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Jan Hendren Bradley Keeps the Popcorn Popping
Erwin, TN - While many downtown movie theaters across America have since moved to a mega mall and expanded to six, eight or twelve screens, one small local movie theater continues to thrive. “I really think it is because we are so affordable,” Jan Hendren Bradley said with a smile. “Tickets for adults are $6.50 and $4.50 for children and seniors during matinees.” Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the two screened Capitol Cinema I & II on Main Avenue nearly kissed the downtown corner block goodbye five years ago when longtime owner Joe Hendren passed away. But Jan Hendren Bradley, and her sister Luann Hendren, decided to keep the popular theater open in honor of their late father. But the task wasn’t easy as the theater had fallen prey to age and extensive renovations were needed to keep up with the times. On Labor Day, 2005 the sisters closed the theater and for nine weeks it received a much needed face lift. New screening equipment was installed complimented with new state-of-the art Dolby sound systems in both theaters, new comfortable seats and a fresh coat of paint throughout. The gamble cost Jan and Luann thousands of dollars but in the end, “We were really pleased with the results of the much needed face lift and it Jan Hendren Bradley inside her Erwin theater has paid off,” she said. The community has continued to support us and in these tough economic times I am pleased that we’ve been able to keep our prices affordable so that families can continue to enjoy a night out at the movies.” Jan says she hopes new restaurants like the Los Jalapeño’s that is locating in front of Wall-Mart will soon discover Unicoi County. “We attract a good audience from the surrounding 50 mile radius,” Jan reported. “But, (for example) I think people are attracted to Johnson City somewhat because they want to enjoy a meal before or after a movie. We are seeing an increase in dining option here and that certainly helps to attract the people living in our community inviting them to stay at home and visit us to see a movie.” Monday through Friday, Capitol Cinema opens at 6:30 p.m. offering two features; Saturday it opens at 4:30 p.m. offering a matinee for everyone for $4.50 followed by two movie options at 7 and 9 p.m.; Sunday shows are offered at 2 and 4 p.m. also for $4.50 per person. Cinema I seats 250 and streams shows on a large screen while Cinema II seats 100 in a more intimate setting. Jan, a former member of the Unicoi County School Board, remains committed to supporting the community and its many causes. She and her sister support a laundry list of community events including: Relay for Life, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, JAN HENDREN BRADLEY Unicoi County School System, Kiwanis Club and, “We are really committed to anything child orientated,” Jan said matter-of-factly. FACTOID Besides cheap ticket prices, Jan points out the “really reasonable prices” in the concession stand. • Loves fast cars; owns a 911 Porsche and Normally, this is where theatre owners reap huge profits. dreams of driving a Formula 1 car. For example, “We offer a 3 sizes of popcorn & drinks starting priced between $3 & $5, and • Was a flight attendant for 10 years but is we have $1 refills on any size purchased. We keep it simple. . .popcorn, soft drinks and 50 choices afraid of heights. of candy.” When the theater reopened with ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and • Tends a large garden. Known as the Lisa ‘Walk the Line’, the story of Johnny Cash, Jan was surprised that ‘Walk the Line’ sold out Douglas (Green Acres) of Unicoi County. the entire first week of the engagement run. “I didn’t anticipate that but his story was of • Married to Kent Bradley. Two children interest to a lot of people in our region that grew up listening to his music.” from a previous marriage, Trey, 12 and Jan admits some films don’t make it to Erwin because of costs. “I guess one of the drawbacks Alexa 15. to having only two screens in a small town is we can’t commit to some films, recently like • Once rode 6,000 miles cross-country in 12 ‘Iron Man 2’ because there is a four week minimum to run that particular movie. days on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. When you have two screens and not 15, and your target audience is under 30,000, • Won the Springfest and Apple Festival that proposition is just not feasible. bicycle races. Skis and scuba dives.
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Oldest Business in Tennessee Located in Our Own Backyard Watauga, TN – The St. Johnson Milling Company has a history of over 200 years of continuous operation as Tennessee’s oldest business. Established in 1778 between Elizabethton and Johnson City, St. John Milling Company is still active today and the Stone Manor adjacent the mill is one of Tennessee’s two oldest homes. Jeremiah Dungan, the original owner of the mill, purchased a deed for the mill, stone manor, and 400 acres of land from the Watauga Association in 1778. A master stone mason by trade, Dungan built the original foundation of the mill from hand-chiseled stone and hand-hewn timber. The stone manor and stone mill foundations are still standing 200 years later, attesting to his fine workmanship. The original mill was powered by a sixteen foot high, wooden overshot, water wheel. The wheel was connected by dogwood tunnel head gearing to two 54 inch diameter stone burs, one for grinding corn and the other for grinding wheat. To lubricate the gears and bearings, beef and mutton tallow were produced on the farm. Throughout the years, St. John Mill became known as, “The Bread Basket of the Southeast.” In busy seasons, wagons lined up overnight in anticipation of farmers grinding their grain come morning. Nowadays, the emphasis of the mill operation has changed from a general feed and milling business to a feed and seed store. The mill now specializes in all aspects of farm needs, from grains to pet food and veterinary supplies.
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Knoxville, TN. --- Lions and tigers and bears. Oh My! Just a short drive from the TriCities, our Day Trip this month features the Knoxville Zoo. Established in 1947, the zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction and is only closed on Christmas Day. Situated on 53 acres, the Knoxville Zoo presents animals from all over the world including: zebras, lions, elephants, chimps and gorillas, black bears, leopards, cheetahs, meerkats, and wolves just to name a few. In recent years, the zoo has been the center of many expansion projects in an effort to play host and home to as many domestic and exotic animals as possible. And, if you want to get up close and personal with the animals, Knoxville Zoo is the place to go and taking the whole family is a must. Close Encounters of the Wild Kind allows visitors to travel off the beaten path to meet elephants, giraffes, penguins, or giant Aldabra tortoises. Tortoises“Tex”and“Big Al” are 75 and 120 years old and 350 and 550 pounds respectively and love to have their necks and heads scratched. During these special encounters visitors get the opportunity to touch and feed their new animal friend, talk with the keepers to learn more about them and take a souvenir
photo of their very personal introduction. On designated days, you can take an elephant excursion, attend a giraffe gathering and feed the animals as they walk up to you to receive a leafy treat. There is also a “black tie”affair featuring dozens of lovable penguins. Also, at Knoxville Zoo’s Animal Encounter Village visitors may have the chance to sidle up to a snake, look a bird of prey in the eye, or get chummy with a chinchilla, to name a few. Kid-friendly shows take place throughout the day, and there’s always a chance to touch an animal or a biofact during the interactive program. “Who says you can’t touch the animals at the zoo?” laughs Kevin Hils, director of education at the Knoxville Zoo. “It’s our goal to encourage kids and Nature to be on familiar terms. What a better way to do it than creating a place where you’re invited to get up close to
the animals and talk with our staff to learn all the fascinating details about them?” Wee Play Replay: Popular Zoo Play Area Revamped and Reopened. Wee Play Zoo is another popular stop for kids visiting the Knoxville Zoo. It’s a unique indoor play area that lets kids run their own zoo. New this year are the Kids Stage and Puppet Theatre where aspiring entertainers can put on their own animal show and the Play Wee Market, a pretend souvenir shop for junior entrepreneurs. A special sensory garden for infants has also made its debut this year; the Infant Crawl is a flexible play area for infants and young toddlers that incorporates a variety of sensory and motor skill experiences for early development. How to get there: Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392A from Interstate 40. The zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket information call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.knoxvillezoo.org" www.knoxville-zoo.org.
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Down Home Concert Schedule August 6: Malcolm Holcombe August 7: Sandy Ray & The Cold Shoulders With Bootleg Turn August 13: Demon Waffle August 14: Red Country Gospel & Terry Lewis
August 20: Kim Lyons, Annie Robinette & Joy Lynn White August 26: Elizabeth Cook August 27: Shannon Whitworth August 28: The SteelDrivers
WQUT Concert Schedule Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Aug 18 Sheryl Crow Aug 31 Natalie Merchant Sept 15 Black Crowes Sept 20 Crosby, Stills and Nash Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Sept 30 Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth Smokies Stadium in Sevierville: Sept 3 Styx and Kansas
Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville, TN: Oct 8-10 Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and more
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Aug 7 Lilith Fair (cancelled) Aug 11 Justin Bieber Aug 12 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Crosby Stills and Nash Oct 13 Carrie Underwood Oct 15 Jonas Brothers with
Demi Lovato (cancelled)
Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: Aug 17 Heart Sept 12 The Black Crowes Oct 1 Sheryl Crow
House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Aug 3 Gov’t Mule Aug 10 Cinderella Sept 14 Black Crowes
Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, N.C.: Aug 12 Sugarland Sept 19 The Black Crowes Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.: Sept 24 Christopher Cross Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.: Aug 8 Justin Bieber Sept 18 Lady Gaga Oct 16 Chelsea Handler Oct 30 Carrie Underwood Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C.: Aug 6 Lilith Fair (cancelled) Aug 28 Kiss Sept 10 Kings of Leon Sept 19 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with ZZ Top Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte: Sept 25 Ron White Time Warner Cable Pavillion in Raleigh, N.C.: Aug 4 Lilith Fair (cancelled) Aug 29 Kiss Sept 18 Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers with ZZ Top
Bi-lo Center in Greenville, S.C.: Dec 16 Justin Bieber Philips Arena in Atlanta: Aug 11 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Crosby Stills and Nash Nov 18 Roger Waters Dec 23 Justin Bieber Chastain Park in Atlanta: Aug 5 Sarah McLachian Aug 12 Goo Goo Dolls Aug 13 38 Special/Drivin’ n Cryin’ Aug 15 Jackson Browne Aug 18 Heart Aug 29 Billy Idol and Joan Jett The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta: Aug 1 American Idol Live Aug 9 Justin Bieber Oct 1 Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth Oct 27 Carrie Underwood Verizon Wireless at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Ga: Aug 9 Green Day Sept 29 Rush
Regional Happenings THEATRE Barter Theatre, Abingdon VA. Playing during the month of August: James & the Giant Peach Annie Tuesday with Morrie The Blue-Sky Boys A Southern Exposure Shake, Rattle & RolL SCHEDULE/TICKET INFO: 276-628-3991 www.bartertheatre.com
Jonesborough (TN.) Repertory Theatre Seascape: August 5-8; 12-15 The Last Five Years: Auditions: August 9-10 www.jonesboroughtheatre.com Johnson City (TN.) Community Theatre Bells on Their Toes: August 6-8; 13-15 www.jcct.us Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mars Hill, N.C. Tradin’ Paint: August 4-22 www.sartplays.org Proud Annie Mystery Theatre, Jonesborough, TN.
