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    School talkThe Halls Business and

    Professional Association will meet at noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Beaver Brook Country Club. Guest speakers will be Adrian Burnett Elementary School principal Angela Harrod and Halls High School athletic director Mike Wise. All are welcome. Lunch is $10.

    Miracle MakerNancy Friedrich had her

    midlife crisis at the same time her husband had his. In fact, they had the same one.

    The Friedrichs decided to go back to school.

    See Betsy Pickles story on A-9

    HHS Alumni BandHalls High is hosting its

    first Alumni Band at the Halls/Central football game Thursday, Oct. 17. All for-mer HHS band members are invited and will play with the marching band during the pregame show and in the stands during the game.

    Register by Tuesday, Oct. 15, by emailing Ashley Waller at ashley.waller@knoxschools.org. Provide your name, instrument played, whether you need an instrument and which part you would like to play. Registration fee is $5 to cover the cost of your f lip folder. Registration begins at 5 p.m. in the band room and a brief rehearshal will follow at 5:30. Please wear red and white.

    Halloween Event The second annual Hallow-

    een Event fundraiser to bene-fit Second Harvest Food Bank is 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 19, in the TitleMax park-ing lot, 6533 Maynardville Highway in Halls. Cost is $5 and the event is for all ages. Josiah Atchley will sing and a disc jockey will play music. Event will include a haunted walk-thru, food by Fats BBQ, games, Trunk-or-Treat, draw-ings and prizes. All profits benefit Second Harvest. Or-ganizer Nora Taylor says the group still needs donations for the start-up costs as well as volunteers.

    Info: norataylor09@gmail.com.

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    Former Halls resident and business owner Bob Johnson, a Korean War era Army vet-eran, sees the Korean War Veterans Memo-rial for the fi rst time. Photo by Doug Johnson

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    Shutdown doesnt stop HonorAir

    By Jake Mabe The bell that called church

    members to Beaver Dam Baptist for 100 years rings again.

    No, not literally the bell cannot be rung due to fear of damage but it sounds, and looks, just as sweet, through the memories of those who were there and thanks to a joint restoration project between the church and the Halls Womens League.

    As reported on Sept. 2, the church bell survived the fi re that engulfed the former Beaver Dam church on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1948, has been restored and placed in a monument at the original Halls Crossroads the corner of Emory Road and Andersonville Pike.

    The monument was dedicated at a special service Oct. 6.

    John Hensley was the last person to ring the bell.

    I think it was the Lords will that it (the church) burned. It had so much history in it, Im not sure anybody would have torn it down. I like to think thats why we have the church we have today.

    Gene Bayless says seeing the

    BByBy JJJ kakakee MMaMabbebe The bell that called church

    Church bell rings again

    Beaver Dam Baptist Church minister of music Ryan Flint leads the congre-gation in Blest Be The Tie during the bell monument dedication service.Photos by Bob Heydasch

    Nita Webb, wife of the the late Shields Webb, pastor of Beaver Dam in 1948-50, recalls the night the former church building burned in October 1948.

    fi re is his fi rst memory. My father had a service station

    and he also had a wrecker. I remember being with them when they dragged the bell out of the rubble of the church and drove it to the store, which was located where Burger King sits today.

    Nita Webb, whose husband, the late Shields Webb, was pastor of the church from 1948-50, says that she doesnt recall the bell.

    She does remember the aftermath. She says the owner of the drive-in movie theater that once sat at the foot of Black Oak Ridge offered to show a fi lm with all proceeds going to build a new church. Broadway Speedway,

    located near the current location of the Halls Co-op, offered to help. Some Beaver Dam members thought the church should sell soap.

    I thank God that he was in charge.

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    Spaghetti supperThe Fountain City Lions

    Club will serve a spaghetti supper 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Lions Club build-ing in Fountain City Park. All proceeds go to upkeep and improvements to the park and lake.

    By Sandra Clark Knox County Schools is con-

    ducting a series of public meetings to gather opinions about: Whats right? Whats not? Whats next?

    The fi rst was at South-Doyle Middle School; last weeks was at Carter Middle. These sessions are for everyone and every voice will be heard.

    South-Doyle: Some teachers complained about the amount of testing they have to do and all of the hoops that teachers have to jump through that are driving a lot of experienced, good teachers into early retirement.

    They said teacher morale is really low, and all the observation theyre under is distracting and dispiriting.

    Several teachers and parents said teachers should be better paid. Another said educators need more classroom resources.

    Carter: Attendees voiced sup-port for site-based school man-agement, better teacher pay and a new concept: advancement based on mastery. This is a logical ex-tension of individualized learning, made possible with technology.

    Parents from Gibbs partici-pated heavily, and were able to get construction of a new middle

    school at Gibbs into the top three priorities of the entire group.

    Educators dominated atten-dance at both meetings, perhaps skewing the results. Leadership Knoxville facilitated each group discussion.

    Upcoming 6 p.m. meetings at: Farragut High School, Tues-

    day, Oct. 15 Karns High School, Monday,

    Oct. 21 Halls Elementary, Thursday,

    Oct. 24 Austin-East Magnet High

    School, Tuesday, Oct. 29 Betsy Pickle contributed to this report

    KCS Insight Sessions: 2 hours well spent

    Morgan Camu, a Harvard University graduate student doing a residency with Knox County Schools, conducts an Insight Session. Photo by S. Clark

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