Gloria Deathridge Says Her Health Is Fine

There’s s a stunner of claim from Sandra Clark in this week’s Shopper-News. In a post entitled, “Turmoil on the school board,” Clark writes:

Knox County school board drama continues with last week’s revelation that vice chair Gloria Deathridge has health issues that might make it difficult for her to serve a four-year term. She’s a candidate for re-election on Aug. 7, opposed by retired social worker Marshall Walker.

But according to Deathridge, who’s in a runnoff election to retain her 1st District KCS Board of Education seat, Clark is wrong.

“It’s not true,” Deathridge says. “If I had not been healthy enough to serve out my term, I wouldn’t have run.”

Deathridge says that she does have—or has had recently—a somewhat serious health issue. She declined to elaborate as to what it was, saying her health is a personal matter.

“I have not missed a beat so far, and I don’t plan to,” Deathridge says. “Yes, I’ve had health issues, but who hasn’t? I’ve been working through them, and it’s not anything that’s going to keep me from serving my term, or anything that’s going to slow me down.”

Deathridge says any speculation about her health is just dirty election politics. However, the Shopper‘s Betty Bean (who often freelances for us) notes over on Knox Views that the information did not come from Deathridge’s opponent, Marshall Walker, but is “evidently pretty widely known in their district.” Deathridge also says she had no idea Clark was writing about her and that she only found out when a reporter (not this one) called her. But in Bean’s same comment she says that Clark e-mailed Deathridge about the claims and never got a response.

We haven’t been able to reach Walker for a comment, but we’ll update the post if we do.

In any case, if you live in the 1st District and still aren’t sure which candidate deserves your vote—or if you just want to ask Deathridge about her health in person—you’re in luck: There’s a school board candidate forum tonight at 6 p.m. at the downtown library.

The Daily Plan-It: Yoga, After the Burial, and Wynton Marsalis

Good morning! Here’s what’s going on around town today.

At noon, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will have a gentle yoga and meditation class. Donations will be accepted. For more info call (865) 577-2021 or email

Artists! The Candoro Arts and Heritage Center will have a life drawing session with live models this afternoon at 2. No membership is required to participate. Just bring $10 and your favorite sketching materials. For more info call (865) 573-0709.

Prog metal band After the Burial will perform at the Concourse with I Am Heresy, So Hideous, and Dialects. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Buy them here.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform at the Tennessee Theatre tonight at 8, and will feature trumpet player Wynton Marsalis. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at Side Splitters Comedy Club, where its open mic night starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. Buy them here. 18+ only.

The Daily Plan-It: UT Medical Center Benefit Sale, Farmers’ Market, and Cranford Hollow

Good morning and happy hump day! Take a look at what’s going on around town.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is hosting a benefit sale of ladies’ apparel, handbags, and accessories that will contribute to patient care at the hospital. The sale started at 7 a.m., and will go until 4:30 p.m.

It’s farmers’ market day! The Market Square Farmers’ Market will take over the square at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Go stock up on some veggies!

At noon in the visitor center, check out Adron, who’ll play for WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. As always, it’s free to attend.

Belleza Salon is holding a casting call for models and circus performers tonight at 6:30  for their October fundraising event Circo d’Pelo, which will benefit the Dream Collection. The organization helps children with terminal or chronic debilitating diseases.  For more info email

Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where Cranford Hollow will perform at 10 p.m. Cover’s $3. 21+ only.

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