The Fatal Fifties Affair: August 4-22
Old-Time Appalachian Music Jam Fridays 6-10 p.m. Downtown Blountville, TN. Saturdays 2-4 p.m. Bristol Welcome Center Storytelling Tuesday Evenings The Cranberry Thistle, Jonesborough, TN. 7-8:30 p.m. Twilight Alive Concert Series Thursdays, Downtown Kingsport, TN. 7 p.m. Bluegrass on Broad Concert Series Downtown Kingsport, TN. Fridays 7 p.m.
Music On The Square Downtown Jonesborough, TN. Fridays, 7 p.m. Sunday Jams At Carter Mansion Carter Mansion, Elizabethton, TN. Last Sunday Monthly 2-5 p.m.
FESTIVALS/FAIRS & MORE
Appalachian Fair, Gray, TN. August 23-28; Tickets: 423-477-1420; www.appalachianfair.com Virginia Highlands Festival July 24-August 8; Abingdon, VA.
Storytelling Live! Mark Your Calendars International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee
September 7 – 11 — 2 p.m. Storytelling Live! featuring Sparky and Rhonda Rucker International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, and children under 18
September 14 – 18 — 2 p.m. Storytelling Live! featuring Minton Sparks International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, and children under 18 September 21 – 25 — 2 p.m. Storytelling Live! featuring Brenda Wong Aoki
International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, and children under 18 September 27 – 30 — 2 p.m. Storytelling Live! featuring Donald Davis International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students, and children under 18
September 29 — 7:30 p.m. Storytelling Live! special evening performance featuring Donald Davis on the National Storytelling Festival grounds International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN - $15
Reservations recommended • (423) 913-1276 • www.storytellingcenter.net
14th Annual Umoja/Unity Festival in Downtown Johnson City. Mark your calendar for August 13-14, 2010, when downtown Johnson City plays host to the annual UMOJA (Unity) festival. This year’s festival includes a second stage, a children’s carnival (Friday afternoon and Saturday), car show, food and craft vendors, storytellers, health screening, Gray Fossil site exhibit, and more! Umoja, a Swahili word meaning unity, puts a special emphasis on celebrating African American and Latino cultures, creating the most diverse festival in the area. Along with live music, there will be more than 70 arts and crafts vendors and 30 to 40 food vendors.
(423) 943-9162 • www.umojajc.org FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 Main Stage Opening Ceremony at 3 p.m. and a Call to Drums with Rev. Vincent Dial and Zulu Connection 3:30 p.m.: Amythyst Phillips 4:30 p.m.: Xavier (comedy) 5:30 p.m.: Bag of Cats 6:30 p.m.: The Brothers Boys 7:30 p.m.: Unlimited 8:30 p.m.: MC Lightfoot 9:30 p.m.: Plunky and Oneness Stage 2 3:30 p.m.: Zulu Connection 4:30 p.m.: Storytelling 7 p.m.: Zulu Connection
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 Parade starts at Carver Recreation Center at 10 a.m. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Children’s Carnival / Water Wars 12 – 5 p.m.: Health Fair (NE TN Minority Resource Network) 2 p.m. – until: Corn Hole competition Main Stage 1 – 4 p.m.: Gospel Fest 4 p.m.: Stoney Creek Cloggers 4:45 p.m.: Frito Puente 5:45 p.m.: Blue Jackson 6:45 p.m.: 4.0 7:45 p.m.: MC Lightfoot
9 p.m.: SOS Band Stage 2 1 p.m.: Mariachi Band 2 p.m.: Storytelling 3 p.m.: Rhythm on the Ridge 3:30 p.m.: Zulu Connection with Kuumba Watoto Dancers and Drummers – Walk 4 p.m.: Workshop at Hands-On with Shaka Zulu and Kuumba Dancers 5 p.m.: DNoRRi 7 p.m.: Zulu Connection
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Celebrating 25 Years:
Richard Shadden Has Been the Face of the Appalachian Fair Gray, TN. --- Richard Shadden thought for a minute and then admitted he didn’t realize that this year’s Appalachian Fair marks his 25th anniversary as General Manager/Secretary for one of the state’s most popular events that envelops the Gray Fair Grounds every August. “That kinda snuck up on me I guess,” the personable Shadden said with a smile. “I can tell you this. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the years of being here and I am just as enthusiastic this year as I was 25 years ago.” The Appalachian Fair kicks off August 23rd and runs through August 28th for the 83rd year of ageless fun and Shadden has seen the changes though the years. From Day 1, when he witnessed a few hundred visitors to a much smaller fair grounds to this year’s event that is likely to boast over 225,000 visitors, Shadden is the last person to take credit for the fair’s incredible success from its meager beginnings. “I could not do this job without the dedicated people who come back year after year and help us accomplish our goal of presenting a great fair to the community in a family atmosphere,”
he said. “I can’t do it by myself and I owe a lot to the members of the board of directors and my staff.” Shadden reports that fairs across the nation are facing challenging times but he and the Appalachian Fair Board of Directors are adamant about keeping ticket prices low to attract families to the fair. “The biggest change and challenge that I see today has to do with the budget,” Shadden points out. “For example, when the events of 911 unfolded our (liability) insurance went from $18,000 to $64,000. We took a really hard hit but we still were able to hold ticket prices to $8. You can’t go anywhere and get the type of entertainment and other events we offer for that.” Call that just good management. Hence, insurance prices have dropped but still hover around $35,000. Shadden also embraces local partners like WXBQ radio as a constant ingredient in making the week’s events such a success. “WXBQ helps us tremendously with the entertainment,” he said. “We present family orientated entertainment and they are very knowledgeable about the acts that
and what they went through, as well as education instruction revolving around beef and dairy farming as well as wildlife, a petting zoo, cave exploration and a segment on fish, and how bread and soap are made from scratch.” The Appalachian Fair sets on 92 acres and another 30 acres are leased for parking. Out ‘N About Magazine encourages our readers to get out and support Shadden and the Appalachian Fair!
Shadden stays busy on the phone arranging for this year’s entertainment;
are available and the one’s that fit our budget. “And, we have so many civic clubs that help us like the South Holston and Piney Flats Ruritan Clubs with our parking and those who work in the concessions stands and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department with the traffic control there are so many people behind the scenes helping us put a quality event on it is really unbelievable . . . a team effort.” Last year a little know group (at the time) by the name of Lady Antebellum played the fair for a paltry $12,500. Today, they would cost over $125,000 “if you could get them,” Shadden said. “While the entertainment and the rides are an important part of the fair we have so much more to offer and I think a lot of people forget that. The big name entertainers are really expensive and with all the equipment, sound, travel, food, logging and riders (special things groups demand such as gourmet meals and golf outings during down time) we really can’t afford to book them. Plus, keep in mind when we start booking bands in the Shadden stands by one of the many framed posters in his office of a winter we don’t know if they’ll be hot come August and also we have to deal past Drew Exposition sponsored fair.
with the elements of the entertainment being outdoors. However, in the past we have hosted some of the leading names in Country Music and we still attract many of the up-and-comers like Lady Antebellum. Some of the little known names may soon become big stars. And, you just might see them at the Appalachian Fair.” Even though the annual Appalachian Fair is the single biggest draw to the fairgrounds in Gray, the site is used throughout the year for a variety of events from the Battle of the Pigs/Car Show, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts Jamborees, 4- H and FFA events, dog shows and motor cross events, just to name a few. “We’ve had a pretty good year thus far,” Shadden reports. “The entire economy is down but we’ve had a lot of bookings. Our future looks good.” Shadden points to a very successful program with area schools linked to the Tennessee Department of Education. This year, 1,600 third graders will visit the fair and participate in a host of events aimed at “teaching the kids how their parents and grandparents lived on the farm
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT Monday, August 23: Danny Cokey, Idol Fame Tuesday, August 24: Jaron & The Lonely Road to Love Wednesday, August 25: Colt Ford Thursday, August 26: David Nail Friday, August 27: Perry The Band (from Greenville) Saturday, August 28: Troy Olsen
Monday, August 23: Fairest of the Fair – 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 24: Little Miss Contest – 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 25: Gary Ray and the Heartwells Thursday, August 26: Youth Talent Contest Friday, August 27: Dance Night Tri-City Area Dance Companies Saturday, August 28: UT Centennial Celebration & Special Entertainment by 4-H Performing Arts Troupe
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Joyful political life proves one man, one vote “That wasmatters just a great year, in politics, and in our lives,” Willis said. “The time was right and
Baker was ready.” He recalls many delightful moments, including a mass mailing of cards to voters, with small paper bags serving as envelopes and the handwritten teaser on the front: “It’s in the For 50 years, he has earned his living as a salesman, businessman and in bag...” construction, with a
Calvin C. Willis has lived a political life.
Joyful political life proves one man, one vote matters
“We had the Baker Bandwagon, filled with supporters, and we traveled all over the First District in that thing. We went to big events and little country stores, and we had good crowds But, for more than 60 years, politics has been his passion and joy. everywhere we went. Baker was masterful on the stump. I can remember him searching through Calvin C. Willis has lived a political life. his coat pockets for his notes and “I never asked for a thing for me, and all For 50 years, he has earned his living as a salesman, busithen just going without them. He theinpoliticians Allsmile I wanted was nessman and construction,knew with a it. quick and easy mandidn’t need them.”
quick smile and easy manner befitting his nickname, “Bud.”
