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A great community newspaper serving Halls and Fountain City

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  • NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ

    VOL. 53 NO. 43 October 29, 2014www.ShopperNewsNow.com | www.facebook.com/ShopperNewsNow

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    Burchett sets area meetings

    Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will host 10 constit-uent meetings during October and November to give citizens the opportu-nity to speak individually with him about

    issues that are important to them. These meetings are open to the public.

    In North Knox County, he will be at the Corryton Senior Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3; Halls Senior Center, 4-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14; and Fountain City Libra ry, 11 to noon, Monday, Nov. 17.

    Bids in on Harbisons project

    Bids are in for the TDOT project to improve traffi c fl ow at the intersection of Emory Road and Tazewell Pike, and the price is over $5 million. Mark Nagi, TDOT spokesper-son, said it normally takes two to four weeks to review bids and let a contract.

    This is the four-way stop that is being improved and signalized, he wrote in an email. This project was in the Oct. 17 letting, and here are the apparent low bids. Over the next couple of weeks bids will be reviewed and a contract awarded. A schedule will be known following the pre-construction meeting, which normally takes place 2-4 weeks after the contract is awarded.

    The apparent low bidder was Charles Blalock & Sons Inc. at $5,196,569.50, fol-lowed by Highways Inc. at $5,814,344.40 and APAC-At-lantic Inc. at $7.7 million.

    S. Clark

    By Cindy TaylorBrickey-McCloud El-

    ementary School staff and parents were greeted by a festive theme of black and gold when they arrived for an elegant evening out at Beaver Brook Country Club.

    The PTO-sponsored event was the fi rst fund-raiser of its kind for the school, but the group hopes to make it a yearly happening. The inaugural gala featured live music by Crab Apple Lane, dinner, dancing and a silent auc-tion.

    We have a lot of parents who tell us they are tired of selling things and would rather just write a check to the school, said PTO fundraising chair Amanda Wright. The gala gives

    PTO bringsblack and gold

    Brickey-McCloud PTO co-president Keli Hopkins and husband Brad on the dance fl oor at the Black and Gold Gala.

    Shenanigan friends Shanna Cole and PTO fund-raising chair Amanda Wright. Photos by Cindy Taylor

    them an opportunity to do that while affording them a night out when they can dress up and be an adult.

    Items such as gift bas-kets, jewelry, art, chocolate

    and even vacation trips valued at $10K were avail-able for bidding. Donations for the silent auction went so well that the PTO held some items over. These

    will be set up at the school through Oct. 31. Those who wish to participate in this silent auction can view the items and place bids

    during school hours.Who says being a PTO

    member isnt fun?

    More pictures A-3

    By Sandra ClarkThe Tennessee Depart-

    ment of Transportation has responded favorably to the citys request to allow addi-tional signage along I-640 near the Knoxville Center mall to make interstate mo-torists aware of the busi-nesses nearby.

    City Council mem-ber Nick Della Volpe has championed the signs and is generally happy with TDOTs response. He just wonders why it will take up to ni ne months to imple-ment the changes.

    Della Volpe said Sams Club at East Towne is ready to rent logo space now. The store invested $8 million

    for a major upgrade last fall. Della Volpe said Sams qual-ifi es for the logo signs be-cause it sells prepared food and gasoline onsite.

    Knoxville City Council unanimously passed a res-olution Sept. 16 requesting TDOT to permit logo signs around Exit 8 near Knox-ville Center. TDOT cur-rently limits the use of logo signs to only the fi rst exits in and out of those munici-palities with populations greater than 100,000.

    Commissioner John Schroer says TDOT initiat-ed a process to re-promul-gate the rules that govern this program. The rules will be fi nal Oct. 29, 2014.

    Once the rules are fi nal, and provided no changes occur which would impact this aspect of the program, you may consider the city of Knoxville as approved for the use of logo signs, he wrote.

    All exits inside the city will have to be reviewed case by case basis to deter-mine if there is adequate room to place new logo signs. We would anticipate that process to begin once the new logo contract is in place on July 1, 2015.

