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  • VOL. 55 NO. 19 May 11, 2016www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    Rabies clinicsAnnual rabies clinics will be

    2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at area schools including Brick-ey-McCloud, Gibbs, Ritta and Shannondale Elementary. Pets should be 3 months of age or older; cost is $10 per animal.

    Kathryn Katie Lutton will be the principal of Holston Middle School beginning with the new school year. She joined Knox County Schools as an English teacher at Fulton High School in 2004.

    Lutton was selected as a fel-low in the third cohort of the Leadership Academy in 2012 and placed at Bearden High School. Upon completing this program, she accepted an as-sistant principal position at

    Central High School.

    Lutton holds a bachelors de-gree in English education and philosophy from Ball State Uni-versity and a masters degree in educational

    administration from the Uni-versity of Tennessee.

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    Lutton gets top job at Holston

    Gresham celebrates literacy, arts

    By Ruth WhiteThe Gresham Middle School

    family celebrated literacy, the arts and the end of the school year with their second annual Festival on the Hill.

    The festivities included historical re-enactors sharing the history of baseball, student-created comics in the computer

    lab, artwork the school hallways, a pie toss, a performance by the school dance team and a photo booth with some very unique props.

    Mother Nature cooperated with pleasant temperatures for the games, snow cones, a crepe station and craft activities on the school grounds.

    Gresham Middle School band director Joe Jordan plays the trumpet during the festival. Photos by R. White

    Evelyn Hawkins Burnette provides mobile artwork and encourages questions from the crowd at the festival.

    Bluegrass & BBQHalls Elementary will host

    the annual Bluegrass and BBQ event, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Halls Community Playground. The night will fea-ture delicious barbecue, great bluegrass music, games, auc-tion baskets and area vendors.

    CarnivalHalls Middle School is

    hosting a spring carnival, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 13. The event will feature carnival games, live bluegrass music and plenty of opportunities to meet and hang out with friends from the Halls community.

    There will be a variety of basket items for silent auc-tion and food items for sale including Buddys, Brusters ice cream, shaved ice, popcorn, cotton candy, nachos and pizza. Admission is free and cost for unlimited games is $5. The event will help raise money for the school.

    Pancake breakfastThe Fountain City Lions

    Club will hold their annual pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Lions Building at Fountain City Park. Tickets are $5 per person for all-you-can-eat pancakes.

    Housing market back from recession

    Ed and Bob to Happy Holler

    At-large commissioners Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas will meet constituents 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Time Warp Tea Room, 1209 North Central.

    Everyone is invited.

    SHOPPER ONLINEShopperNewsNow.com

    Powell StationReaders countywide may

    enjoy a new feature.Historic Powell Station

    will include alternating looks ahead (Sandra Clark) and back (Marvin West) as Powell at-tempts to recreate its down-town after a new, four-lane road diverted thru-traffi c off Emory Road.

    This week Clark profi les a young couple who are building an Internet-based business in a 100-year-old warehouse on Depot Street.

    By Betty BeanKnox Countys residential hous-

    ing market, the engine that drives the local economy, has bounced back from a long string of tough years, and those involved in build-ing, regulating and counting the money are happy to put the reces-sion years in the rear view mirror.

    Were really pleased to see single family home construction recover so well, said Dwight Van de Vate, Knox Countys senior di-rector of engineering and public works. Pre-recession, we would sometimes see almost 250 homes a month clearly unsustainable.

    Then we cratered to a low of 35 one month. Its been a wild ride. Now we have robust, fairly stable devel-opment, at levels we can manage. Its a good place to be.

    Developer Scott Davis agrees.In the last 13 months, weve

    seen a very signifi cant turnaround in the housing market. For six or seven years, we didnt do anything but fi ght the banks, and now were putting lots on the ground at the 2006 rate.

    Davis remembers 2006 as the last good year before the bubble burst.

