November 12, 2012

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While there may not have been many visible changes in downtown Jefferson City over the last few years, you can slowly start to see some signs of life beginning to emerge as the Historic Mossy Creek District board begins to roll out new street banners and a new branding strategy this month. The banners that will line the central block downtown will feature a new vintage-inspired logo design that that will help to promote the area as a historic district and work to improve the current streetscape. The banners and logo design are reminiscent of a period in time in which many of the historic buildings were built and the downtown area was at its prime.

The design for the banners and logo were created by Evon Design Co., an award-winning local design studio here in Jefferson County, and donated to the organization as part of a branding initiative that will work to bring new life to the aging downtown. The new colorful banners are the first time many residents will get a peek at the new logo that highlights some of the old buildings as well as makes reference to the creek from which the city was originally named in 1788.

The mossy green and blue colors add a great contrast to the aging facades of the downtown buildings. "We really want to let people know that this is a special place in the hearts of many of the residents here by beginning to build a brand identity for the district," said Michael Evon, Owner and Principal at Evon Design Co. and current President of the Historic Mossy Creek District. "We hope that our efforts will keep gaining momentum so that we can give the downtown a fighting chance toward revitalization. It is an important part of our community and has such an impact on how others view our city."

In 2009, the poor state of Jefferson City's downtown was listed as a top concern for future economic development in the city and county by the "Building a Better Future" visioning process conducted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Since 2010 a group has been diligently working to foster a better environment in the downtown by offering events, marketing strategies and support, and most importantly developing a new architectural master plan that will work to make the district a public gathering spot and potentially a designation point in the city. Mayor Mark Potts has high hopes for this continuing project. I choose to see the potential in the Historic Mossy Creek District and will do what I can to make it an asset for our city," says Potts. Improving the downtown area can only have positive benefits for us and our economy." 

The new branding for the downtown will be used to bring awareness to the district and kick-off some of the major improvements that the group hopes to begin in early 2013. The new master plan for the Historic Mossy Creek District is available online and copies can be requested from the board. For more information or to get involved please contact 865.471.0782 or visit the website:

Online Exhibit Featuring Veteran's Personal Papers Now Available

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is collecting materials about the Vietnam War. Recently, veteran Christopher Ammons of Clarksville donated his personal papers to TSLA, including photographs, letters and memorabilia. An online exhibit featuring the Ammons collection is now available for viewing.

Ammons entered military service a month after graduating from Clarksville High School. He served two terms in Vietnam from 1967 through 1970. He was part of the First Infantry Division and was stationed at many locations in South Vietnam, where his unit saw extensive combat action.

The Ammons online collection contains wartime photographs, letters from the front lines, military documents typical of the period and souvenirs - including local currency and propaganda leaflets collected by Ammons from his time “in county.”

Ammons took a great interest in his surroundings and was an avid amateur photographer. The photos in this collection detail not only the daily life of soldiers in Vietnam, but also Ammons’ progression from a youth in Tennessee enlisting in the United States Army to a battle-seasoned veteran on patrol and interacting with Vietnamese locals. Ammons describes in a video interview how he was wounded while on patrol during his first tour and his family’s reaction to the telegram notifying them of his injury.

These materials have been generously donated by Ammons to TSLA as a record of one Tennessean’s service to his county for future generations of Tennesseans to study and enjoy.

This new digital collection is available at:

The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), an online program of the TSLA, is administered by Secretary of State Tre Hargett.



The buzz word this week was election. Local bees swarmed to the polls and cast their ballots. The head governmental hive will remain unchanged but the buzz is that the ties that bind may not be so tight now that the final tally is in. Buzzy Bees in the know are buzzing that the surprising vote of a dark horse candidate may bee more telling than anything else in the election. The low humm is that cheat sheets may bee acceptable for those just flying by but permanent residence in the hive comes with some restrictions and some in the hive may lower the sting on the pseudo proxy vote.

