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IN THIS ISSUE
KCS to get $1.2 million grant Knox County Schools has been chosen for a $1.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Sandra Clark ponders how much more upheaval that will buy.
➤ See Clark’s column on page A-4
July 8, 2013
Blueway for Karns
Free dog wash set for Saturday Celebrities will lend a hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, when the Ogle, Elrod and Baril law firm sponsors the third annual free dog wash in the parking area at Food City in Hardin Valley. While there is no charge for the wash, dog owners are asked to contribute to the Great Dane rescue organization. Jason Baril says the first dog wash raised $3,000 and last year’s event, when more than 500 dogs were washed, brought in $5,700. Veterinarians will perform additional services, including nail trimming and rabies shots at half-price. Info: 546-1111.
Smith not running Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith says he’s not a candidate for trustee, not now or in 2014. “I was outspoken during the time the trustee (John Duncan) was under investigation, but not because I wanted his job,” said Smith. “I think it’s absurd that county employees could get $3,000 every year for eight hours of continuing education, and it’s even more so when they have someone else take their tests.” Duncan III resigned last week after pleading guilty to official misconduct. Smith runs an insurance agency and owns commercial rental property in Halls and Fountain City. – S. Clark
By Sandra Clark A 6-mile greenway on water called a blueway is being proposed along Beaver Creek in Karns. County officials will be at the Karns Community Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, from 6-9
p.m. Tuesday, July 9, to present the plan and seek input. Ultimately the blueway could extend for some 40 creek miles from Clayton Park in Halls to Melton Hill Park with takeout points at 4- to 10-mile intervals. The first phase will be built from the Legacy Parks Foundation’s park on Harrell Road to the
Karns Sports Park, said Heath Haun, an employee in the stormwater division of Knox County’s Engineering and Public Works Department. “This is a stormwater demonstration project,” said Haun, and expansion will depend on how many people use it and its effects on flood control. “The blueway will make it easier for families and outdoor en-
thusiasts to enjoy Beaver Creek,” a public waterway that begins and ends within Knox County. “Folks can go as a complete novice with a life jacket and be safe.” Beaver Creek is essentially flat with an average water depth of two feet, Haun said. The creek can be 4- to 6-feet deep, while To page A-3
Kroger boosts Second Harvest By Nancy Anderson To celebrate the first anniversary of the Cedar Bluff Kroger, the company presented $32,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank. The money was raised through Kroger’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” promotion, a 2-week campaign in which customers and associates contributed by buying selected items. The Kroger Company and Second Harvest have a long partnership, both locally and across the country. Second Harvest of East Tennessee feeds one million people monthly, with 64 percent of them living in Knox County. Since $1 provides three meals, $32,000 is going to come in handy. But the work isn’t over. Next up is the “Buddy Pack” promotion for children. Kroger works with the participating school sys-
Elaine Streno, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, accepts $32,000 from Tim Coggins on behalf of the Kroger Company. Photo by Nancy Anderson
tem to make sure children in need have good food to eat all week. For some, getting adequate food after school and on weekends is a problem. The “Buddy Pack” program
provides nutritious food to fill in the gaps between school lunches. Elaine Streno, executive director of Second Harvest, acknowledged the generosity of Kroger.
She said the food chain joined the Feeding America network at its inception, leading the way for others to follow. Stephanie Turner, special projects coordinator for Kroger, is pleased with her company’s commitment. “It’s great to work for a company such a Kroger that allows its employees to partner with the community and change lives. We like to pay things forward even at work.” District manager Tim Coggins agreed, adding, “We see this more and more in the leadership of our company. That is our mantra we live by. Make a difference and change lives. It’s been a huge transformation throughout our organization and one that we’re really proud of.” Info: 521-0000 or www. secondharvestetn.org/.
UT Gardens Wendy and Laurel Smith are touring places of interest to kids and Laurel shots some great photos at the UT Gardens – page A3 of Bearden edition.
Red Gate Rodeo Looking for close-to-home Americana? Check out Butch Butcher’s 10th annual Red Gate Rodeo. Details on A1 of Union County edition.
