Sad scene approaching holidays

A house fire Saturday, Dec. 8, badly damaged a home at 9928 Sierra Vista Lane, just off Hart Road in Concord. Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to the 11:29 a.m. fire, which initially was believed to be located in the home’s chimney — with one of the occupants saying a fire was burning in the fireplace prior to the spreading flames — Rural/Metro reports stated. First-arriving crews then reported fire on the back of the house, which apparently spread to the attic. The fire was put out when the 24 on-scene firefighters were able to extinguish the flames outside, then inside the residence, reports further stated. No injuries were reported, as two occupants and their pets were able to escape the structure.

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What to do with 160,000 sq. feet? Offices

Owners of property known as “Outlet Mall,” 11221 Outlet Drive, which most recently housed the At Home store, now are looking at giving the structure a facelift so they can redevelop the site for office space.

Designers from R2R Studio and James H. Nixon with Turley & Co. Real Estate Investments recently presented plans to make

exterior improvements to the site to Farragut Municipal Planning Commission for feedback on their initial drawings.

The At Home store moved to 11501 Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek last summer. The “Outlet Mall” building is about 160,000 square feet.

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Service in 3 wars for Sizemore

Allen Sizemore serving in Berlin during the early 1960s.
For the first time in three years, a World War II veteran was in the audience for Frank Galbraith’s annual “Day of Infamy” presentation at Farragut Town Hall.

Allen Sizemore, 89, of Farragut was a veteran not only of that great war but also combat battles in Korea and service in Vietnam during his 31 years in the U.S. Army.

The Sevier County native was only 17 when he enlisted. He needed permission from his father, who was reticent because Sizemore’s brother, Charles, already was fighting overseas.

“He didn’t want another son in the war, but I wore him down,” Sizemore said.

“I thought I might be able to be with my brother.”

Tragically, Charles was killed at the Battle of the Bulge just days away from the end of the War in Europe.

Sizemore, as a member of the 101st Airborne division, said he was called into service in Japan and helped set up a hospital after the atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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police report

• At 8:47 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to an Everett Road address to investigate a residential burglary. The victim said between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. an unknown suspect forced entry into her home thorugh the front door and stole items with a total value listed at $1,550. Items stolen included jewelry, a jewelry box and a Kodak antique camera valued at $700. A neighbor told the victim at around 4:30 p.m. a black SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe, was in the victim’s driveway.

• At 5:44 p.m., Dec. 6, a KCSO unit was notified by a complainant from Belk, 11397 Parkside Drive, the defendant was concealing $37.14 worth of merchandise in her sweatshirt. Defendant passed last point of sale and attempted to leave the store when stopped by complainant. Officer took defendant into custody without incident.

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