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Jim Bellamy could have been a comedian. He taught American history at Powell High School from 1952-66 and was principal at Farragut High School for 24 years, serving until his retirement in 1990. Sandra Clark recalls an interview she conducted with Bellamy in 2000. He passed away in 2008.
See Sandra’s story on page A-11
Coffee Break She is the watchdog of town development’s rules and regulations, and Ruth Hawk watches projects like, well, a hawk. As community development director for the town of Farragut, Ruth says she is charged with helping people see how every project that happens in Farragut is interconnected. “I feel like our office is the one that helps people see the bigger picture and teaches people how the process works and why we have rules and guidelines,” says Ruth. Meet Ruth over this week’s Coffee Break.
June 24, 2013
Natural consequence Summer art class brings nature indoors By Betsy Pickle Summer is a great time to be outdoors, enjoying nature and having fun. And thanks to a summer art class offered by the town of Farragut, kids can enjoy nature and have fun indoors, too. The town is offering a Kid’s Nature Painting Class at 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Instructor Angela Polly will show kids ages 6 and up how art can begin with nature. “It’s summer, so I wanted to do something that embraces the season,” says Polly, who began teaching art classes for children at the Town Hall about two years ago. “My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go hiking, and when you go hiking you see all kinds of beautiful things in nature.” Polly will bring that insight to her class, encouraging the participants to look at nature and think of certain shapes and forms. “I’m going to take them on a little hike and have them collect things that they respond to,
and then we’ll use those objects to make a piece of art. I want to show them how you can be inspired by something and then turn it into a piece of art.” Polly, 30, grew up in the suburbs of Charlotte, N.C., but she was able to escape to nature regularly. “I remember playing a lot in the woods as a kid,” she says. “There were a bunch of woods behind my cousin’s house, and we would go out there and just spend the entire day walking around and playing and finding things.” From an early age, she expressed herself through drawing, and she majored in fine art, with a concentration on painting and sculpture, at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After college, she moved to East Tennessee and eventually ended up working at the nonprofit Girls Inc. in Oak Ridge. She was a program specialist teaching a national curriculum, but she also directed art projects and workshops with the girls. “Whether they were
At a town of Farragut art class for children led by Angela Polly, Eowyn Clark creates a tie-dye masterpiece. Photos submitted
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Greatest Vol ever? Children with orange interests and undoubtedly high IQs were frolicking in their forum sandbox. Surprisingly, they got semiserious long enough to conduct an informal poll – to determine the greatest ever football Volunteer. Of course Peyton Manning won.
See Marvin West’s story on A-6
Farragut play day Last week, the Shopper News interns braved the flood to enjoy a play day in Farragut. They praticed their golf swings at the Concord Par 3’s indoor facility. They enjoyed lunch at Lakeside Tavern and got a history lesson from columnist and historian Malcolm Shell. The day ended with a tour of WBIR-TV and a guest spot on “Live at Five at Four.”
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Angela Polly instructs Alisha Soni, left, and Taylor Higginbotham in an art activity.
creating a masterpiece – it wasn’t about that, it was about the experience,” she says. “Their experiences with the art that I would teach them made them open up. They got to know each other, they got to know themselves, and I think it helped them express themselves.” Polly, whose day job
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Citizens rule: Filling the slots on Farragut committees From staff reports In Farragut, it takes a “navy.” With a small full-time paid staff and active community programs, the town depends on a host of volunteers to handle committees and bring much of the town’s business to the town administrator and Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Annually, the town accepts applications to fill open slots on the 12 standing committees. The term of service on each varies, as does the number of committee members and whether or not they must be residents of the town of Farragut. At the June 13 BOMA meeting, additions were made to 10 committees. There were no changes proposed for the Board of Plumbing and Gas/Mechanical Examiners and the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission committees.
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Economic Development Committee: Reappointed five members whose terms were expiring. The BOMA discussed expanding the committee because of community interest in serving on it, which would require an amendment to the bylaws. Eleven applications were received for five open slots. Reappointed for additional two-year terms were Ginny McClain-Tate, R. Knick Myers, Phil Dangel, Naoko Blue and Jim Holladay. Arts Council: Mary Agnes Schaefer and Sandra Dean were reappointed to two-year terms, and Mary Ellen Reda was approved as a new member. Beautification Committee: Repointed to two-year terms were Claire Ansink, Gerry Gennoe, Kathy Pierre, Mabel Sumner and Marianne McGill.
Board of Zoning Appeals: Merton “Corky” Ives was reappointed to a five-year term. Farragut Folklife Museum Advisory Board: Reappointed to two-year terms were Libbie Haynes, Steve Stow, Carolyn Sinclair, Louis LaMarche and Carolyn Coker. Parks and Athletics Council: Appointed to two-year terms were current members Loretta Bradley and Ron Pinchok and new appointees Drew Carson and Tyler Mallison. Appointed to one-year terms were Sharon Martens and Michael Peters. Personnel Committee: Regina Foy and Joseph DiMauro will join reappointed members Gary Schmitz and John Underwood to serve two-year terms. Farragut/ Knox County
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She is the watchdog of town development’s rules and regulations, and Ruth Hawk watches projects like a… hawk. As community development director for the town of Farragut, Ruth says she is charged with helping people see how every project that happens in Farragut is interconnected. “I feel like our office is the one that helps people see the bigger picture and teaches people how the process works and why we have rules and guidelines,” says Ruth. “Everybody has his or her own perspective, especially when involved in something that means something to them – either personally or economically. We try to get people to look beyond and see how everything needs to work together.” As an example, Ruth cited a hypothetical business and its own parking lot. “But if there is no connection to the development next door, no way to walk or drive to get around, it won’t be as successful. The same goes with parks and walking trails. We have many beautiful spots in Farragut, but trails and parks need to be near where people are.” Ruth says the attitude toward walking trails in the town has changed. “When I first came to Farragut, it was a challenge to get someone to do a little walking trail. The other day, I had a developer tell me that if he had known how much people loved walking trails, he would have skipped the swimming pool and done more trails.” Ruth grew up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and learned to love the land at an early age. She came to Knoxville in 1983 to get her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. “I always loved the land. I was an intern for a planning commission and really enjoyed the work.” Her work with the town’s walking trails has been especially satisfying for her, she says. “I think the connecting of the walking trails has been the one single project that has generated the most goodwill and positive feelings from the public,” says Ruth. “It was like a jigsaw puzzle of walking trails that the town pulled together. When the town went in with the Grigsby Chapel trail and started putting it all together, one piece at a time, it was beautiful. We had Anchor Park, but Grigsby Chapel was the first one that connected a lot of neighborhoods that weren’t connected before.” Good development makes good economic sense as well, says Ruth. “It is fun to see things come to fruition that you have seen from the concept up. Everything starts with an idea. Getting things done correctly is the role of everyone who works on the community development staff. We are responsible for seeing that things are constructed according to the ordinances and the way the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and
the town has determined it should be. No one likes to be a ‘bad guy,’ but things need to be done correctly. It is better for everyone in the long run.” The question often seems to be “is it good for business?” when what should be asked is “is it good for the people?” says Ruth. “That is where the balance comes in, and that is our responsibility as town planners. We deal with people’s quality of life all the time. Landscaping, signs, walking trails – it’s all about quality of life, and it makes a difference. That is what the staff and I are charged with: Ensuring the quality of life right here.” Helping her leave stress at the office is “a wonderful blended family that is so important to me,” says Ruth. “Dan and I spend a lot of time with family. We are very close to Dan’s family – my mother-in-law recently passed away – and we travel to see family as often as possible. We also like to hike, bicycle and explore the back roads.” She and Dan have been married 25 years. Sit and have a Coffee Break as you get to know Ruth Hawk:
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be a better communicator with the people I love. I’m sort of communicated out at the end of most work days, and my family pays the price for that.