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No business like jail business By Betty Bean County Commissioner Amy Broyles walked a fine line while moderating a meeting with Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones and some 100 supporters of Knoxville’s immigrant community. The topic was the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287 (g) program, which Jones could decide to adopt this month. Jones and Captain Terry Wilshire, who directs the intake center and will supervise 287(g), said only corrections officers and an ICE supervisor will participate in the program. Both said it will ben-
in Louisiana or Memphis, rather than waiting out the time in jail. Jones also promised that his officers will not “profi le” people on the street. Broyles, one of two Democrats on the commission, said she was there to be a neutral moderator and to allow an open exchange of ideas. She had many supporters in the audience, all of whom oppose 287 (g), described as “One of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, (which) Jimmy “J.J.” Jones allows a state and local efit all concerned, because law enforcement entity to suspects will be allowed enter into a partnership to post bond while await- with ICE, under a joint ing deportation hearings Memorandum of Agree-
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license and being held for ICE). Others said immigration reform already underway could make 287 (g) obsolete before Jones gets it started. Jones said he is not responsible for abuses in other jurisdictions. Audience members accused him of not doing his homework. “Why do you feel comfortable doing this when you do not know how citizens feel about this issue?” asked one speaker. “I just hope that when I make this decision that it is the right decision,” To page A-3
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Roger R Roge oge g r Kane K ane a and nd dM Melinda eli el lind inda da Barto are enthusiastically preparing for this year’s Karns Community Fair. Always a popular event, this year is special. It’s the 60th
anniversary of this annual event. The Fair will be Saturday, July 27, with a morning of activities planned. Festivities kick off with
a ra race ce a att 7 a.m., a.m m., followed m., foll foll llow owed d by the parade at 9 a.m.,, and the fairr at 10 a.m. Parking king is availablee at Ingles and d Karns High School. Kane hass headed thee Fair for sev-eral years,, but this year ar Barto wass elected pres-ident of thee Fair board. There will be so much to see. People from all over the county will be sharing their
Beekeeper Tess Arnold feeds sugar water to his hives. Located in Norma Jean King’s backyard garden, the hives are excellent producers of honey.
bou bounty. b ounty ty.. Lo L Local oca call gr grow growers ower erss wi will illl offer organic and homeg grown vegetables, honvege ey, arts, crafts, fac face painting and ice cream. The 4-H organization will sell chickens. Are you a grower of veggr etables, herbs et or fruits; o a an artisan, crafter c or hobbyist? Consider showing your wares, call Melinda Barto at 6790929 to reserve a booth. ■
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The Shopper News caught up with Kelley Grabill who is working hard to organize this year’s Karns Fairest of the Fair pageant. “There are some excellent contestants this year, and we have space for a few more. I’d like to invite girls from the greater Karns community to come and participate. I’m so proud when our winners go on to compete in Tennessee Valley Fairest of the Fair,” she said. This popular pageant offers cash prizes for winners as well as some awesome gift certificates for alternates. Girls will participate Joe and Kelley Grabill with their daughter Kerrington, a real in four categories: Miss (16teen princess
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Blueway for Karns From page A-1 No business like Jones said.
Safety Center task force formed U.S. District Judge Tom Phillips has asked city and county officials to form a task force to study ways to relieve jail overcrowding, and the long-simmering plan to build a safety center to handle nonviolent mentally ill inmates could be the solution. One tough issue is whether city taxpayers should
contribute financially to the project in addition to the county taxes they already pay. “The concept has some appeal to us as something to pursue, but it’s not fleshed out enough yet,” said Bill Lyons, policy director for Mayor Madeline Rogero. “What happens if somebody is dropped off and is there a couple of days with addiction problems? A couple of days stay isn’t going to do much. Are we really helping
riffles are as shallow as two inches. “There a canoeist or kayaker would just “step a From page A-1 foot out and step back in.” To qualify as a blueway in anything by doing that? We Knox County, the body must just need to flesh out exactly be a “water of the state.” It what the model is and how it must have public access would work.” County Mayor Tim Burchett has reservations, as well: “We put a million bucks in the budget for it, if it’s feasible. I just want to make sure it’s not just a drunk tank. I want it for segregating the mentally ill population, to get an early diagnosis and not put them in jail.”
along with scenic and/or recreational value. It must be navigable by small watercraft and there must be no prohibition against water contact. Haun said debris jams will be removed and some
the bees and they’ll come around. King will sell fresh honey at the Karns Community Fair. bank stabilization may occur later in the project. “With regular use and maintenance of the blueway, jams that contribute to flooding can be cleared efficiently. “And it’s a nice way to link the communities of Halls, Powell, Karns, Solway and Hardin Valley.” Info: 2154750.
