HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY www.ShopperNewsNow.com | Interns head downtown Last week, the ShopperNews interns toured the Knox Area Rescue Ministries, the health department and ate lunch at the Knoxville Welcome Center during a WDVX Blue Plate Special concert. ➤ See their story on pages A-10, 11 Yea for Jay! Halls Middle School assistant principal Jay Wormsley was named Administrator of the Year for East Tennessee by the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools at its annual conference on June 14. ➤ See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-3 Finding ‘Dallas’ Most college kids head to sandy beaches during the summer. When he was at UT, Jake Mabe went to Southfork. He reminisces about the 1998 trip on the heels of the new TNT cable TV version of the popular CBS-TV series “Dallas.” ➤ See page A-5 UT revitalization This is the revitalization time of Tennessee football, says Marvin West. “Hope is here. Rebirth is likely. Improvement is just around the corner. Derek Dooley is optimistic.” Marvin says, “There had to be changes.” ➤ See Marvin’s story on page A-6 Fire safety fun Rural/Metro held a fire safety event at the Corryton Branch Library last week. Hannah Evans was there. ➤ See Hannah’s story on page A-14 Index | twitter.com/shoppernewsnow A great community newspaper VOL. 51 NO. 26 IN THIS ISSUE www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow June 25, 2012 Grant received for Clayton Park Work set to begin this year By Jake Mabe Knox County Commission will vote today (Monday, June 25) on a Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for $120,000 with an in-kind services match of $120,000 in employee labor provided by the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department for a total project value of $240,000 for the Phase I development of Clayton Park in Halls. “We’re trying to stretch our dollars as much as we can,” parks director Doug Bataille said last week. “We’ll do as much in-house work as we can except for the asphalt and block laying, which will be contracted out.” Parks and greenways coordinator Rebekah Jane Montgomery said Phase I will include aligning the park’s entrance with the entrance to Crossroads Centre (the old Walmart entrance) and creating an entrance drive, as well as adding rest rooms, a picnic shelter and a greenway loop. She said the county received the park’s entrance permit from the Tennessee Department of Transportation last week. Bataille says he hopes to begin work this fall, weather permitting, which will correspond with the upcoming road improvements to the section of Norris Freeway that fronts the park site. He said his department is finishing The Clayton Park Master Plan. At left is the Shalimar Pointe condominums. At top is Norris Freeway. Phase I of the project will be to create an entrance across from Crossroads Centre, add the driveway, restrooms, a picnic shelter and a greenway loop. Photo courtesy Knox County Parks and Recreation. the Concord Dog Park as well as projects at Schumpert Park, at Mead’s Quarry near Ijams Nature Center and on the Bearden circle greenway (which he calls “a question mark”) before beginning work at Clayton Park. “The good news is we’re still doing projects. Several communities have turned grants back in because they don’t want to provide the match. We still want to build nice stuff. Hopefully, when we open it, it will be worth the wait.” The park’s new entrance is currently a steep slope that will have to be filled and tied into the driveway. Bataille says it’s “been more of a challenge than what we thought,” but his department is working with the county’s deputy director of engineering and public works, Jim Snowden, to stockpile suitable fill at the site from various county road projects. Bataille is also seeking suitable fill, but asks that anyone wishing to donate to call his office at 215-6600 so that the fill can be approved before it is dropped off. Carl Tindell, who spearheaded the community fundraising drive that purchased the land from the Hodge family in 2005, says that David Hurst of Hurst Excavating volunteered his time recently to collect brush on the park site into one large pile. Knox County parks and greenways coordinator Rebekah Jane Montgomery, parks and recreation senior director Doug Bataille and Halls guy F. Carl Tindell survey the layout at Clayton Park. Knox County Parks and Recreation has secured a match grant through TDEC to begin Phase I construction of the park. Photo by Shannon Carey Jake Mabe A3 Government/Politics A4 Jake Mabe’s feature A5 Marvin West/Malcolm Shell A6 Faith A7 Interns A10,11 Kids A12 Business A15,16 Shannon Carey A17 Health/Lifestyles Sect B Nathan Benditz of the MPC staff talks with Powell residents Willard “Snooks” Scarbro and David Dietz. Photos by S. Clark 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 news@ShopperNewsNow.com ads@ShopperNewsNow.com GENERAL MANAGER Shannon Carey shannon@ShopperNewsNow.com EDITOR Sandra Clark email@example.com FEATURES EDITOR Jake Mabe firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING SALES Patty Fecco fecco@ShopperNewsNow.com Brandi Davis davisb@ShopperNewsNow.com 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. TITAN A SELF-STORAGE Lee Robbins examines bike routes with MPC planner Mike Carberry. Planning for parks By Sandra Clark Planners are wrapping up the county’s North Sector Plan with substantial input from Powell residents and a thundering silence from Halls. MPC has conducted four public sessions to discuss the plan which establishes land use for 15 years. Sector plans are more difficult to amend now than in past years, a point noted by attorney Arthur Seymour Jr. who attended every session, possibly to influence extension Lowest prices in town. 938-2080 Climate and non-climate controlled units, indoor and outdoor, RV storage, 24/7 access, month to month rentals, fenced, lighted and security, convenient to Halls and Powell. NOW OPEN! Norris Freeway location of the Emory Road commercial district west of Central Avenue Pike. Seymour is not talking – at least to reporters. It’s interesting to see developers and large landowners involved at sector meetings while residents hold back, reacting to proposals as they come. Anyone wanting to vet the plan before its adoption by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Knox County Commission can see details on- line at www.knoxmpc.org. Lee Robbins is not passive. He advocates for greenways and bicycle routes at every opportunity. Robbins was at Powell last week, talking about a suburban bus line to serve Halls and Powell, possibly running at morning, midday and evening. “It takes a half day to get anything done downtown,” he said. “Buses would not have to run every hour or two.” Robbins also engaged planner Mike Carberry about proposals for parks in the north sector. The planning map is dotted with 5- to 20-acre neighborhood parks and a large 100- to 200-acre district park, now sited ominously close to SALES S ALES • SERVICE SERVICE • MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE Family Fami Fa mily mi lyy Bus B Business u in us ines esss Se es Serv Serving r in rv ng You Y u for Yo ffo or Over Ovver 15 15 Years Ye ear as 5715 Tazewellll Pike 5715 Old Old dT Pik Pi k • 687-2520 687 252 5 0 Cantrell’s Cares Financing available through TVA Energy Right program* *Restrictions May Apply the Clark family farm on Bull Run Creek. Cousins, beware! Carberry admitted there is no money in the county budget to acquire land and said parks often are created by community fund-raising through an agency such as the Legacy Parks Foundation, which assisted Halls residents in buying 11 acres for the Clayton Park. Knox County has large parks in deep west (Concord Park) and northwest (Melton Hill). It owns almost 400 acres in the Seven Islands Wildlife area in the southeast sector. “Ideally, we would have one really significant natural area of 100 to 200 acres in each sector,” Carberry said.