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VOL. 51 NO. 10
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March 5, 2012
Candidates jostle at Gibbs
New York and back, driving, in 50 hours? That was no problem for Jake Mabe and his buddy Matt Shelton, who pulled off a whirlwind trip to Manhattan to see William Shatner on Broadway.
See Jake’s story on page A-6
Concert for Channon, Chris
Southbound Band will play a benefit concert in memory of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian on Friday, March 9, at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville. Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds go to the Channon and Chris Memorial Fund, which benefits the Newsom and Christian families. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is from 8-10.
Coffee and conversation Residents are invited to have coffee and conversation with state Rep. Harry Brooks, County Commissioner R. Larry Smith and school board member Kim Sepesi from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Powell Branch Library, 3505 Emory Road. Info: 922-5433.
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Mayor tours STEM Wendy Smith tags along with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero as she tours the STEM Academy.
Moderator Josh Brown welcomes Conley Underwood (center) and Mike McMillan to Gibbs High for a student-driven public forum. Brown is a sophomore at Gibbs and is “very interested in local politics.” Photo by S. Clark
By Sandra Clark Mike McMillan touted his 18-month tenure on the Knox County Board of Education, while challenger Conley Underwood made the case for change at the only candidate forum or debate for the 8th District contest which will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 6. The forum lacked fireworks, and the crowd of 50 had a decidedly Underwood flavor. Background: McMillan stressed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, his teaching tenure at Gibbs High and his previous service on Knox County Commission. Underwood graduated from Carter High and attended UT. He owns and operates an automotive service equipment business. At 45, he and his wife, Gina, have two daughters who attend Carter Middle School. Priority: Underwood wants ev-
ery child to have the tools needed for a great education. McMillan said he would start working to get Gibbs Middle School into the capital plan. Safety: McMillan said bullying is “a much bigger problem than we’re willing to admit. He said “the downtown administration” does not realize it’s as serious as it is. Underwood said personal relationships between teachers and students will help students build them with each other. “Kids need to realize that their actions have consequences. They must respect each other.” Best use of new money: Underwood said “bolster reading and math in grades 2, 3 and 4 to keep students performing at grade level. McMillan would spend the money in the classroom, perhaps hiring more teachers. “We should take a close look at the programs we have and expand the successful ones.” Gibbs Middle School: Mc-
Millan said “politics built Carter Elementary,” and the citizens group headed by Underwood was “not the deciding factor. I worked behind the scenes to make that happen.” Underwood said it takes the school board, the commission and the community working together to make something happen. “We need to start building the base now for five to six years down the road.” Your role in getting a new Carter Elementary: Underwood – “I rallied people to get the attention of politicians.” McMillan – “I made Carter Elementary my top priority because it was being discussed.” Your strength: Underwood – “I am a consensus builder who works with others as a team.” McMillan – “I work well with Mayor (Tim) Burchett and County Commission and the school board. Should schools be used for
more than education? McMillan – “If we have policies in place and proper procedures, the people should be able to use the buildings.” Underwood – “The school should be the nucleus of every community.” Leadership: Underwood cited his leadership in PTO for eight years and said he leads with “calmness and purpose.” He promised to bring “a more positive image” of the 8th District. McMillan observed that he served on County Commission when Gibbs Elementary School was built. “In my 18 months on the school board, we’ve accomplished a lot.” Questions came from the audience and from students in Dean Harned’s contemporary issues class. Parent leaders Ahnna Estes and Jimmy Hipsher helped coordinate the forum. Gibbs High principal Lynn Hill attended, as did former principal Janice Walker.
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No strip mall at Clayton Park By Shannon Carey Norris Freeway property that has been at the center of controversy since 2008 has been acquired by Hallsdale Powell Utility District in a move called a “win-win” for the district, the adjacent property owners and advocates of Clayton Park in Halls. Shopper publisher Sandra Clark originally suggested the land for acquisition by HPUD after learning of the utility’s need for a sanitary sewer overflow storage facility during wet weather events similar to the one KUB built on Broadway at Adair. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has mandated through a consent order that HPUD reduce sanitary sewer overflow and constructing a storage facility is one way HPUD can achieve a reduction during heavy rains. The 12-acre site was purchased from developers Nathan Silvus and Lee Gamble who had sought county approval for a 30,000-squarefoot strip mall to be called Halls Park Center.