clean people ner befittinggood, his nickname, “Bud.”elected to run the best In the November general eleccould get,” said, reBut, forgovernment more than 60 we years, politics hasWillis been his passion tion, the young lawyer from and joy. flecting from his Johnson City home on the Huntsville reshaped Tennessee “I neverpeople asked forhe a thing for me, and the rich politicians politics. In fact, he is credited has known andallhis troveknew of it. All I wanted was good, clean people elected to run the best with having led the way to a GOP experiences. government we could get,” Willis said, re-flecting from his Johnresurgence in the Southeast and, has been a study Active son City homeWillis on the people he has known in andmotion. his rich trove of ultimately, the nation. experiences.in Lone Oak Christian Church, and in many The people who had been with Politics then and now Willis has beenorganizations, a study in motion. in Lonechairman Oak Chriscivic heActive is former Baker through more than two Above, Bud and Janet Willis and friends prepare to board tian Church, in many civic he isBoard former years of campaigning once again of and the Johnson Cityorganizations, Industrial Bond the ‘Baker Bandwagon’ in 1966. Below, Tennessee House chairman ofand theaJohnson Citymember IndustrialofBond Board and a 50boarded the big bus and traveled candidate Timothy Hill, left, confers with them in 2010. 50-year the Washington year member of the Washington County Republican Executive to Washington for the swearing-in 2 County Republican Executive Committee. Committee. His convictions caused Willis to place his own name ceremony. Senate. His convictions Willisasto place hisfor on the ballot a couple of times, caused 25 years apart, a candidate “Howard said, ‘Just promise me I went of to atimes, meeting for Howard. There was Roscoe and Ina Mae Potter, Virginia Jennameand on executive. the ballot “But a couple both countyown magistrate that won’t get mad at me until nings, Mayfor Ross McDowell – there were only eight of us – and weyou were all convinced. I re25 years apart,asasa aconsummate candidate both But his iconic reputation politician – “the Calvinand C. asking ‘Bud’ him, Willis, center, and Roscoe withI youyou find out whyof?’ IPotter voted like member getting him back in a corner ‘What are made out campaign trail in 1966. go-to guy” county – was earned throughand many long years of working Howard H. Baker Jr. on the magistrate executive. did,’ Willis said. “When you shake his hand, you feel so much sincerity and warmth. His smile, and that easy 5 hard for others who had the courage tomanner, face the electorate, and request came intobeen playstanding there listening to me.” best I’ve But his iconic reputation asarea the consummate politician – “the go-to guy”That – was earned through was Howard. He had then using his clout to help fellow citizens in need. ever seen in politics. Anyone when Baker supported Democratic many yearsto of hardcredit, for others who had the courage to face theThe electorate, and then Tennesseans organized Soft-spoken andlong reluctant takeworking any thatpersonal got the chance toWillis meet President Jimmy Carter’s Panamaa barbecue for their candidate. “They told us we’d be lucky to using his clout to help fellow citizens in need. have 300 people there. They flew Howard in, and he was still at the hotel, and of course you describes his lifetime of civic involvement simply as “something Howard Baker in person Canal Treaty in 1977. “A lot of know there are so many things help but like him, I could do, and wanted to do,and forreluctant thecouldn’t betterment of my people around hereofdidn’t Soft-spoken to take anycompersonal credit, Willis describes his lifetime civiclike it. Iyou have to work on to put together something as big as a presidential run. and be for him.” munity andinvolvement for my family, simply and for allasfamilies.” didn’t like it either, first. But once he explained his reasoning to me, as always, it made good “something I could do, and wanted to do, for the betterment of at my com“I was looking around, and had Opening up Willis’ vault of memoriesIn is1964, like Tennessee stepping back sense. He knew what he was doing.” munity and for my family, and afor all families.” realized they needed to get him not elected Republican to in time, to the glory days of poli-tics, a time when big crowds “He said, ‘Bud, we just don’t need another brushfire. We’ve got them all over the world now. One over there. People kept the Senate since Reconstrucvault ofmake memories is like stepping back in time, bazooka to the glory days poliof citizens stillOpening turned outuptoWillis’ hear candidates their pitch shot, oneofship gets sunk in the canal, and it’s out of commission for a long time and coming in. and It turned out that tion. – sometimes literally onwhen a stump traveling in citizens a leased bus tics, a time big– crowds of still turned out to hear candidates make their pitch – people we’re back to sailing all the way around South America.’” we had more than 3,000 When bedecked with big banners, or speak-ing fromlongtime the backDemoof thein a leased bus bedecked withEncouraged sometimes literally oncratic a stump – traveling big banners, or speakthere. It was a great success.” by actor John Wayne, who had longtime ties to the Central American country and Sen. Estes Kefauver last car a “special,” by a vintage locomotive ing frompulled the back of the car athroughout “special,” throughout the threw Despite his considerable support behind the treaty, it was passed in the Senate. diedlast unexpectedly in early pulled by a vintage locomotive considerable interest the Northeast Tennessee hills. August, 1963, Democratic Northeast Tennessee hills. in and support for Baker, his job And those memories inevitably takeGov. Willis back a pivotal Continued on Page 4 Frank G. to Clement apas leader kept him Washington 8 life – the day in inevitably take Willis back to a pivotal moment inmuch his moment in hisAnd life –those the daymemories in 1964 when he met Howard Henry pointed Herbert S. Walters of the time, and 1980 president too quickly, but that was his decision and I respect it. I believe he, just like Howard, to fill the seat until the next Baker Jr. of1964 Huntsville. when he met Howard Henry Baker Jr. of Huntsville. became year for another wouldthe have made an exceptional president. But it is a mean game, and you’ve got to play hard election. one-term‘When mem“I had heard Ken Roberts on the radio and IAthought, veteran politician to His win thethe huge amount of money it takes to run. And then there’s the media to and mean order to smile, get you shake his hand, he you runs, feel so much sincerity and “I had heard Ken Roberts onHouse the radio and I‘When thought, ‘When I’m going toinwarmth. support berthe of the Reprehe runs, I’m going to support him.’ All power up of here was and that easy manner, are the best I’ve everRepublican nomination. seen in politics. Anyone that got with.” sentatives in the the the him.’ power herea campaign was for1930s, Roberts,” who was preparing toinmount adeal campaign chance to meet Howard Baker person couldn’t help but likefor him,U.S. and be for Roberts,” who All was the preparing to up mount for U.S. “Ronald wasunderstand the most the general feeling of distrust about politics. Willis Reagan said he can 80-year-old Walters was for him.’ Continued on Page 2 Senate. significant politician havesee. seen considered to be a place“It’s what peopleI can All they see,and andBud hear,Willis is thatwith all politicians are crooked, in it for the Janet Tex and Dorothy Ritter. election. A one-term mem-ber of the House of Repre-sentatives “But I went to a meeting for Howard. There was Roscoe and on the national stage. He had holder for the enigmatic Clement, a powerful force in Volunteer Statemoney. politics.And they think, ‘my vote was be aand he was accustomed to it. He was able to articulate his beliefs Ina Mae Potter, Virginia Jen-nings, May The Rossnext McDowell – there in the 1930s, the 80-year-old Walters been in theconsidered spotlight sotolong, doesn’t year, Congressman Ross Bass upset the political apple cart – and count.’ the popular goverplace-holder for the enigmatic Clement, a powerful force in so well. He made it look so easy. were only eight of us – and we were allnor convinced. I re-member I don’t believe that at Volall,” he He had such a rapport with people.” – in securing the Democratic nomination for the remaining two years of Kefauver’s term. unteer State politics. getting him back in a corner and asking him, ‘What are you says with a sweep of his arms to in 1980, and attended his third national political convention Willis was chosen as an elector After 15 years of practicing law, Baker had decided to follow in his father’s political footThe next year, Congressman Ross Bass upset the political add emphasis. made out of?’ that year. Reagan’s landslide victory brought enough Republicans to Washington to give Baker steps. The elder Baker had served in Congress since 1951 and the family was well-regarded in apple cart – andJr.the popular –position inelection securing theinRobDema newvictory, – Senate majority “When you shake his hand, you feel so muchEast sincerity and Howard One day, a particu-leader. Republican Tennessee. H. Baker won his firstgover-nor election overtaking twotight years larly race,of“itKefauver’s got down to warmth. His smile, and that easy manner, best I’ve ever ocratic nomination for the remaining erts inare thethe primary. two paper ballots. The next to term. surged to a landslide win in the presidential seen in politics. Anyone that got the chance to meet Howard That November, Lyndon Johnson election and he had his first “political” experience, watching as a car passed his Willis was all of 7 when the last onedecided had been erased After Republicans, 15 years of practicing Baker had to follow andwith a “Carl Young for Sheriff” sign.” He recalls making some Baker in person couldn’t help but like Howard him, andBaker, be foralong him.” with many other went downlaw, toHamilton defeat. But Baker came Street home bedecked changed. Which meant it was running atomuch strongerinrace than had been thought possible. Then, in 1966,in my frame for it.” his against father’sBass political foot-steps. The elder Baker had served In 1964, Tennessee had not elected close, a Republican the Senstatement, andballot. his dad not a legal So “climbing then it was Clement defeated Bass in the Democratic primary Baker to another primary in win, and Congress since 1951asand the cruised family was well-regarded Repubate since Reconstruc-tion. down to one. And that one himself vote He humorously describes as the product of “a mixed marriage” between his Demothe previously expected Clement/Baker contest was on. Jr. won his first When longtime Demo-cratic Sen. Estes Kefauver died unex- lican East Tennessee. Howard H. Baker decided theB.W., election. There are cratic father, andelection his Republican mother, Annie Treadway. Brothers Joe and W.T. and plenty of examples where literpectedly in early August, 1963, Democratic Gov. Frank G. ClemContinued on Page 3 sister Margaret all followed his father’s Democratic leanings. “I tell ‘em I’m the only child my ally one vote he does matter, ent ap-pointed Herbert S. Walters to fill the seat until the next n See BUD WILLIS, 11 mother raised,” says withand a laugh.Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. at ease with friends traveling many where just a few votes de-
in the First District aboard ‘The Baker Special.’
His Janet, hasWillis been said. at his side and shared the decades of involvement. A former chaircidewife, the outcome,” man of the Washington County Republican Women, she is a member of the Washington County “It used to be that candidates had to be powerful in the precincts, or districts, in order to even Election Commission.
