By Jeaneane Payne
Grove Park Inn
Dining Room at the inn's country club
According to a blog post by Ruth Graham, staff members from Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) gathered at the luxurious and famous Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina last year for a President's Gathering.
Graham's blog states "The next morning I went to The Grove Park Inn for the President's Gathering for the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). KARM is a ministry that seeks to treat the whole person regardless of need. They meet the folks where they are and help them find the healing and restoration that is so badly needed. Whether it is a place to stay, a meal, marketable skill, counseling – KARM seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus."
On its web site the Grove Park Inn promotes itself by saying "Enchanting mountain vistas, lush green fairways, warm Southern charm, and passionate hospitality make The Grove Park Inn an oasis for family vacations and romantic getaways." The inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Travel+Leisure's Top Five Spa Resorts in the country.
Former Knox County Commissioner Brian Hornback recently posted comments regarding the incident on his blog, pointing out the attention given to the issue of homelessness in Knoxville and the failed experiment of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. Hornback's blog entitled "Where Do Contributions for KARM Go?" can be found at www.brianhornback.com.
Hornback's blog, "Shock and Awe" focuses on controversial issues in Knoxville. He can be found on Twitter at twitter.com/shockand_awe.