by Martha Rose Woodward
You never know who will show up to Walt Wojnar’s Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club that meets at the Hampton Inn on Pratt Road. Wojnar accomplished something grand last week. He was able to bring Mayor Tim Burchett and the man he ran against in the last election, former sheriff Tim Hutchinson into one room. It was the first time the two had seen each other since they battled it out for the office of mayor. The two gents were cordial and polite and both appeared to have enjoyed the meeting.
Mayor Tim Burchett is holding firm on his belief that we should not raise taxes on citizens who are barely holding on during harsh economic times. It remains to be seen if the Knox County Commission will agree with the mayor or bow down to the requests from the sheriff and school superintendent. Who will win, the government or the people? Do you believe you pay enough taxes? Do you believe the school system is doing such a great job that they all need a huge pay raise? Do you think the money they are asking for will get spent on the children or on administrators?
Congratulations to Sara Spangler, the booking agent at the 6th floor of the Sunsphere for bringing in business to the iconic building. Sara has done a fabulous job working with customers who enjoy using the unique building for weddings, anniversaries, and parties of all sorts. Way to go, Sara. If you want to book the Sunsphere for an event, call 865 363 9538.
Reporter Wes Hall has written a detailed article about the Luncheon for Laughers held at the Sunsphere on Wednesday, May 16 featuring Bill Landry as the guest speaker so I won’t write much about it. Bill did a great job and everyone loved hearing his tales and jokes. Bill is a masterful story teller and a really nice guy. I have been honored to get to know him these past few weeks. Even though he has suffered the great loss of his beloved wife, he kept his promise to perform and he did a wonderful job. For his efforts, he got a parking ticket, but that’s life. Organizers for the event paid the $16.00 ticket, but just goes to show you, there is a huge problem with parking at the Sunsphere; more about that in a later column.