antkiewicz, professor of History, ETSU, as he considers “What do they mean when they speak at each other?”

November 17: The Latest from the United States Supreme Court. (Part 2) Leslie Lynch, retired trial attorney, represented primarily employers before the federal district, 9th circuit and supreme courts. In Part 2, Leslie will continue the overview of the major decisions from the recent session and illustrate how the court works and its place in the United States federal judicial system.

Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

October 27: Sullivan County Cattlemen’s Association. Jamie Ketron, local cow-calf producer, will give details on what it means to be a cattle producer, including the vast amount of science applied and what daily life on the farm looks like. She will discuss the basics of running a cow-calf operation.

November 3:  White City – A Dreamer’s Planned Community. Bill Kibler grew up in Kingsport’s White City Historic District.  White City was part of a big vision and a bigger dream, the vision of renowned national community planners and the dream of George Lafayette Carter.  White City was a neighborhood talked about around the world.  Join Bill for a historical perspective on the unique and in its day, groundbreaking community experiment called White City.


Friday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.

William King Museum of Art and Catered Lunch

415 Academy Drive NW, Abingdon, Virginia

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11.  Space is limited!

10:30 a.m.-Noon:  TOUR rotating exhibits, “God Willing, We’ll See Each Other Again: The Life and Work of William Fields,” and “The Long Rifle in Virginia” and others.  Interact with resident artists working with clay, paint, and other media.

12-1 p.m. Catered Lunch: Enter your selection (1, 2, or 3) on the registration form.

1.Turkey Bacon Cheddar Sourdough/Chips/Cole Slaw/Cookie/Bottled Water

2.Ham and Swiss Sourdough/Chips/Cole Slaw/Cookie/Bottled Water

3.Garden Salad: Ranch, Honey Mustard, Oil & Vinegar/Fruit Cup/Bottled Water

1-2:30 p.m.: WRECK ART with Laken Bridges. Put your own spin on an art reproduction from art history (e.g., Mona Lisa, Whistler’s Mother, etc.) with paint, drawing, sewing, or collage.  Sense of humor and playful irreverence encouraged!

Cost: $40 per person (Cash or check payable to KACL, no credit cards)


Friday, November 18, 10:30 a.m.

Greeneville/Greene County History Museum

101 W. McKee Street, Greeneville, Tennessee

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11.  Space is limited!

Museum donations are appreciated.  Participants will determine the “Dutch Treat” lunch venue.

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