Adrian Jay joins Mount Vernon board; also a wedding, pirates and more

Sandra ClarkHalls, Karns/Hardin Valley, Our Town Neighbors, Powell, West Knoxville

Sen. Becky Massey posted this wedding photo of her brother, former U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, and Vicki Frye Dowling. “Beautiful weekend,” Massey wrote. “These two childhood friends are blessed to have reconnected at a church supper.”

Adrian Jay

Adrian MacLean Jay of Knoxville is a new vice regent representing Tennessee for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The group owns and maintains George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It does not accept government funding and instead relies upon donations and ticket revenue to support its operations.

The announcement will be celebrated today (05/24) at an invitation-only reception at The East Tennessee History Center.

Jay is the co-founder of Random Acts of Flowers, a nationwide nonprofit that repurposes flowers into bouquets. She earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in American history from Union College (Schenectady, NY). Jay, her husband, Larsen, and sons Henry (13) and Alexander (10) live in Knoxville.

John Griess

John Griess has been reappointed as a commissioner for First Utility District in Farragut and southwest Knox County. Griess is managing broker for Holrob in Knoxville and a former Knox County commissioner.

Yard Sale: Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by the West Hills Community Association. Look for houses with a balloon attached to the mailbox.


Halls Crossroads Women’s League gave three scholarships for 2022: Rebecca Ramsey, Courtney Byington, HCWL committee chair Alma Williams, and Ashlyn Hatmaker.


The Little Pigeon Pirates from Sevierville floated May 14 in the fifth annual Beaver Creek Flotilla. They posted this slow-paced video on YouTube. Think about it. Gotta be the first time in history that folks from Sevier County came to Powell for outdoor recreation.

The Powell’s Station History Society will meet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Powell Lions Club building. Denise Riggs will discuss her uncle, Charles Nix, who was killed in action in Korea. He was a 1951 PHS graduate.

Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 819 Raccoon Valley Road, Heiskell, is sponsoring a Craft & Rummage Sale on Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors are welcomed for $10 per day. Info: 865-309-0098.

Tennova will break ground for a new patient tower at North Knox Medical Center on East Emory Road at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. Those attending should gather near the Emergency Department entrance.


The Knox County Democratic Party in District 6 met to pick up trash and perform their Adopt-a-Road project for the 22nd time on Saturday, May 14.  The group has met twice a year for 11 years to clean Beaver Ridge Road. This time volunteers gathered seven full bags which included many cigarette butts, paper, drink cans and a tire. Shown are Dana Moran, candidate Knox County Circuit Court Clerk; Janice Spoone, Frank Schingle, Mikaela Webb, Phillip Sherman, independent candidate District 6 school board; Noah Mesa, District 6 Democratic chair; Owen Cianciolo, Vince Cianciolo, Clark Piercy and Maureen Cianciolo. (Photo by Marianne May, Adopt-a-Road chair)


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