Save The First Couple Of Red Bank - And Response (2)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

As a proud graduate of Red Bank High School, I commend the grass roots effort now underway to save the brick man and woman fronting the building on Dayton Boulevard. 

This couple is far more than mere bricks and mortar. Much, much more.  This couple is a symbol of both unity and community, and has been seen by thousands upon thousands of students and parents alike for several generations. 

It’s a Red Bank landmark and a true piece of its history.  This couple would make a beautiful centerpiece elsewhere in the community, be it at a school or a park. 

Red Bank High School taught their students to persevere. To make a difference.  Red Bank High School taught their students to stand up for what they believe in.  Now, it’s time for us to make the “First Couple of Red Bank” proud. 

Please – make a donation to the saving and restoration of this Red Bank landmark. Drop a donation by Red Bank City Hall.  We’ve got two weeks to raise the necessary funds to ensure this couple stays together. 

This beautiful couple has been joined together through world wars, depressions, economic prosperity and so much more. 

I mean, are we really going to let something like $8,000 destroy a couple who has been together for more than 70 years? 

Chip Chapman

* * * 

I just read the article about some folks wanting to save the brick couple on the facade of Red Bank Middle before it is destroyed. I have driven past this brick couple many, many times and contemplated the bricks jutting out to represent breasts on the female.  I know this design was originally for a high school, but then this image represented the kiddos at the middle school.  

It is just such a strange fixture to have persevered so long with no critique of any sort.

Ruthie Reed

* * * 

Great Story! The Brick Couple is iconic.  A lot of alumni have been deeply saddened knowing 'our' high school (now middle school since 1982) will soon be demolished.  If any portion of the building could be saved were put to a vote among any alumni, the Brick People would win, hands down!  They were there to greet us each and every time we stepped onto the campus. Chip Chapman did an excellent job on this story. As part of the committee of this grass roots effort, I don't think I could have said it any better. 

Kudos!

Sharmon Hardin


Arnold Palmer Was A Great Role Model

Roy, thanks for an amazing tribute to Arnold Palmer. I grew up in Pennsylvania in the 60's and 70's and Arnie was one of my early heroes. I never had the pleasure to see him in a tournament. My Dad saw him once. Arnold is the epitome of a great role model when it comes to athletes. Tom Watson is another hero of mine as well. Arnie brought class and dignity to the game. He was ... (click for more)

Hillary Or Trump?

I do not accept simply asking myself which candidate would be best for me and my family when deciding which one I will vote for.  That is because I do not believe 100 percent of what either of them says.  Instead, I ask how each will go about setting policies, reaching goals and making decisions.  Hillary has made it clear that only she has the knowledge and experience ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Smart Running: Vradenburgh, Boyd Win Again

There’s a lesson to be learned for those young folks who choose cross country as their sport in the fall:  It’s impossible to win a race in the first mile, but you can surely lose one in that same space. As anyone with much running experience can verify, the fastest person doesn’t always win.  Running smart and using a tactical approach with planned pacing often produces ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Wins 7-AA After Beating Notre Dame

The Signal Mountain Lady Eagles took care of business at home Tuesday night as they swept visiting Notre Dame by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-19 to claim first place in District 7-AA with a 10-0 district mark and 30-8 overall. Audrie Johnson had 11 kills while Kate Barry added 17 digs and 11 assists.  Nicole Terfloth finished with 18 digs and three aces for the winners ... (click for more)