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UNION COUNTY | | POSTAL CUSTOMER A great community newspaper VOL. 7 NO. 21 Bridge work stalled May 26, 2012 Chosen hearts honored By Shannon Carey Tennessee Department of Transportation announced May 22 that the contract with Mountain States Contractors LLC for the new Highway 33 Bridge over Norris Lake has been cancelled. TDOT will solicit new bids for the project and issue a new completion date when a new contract is in place. “(TDOT) understands how important the construction of a new bridge is to the people traveling in that area,” said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi. “This is a challenging project, involving some of the deepest waters in the state. We have been diligent in monitoring this project and will continue to work toward getting it moving again as quickly as possible.” According to Nagi, geological conditions on the lake floor necessitated changes to the original designs for the new bridge’s footings. Due to the cost associated with the changes, TDOT decided to cancel the contract and open bidding for the remaining work. The new bridge is more than one-third complete. It is being constructed alongside the existing bridge. Info: www. IN THIS ISSUE Roaring Lions The Union County Lions Club installed one new member and an officer for the 20122013 fiscal year at the May 21 meeting. Ronnie Mincey will hold the gavel as president and Judy Roe came on board as the newest member. Darrell Malone will be secretary-treasurer, and Randy Jones will continue as vision chair. ➤ See Cindy’s story on page 4 Art with a twist Willie White is known in his community as the guardian of the lake people. But when he is not watching over neighboring properties, his talents take him in another direction. ➤ See Cindy’s story on page 5 Index Business Community Down-home Update Kids 3 4 5 6-7 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 EDITOR Cindy Taylor ADVERTISING SALES Brandi Davis Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 4509 Doris Circle, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 11,000 homes in Union County. Callie Corum and Milah Shoffner were honored at the American Heart Association Banquet on May 9. Photo submitted By Cindy Taylor The Southeast Affiliate Region of the American Heart Association honored two of Union County’s “Sweet Hearts” during its May 9 Go Red for Women event at the Knoxville Convention Center. Fourteen-year-old Callie Corum and 4-year-old Milah Shoffner were welcomed to the stage by “Live at Five at Four” co-host Beth Haynes. Both girls survived open heart surgery at an early age and are now living normal, healthy lives. Shoffner is the daughter of Nicole and Jamie Shoffner of Luttrell. Shoffner, who had an ASD and VSD repair at Vanderbilt when she was 18 months old, will celebrate the third anniversary of her surgery June 2. She was the 2011 poster child for the American Heart Association and met Pat Summitt at an event last year. She was nervous about getting up on stage, but her biggest concern was that Summitt wasn’t there this year. Corum is the daughter of Chris and Leslie Corum, also of Luttrell. Her open heart surgery was performed at Vanderbilt when she was 2 years old to repair an ASD defect. She is celebrating her 11th year post surgery and will attend Union County High School this fall. She led the invocation prior to the dinner with a beautiful prayer. “Dear God, I thank you that Milah and I can stand up here healthy,” said Corum. “I also want to thank you for the AHA and Go Red for Women. Without organizations like this one, Milah and I might not be here. Lord, please instill in us a pure heart and give us the eyes to notice you when others can’t, because just as Matthew 5:8 says, the pure in heart will see God. Please give us the opportunity to live in a way that is pleasing to you.” Speakers for this year’s event were UT Women’s Athletic Director Joan Cronan, who issued the fourth annual challenge in honor of Pat Summitt. Another guest speaker was “Biggest Loser” contestant and former UT football player Antone Davis, who went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Shoffner and Corum are both very involved with the American Heart Association and attend events throughout the year. Rice seeks GOP nod for state Senate By Sandra Clark Hobart L. Rice is a candidate for state senator from the 8th District, which includes Union County. A resident of Jefferson County, Rice was elected to serve on the Republican State Executive Committee in 2010. Each Senate district sends one man and one woman to the SEC, the governing body of the state Republican Party. The 8th District includes Union, Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins and Jefferson counties. On a personal note, Hobart and this writer organized and chartered Knox County’s first Teen-Age Republican Club in 1966. Hobart was the club’s first president, and I was an advisor from the Knox County Young Republican Club. Drive Thru In 1968, Rice was a senior at the old Young High School in south Knox County and was chosen to chair “Nixon Youth.” After college, Rice moved to Jefferson County. He has been married to Bonnie Ellison Rice of Dandridge for 31 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Rice says he’s running for the state Senate to support Gov. Bill Haslam. “We’ve been sending people to Nashville who lose focus and forget why they’re there. “They pass laws authorizing horse meat packing plants, but Tennessee is 46th in education and our people desperately need jobs. “How can we look our children and grandchildren in the eye and explain to them that we are doing nothing to give them a better future? How do you recruit good companies to a state that offers their employees a school system that is fourth from the bottom? “It is time to send someone to Nashville who will not lose that focus, who will remember what is important and will finally give our children a chance at a real future.” In Jefferson County, Rice has chaired the county Republican Party for four terms and was involved in campaigns for local, state and national candidates including the election of President George W. Bush. Over his career, he has managed retail stores and served as a Jefferson County deputy under Sheriff Elmer Franklin. He served as “commissioner of personnel and finance” on the Dan- Hobart Rice dridge City Council. He’s eager to meet folks in Union County and says call him anytime on his cell phone at 865-548-8479 or email him at hobartlrice@aol. com. Final personal note: Other than being amazed that a kid I knew as a teenager is now a grandfather, I found Hobart Rice the same enthusiastic fellow I’ve always known. Get to know Hobart. You’ll like him too. Abundant Health & Wellness Jennifer Savage & Emily Harless • STAR Chewing Tobacco $17.99 carton • 24-pk Cumberland Gap Spring Water $3.99 • Bread 2~2Lb. loaves $2.50 everyday! Snacks, milk, Cokes and charcoal 992-0785 • 1784 Maynardville Hwy. Family Nurse Practitioners ALREADY A CUSTOMER? 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