Where do a psychic, invisible fences, memorabilia and high school wrestling intersect? Try the Halls Business & Professional Association at Beaver Brook Country Club, with a delicious buffet lunch and president Michelle Wilson keeping the clock.
Psychic: Pat Sisson, longtime Halls resident, spoke of her career as “The Happy Medium.” Her tools of trade are palmistry, tarot cards and ghost-busting. “And I can walk on water if I know where the rocks are,” she said. Sisson is an elder in her church and a mom with grand and even great grandchildren. She performed a tandem parachute jump to celebrate her 80th birthday. And she’s made a living as a psychic.
PetSafe: Jason Hart, a category director at PetSafe, outlined the history of the local company founded by Randy Boyd, now a Republican candidate for governor. The business began as Radio Systems Corporation, now the parent company. Brands include SportDOG and Lucky Litter for cats. PetSafe has built eight dog parks in Knox County including Shumpert Park, Concord Park and downtown. Current goals include revenues of $450 million, earnings of $100 million, and great service to 21.3 million people and pets.
History: Gordy Noe, founder of Pioneer Heat & Air Conditioning, is working with Carl
Tindell and Commissioner Charles Busler to secure a permanent home for the mountains of photos and Halls memorabilia collected by Hubert LaRue. Noe said the Halls Alumni Association has taken the lead, and he asked for a partnership with the HBPA, the Women’s League and “anyone else who can help.” He needs about 400-500 square feet to house some 4,000 items. Info: 865-922-2817.
Wrestling: Greta Buckman urged support for the Halls High wrestling team, champions for four of the last five years for the district, dual region and traditional region. She’s designed a smartphone map of sponsors that will be distributed at five upcoming tournaments.
Halls High had a state champion and three additional medalists at the 2017 state tournament, while Halls Middle had nine state medalists, Buckman said. Info: head coach Shannon Sayne at 865-659-1538 or email@example.com.
Gala: The annual holiday gala will be Friday, Dec. 1, at Beaver Brook. Former UT quarterback Erik Ainge is the speaker. Ticket information: Sue Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-922-7751.
Parade: The parade is back after a break for road construction. Travis Woody at the Halls Food City is parade chair. Start lining up at Halls High School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and the parade will step off at 2 p.m. Info: email@example.com.