Residents along Afton Drive in Halls Heights vigorously opposed the development which would have required extensive fill dirt in an area along Beaver Creek already prone to flooding. The land lies on Norris Freeway at Maynardville Highway and adjoins the Clayton Park, a 10-acre site purchased by donations coordinated by the Legacy Parks Foundation. Hallsdale Powell’s wastewater lines crisscross the property. The site plan for the strip mall was rejected by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The developers, represented by attorney Arthur Seymour Jr., went to court and lost again. But Seymour filed with the state Court of Appeals which overturned Judge Harold Wimberly’s decision and remanded the case. County Commissioner R. Larry Smith met with Law Director Joe Jarret who agreed to pursue an appeal to the state Supreme Court, but meanwhile HPUD commissioners voted to
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community HALLS NOTES ■ Halls Business & Professional Association meets at noon each third Tuesday at Beaver Brook Country Club. Lunch is $10. Info: Shannon Carey, 922-4136 or Shannon@ShopperNewsNow.com/. ■ Halls Women’s League will sponsor a “Stuff A Bag” event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the corner of Maynardville Highway and Cunningham Road. Due to community generosity, The Closet has an abundance of clothes. The League would appreciate a minimum cash donation of $1 a bag. The Closet will be closed for three weeks after March 10 to change from winter to spring/summer wear. It will reopen April 2. Additional parking is available by the building. Info: Charlene, 922-4068; Bonnie, 922-2039; or Mitzi, 377-3521.
A-2 • MARCH 5, 2012 • HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS
Principal for a Day Tuesday morning, 10 a.m. Central High School’s gym is crawling with cacophony. Students are walking this way and that, papers in hand, pencils ready. Teachers and staff are giving guidance. Assistant principal Kristen Jenkins has the whole thing under control.
■ The Farragut and North Knoxville Lions clubs will cosponsor a pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Applebees, 261 North Peters Road. For tickets, call Norvell Burrow, 693-5449.
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FOUNTAIN CITY NOTES ■ Fountain City Business and Professional Association meets at noon each second Wednesday at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Lunch is $10. Info: Beth Wade, 9711971, ext. 372, or firstname.lastname@example.org/. ■ Fontinalis Club will meet Thursday, March 8, at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, 5364 N. Broadway. Board meeting is at 9:30 a.m., coffee hour at 10 and the club meeting is at 10:30. Officers will be elected for the next club year. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant. ■ The Fountain City Republican Club will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 5, for dinner at Shoney’s on Broadway. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. New officers will be elected and a vote will be taken to change the club’s meeting day. All members past and present are encouraged to attend as well as those who are interested in becoming a member. Info: Michele Carringer, 247-5756 or email email@example.com. ■ K-Town Sound Show Chorus, an a cappella show chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, is welcoming new members. Rehearsals are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday night at Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Ave. Info: Jo Ann, 483-8790, 742-4437 or http://www. ktownsound.org.
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It’s the school’s Registration Fair, at which students are busy picking electives for the upcoming academic year. Football team quarterback Xavier Johnson walks up with a question. Jenkins answers it and smiles. “We get a bad rap sometimes, but where else could you have something this open and this big and have the students doing what they’re supposed to do?” School board member Indya Kincannon comes by after awhile. She’s at the school as Principal for a Day, a program that puts community and business leaders on various campuses for most of the morning. Indya’s been on the board of education since 2004. She’s a mom. But she says the program gives her a different perspective. “It’s good to see the day-today life in the schools, talk to the students, and see the work and challenges the administrators have. Plus, for me personally, Central was just added to my district. I’ve been to the school many times but I haven’t had a chance to get immersed in it yet.” Kincannon says she learned the school’s graduation rate is up. “There’s a greater focus on building relationships.
