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VOL. 5, NO. 24
karns / hardin valley
JUNE 13, 2011
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By Valorie Fister Bill Halsey says he’s holding no secrets about future growth of the community he’s called home since 1989. But the president of the Greater Karns Business Association speculates there is more growth ahead for Karns, a community that despite a faltering economy changed from a one stop light town to a three stop light town in just the last few years. “All around us things are really developing,” Halsey said. “We have the land, the opportunity and we have the need. “And it’s a neat community that’s still affordable.” Identifying Karns as the Oak Ridge Corridor or part of Northwest Knoxville, Halsey pointed in the direction of his home from the not yet two-year-old Bojangle’s Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits restaurant on Oak Ridge Highway. He remembers Weigel’s was constructed just after his arrival. Halsey, an insurance agent with Insurance and Planning Solutions, said he has fond memories of raising his now-grown children in the close knit community and even said he wanted “to brag on my wife a little bit.” He said his wife, Helene Halsey, was the first to rent the Karns Community Pool to organize an after-pool-hours school band party. “People don’t realize how great that pool is,” he said. Halsey said the recent expansion and development of Schaad Road has opened all kinds of possibilities for Karns. He also said incoming businesses and developers would be wise to work closely with the Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission and conduct market
Greater Karns Business Association president Bill Halsey stands by a welcome sign in his Karns community. Valorie Fister.
studies for long-range planning of the community. “A lot of times it takes up to five years” for plans to become physical buildings, Halsey said. And he definitely recommends membership in the GKBA for networking and visibility. The GKBA itself is 10 years old this year. As president, Halsey has worked with his group during the last two years to undergo a major audit, modernize the by-laws, update and maintain current directories. The group also launched a new website, www.Karnsbusiness. com, which was actually in limbo for two years before going online.
“Those were some of the big projects that we did,” Halsey said. And as part of a monthly series of guest speakers, GKBA members were visited last week by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Much of the GKBA membership currently consists of small, family-owned businesses, Halsey said. “There are chiropractors and dentists, there are the mom and pop shops,” he said. “To me, the small, family business is the foundation of our economy.” And the business group’s new website even has a new community calendar that is updated by vice president Alisa Pruett. Pruett, a local real estate agent
with Keller Williams Realty, advises that any group, including civic or neighborhood organizations, interested in a listing on the calendar should email information at least two weeks in advance to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She said the hope is to have all local sports, youth and community events funnel into one calendar. Halsey said even in light of Karn’s recent growth spurt, the community has managed to keep its personality. “Karns has managed to maintain its small town community feel while attracting the businesses and services that people have been needing,” he said.
Amenders face an uphill battle ber not so long ago former Commissioner Mark Harmon fighting doggedly for what was largely a symbolic reduction and losing by a vote of 17-2. Now, Harmon’s former 2nd District mate, Amy Broyles, is asking for more, not less, and she’s not alone in her dissatisfaction with the mayor’s budget. But are six commissioners dissatisfied enough and (more to the point) politically courageous enough to engineer a revolt? It will Political junkies have take courage, because the seen this act come and go at mayor’s “I feel your pain” every level of government fiscal message undeniably from the smallest village has support from a recesto the nation’s capital, and sion-weary citizenry. The composition of The the finale rarely varies: the budget stands with little or Amenders won’t be determined until tomorrow’s no changes. This year the roles are budget debate, but the canreversed from what com- didate list looks like this: Commissioners R. Larry mission watchers had become familiar with during Smith, Jeff Ownby, Dave the closing years of the Wright and Richard Briggs Ragsdale administration. have sent strong signals that Then, the mantra was they’ll support the budget “cut.” Some may remem- as presented. Broyles and
By Larry Van Guilder
Call them “The Amenders.” They aren’t an obscure male quartet from the 1950s or a gaggle of constitutional law scholars. They’re a group of Knox County Commissioners who want to amend Mayor Tim Burchett’s proposed budget for FY 2012, and they have their work cut out for them.
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Sam McKenzie have openly asked for amendments. Tony Norman, Brad Anders and Mike Brown could be persuaded, depending upon the cause and the cost. Ed Shouse and Mike Hammond have mostly maintained a diplomatic silence, although Hammond says he’s reached an agreement with the mayor to partially restore commissioners’ discretionary funds. To make their dreams come true, Broyles and McKenzie must not only bring along Norman, Anders and Brown, they must pick off either Hammond or Shouse. And even as their act warms up, they face getting the hook over the most controversial items on their lists, fully funding the Beck Center and a county employee pay raise. Beck’s representatives say they welcome an audit. McKenzie, however, is on a political hot seat, knowing that agreeing to an audit as a condition of funding
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Beck at a later date won’t win him many votes. But it appears he’ll have little choice if he’s to preserve any chance for commission to reconsider the mayor’s 92 percent reduction of the center’s county funding. Broyles’ support for employee pay raises would play much better in the city, but County Commission isn’t City Council. She’s backing away from an across the board increase in favor of a step adjustment, but even that is likely to cost something north of $2.5 million. The sheriff will support Broyles, who led the charge to buy new cruisers for his department a few months back. But, the sheriff has no vote on commission. If The Amenders numbers swelled to six, where would the money come from to raise pay, restore funding to Beck, the Legacy Parks Foundation and other causes deemed worthy? The word is that Broyles
and others are considering a novel approach. Aside from the immediate proposal, the mayor’s budget presentation includes a plan to reduce debt by approximately $100 million over five years. Instead of a $20 million reduction next year, why not dial back to $15 million and free up $5 million in FY 2012? It isn’t “free” money, a mythical notion, but neither is it a property tax increase, which Burchett has vowed will not occur on his watch this year. If this proposal surfaces tomorrow, finance director John Troyer will be called upon to explain how only Beelzebub could have hatched such an insidious scheme. But Broyles says she’s received encouragement from some prominent names in the community. How many if any of those names will publicly support the idea remains to be seen, and the odds still favor the house over The Amenders.