    The council resolution said logo signs are neces-sary to provide the travel-ing public with directional information needed to

    identify available services, especially at exits where the nature of the road eleva-tions and surrounding veg-etation prevent reasonable visual evidence that such commercial services and business can be obtained.

    Della Volpe cites 100 independent businesses near Exit 8 providing some 2,000 jobs. He says busi-nesses are obscured by artifi cial earthen berms originally built to accom-modate crossover bridges.

    ETBA to meet on Nov. 5The East Town Business

    Alliance will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at New

    Harvest Park Community Center. Justin Sterling, president, invites all busi-ness owners and managers in the East Towne corridor to attend.

    Adam Palmer, president of Saw Works Brewing Company, will discuss why his company chose to set up operations in Knoxville and the importance of hav-ing community support.

    Mall-o-ween: Knox-ville Center will celebrate Halloween with the annual Mall-o-ween, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Kids can trick-or-treat at retail-ers throughout the mall.

    Info: www.knoxvillecenter.com/.

    Knox mall inches closer to interstate signs

    We havent heard much of that since that since August elections and Indya Kincannons depar-ture whittled McIntyres major-ity down to a 4-5 minority, and depending on the outcome of the Nov. 4 race to replace Kincannon, the former majority would prob-ably be well advised to start prac-ticing a new mantra.

    New board member Amber Rountree has one:

    Go big or go home.Rountree has requested a

    called meeting to vote on abolish-ing SAT-10, an exam for kinder-garten through second grade that many educators feel is inappropri-ate. SAT-10 is not state-mandated, and board chair Mike McMillan is expected to honor her request. Rountree wants a vote before the tests are ordered.

    Board member Karen Carson is expected to oppose Rountrees

    South Knox rep wants fewer tests in K-2

    By Betty Bean In the recent past, when teach-

    ers or parents asked for relief from Knox County Schools test-happy corporate reform regime, Super-intendent James McIntyre and the 8-to-1 school board majority that had his back would tell them to suck it up and get with the pro-gram.

    Analysis

    Rountree

    School chant: Change is hardefforts. Carson said at last weeks mind- and butt-numbing fi ve-hour workshop that its the school boards job to hire a su-perintendent and set goals. Its the superintendents job to decide what

    tests will be administered.But Rountree disagrees. She

    quit her job as a school librarian to serve on the school board. Her South Knox constituents elected her, and shes not been shy about saying how she feels about Mc-Intyres heavy-handed adminis-tration.

    Rountree, Patti Bounds and Terry Hill have served notice that they intend to own future school board meetings. Its unlikely that McIntyres lengthy, orchestrated

    presentations will recur. County Commissioner Charles

    Busler said last week that commis-sioners would never allow Mayor Tim Burchett, or any mayor, to sit at their table and control their meetings.

    In fact, Burchett often stays in his offi ce, monitoring commis-sion meetings and making himself available if needed.

    Change is hard.And we should expect change

    for the Knox County Board of Education, starting this week with Amber Rountrees effort to dis-continue high-stakes testing for kids who have not yet learned to read. Are we really that data-driv-en? And to what goal?

    Will Rountree win the vote? Maybe yes, maybe no. But the message is clear: Go big or go home.

    Yes, change is hard.

    Change is hard, theyd say to tearful mothers telling of their childrens mounting test anxiety.

    Change is hard, theyd tell teachers saddled with evalua-tions based on subjects they never taught.

    IN THIS ISSUE

    Marching bandsMembers of the South-Doyle

    marching band perform their halftime show during the Knox County Schools band exhibi-tion, hosted by Central High.

    Ruth Whites pictures on page A-8

    Hope renewedIn the fi rst game of this new

    season, Joshua Dobbs made a remarkable difference. His quickness reduced the pres-sure on the offensive line. His speed generated yardage. His ability to throw on the run cre-ated problems for cornerbacks.

    Read Marvin West on page B-3

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