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They visited Istanbul and Izmir. Former council member Rob Frost (now council attorney) made a similar trip a few years ago. City taxpayers did not pay for the travel. â– The remaining state-owned land at Lakeshore Park still has not been transferred to the city of Knoxville which must approve the transfer by council action. While a well-attended public hearing has been held on the parkâ€™s future, the land is not in city hands although it had been expected to be transferred two months ago. The good news is that it will happen and with former deputy mayor Larry Martin now interim commissioner of finance for Gov. Bill Haslam, there is a person there to birddog it to reality. The city cannot spend money on needed actions until the city owns it. Eventually the transfer will happen. It will be a great milestone in the development of city parks. â– Council member Nick Della Volpe is excited that the Loves Creek greenway will formally open on Thursday, Aug. 1, with Mayor Rogero in attendance at 10 a.m. This is an effort of the city, county and neighborhood activists. This new greenway is a credit to East Knoxville and a nice addition to the slowly growing city greenway system. â– With the resignation of John Duncan III as county trustee, attention switches to whom county commission may choose as the interim trustee and then who will seek the position in the August 2014 county election. Two members of the current Knox County Commission are mentioned. They are Ed Shouse and Larry Smith. Mike Hammond is a possibility as well. Most suspect they will not seek
the interim appointment but may seek the full 4-year term when it is up next year. However, both will have a vote among the 11 commissioners on who will fill the position in a few weeks. Commission is likely to choose a caretaker who will not seek the position. One name which would be well received and a good choice would be former trustee and county mayor Tommy Schumpert. He probably would not want it and would need to be drafted, but he has held the position before with no issues against him. In fact, he did such a good job with it that he was able to win the county mayorâ€™s position over a longtime incumbent. Schumpert has been elected to countywide office three times and is highly regarded by Democrats and Republicans alike. As a Democrat, he falls in the Phil Bredesen-Wayne Ritchie wing of the party which makes him acceptable to many Republicans. Schumpert would not need training to do the job and his integrity and judgment are beyond question. â– The Republican primary could be a freefor-all with not only Smith and Shouse running but also Craig Leuthold. Shouse is the only one of those three to have been nominated and elected countywide as well as being elected several times to city office. If Hammond enters then he could claim winning countywide as well. Others may line up for this open seat as well. Once three or four candidates get in, others may be attracted knowing a plurality will nominate and a clear majority is not required to win the primary. In fact, in such a race 30 percent could nominate an individual. â– The task force named by the governor to consider construction of a new state museum will meet Wednesday, July 10, in Nashville. It is chaired by Tom Smith of Nashville. The current museum is located in the basement of the James K. Polk Building in Nashville. â– Abbie Hudgens, who worked for the city of Knoxville while I was mayor and with former city law director Tom Varlan, has been named director of the workers compensation system by Gov. Haslam for a six-year term which will take her to the end of his second term as governor.
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The swim What do you do when you find out your grandmother has cancer?
Jake Mabe MY TWO CENTS Well, I took a swim. When I heard the news, I was standing in the front yard of the cabin my greatuncle Ted Mabe built on the banks of Norris Lake in the 1950s. Ironic, given that I had spent happy afternoons of youth there with Lydia (pronounced LIE-dah) Beeler Mabe. What a remarkable woman is my paternal grandmother. Forced to leave her Sharps Chapel home when TVA created Norris Lake, she moved to Knox County with her family and attended Gibbs High School. Somewhere along the way she met
Lydia Mabe and married my grandfather Kenneth Mabe. When he died in 1988, Mamaw didnâ€™t miss a beat. She learned to drive. She mowed the yard. She lived by herself for 25 years, watching television, working crossword puzzles, doing everything but wasting away. Nearly 89 years young, her memory is often better than mine. She is a night owl, so Iâ€™ll call her after 11 p.m. We talk family history, Halls gossip,
catch up on relatives and generally stay away from politics. My grandmother, you see, is an FDR Democrat. Itâ€™s OK. She saw the New Deal help others firsthand. And she doesnâ€™t much care for Obama. Itâ€™s funny the things you remember. Singing gospel music for my grandparents and my late Aunt Mossie. Sunday dinners that would make â€“ dare I say it? â€“ Paula Deen green with envy. Homemade apple butter so good the memory makes my mouth moisten. The sounds of â€œGuiding Lightâ€? wafting into the bedroom in the early afternoon. Oh, where does the time go? All this, and heaven too, flashed through my mind as I took my swim. I had wanted to make that journey for more than 20 years, swimming from one bank to another and back. I did it. Donâ€™t ask me why, but swimming in that blue-green water, for about 30 minutes as the sun set on a Sunday afternoon was like being dipped into magic waters. As I returned to the cabin and scratched mosquito bites, wiping the wet away,
I glanced over to the DVDs I had brought for my vacation. With heartbreaking irony, one of them was â€œThe Shootist,â€? John Wayneâ€™s final film, in which he plays an aging gunfighter dying of cancer. I didnâ€™t have the heart to watch it. But the line I can quote from memory is spoken by Jimmy Stewart, when he tells the Duke heâ€™s going to die. â€œEvery few days I have to tell a man or a woman something I donâ€™t want to. Iâ€™ve been practicing medicine for 29 years, and I still donâ€™t know how to do it well.â€? And though Iâ€™m crowding in on middle age now, I still donâ€™t know how to take it well. So, I cut my vacation short and came to work. Because thatâ€™s what I figure someone should do. When hard news hits, hit the plow. My grandmother may live another two months or another 20 years. I donâ€™t know. But I do know this. I love Lydia Beeler Mabe with all of my heart. And Iâ€™m glad I took that swim. Visit Jake Mabe online at jakemabe. blogspot.com.
