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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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In search of Eden

Lynn Pitts
Faith Columnist

Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, and now he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the Lord God sent him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

(Genesis 3: 22-24 NRSV)

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No lottery, no beer – just 54 years of service to Fountain City

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

A long red Jaguar pulled up to the full-service pumps at Fountain City EXXON shortly after noon on a busy Monday. The young woman at the wheel got out and looked around, clearly wanting something other than a standard business transaction.

Owner Alvin Frye, who at 88 wears glasses only to read and is lighter on his feet than many 40 year olds, trotted out of the office see what was up and returned a few minutes later with a state-issued ID card in his hand.

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