VOL. 7 NO. 31
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Karns Community Fair Andrew Ogle (center), won the men’s division of the Karns 5k race with a time of 16:35. He and hundreds of runners braved gloomy skies to kick off the 60th annual Karns Community Fair. Runners are Bryan Fitzsimmons, 2nd place, (at left) and Mark Rupinski, 3rd place. Photos by
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One of art teacher Lee Jenkins-Freels’ first experiences with an exceptionally talented student presented a special challenge. She was at SouthDoyle then, and had a student who specialized in beautiful environmental photographs of Cades Cove. He had already won great acclaim for his work, but Jenkins-Freels knew he could do more.
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Karns resident Mabel Teague offers fresh vegetables for sale in the fair’s farmers market. Large family farms are in decline, but backyard garden enthusiasts are gaining in popularity as more and more locals look for homegrown and organic food.
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Teacher witnesses through soccer Tom Gerlach, Christian Academy of Knoxville teacher and a Charlotte Eagles international tour director, uses his gifts and abilities as a soccer coach as a way to share his faith. Every year, Gerlach leads a group of young people, ages 1620, on a tour to Brazil. His goal is to train and equip Christian athletes to use the game of soccer as a platform for telling others about Jesus.
Dr. Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner who is running in the Republican primary for the District 7 seat held by state Sen. Stacey Campfield,visits the fair to campaign, and maybe throw a few beads.
More photos on page A-3 Women’s division winner Kathy Wolski (center) came in at an impressive 18:23 with 13-year old Karns native, Madison Grimm (at left), finishing in 2nd place and Michelle Derenski in 3rd.
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By Sherri Gardner Howell
Bob Kesling visits Farragut Rotary Bob Kesling created a homefield advantage when he spoke to the Rotary Club of Farragut at Fox Den Country Club. Kesling, director of broadcasting and lead play-by-play voice for the UT Vol Network, dropped several references to his predecessor – “Voice of the Vols” emeritus and Fox Den resident John Ward – into his patchwork of anecdotes.
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Looking ahead – with caution Butch Jones has spent so much time looking forward, pouring a foundation and building brick by brick, there just wasn’t much time left for looking back. Jones may not realize what all happened at Vanderbilt on the evening of Nov. 17, 2012 – a rout so bad the benevolent James Franklin told the mighty Commodores to take a knee to avoid running up the score.
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Adam Hutsell is a man on a mission, and he has chosen Hardin Valley for his pulpit. Hutsell, a 2000 Bearden High School graduate, is the owner and CEO of Twin Willows Construction LLC, the company that is currently building on 5 acres off Buttermilk Road in Hardin Valley, with a proposed 26 acres of property to build out. Twin Willows Construction plans for Willows Pointe to be filled with solar and energy-efficient homes that are affordable for middleincome homeowners, says Hutsell. “Our homeowners will see a 70 to 80 percent reduction in utility costs, depending on their lifestyle,” This Twin Willows home being built in Hardin Valley has R-5 strucsays Hutsell. “And we are tural foam, replacing traditional OSB and Tyvek material normally building these homes in used during framing. Hutsell says the structural foam resists moisthe price range where that ture and increases the overall R value of the exterior walls.
Homebuilder wants to bring the power to middle Americans
Adam Hutsell, owner and CEO of Twin Willows Construction LLC, examines a Dow PowerHouse solar shingle. Hutsell partners with Dow and uses the shingles in the solar and energy-efficient homes he is building in Hardin Valley. Photos submitted
kind of reduction in costs makes a big difference in the homeowner’s pocketbook.” Hutsell says he spent four years researching what he believes is a revolution in homebuilding. He has partnered with vendors and suppliers to buy the materials he needs to construct the energy-efficient homes at bulk prices, which creates a savings for the homebuilder. “With these partnerships and a realization on my part that I am not going to make as high a margin on these homes as I might otherwise, I am able to build homes that will show a significant cost savings for the homeowner without an initial high price tag that they can’t afford.” To page A-3
Beaver Creek qualifies as ‘blueway’ By Jake Mabe Knox County Watershed Coordinator Roy Arthur says that Beaver Creek qualifies as a blueway under unofficial criteria. “There are no official criteria,” Arthur says, “exRoy Arthur cept for ones established by organizations such
as the Sierra Club.” Arthur says the four unofficial criteria are: 1. The waterway is designated as “waters of state,” i.e. the state owns the water. 2. The waterway has to be navigable by small watercraft. Debris jams must be taken down. 3. The waterway has to have launch points. 4. The waterway has no posted water hazards (bacteria like e coli).