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A-2 â€˘ JUNE 13, 2011 â€˘ WEST SIDE SHOPPER-NEWS
Monthly happenings at Mercy Medical Center West
SNORE NO MORE Mercy Sleep Center West Can Help If you wake up in the morning with a headache and feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This common condition causes the upper passages of your airway to close off, interrupting your breathing and depriving you of oxygen until you wake up and start breathing again. How can you tell if you have sleep apnea? The only real way is to have a sleep study, a test that records what happens while you sleep. The rooms may look like those you would find in a nice hotel, and thatâ€™s exactly the way itâ€™s meant to be. The Center offers a soothing environment, with comfortable beds and the amenities of home. Patients can relax while trained sleep staff take care of the rest.
â€œHere at Mercy West, patients stay in a comfortable, homelike room which is actually a study lab,â€? says Dewey McWhirter, M.D., Medical Director of the Mercy Sleep Centers. â€œHere we can monitor and record the patientâ€™s breathing and sleep patterns, and make a deďŹ nite diagnosis.â€?
There are also some common symptoms. The three main warning signs of obstructive SLEEP APNEA ARE s ,OUD PERSISTENT SNORING s 0AUSES IN BREATHING WHILE SLEEPING ACCOMPANIED BY GASPING EPISODES s %XCESSIVE SLEEPINESS DURING WAKING HOURS h0EOPLE WITH SLEEP APNEA FREQUENTLY WAKE UP FOR A FEW SECONDS TO GASP FOR AIR SAYS Dr. McWhirter. â€œThis can happen hundreds of times a night in people with severe sleep apnea. Some patients do not remember these episodes of gasping the next morning.â€? A bed partner is the person most likely to witness the signs of sleep apnea If you donâ€™t have a bed partner to catch your gasping or snoring, be aware of continuous morning headaches or extreme sleepiness during the day.
Adam Clark, Lead Sleep Technologist
â€œSleep apnea studies are one of the least invasive tests we do, yet the results can mean a healthier and happier life,â€? says Dr. McWhirter. â€œIf sleep apnea goes untreated, patients are at higher risk for heart disease and other serious conditions.â€? To schedule a sleep study or for more information on sleep apnea, call Mercy Wellnesse at 859-7091.
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Keep Cool This Summer: Avoid Heat Illnesses
Stephen A. Russell, MD Board Certified in Emergency Medicine Mercy Medical Center West
The hot and humid summer days have quickly arrived in East Tennessee which means more outdoor activities. Extra precautions should be taken, especially for those with chronic medical conditions, to avoid heat related illnesses.
Heat emergencies fall into three categories of increasing severity: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Children, elderly, and obese people have a higher risk of developing heat illness. People taking certain medications or drinking alcohol also have a higher risk. However, even a top athlete in superb condition can succumb to heat illness if he or she ignores the warning signs. If the problem isnâ€™t addressed, heat cramps (caused by loss of salt from heavy sweating) can lead to heat exhaustion (caused by dehydration), which can progress to heatstroke. Heatstroke, the most serious of the three, can cause shock, brain damage, organ failure, and even death.
Find out with this 5-minute risk assessment! Go to www.mercy.com and click on â€œHealth Informationâ€? and then â€œHealth Tools & Assessmentsâ€?
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The early symptoms of heat illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst, muscle cramps, headache, dizziness, and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, get out of the heat, drink water, juice or sports drinks (unless your doctor tells you otherwise), and get medical attention. If it isnâ€™t treated, more serious symptoms will occur including fever (above 104 Â°F), irrational behavior, confusion, dry, hot, and red skin, rapid, shallow breathing, seizures and unconsciousness. 911 should be called immediately if any of these serious symptoms occur. A few simple precautions can prevent heat-related illnesses. Donâ€™t go outside during the hottest times of the day and try to spend time in cool, air-conditioned places. Drink extra water (unless doctor tells you otherwise), Leonard Brown, M.D.your William Merwin, M.D. and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine. Wear loose-ďŹ tting clothing and try to plan ahead for hot days. Also, remember to check on older relatives or friends who might be at higher risk of heat-related illness because of medical conditions. Make sure that theyâ€™re staying cool on hot days. Enjoy the summer!
Dewey McWhirter, MD Medical Director
Christopher Nolte, MD
SAVE THE DATE! Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Thursday, June 23 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. Networking Event Mercy Medical Center West
Red Hot Mamas Thursday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. â€œRelief for Sinus Sufferersâ€? Featured Speaker: Leonard Brown, MD The Foundry Call 632-5200 to register