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A great community newspaper. COMMUNITY A4-5 | OUR COLUMNISTS A3, A6-7 | YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS A8-10 POSTAL CUSTOMER union county VOL. 6, NO. 18 APRIL 30, 2011 INSIDE | | Johnny Parton, new owner of Hickory Star Resort and Marina, stands with manager Denise Helms before the grand reopening of Nordstrom’s Galley restaurant at the resort. Photos by C. Taylor New school bus routes are ready to roll Find yours on page A-9 FEATURED COLUMNIST DR. BOB COLLIER Dr. Collier visits Cades Cove See page A-6 The ‘Star’ is rising By Cindy Taylor Honor Air flies again See Jake’s story on page A-3 ONLINE Union County has a new offering for fine food with casual dining. Nordstrom’s Galley reopened at Hickory Star Resort and Marina April 21, and folks couldn’t wait to taste Linda Nordstrom’s cooking once again. Nordstrom left a few years ago to pursue other options, and when the resort changed hands in January she was asked to return. Nordstrom did not hesitate. “I’m happy to be back here,” said Nordstrom. “Hickory Star is under completely new ownership, and the guys running it have great plans for this place. Some places are beer joints that also serve food. We’re a dining establishment that offers some beer. We have fine dining with American fare, a casual atmosphere with family prices and really good food.” Nordstrom does a lot of the cooking but also has chefs whom she has trained personally to prepare her own recipes. Everything is made in-house and prepared on-site. Nordstrom’s Galley is open 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The Galley will offer daily specials like prime rib and catfish and Nordstrom’s famous homemade desserts. Hickory Star’s new owners, Johnny and David Parton and Fun abounds at revamped resort Dean Knuckles, have a number of plans in the works to revamp the resort and make it the place to be once again. They also manage Old Hickory Water Company. A new dock that can hold about 28 boats has been established for restaurant parking only, and the motel has reopened, offering nine remodeled units. The Parton brothers from Kentucky and Virginia, also known as the Blue Jean To page A-2 Bridge, highway projects 25 percent complete By Cindy Taylor DO YOU LIKE? TELL US! The Shopper-News is now on Facebook! Check us out for updates, photos and more! ShopperNewsNow 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 EDITOR Cindy Taylor ADVERTISING SALES Darlene Hutchison hutchisond@ Shopper 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. Rumors continue to fly around the Highway 33 Bridge project as well as the Highway 33 expansion project. According to B.J. Doughty, Community Relations Officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, here are the facts. On the Highway 33 Bridge project, the contractor has completed abutments 1 and 2 and completed piers 1 and 6. They have also completed 90 percent of the grading for the roadway approaches. Currently, they are working in the water building coffer dams for piers 3, 4 and 5, which is why you can’t see the activity from the road. They are currently about 25 percent completed on this project. As for the rumor floating around that TDOT is taking bids on the project because they are unhappy with the current contractor, that is not entirely correct. TDOT is negotiating a change in the construction plans and the cost associated with that change. Those discussions with the contractor are ongoing right now, and TDOT did not disclose the content. The widening project on Highway 33 in Maynardville is also around 25 percent complete. The contractor is installing drainage structures and grading in the south side of the project. They will be mobilizing additional crews in the WE BUY GOLD Directly across from Fountain City Park 865-705-5836 5334 N. Broadway Crane barges continue work on the Highway 33 Bridge over Norris Lake. Photo by C. Taylor coming weeks. Also, they will begin sidewalk installation on the north end of the project. On April 14, the contractor began the installation of a storm drain pipe that ran from left to right of the centerline in front of Union County High School. The contractor waited until school traffic cleared to begin his operation. One-lane traffic was utilized in order to excavate to the centerline then backfill using stone to expedite the operation. Then, the traffic was switched to work on the other side. The contractor completely backfilled the trench to accommodate the afternoon school traffic and resumed opera- tions after traffic cleared. A heavy flow of traffic occurred around 4:30 p.m., mostly coming from Knoxville, when the contractor began filling the top portion of the trench with hot mix. Any additional crossings will be done at night or weekends so as not to impede the flow of traffic as occurred during this time. Open Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8 Flowers l by Bob 215 Hwy. 61 East • Maynardville • 992-8148 Serving: Knoxville • Maynardville • Tazewell & Surrounding Area Shop online: OPEN MOTHER’S DAY May 8 • 8am - 3pm See our ad inside to see how you can WIN A FREE DINNER! 2809 Maynardville Hwy Maynardville

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