VOL. 7 NO. 24 Envision the future, IN THIS ISSUE Messing with the school board Something about the school board not being subject to term limits is an itch other local politicians can’t stop trying to scratch. “Why should they be above any other elected official in the county?” asked Commissioner Mike Brown, one of the most persistent advocates of term limits for school board members. ➤ See story on page A-4 Miracle maker Persistence paid off when A.L. Lotts Elementary School teacher Karla Fultz entered Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Extreme Classroom Makeover for the third time. She won $25,000 to spend on technology for her 5th grade classroom. Fultz is excited, but also overwhelmed. She plans to devote much of her time over the next few weeks to learning how to use the new equipment. She may not be savvy when it comes to electronics, but her creativity shines through in the video she wrote for the ORAU contest, which is on the consortium’s website. ➤ remember the past Citizens ns d discuss iscuss Lakeshore Park By Wendy Smith Members of the community expressed creative ideas for Lakeshore Park during the first of several meetings the city has planned to determine the park’s future. They included a boathouse, an “old folks home,” a quilt museum and a dirt bike track. One gentleman suggested a lyceum, which had some attendees scratching their heads. (A lyceum is a hall for public lectures or discussion.) But others said they’d like the park to stay the same. Angela Bobbit said she enjoys walking and meditating at Lakeshore. She doesn’t want to see the park turned into “one big parking lot.” “Don’t commercialize it,” she said. Several expressed an interest in keeping some of the buildings that comprised Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. Jane Morgan of North KnoxThe Lakeshore Mental Health Institute chapel might ville says she is “in love with” the be preserved for public use at Lakeshore Park. chapel building on the former campus. She’d like to see it used as see the chapel saved as a memoAva Peterson Randolph grew up a performance space. Joy Johnson said she’d like to rial to the former mental hospital. on the campus of what was called By Sandra Clark In spite of the fact that 447 of his ancestors were murdered during World War II, the family of Henry Fribourg, professor emeritus of crop ecology at UT, has flourished since coming to the U.S. in 1945. But it was a narrow escape. ➤ Read story on page A-3 5710 Plaza One of the best examples we’ve seen lately of small businesspeople banding together to help each other can be found at the 5710 Plaza center on Kingston Pike, and there’s a good story behind how it happened, too. When Tim Tipton decided to shut down his Anna’s Angels thrift shop last year, he let his friend, Laura Spaller, know about it. ➤ See story on page A-10 Frontier House Malcolm Shell recalls John and Charlie at Farragut’s Frontier House – a place where good friends had good times. ➤ See story on page A-5 10512 Lexington Dr., Ste. 500 37932 (865) 218-WEST (9378) NEWS news@ShopperNewsNow.com Sandra Clark | Wendy Smith | Anne Hart ADVERTISING SALES ads@ShopperNewsNow.com Shannon Carey Jim Brannon | Tony Cranmore Brandi Davis | Patty Fecco Eastern State Hospital, where her father, B.F. Peterson, was superintendent for 24 years, beginning in 1939. She says she’ll fight to save the administration building, where she lived until she was 8 years old. Attorney Tom McAdams, who is on the board of the nonprofit Lakeshore Park Inc., which manages the park, gave a history of the 180-acre park that demonstrated why some might want to preserve it. The Cherokee Indians owned the property until the Treaty of Holston transferred it to the federal government. It was later sold to land speculators and purchased by William Lyon (no relation to Knoxville Chief Policy Officer Bill Lyons, according to Lyons) in 1809. The state purchased the property for a mental health institute in 1874. In 1886, East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane was built. In 1960, the campus expanded with the addition of cottages and other buildings, but by 1990, To page A-3 Bearden prospects bright See story on page A-11 A narrow escape JJune 17, 2013 www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow ShopperNewsNow.com www.ShopperNewsNow.com Deputy Mayor Bill Lyons was in Fountain City last week, speaking to the Business and Professional Association. Redevelopment was the topic, yet in an interview afterwards, Lyons agreed that it’s not Bill Lyons such a big issue in Bearden and Fountain City. “Bob Whetsel (the city’s redevelopment director) and I both spoke. I presented the vision of redevelopment and the principles we use. Bob spoke of specific projects as we implement the vision.” Lyons said the city has four areas of redevelopment: north, south, east and west. Each is unique. Downtown North includes North Gay Street, Broadway and Central Street, extending to Woodland Avenue. “Happy Hollow is coming back,” said Lyons. The plan includes both residential and commercial development with cost sharing for business façade improvements. South Waterfront gets a lot of media attention, particularly with the recent announcement that Atlanta-based developers are negotiating for the former Baptist Hospital property. Public improvements will include a continuous pedestrian/bicycle riverwalk along the shoreline, parks and green spaces, new and reconstructed streets, a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the South Waterfront to the UT campus, sidewalks, bike lanes and parking. Magnolia Avenue Corridor redevelopment was sparked by completion of the SmartFix road improvements. Cumberland Avenue Corridor extends to the new Publix and Walmart development underway on the site of the old Fulton Bellows factory. A goal is to make Cumberland Avenue more pedestrian friendly. As a result of redevelopment downtown and now in the close-in areas, Lyons said the city is grow- ing its tax base. “That creates economic activity from the inside out rather than a focus on expanding our boundaries.” The BPA met at Virginia College, a refurbished former Kroger store on Broadway. Lyons said that Bearden and Fountain City are examples of neighborhoods where strong residential areas support nearby businesses. He said both areas have been spared the “brownfield” issues of other, older neighborhoods. During introductions, the owner of the new Chick-fil-A in Fountain City stood and received applause. “It wasn’t a standing ovation, but everybody clapped. I thought that was interesting,” said Lyons. Sheriff’s race starts early and mean By Betty Bean On June 6, 2012, a dozen deputies showed up at Don Wiser’s DUI school to take him to jail. On June 6, 2013, Wiser sent a letter to the county mayor, the law director and every member of county commission announcing his candidacy for sheriff and accusing incumbent Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones of abusing the department’s drive-home vehicle policy by keeping four cars, including a $70,000 Jack Roush R3 Mustang, for his personal use. He also accused Jones of allowing employees who live in surrounding counties to drive Knox County vehicles home overnight. “That was D-Day, Honey. And I’m declaring war,” Wiser said. Jones denied Wiser’s accusations and called the retired Knoxville Police Department investigator a liar. “In looking at the letter Wiser wrote, the only truthful statement I DEAL OF THE W WEEK! found was that I do have a marked vehicle at my house because often I ride patrol,” Jones said. “Everything else as far as I know is untrue. And since he stated he is a candidate for sheriff, it is my personal opinion that he is misinformed and as a former law enforcement officer is a disgrace to any man or woman who has ever worn a badge.” KCSO public information officer Martha Dooley released a list of the department’s fleet, which did not include any of the vehicles Wiser mentioned. The county finance office was unable to shed much light on the situation since the fleet list does not report vehicles purchased with drug fund money or seized from drug dealers. 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