What is your passion? I love what I do. Years from now, what I do today will be an integral part of people’s lives. How cool is that? For example, I am very proud of the walking trail system in Farragut, and I have been a big part of making that happen.
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? My Dad. He passed away when I was 5 years old, and I would love to meet him.
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? My mother- and father-in-law. Their love and attitude has created the most amazing blended family that I am so blessed to be a part of.
I still can’t quite get the hang of … Eating healthy. Seriously, ice cream should be in the food pyramid.
What is the best present you ever received in a box? A letter telling me that I was going to have a niece.
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?
“…and whoever said life was fair?” As I have learned, that is reality.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke, but I heard it on “NCIS!”
What is your social media of choice?
What are you guilty of?
Talking with people face-to-face or on the phone.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Chocolate – I love it!
What is your favorite material possession? Family photos – old, new and all the ones in between
What are you reading currently?
Pulling weeds in the ginseng patches in Wisconsin. Few people know this, but the county where I grew up is the No. 1 producer of American ginseng in the country. It is a crop that takes four years to grow. That’s a lot of weeds…
I like reading mysteries, but I’m in between books right now.
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Johnny Quest,” because he traveled everywhere helping other people.
As a kid, I was in 4-H, and my Mom was one of the leaders. She felt it was important for me to learn public speaking, so she made me do demonstration projects and participate in plays. I was the lead in one play, playing the role of “Scotty the Dog.” Let’s just say that acting is not my gift and leave it at that!”
What are the top three things on your bucket list? 1. Drive across America through as many small towns as possible. 2. Travel to Alaska. 3. Travel to New Zealand and Australia.
What is one word others often use to describe you and why? I polled my co-workers on this one. They chose “dedicated,” but “workaholic” and “determined” were brought up, too. I guess that is self-explanatory.
What irritates you? People who are not truthful.
What’s one place in Farragut everyone should visit? The Montgomery Walking Trail. I have a “black thumb,” but I do my duty as a weed-puller for the gardens. We need more. Call the town of Farragut and sign up.
What is your greatest fear? Heights.
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be? Just pack up and take off to explore the back roads of the United States. It can be your neighbor, club leader, bridge partner, boss, father, teacher – anyone you think would be interesting to Farragut Shopper-News readers. Email suggestions to Sherri Gardner Howell, email@example.com. Include contact info if you can.
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Farragut Lions organize a ride for fun and funds The turnout for the Farragut Lions Club Poker Ride for Sight wasn’t what Sherri was hoped, but the enthuGardner siasm never waned. Howell A hard-working committee put together a fun ride for motorcycle enthuFARRAGUT FACES siasts, who followed a scenic route, stopping along the way to collect playing cards at designated sites. Lovell Road, Lions Club When the riders returned volunteers collected each to Harley-Davidson on rider’s cards to see who
had the best “poker” hand to win a prize. Riders were also treated to a barbecue lunch from Hunter’s BBQ. Area businesses donated door prizes, so every rider felt they had supported a great cause. Money raised was donated to sight-related charities sponsored by the Lions Club, including vision testing for children as young as kindergarten age.
Roger Russell, a first-time rider in the Farragut Lions Club Poker Ride for Sight, rolls in to the Harley-Davidson on Lovell Road to have some lunch and turn in his cards. Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
The powers behind the ride gather for a group shot. Pictured is the new president, Fletcher Stephens on the bike, with the organizing committee, from left, Jim Hart, Ed Mee, Wayne Stormer and Norvell Burrow.
Helping out at the fundraiser are, from left, Donna White, Sandy Mee, Gerri Crutchfield, Pat Lipps, Julia Hart and Jackie Stephens. They are all members of the Farragut Lions Club.
Farragut Lions Jim and Julia Hart enjoy the barbecue lunch after the ride. They worked one of the check-in sites.
Natural consequence says. “Some of them are very focused, and some of them think very abstractly. I just appreciate all of their differences.” Polly teaches about one class each season, and she chooses the theme. “If it’s close to a holiday then I’ll try to think of something that reflects that season,” she says. Some of her most popular classes have been maskmaking and using duct tape. She taught a tie-dye class this spring. “It is kind of funny because every single class that I’ve ever taught (at the Town Hall), I’ve had an adult ask me if they could sign up for the classes,” she says. “They want to take them, too.” Polly says her young students don’t slack off in the summertime. “The kids come in, and
they’re very eager,” she says. “They’re very interested. They’ve read about this class, and they’re excited and they want to learn. I think that it’s my job to keep it age appropriate and engaging enough to make them have a really good class but also come away from the class with something they want to keep and something they want to show people. As long as I’m doing my job in trying to make class exciting and interesting, they always do really well with it.” The nature painting class costs $15 and is limited to 20 students. For info and to register, call 865-966-7057. The registration deadline is Friday, July 12. For more info on Polly, visit www.angelapolly.webs. com.
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Taylor Higginbotham and Alisha Soni work on their T-shirts at a children’s art class sponsored by the town of Farragut.
Abbie Shields has her T-shirt ready to dye. Photos submitted
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government Pole congestion at Turkey Creek West Knox developer John Turley has been upset over the city’s recent installation of a traffic camera on Parkside Road at its intersection with Lovell Road at the Turkey Creek development. This is at the eastern entrance to Turkey Creek and only one camera at present is positioned to catch cars turning left onto Lovell from Parkside. Three poles have been erected for one camera, which has marred the visual look of the well-manicured entrance into the most successful shopping area within the corporate limits of Knoxville. In fact, an additional wooden pole has been erected where three poles already stand, creating pole congestion. However, Turley has proven one can influence city hall to back off an unwise and poorly conceived idea. In fact, Turley, through Turkey Creek Land Partners, spends $150,000 a year on maintaining the medians inside Turkey Creek. At a time when the city and council are struggling to enact a stricter sign ordinance, it seems odd, if not inconsistent, that the city is the sponsor of such an ugly scene with the main reason being revenue. This writer visited the site at Turley’s invitation and was surprised to see what had happened. Turley contacted Council member Duane Grieve who sent a strong email urging city officials to back off. In a June 5 email to Mayor Rogero, Deputy Mayors Bill Lyons and Christi Branscom, and Police Chief David Rausch, Grieve wrote: “Folks, the city needs to immediately correct the situation we have caused at the entrance to Turkey Creek!!! (his emphasis). “After much time and considerable cost, the developer (Turley) has spent to move the utility poles and upgrade on traffic light supports, we (the city) have gone and erected a wooden pole for an electric meter for a traffic camera and added two poles for the camera with an exposed line across the lanes of traffic. ... It is amazing with what we are asking our developers to do and then we, the city, erect something like this. ... We, the city, need to practice what we expect others to do. Do let me know when this will be taken care of and who will see the line is put underground.”
