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• I’m calling in regards to the rezoning of the Knox County Schools. I feel the school board needs to look at the students and trying to keep the students together. In doing so, all of Cedar Bluff (Middle School) students, unfortunately, have been divided up between three schools in the past and now they’re minimizing it down to two schools. It would be nice to see that all Cedar Bluff students that graduate eighth-grade move on to Karns (High School) together as a unit and a group. It would be nice to see that all West Valley (Middle School) students — instead of being split between two (high) schools, Farragut and Bearden — they all (should) move to Bearden together. It would be nice to see that all students at Farragut Middle that graduate from eighth-grade stay together as a united group and move on Farragut High School. The overcrowding is just going to get worse in the Farragut area due to the expected 600 homes that are going to be built off of Bruce Smith Road, Harvey Road and Evans Road. That’s in addition to the 400 homes that are going to be purposed off of McFee Road. So that’s another 1,000 homes that are going into the Farragut area. At a (high) school capacity that’s already 800 (students) over, that is just going to make the situation worse. So instead of looking to rezone every couple of years, I think the school board needs to sit down, look at the whole picture, rezone everything so that groups of children stay together, and then leave it like that for years to come so that homeowners know where to buy a house and where their kids will be attending school and have confidence that they’ll be there through 12 years of education

• It has often been said that the new bank that has been built on the corner of Concord Road and Kingston Pike has now painted the entrance sign at a deadly place where many accidents have happened and people have been killed. What a short entrance that the bank has already built. We know that many of the older people have said they cannot enter that bank with the short entrance and the danger coming from Kingston Pike and Concord Road. Make the entrance a different way.

• In a (presstalk April 22) a (caller) speaks of (his/her) experiences in the Farragut branch library … there are simpler solutions (to the problems). The library is a place for everyone, not only retirees and those with small children. Everyone should be made to feel welcome in a public library. At the same time, everybody should follow library rules. The most important of which is respect for the rights of others. Parents should teach their children that the library is a special place where they should be especially quiet and self-controlled so as not to disturb others. Adults should set an example for children by not using cell phones or speaking loudly. This way it would not be necessary to build a separate wing, and children would be taught something even more important than the idea that reading is fun. They would be taught to be considerate of others.

• If there’s one thing that chaps my backside, it’s news and weather personalities who do not know a state line from a border. (Recently) Lori Tucker, Matt Hinkin and Todd Howell each referred to adjacent states as being separated from Tennessee by a “border.” The boundary line between Kentucky and Tennessee is not a border, it is a state line. At least WATE-TVs Tim Miller got it right (recently). The United States of America does not recognize borders with Kentucky and Tennessee. They do recognize borders with Mexico and Canada. All of the lower 48 states are separated by state lines.

• NBC is changing anchormen on its Nightly News. The Nightly News has had some illustrious personalities in the past. Among the best were Chet Huntley, Frank McGee and John Chancellor. None talked though their noses and each spoke without an accent. You could understand every word. ABC News had equals in Frank Reynolds and Bill Beutel. The best at CBS News was not Walter Cronkite but Douglas Edwards. NBC has a history of news anchors with speech (impediments). Frank Blair of the old Today show had difficulty with his false teeth, and it was embarrassing to watch him. More recently, Tom Brokaw has lived with a speech impediment. Now we’ve learned that NBC News has replaced Brokaw with Brian Williams, a pretty boy who has been groomed for the job for several years. Williams brings excess baggage, too. First, he loves himself very much and it shows. They he tilts his head as if to give the viewers a three-quarter pose of his best side. To top it off, he has the world’s worst set of impacted sinuses. Nasalness is this guy’s middle name. NBC should farm him to an extreme makeover show. Where is John Cameron Swayze when you need him? Come to think of it, Williams will be in good company on WBIR-TV (Channel 10). When it comes to having the largest gathering of twangy, “talk-through-your-nose” types, Channel 10 is in a class by itself. This is East Tennessee, and a lot of folks have southern accents. But Channel 10 goes one step further. When they cannot meet their quota of twangy “talk-through-your-nose” types locally, they recruit them from West Texas.

• I’m calling to say how disgusting I think it is that our community’s standards have gotten so low and people can perform indecent acts in our area’s parks and picnic areas. People should know that bass fishermen can see what they’re doing. And I’m just glad that no small children were in the area.



























• I agree with the senator’s comments (State Sen. Tim Burchett, R-7th District) about the season ticket holders for UT (football) tickets. We’ve had tickets for 30 years and now we’re being asked to pay another $2,000 to $3,000 per year — $3,000 if we keep all three tickets — without any consideration for people who have been there for 30 years. I hope the senator makes progress with that, and that the (state senate’s?) fiscal responsibility committee does take a look at it.

