Fall 2018


KACL Class Descriptions, Fall 2018

October 9 – November 16


Monday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 15:  Domtar Presentation and Tour – Meet at KCHE in Room 130.


November 5: America at the Mid-Term.

Dr. Daryl Carter, Associate Professor, ETSU Department of History, will lead us in discussion of the importance of this year’s elections and what we might expect as a result of the elections.


Tuesday *10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

October 9:  Protecting Your Identity – What You Should Know, What You Should Do. 

Mr. Jerry Stout, Supervisory Agent, Office of Homeland Security.  Identity fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. It affects millions of victims each year and results in billions of dollars in losses for consumers, businesses and financial institutions. It takes years to build one’s identity, but it could be destroyed very quickly if it is misused by someone.  This presentation is intended to explain some common methods used by identity thieves, how to safeguard your identity, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft.

** Meet for Coffee and Muffins at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of Fall Term!



October 16:  Governments working together?  Mr. Ron Ramsey, businessman and former Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee.  How do local, state and federal governments work together for the common good, or do they?  He will discuss some examples of when intergovernmental cooperation went well and when such cooperation failed.


October 23 :  The Trials of Building a Lighthouse.  Mr. Jeff Marek, engineer, retired from Eastman Chemical Company, built a lighthouse at his home on Ft. Patrick Henry Lake.  The process of getting permission from various agencies, as well as the building process itself, makes a fascinating and unique project.


October 30, November 6 and 13:  History of the Roman Mediterranean Foodways of Antiquity.  Ms. Lisa Rolen, Food Historian, 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. By tracing the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean from Pre-history through the Ancient Roman heyday and subsequent decline, one can better appreciate the world that left us epic monuments, science, philosophy, poetry, and art. Lisa will take us on a tasty tour of the Mediterranean and will reproduce a few recipes for a taste of what the ancients ate.



Wednesday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 10: Tanzania:  Lessons from a Third World Country.  Mrs. Sharon Petke asks what the First World can learn from a developing country.  From a variety of experiences – luxurious city accommodations, life in a remote village, the role of government, the place of faith, and the habitats of wildlife – Sharon’s missionary trip brought bountiful blessings to her that she is eager to share.


October 17:  Empires of Trade:  Ghana, Mali and Songhai.  Dr. John Rankin, Associate Professor, ETSU Department of History.  Dr. Rankin will examine the wealth and power of pre-colonial West African states.  Emphasis will be placed upon cultural and economic developments and the importance of the trans-Saharan trade.


October 24:  Scramble for Africa: Colonialism in West Africa.  Dr. John Rankin will examine the causes and repercussions of European colonialism in West Africa.



Wednesday 10 AM – Noon (continued)

October 31:  From the Frying Pan into the Fire.  Ms. Heather Shone, KACL member.  Born in Kenya, and moving south to Zimbabwe at age 12, Heather will present a personal account of growing up in Africa.


November 7:  France – Bretagne – Celtic France.  Rev. David and Virginia Garrett return to take us on a virtual trip to Brittany and the northeast region of France, exploring the less-visited regions mainly outside Paris, France.


November 14:  Kelpies, Picts, and Ancient Historic Sites in Scotland. 

Mr. Barney and Jeanie Brehl will share pictures and stories from their June, 2018, tour around the coast of Scotland.  From Edinburgh to Skye, to the islands of Lewis and Harris, up to Orkney, then down the eastern side to Inverness, Aberdeen, and the fishing villages of Fife, there is an abundance of ancient history and Scottish culture.


Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

October 10 through November 14: Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds and Scandals.  A fascinating look at how forensic science helped solve some of the most famous crimes, and how, in some cases, the lack of forensic science led to failures or mistakes in solving crimes.  This program from The Great Courses features Professor Elizabeth Miller of Mt. St. Joseph University presenting the stories of some of the more famous crimes in the world from Jack the Ripper through Hollywood to Chicago and beyond.


Thursday 10:00 AM – Noon


October 18:  Let’s Talk about Roads.  Dr. Joseph Shrestha, Assistant Professor, ETSU Department of Engineering Technology shares that U.S. roads received a D-grade in the latest report card from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His presentation will discuss various aspects of U.S. roads; including funding sources, cost estimation, cost overruns, speed limits, and crash statistics.



October 25:  Safety First: Repairing Boone Dam.  Presentation by TVA represenatives.  Safety of the downstream public and the workers fixing the dam remains the top priority for TVA as the company repairs the erosion issue within the earthen embankment.  Hear from top TVA project leaders as they discuss the Boone Dam seepage remediation project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country, set to be completed on schedule in summer 2022.


November 1: Design and Construction of the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Dan Carrier, Design Team Project Manager, will describe the design and construction challenges of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge project in Charleston, South Carolina, and then explain how the project team met and overcame these challenges on this national award-winning project.



Thursday 10 AM – Noon (continued)

November 8:  Dobyns-Bennett Science and Technology Addition.  Randy Watts, Assistant Principal of Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Stephen Trimble, Architect with Perkins and Will Architects.  Mr. Watts will speak to the need for the new addition and the facilities it will support, and Mr. Trimble will speak to the design and construction processes of the building.


November 15:  Construction and Repair of City Infrastructure.  Mr. Hank Clabaugh, City Engineer, City of Kingsport, will discuss the many roles of the City Engineer as relates to the structure of city property, paving and improvements at parks and other facilities.


Friday 10:00 AM – Noon

October 12:  FIELD TRIP: Greeneville, Tennessee – City Garage Car Museum and Lunch at General Morgan Inn.  Depart at 9 a.m. from the KCHE Clay St. parking lot or meet at the museum (210 S. Main Street, Greeneville) at 10 a.m.  Admission:  $5.00, not included in KACL membership.  Depart at noon for the General Morgan Inn (111 N. Main Street, Greeneville) for lunch at your own expense.


October 19:  Regionalism.  Dr. Jon Smith, Associate Professor, ETSU Department of Business and Technology, will discuss regionalism, led by commercial and business interests and emphasize how a regional approach might help the Tri-Cities region draw more industry and business to the region.


October 26:  Role of the Arborist.  Mr. Lewis Bausell, Arborist, for the City of Kingsport.


November 2:  Introduction to Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance.  Dr. John A Jernigan, a Kingsport native, is Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Jernigan will discuss infections that patients acquire in hospitals and other healthcare settings. How common are they? Who is at risk? What can you do to help prevent them? In addition, Dr. Jernigan will discuss the complex relationship between healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic use and how treatment of these infections is becoming more difficult because of the rise of antibiotic resistance and how use of antibiotics might paradoxically increase your risk of infection.


November 9:  Nature Photography.  Mr. Marty Silver, Park Ranger, Warriors’ Path State Park will share the basic settings and techniques that can bring “new life” into your nature photography efforts.  Also, learn to use photography as a tool for conservation.  We will spend some time indoors, but, weather permitting, we will try some techniques outdoors.  Bring your camera!


November 16:  Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders:  The Current State of the U.S. Criminal Justice System.  Dr. Chris Rush, Assistant Professor, ETSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, will examine the types of sex crimes and sexual offenders prevalent in the U.S., as well as discuss current laws and treatment directed toward this population of offenders.


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