To the city’s credit and as proof protest can work, especially if you have a council member leading the way, Branscom in a June 14 email to Turley said the line would be placed underground and the extra poles removed. All sides deserve congratulations for raising the issue of the eyesore and then taking remedial steps to correct it. Turkey Creek has been a financial cash cow for the city with literally millions of dollars in sales and property taxes generated annually due to its voluntary annexation 18 years ago. ■ Council elections in September and November will generate slight interest and low voter turnout (less than 10 percent) should be expected. Right now all five incumbents are likely to win re-election to their second and final term on council. No incumbent for mayor or council has lost re-election since term limits were adopted. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church won a victory at MPC after suffering a setback in its quest to demolish the buildings at 710 and 712 Walnut Street a few weeks ago when the Downtown Design Review Board by a 3-2 vote turned down their request. However, MPC unanimously approved the demolition. The matter can go to City Council if appealed from MPC by Knox Heritage. This is the type of issue which City Council dislikes as it pits historic preservationists against the majority membership of St. John’s, which includes some of Knoxville’s most prominent citizens. Council members feel however they vote they will alienate important voices in the community. And five of them are running for re-election this fall. Council member Duane Grieve will be a member to watch closely as he is an architect, has well-articulated views and has often aligned himself with historic preservation. He has not stated his views publicly. Council members will watch his vote carefully and could be influenced by it if the issue goes to City Council.
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Thin field for City Council City Council members Nick Pavlis, Duane Grieve and Brenda Palmer will not be opposed for re-election this year. Nick Della Volpe and Daniel Brown will. All five incumbents are seeking second terms, and it was down to the wire last week as to whether any of them would have opposition. In fact, things stayed so quiet that Election Commission officials were wondering if they’d have to set up early voting. The uncertainty was settled when qualifying petitions from two challengers – Rick Staples, who will oppose Della Volpe in the 4th District, and Charles “Pete” Drew, who will run against Daniel Brown in the 6th District – were validated. So early voting will proceed as usual – probably. “We’d been waiting with bated breath,” said elections administrator Cliff Rodgers. “If we’d had no opposition, we’d have no early voting.
Betty Bean This has been a bizarre one, and now we’ll wait for the candidate withdrawal deadline.” Della Volpe could have two primary opponents if Carl H. Landsden, who didn’t have enough signatures on his petition, follows through with his application to run a write-in campaign. (Causing one to wonder how a guy who couldn’t find 25 voters to sign his petition could expect to win a writein.) Staples, howe ver, could run Rick Staples a vigorous campaign. He’s an employee of the Knox County Sheriff’s
Malcolm Shell talks excitedly about Admiral David Farragut while Shopper intern Paul Brooks, at left, ponders the story. The Farragut Folklife Museum has a great exhibit about both Farragut and the Civil War Battle of Campbell Station.
Strong enough Old people worry about kids. Will they be smart enough and tough enough to carry on? Many would answer no. Last week (as we write on pages 8-9 in excruciating detail) we visited the Farragut Folklife Museum with Malcolm Shell and 12 teens. Eyes widened when Shell told about the town’s namesake, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, who was commissioned in the U.S. Navy at age 9 and by 12 was put in charge of getting a captured merchant ship back to harbor. “Those sailors probably thought they would toss that boy overboard and be on their way,” Shell said, “but Farragut brought the ship to port.” A painting shows Farragut directing a battle from high atop his ship’s mast. Sailors had to scurry up and down the pole to transmit orders, Shell said. It’s no
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wonder Farragut became the Navy’s first admiral. He was born at what was then called Campbell Station (now Farragut) and lived to be 69. His most memorable quote: “Damn the torpedoes. Full steam ahead!” We saw a torpedo (a small explosive with air pockets on either side). Shell said the British had seeded a minefield with them. A torpedo blew up under a ship, sinking it “in about 20 seconds.” The other ships looked to Farragut for direction: “Full steam (speed) ahead!” Ships communicated by
Office in the Programs Division under Chief Pete Garza. A 1988 Holston High School graduate, Staples left college at Tennessee State when his father was diagnosed with cancer. He later attended the University of Tennessee majoring in religious studies and sociology. He is a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville Inc., an organization that mentors young men who come from tough environments. He is an active member of New Hope Baptist Church and vice chair of education with the District Youth Council of the African American Missionary Baptist Church and a resident of the Alice Bell community. Pete Drew has run for office so much that an accurate count of the number of times he’s been a candidate is nigh impossible. He is a former Knox County commissioner and held the District 15 state House seat
Daniel Brown, City Council member and former mayor, makes a point at a community forum at the Luke Ross Center. At right is Brown’s wife, Cathy. In the background is city Director of Public Service David Brace. Photos by S. Clark flags in the pre-radio era. The “flagship” went first and passed messages down the line. Several flags are at the Farragut Museum. I could have spent the day. Campbell Station: Most know it as an exit off I-40. But two years before George Washington was sworn in as president, European settlers had built homes at Campbell Station. Their name: Campbell. (Shell said settlers to the east were named Love; thus, Lovell Road.) Natives were not happy about the intrusion and a couple of Cherokee and Creek chiefs organized a war party of 2,000, marching from the Chattanooga area toward Knoxville (then called White’s Fort). It marched past the fortified Campbell Station at night, with neither the Indians nor the settlers aware of the others’ presence. The Indians massacred settlers at Cavett’s Station (near Walker Springs) and the 11 families of Campbell’s Station took a vote.
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Would they stay and fight, should the Indians return, or would they flee? The vote was unanimous. The Campbells and their neighbors stayed. And the Indians returned home another way. Eleven families against 2,000 warriors. Back in the car, I asked two interns: Would you have been strong enough to vote yes? Both answered no. I didn’t argue with them, but I disagree. Nobody today is asked to fight Indians. But we are called to fight for what’s important and to defend what’s ours. Those folks at Campbell Station had walked into a wilderness to build a home and community. Of course, they would stand and fight. And so would my interns. They’re strong enough to protect their families, to defend what’s theirs and to lead our community. They would fight, too, if necessary. But it might be as Gibson Calfee said, “From headquarters, directing a drone.”
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Family farm owners to move ahead with new zoning requests said he is looking for additional funding and hopes to break ground on the Suzanne project in the fall. Foree Gary McGill and Jim Neal Ford with McGill Associates, the design firm for the project, also spoke about the classroom plans. Ford Commissioner Noah addressed some issues that Myers said he could see came up in a recent workcommercial use for about shop session about park8 acres of the property ing. “There will be a parkfronting the road. Wel- ing area with a few spaces, lons envisions a small handicapped parking and strip mall of niche shops a place for buses to park,” tailored to tourists. Myers he said. added, however, that Wel“The main focus is on lons might get more money hydrology and how we deal for the land if someone with runoff and develop- Louise Povlin, the newest member of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, enjoys a were interested in build- ment,” he said of the space. light moment with fellow commissioner Ron Honken prior to the June 20 meeting. She replaced ing multi-family units like Some answers include Melissa Mustard who resigned. Photo by S.F. Neal apartments. If granted a permeable pavers, a rain mixed-use status, Wellons garden that filters water would like to see commer- and a rainwater collection cial in the front and multi- system to provide water for family housing behind plant projects. There will that. The majority of the be a 20-by-40 foot covered property would be left for shelter to serve as a classopen space or recreational room. Unlike shelters in use. Much of it is too steep town parks, the classroom for development. will not be for rent. WalkThe commission also got ways will connect to new an overview of plans for and existing greenways. the town’s outdoor classCommissioners welroom on Campbell Sta- comed the group’s newest tion Road near the back member, Louise Povlin, to Gary McGill of McGill Associates makes a point during a presentation of plans for the outdoor of Farragut High School. her first meeting. She was classroom on Campbell Station Road. Also speaking were Jim Ford of McGill Associates and Stormwater coordinator named to succeed Melis- Jason Scott, Farragut’s stormwater coordinator and the project’s visionary. Jason Scott explained that sa Mustard who recently the interactive space is in- resigned. Povlin owns and has pushed for a major division, Unit 2. Develop- Kherani, owner of the tended not only for use by Anytime Fitness and is a overhaul of Everett Road. ers agreed to work around Marathon gas station, was area students, but also by resident of Fox Run subEd Whiting was reap- an area with a sinkhole voted down. Kherani said the community at large. He division. A runner, she has pointed to the Stormwa- by shaving a few feet off a that because of the Snyder hopes to hear ideas for the been a big supporter of the ter Advisory Committee couple of deep lots in that Road/Outlet Drive realignspace from residents. Scott town’s greenways program where he currently serves section as well as one in ment project, a section of as chair. Unit 3. right-of-way adjacent to Also on the agenda: ■ Approved an amendhis property is no longer ■ Approved final plat ment to the Farragut subin use. He requested that plans for Villas at Anchor division regulations tied the closed right-of-way be Farragut Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Fox Den Country Club. Park, Phase I. into another recent ac■ Approved a site plan tion taken because of new given to him. CommissionFree budget classes are held from noon-1 p.m. each third Thursday at the Good Samaritan Center, 119 A. St. in Lenoir City. Everyone is invited. No preregistration is required. Info: annaseal@ for Panda Express, 11482 flood standards for Turkey ers balked at that request, credibility.org. Parkside Drive, between Creek and North Fork Tur- saying they have no idea JCPenney and Tennessee key Creek. The vote makes what development might Memoir Writing Group meets 7 p.m. each second Thursday at Panera Bread, 733 Louisville Road. State Bank. it possible to update the happen in the future and West Knox Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday at Shoney’s restaurant at ■ Approved a prelimiFlood Insurance Rate Map. such action would be preWalker Springs and Kingston Pike. nary plat for Sheffield subA request by Eddie mature.