School board member Indya Kincannon chats with Central High principal Danny Trent during Kincannon’s stint as Principal for a Day last Tuesday. Talking to the students, they say the only time you saw the previous administration was when you were in trouble. Now, they know them on a name by name basis. And the school is all gussied up, which helps students and staff take pride in the (campus).” Principal Danny Trent says he’s glad the Principal for a Day program has gotten going again this year. “It’s good for (the community) to see the good things going on here. And it’s about the kids, it’s not about us. And hopefully, she’ll (Kincannon) get to see some good, quality teaching. Anybody who wants to come in and hang out … they can give us advice and hopefully give us money,” he said, grinning.
Cemetery meeting March 8 By Betty Bean Fort Sumter Community Cemetery’s annual community meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the cemetery office, 4828 Salem Church Road. Volunteer help is urgently needed and founding board member Bobbie Woodall said that anyone interested in volun-
Central High School quarterback Xavier Johnson gets some help from assistant principal Kristen Jenkins at the school’s Registration Fair last week. Photos by Jake Mabe
Kincannon says it’s more important than ever to know what’s going on in the school system now that public education dominates the headlines. Plus – and these are my words, not Kincannon’s – it’s doubly important when you also have politicians that can’t speak nor think in complete sentences rounding up teachers
like witches at Salem. “You keep hearing ‘improvement.’ And, yes, the schools do need to improve,” Kincannon says. “But first you need to have some exposure to what’s happening.” Keep that in mind when you go to the polls on Tuesday.
teering is welcome to attend or to call 660-6949. The board is also asking for donations toward the upkeep of the cemetery, and Woodall said that $25 a year per plot owner could make a real difference in the budget. She praised the late Irma McConkey, who instructed her son that she wanted donations for cemetery upkeep instead of funeral flowers. “She set a wonderful ex-
ample,” Woodall said. “It was deeply appreciated. Since we don’t assess a maintenance fee, we need plot owners to help.” The board will also be taking bids on mowing for 2012. Personnel will be available to answer questions. The deadline to return sealed bids is 5 p.m. March 29. Send donations to: FSCC, P.O. Box 70283, Knoxville TN 37938.
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M’Lynn (Barbara Robertson) offers Shelby (Katie Dake) a drink of orange juice to adjust her blood sugar while Truvy (Mindy Barrett) looks on. Photos by S. Clark
In Powell Playhouse production By Sandra Clark The Powell Playhouse set attendance records with the February performances of “Steel Magnolias,” a play written by Robert Harling and directed by Nita Buell Black. “I know it’s a cliché, but we’re all on Cloud Nine,” Black said afterwards. “I’m having a blast.” She was sorry to have turned away people on Saturday and Sunday, but said the fire marshal limits seating to 250 in the Jubilee Banquet Facility. Halls Middle School drama teacher Mindy Barrett played the Dolly Parton role of Truvy, owner of the small town Southern beauty shop that is central to the action. Bonny Baker Pendleton stole the show as Ouiser, a maniacal grump who said, “I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” The quips keep coming amid the pathos of young Shelby (played by UT senior Katie Dake) who pushes on with life without regard to limitations brought on by her medical problems. She tells her mom, “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” Christina Perkins, a graduate student at UT, plays Annelle, a down and out beginning hairdresser who comes to work for Truvy. Her signature quote: “Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.” Barbara Robertson, a kindergarten teacher at Adrian Burnett Elementary School, played M’Lynn, Shelby’s mom, who carries the dramatic lead. She’s been in plays for her entire life, most re-
