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If you need to beat the cold try antique hunting indoors

Imogene Turner is happy to have her new location for Ace Antiques open off Jefferson
Avenue, a stone's throw from Movie Time Video off East Broadway. She tripled the floor
space to display more collectibles and antiques.
Published: 4:50 PM, 01/25/2013

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Just when you thought it was safe to come out in the sunshine around our hometown the weather returned to a winter forecast for snow and ice on Friday and energy providers were glad to see cold days.



Good to see business expanding


Last Tuesday I saw vehicles in front of the new home of Ace Antiques, now located off East Broadway at 116 Jefferson Avenue, behind Kyker's Automotive. Imogene Turner put in a lot of work to move thousands of items, but she is pleased because the business has tripled its floor space to 1,600 square feet. Her regular customers (I saw Mary Dunn shopping around) will find the building just across from Stanberry machine shop. Imogene told me she has plenty of antiques at her home and will be able to display and sell them at the new location. She also regularly uses our Visiting the Smokies monthly tourist publication to reach travelers. After 33 years in the business, Imogene has a keen eye and knowledge of antiques and collectibles. "The hot items" currently include old crocks, churns, and local advertising signs. Also, collectors still stop in seeking military and political themes. For the past five years Ace Antiques has been in downtown Newport. The building had been the Broadway Music business of J. Williford and others, including Imogene's husband, Ailor Turner. They are co-owners of the property with Mrs. R.V. Freshour.

During this wet and windy winter let me repeat a warning heard from a health care professional. I was at a meeting with this fellow who said that at least four people were treated at the emergency room because they were struck by tree limbs. The limbs fell from trees in the peoples' yards. Also, Newport people were traveling to Greeneville in recent days and a tree fell on their vehicle. If I find out who they were, I will share the information with you. Soggy ground caused by heavy rain allows wind to easily topple trees. The Plain Talk is in the midst of drying out after much of our ground floor was under water because of walls leaking. Sean Ellison of Brockwell Construction visited to find out a remedy. Servpro has been a big help on the dry-out.


Someone you may not know


In early January, we dropped by the Union Cemetery Mausoleum, and by the way that word derives from the phrase: the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria. While scanning the names on the face of the granite mausoleum wall I mentioned seeing the name of Sharon Lee Hoyt and did not know the name or why she is interred in Union Cemetery. Days later her surviving husband, David Hoyt, sent an e-mail explaining who she was and why they ended up in Cocke County. It was interesting to know they had vacationed here for many years before buying property at McGaha Chapel Road. The former Sharon Cramer grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and earned a degree in law enforcement at Palm Beach Jr. College. Although she married Jerry Suiter and had two children by 1981, she became a widow and went to work for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department handling inmate records. In 1988 she met and married Dave Hoyt, Palm Beach native, who also worked for the sheriff's dept. and had for years as a deputy. After Dave retired they moved to their dream home at McGaha Chapel. "We met the greatest people in the world here. Our little community had game night every Saturday. Sharon enjoyed cooking for our guests" and baking cookies for friends, said Dave. In April 2011 she became ill, was diagnosed with cancer, and died April 19, 2011. Some of you knew her, and wish that I had had a chance to meet this fellow Floridian.

I did get to talk to Dave about his wife's illness and he described it as coming on quickly. She developed a blood clot on the brain and at the hospital was diagnosed with leukemia. However, her death was caused by the brain clot. She lived only a few days after being hospitalized in Knoxville. While talking with Dave, I learned she operated Baskets by Sharon in Newport from 2007-2009 at Bryant Town shopping center, and was a talented person. Dave was also kind enough to provide a photo so you might recall meeting her and, now, knowing more about Sharon Lee Hoyt. As he said, "We had a good life together and six great years here."



Cleaning up after flood


Here are the last words for now on Lt. John Bockmann, US Army helicopter pilot. He is married to the former Katherine Kisabeth, daughter of Robert and Brenda (Bailey) Kisabeth, of Newport.

"What did we do," he said referring to the US forces in Pakistan after the major 2010 flooding: moved 25 million pounds of food, built roads, and airlifted 40,000 people. The country is extremely mountainous with difficult terrain for transportation.

Lt. Bockmann was among about 500 military personnel and he flew one of the 33 Blackhawk helicopters dedicated to aid the Pakistan victims. Because he spent a considerable time in Pakistan he became a blogger for Pakistan's Express Tribune, and learned a lot more about the country, people, their culture, and politics.

He came away with his "proposal" to be that the US back away from its current effort with military aid and presence. He suggested non-traditional diplomacy and to develop more person-to person contact. "The connection with the people of Pakistan enriched my time there immensely, and I hope to someday return, perhaps as an ambassador," he said, speaking to he Newport Kiwanis Club this winter.

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