Appearing before the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission for the third straight month proved to hold some charm for Kay Wellons. After a lengthy discussion, commissioners granted a consensus opinion that lets Wellons begin to market her family’s property. The family farm of 30.5 acres lies on the east side of Campbell Station Road, north of the Holiday Inn Express. Wellons has represented the family’s interests at meetings and has been working with assistant town administrator Gary Palmer to devise a plan for developing the property. Currently zoned R-2, she would like to see it zoned for mixed use, but that runs contrary to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The comprehensive plan has the property labeled Open Space Cluster Residential. While not a vote, the action taken at the June 20 meeting is a prelude to most likely changing the Future Land Use Map for that piece of property. As Mayor Ralph McGill noted, the plan is meant to be a guide and not something written in stone. If commissioners vote to change the land use, Wellons will have to come back to seek rezoning once she finds a developer.
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Greatest ever Volunteer Children with orange interests and undoubtedly high IQs were frolicking in their forum sandbox. Surprisingly, they got semiserious long enough to conduct an informal poll – to determine the greatest ever football Volunteer. Of course Peyton Manning won. Most of the voters had heard of him. Some even remembered his claim to fame, halfway up a ladder, leading the Pride of the Southland band. Others see him on TV from time to time, in Papa John’s and Buick commercials. Some realize he still throws passes and sets records, even at an advanced age. It was a landslide elec-
tion but there were other worthy choices – Reggie White, Doug Atkins, Dale Carter, Eric Berry, Al Wilson, Leonard Little, John Henderson and Carl Pickens. At one time or another, all played well. You do see where I am going? The tailbacks were missing from the ballot. John Majors, Hank Lauricella, Gene McEver, Beat-
God’s Lamb The next day (John) saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1: 29 NRSV) A picture sits on my desk, a place of honor that it has occupied, one way and another, since 1977. It is a black and white photo that appeared on the front page of the small daily newspaper in the southern West Virginia town where I lived and worked for eight years. The photo itself was taken by a friend, and when I went on and on about it, he gave me the original. Over the years, in various offices, many peo-
REUNIONS ■ Flatford family reunion will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Big Ridge Elementary School gym, 3420 Hickory Valley Road,
ple have asked me about it. The central figure in the picture is a lamb. He is standing inside a large metal pipe that is bent and misshapen, but its dark interior is the perfect foil for the lamb’s white fleece. There are barren, stalky weeds growing sparsely in the foreground, catching the light: a nice accent to the darkness of the pipe. Beyond the lamb and the pipe, in the distance, other sheep graze placidly. Maynardville. Bring covered dishes and drinks, along with family documents and photos to share and musical instruments to play. Bring your finest crafts, cakes, pies or breads for prizes. Info: Sherry Flatford Shinn on
tie Feathers and George Cafego are in the College Football Hall of Fame. So is Bob Johnson. He was superb but center isn’t a very glamorous position. Linebacker Steve Kiner is in the Hall. He was outstanding. End Bowden Wyatt was a rare one, Hall of Fame honoree as end and coach. Many great ones merit consideration. Quarterback Condredge Holloway was at least amazing. Tennessee wideouts were like wild geese. They could really fly. Understandably, most of the children have never heard of the greatest guard in Tennessee football history. Bob Suffridge, born
The lamb is looking straight at the camera, with more interest than fear, I think. I have always had lots of pictures, books and important (to me) pieces of memorabilia in my office. Nothing, however, has sparked as much curiosity as my lamb. Many people have commented on it, asked about it, admired it. When I look at it, I usually see just a lamb. Occasionally, though, I see Facebook or email sherry@ shinn-family.com. ■ Central High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50year reunion. Any member of the Class of 1963 who hasn’t been contacted by the reunion committee is
in Union County, raised in Fountain City, was pointed in the general direction of maturity while at Central High School. Here is a clue regarding talent: The Bobcats of his time won 33 in a row. He was only 180 pounds but quick and powerful and fiercely determined. He supposedly blocked 29 punts! Suffridge became Tennessee’s only three-time all-American. Three times honored. Only. Ever. As a UT senior, in street smarts if not academic achievement, he won the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as America’s lineman of the year. Believe it or not, he finished fourth in Heisman voting. In 1950, the Football Writers of America put Suffridge
on their first all-time team. Robert R. Neyland, the general and coach for whom the stadium is named, said Suffridge was the greatest lineman he ever saw. As at Central High, good things happened in the Suffridge era at Tennessee. The Volunteers won 32 consecutive regular-season games. The Flamin’ Sophomores and the 1938 team went 11-0. The 1939 team didn’t permit a point. Wait, I remember now, that team lost in the Rose Bowl. Suffridge was gimpy and Cafego was really hurt. Southern Cal won, 14-0. In 1940, Suffridge and the then veteran Vols went 10-0 but lost to Boston College in the Sugar Bowl. There were no valid excuses. Bob was ticked. He
didn’t have much experience in losing. On page 18 in my second book, “Legends of the Tennessee Volunteers,” I said: “The proven formula for football fame is one part talent, one part toughness, at least a pinch of smarts and a burning desire to succeed. ... Bob Suffridge was richly blessed. He had more than enough of everything. “From a humble beginning, he fought and scratched every step of the way to the very tip of the mountaintop…. The multitudes cheered.” In this Butch Jones era of renewed respect for tradition, I say we should conduct another “greatest” poll and erect a Bob Suffridge statue. OK to put Peyton in bronze, too.
