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  • Gresham festivalGresham Middle School

    will host its second annual Festival on the Hill, 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 6. Events start in the auditorium with a screen-ing of several short films. During the festival, Gresham chorus will present selections from High School Musi-cal and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Historical re-enactor Gordon Sisk will bring vin-tage baseball to life. Other activities will include crafts, lawn games, cakewalk, photo booth, art gallery scavenger hunt and more. The event is free to the community and concessions will be available for sale during the evening. The festival is sponsored by GMS, the Gresham PTSA and city council member Nick Della Volpe.

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    Thomas kickoff Knox County Commissioner

    Bob Thomas will kick off his campaign for county mayor at the same place Tim Burchett announced his candidacy seven or so years ago.

    All are invited to a free baloney lunch with R.C. Colas and Moon Pies from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Wednes-day, May 11, at Powell Auction and Realty, 6729 Pleasant Ridge Road behind the Clinton Highway Walmart.

    Commissioner Ed Brantley will serve as master of ceremo-nies for his friend and col-league Thomas. Entertainment will be provided by the Chill-billies, and Sammy Barney Sawyer will make the rounds.

    Ritta leaderShawnda Ernst will be the

    principal of Ritta Elementary School, effec-tive with the 2016-17 school year. She has been interim principal for much of this school year.

    She joined Knox County

    Schools as a fi rst grade teacher at Beaumont and Pond Gap elementary schools in 1996. She was a TAP lead teacher and assistant principal at Pond Gap before joining the staff at Ritta in 2013.

    Ernst holds a bachelors and masters degree in education from UT Knoxville and ob-tained the educational special-ist degree from LMU.

    By Shannon Carey More than 1,000 attendees gathered May

    1 to celebrate the fi rst church service in Clear Springs Baptists new building and sanctuary near Harbisons Crossroads in Gibbs.

    The church family met that morning at their former location on Thompson School Road and paraded in cars to the new campus.

    As we passed by Fairview Baptist Church, Pastor Jeff LaBorg and his entire congregation were standing outside cheering us on, said Bobbie Wyatt, the churchs media director. It was an incredible, awesome sight to see. Tears

    overfl owed in both church families.Once they arrived at the new church, Clear

    Springs had a true worship service, with the Rev. Jerry Vittatoe bringing the message. Four people joined the church that day.

    Most importantly, we witnessed one pre-cious lady give her heart to the Lord in salva-tion, said Wyatt. Even though our church is 119 years old, and we have seen thousands of people over the years be saved, this was a very special moment for us and the history of our church. The fi rst in our new building and on our new campus.

    The new $8 million worship center is situ-ated on 30 acres near the intersection of Em-ory Road and Tazewell Pike. It is the fi rst part of a three-phase building plan, to eventually include a family life center and an education facility.

    We believe God planted this vision for a new church in our hearts, and he has opened each door weve walked through at just the right time, said Vittatoe. We are an exciting family of believers who have a heart for shar-ing Christ, both globally, and here at home.

    The Rev. Jerry Vittatoe, senior pastor at Clear Springs Baptist Church, delivers his fi rst sermon, titled The Search for Something New, in the churchs new building. Photo by Suzanne McNeil Photography

    A great day at

    Clear Springs Baptist celebrates new building

    Class of 2016 celebrates successHalls High School principal Mark Duff hugs his daughter, Morgan Duff , as he presents her with the Outstanding Girl award during HHS Awards Day April 29. The Outstanding Girl and Boy awards are giv-en based on teacher recommendations and encompass academic achievement, service and citizenship. Mark Duff has been principal at HHS since 2005, and he was a longtime history teacher at the school as well. For more from HHS Awards Day, see page A-8. Photo by S. Carey

    Sidewalk study shows needs in school zonesBy Sandra Clark

    Mayor Madeline Rogero called for $2.7 million for sidewalks and crosswalks across the city, when she presented her budget last week, including $750,000 for sidewalks within school Parental Responsibility Zones and another $750,000 for new sidewalk con-struction.