    The housing boom we saw in

    2007 was clearly not sustainable, said Davis, who owns Eagle Bend Development. Now, were grow-ing at a nice, healthy rate and our economy has rebounded very well Knox Countys population has grown by 60,000 in recent years. Theres lots of stuff coming back toward the downtown area, and weve got six subdivisions work-ing, plus a 248-unit apartment complex off Hardin Valley Road.

    County Finance Director Chris Caldwell isnt prone to enthusi-asm, but admits he likes the trends hes seeing in his budget numbers.

    Its good to see the growth in the

    revenue that appears in our generalfund. Its an indicator that tells usour economy is growing and headedin the right direction and that alle-viates pressure on the budget.

    In fi scal year 2015, for example,Caldwell said revenue from build-ing permit fees came in at 125 per-cent of budget projections.

    We expected $925,000 andreceived $1.1 million, and it willbe better this year. Throughthe month of April, we are at$994,000, and I can tell you thata year ago, we were at $879,000.Were up 13 percent over April oflast year.

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    By J.J. StambaughWhen most people think

    of East Tennessees role in World War II, they think of the development of the atomic bomb at Oak Ridge or the experiences of veter-ans of the bloodiest confl ict in human history.

    But the United States didnt help win the war solely through the soldiers efforts, as tremendous and selfl ess as those were. Rather, it was the nations unprecedented industrial might that helped trans-form the U.S. into what then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the worlds arsenal of democracy.

    East Tennessee played a key role in building that arsenal, and for every man in uniform there were sev-eral women and old men who took the places of their husbands and sons at fac-tories from Bristol to Chat-tanooga, according to Ray Clift, co-author of the newly released book East Tennes-see in World War II.

    Clift, a Fountain City na-tive and Vietnam-era vet-eran whose father served in the U.S. Army during World War II, began research-ing the topic last year with longtime friend Dewaine A. Speaks, who had already published two books.

    The men were deter-mined to shed light on an of-ten-overlooked part of East Tennessees history, and to that end they pored through thousands of documents and photos supplied by several universities and companies.

    They opened their hearts out to us, Speaks said. They rounded up

    Dewaine A. Speaks and Ray Clift, co-authors of East Tennessee in World War II Photo submitted

    It wasnt just Oak Ridge

    photos and really bent over backwards helping us.

    While the development of the atomic bomb is dis-cussed in their books pages, the focus is on companies like the Aluminum Compa-ny of America (ALCOA), the Fulton Sylphon Company, and the Rohm and Haas Chemical Company (now Dow Chemical).

    The use of aluminum from ALCOA in warplanes, for instance, allowed Allied aircraft to fl y faster than those developed by the Ger-mans, said Clift.

    Also, one of the nations most closely guarded se-cret weapons the Norden bombsight used a seam-less metal bellows manufac-tured at Knoxvilles Fulton plant. More than 90,000

    Speaks explained.Another major contribu-

    tion to the war effort came from Rohm and Haas, which developed Plexiglas canopies for aircraft that didnt shatter or bend light, an important safety feature that the Axis powers planes lacked, the authors said.

    The book also contains previously secret corre-spondence that sheds light on the intense cloak-and-dagger efforts over the se-crets of atomic fi ssion that ultimately led the Germans to pursue scientifi c dead ends while the U.S. ulti-mately succeeded. The fed-eral governments pursuit of Axis saboteurs also gets a chapter in the book, an effort that ultimately led to the execution of several German spies.

    More than 90 percent of the information in this book has never before been in print, Clift said.

    More than anything, Clift and Speaks hope their book is a fi tting tribute to the generation that defeated

    the most powerful enemies ever fought by the U.S. and its allies, especially the 2,250 East Tennessee sol-diers who gave their lives in the confl ict and the 11,000 others who were wounded.

    Many people are so in-terested in what their par-ents and their grandparents had done, and we realize this story has never been told, Speaks said. This area did so much durin