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
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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

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 


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