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  • VOL. 54 NO. 35 September 2, 2015www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    The off ensive artwork

    By Betty BeanThe fi rst challenge to the citys

    new sign ordinance isnt coming from a big national franchise seeking a fl ashing message center atop a tall pole along-side a busy highway.

    Instead, its being fi led by the owner of a homegrown business who has been told that she cant place whimsical, cartoon-style butter and egg fi gures of her own design on the roof of her building because they arent art.

    It came down to whether the sign was art or just advertising, said Peter Ahrens, director of Plans Review and Inspections for the city of Knoxville.

    As we looked at their website, it almost seemed that the egg and the butter became a logo, almost like a Nike Swoosh. Where you see the butter and egg dancing, you think of Magpies, and thats how they are trying to brand their business. That would be consid-

    City sign ordinance faces butter and egg challengeThe off en

    artwoysng e

    he essnt l

    Peg Hambright

    ered advertising.Peggy Hambright,

    owner of Magpies Bak-ery, admits that shes

    better at baking cakes than at dealing with bureaucracies.

    She said shed long planned on affi xing porcelain fi gures to the pre-existing scaffolding at either end of her roof but put it off due to its cost. And even after passage of the new ordinance, which prohib-its rooftop signs, she believed Ms. Egg and Mr. Butter could slide in under a clause exempting works of art bearing no advertising.

    I was asked to speak against

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    By Cindy TaylorTexas Valley Baptist Church

    has been going through an excit-ing renovation for the past three months. The fi rst baptism in the remodeled sanctuary was sched-uled for the morning service Aug. 30. But those plans were dashed when fi re took the building to the ground Aug. 29. The building had stood since 1972.

    Only the front remained when fi refi ghters fi nished at Texas Valley Baptist Church.

    The front wall (shown here) was later knocked down by fi refi ghters.

    A new steeple lies on the ground. It arrived last week but fortunately had not yet been installed. Photos by Cindy Taylor

    destroys landmark Fire North Knox churchChurch members were in the

    building Saturday morning, pre-paring the sanctuary for Sunday worship. They said everything was still fi ne at 9:30 a.m. Buck Wamack got a call not long after that telling him something was wrong at the church.

    It was beautiful inside after the renovation, he said. Now its gone.

    Responders came from Pau-lette, Maynardville, Rural/Metro, Karns and Sharps Chapel. Rural/Metro shift manager Scott Rob-erts was on site.

    We got here around 3 this afternoon, and well stay long enough to make it acceptable for the investigators, he said. Well be here another couple of hours and probably come back during the night.

    Member Glenn Stooksbury has attended Texas Valley since the early 1960s.

    We were in every room in the building this morning, and every-thing was fi ne, he said.

    Pastor Corey Carroll had been leading worship in the fellowship hall while the renovations took place. Leaders at Christ United Methodist Church in Halls have offered the congregation of Texas Valley use of their facility until other arrangements are made.

    Fortunately there were no inju-ries. The cause of the fi re was not known at press time.

    By Wendy SmithData gathered from Tennessee

    Division of Forestry and city can-opy assessments, both completed last year, will be used in an upcom-

    ing report on the health of Knox-villes tree canopy.

    The assess-ments were done via aerial pho-tos. Maps created from data gained are available on the urban forestry section of the citys

    website. The city canopy assess-ment shows percentage of tree cov-er by neighborhood, and the state assessment shows changes in the canopy from 1997 to 2010 by City Council district.

    This year, Urban Forester Kasey Krouse plans to compile informa-

    tion from both assessments into a report that details where Knoxville has healthy tree cover and where additional trees might be planted. The city has an annual tree-plant-ing budget of $50,000 and has received an additional $20,000 in state funds for each of the past three years. That allows for the planting of 500-600 trees per year, he says.

    The assessments indicate that the total size of the canopy stayed the same from 1997 to 2010, but that doesnt account for annexed proper-ty, which is generally forested.

    A signifi cant change in land use, indicated by an increase in im-pervious surfaces like roads, side-walks and buildings, was indicated for the same period. Tree cover along roadways and in abandoned pastures increased, but further re-search is required to determine if

    Kasey Krouse

    Canopy assessments show where trees are neededthats a good thing. Some may be privet, rather than new, healthy trees, and privet inhibits tree growth.

    Such data allow Krouse to target neighborhoods that are losing tree coverage. Different parts of town face different challenges in regard to the canopy.

    The Parkridge neighborhood is rebounding from canopy loss through a three-year improvement strategy implemented by the city that involves planting street trees.

    Street trees are a tremendous asset because they improve aes-thetics and property values. They make people want to live there, he says.

    The anticipated report will give Krouse the opportunity to further educate the community about the value of trees. Trees add value to homes by cuting cooling costs,

    but people who have experienced property damage from trees, or just want to be able to mow quickly, may need more information.

    Krouse is happy to share his expertise with neighborhood or-ganizations. Hed like for the com-munity to understand the risks of hiring non-professional tree work-ers to top trees.

    Trees that have been topped, or had large branches or trunks removed from their tops, are more likely to fail, especially during storms, he says. He recommends hiring professional arborists to consult on proper treatment for large trees.

    There is one tree species that, in his opinion, cant be overpruned the Bradford pear. Cut it down and plant an oak.

    Info: 215-6113 or kkrouse@knoxvilletn.gov

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    BUZZ

    Breakfast Club at Beaver Dam

    The Halls Business and Pro-fessional Association will host its Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the sanctuary center vestibule at the Beaver Dam Baptist Church.

    Pastor Alan Price invites everyone to the monthly meet and greet event. Attendees are urged to bring business cards.

    The regular monthly luncheon meetings are held at noon each third Tuesday at Beaver Brook Country Club.

    Upcoming speakers are Kim Trent, executive director of Knox Heritage (Sept. 15), and Alison Swank, director of mar-keting, Knoxville Zoo (Oct. 20).

    Parkridge residents can seek health care in a medical clinic in the Hope Central ministry center. North/East Shopper online.

    South Knoxville is on the uptick and Betty Bean set out to discover why. South Knox Shopper online.

    Susan Cunningham, school volunteer extraordinaire. Bearden Shopper online.

    Webb School project launched at sea. Karns/Hardin Valley Shopper online.

    TDOT updateFountain City Business

    and Professional Association will host representatives from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to discuss a project underway to redesign the intersection of Broadway and I-640.

    The meeting is at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Virginia College. Lunch is $10, and the public is invited. President is R. Larry Smith.

    Burchett to visit Sam & Andys

    Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and others will meet for lunch from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Sam & Andys Restaurant, 2613 W. Adair Drive in Fountain City.

    All are invited to join the dutch-treat meal. The daily special is grilled pork tender-loin and two sides for $7.99.

    Womens League sets Stuff -a-Bag

    The Halls Crossroads Womens League will hold its semi-annual Stuff-a-Bag event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at The Closet, corner of Cunningham Road and Hwy. 33.

    Individuals may purchase one or more brown bags at $5 each and stuff it with clothing and accessories.

    Proceeds will be used for school supplies.

  • A-2 SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 HALLS/FOUNTAIN CITY Shopper news

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