• When we moved to Farragut a few years ago we considered some homes on the very outskirts of the school boundaries and decided to land pretty much in the heart of Farragut. We had experienced rezoning issues where we lived prior to moving to Tennessee, so that this unfortunate event happens in every state, county and city. My question today has to do with the population of transfer students attending Farragut schools. I don’t know the numbers involved, but I’m aware it occurs. What comes to mind especially are the students living in the Avalon subdivision. From every map I’ve looked at it doesn’t appear as if this area is even in Knox County. And I know some students living there attend our schools. Others living within our county but not within the boundaries of Farragut attend our schools as well. I cannot understand why this is allowed, considering the overcrowding we deal with. It’s a personal choice where you live, and part of that consideration is where your children will attend school. We were told when enrolling our children that we had to prove we lived within Farragut’s boundaries. I think that before we start setting new boundaries for those that want to purchase their homes within the Farragut school’s boundaries, perhaps the transfer population should be looked at and adjustments made in this area.

• I do not think the rezoning of 118 students from Farragut Middle (School) to Cedar Bluff Middle will do anything to solve the overcrowding situation at Farragut High School. I do not think the school board should arbitrarily, just constantly, every year, rezone students at their whim. It does not solve the situation. In addition, we were told that the only courses not offered at Karns are Russian and strings. I’ve since found out that another course is not offered. Is there anything else they are not telling us? Stop this rezoning until it makes some sense. Build a new high school, that will be the only thing to resolve the issue of overcrowding in West Knox schools.

• Residents of Farragut must hold the Mayor and Board of Aldermen accountable for the crisis with our schools. They alone approved the high density zoning which has created this problem. Knox County Schools ask 450 Farragut students to go to Karns High School, and yet the mayor and aldermen consider more high-density R-2 zoning. How can anyone justify more R-2 zoning in Farragut, when it takes five years to build the high school, and high schools cost $30 million each? When the population of Farragut grows to 39,000 — more than double in the next 10 years — how many new high schools will have to be built and how long will it take?

• There is a light desperately needed at Northshore on Concord Road. When you’re trying to get onto Northshore from Concord Road, it’s almost impossible. That corner needs a light.

• This call concerns Bradford’s (Jewelers) in Aspen Square (Center), Farragut. The store signs were removed for maintenance a few years ago and then duplicate signs have been hung. I understand that there’s going to be a hearing as to why the signs should be taken down. I think that by removing the signs you’ll be destroying a business and a man’s livelihood. And with the traffic and small businesses along Kingston Pike, clients are going to be unable to find the store or they may just think the store is out of business. This is wrong.

• I am calling in response to a (call) that was in your press talk dated Thursday, April 29. This person advocates rezoning the kids north of the interstate so they can go to Karns High School. Well I don’t advocate that just for the simple fact that most of us who live north of the interstate for the most part only live two or three miles from the high school (Farragut). From the way this person is talking, they live more like six, seven, eight miles from the high school. I think that my kids shouldn’t have to go 10 miles to Karns to go to high school. I think they’re needs to be some kind of leeway in some way. There has to some kind of solution, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of those of us who live closer.

• People buying gasoline in the Farragut area, especially from Dixie Lee Junction east or north to the Lovell Heights area, should notice the digital readouts on the pumps. Many times when you remove the pump from the gas area to put in your car, the digital (amount) will run up anywhere from three cents to 10 cents before you get one drop of gasoline in your automobile. People here in Farragut should be made aware of this.

• I can’t believe after 20 years of business in Farragut, this store that we’re familiar with, Bradford’s Jewelers, is once again being harassed by the town hall. The man had his sign taken down without his knowledge, and it was a sign that was up for 17 years, and (not being allowed to put it back in the same place) has virtually destroyed his business because people thought he was out of business. Now they have delivered a subpena for him to appear in court on the 11th of May at 6 p.m. to make him take his signs down again which he just recently got put back up (as it originally was). We should support Mr. Bradford, he’s had a tough enough time trying to make a living in this community. It seems like all they’re trying to do is run him out of town, and they have yet to give a reason for it. It’s just a shame that our local society has come to this.

• I am so glad the people of Knox County see the need for a new high school. ... What will it take to get it started?

• Now we learn of atrocities by American troops on Iraqi prisoners of war. I thought that was one of the compelling reason for regime change. One year ago (May 3), Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, that it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. Was Bush deceiving us, or was he deceived. Either way, America deserves better.

• With the highest gas and car insurance prices in history, perhaps we should compliment our Farragut mayor and his department for protecting yellow lines. These are especially important at left-hand turns. Too many of us fail to conserve gas when speeding though yellow lines at left-hand turns. These lines are gaps for safe turns. Our insurance reflects the expense of accidents resulting from wreckless driving. Farragut has protected us with yellow lines and turn gaps. But we must police ourselves.

 

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