cently directing “Just Clay,” a drama team at Salem Baptist Church. Renee Denney as Clairee rounded out the cast. A Powell resident, she is married to Chuck Denney, a Powell Playhouse alumnus. Nita Buell Black is the legendary retired drama coach at Powell High School. And she says one never knows when those school relationships will come in handy. “For our first play, we needed a piano moved from a basement in Holston Hills. For this one, we needed a porcelain sink moved from Karen Long’s house in Broadacres. I just called Travis Moretz, he’s a former student you know, and his family took care of us.” Moretz Moving, based on Callahan Drive, is an established Powell area business. “And Travis brought his girlfriend and came to ‘Steel Magnolias,’” Black said. Jeff Huffaker from Elegant Touch located four old-fashioned hair dryers with the pull-down hoods, and the set absolutely matched a vintage 1980s beauty shop. Buell Black bought a hardback copy of “Steel Magnolias” in 1988. “I had the play but I didn’t have the cast,” she says. “It’s too racy for high school.” So she assembled the cast and Clairee (Renee Denney) is an everbrought the play to the Powell optimistic foil for Ouiser at Truvy’s Playhouse. “I am so pleased. The Beauty Shop. cast was well-balanced, and we had no star. That’s why I had them all come out together at the end.” The actors worked so hard in No job too big or small rehearsal that the lines stopped being funny, she said. “But the 25 Yrs. Experience first time the audience laughed, a QUALITY WORK, LOW PRICES spark went through the cast. I’m Rooﬁng, Kitchens & Baths having a blast.” Additions, Masonry Concrete
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Looking and sounding presidential, Rick Santorum brought his message of limited government and freedom to Powell’s Temple Baptist Church last Wednesday. “We’re heading to Super Tuesday with the wind to our back,” he said, citing the previous day’s Michigan Primary where he matched Mitt Romney for delegates, each with 15. “We were outspent 6 to 1, maybe 10 to 1, in his home state and yet we ran dead even.” Santorum introduced his daughter, Elizabeth, and ment ioned his Knoxville ties. His brother married the daughter of the late Santorum educators Sarah and James “Doc” Simpson. Echoing his remarks
Williams forecasts Obama victory Back when writer/commentator Don Williams was invited to speak to the 6th District Democrats about why Barack Obama should be re-elected, it was a challenging topic. The slight signs of economic recovBetty ery hadn’t been enough Bean to boost Obama’s sagging approval ratings, and top Republican challenger Mitt Romney was running ahead of him in most any poll out there. That was January. By the time his Feb. 28 speaking date rolled around, Romney had stumbled and the case for Obama’s re-election was a far easier sell. “Just to get to the short answer, if you look at it as a contest, it’s got to be a resounding yes. He should easily win re-election. First of all, the guy’s a rock star. People say that as a criticism, but he’s likable, much in the same way as Reagan was likeable. He’s a charmer. When you see him sink a 3-point basketball shot on a dare, or hear him sing Al Greene’s ‘Let’s stay together,’ which instantly became a ringtone … the guy’s got chops,” Williams told some 20 Democrats at the Karns Middle School library. “Even though I have some problems with the Don Williams way it was executed (Williams wishes Obama had taken less of a “top-down,” banks-first approach to the mortgage crisis and done more to help struggling homeowners escape foreclosure), you’ve got to give him some credit for preventing a great depression. Can you imagine 30 percent unemployment?” “Then there’s Obamacare – they’re going to be sorry they (nicknamed it) that,” he said. “I have a grown son who has insurance now because of Obamacare. In the end, he’ll be glad they named it for him.” He ticked off a list of daring foreign policy accomplishments: the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden; leading from behind in the liberation of Libya; ordering the rescue of Americans captured by pirates; and bringing an end to two wars. He cited Obama’s speechifying ability, his “nearly spotless” adult reputation, his attractive family, his civility in the face of opponents who have challenged his religion and his citizenship and called him everything from a Marxist to the son of a Kenyan witchdoctor. “He doesn’t stray into dangerous waters through ignorance. He makes decisions for the long game, and when he errs, he errs on the side of decency and dignity. … He has turned the other cheek again and again – to a fault some of us thought. But in the long run, it stood him in good stead.” Williams points to another reason why the president will be re-elected: “Obama has been blessed by his opponents. Could there be a more embarrassing lot?” Finally, Williams ended by warning the gathered Democrats that as good as Obama’s prospects are now, they could still be upended by a “black swan” event – like Sept. 11, 2001 – that comes out of nowhere and instantaneously rearranges the political landscape.