Yet more change for Knox County Schools How much change will $1.2 million buy? And how much more change can Knox County Schools stand?
Today Dr. Jim McIntyre will announce a $1.2 million grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation (Monday, July 8, 4 p.m. at the AJ Building). He will ask the school board for a 30 percent match to hire a Boston-based firm, The Parthenon Group, to study resource allocation in the school system. â€œResource allocation?â€? you ask. For those of us who donâ€™t get the big words, McIntyre will simplify: We want to do more of what works, and stop whatâ€™s not working. The contract and supporting documents are
on the KCS website. But youâ€™ve gotta drill. A line that jumped out: â€œTo develop a process that continuously re-evaluates the highest and best use of resources.â€? Hmmm. Doesnâ€™t sound very pedagogic. Can you make a case for athletics? For band, art or drama? If your technology is right, can you even make a case for a teacher with 25 kids all day in a classroom? I donâ€™t know the answers, but Iâ€™m starting to figure out the questions. Come on
along. This weekâ€™s meetings: Monday, 4 p.m., announcement of grant; 5 p.m., board workshop; Wednesday, 5 p.m., school board meeting for grant approval. Meanwhile, principals like Ken Dunlap (Powell), Lynn Hill (Gibbs) and Kathy Duggan (Adrian Burnett) have been sent to other schools. We cannot measure and manage our way to success. Creativity is our strength. Microsoft was not built by bean counters â€“even Boston baked bean counters.
How about a mulligan on the â€˜08 referendum Thereâ€™s a blank space on Knox Countyâ€™s website in the spot that used to be occupied by the countyâ€™s banker. Soon, Knox County Commission will begin the process of appointing a new trustee to serve in place of John J. Duncan III (â€œTriple Sticksâ€? to his friends), the first-term elected trustee who last week entered a guilty plea to official misconduct and resigned while his anguished parents watched. The trustee is entrusted with collecting and depositing property tax revenues as well as state and federal funds allotted to the county. Integrity is high on the list of job requirements, and the young trustee made a great initial impression by hiring an in-house attorney to collect delinquent taxes instead of awarding the job as a fat political plum to a supporter in private practice.
Betty Bean Despite the humiliation visited on the proud Duncan family, JDIIIâ€™s adjudicated misdeeds involve relatively small sums of money and lying to investigators, for which he is unlikely to serve jail time and could become eligible for judicial diversion when he completes his probation (reports of poor job performance and absenteeism are not subject to criminal penalty). Despite the embarrassment, Duncan is better off than his predecessor Mike Lowe and three of Loweâ€™s employees who are awaiting trial on multiple counts of felony theft after a lengthy investigation uncovered evidence of phantom employees and improper purchas-
es. A grand jury investigated Loweâ€™s office for more than a year before handing down indictments. The judge who will preside over the case labeled it extremely complex and set trial dates for mid2014. In 2010, Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett resigned from office and pleaded guilty to bilking his former law firm out of more than $60,000 in client fees. He admitted failing to report this money to the Internal Revenue Service and asking former clients for loans which he had not repaid. The state Board of Professional Responsibility suspended his law license in October 2010. Meanwhile, the Knoxville law director, Charles Swanson, enjoys a high degree of respect and the cityâ€™s finance director, Jim York, has managed to collect and invest tax money while not only remaining scandal-
free, but receiving state Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting every year since 1986 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award every year since 1989. York (known by city employees as â€œDr. Noâ€?) runs his department like clockwork. Both Swanson and York are appointed by the cityâ€™s mayor. In 2008, at a time when the popularity of county Mayor Mike â€œLobster to goâ€? Ragsdale was lower than the Mariana Trench, voters turned down a proposition to allow the mayor to appoint the trustee, county clerk, register of deeds and law director. Opponents of the measure got a boost from the ballot summary, which asked voters if they wanted to â€œtake away from the people the ability to voteâ€? and was written by Bill Lockett. Do-over, anybody?
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