Hanging out at ‘lucky’ Gap Creek Market

Betsy PickleSouth Knox

Apparently, no one in the Gap Creek/Kimberlin Heights area has any complaints with Knox County government or the school board.

County Commissioner Carson Dailey and school board representative Amber Rountree, who represent South Knox, showed up at Gap Creek Market & Deli Tuesday evening and hung out for two hours, waiting for constituents to drop by to air their concerns and grievances.

Despite greeting everyone who came within speaking distance, Dailey had no nibbles at his monthly “Ask the Commissioner” forum (which he rotates around various SoKno eateries), even with the extra attraction of having the SoKno school board member available.

Meanwhile, business was brisk at Gap Creek Market & Deli, which sold a winning $250,000 Powerball ticket (final share: $50,000) in late April. Lottery tickets and drinks seemed to be the main attraction. Ankita and Hemal Patel, newlyweds of 10 months, bought the market in March and are its good-luck charms.

Dailey and Rountree used the time to talk about what’s going on south of the river, including a public meeting at 6 p.m. this Thursday at South-Doyle Middle School to discuss the proposed BMX track at the school.

And not far from the market, there’s soon to be a major traffic headache for residents. The Kimberlin Heights Road bridge over Gap Creek will be closed June 12 for replacement, requiring a long detour. The county Engineering Department expects the project to be completed in August.

Otherwise, the two reporters dutifully attending the “Ask the Commissioner” meeting learned that Rountree has a serious sweet tooth, and she would love to see an ice-cream place open in SoKno (who wouldn’t!).

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but Amber Rountree is a sweet freak. Her friends Mike & Ike helped keep her going till she could eat dinner.


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