Sandra Clark from Michigan, Santorum said the U.S. Constitution is the country’s operations manual, “the how,” while the Declaration of Independence is the soul, “the why.” He stood easily in the Baptist pulpit with flags on both sides and a choir behind. “This country is a moral enterprise. … The right to life is fundamental. Without life the other rights don’t much matter. The right to liberty is bigger than property rights. And the pursuit of happiness does not mean to do whatever makes you feel good. It means doing what you ought to do. “This is our American
creed. We are a people that are called to something greater than ourselves.” Santorum called the GOP philosophy “ground up” and the Democratic philosophy “top down.” Settlers came to America to escape oppressive government, he said. “Now the yoke of government is weighing heavily on the people of this country. “This race must be about big things – about who we are at our core. America is an ideal, an ideal that changed the world, an ideal that believes, ‘yes, you can!’ Central to that ideal is liberty.” Specifically, Santorum said he would repeal Obamacare in January 2013. He would authorize construction of the Keystone Pipeline on Day One. He would balance the budget in five years, without cutting defense spending. In 1958, the year he was born, Santorum said de-
fense spending was 60 percent of the federal budget, while now it’s 17 percent. Also that year, entitlements were less than 10 percent of the budget. Now they are 60 percent. “And with Obamacare that will grow to 70 percent. “This is the most important election of your lifetime. … There is no reason to lose hope in America. We just need to believe in ourselves.” Santorum was mobbed by students and guests. He posed for pictures which he urged people to post on Facebook. There were few elected officials present, although I did spot R. Larry Smith. Our governor and two U.S. senators are supporting Romney. But when the dust settles tomorrow, Rick Santorum will have taken Tennessee. You had only to hear him talk in Powell last Wednesday to understand why.
Who would buy the Hall of Fame? It is hard to imagine who would want to buy the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame which Knox County wants to sell. In fact, the organization which operates the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame could decide to relocate out of Knoxville. It is a board composed primarily of persons who do not have ties to this area. Whether they own and could move the contents of the building with them is unclear. It presents a tough issue for County Mayor Tim Burchett and County Commission which rightly see no reason to be the landowner of this building which, unfortunately, attracts few visitors. While Gloria Ray suggested KTSC should buy it, one has to wonder for what purpose? Who would pay its maintenance costs? If the Hall of Fame moves, what does Knox County do with this building with the basketball on top? City Council attorney Rob Frost is starting out at $10,500 less than city Law Director Charles Swanson made when he was council attorney. Vice
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Mayor Nick Pavlis determined a new person should start out at a lesser pay than his predecessor made after 26 years – a wise decision. Expect Frost’s performance to merit a pay increase over the years. Jon Roach, a former city law director and husband of KUB CEO Mintha Roach, is Knoxville’s largest contributor to Barack Obama at $2,000, with $1,000 given June 15, 2011, and the second installment given Dec. 30, 2011. Both Roaches are strong Democrats. No one in Knoxville has given the president the full $2,500 permitted under federal law. It is still likely Obama will win the city of Knoxville in November while losing Knox County by a sizeable margin. Jeff Hagood, Knoxville attorney and close friend of Chattanooga Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, says House
Tim Burchett pleaded a previous commitment to avoid introducing Rick Santorum at Temple and then met with the former senator on his plane. That picture was leaked to a right-wing blog where (hopefully) the large contributors that Burchett doesn’t want to offend would not notice. We talked to Burchett about a persistent rumor in the 8th District that Carter Elementary School will be stopped if a certain candidate is elected to the school board. “Absolutely not true,” said Burchett. “I just talked to the builders Monday and we’re on schedule.” Occupy Nashville protesters are getting a bit snarky about efforts by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Republicancontrolled Legislature to outlaw them on public property. In a fiesty email, Occupy Nashville said if banned from the Legislative Plaza they would occupy the State Capitol,
Rick Santorum brought along his daughter, Elizabeth, to his talk at Temple Baptist Church in Powell where women are discouraged/forbidden from wearing slacks. Elizabeth, wearing slacks, sat behind her dad. When we noted it might well be the first time a woman wearing slacks had been near the Temple pulpit, a friend observed, “or a Catholic.” Mitt Romney did not come to the Public Market at Turkey Creek last Friday, and he never intended to. Yet the event’s publicity fooled two members of the Shopper news team who are trained to discern such things. Sorry, Bill Haslam, but we didn’t hold the presses during a tornado watch to get a shot of you talking about Romney.