“Beaver Creek meets all four criteria. A final decision to designate it as such will have to be made by Knox County.” Arthur said the county is exploring a first phase, which would be from Harrell Road Park to Northwest Sports Park in Karns, “to see how that goes.” “Then a second phase might be from Clayton Park in Halls to Dry Gap Pike. “There are about 40 miles of Beaver Creek’s main stem that
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saying ordinary things.
What is one word others often use to describe you? Engaging, because I have yet to meet a stranger.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would have more boundaries.
What is your passion? Food. I love to experience food. I love to feed people. Itâ€™s my expression of love to you. I associate people with favorite foods and have lots of memories of being in the kitchen with family and friends. The kitchen is the heart of a home for a reason.
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch? Anyone from the English Tudor family, especially one of the queens. I am fascinated with the Tudors and English royalty. Although it was a different time, some of the Tudor queens were strong women with great character.
Jessica Hall knows a lot about family businesses. She has been a part of her familyâ€™s series of businesses since she was a tiny tot. â€œI grew up with my family owning different businesses, and we all did whatever was needed to make them successful,â€? says the marketing director of Estate Treasures, a Hall family business located in Turkey Creek. â€œI started out sweeping floors in the warehouses and have done every job in between.â€? Jessica moved with her father to Sevier County when she was 11-years-old and stayed there until it was time to attend Carson-Newman University. A degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing was an easy decision for her. â€œI love business, but I am also very much a people person,â€? says Jessica. â€œCombining the two was great for my personality. My father and brother are much more detailoriented and task-driven, so this was also a chance for me to bring to the family businesses something we needed.â€? It was a knife business that the Hall family first opened in Sevier County. Jessica says the transition from specialty knives to estate jewelry is not as big a leap as it sounds. â€œWhen you deal with branding and knives for wholesale companies, it also gets you into things like unique gifts and old coins. The jewelry business was a natural growth from that and something we have an expertise in as well.â€? Engaged to Justin Maples, Jessica is excited about her wedding next month. â€œHe is really a great, sweet guy,â€? she says. â€œWe work hard and have a lot of fun.â€? As the marketing director for the store that opened in October 2012, Jessica says that means she does everything short of janitor. â€œI coordinate the advertising, keep up with social media and wear a lot of hats promoting the store.â€? One of her favorite types of â€œpromotionâ€? is still one-onone. â€œCustomer service is still my favorite thing to do,â€? she admits. â€œI enjoy helping someone find that special piece that makes them smile. I like being around people and helping them.â€? The ups and downs of being in a family business have many more â€œupsâ€? than the other, says Jessica. â€œI canâ€™t imagine working for other people. Itâ€™s good to see your
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why? I was lucky enough to have not just grandparents, but also great-grandparents during my young childhood. They each had different backgrounds and experiences and each taught me the value of hard work, how food is a love language to your family and how acts of service to others is something you just do without expecting a return â€“ although it always returns to you.
parents every day. There may be some days you wish you had a little more space, but that is a small thing when you consider the flexibility, the understanding, the care that everyone has for what happens each day. â€œI love it that we are a small family business.â€? Sit back and get to know Jessica Hall:
I still canâ€™t quite get the hang of â€Ś Twitter. It is part of my job and is a daily struggle. I want to like it better.
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
What is your favorite quote from TV or a movie?
My engagement ring. It was tucked inside a box of Caramel Turtles.
â€œIâ€™m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.â€? From â€œNotting Hill.â€? I feel kind of teary, thinking about it.
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you? Just be yourself.
What are you guilty of? I have a total (and unfortunate) sugar addiction. I will pick a cupcake before a piece of chicken.
What is your social media of choice?
What is your favorite material possession?
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Pinterest. It is everything beautiful and lovely.
My iPhone. I would truly be lost without it
I worked in a call center in high school for low wages, inconsistent hours and all weekends. I learned a lot, however.
What are you reading currently? â€œThe White Princess,â€? by Philippa Gregory. It is a continuing tale of the Tudors and the War of the Roses.
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
We loved â€œLooney Tunes,â€? and I still think it is funny today.
â€œSo many awkward things happen to me in the course of a day that it is hard to pinpoint just one! I hate it when I send an email to the wrong person or worse â€“ an entire group of wrong people.â€?
What irritates you? When you tailgate me on the interstate when I am already driving fast. Where exactly do you expect me to go?
What are the top three things on your bucket list?Â 1. Travel to Australia. 2. See all 50 states. I have visited 35 so far. 3. Learn Italian. I have never been to Italy but think the language is just beautiful, even when they are just
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