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Dewhirst to develop Depot property

Jake Mabe
Features/Politics columnist

David Dewhirst is developing property at 301 and 309 North Central Street and 219-223 West Depot Avenue adjacent to the Southern Railway Depot into a combination residential and retail center that will also include what Dewhirst calls a “destination restaurant.”

The city of Knoxville’s Industrial Development Board voted to give Dewhirst’s Depot Development LLC a 12-year Payment In-Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) on the property at its annual meeting last week.

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The effective detective: Pat Patterson

Malcolm Shell
Features columnist

An intricate part of any community is local law enforcement. The Concord/Farragut communities had the best of the best in Constable W.O. “Pat” Patterson.

I talked to his son Bud recently, and the conversation eventually got around to his father. Bud was a classmate at Farragut High and enjoyed a long career with Delta Airlines. After retirement, he compiled a family history that could easily be turned into a novel about the legendary law-enforcement officer who had a reputation of being “untouchable” in dealing with crime in Knox County. Bud lent me the book only on condition that I would guard it with my life.

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Precious memories

Lynn Pitts
Faith Columnist

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

(Psalm 145: 3-7 KJV)

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Learn ’em like Obamas

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

When President Barack Obama touched down in Nashville last month to continue his State of the Union message about career-oriented education, he went out to McGavock Comprehensive High School, which has been redesigned as an “Academies of Nashville” model school with the help of a federal School Improvement Grant and the assistance of local businesses and industries. His message, boiled down to its essence, was this:

“A quality education shouldn’t be something that other kids get. It should be something that all our kids get.”

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City tax hike looming?

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

More than one member of Knoxville City Council has told this writer they would not be surprised if Mayor Rogero recommended a property tax increase in her budget this year. My guess is that the mayor has not decided and would surely try to avoid a tax increase the year before she runs for her second and final term in office.

The one-time bonus of $8 million to the city from the state’s Hall income tax awhile back makes a tax hike harder to explain this year.

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