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March 5, 2012
‘Magnolias’ flourish In Powell Playhouse production
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
By Sandra Clark
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
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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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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 recently 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
Clairee (Renee Denney) is an everoptimistic foil for Ouiser at Truvy’s Beauty Shop.
Ouiser (Bonny Baker Pendleton) is a scene-stealer. 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.”
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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purchase the property for $420,000. HPUD president Darren Cardwell said the site is accessible, convenient and has neighborhood support rather than objections. Approximately 5 acres along Beaver Creek has development restrictions but can be used for recreation. Both Smith and Clark thanked HPUD commissioners for stepping up to preserve the land. “Strong parks make strong communities,” said Smith. “The last thing we needed was a strip mall in front of the park.” “The Clayton Park with the HPUD extension on Beaver Creek creates a huge passive park for walkers and kids,” said Clark. “We all see the use at Fountain City Park. The Clayton Park will be a wonderful community asset now and in the future.” Clayton Foundation donated $300,000 toward purchase of the park land; ShopperNews, through the Scripps Foundation, donated $50,000.
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So she assembled the cast and brought the play to the Powell Playhouse. “I am so pleased. The 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 rehearsal that the lines stopped being funny, she said. “But the first time the audience laughed, a spark went through the cast. I’m having a blast.”
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Middle School puts Powell on the map ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is Powell Middle play Wow. The Powell Middle School kids are standing out in the community.
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First, the boys basketball team won both the regular season and county tournament. (Story inside.) Next, the Drama Club aced the junior version of “Fiddler on the Roof” in five performances. Drama Club advisor Alison Bradley, who is also the chorus teacher, said she is very pleased. “They worked hard and it showed.” The kids had fun during the performances and will be rewarded with a party today (March 5). Shopper photographer Ruth White has seen her share of school plays, and she called this rendition of “Fiddler” the best yet. “Those kids, especially Sarah Marlow, could really sing. And Jonah Lawson put personality into his role as Tevye. He sure had a lot of lines to memorize.” Bradley said most of the lead characters were 8th graders, even though Drama Club is open to all students. The club meets before and after school and students are not required to take chorus to participate. “This is an experience they will never forget,” said Bradley. ■
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The Heiskell Community Center, 9420 Heiskell Road, will hold its monthly Seniors Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The speaker will be Craig Leuthold, information director for the Knox County Property Assessor, who will speak at 11:15 a.m. about programs available to seniors regarding tax freeze and tax relief. Lunch and bingo will follow. No charge for attendance or lunch, but donations are appreciated. Those that have signed up for the bus trip to Renfro Valley in April should bring the $49 fee. Info: Janice White at 548-0326. ■
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Panthers to play for University of the Cumberlands Three members of the state runners-up Powell Panthers signed letters of intent last week to play football at The University of the Cumberlands, a Southern Baptist University in Williamsburg, Ky. Linebacker Gray Bunch, offensive lineman Koby Crisp and defensive back Cade Smith signed at a reception for family and friends. Seven Panthers now have signed to play college ball. Already having signed are RB Dy’shawn Mobley (University of Kentucky), QB/Athlete Dustin McPhetridge (Austin Peay State University), OL Chris Easterday and DL Wesley Sparks (both Carson-Newman College). Bunch has been called the “Quarterback of the Panther Defense.” A two-year starter, Powell High senior Gray Bunch signed to play football at the University of the Cumberlands. three-year letterman, Bunch Joining Gray at the celebration are his grandparents, Scott and Kay Underwood, and his parplayed a key role in the Pan- ents, Debbie and Robert Bunch. Photos by Ruth White Powell football player Cade Smith will join his teammates Gray Branch and Kody ther defensive success that tion to the Panther football Crisp on the sidelines at the University of the Cumberlands next season. Pictured led his team to a record set- fense get those extra yards. Crisp was part of an offen- program. He embodies all with Cade at the signing are his parents, David and Kim Smith. ting 14-1 season in 2011 and a combined 25-2 mark dur- sive line that helped the Pan- that a high school football ing the past two seasons. thers gain more than 6,000 player should be.” Cade’s parents are David During his senior season, yards and average more than the 5-10, 185-pound inside 40 points per game in 2011. and Kim Smith. His defenlinebacker made 93 total During his career at Powell, sive backs coach at Powell tackles, nine tackles for loss, Koby’s offensive lines blew was Scotty Stewart. These seniors were part registered three sacks, and open holes that allowed a running back to set the all- of an unprecedented run of had two interceptions. Bunch was voted All-Dis- time Tennessee single sea- success within the Panther trict 3AAA by district coaches son rushing record at 3,068 football program. Some of and was selected as the De- yards. During Crisp’s ten- the 2011/2012 senior class fensive Player of the Year by ure, his lines blocked for the accomplishments included: his teammates. As a junior, school’s Nos. 1 and 2 all-time ■ School record for wins Gray was credited with 81 total offensive yards leaders. in a season with 14 total tackles, nine tackles for Larry Neely is the Panther ■ Best single season winloss and four sacks. Gray’s offensive line coach. Koby’s ning percentage at .933 position coach at Powell was dad is Kenny Crisp. ■ Most wins in a twoCade Smith was one of year period at 25 Justin Lamb. Gray’s parents are Robert and Debbie Bunch. the most versatile players in ■ Best winning percentCrisp, a versatile offen- the Powell senior class. As age within a two-year pesive lineman, is a three-year a 5-9, 175-pound defensive riod at .926 starter for the Panthers, and back, Smith played a key role ■ Only the second appearhas played both guard and in the secondary during the ance in a state championship tackle. At 6-2, 255, he can Panther run to Cookeville. game in school history go toe-to-toe with both de- In addition to being a solid ■ Back-to-back District fensive tackles and defen- defensive player, Smith also 3AAA titles Kody Crisp will continue his football career next season at the University of the Cumberlands. Powell sive ends, but he also has the excelled on special teams. ■ Back-to-back undeHigh held a triple signing last week and celebrating with Kody are: (front) dad Kenny Crisp, Kody, Former Panther head feated regular seasons. quickness and footwork to get downfield and make sec- coach Matt Lowe said, “Cade Voice of the Panthers Bill Mynatt contrib- brother Kelar Crisp; (back) grandmother Joyce Crisp, aunt Brenda Hines and grandfather Chris Crisp. ondary blocks to help his of- brought a great contribu- uted to this report.
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■ The Farragut and North Knoxville Lions clubs will co-sponsor a pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Applebees, 261 North Peters Road. For tickets, call Norvell Burrow, 693-5449.
■ 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:
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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.
GOSSIP AND LIES 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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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
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
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
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,
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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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POWELL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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