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  • VOL. 9 NO. 13 April 1, |

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    news@ShopperNewsNow.comSherri Gardner Howell

    Wendy Smith | Anne Hart


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    By Anne HartImagine, if you can, a

    breathtakingly beautiful nautilus shell. And then imagine that its yours, to do with as you want. What would be your choice? Put it on a shelf and look at it occasionally? Consign it to a bank vault?

    The choice was easy for local artist, woodworker and marine archaeologist Jim McNutt.

    He crafted a table from Tennessee white oak, fi n-ished it in shades of ocean

    blue, embedded the shell in the tabletop and added tentacles he carved from African Padauk wood that

    originated near where the shell was found in Mada-gascar, the island in the In-dian Ocean off the coast of southeast Africa.

    The table is just one of countless works of art Mc-Nutt has created in more than 40 years as a wood-

    Jim McNutt: local Renaissance man creates priceless works of art

    Wood artist and marine archaeologist Jim McNutt points out the crystallized chambers of a 200-million-year-old nautilus shell. McNutt designed and built the table to showcase the fossil. Photo by A. Hart

    worker. But woodwork-ing is just one of the many talents of this Renaissance man.

    His interest in marine archaeology has led him to the depths of the ocean in

    To page A-3

    By Sandra ClarkA bridge replacement and road

    improvements to Westland Drive during the next six months will require lane and road closures at various times along the road be-tween South Northshore Drive and Morrell Road, according to a city release.

    The project includes replacing the box culvert bridge on Westland Drive just east of Craigland Court, channel improvements and utility relocations along with roadway improvements on Westland Drive near Rotherwood Drive.

    An improved drainage chan-nel along Westland Drive should minimize fl ooding near Craigland Court. Some 1,000 feet of the channel will be widened. To improve traffi c safety, the new drainage channel will be shifted farther north, away from the westbound travel lane of West-land Drive, in order to provide a 10-foot shoulder along Westland Drive from Craigland Court to Craig Road.

    One-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. are expected along sections of Westland Drive

    throughout the duration of the project.

    In addition, Westland Drive will be completely closed to through traffi c between Sou th Northshore Drive and Morrell Road for 60 days beginning Monday, May 11, to allow for the replacement of the box culvert bridge. The detour route for the road closure will be Northshore Drive to Morrell Road to Westland Drive.

    To discourage cut-through traf-fi c on neighborhood streets, tem-porary speed humps will be in-stalled on Craig Road, Sherwood

    Drive and Stone Mill Drive.The Mulch Company has

    withdrawn its request for use on review, scheduled to be heard April 9 by the Metropolitan Plan-ning Commission.

    Judy Horn, secretary of the Council of West Knox County Homeowners, said the request was withdrawn as of March 24 by a letter from Mark Graham of En-gineering Consultants.

    The Mulch Company had agreed to buy land adjacent to Creekside Nurseries on S. North-shore near Tooles Bend.

    Bridge replacement closes Westland Drive

    Toe tappin and hand clappin at

    April 1,

    Whole Foods opening

    Jo Majors and her grandchildren, Trevor Smith and Caroline Smith, along with Matthew Ballard of Florida, sample bread from the stores grand opening bread-breaking. Photo by Wendy Smith Story on page A-2


    Meeting SeymourActor Ethan Hawke makes

    his documentary-directing debut with Seymour: An Introduction, and he seems to have absorbed powerful les-sons from his subject.

    Pianist Seymour Bernstein was a star on the concert stage who decided at his peak to stop performing because he had other things he wanted to do. He was, and is, a teacher, and he wanted to compose music and write books.

    Read Betsy Pickle on page A-8

    UT: Stop brandingWhen the talk turns to

    branding, you can be damn sure somebody is about to get burned. And the hide that gets charred wont be on the cowboy wielding the branding iron.

    Read Bill Dockery on page A-5

    65 Vols had no place to go

    The NCAA basketball tournament has changed some through the years. Perhaps you have noticed.

    In 1965, a mere 50 years ago, it involved 23 teams. They played in Bowling Green, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Philadelphia; Lexington; Manhattan, Kan.; Provo, Utah; College Park, Md. and fi nished in Portland, Ore.

    Read Marvin West on page A-4

    Women of Central Baptist host Tu Dia

    Last weekend, after lis-tening to a talk about health from Alexis Andino, dozens of women fl ocked to tables to make crafts, apply makeup or have their nails done.

    Volunteers from Roane State Community Colleges mas-sage therapy program offered complimentary massages while children were entertained in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden gym.

    Read Wendy Smith on page A-7

    Fashionistas!Imagine, if you can, a room-

    ful of grown men squirming in their seats and giggling like a bunch of teenagers, while winking and grinning at each other and poking fun at the apparently-now-obsolete button-down shirts and pleated trousers many of them are wearing.


    Read Anne Hart on page A-10

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    By Wendy SmithLynda Caldwell of Farra-

    gut loves everything about Whole Foods Market, and shes more than happy to talk about it. She arrived at 7:30 a.m. for last weeks 8:45 a.m. bread-breaking, which was held in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting. The new store is at 6730 Pa-per Mill Drive.

    She likes the chains fo-cus on sustainability, re-cycling and having no garbage in food. Her home-town of Annapolis, Md., has a store, and shes shopped at other Whole Foods loca-tions across the country.

    This is the biggest day of my life, she said as she fi lled her cart.

    Shes not the only fan. The line for the grand open-ing stretched across the parking lot. Musicians and cloggers entertained the crowd while they waited.

    Tasaha Delaney was near the front of the line. Shes shopped at Whole Foods in Atlanta, and shes glad to live just eight minutes from the Knoxville store. She likes the fresh produce and baked goods.

    A.D. Baxter was just ahead of her. He likes Whole Foods because its clean and has a wide variety. Its a nice place to shop as well as good place to sit down and have a cup of coffee, he says.

    Rumors of a local Whole Foods store have circulated since 2011. The company opened its fi rst store in Aus-tin, Texas, in 1980. Accord-ing to the company website, there were less than a half-dozen natural food super-markets in the U.S. at the time. The chain now has over 360 stores.

    Paul Urban, team leader here, introduced an enthu-siastic group of team mem-bers. The store has 170 em-ployees, 152 of them from Knoxville.

    Specialty team leader Ceteka Holder staff s the Whole Foods growler station at the stores grand opening. A Maryville na-tive, shes worked in Atlanta for the past 10 years. Shes thrilled to return to the area. Photos by Wendy Smith

    He also explained some of the stores innovative offer-ings, like a growler station and a restaurant Rocky Top Pizza and Tap. Both the res-taurant and the growler sta-tion, which offers 32-ounce and 64-ounce bottles, serve local brews. As soon as wine makes it into Tennessee gro-cery stores, Rocky Top will also offer wine.

    The store held a local vendor fair before it opened in order to be able to offer local goods, he said.

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