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Majority Leader Eric Cantor will host a fundraiser for Fleischmann on April 20 in Knoxville. House Speaker John Boehner has already appeared for Fleischmann in Chattanooga. Fleischmann faces a primary challenge from Weston Wamp, son of former Rep. Zach Wamp. The GOP primary winner is a clear favorite to win in November. The top two House Republicans backing Fleischmann is a clear, unmistakable signal the House leadership is not anxious to have another Wamp return to Congress. Dennis Francis, Knoxville attorney and prominent Democrat, serves on Knox County Election Commission but is the only current member of either party not to have his photo on the Election Commission website. Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation has several seats to fi ll after the Gloria Ray debacle. Former city Law Director Michael Kelley chairs the KTSC nominating committee to seek new members. Interested persons
can email him at mkelley@ KMFPC.com/. It is not clear what standards or criteria will be employed in seeking new members. However, it should be persons who ask questions and take their fiduciary responsibility seriously. The remaining KTSC members seem to recognize they have to reestablish public trust plus work closely with the two mayors. Early voting for the March 6 primary is 15,552 countywide which suggests total voting may not exceed 40,000 – a very light turnout. Heaviest voting was at Downtown West (4,288 votes) and the smallest vote was at Love Kitchen (155 votes). As people realize that Randy Nichols really is retiring as district attorney general in 2014, expect Republicans to make an effort to take back the DA’s office. It is an eight-year term and therefore attractive to many. Nichols has been a likeable DA who has on occasion endorsed Republicans, such as Bill Gibbons (a fellow DA) for governor in 2010.
reclaim foreclosed homes and occupy the restrooms of all Pilot Travel Centers. KCEA has endorsed two school board candidates: Gina Oster in District 3 and the unopposed Indya Kincannon in District 2. Some candidates didn’t even meet with the group’s political action committee, leading one member to say: “Usually they wait until after they’re elected to disrespect us.” Rep. Harry Brooks has set a series of public meetings. I may drop by to discuss his bill to prevent delivery of free newspapers. What a slam. ... ... Meetings are on Saturdays: March 10 at 10 a.m. at Tennessee School for the Deaf and 2 p.m. at Carter Community Library; March 17 at 10 a.m. at Corryton Senior Center and 2 p.m. at Powell Branch Library. – S. Clark
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HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY SHOPPER-NEWS â€˘ MARCH 5, 2012 â€˘ A-5 1989, 1997 and 1998 come to mind. Terrific players ran to and fro, knocking down rivals on their way to AllAmerica honors and the College Hall of Fame. Herman Hickman, Bob Suffridge, Bowden Wyatt, Doug Atkins, Bob Johnson, Steve DeLong, Ed Molinski, John Michels, Steve Kiner, Reggie White, Frank Emanuel and Chip Kell live on. There were others, oh yes, tailbacks who followed blockers: John Majors, Hank Lauricella, George Cafego, Beattie Feathers, Gene McEver ... and still others. This was home to the Swamp Rat, Hacksaw and Curt Watson, where the Artful Dodger scrambled, Larry Seivers made spectacular catches, Bobby Majors returned punts, Tim Priest picked off passes, Al Wilson backed the line with vigor and Travis Henry rushed for several of his 3,078 yards. The Pride of the Southland band was full of pride.
