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HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY | A great community newspaper VOL. 51 NO. 8 February 20, 2012 Steppin’ out IN THIS ISSUE HPUD budget After years of steep rate hikes, the Hallsdale Powell Utility District management has proposed two different rate structures for the fiscal year which starts April 1. The board of commissioners will vote on a budget and the rate to fund it on March 12. ➤ | See Clark’s story on page A-3 Crematorium at City Council Opponents of a crematorium slated to open in Fountain City are gearing up to challenge Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel’s building permit at City Council on Tuesday. Last month, the Board of Zoning Appeals turned down an appeal of Gentry-Griffey’s permit to build an on-site crematorium. In doing so, the zoning board affi rmed the city building official’s ruling that the crematorium is an accessory use to the funeral home. ➤ See Bean’s story on page A-2 NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ Prom 2012 is theme Central High School seniors model prom wear from Savvi Formal Wear and Gilded Gown at last week’s fashion show. Pictured are Matthew Hubbs, Molly Shipman, Connor Weisenberg, Sarah Wesley, Bobby Russell, Avery Barrilleaux, Lauren Bacon, David Sleet, Sidney Settle, Stephen Ridings and Jessica Dycus. Photos by S. Clark Forum at Gibbs School board candidates Mike McMillan and Conley Underwood will participate in a public forum at Gibbs High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. It was organized by Ahnna Estes, workforce development mamager at the Knoxville Chamber. Early voting is underway and the election is Tuesday, March 6. SHOPPER ONLINE One call does it all Bearden lead reporter Wendy Smith writes about a program through the Office on Aging that connects people over age 50 with vetted contractors. Find it on our website. Click Bearden edition. Index Jake Mabe Community Government/Politics Marvin West Jim Byrge Faith Schools Business Health/Lifestyles 2 3 4 5 6 7 9-11 13 Sect B It’s real, it’s here Bids opened for Emory Road By Sandra Clark The Powell leg of Emory Road improvements has been funded and bids opened with the apparent low bidder Potter South East LLC of Huntsville, Tenn. “After 40 years of talk, it’s finally here,” said state Rep. Bill Dunn. Potter’s bid is $1 5 ,66 0,65 3 .11, Bill Dunn Dunn said. “We expect to break ground in mid- to late-March and the completion date is Oct. 31, 2013.” The project will complete the five-laning of Emory Road from Norris Freeway in Halls to Clinton Highway, coming out at Walgreens. It will bridge over the railroad tracks and extend south of Beaver Creek with five lanes and sidewalks, Dunn said. EDITOR Sandra Clark ADVERTISING SALES Patty Fecco Brandi Davis Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 27,825 homes in Halls, Gibbs and Fountain City. Business teacher Skip McMillan was the master of ceremonies. saw how it narrowed to the old road, it was a stark contrast,” said Dunn. The new road will have two lanes in each direction with sidewalks and a turn lane, Dunn said. The decision to build on the south side of Beaver Creek came after contentious community Senior Xia Tapp entertains during a break. meetings that pitted business interests on Emory against homeowners who use the road for school trips. At last week’s Hallsdale Powell Utility District meeting, CEO Darren Cardwell said the utility line relocation was part of the bid specs. Shannondale, Adrian Burnett top school needs list 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 “I’m happy and I hope the folks in BRINK are happy, too. I know Rep. Harry Brooks and Sen. Randy McNally (who also represent Powell) are pleased with this.” BRINK (Better Roads in North Knox), is a citizens group founded in 1994 to promote road improvements in north, northwest and northeast Knox County. Members including Clark Hamilton, Carl Tindell and David Lambert have met with TDOT commissioners over the years to promote an agenda which included widening Emory Road from Halls to Powell and Western Avenue/Oak Ridge Highway from Knoxville to Karns. When Gov. Bill Haslam came into office, he dispatched TDOT Commissioner John Schroer on a road trip to visit projects underway. Dunn virtually hijacked Schroer in Knox County, taking him to the unfinished stretch of Emory Road. “When he drove on Emory and Sarah Gilpin sang a smooth rendition of Duke Ellington’s hit “Just a Lucky So and So.” By Sandra Clark Dr. Jim McIntyre is recommending a major building project at Shannondale Elementary School and improvements for Adrian Burnett. The north area schools were targeted in the superintendent’s capital planning priorities, but there is no timeline for completion. The school board must adopt the recommendations which were discussed at last week’s workshop. Three board members questioned the absence of middle school improvements on the list. At Shannondale, McIntyre would build as many as 14 class- rooms, eliminating the need for portables at the school. “Shannondale has both a relatively low square foot per student ratio and relatively high proportion of its existing square footage in portable classrooms,” he said. Tracie Sanger spoke for Shannondale at the workshop. “We’re requesting renovation or an addition in the near future,” she said. Shannondale was built in 1955 for 250 students. The school now has 435 students with more than one-third housed in portable classrooms. “We have 17 people per toilet. All three 5th grades, all three 4th d Nominate one of ’s N “East T Best”! grades, art, music, special education, speech and guidance are in portables – 145 kids of 435 or 33.6 percent,” she said. “And the quality of those portables has been questioned this year.” An addition at Adrian Burnett Elementary School could accommodate growth in what McIntyre calls the “north central corridor” where he expects “modest enrollment growth” and buildings are at capacity. Since Adrian Burnett, located on Brown Gap Road in Halls, was built for a much smaller enrollment, its core amenities – cafeteria, library, Wear Else! New & Re-Sale Clothing Over 500 NEW Prom & Wedding Gowns P.C.C.A. 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