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  • Kathy Dawn displays her T-shirt line. Photo by Betty Bean


    Halls Breakfast Club to meet

    The first Halls Breakfast Club event, sponsored by the Halls B&P, will meet 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Kaleidoscope Gifts in Halls Crossing, the shopping center behind Taco Bell, at 6834 Maynardville Hwy. Everyone is welcome.

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    Open houseTennova Health & Fitness

    Center is hosting an open house with free classes, free enrollment and free guest visits from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

    The Center is located at 7540 Dannaher Drive off Emory Road. Info: 859-7900.

    Commissioners Night Out

    Knox County Commis-sioner R. Larry Smith will hold Commissioners Night Out 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Halls Senior Center on Crippen Road. County depart-ment heads will be present to address codes, police, water, roads and other constituent concerns. Info: 922-5433.

    By Jake MabeNestled on Smiley Clapps 150-

    acre Corryton farm is a perfect piece of Civil War paraphernalia. And, no, Im not talking about a cannon.

    Built in 2007, the northwest bastion of Fort Sanders (origi-nally located near 17th Street on the UT campus and lost in the

    early 1900s) has been replicated to scale.

    Its a sight you have to see.Clapp says that famed Heart-

    land Series producer Steve Dean was looking for land free of power lines and houses that resembled the Fort Sanders of the 1860s to shoot a video for McClung Mu-seum. Blalock Construction had

    agreed to help with the project if the site was located near one of its projects. As it happens, Blalock was building a bridge near Clapps farm.

    Lincoln Memorial University professor Dr. Earl Hess served as a consultant to make sure the northwest bastion of the fort was built to the originals exact height

    The view the Confederate re-enactors will have just before charging up the replica of the northwest bastion of Fort Sanders. Photo by Jake Mabe

    Re-enactors fi ght The Battle of Fort Sanders at an exact replica of a recon-structed northwest bastion of the Civil War fort on Smiley Clapps farm near Corryton. Photo submitted, used by permission

    Battle re-enactment to be held at Ft. Sanders replica site

    and depth based on descriptions by the forts engineer, U.S. Capt. Orlando M. Poe.

    You look up that hill and see just what the Confederates saw in 1863, Clapp says.

    Noted Civil War battlefi eld ex-pert Ed Bearss said as far as he

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    BBLiving history

    Laundromat owners play detective,

    catch thiefBy Betty Bean

    The folks at A-1 Coin Laundry at 4883 Broadway in Fountain City (at the corner of Broadway and West Woodrow) aim to please.

    They offer friendly service in clean, comfortable surroundings. Theyve got affordably-priced snacks, free wi-fi , cable TV and 25-cent video games for the kids.

    And theyve got $1-per-load washing machines.

    No, that is not a misprint. In mid-September, owner Ricky Whitener and manager Kathy Dawn (they are mother and son) expanded their Thursday Dollar Day promotion to Dollar Day Ev-ery Day, which is less than half the

    Yet another reason to pull for Butch

    By Betty BeanHe didnt realize it then, but

    Crowne Plaza general manager Ken Knight says he came to Knox-ville during the golden years of University of Tennessee football years when fans booked their hotel reservations the day the next seasons football schedule was re-leased. Home game weekends sold out months in advance.

    My wife, Tammy, and I moved here in 93 during the best de-cade in the history of Tennessee football. We got spoiled, he said.

    The most recent report on the economic impact of UT sports on the local economy released by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research

    Vol wins mean business dollarsin attendance of just over 4,500 per game.

    Does a decline in numbers cor-respond to a lack of enthusiasm for spending money?

    Absolutely, said a veteran em-ployee of a West Knox establish-ment where Tennessee fans gather to catch away games on TV.

    Its been devastating. Ive been talking about this all season. The crowds that come in to watch the games have been much smaller. And when were losing, they quit drinking. Ill ask, You want to order anything to eat? They say, No, and just sull up. People dont feel like spending money on a los-ing team. Used to be, TV games had a big impact. Restaurants were like battle stations.

    Now, it just aint the same, and a lot of times, you dont know whether

    was issued in January 2013 and surveyed data from the aca-demic year 2011-12. It began with happy talk about fans traveling to Knoxville from all over the country to see the Volun-teers play. Then it conceded that at-

    tendance for home football games has declined:

    Comparing the last two seven-home-game seasons (2008-09 and 2010-11), attendance dropped by nearly 12,000 (roughly 1,660 per game). A drop of almost 37,000 in attendance occurred in the last two eight-home-game sea-sons (2009-10 and 2011-12). This drop is equivalent to a reduction


    and a little help from their friends, theyve fi gured out the when and the how and the who and gave the police their information.

    And thats why theres a sign sitting on top of the coin changer featuring three pictures of a hefty, dark-haired guy under the head-line, Say Hi to Jake ... .

    The grim explanation is below:Actually, if you see Jake, call

    911. He has been robbing our change machine! He comes in a dark gray Nissan and uses a $20 bill on a string.

    Theres a picture of the gray Nissan, too.

    He was smart at fi rst, not wip-ing us out all at a time, Kathy said. Our quarters started getting low in April or May, and the dollars didnt match up with the quarters. We didnt know what was going on. We never thought somebody was coming in here ripping us off. We didnt know it could be done.

    Surveillance cameras caught the guy in the act on three separate oc-

    Say hi to Jake

    this for a while. But fi rst, they had a mystery to

    solve. They had to catch a thief.Several months ago, they dis-

    covered that someone had been coming in at night and robbing the coin changer. Using the old lami-nated $20-dollar-bill-on-a-string trick its called fi shing the thief had hauled off some $3,000.

    With some nifty detective work, a couple of surveillance cameras To page A-2

    or not its even going to be on TV, when youve got a crappy team. And when you think about sales tax revenue, you realize that it hits ev-erybody in this town in the wallet, whether they know it or not.

    Out in South Knox, Ye Olde Steakhouse co-owner Cheryl Wil-son doesnt need an academic sur-vey to conclude that football sea-sons not what it used to be, and its not solely because of the Henley Bridge closing.

    We used to have some really rowdy crowds. It was Roll Tide and Go Vols all weekend. Wed have a few people get into fi ghts. But its been awhile. We used to do 800-900 (customers) a night. Now if we get 500-600 were doing good.

    All over town, its pretty much the same. As go the Vols, so goes business. And winning teams equal busy cash registers.

    Beating Alabama in the old days was like Black Friday, said Knoxville Chamber president Mike Edwards. Its been awhile.

    standard rate for coin laundries. Theyd seen how many of their

    customers were struggling, and had been thinking about doing

    Food City looking at new Halls store

    What about a new store in Halls? we asked Food City pres-

    ident and CEO Steve Smith, in town last week to open a new store in Powell.

    Were work-ing on it as we speak, he said.

    Smith went on to say the current Halls

    facility is a good store, but it was an old Winn-Dixie.

    Food City made several renovations after taking over the former Winn-Dixie in Halls Plaza Center. John Jones, Food Citys executive vice presi-dent, lives and shops in Halls. Neither Jones nor Smith would commit to a location.

    In Powell, Knox County is spending $320,000 to realign West Beaver Creek Drive with the Food City entrance on Clin-ton Highway, including instal-lation of a traffi c signal. That work is not done, so traffi c was di verted to a side entrance off the still-unfi nished Emory Road.

    County Commissioner R. Larry Smith called the Powell store fi rst class, and manager Terri Gilbert a great leader. Smith went on to invite all to his birthday party on Oct. 8 to be catered by Food City. I love their fried chicken.

    S. Clark

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