Yesterday, Sunnyview Primary School had a tree planting event. The three river birch trees were donated by Whittle Springs Middle School were planted in memory of 6-year-old Zykia Burns, 7-year-old Seraya Glasper, and 46-year-old Knox County Schools employee Kimberly Riddle. Burns, Glasper and Riddle died in a December 2, 2014 Knox County school bus accident on Asheville Highway between the John Sevier Highway intersection and the Holston River Bridge.
Sunnyview Primary is the elementary school that I attended through grades 2-8. After my 8th grade year ended in 1980, I went to Carter High School, graduating Knox County School Carter in 1984. After the ceremony, I walked he hallways, not much has changed. There are several temporary classroom buildings on the property that was the biggest playground ever. I remembered the time my head got cut on one of those throw out windows and many other memories. The quiet community was still quiet. It is proof there is a time to and you can go home again.