God’s Lamb, and the whole picture looks different to me. It becomes a parable. When I see God’s Lamb, I see the unconcern of the other sheep, the ewes and rams in the background who seem oblivious to the human who is standing in their field taking a picture of some mama sheep’s baby. That is when I see the lamb as vulnerable, alone, isolated. There are times in Scripture when Jesus – God’s Lamb – is like that little lamb in the old, beatenup pipe: vulnerable, alone, isolated. Just like the other sheep in the photograph, the others – Jesus’ friends and followers – were unaware of the danger gathering around him, unable to understand that he was
a marked man. When John the Baptizer called him God’s Lamb, did no one make the leap to “sacrificial lamb”? Sacrifice of lambs was part of Temple worship! How the disciples could miss the storm clouds is beyond me, but that is 21 centuries of hindsight, I suppose. But there is another aspect of lambs that gives us a different view of God’s lamb, a happier view. Last year, in the early spring, my daughter Jordan and I had occasion to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville. The tour included the vast grounds, including the barnyards. There, we saw young lambs cavorting, running at
full tilt and leaping onto the top of a pen, then bounding off to make another run at it, from a different angle. They moved as if they had springs on the ends of their legs! They were clearly having more fun than the tourists. We watched them with delight, enjoying their exuberant play and laughing at their antics. It was after that experience that I began to wonder how anyone who had been a shepherd – who had seen such frolicking – could ever sacrifice one of those delightful creatures. In much the same way, I wonder how anyone who had met Jesus face to face could have failed to see him for what he was: God’s own Lamb, the Savior of the world.
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Cost is $25 per person with payment due Aug. 15. Make check out to “CHS Class of 1978” or to “Brent Thomas” and mail it to: Brent Thomas, 4841 Macmont Circle, Pow-
■ Central High School Class of 1993 will hold its 20-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, at Cocoa Moon. Payment is due July 10. Info: Christi Courtney Fields, 719-5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
asked to send contact info to: email@example.com; or mail to CHS Class of ’63, 5428 Kesterbrooke Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37918. ■ Central High School Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion 6:30-10:30
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Landon Taylor uses a black light to show off a secret message written on his hand as part of the science lesson.
Robin Taylor explains the next activity at the vacation Bible school for Farragut Presbyterian and Faith Lutheran. Photos by Suzanne Foree Neal
Double the fun at joint VBS The Bruno family includes Joey, Dani and their “miracle baby” Vincent.
Faith through bad times leads to renewed hope By Ashley Baker Dani Bruno always dreamed of being a mother, but the road to reality would not be an easy one for her. After falling in love at college, Joey and Dani Bruno were wed in December 2010. Shortly after their beautiful winter wedding, the happy couple decided they were interested in having children. A pregnancy followed, but they lost the baby to a miscarriage at seven weeks. Dani says she remembers the tears and despair as she had to say goodbye to her little one, and she and Joey began again. Soon Dani was pregnant. “I found out I was pregnant on March 24, 2012, and everything looked was good,” said Dani. “We were so excited!” At just over six weeks, however, Dani began to show signs of another miscarriage and was rushed to the doctor for an ultrasound. “We should have been able to see a heartbeat by then,” Dani said. Instead, the doctors could find no signs of a pregnancy. Ultrasound technologist Tina Harris found a collection of fluid adjacent to the sac, but it showed no signs of a baby. “These fluid collections can be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage,” Harris said, “especially if it is larger than 50 percent of the size of the gestational sac, which was the case with Dani’s ultrasound.” “There was no baby,” Dani said. “We had lost another one.” The doctor asked Dani to undergo several blood tests in hopes that future pregnancies would be sustainable. “They told me that it probably would not help for this pregnancy because it was too late, but it would give some answers for the next one,” Dani said. “And this gave us hope for a future baby.” Dani and Joey said their faith in God kicked in as they left the doctor’s office that day. “We decided that we had praised God in the good times, so we would praise him in the hard times as well. The Lord is still good,” Dani said. “On the way home, we decided that we would praise the Lord even in our despair and that our faith wasn’t contingent on having a baby.” Family and friends surrounded the couple in prayer. Leon and Sharon Dupeire, Dani’s grandparents, were so concerned that they flew in from Arizona to be with the Brunos. “They walked through it with me,” Dani said. Two days later, in early April 2012, Joey and Dani found themselves in the ultrasound room waiting for a confirmation that the baby was gone. “I didn’t mourn without hope,” Dani said. “The Lord knew what was going on. And we kept praying.” The ultrasound machine displayed nothing short of a miracle. The Brunos saw their six and a half week old embryo and heard a healthy heartbeat. “Dani’s second ultrasound revealed a definite gestational sac, a yolk sac and a fetal pole with cardiac activity – 105 beats per minute,” said Harris. “This was very promising.” The promise was fulfilled as Dani carried the baby to full term. On November 15, 2012, Dani and Joey welcomed 6 lb. 3 oz. Joseph Vincent Bruno III into the world. “His name literally means ‘more than a conqueror,’” Dani said, smiling. “We all had to be more than conquerors.” Dani said that as she cuddled her baby on delivery day, she remembered how the Lord had worked powerfully in her life. Through this little life that she now held in her arms, she found God to be a miracle worker. “He saves lives,” Dani said. “I can only imagine how difficult waiting was for Dani,” said Harris. “Thankfully, everything went well during the remainder of her pregnancy. I believe all pregnancies are miracles and gifts from God.”
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By Suzanne Foree Neal When it comes to vacation Bible school, a couple of Farragut churches decided to get neighborly and combine their efforts for a whole Ice cream would melt too week of fun. At the week’s fast, so children attending end, 119 children had parthe joint vacation Bible ticipated. Farragut Presbyteschool program of Farrarian and Faith Lutheran gut Presbyterian and Faith churches sit side-by-side Lutheran churches were served cake cones. All on Jamestowne Boulevard, smiles and ready to dig in so organizers thought the joint effort was a natural. is Megyn Whitelaw.
Most days the weather cooperated long enough to have some fun in the sun. One of the favorite activities for the young Bible schoolers was a visual of the cleansing of the temple. Red plastic cups were the idols, which the energetic kindergartners thoroughly crushed. Piles of gray wadded-up paper served as rubble, which the youngsters collected and cleared from the temple.
Daily craft projects were used to reinforce Bible stories. Snack time was always a hit as were various science projects, especially the lesson on secret messages that used a black light to reveal messages written on their hands. Adults and children alike enjoyed the experiment. Katina Sharp, one of the organizers, said it was also a way for children to learn about another faith.
E.I. Sharp stands blindfolded inside a Hula-Hoop and has to guess how many players run past him while music plays in the background. Running in circles around him are Ella Pinchok and Olivia Colloredo while adult leader Grant Bauman watches the action.
Alex Behling (right) was in charge of helping children load their marshmallows into a catapult to shoot into a walled city. Ava Shaw gets ready to launch while Zachary Barzkin, Mary Beth Coleman and Dawson Sweetland wait their turn.
Cherokee Baseball Academy 10U team tryouts for Spring 2014 season Grace Szymczak constructs her catapult during craft time at a joint vacation Bible school for children at Farragut Presbyterian and Faith Lutheran churches.
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A-8 • JUNE 24, 2013 • Shopper news
Lunch at Lakeside Tavern By Josh Mode
The interns and tour guide Malcolm Shell stand in front of the statue of Admiral David G. Farragut. Pictured are: (front) Lindsey Sanders; (back) Paul Brooks, Jackson Brantley, Gibson Calfee, Taylor Smith, Mitchell Zavadil, Madeline Lonas, Laura Beeler, Joshua Mode, Sarah Dixon, Roxanne Abernathy, Zoey Risley and Shell. Photo by Ruth White
Farragut play day Shopper interns carry on despite flooding rain By Sara Barrett A morning outdoors was scheduled for the third meeting of the Shopper News interns, but Mother Nature threw us a curve ball – or maybe it was a golf ball – and poured rain on the first half of the day. This didn’t deter the group from learning the ins and
outs of golf at Concord Park Par 3, and the rain only made for scenic entertainment during lunch at Lakeside Tavern. After lunch, a visit to the Farragut Folklife Museum with local historian Malcolm Shell shed light on the history of the town and its role in the Civil War.