    Knox County Mayor Tim Bur-chett will present his budget Mon-day, May 9. Well see then what he proposes.

    Regardless, sidewalks present a dilemma residents at planning meetings consistently request them; some like those in West Hills even rally at 7 a.m. to dem-onstrate the need for sidewalks.

    Yet sidewalks are a low budget priority for decision-makers, al-most at the bottom of the wants and needs list.

    A January 2014 study prepared for the Knox County Department of Engineering and Public Works by Transportation Consultants Inc. identifi ed locations within the county having the greatest poten-tial and actual usage of walk-to-school trips.

    The study showed 22,322 of Knox Countys 59,276 students live within the Parental Responsi-bility Zones where bus transporta-tion is not provided.

    Using a complex formula, plan-ners determined the top schools

    for walkers if sidewalks were in-stalled.

    These are, in order: Cedar Bluff Elementary, Londsdale Elemen-tary, Blue Grass Elementary, Belle Morris Elementary, Norwood Elementary, Powell Elementary, Powell High School and Brickey-McCloud Elementary.

    Using this knowledge about where the greatest pedestrian demand and/or potential exists should provide a focused starting point for pedestrian project plan-ning, the report concluded.

    Seems sensible, yet Knox Coun-ty has built sidewalks over the past 3-4 years at Halls Elementary and from Karns Elementary to Karns Middle both areas where political pressure was intense and neither was on the priority list.

    Just a thought, but why not drop by to chat with Burchett at one of his nine meetings over two days following his budget presen-tation. And we dare you to walk:

    Monday, May 9: Budget presentation, 9 a.m.,

    City County Building South Knoxville Senior Cen-

    ter, 11:30 a.m., 6729 Martel Lane Strang Senior Center, 1:30

    p.m., 109 Lovell Road Halls Senior Center, 2:45

    p.m., 4405 Crippen Road Carter Senior Center, 4 p.m.,

    9040 Asheville Highway Burlington Branch Library,

    5:30 p.m., 4614 Asheville HighwayTuesday, May 10:

    Karns Senior Center, 1 p.m., 8042 Oak Ridge Highway

    Cedar Bluff Library, 2 p.m.,

    9045 Cross Park Drive Bearden Library, 3 p.m., 100

    Golfclub Road Fountain City Library, 4

    p.m., 5300 Stanton Road

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  • On April 24, some lucky folks stepped back in time with the 26th annual His-toric Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes. Less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the historic area features more than 250 residential structures. Many locals and former residents spent the gorgeous day strolling amongst beautifully re-stored early 1900s Crafts-man style homes and bun-galows.

    The Fourth and Gill neighborhood is one of Knoxvilles premier his-toric districts, said Jenny Wright, president and Tour of Homes co-chair. The tour included the Greystone mansion and Central UMC, one of the citys most beau-tiful examples of Gothic Re-vival architecture.

    Six local artists were showcased during the tour. Artist Heather Quinsey moved to North Knoxville

    Cindy Taylor

    Historic hamlet

    from Ontario and says she loves living in the area. Quinsey works with found items to create one-of-a-kind collages and took the opportunity to show her art on her front porch during the tour.

    Homeowners Ben Lee and Lisi Schoenbach live on Luttrell Street with their three children. Their home was a featured residence on the tour. They rented for two years, then purchased the home in 2004. Lee says North Knoxville is a great place to live.

    We love our neighbors and love that we have side-walks, he said. We also

    like how close we are to downtown so we can walk down there a lot.

    Tim Parker has lived in the neighborhood more than 25 years. He and wife Missy love their neighborhood.

    My wife grew up in West Knoxville and never knew this part of town ex-isted, he said. It is such a great place to live. We know all of our neighbors and have probably been in ev-ery house. All of us in the neighborhood buy different tools and then share them. We found this house on a Sunday stroll and have been here long enough now to see a whole new generation move in.

    Tour attendees walked at their own pace through the