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A great community newspaper serving Karns and Hardin Valley


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    EDITOR Sandra Clark




    Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 10512 Lexington Drive, Suite 500, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 33,237 homes in Farragut, Karns

    and Hardin Valley.


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    VOL. 6 NO. 14 A great community newspaper April 2, 2012

    Community A2Theresa Edwards A3Government/Politics A4Marvin West A5Jake Mabe A6Faith A7Schools A8-9Community Calendar A10Business A12Health/Lifestyles Sect B


    The day the King came to town

    Forty years ago, on April 8, 1972, a king named Elvis Pre-sley came to Stokely Athletic Center as the headliner for that years Dogwood Arts Festival.

    Dave Macon, who was the treasurer for the Festival that year, said organizers wanted 72 to be a big year for the still-new event. Who bigger, then, than The King of Rock and Roll?

    See page A-6

    Trae Golden to the foul line

    A longtime fan who follows Tennessee basketball from afar was trying to guess how many times he heard Bob Kes-ling say Trae Golden to the foul line.

    Trae attempted 157 free throws this season.

    See Marvin West on page A-5

    Balloon sculpture wins world award

    Above the Rest team won second place in the medium sculpture design competi-tion at the World Balloon Convention in Dallas with its creation Spring in the Smok-ies. Forty-seven countries competed, with Above the Rest of Knoxville being the only American team to win.

    The design consisted of more than 6,500 balloons. It featured a 4-foot black bear in her native habitat of spring f lowers, dogwoods and pine trees beside a mountain stream.

    See page A-3

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    By Theresa EdwardsHardin Valley Academy invites

    the public to a free Health Expo from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

    More than 70 participating ex-hibitors will provide free health screenings, demonstrations, pre-ventive health information and services, nutrition education, plus special attractions for children.

    The free screenings include: Vision and hearing screening Blood pressure checks and

    BMI screenings Oral cancer screenings Bone density screenings Carotid artery screening

    Bring your children for fun at-tractions added this year espe-cially for them: WIVICK the Frog; Jasper, the Tennessee Valley Fair mascot; Chip the Colon; an ambu-lance; and SYM-MAN, a life-size talking robot.

    There will also be an entire section dedicated to summer pro-grams and camps.

    Medic will sponsor a blood drive. Donating just one pint of blood per year to Medic exempts you and your IRS dependents from paying blood collection fees at any hospital in the

    Medic Regional Blood Center will be sponsoring a blood drive at the HVA Health Expo. Susan Hubbard is with Medic.

    Health Expo is Thursday

    Fresh fruits and vegetables promote good health. Nutrition information will be available at the Health Expo. Photos by T. Edwards of TEPHOTOS.com

    Heavy truck traffic on Hickory CreekBy Sandra Clark

    A rural county road in West Knox County is swamped with heavy truck traffi c which residents say is caused by drivers trying to avoid the weigh station on I-40 near Watt Road.

    Steve Murray and Paul Johnson appeared before Knox County Com-mission last week, asking for a gross weight limit of 10,000 pounds on Hickory Creek Road.

    Its a greenway with lots of bik-ers, said Murray, and an ongoing problem.

    Commissioner Brad Anders, who represents the area, said hes contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol to come look at it.

    Dwight Van de Vate, director of Engineering and Public Works, said state law uses a limit of 80,000 pounds. We would like to help, but havent had good options yet.

    He promised to check into the situation.

    A Shopper-News photographer had no trouble fi nding heavy trucks on Hickory Creek Road. Theresa Edwards just drove over there and watched the parade. Well continue to follow this story.

    Also at County Commission, Dr. Richard Briggs roused up to blast his colleagues for trying to micro-manage the affairs of KaTom, a res-taurant supply company that wants to relocate to property on I-40 at Midway Road currently owned by The Development Corporation.

    Its a no-brainer, Briggs said.TDC was asking the commis-

    sion to approve a 4-year PILOT (payment in lieu of tax) for KaTom, which is currently located in Rus-sellville, just outside of Morristown. Patricia Bible, company president, spoke for her business. KaTom

    wants to invest $6.25 million to build a 55,000-square-foot ware-house. Bible currently employs just over 60 people and expects to grow that to 135 in fi ve years.

    Todd Napier from TDC explained that the PILOT wont cost Knox County money because the land is currently not on the tax rolls.

    Mike Hammond drew a laugh when he said, Lets talk about jobs. If you dont think jobs are important, ask somebody who doesnt have one. I am now among that group. Hammond, the long-time program director for WIVK Radio, was terminated by his cor-porate employer in a move to save money.

    Amy Broyles argued that Bible should look at land in existing busi-ness parks, rather than disrupt a greenfi eld. In the end, the PILOT passed 8-3 with Broyles, Tony Nor-man and Dave Wright voting no.

    The land remains unzoned and tied up in a lawsuit brought by neighbors.

    Commissioner R. Larry Smith and others took TVA to task for its new tree-cutting policies. TVA was defended by Bert Robinson who said the federal power utility has a 75-foot easement on either side of its high wires and the cutting is necessary to ensure the lines are tree-free and in compliance with regulations.

    Commissioner Tony Norman said residents are not concerned with tree height so much as breadth and screening. People want visual borders, and that can be accom-plished.

    Margot Kline, Larry Silverstein, Summer Henry and others spoke for residents who oppose the clear-cutting on the easements.

    Commercial vehicles frequently use Hickory Creek Road to bypass the weigh station on I-40 near Watt Road. Residents have asked Knox County Commission for a weight limit on this rural road. Photo by TEphotos.com

    Steve Murray and Paul Johnson at Knox County Commission.

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    Commissioner Mike Brown told Henry, If they come on my prop-erty with weapons, they had better be prepared to use them.

    But in the end, Brown and Com-

    missioner Sam McKenzie voted no as 9 commissioners asked TVA to rethink its policy.

    City Council is expected to con-sider a similar resolution this week.

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