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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City

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  • IN THIS ISSUE

    Chili chow downThe women at the Halls

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    Read Ruth White on page A-3

    VOL. 53 NO. 7 February 17, 2014www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    Public hearing on $8 million loanBy Sandra Clark

    Hallsdale Powell Utility Dis-trict will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at its of-fi ce, 3745 Cunningham Road.

    HPUD must correct some 150 sewer-system overfl ows reported last year, and the meeting will fo-cus on corrective action including the cost and how the project will affect rates.

    CEO Darren Cardwell said the district remains under a consent order to improve water quality in Beaver Creek. Last August our water quality was audited, and

    we were asked for a plan (to fi x problems), he said. Regulators continue to review the plan, but Cardwell said the Environmental Protection Agency, which enforces the Clean Water Act, calls for zero violations.

    Were not going to get anybody to sign off on 10 or 20 violations with the law that clear, he said.

    So HPUD proposes to build two sanitary sewer overfl ow facilities similar to those installed by KUB through its PACE-10 project. Both would be built on land already owned by Hallsdale Powell.

    The fi rst would be near Brick-ey-McCloud School at the old Dry Gap Pike water plant, Cardwell said. The second would be on Nor-

    ris Freeway property near Halls Heights subdivision. He will ex-plain the scope of the project at Thursdays meeting.

    Cardwell says $8 million bor-rowed through the states revolv-ing loan fund for 20 years at 2 percent interest would fund the project. It would not have an im-mediate impact on rates but could add about 2 percent to utility bills upon completion.

    In January, the district set nine water meters and inspected seven sewer hookups, Cardwell said.

    He praised employees for their recent work during frigid tem-peratures when a 12-inch main line broke under Emory Road. Crews worked all night to repair

    HPUD tackles sewer overfl ows

    By Betty BeanConstruction has not yet begun

    on The Cottages at Tazewell at 5008 Tazewell Pike, but last week neighbors were alarmed to see the stately old Cecil Meek house come down and silt fences go up around the 28-acre parcel.

    On Thursday, some 150 con-cerned Shannondale-area resi-dents showed up at a Metropolitan Planning Commission One Year Plan public hearing with questions about the 280-unit apartment de-velopment going up in their neigh-borhood. They were told that it is legal under the RB zoning desig-nation and that they picked the wrong venue to complain.

    The developer will appear at the county Board of Zoning and Ap-peals 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, to ask for smaller parking-stall dimensions. The applicants vari-ance request is in compliance with proposed revisions to the countys parking-stall dimensions, and BZA generally approves such re-

    The Cecil Meek home before demoli-tion Photo from Google Maps

    Tazewell Pike apartments worry neighbors

    quests. But several Tazewell Pike neighbors say they were blind-sided by the development and plan to oppose the variance, citing concerns over fl ooding and traffi c problems on the already-congest-ed Tazewell Pike corridor.

    RB zoning is a county-only des-ignation widely considered prob-lematic because it does not require developers to submit development

    plans for MPC approval unless they are building 1224 units per acre. The Cottages at Tazewell is eight units per acre.

    Originally, RA zoning was resi-dential medium density (apart-ments, multi-dwelling struc-tures) and RB was residential low density (single family). More than 25 years ago, County Commission amended the zoning ordinance by reversing the description of the zones in order to reorganize the ordinance alphabetically so the zones would go from least den-sity (single family) to higher den-sity. The commissioners failed to change the maps to refl ect the re-versal, and single-family home became multi-dwelling units.

    MPC Director Mark Donaldson told the group Thursday that MPC has asked County Commission to fi x the problem, to no avail.

    Public Works Director Dwight Van de Vate said the builder, J.A. Fielden Co., has met all Knox County requirements and has a

    grading permit. He also said thecity and county have reviewedFieldens traffi c study (the prop-erty is in the county, the drivewayconnections in the city).

    Joseph A. Fielden Jr. said hiscompany is excited about the proj-ect, which he describes as Class Ahigh-end apartment homes. Ourplans comply with the existingzoning. No hillsides are impacted.We are investing millions of dol-lars in the area and expect to be agreat addition to the communityand a needed boost to the KnoxCounty tax base.

    Not so excited is farmer/storm-water watchdog James McMillan,whose property is nearby the pro-posed complex. He says there aretwo unnamed streams, MurphyCreek and a large wetland on theproperty.

    This will damage my prop-erty with more fl ooding and addto fl ooding issues in FountainCity. Everybody below this projectneeds to get them a row boat.

    the break. Board members notedthat Cardwell stayed with the crewduring the repair. Nancy Whittaker contributed to this story.

    Apple graftingUnion and Claiborne coun-

    ties have scheduled apple tree grafting instruction:

    At Union County High School all day Tuesday, Feb. 25. Check in at main office and go to horticulture class. Anyone is invited, but the Ag Extension office is request-ing an RSVP in order to have adequate supplies.

    At Claiborne Countys Echo Acres Farm, demonstrations will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1. All supplies will be provided along with lunch for all attendees. Joe McNew will facilitate the event.

    Attendees will be given rootstock, scion wood and hands-on instruction. At-tendees will take their grafted trees home for planting. RSVP at 423-626-3811.

    Jobs at PetSafeRadio Systems Corpora-

    tion, Knoxville-based parent company of PetSafe, has some 650 employees, 350 in Knox County, and offi ces in seven countries. Employees can apply for jobs overseas, said owner Randy Boyd.

    I always dream big, but (the business has) defi nitely gone in directions that I didnt expect and directions that Im very proud and happy about. We have focused less on electron-ics and more on pets, and Im happy that we are.

    Betty Bean visited with Boyd following his speech to the Union County Cham-ber banquet. Her report for Where the Jobs Are is inside.

    Read story on page A-10

    Update on Beaver Creek water trail

    Knox County is working to open Beaver Creek from Halls to Melton Hill Lake for recreational use, but its not about playing.

    Last week at the Powell Busi-ness and Professional Associa-tion, watershed coordinator Roy Arthur explained how and why.

    Its about f lood control and water quality, Arthur said, as most PBPA members were quiet-ly thinking about a kayak adven-ture. See full report on Page A-6.

    NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ

    Halls Hall of FameThe Halls High Alumni

    Association is seeking nomi-nees for this years inductees into the Halls Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must have been Halls High graduates for at least 30 years and have been successful at the local, state, national or international level in either business or public service. Info or to receive a nomination form, call David Wayland at 922-7615.

  • A-2 FEBRUARY 17, 2014 HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news

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