We needs to be offended about wasted cash — Lynn Schmitt | Letters to the Editor

I am outraged that leading Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are planning to spend $ 680,000 in tax dollars on a cyber investigation into a nearly a year-old election – a choice that has already been proven correct and legitimate.

This effort is not only unnecessary and useless, but also confirms the nepotism that is the hallmark of the GOP. Former State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and other GOP patrons are just refilling their pockets so they can continue to support the seizure of power.

Assembly spokesman Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and his “fabricated” claim about election fraud are just another lie. All taxpayers – even Republicans who pronounce the misery of government waste – should be outraged.

Lynn Backyard mural begins to go up | Arts & Leisure

KINGSPORT – After two years of planning and hard work, a 100 foot long mural is hanging on the walls for the whole city to see.

With a grant from the City of Kingsport, the Lynn View Advisory Committee led efforts to create a mural on the exterior walls of the Lynn Garden Hardware building. Organizers say the mural was made to showcase the people, businesses, schools and churches of Lynn Garden.

On Saturday the mural began to rise.

“It tells a story that is both positive and true,” said Jim Wells, committee member and longtime Lynn Garden volunteer. “It projects realism, emotion and energy. … This will be the location for murals in the Tri-Cities. I think it’s so good. “


The 100 foot long mural depicts a brief history of the Lynn Garden community, including iconic imagery like the Lynn Garden restaurant, old Lynn View High School (and the Lynx mascot), the Optimist Club youth football league, a Pal’s Cup, model railways , a gold cross and seniors.

It will span two outside walls of the Lynn Garden Hardware building and will essentially take people to the “heart of Lynn Garden” – the Lynn View Community Center just up the street, Wells said.

The mural is not a mural in the traditional sense – where paint is applied directly to the walls. Rather, 40 separate pieces of Pellon, a fleece material, are hung on the walls of the building.

The painting took place in the Hardware Building last year, so people didn’t have to be in the elements to complete their work.

Joe Pilkenton, a digital artist and sculptor with the Kingsport Carousel Project, previously told The Times News that he designed the mural images on a computer and sent the file to a Philadelphia company who in turn did their outlines on the Pellon material printed.

Basically, the fabric resembles a huge “painting by numbers” mural.


Wells said a number of volunteers had helped paint parts of the mural over the past year. He spent at least 1,500 hours on the project. In order to present the mural and deter vandals, a light was set up on a nearby mast that shines on the mural at night.

On a good day, Pilkenton said, volunteers can put four sections of the mural on the walls. Add two coats of sealer and a UV coating also need to be applied over the mural, and Pilkenton estimates all work will be completed in about three weeks.

And then the Lynn Garden Community can celebrate their mural.

If you want to see the work in progress, the mural is on the corner of Lynn Garden Drive and Walker Street.

Lynn Backyard Restaurant serves up home-style favorites | Enterprise

KINGSPORT – The Lynn Garden Restaurant was recognized by Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull for over 30 years of service to the community.

The restaurant, run by the Kerney family, has won many awards over the years, including the Times News Readers Choice Awards for Best Chicken and Best Breakfast.

The award also noted that the restaurant had a number of famous guests, including country music legend Johnny Cash.

The restaurant’s co-owner, Mike Kerney, answered these questions:

How long has your restaurant been in operation?

The Lynn Garden Restaurant has been in operation almost continuously since 1946. The Kerney family has owned and operated the restaurant since June 30, 1989. Previously, the family (Mike, his mother Anna, and his brother Bill) ran the Gateway Restaurant (1979-1989, along with family friend Greg McDavid on Campus Drive -In and the 7-12 Market (1971-1989) in Gate City. (Mike Kerney has been a local businessman and entrepreneur since 1971 and is celebrating his 50th anniversary this year!)

What do you think of the specialties in your restaurant and why?

Our specialties include our famous chicken, cookies, and gravy, but everyone has a favorite. We are known for our famous chicken – we only use fresh chicken and make sure our suppliers provide us with large portions. Then we hand-roast the chicken and roast to order. Our chicken is specially made for each order.

What is your culinary education and how did you learn to do what you do in the kitchen?

Years in the kitchen passed from cook to cook. I grew up eating my mother’s home cooking. Anna Matuszczyk Kerney, in turn, learned from her mother, who learned from her mother and father. My great grandfather, Mike Fekete, owned and operated Mike’s Cafe in Norton, Virginia in the 1920s. I come from a family of restaurateurs who specialize in home cooking and home cooking. The chefs who work in our kitchen have now learned that too – cook at home and cook in the Lynn Garden Restaurant.

Why does your restaurant appeal to customers and how do you maintain this ambience?

The Lynn Garden Restaurant is a family-friendly, home-style restaurant that serves traditional home cooking that many people no longer cook at home. Our atmosphere is relaxed and looks back on the 50s. Our restaurant is exactly what you’d expect from a 50’s style dinner, with a lunch counter, cozy stalls and nostalgia everywhere. Many people enjoy reading the antiques on the walls, including Lynn View Middle School memorabilia as well as our collection of UT memorabilia. Another popular exhibit is hundreds of ancient Kingsport and Southwest Virginia pictures from the library’s archives, curated, compiled, and hung by local historian Kenny Stallard.

Do you share recipes with your guests? If so, please share your favorite recipe with us.

We sometimes share our recipes, but we encourage our guests to write down their own family recipes. With your grandparents or other family members, schedule a cook, learn how to make your favorites, and write it down to keep for your family. It’s also a great way to spend an afternoon.

How do you think your restaurant is different from other restaurants in the Tri-Cities area?

We’ve been doing things the same way for a long time, with the same recipes and methods, and that works for us. Keeping it simple and offering consistent comfort food has contributed to the longevity of our restaurant. For decades we had many of the same employees, people who believed in the family atmosphere we have enjoyed for so many years. We appreciate your loyalty to the Lynn Garden Restaurant and our customers and for making people feel at home here. We also listen to our customers’ feedback and help them meet their special requests.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of your location?

For some people we are a hidden gem in Lynn Garden. For others, they knew where we were, hand in hand with Lynn Garden Hardware. With Lynn Garden Hardware closing as a dedicated hardware store around 2015, some people are now not traveling to Lynn Garden. We invite those who have not yet come to give us a try. We’re centrally located on a main drag, conveniently close to Kingsport and Southwest Virginia, with ample parking.

How often do you change the menu in the restaurant and why?

Our menu has remained largely the same since 1989 – and beyond! With the exception of a few additions here and there – for example different types of vegetables, salads and potatoes – you will find our menu almost the same every day. We offer daily specials every week. Our dessert offers also change daily, with special cakes and pies being offered daily. We had to make a few adjustments over the past year, but we’re keeping the information up to date on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

What’s your favorite cookbook?

I don’t have a favorite cookbook, but some of my favorite recipes are the handwritten ones passed down by Anna Kerney. My favorite is probably our chilli, which was passed down from my Hungarian great-grandfather Mike Fekete. Next up is Anna Kerney’s sauce, cookies, and meringue cakes.