The group continued with a stop in historic Concord to see the Chota No. 253 Masonic Lodge, its adjacent Concord Masonic Cemetery and the Olde Concord Gallery. Finishing the day with a trip to WBIR studios for “Live at Five at Four” topped off our adventures with a hole-in-one.
The interns were treated to a stop at the beautiful Lakeside Tavern in Concord Park near the water. I had never been there before, so I was glad to walk in the tall doors and see class and elegance, but nothing so fancy that you couldn’t be comfortable. We got our seats and received our menus and bread. After we ordered our food, we had some small talk and were able to talk a The beautiful view from the dining room at Lakeside Tavern in little to our guests Malcolm Concord. Photos by Ruth White (the local historian) and Jewel Shell. They told some exciting stories about early Farragut and asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. When they served us our meals, our eyes lit up! I had ordered fish and chips, and it was delicious. The scenery was almost as amazing as the food! I could look out the giant glass walls and see the mystifying lake and the grand yachts. We ate till our stomachs could hold no more, and we got to bond a little in the process. All I can say on behalf of every intern is this: if you want to eat somewhere that treats you well with a variety of food, then you should definitely head down to Lakeside Tavern in Concord Intern Taylor Smith shows off a talent during lunch at Lakeside Park today! Tavern.
Farragut Folklife Museum Without “insider information” from Malcolm Shell, the historical exhibits at Farragut Folklife Museum would not have been as entertaining. A picture of Shell’s father, Edward, hung in one display, which
Intern Zoey Risley receives instruction on proper technique from golfer Tucker Roof at Concord Par 3. Photos by
described his experience of learning about his son Joseph’s death in the war only after taking the message from a wire transmission. Other points of interests were personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow
Farragut, including his own desk from his ship and relics discovered from the Civil War which were found with metal detectors as ground was turned for new developments around town.
Malcolm Shell served as tour guide at the museum in Farragut and stands next to a bust of Admiral Farragut to show the admiral’s height.
Photo by Taylor Smith
One of many pieces of scrimshaw on display, carved on whales’ teeth by sailors. Pho-
Concord Park Par 3 A ‘snag’ in golfing By Taylor Smith Last week we visited Concord Park Par 3. Manager Tony Valentine and advanced golfers Tucker Roof and Keeton Susong from Bearden High School showed us the basics. With beginners and/or children, they start with the Starting New at Golf club (SNAG). Roof claims he gets
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many “baseball” like swings, and that is why they use the SNAG equipment before switching to a more professional club, “The Putter.” As interns, we haven’t had much experience; therefore, we stuck with the SNAG club. Players must remember to show respect and honesty while playing, we learned.
Bearden High golf team member Keeton Susong assists with summer camps at Concord Par 3.
other sports, and I’ve played just about everything.” KAJGA board member Larry Martin said the course is a great way for the entire family to become active together and usually only takes about an hour and 10 minutes to play through, depend-
ing on the number of players. “Just in time to finish and get home before the UT game starts on ESPN,” said Martin. Summer camp is offered for children ages 6-17 Tuesday, June 25, through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Info: 966-9103.
More from Sara: Concord Park Par 3 on Northshore Drive has been open since 1964 and is operated and managed by the Knox Area Junior Golf Association. Keeton Susong said he learned “the old way. “Golf is a lot harder than
The entrance to the museum features a bust of Admiral Farragut. Photo by Taylor Smith
Shopper news • JUNE 24, 2013 • A-9 An original Civil War period sign recovered from the American Steel & Wire Division of the U.S. Steel Corporation in Trenton, N.J. Cannon and gun barrels for the war were made there. Photo by Taylor Smith
The Battle of Campbell Station By Jackson Brantley
Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. The Battle of Campbell Burnside’s plan was to reach Station was part of the the crossroads first and move Knoxville campaign of the on in to Knoxville, while American Civil War which Longstreet planned to cut occurred on Nov. 16, 1863, him off and hold the crossat Campbell Station (now roads to prevent Burnside from reaching Knoxville. known as Farragut). On Nov. 16, Burnside Leading the battle were Confederate Lt. Gen. James reached the crossroads afLongstreet and the Union ter a long march in the rain.
A tent and living area exhibit from the Battle of Campbell Station. Photo
Just 15 minutes behind were Longstreet’s forces. The troops were tired, hungry and cold, but after the fighting had ended, the Union was victorious. More information can be found at the Farragut Folklife Museum at Farragut’s town hall. Info: www. townoffarragut.org.
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The article outlining the death of Joseph Shell and how his father, Edward, received the message via telegraph. Also pictured are Shell’s dog tags and many honors, including the Purple Heart.
Farragut High School history, including this vintage FHS baseball uniform, is on display at the museum. Photo by Roxanne Abernathy
Memories of Farragut High School By Mitchell Zavadil
Local historian Malcolm Shell
Malcolm Shell’s father, Edward, was working the day the news of his son’s death came across the telegraph. Joseph Shell was killed in action during WWII, and when the message was transmitted, he first thought he would be delivering the sad news to a neighbor. Photos by
Being an upcoming sophomore at Farragut High School, it amazes me to see the spectacular history of FHS at the Farragut Folklife Museum. Farragut High was built in 1904 but burned down in 1906. The school was then rebuilt with brick. Additional improvements would eventually include a baseball field, and an auditorium that was added in 1938. If you’re a student at FHS, you know the auditorium chairs are not very comfortable. Take a
moment to imagine how the students in 1938 felt. There is a chair in the museum from the original auditorium. One of the school’s proudest moments was a visit from Ronald Reagan. The former president chose Farragut High School as one of only five schools in the country he would visit on a tour during his presidency. A photo shows Reagan with then-principal James Bellamy and then-superintendent Earl Hoffmeister.
WBIR cameraman Eric Foxx has been with WBIR for 23 years and said he loves making the guests feel comfortable.
Madeline Lonas interviews Russell Biven on the set during a break.
Roll, Russell, Roll By Madeline Lonas Once an Alabama Crimson Tide fan, local celebrity Russell Biven now bleeds orange. The co-anchor of “Live at Five at Four” has been all across the South broadcasting and reporting for different newscasts. Biven graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in business. He started his career as a production assistant in the sports department at CNN
in 1991 and worked his way up to writing and producing segments for Sports Illustrated. By 1997, he was promoted to CNN Headline Sports anchor. Biven came to Knoxville in 1999 to be a news anchor with the WBIR Channel 10 News Team. He loves his job because of the rich stories he gets to tell, the amazing people he meets and all of the people on the set.
Biven not only makes his job look easy, but he makes it fun for everyone around him. His quick wit and ability to let things roll off his back help when the microphone isn’t working, no words are on the prompter, or he’s having to listen to people talk to him through an earpiece while he is talking. Perhaps “Live at Five at Four should be called “Lively Russell Biven at Four.”
Chota #253 Masonic Lodge is still in use in old Concord.
Driving through old Concord
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The Masonic lodge and cemetery
The interns were treated wonderfully at WBIR studios and made an appearance on “Live at Five at Four.” Todd Howell, Russell Biven and their cohorts welcomed the gang with open arms and answered questions between segments. A joyous time was had by all (including the camera operators).
The Shopper interns visited Concord Masonic Cemetery where we found many families represented among the graves. Interestingly, the Chota No. 253 Masonic Lodge is
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located at the side of the cemetery. The lodge was built in 1729, making it approximately 284 years old. While we didn’t go inside the lodge itself, we did meander through the cemetery and read a few headstones.