And in other buzz, the joint hospital board has some in one local hive feeling waspish. The high honey count controlled by the board has created a hailstorm of flapping wings and innuendo. The buzz says that the paperwork may be problematic for some buzzy bees and that some local busy bees are just waiting to read the numbers. Buzzzzz


Jefferson County Election Results
The Break Down

17, 780 Jefferson County residents exercised their right to vote in the November 6, 2012 election. That number represents only 57.81% of the registered voters in Jefferson County and is slightly lower than the turnout for the 2008 Presidential General Election. Locally and across the State Republicans showed well and carried the majority of the votes. In the Presidential race, the Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan carried 74.13% of the local vote, though incumbent President Obama took the National vote. Other Republicans on the National front also fared well in Jefferson County, with the Senate and House seats going overwhelmingly Republican. Corker, Roe and Duncan all posted more than 2/3 of the local vote. In the State, Republican Nicely was unopposed for the 8th District Senate seat. Republicans also took the House District 11 and District 17 seats with the election of Faison and Farmer, respectively. Republicans will have a Supermajority in both the State House and Senate. Locally, highly contested races in both the Jefferson County Commission and the Jefferson City Council held spotlight positions in the election. In District 3, three candidates sought the County Commission seat vacated by the late Tommy Musick. Rita Musick, the wife of the late Commissioner, had been holding the seat and was elected by 42.74% of the vote to continue in that position. She was followed by Snodgrass with 32.82% and Cameron with 24.33% of the vote. In District 7, five candidates sought one County Commission seat vacated by resignation of a former Commissioner. Jack Akard had been appointed to hold the seat until election and he will continue in that position with 35.35% of the vote. Akard was followed by Howard with 24.55%, Sawtelle with 21.33%, Parker with 10.26% and Huskey with 8.38% of the vote. Four candidates sought two open seats on the Jefferson City Council. Rocky Melton took 37.03% of the vote and Ann Cole brought in 29.19 % of the vote. Both will hold seats on the Jefferson City Council. They were challenged by Helton with 24.51% and Lloyd with 8.77% of the vote. In Baneberry, a very close race for City Commissioner went to Fandetti who garnered 122 votes to Lunsford’s 118 votes. More Jefferson County residents voted early or absentee ballots than at the polls on Election Day. 9,682 voted early or absentee and 8,098 cast their vote at the polls on Election Day. According to the Jefferson County Election Report, there were no provisional ballots in Jefferson County.

Work by Carson-Newman's David Underwood to be focus of Maryville exhibit

The work of Carson-Newman’s David Underwood is the focus of a November exhibition in the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Maryville College. The event, which runs through the entire month of November, marks Underwood’s 24th solo exhibit.

For more than 25 years, Underwood has explored the possibilities of what he calls "the composite photograph." "Working with grids and multiple images allows me to expand the language of still photography beyond the limitations of single-frame imagery," explains the Carson-Newman Art Department chair. "Although my work is primarily formalist in approach, I am interested in how combinations of images work together both visually and thematically." Underwood also says that his work often focuses on photography itself as well as the decisions explored while editing, printing, and assembling.

The November exhibit pulls from his composite photography series and includes some color and black and white component original photographs. "My newest series involves the inclusion of the title of each artwork as painted text or incorporated plastic lettering on the surface of the work," notes Underwood, who says the text has an amount of intended ambiguity, letting each viewer infer his or her own meaning from the work.

A closing day reception with the artist will be held on Friday, November 30, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Underwood joined Carson-Newman's faculty in 1990. He earned his MFA in Studio Art.

Corker Says Congress’s “Collective Energy” Should Be Focused on Negotiations Between President Obama and Speaker Boehner

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement urging members of Congress to focus their “collective energy” on supporting negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on a fiscal reform package.

“Our office has spent the past year painstakingly drafting a fiscal reform package, but now is not the time for any of us, Republicans, Democrats, rump groups or gangs, to be publicly promoting our own plans. The entire Congress will be involved at some point, but right now the only two people who are likely to get a result by year’s end are President Obama and Speaker Boehner. I’m convinced there is enough common ground to solve the problem, and the constructive thing for all of us to do at this point is to use all of our collective energy to support their negotiations on a fiscal reform package,” said Corker.


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