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VOL. 10 NO. 30 |


July 27, 2016

Summertime fun, and learning, at

SW sector plan Staff from the KnoxvilleKnox County Metropolitan Planning Commission MPC will hold two public meetings to discuss updates to the Southwest County Sector Plan: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in the cafeteria of Northshore Elementary School, 1889 Thunderhead Rd. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at West Emory Presbyterian Church, 1025 Emory Church Rd. The meetings will focus on proposed land use, community facilities and transportation. After a short presentation, staff will be available at stations to answer questions and to gather input. Since the plan was last updated in 2005, more than 30,000 new residents have moved into the area. Feedback received from previous meetings, presentations and an online survey have helped form the current draft. So far, community members have asked for more sidewalks and greenways, more neighborhood parks, better zoning and development standards, and no additional commercial development in low-density neighborhoods. The current draft is online at knoxmpc. org/southwestcounty/.

Sales tax holiday Tennessee’s 12th annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 29-31. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. During the event, shoppers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Retired teachers Knox County Retired Teachers Association will meet with state legislators at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at The Foundry in World’s Fair Park. Info: Jeanette Casteel, president.

Norris Dam is 80 TVA is throwing a free party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, at Norris Dam to celebrate the dam’s 80th anniversary. It’s free and open to all, but there is no parking at the dam. Park free at the Museum of Appalachia located just east of the I-75 Clinton exit, and ride in an air-conditioned shuttle bus to the dam.

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Pond Gap

Community School

Kevin Doherty of the Knoxville Opera includes Bikyeombe Kisuvi in his performance at the Pond Gap UniversityAssisted Community School. Photo by Wendy Smith

By Wendy Smith The only thing that could be more delightful than listening to Knoxville Opera baritone Kevin Doherty perform operatic classics is watching young children listen to him. Some squirmed, some clapped and some giggled. But none could ignore Doherty, who demanded their attention with his booming voice and nonstop movement. Last Tuesday was his last day with the opera,

as he is in the process of moving to California. But he spent it doing something he does well: teaching kids about opera. He performed at the Pond Gap University-Assisted Community School, which serves students and the community on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer and after school during the school year. Knoxville Opera executive director and conductor Brian Salesky is a longtime friend of the program, says Dr. Bob Kronick of the Uni-

versity of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. He founded the pilot Pond Gap program that has resulted in 11 other Knox County community schools − one other university-assisted community school at Inskip Elementary and 10 that are operated by Knox County Schools and the Great Schools Partnership. To page A-3

Take a tour of downtown homes, gardens By Sherri Gardner Howell

There is a little bit of voyeurism in us all, and nothing amps it up like downtown Knoxville residential developments. What wonders are behind those tall windows and historic Knoxville facades? The East Tennessee Community Design Center, a nonprofit organization that pairs architects, planners and other professionals with community groups and nonprofits, is hosting a fundraiser Aug. 4-6 that is a voyeur’s dream. The Urban Home & Garden Tour focuses on both homes and outdoor spaces and includes quite a list of homes and gardens in downtown Knoxville’s refurbished historic buildings. The fun begins with a Premier Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at The Holston, a retail and residential space at 531 S. Gay St. The $125 ticket price includes a ticket to the Urban Home & Garden Tour on

Friday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the Friday or Saturday tours only are $30 and can be purchased at the check-in station and starting point at the historic Phoenix Building, 418 S. Gay St., or in advance online. It is a self-guided tour with volunteers stationed at each property to assist. Featured properties are The Holston, Crown Court Condos, Emporium Lofts, Gallery Lofts, Jackson Ateliers, Kendrick Place and Marble Alley Lofts. At the preview party, guests will enjoy food and wine pairings and a presentation by Dr. Bruce Wheeler, University of Tennessee professor emeritus and historian, who will share historical insights of The Elliot and discuss Knoxville’s 225th birthday. To page A-3

Gayle Bustin, with her curious cat Abbott, in the living room of the Bustins’ loft home at The Holston.

Bill Dunn defends ‘kooky’ bills By Sandra Clark State Rep. Bill Dunn says the so-called “kooky� bills introduced in virtually every legislative session grab media attention from more serious matters. Seeking election to his 12th two-year term, Dunn works in a swirl of insanity called the Tennessee General Assembly. Earlier this month, the state attorney general reported that 22 women had claimed sexual harassment by Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham. Just last week, Rep. Martin Daniel accosted former Rep. Steve Hall in front of four witnesses at a local radio station. Sounds pretty kooky, but Dunn would blame it on the media. “Reporters ask me, ‘Don’t you have better things to do?’ and my answer is, ‘Don’t you have better things to cover?’� Speaking in Powell, Dunn rattled off three bills that drew attention. ■The Monkey Bill was sponsored by Dunn in 2012. It became





law without Gov. Bill Haslam’s that forbade the teaching of husignature. Writing in the Huff- man evolution in the state’s pubington Post, Dr. Peter Hess lic schools. Despite court rulings that teaching said creationist tactics have evolved. evolution can’t be banned and teach“E ig ht y- s e ve n years after the ers can’t be forced notorious Scopes to teach creation science or inteltrial, the Tennessee Legisligent design, lature recently Dunn offered passed a bill what Hess calls “the subtler apencouraging proach.� teachers to present the ‘scientific In Powell, strengths and sciDunn said he entific weaknesses’ won’t claim his legislation was of topics that responsible, arouse ‘debate State Rep. Bill Dunn speaks to and disputation’ but since “Tenthe Powell Business and Professuch as ‘biologinessee had the sional Association. cal evolution, fastest improving test scores the chemical origins of life, global warming and three years in a row,� his bill certainly hasn’t hurt education. human cloning.’� ■The Bible Bill was sponScopes, of course, was the East Tennessee teacher convicted in sored by first-term Rep. Jerry 1925 of violating a Tennessee law Sexton. Haslam vetoed this bill

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that designated the Bible as the state’s official book. Dunn said debate was passionate, with both sides quoting the Bible. When it came time to vote, Dunn said yes. “The Bible already is the official book. I just voted to affirm it.â€? â– Diversity at UT. Dunn said discussion to abolish the Office of Diversity at the University of Tennessee “went downhill so fast it was hard to sort out the facts. ‌ My idea of diversity is unique individuals, not group identity.â€? The Legislature finally voted to defund the Knoxville campus office for one year, leading to the resignation of director Rickey Hall. The funds were switched to a scholarship fund (which may or may not exist) for minority engineering students. “We balance our budget, we fund our pensions and education has improved,â€? Dunn said. And if the media would just quit talking about those kooky bills ‌



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