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KARNS/HARDIN VALLEY VOL. 6 NO. 48 NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ Road closure North Campbell Station Road, 1/3 mile south of Yarnell Road, will be closed starting Tuesday, Nov. 27, to facilitate the new alignment of North Campbell Station Road and new bridge construction. The contractor has been given 21 days to complete, and the road should be reopened Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to Jim Snowden of Knox County Engineering and Public Works. Local access will be permitted and through traffic will detour via Yarnell and Lovell roads. IN THIS ISSUE Coffee Break Joshua Barnefske, No. 64 on the Karns High School football team, will be changing uniforms as he joins the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation in June. He will miss his family and friends, especially his little buddy, Adam Currier, whom he met in early childhood development class at Byington-Solway last year. Get to know Joshua Barnefske. ➤ Read Coffee Break on A-2 Miracle Maker It’s almost time for the final bell at South-Doyle Middle School, but 6th grade social studies teacher Donna Hall looks like she’s in the middle of her day. A big tote bag sits on the floor behind her desk. She won’t walk out to her car until it’s stacked full of student papers that she’ll work on until deep into the night. ➤ See Betty Bean’’s story on A-9 Who needs this? TDOT is planning to dump $100 million into an extension of the James White Parkway despite opposition from Mayors Rogero and Burchett. If your daily travels include Bob Gray Road or any of its narrow, twisty counterparts, you know better spots for this money. ➤ See S. Clark’s comments on A- 4 Who killed UT football? The autopsy continues, but Marvin West has a guess … ➤ See Marvin’s story on A-6 10512 Lexington Dr., Ste. 500 37932 (865) 218-WEST (9378) NEWS Sandra Clark | Theresa Edwards ADVERTISING SALES Shannon Carey | Patty Fecco Jim Brannon | Debbie Moss Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly and distributed to 29,974 homes in Farragut, Karns and Hardin Valley. | | A great community newspaper November 26, 2012 Move that truck! fire By Theresa Edwards “The community is our extreme makeover team, providing for the construction of the new station through their memberships,” said Captain Jay Gregory. “We have been blessed to have the old station for the last several years, but it is a converted barn and there’s no comparison. We have gone from one extreme to another, from an old facility to a brand new state-of-the-art facility.” The new Karns Fire Department Station 2 at Hardin Valley is expected to be completed in midDecember, with the first shift staying there overnight on Christmas eve. A dedication and open house will occur in January if things go as planned. Old Karns Fire Station 2 struction drilling. One giant rock Karns Fire Department Hardin Valley Station 2 (behind truck) nears comple- took three weeks to remove. tion. Photos by T. Edwards of Knox County forced a change in the water retention plan, adding time to the project. We hope this “This new station is going to be tion is our home half the time.” a night and day difference for the Several setbacks have slowed will be a very merry Christmas for guys who work there,” said engi- progress. Rocks and old asphalt all those who serve the communineer Perry Pruitt Jr. “Our fire sta- were discovered, despite pre-con- ty at the Karns Fire Department. Not-so-random harvest ESK garden yields veggies, learning opportunities By Betsy Pickle As Americans were reminded last week, the Pilgrims had a feast of Thanksgiving to celebrate their first successful harvest. Episcopal School of Knoxville students and faculty give thanks throughout the year as they enjoy harvests from their own garden at their farm-totable organic lunches. Parents are grateful, too. “We have a lot of parents who are really surprised by what their students are willing to eat beThere will be beans for lunch! Adrian cause they’ve seen it growing in Jabran, Jackson Musrock, Jack Fedthe garden, and they’ve tasted it dersen, Ashton Mayo-Beavers, Alexfresh,” says Mathew Luce, ESK’s andra Musrock and Leoni Kunz work farm director. at the Episcopal School of Knoxville’s Headmaster Jay Secor and Luce, garden. Photos submitted a Latin teacher at the time, started talking about taking a different approach to lunch a couple of years ago. The idea of creating a vegetable garden at the school, which sits on 78 acres of rolling farmland in time. Right now, grades 3, 4 and World Gospel Mission. Knox County west of Lovell Road, “I worked on a community5 have a garden class every other came from those discussions. week. We have food production, development project called the and we also have the value-added Older Kesi Mission Project in educational component that is re- southern Kenya, teaching the Masai tribe how to sustainably ally, really important.” Though the garden was estab- grow food,” he says. Luce came back to Tennessee and lished only in April 2011, it already has been so successful that went to the University of the South Luce and Secor were invited to in Sewanee, where he majored in present a program the week be- classical languages but also studied fore Thanksgiving at the National ecology and biodiversity. His first Association of Episcopal Schools job was teaching at ESK, where he is now development director in adConference in Baltimore. Luce thinks their “Growing dition to farm director. The school has a part-time a School Garden” session was a success. “They really were ex- garden manager who takes care cited about the information and of the garden daily, as well as a asking questions about how they sustainability director who helps teach garden classes. It also has could do this at their school.” Luce, who grew up in Knox- chickens, and the cafeteria cooks Max Lancaster holds up an egg from ville, attended Christian Acad- use the eggs in preparing the the school’s chicken coop. emy of Knoxville and was school’s food. ESK has 350 kindergarten home-schooled before going to Initially, they simply wanted Bearden High School, wasn’t just through 8th grade students. to raise produce to use in meals. a random teacher with a green Many of them also help take care “As we began to do more re- thumb when he was asked to be of the garden. search,” says Luce, “we wanted to farm director. After graduating “The students who have garmake sure that the garden … was from Bearden in 2003, he spent den class every week are involved successful for all students – that a year in Kenya gaining hands- (physically) when they’re not it was like the library and that on agricultural experience as an studying specifically about it,” students would be welcome at any independent volunteer through says Luce. “Sometimes it’s pick- Keep Your Me Memories emo SAFE! ing bugs off of cabbage leaves; sometimes it’s helping weed.” Other teaching opportunities come with the garden’s 16 raised beds. “They study very wide-ranging things – from meteorological effects to the water cycle … how to plant … even some of the harvesting techniques as well. We use a method called squarefoot gardening, so it also allows us to teach multiplication tables, volume – how many plants can this raised bed support if we can plant this many per square, things like that.” In addition to the usual lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, spinach, radishes, onions, squashes and zucchinis, the garden also features the unexpected. “We try to be very, very colorful and bright with the things that we grow,” says Luce. “One of the school colors is purple, so we’ve got purple bell peppers and purple carrots, things that are funny and different. We try to engage at a different level than they’re used to.” SALES S ALES • SERVICE SERVICE • MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE Preserve those old Pr reels, slides & vhs tapes today! AUDIO CASSETTE TAPES TO CD $12 EACH Last day for Christmas 5 tape minimum. Expires 12/1/12 guarantee without a rush fee is DEC. 1 Coupon must be presented at time order is dropped off. 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