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What’s going on with Salvation Army and Goodwater Vineyard?

(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Major Linda Sloan of the Salvation Army was a guest of the Newport Kiwanis Club.
With her is veteran Christmas bell ringer at Wal-Mart, Ottie Hall. Major Sloan is the
new person working in Sevier and Cocke counties for Salvation Army programs.
Published: 9:35 AM, 11/25/2013 Last updated: 9:38 AM, 11/25/2013
 

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

What’s going on with Salvation Army and Goodwater Vineyard?

 

Thanksgiving week holds the promise of piles of home cooked food but also much colder weather in our hometown before above normal temperatures return for most of December.

Before completing my visit at Pleasant Grove church with Lorane (Conard) Runyan for thoughts and memories on the memorial youth park, I made a note to remember a birthday of a long-time friend, Edsel Hall. He turned 83 on November 15. I am much younger but still can appreciate his aged viewpoint: “After 61 years behind the barber’s chair, you can’t remember everyone’s name.” He still walks almost three miles a day early in the morning through town before opening his barbershop near the courthouse.

 

Memories set in stone

 

We mentioned the Rev. James Blaine and Myrtle Conard family, Lorane’s parents and also her late brother’s, S. Glenn Conard. Retired Newport Utilities employee J. B. Conard is a brother. The others not mentioned yet are Dale, Bobby, Wayne, Myrna Livesay, Karen Hale, and Rebecca McGaha. Lorane made the connection that Myrtle had survived cancer, when Lorane’s daughter, Melissa  Hale Brooks, could not.

“When Melissa died, I wanted to do something beneficial in her memory,” said Lorane. “They, Glenn and Melissa, touched so many lives. They were always caring and giving.” Melissa was “fun loving” and worked at Food City East as a florist and also worked at Detroit Gasket. “She was my best friend,” said Lorane. Likewise, Glenn always had a smile and looked for ways to help the community. He served on the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department, farmed, and also worked at the Bush Brothers farm at Chestnut Hill. His death was a shock to the family and his friends. He is survived by two children: Jennifer and Daniel.

Leaving the church property, Lorane asked if I had seen the blue cross on the top of the church. It’s at the rear of the church roof. “You can see it from the interstate.” I will look for it one night and this day forward will always associate it with Glenn and Melissa. And somewhere nearby, you know is the bronze memorial plaque that reads, in part:

“A tribute to the life they lived

The people they touched

Always caring, always sharing

Forever in our hearts.”

 

 

What’s story on apartments?

 

I talked with Wade Wester a week or so ago, when he dropped by the office about some property he and wife, Linda, had recently purchased. You have seen the old, long frame houses, four of them, facing Ruble Street. Each of the houses is a duplex, if I understood him correctly. They were last owned by a Jacksonville person and sold via Luke Goddard. They do not have much information about the history of the property but believe the houses were built around 1938. In fact, one of the reasons dropping in to see me was to determine if we could publish a photo and story in hopes of learning more. Wade will continue to rent out the apartments. One of our mailroom employees, Michael Raleigh, has been living in one of the houses for several months and seems to be comfortable with it. You may recall that when the April tornado blew thru a few years ago, it destroyed a large block garage at the rear of the houses. “We are renovating and upgrading these. I want to see something special with them,” he said. It makes sense that they landscape and renovate because Wade and Linda live on Ruble Street closer to the grammar school. “Everybody deserves good homes,” he said. I can agree with that and salute the Westers for their long-term project and commitment. If you know anything about the construction and early owners, let me know and I will share this.

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