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OurView — Congrats to Dodgen and FHS boys team

Congratulations are in order for coach Donald Dodgen and his Farragut High School basketball team for making it to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division I Sectional in Kingsport last Monday night.

This is the first time in Dodgen’s 500-plus win career that one of his Farragut teams has attained this level in the annual tournament. According to former FHS head coach Lynn E. Sexton, the last time FHS attained the Sectional level was in 1986, and the last time it made the state semifinals was 1983.

Even though the contest between FHS and Dobyns-Bennett High School turned out to be the season-ending game for the Admirals, it’s a shame that more local fan support could not have been generated to see basketball in its truest form.

Those who did show up for the contest and followed the team throughout the year should be applauded. The only criticism of the fans would be that the FHS colors are blue and gray, not University of Tennessee orange, which many fans wear at FHS games. A real fan would shell out a little money and get the school’s colors to advertise their support.

In other matters, an interesting concept was introduced at last week’s Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission workshop on the future of Kingston Pike.

It was suggested by an anonymous source that the “merge lane” running the length of Kingston Pike be removed and drivers should be required to make proper entry onto the pike.

Also, it was suggested that left-hand turns onto and off the pike be abolished.

How many accidents would that prevent?

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