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    VOL. 51 NO. 13 A great community newspaper March 26, 2012



    Knox Vegas to Big Apple

    Read a story about a local guy who made it from local theater to the lights of Broad-way, discover a quaint Italian joint on Restaurant Row and much more in the spring edi-tion of New York to Knoxville.

    See the special section

    Mr. D can dance! At the very top of the list

    of things Jake Mabe never thought hed see is Charles Mr. D Davenport doing the Electric Slide.

    But, see it he did, and hes got the pictures to prove it.

    See page A-2

    Hot start for Halls High softball

    The Halls High School softball team is off to a red hot 4-0 start and is back in action today (Monday, March 26). Phil Bridges has a special report.

    See page A-9


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    New York to KnoxvilleSpringMarch 26, 2012

    By Betty BeanIf new city regulations pro-

    posed by the Metropolitan Plan-ning Commission staff are ap-proved by MPC and City Council, funeral homes in O1 offi ce and C3 commercial zones (a desig-nation that includes every such establishment in the city) will be allowed to add crematories as an accessory use.

    The proposed regulations will also loosen the requirements for freestanding crematories and pet crematories, allowing them as permitted uses in all industrial zones. The present ordinance prohibits freestanding incin-erators in I-3 zones and requires use-on-review and a 30-day waiting period in I-4 zones.

    City Council member Nick Della Volpe asked the MPC staff to formulate the new regulations in the wake of controversy over Gentry-Griffey Chapel obtaining the permits necessary to build and operate a crematory in their Fountain City facility.

    Under the proposed regula-tions, a funeral home cannot conduct more cremations than

    funerals and the fl oor space used for cremations cannot exceed one third of the total area of the business i.e., the accessory use must not exceed the principal use:

    To expand the activity of a facility for cremation beyond support of the principal funeral establishment by accepting bod-ies for cremation from other than the funeral establishment on the same lot would establish the cre-matory as an additional principal use on the lot and not an acces-sory use.

    Cremation facilities must also be no less than 200 feet from any residence, park or school.

    In summary, MPC director Mark Donaldson said the new regulations were written to com-ply with state and case law that has defi ned cremation facilities and funeral homes as indivis-ible, and that studies done for the city of Spring Hill conclude that air emissions from crematories that are accessory uses to funeral homes present a low risk of harm, compared to free-standing cre-matories.

    Proposed regs allow crematory expansion

    B&P gives donation for outdoor

    classroom arboretum By Jake Mabe

    Even though its felt like it since February, spring offi cially arrived last Tuesday. So, it was perfect that the Halls B&P do-nated $300 to the Halls Outdoor Classroom on March 20 to help get it designated as an arboretum.

    Knoxville-Knox County CAC AmeriCorps water quality team member Kelsey Hensley, who works at the outdoor classroom with students from Halls High School, says $125 of the donation will go toward the arboretum ap-plication. The other $175 will be used to put gutters on the Eagle Scout pavilion at the outdoor classroom, which will be con-nected to rain barrels decorated by students in Erica Johnsons en-vironmental chemistry class. Jeff McMurrays carpentry class will build the gutters.

    Hensley said if approved the classroom will be a level one ar-boretum. Currently, Knox County has four arboretums.

    It will be a nice, educational opportunity for students and the community, she said.

    B&P second vice president Bob

    Halls B&P second vice president Bob Crye laughs with Knoxville-Knox County CAC AmeriCorps water quality teammembers Jessica Ogden and Kelsey Hensley as they relocate and mark a tree at the Halls Outdoor Classroom. TheB&P gave a $300 donation toward an application to designate the classroom as an arboretum. Photo by Jake Mabe

    Crye pitched in and grabbed a shovel for a few minutes last Friday morning to help Hensley and water quality team member Jessica Og-den, who works with students at Carter High, spread mulch around a Chionanthus virginicus tree.

    Hensley says Halls High stu-dents will be busy today (Monday,

    March 26) helping get the class-room ready for the annual spring celebration, which will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the outdoor classroom.

    Weve got a lot of work to do, Hensley says. Weve got trails to mulch. So, the kids are going to be outside.

    The outdoor classroom cel-ebration will include food, smores,homemade ice cream, live bluegrassmusic, a pie eating contest, activitiesfrom Ijams Nature Center, childrensgames and more. Bring a lawn chairor blanket. The outdoor classroom islocated behind the Halls High cam-pus near the softball fi eld.

    Need info on ElvisJake Mabe is looking

    for anyone who might have photos or memories to share from Elvis Presleys April 8, 1972, appearance at Stokely Athletic Center as the head-liner for that years Dogwood Arts Festival. If you can help, call Jake at 922-4136 or email JakeMabe1@aol.com.

    By Sandra ClarkIts time for the annual Fountain

    City Easter Egg Hunt from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at Foun-tain City Park. Volunteers and ven-dors should arrive at 8 a.m.

    Volunteers are always appreci-ated. Contact Beth Wade at info@fountaincitybusiness.com to help.

    Egg Hunt chair Regina Reed said participants dont have to

    bring eggs but everyone shouldbring an Easter basket. Three sep-arate hunts are scheduled: 9:30a.m. for ages 4-7; 10:15 a.m. forages 1-3; and 11 a.m. for ages 8-12.Youngsters must be able to walk,she said. Adults are not allowedinside the hunt area.

    Vendors will offer a variety offun activities during the hunts,Reed said. Everyone is invited.

    Spring has sprung!

    Mark Enix greets Katie, Kennedy and Keylee at the 2004 Fountain City EggHunt. Said Mark, Ive been a bunny that long???? File photo by S. Clark

    Egg Hunt is Saturday

    Deadline is Friday for Hometown HeroesThe deadline for 2012 Home-

    town Heroes nominations is Fri-day, March 30. Eight winners will receive $2,500 donations in their names to their favorite charities, and a top winner will have $5,000 donated in his or her name.

    Sponsored by Home Federal Bank, last years honorees includ-ed Sam Hardman from Halls. He was recognized for his work with HonorAir Knoxville. Nomina-tions can be made at any branch of Home Federal Bank.




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