Tour time Based on the University of Tennesseeâ€™s rich tradition, rare appreciation for public relations and endless appetite for money, I, as a graduate and honorary letterman, offer positive suggestions: Former Commissioner John Mills with heart surgeon and Commissioner Richard Briggs. Photo by S. Clark
Being stubborn can kill you Notes from County Commission By Sandra Clark Commissioners heard a sobering message from a former colleague last week. John Mills told of his near death because he was too stubborn to have symptoms of heart disease checked out. Mills was introduced by Commissioner Richard Briggs who said â€œJohnâ€™s is a very, very typical story.â€? â€œIâ€™ve been kissed by an angel,â€? said Mills. He checked off the symptons he ignored: â– Numbness in left arm â– Sharp pain in right shoulder â– Pressure on his chest Mills went on to work at Rural/Metro where he was surrounded by paramedics. His boss, Rob Webb, insisted that he go directly to the hospital. â€œI came within hours of being sorry,â€? said Mills. â€œListen to your body. Donâ€™t be stubborn.â€? Briggs said heart attack is the countryâ€™s No. 1 killer. â€œThe lesson we can learn from Johnâ€™s story is to know the symptoms and be aware of your loved ones. â€œThere is an element of denial that can kill.â€? Mills represented the 8th District and at one time chaired the commission. â€œI love you all,â€? he said.
Battle of Midway is back A Russellville, Tenn., company wants to buy 22 acres in the proposed Midway Business Park along I-40 at the Midway interchange. P roblem is, the land is not zoned for commercial use and the zoning would require an amendment Patricia Bible to the East County Sector Plan. Yet Patricia Bible came to the commission last week asking for consideration for KaTom, a restaurant supply business. Can she succeed where others have failed? â€œA smile goes a long way,â€? she said. Bible has a compelling story, a booming business and about 100 real jobs. â€œWe can be a $100 million company, and we want to move to Knox County,â€? said Bible. â€œIâ€™m in,â€? said commission chair Mike Hammond. On Thursday, The Development Corp. voted to sell the land for $550,000, subject to rezoning. Here we go again.
Now, as we escape the dark ages of football and approach a new dawn, is the time to cash in on the beauty and fame of Neyland Stadium. Open it to fan tours, $7 for adults and $3 for teens. Little people should get a real deal. Call it the beginning of the recruiting process. Route traffic through the gift shop at Gate 20. Sell souvenirs. Provide something free, maybe one folded page with stadium illustration, historic tidbits and a map. Tour guides could be volunteers, nice people, reliable, courteous and able to communicate in several languages so New Yorkers and even Louisiana visitors could ask questions and understand answers. Clean shoes, please, to enter the spacious Peyton Manning Locker Room where, some day soon, great players will again get dressed and great coaches will recite Neyland maxims with the idea of winning big games. Stop at the Lauricella Room where each football Saturday famous Vols and old linemen gather for fellowship. Considering accomplishments, this is a
genuinely modest group. Visitors should be so advised. They might enjoy Vol Network video in the background. Take a walk on ShieldsWatkins Field, sown in 1921, nurtured by a wealthy banker, W.S. Shields, and his gracious wife, Alice Watkins Shields. Oh, the games on the grass â€“ played by real men who really cared, heart and soul, whatever it took, everything on the line, be it sweat and spit, contusions and tears. From 1925 to 1933, there were 55 games without a loss. Think about it. This is where, in 1939, Tennessee completed a season without giving up a single point, all shutouts in a streak of 15. Nothing like that has happened since. Other great teams, in the truest definition, graced that field â€“1950, 1951, 1956, 1967, 1985,
Ah yes, those were the days. The tour should include the Tom Elam press box and John Ward broadcast center. Offer play by play, home and away. â€œGive him six!â€? â€œTouchdown Tennessee!â€? â€œWillie Gault is going to run all the way to the state capital!â€? â€œCount it down with me â€Ś five, four, three, two, one. The national champion is clad in Big Orange. â€Śâ€? Visitors must experience sky boxes. They might buy one or two. The Neyland Stadium tour should pause for pics at the statue, the great bronze likeness of Robert R. Neyland, and perhaps return to the starting point for more and better souvenirs. This is a free plan for preserving memories and promoting the marvelous story that was Tennessee football. Who knows, even in hard times, we might earn enough to afford a historian, maybe even Tom Mattingly. Marvin West invites reader reaction. His address is email@example.com.
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