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run. Now we’ve got a lot of good people who haven’t really had much political experience stick
Bud Willis n Continued from 10 victory, overtaking Rob-erts in the primary. That November, Lyndon Johnson surged to a landslide win in the presidential election and Howard Baker, along with many other Republicans, went down to defeat. But Baker came close, running a much stronger race against Bass than had been thought possible. Then, in 1966, Clement defeated Bass in the Democratic primary as Baker cruised to another primary win, and the previously expected Clement/Baker contest was on. “That was just a great year, in politics, and in our lives,” Willis said. “The time was right and Baker was ready.” He recalls many delightful moments, including a mass mailing of cards to voters, with small paper bags serving as envelopes and the handwritten teaser on the front: “It’s in the bag...” “We had the Baker Bandwagon, filled with supporters, and we traveled all over the First District in that thing. We went to big events and little country stores, and we had good crowds everywhere we went. Baker was masterful on the stump. I can remember him searching through his coat pockets for his notes and then just going without them. He didn’t need them.” In the November general elec-tion, the young lawyer from Huntsville reshaped Tennessee politics. In fact, he is credited with having led the way to a GOP resurgence in the Southeast and, ultimately, the nation. The people who had been with Baker through more than two years of campaigning once again boarded the big bus and traveled to Washington for the swearing-in ceremony. “Howard said, ‘Just promise me that you won’t get mad at me until you find out why I voted like I did,’ Willis said. That request came into play when Baker supported Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s Panama Canal Treaty in 1977. “A lot of people around here didn’t like it. I didn’t like it either, at first. But once he explained his reasoning to me, as always, it made good sense. He knew
what he was doing.” “He said, ‘Bud, we don’t need another brushfire. We’ve got them all over the world now. One bazooka shot, and one ship gets sunk in the canal, and it’s out of commission for a long time and we’re back to sailing all the way around South America.’” Encouraged by actor John Wayne, who had longtime ties to the Central American country and threw his considerable support behind the treaty, it was passed in the Senate. Baker had served as ranking member – the top Republican – on what is often called the Ervin Committee, the Senate panel that investigated the Watergate scandal and ‘With the encouragement and support of Baker and Quillen, the group took President Richard M. Nixon. 6 Eason – “are all very patriotic. They all vote, andtook never “That was very hard duty for fiance, How- Meg on the name Tennessee Singing Republicans and offmiss. from Tri-Cities Airport in ard. He was always a good and loyal a May McDowell-financed DC-9, tell bound for Miami a debut as the that first you non“I’ve told myRoss own children, just like I would anyone else, itand is very important man, and he was loyal to President professional perform in country, 1968.’ could singing easily begroup takentofrom us. Itatisaanational duty youpolitical have, toconvention God and this Nixon. It was hard for him tovote. ask That freedom to go that question.” At a key moment in vote. I say God because He is at the foundation of the country.” the hearings, Baker conferred with Baker had as ranking Willis was just out ofahigh school member – the top Republican – on what is often called the Ervin as bigserved as presi-dential his counsel, future senator Fred something Committee, the Senate panel run. in the U.S. Navy whenthat investigated the Watergate scandal and President Richard M. Thompson, and asked, “Whatand didserving “I wasfor looking around, and enrehehe sent Nixon. home his first ballot, the president know and when did alized they needed to get him over “That was very hard duty for Howard. He was always a good and loyal man, and he was know it?” abling there. him toPeople votejust absentee. He has kept coming in. loyala to President Nixon. It was hard for him to ask that question.” At a key moment in the Baker’s credibility grew andnot themissed since. turnedsingle out thatelection we had more than affable, capable Tennessean – often Ithearings, Baker conferred with his counsel, future senator Fred Thompson, and asked, “What 3,000 people there. It was a great “Whether it was a contested race called “the great concili-ator” – was did the president know andsucwhen did he know it?” elected by his colleagues to serve or as not, cess.” I went and voted,” Willis Despite in the affable, capable Tennessean – often called “the great conciliBaker’sconsiderable credibilityinterest grew and Senate minority leader in 1977.said. “I feel like it’s my duty, and and support for Baker, his job as ator” – was elected by his colleagues to serve as Senate minority leader in 1977. In 1980, Baker set his sights it’sontheleader samekept forhim everyone else. Get Washington much of the presidential nomination, and In 1980, Baker set his sights on the presidential nomination, and Willis and several Northeast time,or andsurely 1980 became year vote, don’t the comWillis and several Northeast out Ten-andthe Tennessee Republicans traveled for another veteran politician to win to New Hampshire to campaign once more for their old friend. plain about the results.” nessee Republicans traveled to New nomination. “I was talking to a fellow at a town meeting, and he was hot about that treaty,” Willis said. “I Hampshire to campaign once more the Republican “Ronald Reagan was most explained it to him justthelike Howard had explained it to me. And he finally nodded and said he for their old friend. significant politician I have seen understood. And then a voice Willis laughed at his wife’s rec- behind me said, ‘I couldn’t have explained it any better myself.’ It “I was talking to a fellow at a town the national stage. He had been meeting, and he was hot aboutollection that on of Baker once saying: Continued on Page 5 in the spotlight so long, and he “If was treaty,” Willis said. “I explainedyou it to don’t want to know the truth, him just like Howard had explained accustomed to it. He was able to arthen don’t ask Bud.” it to me. And he finally nodded and ticulate his beliefs so well. He made it look so easy. He had such a rapport said he understood. And then a voice Andwith he said he tried to do just people.” behind me said, ‘I couldn’t have exthat, as heWillis became associated was chosen as an with elector plained it any better myself.’ It was many of the most prominent names in 1980, and attended his third naHoward. He had been standing there Some old memories from a long and joyful political life. tional political convention that year. in politics. listening to me.” Reagan’s landslide victory brought home bedecked with a “Carl Young and his Republican mother, Annie The Tennesseans organized a barHe lauded Congressman enough former Republicans to Washington for Sheriff” sign.” He recalls making Treadway. Brothers Joe and W.T. becue for their candidate. “TheyB.told Carroll Reece for “having great reputation across the state, and throughout the nation as to give Baker a new position –aSenate some statement, and his dad “climb- and sister Margaret all followed his us we’d be lucky to have 300 people majority served leader. 17 terms in Congress, well.” as chair of the Republican National Coming myand framealso for it.” father’s Democratic leanings. “I tell there. They flew Howard in, and he Reece Willis was all of 7 when he had his mittee in the 1940s. He died just after being sworn in for his 18th term and his wife, Louise, He humorously describes himself ‘em I’m the only child my mother was still at the hotel, and of course first “political” experience, watching as the product of “a mixed marriage” you know there are so many things filled out his unexpired term. you have to work on to put together as a car passed his Hamilton Street between his Demo-cratic father, B.W., n See BUD WILLIS, 34
Former Congressman Jimmy Quillen and Willis didn’t always see eye-to-eye. “He wasn’t too enthusiastic about Baker. I think he thought that somehow it would take away from him here in the First District to have a Republican senator. But of course it wouldn’t, and didn’t. But Quil-
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Main Street Antiques & Mercantile is 100 Years Old Johnson City, TN. --- In 1910, the doors swung open at the new fangled Kress 5, 10, and 25 cent department store in the heart of downtown that eventually became Main Street Antiques & Mercantile when downtown department stores in the 1970s abandoned Main Streets all over America for something new called “The Mall.” Downtown Johnson City was primed to develop according to Main Street Antique store owner Malcolm Blowers, after the first Johnson City bank was built in the late 1880s near Fountain Square. Kress architects were perched in downtown New York City designing buildings that fit into the indigenous surroundings of downtowns all over America, Blowers explained. “At the time, Kress was the ‘Big Box’ store,” Blowers said. “The design of the stores included large windowed fronts for window shopping and they sold a bit of everything, hence the 5, 10, 25 cent stores that soon become known as five and dimes.” Blowers said Kress was one of the first department stores that utilized a “visual merchandising” approach to American’s Main Streets in its store fronts and once inside the candy counter and soda fountain “became quite popular,” he said. Automobiles would meander slowly past the Kress Building and others as passengers would gaze at the fancy and elaborate store front displays. Kress managers would post signs saying, “Watch Our Windows” as teasers for future sales or new product offerings. Today, we get those messages from colorful inserts in local newspapers or through ads placed in popular magazine publications like Out ‘N About Magazine. “In the 1950s traffic flowed through downtown both ways,” Blowers observed. “When the (business) movement headed to the north side of town and a decision was made to make downtown
Blowers stands inside an antique bar.
A solid oak table top sits on display.
streets one way (traffic) that was a mortal blow to activity downtown.” Still, Blowers says business has remained quite good for the ten years he has promoted his business as a downtown anchor mainly because of the unique and rare to find items he stocks within his 27,000 square foot store that boosts three floors of incredibly interesting items from around the world at surprising affordable prices. “Our goal is to give our customers an uncommon range of interesting and useful merchandise at the best prices available,” Blowers proclaims in his store brochure. His son, and partner
Mark, is on the road constantly looking for quality items at reasonable prices for would-be customers. “We have an array of high quality antique furniture, handmade Persian Rugs, collectibles, hard-to-find and uncommon merchandise, that you can’t find any other place in the Tri-Cities,” Blowers said matter-of-factly. “We feature gifts from around the world, English Armoires, side tables, solid oak tables and so on. Our inventory changes weekly and while we are an antique store . . . we offer so much more.” Blowers keeps his prices affordable by purchasing trunk loads of upscale furniture including leather items and handcrafted woods, unique desks and trunks from all over the world. “Solid wood tables are a popular item with customers,” he observed. Proud of his repeat business and returning customers, Blowers proudly displays one customer’s testimonial: “We just saved $10,000 on a high quality Sarouk Persian Rug,” said Ann and Bob Pierson from Atlanta in one of the store’s ads. And, who knows? Plans by city leaders to return downtown to two lane roads may bring back the window shopping from the car an ever so popular pastime decades ago.
The store is full of interesting antiques including European, Chinese and American Furniture.
Store owner Malcolm Blowers is pictured next to one of the huge handcrafted rugs he sells.
Main Street Antiques & Mercantile 243 East Main Street Johnson City, TN 37604 423-926-0161 HYPERLINK “http://www.antiquesandmercantile.com” www.antiquesandmercantile.com
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Alta Cucina: Johnson City’s Foremost Exquisite & Romantic Dinning Experience As a restaurant owner and chef Mo Aliabadi has intensity in his eyes, a passion in the kitchen and a genuine love for creating great food for his customers. Perhaps, because of him, Johnson City’s best kept secret is out of the bag as Alta Cucina is rapidly become the choice of diners all over the Tri-Cities who are looking for an exquisite dining experience in a romantic atmosphere. Aliabadi opened his Italian restaurant 15 years ago and he recently completed an expansion to the outdoor patio. Understandably, ‘Mo’ is proud of, “presenting incredible food, great wine and good service at a reasonable price.” Every dish that is served at Alta Cucina’s is not only authentic but made from the best fresh ingredients available. This is not a chain restaurant and this is not fast food. And, from beginning to end, you will realize this throughout your dining experience. The piping hot bread that is offered as an introduction to your meal along with a dipping bowl consisting of fresh olive oil, parsley and herbs is to die for. No dish is “premade” at Alta Cucina and entrées consist of only the best cuts of meat, free-range chicken, and the freshest choices of fish, veal and pork. The best available organic vegetables are used in all entrées and meals are “always fresh and cooked to order,” says Chef Mo. Alta Cucina also enjoys the distinction of being the premier top seller of wines in the TriCities. So, with a night out and a good meal in front of you, you’ll also find one of the most extensive varieties of wines in the Tri-Cities at Alta Cucina. In fact, Chef Mo’s wine and dinner tastings sell out time and time again. “Our next wine tasting and first-class dinner will be at the end of this month,” Mo reports. “It’s always a fun time among family and friends who enjoy a wine tasting coupled with some of the best food you’ll ever taste as a compliment to the many varieties of wines that we offer with the four course dinner.” With a cozy and elegant atmosphere as a back drop to some of the most picturesque scenery of beautiful mountain vistas just outside the restaurant’s windows, Mo is very passionate
about presenting food the way it is intended to be enjoyed. “When I cook from my heart, I only use the best of ingredients: Fresh beef, poultry, and the popular Catch of the Day. It means when you visit Alta Cucina you deserve all that and then some,” he said. Not one to brag, when investigating The friendly wait staff what people are saying about his restaurant, one patron posted boldly on City Search this message: “Alta Cucina is by ALTA CUCINA far the best Italian Restaurant in Johnson City. Don’t even bother with the chain restaurants. FACTOID When you visit Alta Cucina, you will find incred1200 North Roan Street ible food, great wine and good service.” Johnson City, TN Mo’s exquisite dining experience in a romanPhone: 423-928-2092 tic atmosphere offering high quality cuisine had him offering this reporter his personal opinion Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 about his restaurant: a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for lunch; 5 “All I ask is for you to relax. Forget the ofp.m. until 10 p.m. for dinner. fice and your problems. Sit back, have a glass of Live music presented on Friday wine and enjoy the moment. Take your time and enjoy your food. After all, dining here means you and Saturday nights. are doing something nice for yourself,” he said Can accommodate parties up to 100.
