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HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY | Loopers for lunch Dr. Bob Collier had an uninvited guest at dinner just the other night. “Well,” Bob says, “uninvited to me; unwelcome to Grandma. Upon aiming for my first bite of salad, I spied something walking down the right sleeve of my shirt. Not walking, exactly, either, but getting along by a mode of travel the caterpillar people call “looping” – front feet out and down, bring the back ones up, repeat. “Yep, a nice, vigorous inchworm was heading down the sleeve, trying to get to the salad bowl ahead of me. They must be fond of salad.” ➤ See Dr. Collier’s story on page A-6 NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ Women’s League to hold cleanup Saturday The Halls Crossroads Women’s League will hold a litter pickup 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Registration will be held at the HCWL Closet located at the corner of Maynardville Highway and Cunningham Road. Parking is available behind the building. Gloves, water and bags will be supplied. Focus areas are around Norris Freeway, Emory Road to Maynardville Highway and sections of Andersonville Pike. Other areas will be added if enough volunteers participate. Index Jake Mabe Government/Politics Marvin West Dr. Bob Collier Lynn Hutton Schools Business Health/Lifestyles A3 A4 A5 A6 A6 A9-11 A12 Sect B 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 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. By Shannon Carey Robin Wilhoit has been reporting the news for Channel 10 for 20 years. Wilhoit told attendees of the Halls Community Prayer Breakfast April 6, that she has seen God’s hand at work, even when reporting on tragedy. “I consider myself to be a very, very blessed person,” she said. “Some of these stories are hard to tell. There’s a lot of heartache in the world, but in the midst of that, I have seen God’s hand at work.” Wilhoit spoke about the aftermath of 9/11, when Knoxvillians rallied to support New Yorkers, raising $1 million to replace a fire truck destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed. In 2005, Knoxville adopted the small town of Bay St. Louis, decimated by Hurricane Katrina. People raised money, donated food, clothing and water. Two years ago, Wilhoit revisited the town. “That community is being restored,” she said. For one of her first assignments at Channel 10, Wilhoit followed Remote Area Medical to the village of San Fernando, Mexico. Out of the huge crowd of people waiting for much-needed medical care, Wilhoit found a little boy named Jesus, who was born with a cleft lip and palate. His mother brought Jesus in the hope that someone could help him. A plastic surgeon had travelled with the group. He repaired the little boy’s lip that day. “(The mother’s) prayer was answered,” said Wilhoit. “I saw God’s handiwork that day.” Finally, Wilhoit spoke about her own father, who is battling WBIR news anchor Robin Wilhoit and Halls Business and Professional Association board member Ted Hatfield greet guests at the Halls Community Prayer Breakfast, held at Beaver Dam Baptist Church April 6. For speaking at the Prayer Breakfast, Hatfield gave Wilhoit two special gifts, cookbooks from the Halls Crossroads Women’s League and Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Photo by S. Carey cancer. She showed a news piece she did about her father and his recent trip to Israel. “I see God’s handiwork in him each and every day through his faith,” she said. Halls Business and Professional Association board member Ted Hatfield thanked Wilhoit, giving her cookbooks from both the Halls Crossroads Women’s League to Wilhoit, the UPS Store, Shopper-News, Beaver Dam Baptist Church, Adrian Burnett Elementary School principal Kathy Duggan, Sue Walker, pianist Judy Beeler and soloist Amy Churchwell. Centerpieces were provided by Adrian Burnett art students under the direction of Sara Wieland. and Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Hatfield thanked all who sponsored and volunteered for the event. Sponsors include Tindell’s, Dave and Wanda Lambert, Foster Arnett, state Rep. Bill Dunn, Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith, Hatfield, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones and John Whitehead. Special thanks went the North Knoxville Medical Center would be developed as mixed use, under preliminary plans drawn by Reynolds. The land could be developed as medical or some commercial, and the zoning would extend to the old Powell airport. While some of that land is inside a flood plain, Reynolds said developers could fill up to one-half of the 100-year flood plain. Historic Powell: Planners are anticipating substantial changes to Powell and the Clinton Highway area following completion of the Emory Road extension, now under construction. It will open up a section of Clinton Highway for redevelopment, while reducing through traffic in “downtown” Powell. This could lead to a more pedestriandriven business and residential look and a “small town” feel, said Carberry. He’s recommending that MPC work with area stakeholders to develop a vision plan before detailed land uses are set. User-friendly land use plan By Sandra Clark There’s too much asphalt in the Halls business district. Shopping center parking lots are too big. If you agree, your chance to be heard is near. Planner Mike Reynolds is leading a team from the Metropolitan Planning Commission to update the North Sector Plan. Yawn, you say. A sector plan includes 15-year land use, and recent court rulings have given such plans much more weight than before. The plan is used in making recommendations in zoning cases and capital improvements. It impacts community facilities such as parks and walking trails or sidewalks. It might even determine whether your neighbor can install a body shop or landing strip. Upcoming meetings (see sidebar) are open format without a presentation. Maps will be on display boards with plenty of staff to answer questions and take comments. The April meetings are follow-ups to meetings held last fall. Reynolds, in a one-hour We’ll dry clean all your household items! 7032 Maynardville Hwy. • M-F 7-6 • Sat. 8-3 922-4780 American owned since 1958 Quality work at competitive prices interview last week, said final hearings will be held after planners absorb suggestions made in April. Info: 215-2500. Old Walmart: Reynolds says the Halls Centre could accommodate a 30,000 to 40,000 square foot building(s) (can you say Red Lobster?) if the county’s parking standards are reduced. “We have begun looking at what other cities and counties have for parking standards, but do not have a projection for ‘if or when’ a proposal will be rolled out for public review,” he said. Current county parking standards require 200 square feet per parking space with 5 spaces for every 1,000 square feet of leasable space (with more stringent limits on theaters, etc.). Planners are considering a reduction to 180 square feet per space and possibly 3.5 spaces per 1,000 square feet. Planner Mike Carberry said the new Kroger in Fountain City is an example of a business that asked for and received a variance on parking spaces. “Four spaces per 1,000 square feet are required in the city, but Kroger was approved for fewer to save the trees in the parking lot. We thought that was important.” Halls Centre, along with the Black Oak Plaza (where Kroger was torn down), are being considered for “mixed use” in the new sector plan. That would allow retail, office or even residential use of the land. Urban growth: Planners are holding to the urban growth and planned growth boundaries adopted in the 1990s and still in use. “The plans show a small extension of low density residential, but only in the planned growth area,” Carberry said. Per MPC regs, low density allows up to five dwelling units per acre. Raccoon Valley at I-75: The maps show a dramatic blotch of purple along Raccoon Valley Road on both sides of the interstate, but Reynolds said much of the land is already zoned for commercial or industrial use. By putting a “mixed use” designation there, property owners would have more flexibility. “Mixed use could include light industrial, as long as it doesn’t abut residential property,” he said, calling the Raccoon Valley/ interstate area “under-utilized.” Tennova: Property around No rri sF 131 y or Em E. . Rd WY . 33  MPC hearings ■ Halls, 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 16, Senior Center, 4405 Crippen Road. ■ Powell, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, Powell Library, 330 W. Emory Road. 131 d. See Jake’s column on page A-3 God’s hand at work yR ➤ April 9, 2012 E. Em or If ever Jake Mabe has seen a perfect monument, it’s the one dedicated to Bob Polston at the Halls High School baseball field. It sits at what was Bob’s longtime vantage point. Game after game, season after season, there Bob would sit, sporting that Yankees cap and that infectious grin, shooting his radar gun and swapping stories. Maynardville HWY. 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