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  • Central High getsnew principal

    Jody Goins is the new prin-cipal at Central High School, replacing Danny Trent who will be principal at Farragut Middle School.

    Dr. Jim McIntyre made the announce-ment last week. Goins has been the principal of Oak Ridge High School since 2009. He joined the Oak Ridge system in 2004, serving as a social studies

    teacher and assistant principal.School board member Indya

    Kincannon said, Central High School needs an experienced, energetic leader who will bring our students to the next level. Dr. Jody Goins fi ts the bill. I look forward to working with him.

    Goins holds bachelors, masters and education special-ist degrees, all from Lincoln Memorial University.

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    By Betty BeanOn June 6, 2012, a dozen depu-

    ties showed up at Don Wisers DUI school to take him to jail.

    On June 6, 2013, Wiser sent a letter to the county mayor, the law director and every member of county commission announcing his candidacy for sheriff and ac-cusing incumbent Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones of abusing the depart-ments drive-home vehicle policy by keeping four cars, including a $70,000 Jack Roush R3 Mustang, for his personal use. He also ac-cused Jones of allowing employees who live in surrounding counties to drive Knox County vehicles home overnight.

    That was D-Day, Honey. And Im declaring war, Wiser said.

    Jones denied Wisers accusa-tions and called the retired Knox-ville Police Department investiga-tor a liar.

    In looking at the letter Wiser

    wrote, the only truthful statement I found was that I do have a marked vehicle at my house because often I ride patrol, Jones said. Every-thing else as far as I know is untrue. And since he stated he is a candi-date for sheriff, it is my personal opinion that he is misinformed and as a former law enforcement offi cer is a disgrace to any man or woman who has ever worn a badge.

    KCSO public information offi cer Martha Dooley released a list of the departments fl eet, which did not include any of the vehicles Wiser mentioned.

    The county fi nance offi ce was unable to shed much light on the situation since the fl eet list does not report vehicles purchased with drug fund money or seized from drug dealers. When asked if KCSO has a high end Mustang classifi ed as a drug enforcement vehicle, Dooley refused to comment.

    I cant tell you anything be-

    cause we get into safety and securi-ty issues, she said. Some vehicles are part of drug enforcement and are confi dential, with no taxpayer money involved.

    This is an argument that goes back to the days when then-Coun-ty Commissioner Wanda Moody fi led a raft of lawsuits against then-Sheriff Tim Hutchison in an attempt to force him to be ac-countable to county commission for large expenditures. She won on 18 of the 19 points she made, and Hutchison was convicted of criminal contempt for withhold-ing information.

    Moodys lawyer, Herb Moncier, says he knows nothing about the current sheriffs policies, but takes a dim view of the historic veil of secrecy surrounding drug fund money.

    Theres no secret down there as to who has what car. The prob-lem used to be, they didnt want

    anybody to know what they are doing, because they have more cars than anybody in the world. Theyve got to have insurance on those cars, and all of thats public information. There may be some limited circumstances as to why a particular person might not want to be identifi ed as driving a par-ticular car, but thats so limited.

    Wiser, who is a state-certifi ed drivers safety and drug aware-ness instructor whose students are offenders referred by the court system, shut down his business after being charged with falsely certifying that a student had com-pleted 16 hours of court-ordered safe driving classes. In June, he was charged with tampering with and fabricating evidence, a Class C felony.

    The case is currently mired in motions, and Wiser says he will work full time on campaigning for sheriff.

    Sheriff s race starts early and mean

    By Sandra ClarkDeputy Mayor Bill Lyons was in

    Fountain City last week, speaking to the Business and Professional As-sociation. It was a large crowd and we had a nice dis-cussion, he said afterwards.

    Bob Whetsel (the citys redevelop-

    ment director) and I both spoke. I presented the vision of redevelop-ment and the principles we use. Bob spoke of specifi c projects as we implement the vision.

    Lyons said the city has four ar-eas of redevelopment: north, south,

    east and west. Each is unique.Downtown North includes

    North Gay Street, Broadway and Central Street, extending to Wood-land Avenue. Happy Hollow is coming back, said Lyons. The plan includes both residential and commercial development with cost sharing for faade improvements for businesses.

    South Waterfront gets a lot of media attention, particularly with the recent announcement that At-lanta-based developers are negoti-ating for the former Baptist Hospi-tal property. Public improvements will include a continuous pedes-trian/bicycle riverwalk along the shoreline, parks and green spaces, new and reconstructed streets,

    a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the South Waterfront to the UT campus, sidewalks, bike lanes and parking.

    The Magnolia Corridor was sparked by completion of the SmartFix road improvements which opened Magnolia Avenue.

    The Cumberland Avenue Corri-dor extends to the new Publix and Walmart development underway on the site of the old Fulton Bellows factory. A goal is to make Cum-berland Avenue more pedestrian friendly.

    As a result of redevelopment downtown and now in the close-in areas, Lyons said the city is grow-ing its tax base. That creates eco-nomic activity from the inside out

    rather than a focus on expanding our boundaries.

    The BPA met at Virginia Col-lege, a redevelopment of an old Kroger store in the heart of Foun-tain City.

    Lyons said afterwards that Fountain City and Bearden are examples of neighborhoods where strong residential areas sup-port nearby businesses. He said both areas have been spared the brownfi eld issues of other, older neighborhoods.

    During introductions, the owner of the new Chick-fi l-A in Fountain City stood and received applause. It wasnt a standing ovation, but everybody clapped. I thought that was interesting, said Lyons.

    Fountain City prospects bright

    Bill Lyons

    By Ruth WhiteMembers of the Corryton Senior

    Center and Rural/Metro Station 33 honored veterans with a fl ag retire-ment ceremony last week.

    Boy Scout Troop 500, led by Scout Master John Wech, retired worn and

    torn American fl ags with respect and dignity. The pur-pose of the event is to celebrate our freedom and honor those who fought for that privilege, said Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish.

    Members of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 honored prisons of war and those missing in action with a Missing Man table ceremony. Members include Jim Avera, Mike Fain, Betty Garibay, John Smith and Freddie Smith. The table hon-ored all missing comrades in arms and represented all Americans still missing from all branches of the military.

    The Missing Man table repre-sents everlasting concern for miss-

    Underwood

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    By Ruth WhWhitite

    Flag retirement

    Alex Lawson, Scout Master John Wech and Phillip Walker retire an American fl ag. Photos by Ruth White

    ing soldiers (round table), purity of motives (white tablecloth), the life of each missing (rose), bitter fate of those captured (lemons), tears (salt), strength through faith

    (Bible), inability to share (inverted glass), place saved for them (chair propped against table) and the light of hope (candle).

    Ersel Underwood, a veteran of

    WWII, attended the ceremony at Corryton Senior Center. Under-wood was in the Navy and fought the last battle of Okinawa when he was just barely 18 years old.

    Doug Cose to speak to BPA

    Doug Cose of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters will speak to the Halls Business and Profes-sional Association at noon Tuesday, June 18, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Lunch is $10 and all are invited. Info: Shannon Carey at 235-5324.

    Joe Cameron is principal at Gibbs

    Joe Cameron is the new principal at Gibbs Elementary

    School, replac-ing Denna Grogan, who will be an assis-tant principal at Brickey-McCloud.

    Cameron is a member of the Leadership

    Academy class of 2012, and he is currently an assistant principal at South-Doyle Middle School where he has served since 2010. He joined the Knox County Schools in 2005 as a ph