Chat Room: Rick Carver

Rick Carver

Rick Carver

Rick Carver

Age: 51

Single with one daughter, Sarah, 14

Respiratory therapist at East Tennessee Medical Group and the president of the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care.

To say Rick Carver is involved in the community just might be an understatement. Carver is involved with Relay for Life, an event to raise money for cancer research, with the Cystic Fibrosis fund- raisers, with the March of Dimes and is president of the Smoky Mountain chapter of the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care. “I stay pretty busy,” says Carver. “I’m real fortunate to be able to do these things.”

What was your first paying job?

“It was a summer job with City of Maryville when I was 15. Surveying for a month with the civil engineers then with the department of public works for the rest of the summer.”

What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“ ‘You talkin’ to me?’ or ‘Run Forest, run!’ “

What are you guilty of?

“On advice of my lawyer, I refuse to answer.”

Who is your hero?

“My father. He was a Maryville firefighter captain, a charter member of the Blount County Rescue Squad and a Little League coach. He truly gave his all to this community.”

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“Buy a two-seater convertible roadster. It’s a midlife thing.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“A photo of my daughter and myself when she was born.”

What are you reading currently?

“ ‘The Appeal’ by John Grisham. I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s pretty cool.”

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“Ronald Reagan. He was able to bring down the Berlin Wall. I was in San Antonio, and we heard news the wall was coming down. It just seem he was able to talk to people and be stern when he needed to be but could bring people together in a non-confrontational way.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“My father. He passed away in 1983. It would just be great to talk to him about the way life was for him and the way things have changed now and let him know how much people thought of him. It’s amazing when people realize I’m his son.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“The Bible. It’s just what I was raised on and, not that I follow it totally, but each time I have a chance to read scripture, it reinforces my beliefs. Both my grandfathers were Baptist ministers. It has helped me during some challenges. A little over two years ago I almost died when I ruptured my spleen. If it hadn’t been for the church and the work group, I wouldn’t be here. It seems when I get stressed out, I can go back and find basic teachings to help me.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“Dressing as a hula dancer for Relay for Life. I think Elvis made a move on me that night.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“I’m pretty outgoing. I’m willing to give a hand when it’s needed.”

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I wanted to be a firefighter because of my dad, Pete Carver, a fire captain for the City of Maryville.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“Learn to not sweat the small stuff.”

What is your passion?

“I’ve got a couple of them. My family and just to see our community be the best it can be and help make that happen in whatever way I can.”

What do you hate?

“Abusive people, verbally or physically. I don’t like them.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“‘History of the World: Part 1,’ by Mel Brooks.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“The late 1800s to meet my ancestors when they lived in Cades Cove.”

What was your first car?

“A 1957 convertible VW Beetle. I worked all summer with City of Maryville to earn the money to buy a car. I was driving down Rockford and saw it on the side of the road. It had 2-by-6 wooden bumpers. It was a fun toy.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Treat people the way you would want them to treat you.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“It was a small handmade paperweight that was made by a camper at a Cystic Fibrosis camp in Georgia.”

Who is your hero?

“My father. He was a Maryville firefighter captain, a charter member of the Blount County Rescue Squad and a Little League coach. He truly gave his all to this community.”

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