Offers 500 varieties of wine.
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Became an American citizen in New York eventually moving to Johnson City. Has two children, Rachael, 18, and Chef Kamran, 19 both of whom work beside him every day. Enjoys hiking and walking, poker and good wine. Pushes all his young wait staff to get college degrees. Most do and come back frequently for lunch or dinner. Free entertainment is featured on weekends
Mo’s son, Chef Kamran
Daytime Tri-Cities Morgan King & Amy Lynn Brighten Up Our Mornings Johnson City, TN. --- It’s hard to believe this month marks the 2rd anniversary of the hugely popular Daytime TriCities show featuring Morgan King and Amy Lynn. I mean, weren’t they always laughing and carrying on at 10 a.m. every morning? “We started out as a half hour show,” Morgan said matter-of-factly as he perused the local newspapers in preparation for going on the air one Thursday morning last month. “We (he and co-host Amy Lynn) just clicked and pretty soon they offered us an hour slot which required the station to hire Toby Laek, our producer because there is so much more involved in an hour-long show,” he said. “During our audition segment it was like we were never apart and we were meant to do this show,” Amy added pointing out that she and Morgan had previously worked together at another local television station. “It has gone by so fast it really doesn’t seem like two years. We enjoy what we do and it seems like an hour goes by really fast. ..’Most of the time’” Morgan interjects with a devilish smile and a wink. Indeed. Putting together Daytime Tri-Cities might look simple enough to the average viewer but hours are spent each day behind the scenes planning the show, choosing the guests, and writing and editing the segments. “I don’t think people realize how much work goes into each and every Amy and Morgan on the set show,” Morgan reflects. “The graphics, the rundowns, the research and all the preparations take hours to develop just one show,” he said. “And, because the show is somewhat unscripted . . . we just roll with it,” Amy revealed. Both added that parts of their roles revolve around making guests feel comfortable and, “We’re here to help you out if you’re a little nervous,” both said almost in unison. You get your money’s worth if you watch Daytime Tri-Cities and you just might learn something. In fact, in a week’s time of shows, 35-40 stories are featured or an average of seven to eight segments per hour. It’s great TV and because of the content, seemingly never boring. The day of our visit, for example, Morgan and Amy featured segments on Kingsport’s Fun Fest, Mahoney’s camping, Kristi Slaughter, the Gluten Free Guru’s food segment, local bottler Dr. Enuf, Appalachian Reggae, a science experiment, feature on a Morristown exotic animal park and an interview with Teresa Treadway, vicepresident of Creative Energy. All sprinkled in with plenty of laughs in-between. Amy and Morgan before the show airs “It’s all local stories and it is quite fast-paced and interesting and I think that’s why the hour goes by so fast,” Morgan said of the show’s mission. Besides their Daytime Tri-Cities morning gig, Amy and Morgan can be seen throughout the region promoting their show that is carried locally on News Channel 11. “We make a lot of personal appearances at parades, community events etc. and we enjoy being involved (away from the studio) Amy said with her signature smile. “We also have been on the road to Tampa, Memphis, Orlando, Sevierville, and Abingdon.” Other venues outside the Tri-Cities are on the drawing board soon as the duo will be displaced for a few weeks while a new set is constructed and News Channel 11 goes high definition. Amy, recently married to Jon Henry at Maple Lane Farms, another Out ‘N About Magazine favorite stop, tells a funny story about viewers perception about she and Morgan. “We’re not married but people think we are and they will come up to us all the time and say, ‘I can’t believe you just missed Morgan.’” Or from Morgan, “We saw Amy here or there; where were you?” “We’re not joined at the hip you know,” Amy laughs. Will they ever run out of stories to tell? Not hardly. “It’s quite amazing to me what all we have to Morgan just being Morgan offer right here in our own back yard,” Morgan said in conclusion. For example, there is a gem mine in Blountville. . .I didn’t know that.” We didn’t either but now we do. And the stories will just keep coming. So tune in. We guarantee you learn something useful and have a hardy laugh or two to boot! Facts About Morgan King Facts About Amy Lynn (Henry) • Lived with the Amish for a year. • Is from Hutchinson, Minnesota. • Plays Bass guitar at Cornerstone Church. • Recently married. • Once had amnesia. • Loves tubing on area lakes.
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With a name like Left of Blue, they are sure to take music out of the box. Bring your dancing shoes and let's cut a rug to the tunes of Duke Ellington and more. "All Of Me, After You've Gone, Sweet Georgia Brown, Satin Doll, Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and more... 'Cause "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Doo wah,_doo wah, doo wah, doo wha, doo wah, __doo wah, doo wah, doo wah!
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Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris and Jessie Hoyle
Unicoi County Sheriff putting people to work
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Erwin, TN --- Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris is putting people to work under a government partnership program aimed at not only helping the sheriff’s department, but at the same time helping participants learn new skills. Jessie Hoyle is one of a dozen people that Harris has working at the Unicoi County Sheriff Department. Hoyle works as a greeter 20 hours a week at the minimum wage compensation rate. “She is the first person you meet when you arrive at the (sheriff’s) department,” Harris explained. “We have two other greeters that take turns in four hour shifts. She is a real asset to the department because she can field questions out front and then send the person to the right staff person within the department eliminating a lot of extra work on our small office staff. It frees them up to do a lot of other things. Jessie is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet and she brightens up our day.” Harris has his new part-time employees doing a variety of tasks. Some work out in the county with
road crews cleaning cemeteries and collecting trash while others work in the parks or inside the office of the sheriff’s department. “It’s been a real successful program,” Harris said. “Some people in the program will learn secretarial skills by operating a computer and other office equipment that ultimately could lead to a good paying job in the private sector. I have noticed we have attracted many high-caliber people to the program who are on fixed incomes or have been retired for ten years or more (which is a program requirement) and still have something to contribute to the community.” Harris’ department is the largest participant in the government sponsored works program. “It’s been very successful and people can still apply. You have to meet certain income requirements, be a resident of the county and you have to be on a fixed-income or disabled. It’s a really neat program that helps people in need by giving them an opportunity to earn some extra money and at the same time perform a service to their community.”
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New UPS store offers relaxed and friendly office setting away from home Elizabethton, TN --- Bill and Tammy Taylor’s story is quite easy and simple to tell. They just wanted to start a friendly hometown business designed around helping people in need of shipping packages, sending faxes, making copies, collecting their mail as well as providing and performing a variety of business tasks centered on a friendly businesslike atmosphere.
Many people will be surprised to know that the UPS store provides an unbelievable long list of materials and services that includes: • •
The Taylors inside The UPS Store where banners tout the many services available.
That’s when they began to investigate a partnership with UPS (United Parcel Service) or to many of us. . .the Big Brown Truck company. Having dealt personally with the need for doing business away from home, becoming a franchisee, or partnership, with UPS made perfect sense to the Taylors as many of their friends, colleagues, and business associates encouraged them to help the “road warriors” (who every day are in a hurry to complete shipping, mailing, faxing and other office related tasks that must be taken care of while they are away from their respective offices or homes) find a comfortable, easy-to-getto location to do business away from home. “We offer a professional atmosphere where you can UPS store clerk Ruth Carver assists Debra Mahone with come in and multi-task and not a purchase . be in a hurry,” Tammy Taylor explained. “And, we offer an array of products and services in one location which eliminates the need for customers to run all over town to get their printing, coping, packing and shipping tasks done. We’re here to service the needs of everyone whether you need to obtain a secure mailbox, get a document notarized, make copies and send faxes or have something packed and shipped,” Bill Taylor added. When the Taylors opened the brand new UPS store on Elk Avenue on March 15th, their dream became a reality. But not before a lot of hard work, dedication and planning that began six months before. After all, one simply does not just open the door and welcome customers into a relatively new services opportunity, without dedication and knowledge which the Taylors obtained through UPS’ rigorous six week professional training classes.
Packing & Shipping Luggage Boxes for Shipping instead of Checking your bag at the airport • Black & White and Color Copies • Laminating • Binding • Specialty Papers • HIGH volume copy jobs; no job too big or small • Packing Supplies: Bill Taylor at the private mail box center inside the new Boxes, tape, Labels, UPS store located at 106 Broad Street in Elizabethton Foam Peanuts or Bubble Wrap • Packing Services: Crating, Cartonizing, and Fragile Packages • Mailboxes for Residential and Business Customers; Street address for receiving parcels, private and secure. • Postal Services • Faxing Services • Notary on Site • Architectural printing of plans and document available • Fingerprinting services for government workers, military, educators and gun permit applicants.
The UPS Store 106 Broad Street Elizabethton, TN 37643 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-2p.m. Phone: 423-543-1227; Fax: 423-543-1764
Bill and Tammy Taylor outside The UPS Store in Elizabethton that they opened in March.
Go by and see the Taylors today. We think you’ll enjoy a wonderful, professional experience from them and their professionally trained staff.
