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• My comments are about the severe weather coverage on the evening of May 26. What a night for watching the local TV meteorologists go head-to-head. I was riveted to the TV switching back-and-forth between Todd Howell and Matt Hinkin as they dueled their way through the coverage of the storms that plummeted West Knox and Blount counties. Todd proved interesting, but his delivery had a tendency to panic me at times. On Channel 6, Matt Hinkin won the night with his low key, authoritative steady-as-she-goes delivery. Matt could have given the audience more wide-area coverage by using maps depicting weather coming in as far away as Nashville. The new Channel 6 Stormtracker format is a great asset for keeping viewers informed. Having watched both men religiously, I can understand why Todd Howell’s four sons worry about his weathercast. And Matt Hinkin needs to drop the worn-out Willard Scott cliché “as we speak.”

• On May 10, Knox County schools passed a resolution asking Farragut to pay more money to Knox County schools. Even though an agreement had been agreed upon in years past. Why does the government of the town of Farragut not respond to this and explain the prior agreement?

• I’ve really been impressed with the Billy Stokes campaign in the state senate (race), 6th-District, where Ben Atchley is retiring. The campaign’s really grown from nothing to something and I think that Stokes will be a better choice than (Jamie) Hagood, for sure.

• (Last) weekend I saw several newscasts that showed a small town in Colorado (where) a small businessman in that town had become pretty well disgruntled, fed up, whatever you choose to call it, with the town officials because of their behind-closed-door deals with the money people around and they chose not to listen to the independent business people. Therefore, he got a hold of an extremely large bulldozer and enclosed it in steel, drilled holes in it – nice job, I might add — and he slowly drove around town, camera crews with him every step of the way, and destroyed all of the town hall buildings and things related to it. Destroyed all the buildings in question (concerning) under-the-table dealings. And went to all the councilmen’s homes, and the mayor’s, and totally destroyed them with this huge bulldozer. I applaud him. He was 52, they killed him. I will soon be that age, and I say “what a wonderful idea.”

• Farragut leaders are doing it again, acting like our so-called “affluent” community (and) our town hall is too good to have early voting. Fifty to 60 percent of the town’s citizens vote early, according to the paper. Classes usually consist of small groups. Surely there’s a church building that could accommodate these classes for the days of early voting. As for using the second floor, the small elevator would be a drawback and many people in wheelchairs and on walkers vote early. If the election commission decides not to have early voting in Farragut I’m sure many of our citizens who have to fight traffic to go to a distant polling place will not be happy. Farragut’s elections had early voting in town hall last year. Where were the classes held then?

• Precious lives can be saved at the corner of Kingston Pike and Concord Road if the new TnBank would redirect traffic to their big entrance. It is clear that First Tennessee Bank moved in order to avoid a huge liability.

• I read in the paper, the farragutpress (recently), about Brian Hornback. And my understanding is that he will be appointed to some position in Knox County government. I hope that Mike Ragsdale has taken a serious look into this. This man is not a uniter, he is a divider, and I question whether he should have any role in government considering what he has said about the people of Farragut.

• I think it would be a shame if they outlawed smoking in public places. And I am a non-smoker.

• It’s infuriating for people to be concerned about people smoking in public places. I as a non-smoker find it very angering that people want to take that right away.

• Yes, I believe public smoking should be outlawed because I run a restaurant, and my restaurant is smoke-free and I enjoy good business. And I think that’s what we all should be conscious about, our health.

• About public smoking being outlawed, I think that would be great to basically have all public places non-smoking, including all restaurants, and everything public. I live in Farragut and I totally agree that it should be outlawed.

• I wholeheartedly support any business willing to be smoke-free. When I go to a restaurant that has chosen to be smoke-free I always thank the manager. When I go out to eat, I want to be met with the aroma of fresh garlic bread baking in the oven, or steaks sizzling on the grill, or spicy apple pie with cinnamon and brown sugar. Nothing makes my taste buds go away, or sours my appetite, than walking into a nice restaurant and being hit in the face with the stench of cigarette smoke. I recently returned from a vacation in California where smoking is banned in all public places. Even the bars are smoke-free. It is possible to go an evening out without smoking a cigarette in public. I think it would be a wise move for Farragut to take on the distinction of being a smoke-free and public community. Let’s bring it on.

• I want to give kudos to the Silver Spoon for the policy of (being a) non-smoking restaurant establishment. I am glad to see that they have done that. Most people do not realize how offensive smoking is. I am an ex-smoker, been quit for 13 years and I realize both sides of the fence. I’m hoping Farragut will be a progressive town and make some changes instead of waiting for legislation to be passed to ban smoking in all establishments. Hopefully we won’t be the last place in the country, as usual, to make a move like this.

• Should public smoking be outlawed? I think it should. I lost a wife and a father to the effects of smoking. In my opinion, any habit that is so self-destructive should be outlawed in public. If they want to destroy themselves, let them do it in private.

• I certainly would support the outlawing of public smoking in the township of Farragut. I think it would serve as a model for other communities. It would give a message that our community is very responsible to all of its citizens. I think that would be a good message to give.

• I’d like to know whose idea it was to put red on the Farragut baseball uniforms? My whole family’s Farragut graduates, including my brother and nephew, who both played on the baseball team. I’m so proud of the baseball team for winning back-to-back state championships. But when I saw the pictures in the paper, I thought it was the West High School team. Farragut needs to go back to navy and white, no red.

• I totally support a state ban on cigarette smoking in public, or any kind of smoking in public. I realize smokers have rights also, but we all have to give up our rights for them to be able to smoke. It’s not right for them to enjoy a good meal, and then to ruin ours, or in other public places where we would like to dance or anything else and can’t because of breathing such horrible smoke. They need to be more considerate. And have you ever stopped at an intersection and looked at the cigarette butts piled up outside your windows? Just look next time you stop at a traffic light ... even new roads that they put down, like at Parkside and Lovell Road, if you pull up to the stop light and just look out, it looks like people have pulled up and just dumped their ash trays out on the streets. This takes centuries for that crap to ever go away. We need to start citing people for littering for that kind of an attitude and that kind of action.

 

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