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Rain doesn't seem to want to go away in June


June rainfall seems to have been heavy so I visited the Newport wastewater
plant where employees do daily checks, said superintendent Carroll Proffitt.
The rainfall amount for the end of the day is checked at midnight. Dennis
Williams has worked at the plant for 33 years and helped when it was built
in 1979. He is a laboratory technician. So far in June, we have had 5.46
inches of rain. The most rainfall at the measurement station was 1.2 inches
on June 9. The maximum temperature happened on June 16 at 87 degrees
and minimums of 57 degrees were repeated on June 14 and 15. You see
“Chipper” in the background. Employees got the dog at Walmart parking
lot when he was six-weeks old, and Chipper is the mascot and watchdog
for the wastewater plant.
Published: 7:52 PM, 06/21/2013 Last updated: 8:17 PM, 06/21/2013

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Summer paraded in on Friday, June 21, but the farmers’ planting calendar warns against planting as citizens of our hometown wonder if it will ever stop raining. Perhaps the approach of July will scare the rain clouds away?

Just why did I happen to walk into Dollar Tree store at the Newport Towne Center about lunchtime on Wednesday. Yes, to buy nail clippers because I forget to clip my nails and so I am standing at the cash register behind a woman. She wears an ear bud for her phone and is in a heated talk with a person who has just checked out. “Empty your pockets.” So now I think this is a shoplifting suspect, an older woman who is frustrated at being stopped. The employee asks for her handbag to be emptied. The suspect gets agitated and heads out the door, dropping items on the sidewalk and is followed by several store employees into the parking lot. Me and other shoppers watch in amazement. The woman gets in her car while Dollar Tree folks call police and two cruisers arrive. You will probably read more about this in the Plain Talk. Mandy Miller opened another register and checked me out. She used to work in the Plain Talk mailroom.


Missed really big storm damage


In the Dollar Tree parking lot, Jimmy Wright hailed me and said I missed the real storm damage story. You recall seeing photos we published from upper Cosby near DJ’s Market. I got to chat with David Moore, who for many years ran DJ’s. By the way, he is not kin to the local Moore families. Jimmy tells me he and excavator Kenny Williams were creating a home site in Chavis off Ball Hollow Road. Suddenly lightning and the storm scared them off. Jimmy returned to find trees down everywhere, limbs and trees damaged homes. “It was much worse than Cosby,” he said.

Some folks I bumped into last week included two at Cocke Farmers Co-op. Ronnie Hutsell is a newer Co-op employee, having worked for about a year there. A friendly fellow, he lives in Jefferson County has experience at the Co-op there and Old Dominion too. When leaving, I saw a woman was setting off cardboard boxes full of green plants. Ginger Spradlin told me the plants were sweet potato shoots. She and her husband operate Spradlin Plants in Grainger County. You might go over to Co-op and see if these are still available for your garden, if it is not still under water.

If you follow the house building trade, then you know Fred Spence. I had the good fortune of chatting with him last week. He is renovating the Goddard building west of Newport, as he is in the process of selling his main office on West Broadway at Cope Boulevard. We will tell you about this story soon. Fred has built some impressive homes over the years and in his early 70s has much more hair than me and still builds. I knew his grandfather, Rueben Spence and another relative, Carl Spence. That was back in the 1970s during the tomato packing and growing boom, as the Spences were involved in tomato growing and packing at Denton. Perhaps Fred will spend some time talking about his father, Herman, and their years at Wall Tube & Metal before getting into home building. A couple of other old timers I met at Edsel Hall’s barber shop were Harold Holt and Erve Keller. They should be able to supply us with plenty of stories about our town and county.


Many people helped Bill


Over the past weeks we have been talking with Bill Moorefield, who at 80, continues to work and still has a large barn-rebuilding project to complete.

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