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Brian Glover’s Erwin-based Health+Homecare Service Provides Compassionate Care to Patients in Need 24/7 ERWIN, TN. – Brian Glover, the President of Health+Homecare, isn’t your typical healthcare provider. In fact, patient care beats out profit every time. And, Glover, a self-made highly successful businessman is proud of that fact. “I’m more interested in providing the necessary needs to our patients first and foremost while working out the payment source later,” Glover said. “I’m very proud of the fact that we meet the needs of our patients first while many other companies seemingly investigate finances first.” Since 2005, when he first started his business, Glover’s philosophy of serving his clients and his personal entrepreneurial spirit has certainly paid off in a big way. And, he expects his employees to maintain the same “take care of the needs of patient first” approach to the health and homecare business. Glover’s career began years ago at another home health care company where for a time he paid his dues, soto-speak, working long hours for $6 an hour. “I’m proud that I really came from nothing and by working hard I’ve been able to become successful in this business,” Glover said after some prodding. “I got out there and did what was necessary, I worked hard, learned a business I love, and now I am living the American Dream as a successful entrepreneur. “However, at the same time I have never steered away from our company’s mission which is to provide the highest quality home medical equipment, services, supplies, training and education to our patients and caregivers.” Even though Health+Homecare is based in Erwin, anyone needing its services throughout the region may choose to do so. And, a medical service technician is on call 24/7 and Glover pledges that in less than 10 minutes someone will return your call after hours. “We are here to meet the needs of the regional community and to let patients know that they indeed have a choice when it comes to home health care,” Glover points out. From all over the Tri-
Brian Glover Facts: He’s big into hunting and fishing especially Wild Boar hunting in Georgia. He (sometimes) rides a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and loves Hot Rods. He once owned a pharmacy and sold it to a national chain. He’s married to Kinli and they have two daughters, Kali & Kamrin. Cities to Southwest Virginia and into Western North Carolina, I have discovered that rural health care needs are underserved. We provide an alternative to meet those needs that are currently not being met,” he said. “We come to your home, at your convenience to evaluate and recommend which products are best for your healthcare,” Glover added. “I personally guarantee an excellent experience.” Civically minded, Glover takes his free time and invests back into the community including serving on the Board of Directors of the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce, CHIPS (an organization that assists women and families subjected to domestic violence), the Professional Advisory Council of Unicoi County Hospital and he purchased defibrillator equipment for the Erwin Police Department after personally being involved in a serious automobile accident. “I asked myself one day how can I make a difference in my community? And, the answer I got was to get involved,” he said with a smile. “I have discovered that if you do the right thing . . .do your best to support your community then, by word of mouth people will believe in you and you will be successful. I’m living proof of that.” Glover also discussed the “good ‘ole days” philosophy versus the trend in today’s’ market. The way to get business
Brian Glover, outside his Health+Homecare’s facility in Erwin.
used to center around good service, using cutting edge technology and high quality American made products. It was when a friendly, knowledgeable staff going the extra mile mattered most. Glover says this was when there was, “an even playing field and truer competition.” He said today’s market is vastly different and is heavily slanted in the direction of who owns what. “What I mean by that is patients don’t often realize that many hospitals and doctors’ offices now also have ownership in medical equipment companies. This means that unless a patient asks for a local company like mine, they are often getting filtered through another business owned by who they are seeing.” Glover said it is very hard to compete in this type of market. “If I could leave people with one idea, it would be support your local business and ask for Health and Homecare. We will earn your business and your trust.”
A wide variety of home healthcare items from power chairs, walkers and diabetic shoes, are stocked in the retail store.
Health+Homecare 629 North Main Avenue Erwin, TN. Phone: 423-743-5090; Fax: 423-743-2330 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday On call: 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Mr. Glover fields a question via telephone in his office.
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Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Butler Tennessee offers the most popular gateway to the beautiful Watauga Lake. The pace is unhurried. The natural wonder of the Cherokee National Forest is most inspiring and each season brings with it a wheel of vibrant colors and sensory delight. Add to that, an array of things to do and see, and you have one of the most popular vaca‐ tion getaways in the country. This rustic environment led to the joining of several great people who bring their individual gifts together and provide a friendly business relationship to anyone looking to locate in the area. Jonathan Houser has run a very successful commer‐ cial and residential landscape company, River Gardens, for the last 23 years. His vision led to the creation of the Watauga Falls subdivi‐ sion in 2006. Jonathan has artfully carved out of the mountain a wonderful rustic retreat complete with gated entrances, waterfalls, log cabins, exceptional boating facilities and an unspoiled natural environment where you can completely relax and unwind. Partially bounded by the National Forest insures the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. His partnership with Watauga Falls Real Estate has led two associate Real Estate Agents into an exclusive team. Lisa Potter and Marty Plummer are two of the most sought after Agents at Watauga Lake. Both are fully Licensed Agents and are truly dedicated to meeting and exceeding their clients’ needs making them one of the most Dynamic Teams in Real Estate. Jonathan also partnered with Amos Halava in the creation of Driftwood Builders. With this company he has expanded the dynamic of all involved to offer the best Land and Home packages available. Having the best knowledge of the area and knowing all the players gives Lisa and Marty the ability to custom fit property to your dream without killing your budget. Jonathan and Amos will go thru the entire process of designing and building the house that you can call home or your ‘home’ away from home. Driftwood Builders specializes in custom homes and works diligently to communicate openly with you to keep you updated on each step taken during the building process. If you do not live in the area they provide an internet album with pictures taken several times a week to keep you involved. With this experience combined you can be assured that your lake home will be a smooth and friendly experience. We look forward to enhancing lives one dream at a time.
Watauga Falls Watauga Falls a Premier Lakeside community, nestled in the heart of Cherokee National Forest and Watauga Lake. Views of breathtaking waterfalls throughout this luxuri‐ ous private gated community, wooded lots, underground utilities, lake views and private marina with covered boat slips available. Each cabin is custom designed, deco‐ rated, custom indoor water features and uniquely la‐ beled and named such as Deer Walk, Castle Rayn, Tree House, Gunthers Rest, Driftwood, etc. to fit the cabins description. Life has never been better!
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Benny Wilson: Still Rockin’ and Rollin’ Since 1964 Bristol, TN. – It’s a Thursday night at the Country Club Bar & Grill and chants of “Benny, Benny, Benny” permeate through the high ceiling dance floor as patrons wait for Benny Wilson and his band to take the stage. It’s hard to believe that Wilson, who started a band in the 6th grade back in 1964, is as much as a rocker on the local scene as band members half his age. He doesn’t seem to mind the comparison however. “I guess it’s a compliment that I’m still performing about 150 shows a year after all these years,” he says with a grin. “I mean I just love this; always have.” Wilson’s musical enthusiasm, upbeat personality along with a high energy band saw him shoot up in popularity in the 1970s and that situation has yet to change. “Staying current with the latest music and presenting a good, live entertaining show is, I think, the key to my success,” he said.
“And, don’t ever discount the contribution of the band; without them I couldn’t do what I do every night.” In the 1980s Wilson performed with many country acts at the Country Club Bar & Grill, (the Hitching Post back then) including a rising Country star by the name of Janie Fricke. From Bob Segar to ACDC to James Taylor, Benny has sung them all and still does. From birthdays to new club openings to anniversaries and weddings, he’s performed at every place, situation and venue you can imagine. “You have to keep up with the times and roll with the flow so-to-speak,” he advised. “Music and performing seems to change almost daily and you have to keep up with what the general public wants to hear.” Benny’s a rocker at heart and much of his live performances over the last 25 years shows his love for rock-n-roll. But he also still sings gospel at the Methodist church he attends. “I think I’m just a good ‘ole country boy at heart,” he said with a laugh. “Get me a good band and we’ll all have a good ‘ole time. . .singing …laughing and dancing. I love entertaining and I get a real satisfaction knowing there are still people out there who want to hear me perform and I have made a lifetime of friends.” When not performing, Benny enjoys spending time with his 5 year-old son, Charlie. And, if you get the opportunity go out and see Benny Wilson and his band perform its well worth the good time you’ll have! There are thousands of people in the TriCities and beyond who will attest to that!
Benny with good friends Andy Bland & Michelle Smith Gibson.
Benny in concert at Bristol Country Club & Grill.
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What many had considered as one of the best kept secrets for great food, music and fun, Machiavelli’s on 5th Street in Bristol has turned into the premier Bristol night spot after dark. But that’s not all. It has also become one of the most popular places in Bristol for lunch and dinner as well. Tucked a few blocks away from Bristol’s bustling State Street, Machiavelli’s presents an Italian menu suitable for anyone’s taste. From its signature selection of gourmet pizzas (one even boasts 28 toppings!) to pasta dishes, grinders, pitas, and calzones, complimented by an array of appetizers, soups, salads and desserts, we guarantee you won’t leave hungry. And, kids can eat for only $5.95 which includes a drink and ice cream.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MACHIAVELLI’S “I come here several times a week because the food is awesome and the atmosphere is something me and my friends and family enjoy,” said Tommy Garland as he listened to Ivy Road.
August Music Line-Up At Machiavelli’s • August 6 --- Spank • August 7 --- Closed/Private Party • August 12 --- Brim Leal • August 13 --- To Be Announced • August 14 --- Folk Soul Revival • August 19 --1st Annual Rhythm & Family Race Day Bands Begin@ 3 p.m. Oddly Well. Annabelle’s Curse. The Hay Boys. These Undowners. Bush Pickle. • August 20 --- Local Music Jam
• August 21 --- Open at 1 p.m. Closing at 9 p.m. • August 26 --- Brim Leal • August 27 --- The Hot Seats; with Wise Old River (opening act) • August 28 --- Closed/Private Party Hours: Sunday 4 p.m. -12 a.m.; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday 11 a.m. -2 a.m. Saturday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
“It’s a really friendly and upbeat place to be. Plus, it’s only a short drive from Johnson City,” Carol Anderson from Bristol added. “There always seems to be something exciting going on here whether it’s a great live band or drink and food specials which in this day and time are a consideration when you do a night on the town.”
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Getting to know.... Siarre Evans The Buccaneer faithful know four-year letterwinner Siarre Evans as one of the best basketball players to don the Blue and Gold for the past four years. However, behind all the accolades and monstrous numbers put up is an eye-opening story of how Siarre became who she is today. Growing up in Griffin, Ga., wasn’t always easy for the two-time Atlantic Sun Gri Player of the Year. With drugs and gun violence surrounding her home, Siarre had two options- get an athletic scholarship and help her family out or stay, get a minimum wage job, and endure all the violence that was taking place. “Once I began playing AAU ball, I started to appreciate the game a little more,” Evans said. “It really never hit me that basketball may be my way out of Griffin, until my teammates and coaches told me I could receive a scholarship and play in college.” With the support of her mother, grandmother, coaches, and friends, Siarre was determined to go to college and become the first person in her family to walk across the stage and receive a degree. After guiding the Lady Bucs to three consecutive NCAA NCA Tournaments and becoming only the third player in school history to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, Evans hopes to reward her family and give back to ETSU by playing the game she loves overseas.