Olde Concord Gallery By Lindsey Sanders The Olde Concord Gallery is a great local place to view oneof-a-kind ar t work by local artists including East Te n n e s see native R ic h a r d Valentine Greene, who used to work for Dis- A print by David Green, a former employee at Disney. Photo by T. Smith ney. The gallery has also been a bank, a general store, A movie was shot in front custom framing. I would a barbershop, a butcher of it, too. Gallery owner recommend Olde Concord shop and even a restaurant. Janice Valentine also does Gallery to everyone.
A-10 • JUNE 24, 2013 • Shopper news
Farragut High holds kids volleyball camp
Lucas awarded scholarship Farragut High School graduate Savannah Lucas (Class of ’13) is one of six students in the state who will receive a $2,000 scholarship from AXA Equitable as part of its AXA Achievement program. Savannah has spent time during the last five summers volunteering at a drama day camp for children ages 6-12. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee and major in journalism and Savannah Lucas electronic media. Savannah hopes to in- to write skits for “Saturday tern at NBC and would like Night Live” someday.
Below, Farragut High School volleyball junior team member Natalie Hartman takes a break from teambuilding exercises with Farragut Intermediate School 5th grader Breanna Davis and Farragut Middle School 6th grader Lauren Smith during Farragut High’s volleyball camp for kids. Photos by S. Barrett
Farragut High School senior Tessa Watson has participated with the kids summer camp all four years of high school. “It’s a great way for (the campers) to make new friends,” she said. Pictured are campers (front) Sophia McClarnon, Reese Schroeder, Nicole Oosterling, Turner Hutchinson; (back) Tiffani Stevens, Watson and Megan Smith.
Eagle Scouts from Troop 451 Boy Scout Troop 451 recently announced nine of its members as recipients of the 2012 Eagle Scout award. Pictured are (front) Zachary Guyette, Garrett Sumner, Sean Dunn, Michael Gibson; (back) Jason Janow, Bryce Ewing and Chase Toth. Not pictured are recipients Tyler Ammons and Hayden Hayner. Photo submitted
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Jim Bellamy: difference-maker Farragut principal remembered
By Sandra Clark Jim Bellamy could have been a comedian. He taught American history at Powell High School from 1952-66 and was principal at Farragut High School for 24 years, serving until his retirement in 1990. Along the way, he was president of the Knox County Education Association and president of the Knox County Teachers Credit Union. Jim’s wife, Anna Bellamy, retired as vocational supervisor for Knox County Schools. Following his death in 2008, numerous former students wrote to praise him. They used words like “compassionate, dedicated, great leader, utmost respect, mentor, favorite teacher, always willing to listen to students.” One wrote: “His advice kept me from making a big mistake.” Another wrote: “He made a huge difference in the lives of so many.” His off-hand comment has helped me navigate the Scripps organization. “Don’t go downtown,” he said, “unless they call for you.” Our Miracle Maker salute this week is to an old-timer who made a difference. Hope you enjoy the story.
Sitting on the porch This writer interviewed James Bellamy in 2000 for a series on Powell residents called Allan and Hilda’s Back Porch. Here is that story: Jim and Anna Bellamy live in Powell and probably always will. “Powell is a real community,” Jim says. “My friends are here. Besides, my house is paid for.” Jim came to Powell in 1949 when his father, a Methodist minister, was assigned to Powell Methodist Church. Bellamy moved around as a kid. His father served 14 communities in his 42-year career. Bellamy went to school in Virginia. When he got a job, he was asked to teach Tennessee history. He had to learn the subject first. Jim loved teaching history. He remembers one field trip to Blount Mansion. The kids got off the bus, looked around with awe and asked Bellamy, “Do you own this house?” He laughs when he remembers his principal at Powell High, W.W. “Bill” Morris, a former superintendent of schools who had been beaten for re-election. Morris had returned to Powell High as principal, but he loved to teach history. “He would come into my class and say, ‘You go up and answer the phone.’ Then he would teach my class.”
Farragut High School principal James Bellamy with President Ronald Reagan and Knox County Schools Superintendent Earl Hoffmeister, circa 1984. Anna Bellamy also attended the visit but is not pictured. Photo on display at Farragut Folklife Museum
History of Powell Bellamy tells the story of the founding of Powell Station. It all started at Bell’s Bridge (near the current Weigel’s store on Clinton Highway). Let’s back up even more... After the Revolutionary War, great chunks of land were given to men for their service. They didn’t even know where the land was. In 1787, John Menifee received about 500 acres of land in what is now Powell. He came here in 1787 or ’88 and built a fort on Beaver Creek. Menifee was Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Franklin, later Tennessee. His fort was a refuge for the settlers from the Indians, according to a monument erected by the James White Chapter DAR in 1928. Bellamy takes an aside. “They always built on water, later on the railroad, now off the interstate.” Powell has been uniquely situated with a creek, a railroad and now a major interstate. He skips forward: After John Menifee was here for a few years, he sold out to Samuel Bell, the second resident of Powell, and moved away to Kentucky. He later went to Texas. Al Bell, who taught history at Powell High School before becoming social studies supervisor for Knox County Schools, is a descendant of Samuel Bell, Bellamy said. Samuel Bell owned 1,100 acres that went to the top of Copper Ridge. In 1809, the Methodists started camp
meetings at Bell’s Campground. Powell. You’ve got to say it right. Pronounce it “pal.” Everybody from around here knows that. “One day a Yankee came looking for Po-well. Nobody could find it and he left,” Bellamy said. Bellamy skips forward: The railroad came through in 1860. This was the next big change for Powell. Columbus Powell gave the land for the train station and they named it for him – Powell Station. Columbus Powell, who died without known heirs, built and lived in the house on Emory Road where George Gill lives, next door to Allan and Hilda Gill’s place. The first churches in Powell started at Bell’s Campground. The Cumberland Presbyterians came first, about 1832-33. The Methodists and Baptists followed, in the 1880s. Bellamy tries to explain the difference: The Presbyterians were a stately people, but the Cumberland Presbyterians were more evangelistic. They might have “shouted.” The Civil War divided the community because most East Tennesseans sided with the Union even though Tennessee had officially seceded. “We have no connection with Memphis. And we had few slaves,” Bellamy said. “There were more killings in East Tennessee after the Civil War than before,” because of the unrest. Bellamy said East Tennessee might have seceded from the rest of the state like West Virginia, but Andrew Johnson was determined that his home state remain intact. Powell changed again after World
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War II. “Oak Ridge changed Powell,” Bellamy explains. The scientists who came here settled in Karns and Powell, causing a boom in population and an influx of new ideas and people.
Teaching career How much does Bellamy miss teaching? Listen to some anecdotes (which may or may not have been uttered by Bellamy students): “Abe Lincoln was born in a house that he built.” “A horse divided will not stand.” “The death of Thomas Jefferson was a big turning point in his life.” And then there was the kindergarten kid who was asked to tell the class about his soon-to-be-born brother: “They talk about him and then feel my mother’s stomach. I think my mamma ate him.” And Bellamy knows little-known facts: The town of Clinton was originally named Burrville, but changed its name after the treason of Aaron Burr. There’s no word on whether another name change is in the offing. Bellamy has perspective: We’re in a computer world. In 1903 my grandpa died. He had never seen a car or a telephone. In 44 B.C., Julius Caesar died. He was carried by six white horses; in 1904, Teddy Roosevelt died. He was carried by six white horses. When we did this interview, Jim and Anna were all set to travel to Oberammergau, Germany, for the Passion Play. “They only do it every 10 years,” Jim said. “At my age, why wait?”
