(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Gameknights operator Franklin Williams has opened a new business after one he
had worked at in Jefferson County changed hands. You will find him at the Bryant
Town center between Shampooch pet groom and Allen's Computers.
|Published: 9:04 PM, 08/30/2013
||Last updated: 9:05 PM, 08/30/2013
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
While most will be resting or grilling out over the Labor
Day weekend in our hometown, many farmers are sure to be completing the rest of
hay harvest before fall arrives September 22.
Somehow late this month I got on the new business tour
about town because it seemed like these were popping up much like mushrooms
after rain and heat. Surely you've seen them and might be able to point out a
few that I have missed in August and maybe more in store for Sept.
We talked about the Family Discount Drugs business that
opened this summer off Highway 25/70 and you met pharmacist Charlie Boggs of
Dandridge. His wife is Elaine (Nelson) Boggs. She was at the pharmacy getting
last minute things ready. They are joined by pharmacy technician James Day. Soi
t happened, Charles of Eastern Kentucky met Elaine, who was married at one time
to Jamie Webb, of Cosby, but he is deceased. Charles and Elaine live in
Dandridge. Charles has been a pharmacist since 1992, and they bought the local
property from Jimmy Miller in the spring of 2013. It used to serve PlanetCar.
You will be seeing more about the business in the Plain Talk soon.
I picked up a few other business tidbits last week to
prepare some coupon advertising to be offered this fall about the same time we
expect to raise our single copy newspaper prices to 75 cents weekday and $1.25
on Sunday. Lowland Credit, you know, has already made plans to leave its
current location off West Broadway next to West End Exxon. Lowland Credit has
purchased the former Goddard building at Cope Boulevard and plans to move in
December, hopefully in time for Christmas at the new location. One business is
not so fortunate, I discovered. Pam Benson was at For Heaven's Cake bakery,
located across from Dean Smith's Repair Shop, off East Broadway. I was hoping
to get her on some coupon advertising but she said their last day was August
10. The owner of the two-story green block building is selling. They 've been
there for over two years and hope to find another location. William McGaha is
the operator and if you know a location call him at 423-608-0788.
Been to the Quick Lube?
One business that will be appearing on discount coupons
to promote newspaper rack and store sales is Newport Quick Lube. Weeks ago I
did get to chat with owner Jane Weems, the widow of grocer Doodle Weems, whom
everybody must know. She asked me to return and talk to the manager and days
later I found Ricky Starnes chilling out on a hot afternoon. It took me some
talk and questions to recall him and his family. His father was the late Lloyd
Starnes Jr., married to the former Wanda McCarter, who at one time worked for
Doodle. I know the more famous uncle, Lester Starnes, and wonder if he still
hangs out at Waffle House? Ricky reminded me that I must have photographed him
as a child at Newport City Park for football season during the early 1970s,
when I was sports editor. He went on to play varsity ball at Cocke County High
School under coach Dale Chrisman. The Plain Talk billed Ricky as the biggest
player on the team at 205 pounds. I forgot to ask if he has lost weight. After
graduation he went to work with his uncle Lester whose partner was James
Loveday at the Cosby Highway IGA. Do you remember this store? It is in the
location now occupied by Western Auto thanks to the Burchette family. Later
Gene French ran the IGA and it eventually closed. Ricky is glad to be in the
public service as the Quick Lube manager.
Just a donut hole for now
Being a big fan of donuts, I again stopped by the Bryant
Town Don't Shop, last Thursday, that was supposed to open in late August as I
was ready for a large chocolate covered glazed, crème-filled donut. I saw Leon
Bryant directing some workers who wore Top Notch Construction T-shirts. They, Chad
Robinson and Kenny Chavis, will be building a drive-through window on the side
wall of the former pizza place. Leon said he was impressed with the increase in
businesses, as most of the property he and Benny Bryant own has been leased.
Further, he told me that the Nail Spa was moving into the Bryant Town Shopping
Center and Top Notch Construction was doing the store renovation for the new
I've also been watching another business there.
Gameknights opened earlier this month next to Allen's Computer shop. So I
needed to find out who opened this specialized business that draws a large
younger customer base. The first person I met wandering inside as a volunteer
was Dakotah Yard, from Florida.
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