Entertainer Anna "Appalachian Annie" Uptain and Love Towers resident Rita Schwartz chat with KCDC executive director Ben Bentley during the Love Towers Resident Appreciation Luncheon. Photo by S. Carey

Residents of Guy B. Love Towers in Old North Knoxville got a special treat Nov. 17, with the Resident Appreciation Luncheon, an event developed by apartment manager Steve Ellis. Now in its 14th year, the luncheon includes a hot meal served by staff members of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, dessert, door prizes and entertainment.

“I really can’t say enough about what it means to be here over the 14 years and build the community up,” said Ellis. “Every year I see improvements in how the residents interact with each other.”

KCDC executive director Ben Bentley was also in attendance. He’s been on the job less than a year, having moved to Knoxville from Nashville in February, so this was his first Resident Appreciation Luncheon. He praised Ellis and the Love Towers residents for their community spirit.

“This property’s sort of been a model for us as far as these community events,” he said.

Twelve-year Love Towers resident Rita Schwartz said she enjoys getting to know her neighbors through programming at Love Towers, whether it’s a luncheon or just a chance to play piano in the community room.

“I just think that when people are busy they’re happier,” she said. “It’s all about not being isolated. I love getting the people to come out.”

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Written by Shannon Carey

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