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From games to donuts the city landscape takes on new appeal

(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 business.

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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