National Night Out PDF Print E-mail
Thank you, thank you, and thank you! You made our National Night Out celebration a phenomenal success on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. All of the neighbors who turned out and all of those who assisted in putting the program together should be very proud of the honors given to the awardees that night. The Cavett Station Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the assistance they provided with food and decorations was outstanding. Those special awards presented to all of the Vietnam veterans who were present (and even a few who weren't present) put a smile on the faces of deserving people who left with warm hearts!

The gazebo in our beloved park was decorated in red, white, and blue shiny American flags and banners with stars. There were American flags bordering the park at the edge of the neatly trimmed lawn.  As the Central High School JROTC Color Guard made its way to take position in front of the gazebo, they looked proud and distinguished.  The Color Guard majestically and with utmost precision brought the Colors front and center while the crowd covered their hearts and rendered salutes for the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was immediately followed by Crystal Martin’s powerful voice singing The Star Spangled Banner in a cappella. The Color Guard with poise and precision marched off the field. Peter J. Pallesen, President of the Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association, thanked everyone for coming before turning the microphone over to Michael Duerr.  Duerr stated it was during the war of 1812 that Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem and it was also then that Tennesseans became known as the Volunteers. It was that spirit that was being honored that magnificent night.  Duerr introduced Holly Matthews of the DAR, who spoke of the honor and dignity of those being recognized.

Duerr presented awards to the City of Knoxville Police Department, Fire Department, Rural/Metro of East Tennessee, Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (District 2), and the United States Citizens Aiding Veterans.  Matthews then awarded over a dozen Vietnam veterans present with a special certificate, pins, button and bumper stickers.  The program was brought to a close with Martin singing America the Beautiful. 

After the awards were all handed out, everyone gathered for a time of fellowship and food. We milled around talking with the veterans, police officers, fireman, rescue workers and EMS personnel and looking at the array of emergency vehicles open for display.  Several of the DAR members left to present one more award to a Vietnam veteran who was unable to attend the ceremony. This vet, Aziz “Harby” Harb, was at work and was presented his award in the place we all know as Harby’s Pizza. 

We wish to thank the following people whose assistance made this night memorable for all who attended: Jamie Simerly and Mark Harris with the Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the pavilion and grounds for this event; Paul Schmutzler for his phenomenal photography skills and knowledge of the sound system; Heidi Schmutzler for delivering flyers at the last minute and being the ‘gopher’; Maggie Davidson helped also with distributing flyers; Deanne Beck and Catherine Moirai for staffing the EPNA table and being the hospitable emissaries of our association; Tom Zimmerman for his awesome grilling talents; Carol Zimmerman for her decorating prowess and ability to get the generator and sound equipment; Julie Taylor for her tireless efforts in preparing the EPNA table, designing and writing the brochures, assisting in the design of the program; Pam Mitchell for coming to the rescue with chairs and by leaving the Larry Cox Senior Center open; Tracy Clevenger and her friend for assisting with clean-up.  

We look forward with great expectation to next year's National Night Out awards ceremony. You may view a video of this event that was made by Sage Speaks a UT journalist student at this address
Third Thursday in Edgewood Park - 2015 PDF Print E-mail

The Third Thursday in Edgewood Park events have been an overall success!  We started this series in June with Solo Sam and his casual style music, strumming his guitar as he sat upon the stool outside the pavilion during our first Third Thursday in Edgewood Park.  This was followed by Linda Hill's wonderful story-telling as she interacted with the audience recounting stories of her childhood and playing songs we all loved and sang along with. The following month we had a gifted young man, 'Journie' McClure, as he was preparing to go off to music school.  He took an evening to share his special musical talent with all who attended.  Our final show for this 2015 season of Third Thursday in Edgewood Park was the band Reruns who livened the park with the theme songs to our favorite television shows, allowing us to reminisce of an earlier time of our lives.  At each of the events we had things for the children to do including face painting, bubbles, balls to play with and watermelon slices for all. These four events marked the start of a revitalization of the Edgewood Park neighborhood. If you were able to be at any of these gatherings, we know you left with a warm heart, a smile on your face and looking forward to seeing your neighbors once again.