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“My number one goal has always been to play professionally after I graduate. I also want to be able to move my mother way from the violence. My nieces, nephews, and cousin also mean a lot to me so I want to help by giving them a chance,” she said. One of the few things on Evans’ agenda is to open an after-school program back in Griffin that is designed to keep children away from violence and help them concentrate on their education while playing athletic activities. Thanks to Coach Karen Kemp and BASA, Evans was given the opportunity at ETSU, which is what made her become who she is today. Not only will Siarre be remembered as one of the greatest players to come through this program, but she is a great leader, person and role model.
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Erwin’s Bill Gaines promotes friendly campground facilities to NASCAR fans, their families & friends Bristol, TN. --- Erwin’s Bill Gaines has not seen a NASCAR fan he didn’t like. But, 20 years ago he would not have ever imagined that a hilly, rocky, 113 acre tract of land that’s been in his family for years would have ever turned out to be one of the most popular places for NASCAR fans to camp and park their vehicles during race weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway and Thunder Valley Drag Strip. In fact, Gaines’ campground is the largest around. The animated former long time Unicoi County Property Assessor is quick to credit his wife and partner Ruth, with the necessary drive to take a grown up piece of land consisting of hundreds of acres and turn it into something livable for campers visiting from all over the United States at Bristol’s NASCAR races s twice a year. “Ruth is the catalyst when it comes to beautifying our campground,” Gaines said of his wife. “It is pushing ninety degrees today but she is still over there putting down mulch.” Ruth isn’t the only family member who helps get the campground and parking areas ready for the thousands of race fans who converge on Bristol twice a year for the NASCAR races, (as well as the annual fall NHRA drag racing event), Bill and Ruth’s daughter, Kristen, and son-in-law Roger also
Gaines spends a lot of time on the phone with race fans.
pitch in. “We treat people the way you would want to be treated,” Bill said matter-offactly. “We treat people the Tennessee way which is to say, ‘Show up. Pay up. Go to your appointed site and have a good time!’” he said with a smile. With 2,700 camp sites, Bill says his popular campground basically turns into a small city twice a year. “It’s like family. Many of the same people return year after year. There are a lot of comradely and new friendships made here. Historically, Gaines really never intended to be in the camping business. “It really happened by accident when
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some people came onto the property and camped in our field. The next year we had 17 campers and there was no water or electricity.” Bill said Ruth became the “explorer and developer” and even once broke a commercial lawnmower while creating more parking areas. “We have one place called the Corn Patch and its way far back at the end of the property. But, believe it or not, people actually request to be there,” he said with a laugh. “My family and I are proud of being able to turn the place into something remarkably beautiful. Sure, it’s been a lot of work but we get a lot of enjoyment in return. . .year after year. ”
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Campfires permitted. Golf carts welcome. Generators permitted. Portalets located throughout the campground. Free water. Free shuttles. PHONE: 423-743-5219 (Night) 423-341-3022 (Cell) Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:info@ bristolcampground.com” firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bristolcampground.com Gaines is constantly upgrading his web site.
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“Marshall was articulate. He certainly had the best of our state and country at heart. He was an extremely keen politician. I remember how hard he worked on so many issues, not the least n Continued from 11 of whichlegewas whenat he bring raised,” he says with a laugh. of medicine East helped Tennessee State UniHis wife, Janet, has been at his the side and versity, and that caused many people here General Assembly to meet in to shared the decades of involvement. A former turn against him. But he was an exceptional chair-man of the Washington County Jonesborough Republi- man and a in fine1970, governor.”which as far ‘Think of the men who have fought for can Women, she is a member of the WashingDunn’s veto placed him in they opposition to an as I know is the only time have ton County Election Commission. East Tennessee triumvirate of Sen. Marshall this country over all these years. Think of outside of Elizabethton Nashville. And, even though they are not as met active as Nave from and Reps. Bob Good
the people who set up the country, the families who struggled to make it live. Think of your own mothers and fathers, or grandmothers and grandfathers.
their parents, Willis is pleased that his chil- and P.L. Robinson, from Johnson City and likedrespectively. Bob Good. He dren – Wes, and his wife, Lisa; Anne, and“Iheralways Jonesbor-ough husband, Phillip Patrick; Lydia; andworked Blaine, hard “Marshall was He medical certainly had to helparticulate. get the and his fiance, Meg Eason – “are all very the best of our state and country at heart. He school. was I don’t think either ofI them patriotic. They all vote, and never miss. an extremely keen politician. remember “I’ve told my own children, just like I how hard he worked on so many issues, got anywhere near the credit they not would tell anyone else, it is very important the least of which was when he helped bring ThereAssembly should beinaJonesborough building that you vote. That freedom could deserved. easily be the General to meet taken from us. It is a duty you have,named to God for in 1970, which as far as I know the only each one of them –isthey and this country, to go vote. I say God be- time they have met outside of Nashville. did the work. They it.” cause He is at the foundation of the coun“I always liked earned Bob Good. He worked hard try.” to help get the medical school. I don’t think Mayor Willis was just out of high school and Former serv- eitherJohnson of them gotCity anywhere near theMay credit Longtime Northeast Tennessee ing in the U.S. Navy when he sent home for his they deserved. There should be a building Ross McDowell was “a wonderful first ballot, en-abling him to vote absentee. He named for each one of them – they did the political activist was and comhas not missed a single election since.lady. She work. Theyvery earned honest, it.” “Whether it was a contested race pletely or not, I dedicated. Former Johnson Citytold Mayorme May Ross McShe once went and voted,” Willis said. “I feel like it’s Dowell was “a wonderful lady. She was very thatelse. shehonest, couldandtake me, Jim Cloyd my duty, and it’s the same for everyone com-pletely dedicated. She told Get out and vote, or surely don’t com-plain me once that she could take me, Jim Cloyd and Fred Brandt” – the late oil busiabout the results.” and Fred Brandt” – the late oil busi-nessman nessman Johnson City attorney, Willis laughed at his wife’s rec-ollection of andand Johnson City attorney, respectively – “and Baker once saying: “If you don’t wantrespectively to know win any – elec-tion.” “and win any electhe truth, then don’t ask Bud.” McDowell was instrumental in her suption.” And he said he tried to do just that, as he port of the Washington County Singing Re- got to play hard and mean in order to get the Willis recalls a dozen stories of poll watchbecame associated with many of the most publicans, in which Willis participated. With huge amount of money it takes to run. And ing on election days – including the time he McDowell was instrumental in her County prominent names in politics. the encouragement and support of Baker and support then there’sof the the mediaWashington to deal with.” foundSinging a man tryingRepublicans, to buy votes. “I followed He lauded former Congressman B.inCarroll Quillen, the group took on the name TennesWillis said he can understand the general him everywhere, even out into the the woods. Just which Willis participated. With the encouragement and support of Baker and Quillen, Reece for “having a great reputation across see Singing Republicans and took off from feeling of distrust about politics. watching. If they’re trying something dirty, onAirport the name TennesseeDCSinging andAlltook off they from Airport the state, and throughout the nation group as well.” took Tri-Cities in a McDowell-financed “It’s Republicans what people can see. they see, can’tTri-Cities stand that. They don’t wantin anyone Reece served 17 terms in Congress, a andMcDowell-financed also 9, bound for Miami and a debut as the first and hear, is that all politicians are crooked, to see.” DC-9, bound for Miami and a debut as the first non-professional singing as chair of the Republican National Com- non-professional singing group to perform at in it for the money. And they think, ‘my vote “We used to roam around on election day, group perform at aconvention national politicaldoesn’t convention in 1968. mittee in the 1940s. He died just after being toa national political in 1968. count.’ just watching, trying to make sure than nothsworn in for his 18th term and his wife, LouMcDowell and Willis were also part of the I don’t believe that at all,” he says with a ing dirty or underhanded went on. I remember McDowell Willis were also partsweep of the that supported famed country ise, filled out his unexpired term. group thatand supported famed country music of hisgroup arms to add emphasis. one time we put outmusic the word star that every preFormer Congressman Jimmy Tex Quillen star Tex Ritter when he made a bid for U.S. One election day, in a particu-larly tight cinct was going to be checked, and by George, Ritter when he made a bid for U.S. Senate in 1970. and Willis didn’t always see eye-to-eye. “He Senate in 1970. race, “it got down to two paper ballots. The next we did it. Dale Archer and I went to every one of wasn’t too enthusiastic about Baker. I think “Texjust was just outstanding man. man. He was He to the last one had been andHe changed. them, and some of them twice,to before “Tex was ananoutstanding was warm anderased real. and Dorothy were a joy bethe day he thought that somehow it would take away warm and real. He and Dorothy were a joy to Which meant it was not a legal ballot. So then was over.” around. And heAndwas very, very smart. smarter than gave him for ofbeing.” from him here in the First District to have a Re- be around. he was very, very smart. Much Much it was down to one. And that people one vote decidWilliscredit echoes many the founders of the publican senator. But of course it wouldn’t, and smarter than people gave him credit for be- ed the election. There are plenty of examples republic when says he knows of only one thing has high praise for Sen. Lamar Alexander, having been friends since both were young didn’t. But Quil-len was quite a politician,Willis and ing.” where liter-ally one vote does matter, and many that will keep the passion of his life honest, and he became known for that excellent constituent Willis has high praise for Sen.“He’s Lamar Alwhere just a job. few votes de-cide the outcome,” people inhe rightful control. ran for men working to elect Baker. done a fine I’m proud of him. the I think probably service from his office.” exander, having been friends since both were Willis said. “Think of the men who have fought for Willis “thought the world of former Rep. young men working to elect Baker. “He’s done “ItContinued used to beonthat candidates had to be pow- this country over all these years. Think of the Page 8 Leon Cox,” who was later appointed to the cabi- a fine job. I’m proud of him. I think he proba- erful in the precincts, or districts, in order to people who set up the country, the families net of then-Gov. Winfield Dunn. bly ran for president too quickly, but that was even run. Now we’ve got a lot of good people who struggled to make it live. Think of your “He was a good and honest man. And Win- his decision and I respect it. I believe he, just who haven’t really had much political experi- own mothers and fathers, or grandmothers and field was too. I just loved him. Of course, he like Howard, would have made an exceptional ence stick their necks out and run for office. I grandfathers. made the mistake with vetoing the bill for col- president. But it is a mean game, and you’ve think that’s a good thing.” “Then get involved and stay involved.”