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Gigiâ€™s Cupcakes in Turkey Creek has a new owner â€“ three of them to be exact â€“ and the frontman is no stranger to the business. Randall Butler is the brother of Gigi Butler, the founder of the business that started in Nashville and now has 85 stores nationwide. Randall has temporarily moved to Farragut to help oversee the â€œnewâ€? Gigiâ€™s. His business partners are two friends who also have a little knowledge of just what they are getting themselves into â€“ not from a baking side, but from the business side. John Weber and Mark Mendoza, also from Nashville, have several Sport Clips franchises. Randall had a â€œGrand Re-Openingâ€? for the cupcake shop on Saturday, and his sister Gigi came by for the festivities. A conversation with Randall was an interesting lesson in how Gigi and the Butler family â€“ and it is very much a family business â€“ look at the business world. Gigiâ€™s Cupcakes opened in
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Nashville five years ago. The idea came from Gigi and Randallâ€™s brother, Steve, who was in New York and stood in line for two hours to buy a cupcake from a specialty bakery. â€œCupcakes have always been a part of our lives as consumers,â€? says Randall, â€œbut â€˜Sex and the Cityâ€™ started the trend toward gourmet cupcakes.â€? In the 2000 episode of the popular HBO series, Miranda and Carrie eat a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery. The New York bakery soon became a stop on the â€œSex and the Cityâ€? bus tour, and the rest was history. â€œSprinkles opened on the West Coast in 2005,â€? says Randall, â€œand things just went crazy.â€? So when brother Steve
A-12 â€˘ JUNE 24, 2013 â€˘ Shopper news was eating his well-deserved cupcake in New York, he called his entrepreneur sister, who had moved to Nashville, waiting tables during the day and singing in clubs at night. She then ventured out to start a cleaning company. Steve told Gigi that the red velvet cupcake he was eating wasnâ€™t as good as the ones she and her mother made. Gigi saved every penny and opened her first cupcake shop in Nashville five years ago. â€œThe craze is going to cool off,â€? says her practical brother, who came in shortly after they began to help with operations. â€œBut cupcakes will always make sense in peopleâ€™s lives. They arenâ€™t going away, and the company that has the strongest brand and is doing things the right way will be okay.â€? Randall, obviously, is helping to make sure one of those companies is Gigiâ€™s. â€œThe owners here were ready to move on and looking to sell their franchise,â€? he said. â€œI was interested in buying, so here we are!â€? About 15 percent of Gigiâ€™s stores are company owned and the rest are franchised. And while all the current owners live in Nashville, Randall is sticking around for a while to make sure things go well. â€œI probably
Milk: It does a business good By Sherri Gardner Howell John Harrison, owner with his wife, Celia, of Sweetwater Valley Farms, is on a one-man campaign to correct the misconceptions about milk. Itâ€™s important for him to be a cheerleader for the product, he says, as it is not only good for those drinking it, but good for business. â€œMilk gets a bad rap,â€? Harrison told the group, asking for a show of hands of those who do not drink milk. â€œAnd milk sales are down. As a dairy farmer, I cannot understand why everyone doesnâ€™t want a big glass of cold milk several times a day.â€? One eye-opening exercise Harrison brought to the forefront started with a picture of a popular highprotein drink. A comparison of the two labels found that the high-protein drink had only 2 additional grams of
Peggy Wilson, left, Rotary member and vice president at Pellissippi State Community College, introduces Jessica Perry, a new Pellissippi graduate who came through the collegeâ€™s GED program. The club helps Pellissippi with scholarships. protein than a glass of milk, was much higher in sodium/ salt content and additives. When Harrison compared the glass of milk to popular sports energy drinks, he showed the sports drink had
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no protein and 14 grams of sugar. In addition, the price for both the high-protein and sports drinks was higher than for milk. â€œThe truth is that we have a much better product in a glass of milk,â€? says Harrison. Sweetwater Valley Farms is located between the towns of Philadelphia and Loudon and includes a robust cheese business. In addition, Harrison and his team do agritourism for area groups or individuals. â€œIt is important to educate children and the public on the farming industry and
Randall Butler, one of the new owners of Gigiâ€™s Cupcakes in Turkey Creek, shows off the Red Velvet cupcakes with store manager Lori Hornstra. Photo by Sherri Gardner Howell
donâ€™t need to,â€? he says. â€œI have a great manager in Lori Hornstra. But for right now, Iâ€™m camping out in the Gigi RV and getting to know Farragut.â€? Iâ€™m not going to disclose the location of the Gigi RV for it might become its own tourist stop, but suffice it to say that if you see it, youâ€™ll know itâ€™s Randall. The huge RV is completely wrapped in Gigiâ€™s Cupcake motif and hot pink color scheme. â€œItâ€™s hard to miss,â€? he says with a laugh, showing a picture on his phone. â€œGreat marketing.â€?
dairy farming,â€? says Harrison. â€œKeeping things local is important to people once they know about you.â€? The farm houses an exhibit that tells the history and current industry trends in dairy farming called The Udder Story. It is a quick walk-through exhibit that explains the dairy business. In addition, they offer farm tours on the hour and a tour through the cheese shop. One of his educational â€œmissionsâ€? is to educate people about how tasty cheese curds are, says Harrison. â€œPeople in the U.S. are reluctant to try them. But we keep a pan of cheese curds cooking on the stove and tell customers about the cheese curd. Once they taste them, they come back.â€? Today, Harrison says there are 4,000 followers on a social media site that monitor what kind of cheese curds the farm is featuring. â€œCheese curds are a â€˜squeaky cheese,â€™ and they toast-up like a potato cake. Delicious.â€? The numbers for Sweetwater Valley Farms, which won a prestigious national award from the Independent Dairy Farmers Association for Innovative Dairy of the Year, are staggering. They produce 250,000 pounds of cheese and 20 million pounds of milk each year. â€œThere are only 400 dairy farmers in the state of Tennessee,â€? says Harrison. â€œThere used to be hundreds
Looking around the Turkey Creek store, it is evident that Gigi is not standing still and just riding out the wave of cupcake popularity. The local store now has mini-cupcakes that can be bought by the dozen on the spot ($15). The traditional favorite flavors are available for the regular cupcakes â€“ wedding cake, red velvet, several chocolates, birthday cake â€“ along with some seasonal delights like mojito, orange dreamsicle and cherry limeade. The website â€“ www.gigiscupcakesusa.com â€“ tells
customers what flavors are available each day. New to the menu are individual cheesecakes in three traditional flavors, plus new flavors each week. As for the Knoxville area, Randall says they are considering expanding. â€œMaybe in West Town Mall and maybe downtown,â€? he says, adding, â€œbut thatâ€™s just maybes right now.â€? The company formed to buy the Farragut Gigiâ€™s is MRJ Layer Cake LLC. â€œWe are all good buddies,â€? says Randall, â€œand we are having a good time.â€?
John Harrison with Sweetwater Valley Farms asks the audience at Rotary Club of Farragut, â€œWho in here does not drink milk?â€? Photos by Sherri Gardner Howell
and hundreds of dairy farms, including some right here in Farragut. There are a lot of reasons why there arenâ€™t that many anymore. Studies show that by 2020, 1,800 farms will produce 80 percent of the countryâ€™s milk.â€? Nationally, there are some very large dairy farms. â€œThere is a farm in
Chicago that has 50,000 milk-producing cows. We have 1,800 mature producers right now.â€? The Rotary Club of Farragut meets on Wednesday at noon at Fox Den Country Club. For information about the club, visit www. farragutrotary.org.
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