The Third Thursday in Edgewood Park events have drawn to a close for 2015 and will resume again in the spring of 2016 when it starts to stay light a little later and the weather begins to warm up once again.  During the winter and fall months we will be continue activities within the park with our National Night Out on October second starting at 6PM, followed by a Halloween in the Park event on Saturday, October 31st.  We will continue events throughout the fall and winter months to include a chili cook-off and a special Christmas holiday celebration.

Keep your eye on this site or look for the flyers in your door or better yet, come to one of our Event Committee meetings and join in the fun!  Help us to shape the type of things we will do in and for this community. If you would like to attend one of these meetings or join this committee, email the committee chair (Julie Taylor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or myself (Mike Duerr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

We look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you as we coordinate upcoming events together. 

Thank you,

Michael Duerr 

What's New This Month PDF Print E-mail

This month's meeting on July 21 was Election Day.  Our normal elections are held in October, but Maggie Davidson, the current president, needs to step down to be able to take on a new part time job. 

Attendance was sparse, but we did elect Peter Pallessen as our new president.  Peter has been a member of EPNA for several years, and is involved in several projects, most notably the Neighborhood Grant program.  Peter spearheaded the new sign project, and was responsible for our group being awarded a $750 grant to build and install three new EPNA signs at entry locations to our neighborhood.

Julie Taylor was elected as Secretary/Recording Secretary for the group.  Julie has been a member of EPNA for only a few months, but has been instrumental in promoting our Third Thursday Concert Series.  She and Peter will meet soon to plan more aspects of our future success.

Maggie has offered to be unofficial Vice President to help Peter with the transition.  Because of the low turnout, an official vice president was not available.  In our by-laws, the elected vice president becomes president at the end of the current president's term, something Maggie is unable to commit to.


The group in attendance in July began tentative plans for our celebration of National Night Out, which is Tuesday, October 6th.  Michael Duerr began the idea with an alternative plan for our Third Thursdays, and the idea snowballed from their.  We will be recognizing our local police, firefighters, and military, as well as getting our neighbors out together to celebrate our neighborhood.  Plans thus far include grilling hot dogs, pot luck salads and desserts, flag displays, and perhaps, live patriotic music.

Details will be ironed out in our next two meetings, so please be sure to attend! 

Membership Drive PDF Print E-mail

  We are doing our best to let everyone in our neighborhood know that we are here and I am certain that by now you have seen those brightly colored flyers we have set in your doors over the past few months.  We are here in this neighborhood, the neighborhood we love...the sidewalks we stroll with the beautiful lawns and homes.  We have stopped and talked with a few of you, if you were out or even walking down the street.  

  We want to try and get you to come out to one of our meetings, sit and talk with us...tell us your concerns.  Do you like the music in the park?  Would you like to see other events?  If for no other reason than to meet some of your neighbors, c'mon down!  We are here to support this neighborhood, to bring the ideas and wishes of this community to fruition and the only way we can accomplish this is if YOU come to the Tuesday evening meetings at the Larry Cox Senior Center behind the park on Ocoee Trail.

  You can join or you can just participate, the choice is yours. We would truly like to see you there. 

Michael Duerr

EPNA member

Roseanne Wolf Picnic Area PDF Print E-mail

Input is being solicited now for ideas concerning the renovation of the Roseanne Wolf Picnic Area, at the corner of Shaw and Fairmount.  I spoke with Lori Goerlich, City of Knoxville's Greenways and Parks Coordinator, who said she just been at the park to see what could be done to improve it.  When I told her we had been discussing having it made over to honor Bernice Curtis, who passed away in April, she was very excited about helping.  

She wants our ideas on what the park could be used for, what activities we envision taking place there, and how to improve access to the park.  We discussed it at this month's meeting, and we all felt that a dog park or playground would not be a good use of the park, due to the creek running through it and the steep slopes.

What was agreed on was some kind of garden use.  Rose gardens, butterfly gardens, educational gardens and edible landscaping were all discussed.  I have asked leaders from  Fairmount-Emoriland Neighborhood Association, and proposed a joint meeting to figure out what direction would benefit us all.  When a date and time are selected, I will let you all know!

Maggie Davidson 

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