“Then get involved and stay involved.’ Calvin C. ‘Bud’ Willis
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Wagon Master Remembers Simpler Times Gray, TN. --- For 47 years Guy Barron was known as “The Wagon Master.” The 85 year-old horse and cattle man has fond memories of leading a two mile long line of wagons and horses on a three day trip through Washington County and back home. “We would set out with horses, horse and buggies, horse and wagons and the like,” Barron said from Sittin’ Bull Restaurant recently. “We only charged $2 a wagon and $1 each for horses just to cover expenses. At night, we’d have some really good bands (Porter Wagoner once played) and to pay the band we just passed a bucket,” he said with a chuckle. Other activities at the wagon train camp included buck dancing, cake walks, and plenty of food at the cookouts. “We’d set-up a big long trailer for the band, singing and dancing,” Barron remembers. “It was just a lot of good, clean fun.” Wagon owners also competed for prizes for having the most antique rig and nicest rig (small and large). “There is a lot of local history centered around the wagon train,” Barron pointed out. “When we first started the roads (in Gray and vicinity) were two lane and they were gravel. . .not paved. Much has changed since then. Now we have more houses here than trees; wasn’t like that back then.” To handle that many people, horses and wagons in an orderly fashion, Barron hired scouts and assistants to watch over the train and report any mishaps or the breaking of his 19 rules. The youngest of eight children, Barron always wanted to be a cowboy and came up with the idea through his love of the cowboy lifestyle.
Barron left nothing to chance on these weekend journeys through the country soliciting his good friend Dr. Ira Campbell to tag along as the wagon train’s physician in residence. “You’d get a kid hurt here-and-there or someone would get sick,” he said. “That’s not uncommon with this many people involved. There would be minor accidents that would require the help of Dr. Campbell. Campbell passed away in 1984 Barron said. “He was the main doctor at the V.A. (Veterans Administration Hospital at Mountain Home) for years and was just a great, great, man.” Even though the wagon train no longer meanders through the Gray and Harmony communities, Guy and thousands of people have fond memories of the wagon train days. “And, I made a lot of good friends and people still come up to me talking about the good ‘ole wagon train days,” Barron said with a smile. “But, even though times have changed, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I guess I’ll always be remembered as the Wagon Master.”
Tim Lyle and his uncle Guy Barron.
The wagon train rolls through Gray.
Barron in a past Jonesborough Day parade.
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Car and Driver names IRWIN Tools Night Race among 10 events to see before you die Tickets to it are given as precious birthday and Christmas gifts, anniversary presents and even graduation rewards, so it comes as no surprise that Car and Driver magazine has named the IRWIN Tools Night Race as one of 10 Events To See Before You Die. The popular automotive magazine, with a readership of 1.31 million, is the third media outlet this month to recognize Bristol Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s most popular venue. Earlier in June, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile was named as one of The World’s 30 Most Important Sports Venues by SportPro magazine, and also was selected by SceneDaily. com as the track fans would choose to attend their first NASCAR race. Car and Driver states that “… the late-August night race is huge. The track’s all-concrete surface and super-tight quarters – drivers say it’s like flying jets inside a hangar – make for nonstop action, multiple yellow flags, and typical hot tempers. But that’s any race at Bristol; only the night race adds darkness to the mix and an air of “It’s past your bedtime” mischievousness to the proceedings. “The night race on Saturday
is only part of the event, though. There’s a doubleheader Wednesday night—the Camping World trucks and the Whelen modifieds—that some die-hards say is the best racing of the week. Smaller crowds—and consequently less traffic—make Wednesday night a less stressful event for the Bristol newbie.” President and general manager Jeff Byrd is thrilled that the accolades continue to roll in for BMS. “Wow,” he said. “How cool is that? Having the Night Race named by Car and Driver, one of the premier automotive magazines in the world, as an event you have to see before you die is quite a privilege. It’s been an amazing month for Bristol Motor Speedway as we’ve garnered all these wonderful honors. “It just solidifies our standing in NASCAR as its premier venue, something for which we are very thankful and appreciative. And we have an amazing base of fans that are solely responsible for that making that happen. There is no question in my mind that our fans are the most loyal in the sport, who love not just the racing but also the entire Bristol experience. I thank each and every one of them
all from the bottom of my heart for making us No. 1.” Among the other events named by the magazine were the Italian Grand Prix, Indianaplis 500, the NHRA Winternationals and 24 Hours of Le Mans. August race week kicks off at Bristol Motor Speedway beginning Aug. 18 with a doubleheader, consisting of the O’Reilly 200 Camping World
Truck Series race and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event. The Food City Nationwide Series race is Friday, Aug. 20, followed by the sport’s most popular race, the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 21. Ttickets for the IRWIN Tools Night Race are available for $109 each. These single-event tickets are renewable. Fans also may purchase a three-
day package, which features all four NASCAR races, starting at only $170. Fans able to attend just the Friday and Saturday events may purchase a two-day package, beginning at $126. To purchase tickets, please contact the BMS ticket office at its toll free number 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL (274-7865). Tickets may also be purchased at www.bristoltix.com
O’Reilly 200 Race Schedule — Wed., Aug. 18, 2010 6:30 AM
NWMT Garage & Registration Opens
NWMT Driver & Crew Chief Meeting
Track Services Meeting (Location TBD)
Track Service Meeting – Pit Road
NWMT Rookie & Spotter Meeting
NCWTS Qualifying (2 Laps - All Positions)
NCWTS Garage & Registration Opens
NWMT Driver Introductions
NCWTS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting
Spectator Gates Open
Start of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150
NCWTS Rookie & Spotter Meetings
8:00 AM to
& Drawing for Qualifying Order 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
(150 Laps, 79.95 Miles) 7:30 PM
–Security– Clear Pit Road
NWMT Final Practice
NCWTS Final Practice
NWMT Qualifying (2 Laps – All positions)
NCWTS O’Reilly 200 Driver Introductions Start of the O’Reilly 200 (200 Laps, 106.6 Miles)
NCWTS Registration Closes
All Times are listed in Eastern Time
Food City 250 – Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 NSCS, NNS **Hot Pass in Effect** (Entire Infield Area) All Day
Track Services Meeting – Pit Road
NSCS Registration Opens & Access To Haulers
NNS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
NNS Garage & Registration Opens
Track Services Meeting – Pit Road
NSCS Garage Opens
NSCS Sharpie Qualifying (Two Laps – All Positions)
Track Services Meeting (Location TBD)
NNS Rookie & Spotter Meetings
NSCS Registration Closes
& Drawing for Qualifying Order
NSCS Cars on Lift Gate
Spectator Gates Open
NNS Food City 250 Driver Introductions
9:00 AM 9:00 AM to 11:50 11:00 AM
NNS Final Practice
followed by Exhibition Run
- Security – Clear Pit Road 8:00 PM
NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order
12:00 N to 2:00 PM
(250 Laps, 133.24 Miles)
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
TV Exhibition Run
2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
NSCS Final Practice
NNS Start of the Food City 250 NSCS Garage Closes
NNS Registration Closes
All Times are listed in Eastern Time
NNS Sharpie Qualifying (All Positions)
IRWIN Tools Night Race – Sat., Aug. 21, 2010 10:00 AM
5:00 PM NSCS “Hot Pass in Effect” (Until One Hour After Race)
NASCAR Foundation/Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk
NSCS Registration Opens
NSCS Garage Opens
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM 4:00 PM
Spectator Gates Open Wypall Track Tours Track Services Meeting (Location TBD)
NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race Driver Introductions –Security– Clear Pit Road
NASCAR Pace Car Rides
NSCS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting
NSCS Start of the IRWIN Tools Night Race (500 Laps, 266.5 Miles)
NNCS Registration Closes All Times are listed in Eastern Time
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Local NFS Employees Tackle Famed Mount Rainier Pierce County, Washington --- Have you ever yearned to climb up a 14,410 foot mountain? Didn’t think so. But that is exactly what a group of Nuclear Fuels Services (NFS) co-workers recently achieved by climbing up Mount Rainier. Inspired by NFS’ Employee Fitness Club, Dean Poling and several co-workers and friends scaled the most heavily glaciated peak in the United States in July. Management at NFS was so impressed with the idea, the plant picked up part of the cost involved in the trip taken by eight men, all but two work at the Erwin facility. The task of climbing Mount Rainier is no walk in the park, pardon the pun. In fact, it’s a climb of over eight miles! Hiking to the mountain’s summit can be a dangerous task depending on weather conditions and the possibility of encountering an avalanche. “Several years ago, Lance Haun, a friend of mine, agreed to let me tag along on his first attempt to climb Mount Rainier,” Poling explained. “He (Haun) got sick and didn’t make it. I went on and was able to reach the summit which was quite a thrill. Lance attempted it again in 2008 but didn’t make it because of bad weather.” Lance came along on the trip with Poling and other friends and we’re happy to report that the third time is a charm as he scaled up to the summit with three others (including Poling’s second achievement of conquering the mountain). Three members of the original group of eight dropped out along the way. “It is a demanding and can be a somewhat dangerous climb,” Poling said. “A couple guys just decided they weren’t ready to continue.” One just doesn’t get up one day and say, ‘Hey, I think I’ll go scale a 14,410 foot active volcano mountain!’ Although Mount Rainier has been rather quiet since the 1880s. Anyway, the group left the Tri-Cities on July 17th stopping at Olympic National Park for a two day preliminary hike. On July 20th they pulled into Ashford, Washington near Mount Rainier for orientation. The next day they went to a required climb school to prepare them for their big journey. On July 22nd the group hiked and climbed 5,200 feet to Paradise Camp and spent the night. On Friday, July 23rd the group headed up the mountain beginning at 11:30 p.m. and arriving at the summit at 12:30 a.m. “It was absolutely breathtaking; the way the sun hit the landscape changed the snow to pink (in color). Stunning. Just truly stunning,” is how Poling described the scene from the summit. Are there any plans for the NFS Fitness Club group to return for an encore? “No. Not really,” Poling revealed as he talked about his second successful trip up Mount Rainier. “We are however, loosely talking about a trip to Southwest Utah but we’ll see. I would like to thank NFS for helping make the trip possible. It’s an experience none of us will soon forget.”
The NFS group stops for a photo at the top of the mountain.
Hiking down a slope.
The original group of eight.
Looking up at Mt. Rainier.
One of the many vistas.
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