Tree hugger's Volunteer Spirit blooming in South Knoxville

Are you in a rush every time you get in the car? Well, Bob Santore is hopeful you'll slow down, at least on Chapman Highway.
He says, "My mission is dressing up South Knoxville for the people, for everyone to enjoy."

Bob's spent 17 years planting a trail of trees, 700 of them along Chapman.
"I've planted all different color crepe myrtles through here. I believe the colors will catch the eye. Four different colors, reds and pinks that I think they will slow up and look."

Bob also takes care of the trees, with help from the Knox County Sheriff Department's Inmate Program.

AS far as paying for the trees.. Bob throws in some of his own cash, but he relies on donations.

Santore says, "I never touch the money, I tell people who want to help, go to Stanley's and purchase the trees there and leave them there and I will plant them."

People working nearby like what they see.
Sharon Dean says, "It's a pleasure. The Crepe Myrtles are really pretty and colorful and I notice all the birds around."

Bob hopes his blooms have a boom effect.
"Hopefully that will draw in more businesses to this area," says Bob.

And eventually, bob would like to see a crepe myrtle festival in the city, but, that's down the road.

To contact Bob Santore: 865-661-1711


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