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Ford featured at Chamber breakfast

If the town of Farragut named ambassadors, Mayor Eddy Ford would surely be one of them.

Ford, the featured speaker at the Farragut/West Knox Chamber breakfast series Tuesday morning, took the opportunity to, in his words, “brag” about the town to his captive audience of local business members.

Ford has been a part of Farragut leadership since he was elected as Alderman in its first election in 1980. He is serving his third term as mayor and announced that he would run for a fourth term in April.

Ford’s roots run deep in Farragut. He and his wife, Linda, are 1957 graduates of Farragut High School, where the mayor earned the title valedictorian. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Before sharing a laundry list of some of Farragut’s assets, Ford offered credit to Farragut’s first mayor, Bob Leonard, who attended the breakfast, Dan Olson, town administrator, the remainder of the town staff and the some 200 residents who volunteer in the town.

As an unpaid official, Ford is among those volunteers. He told Chamber members, “I am so proud of the town of Farragut and I am so proud of your role in the town of Farragut.”

Ford said he believed that business members are part of what makes Farragut, “a premiere residential community … Many in this room and the organizations that you represent are major contributors.”

Ford relied on numbers throughout his speech. Since the 1990 census, Farragut has grown in population by 38.5 percent, more than twice the growth of Oak Ridge, Knoxville and Lenoir City combined. Farragut offers 35 restaurants, 22 churches, 10 banks and 12 traffic lights. Only 38 full-time staff members take care of the approximately 19,000 citizens.

Ford noted the “spending potential” among Farragut citizens, adding, “the opportunity is there for you all to make money within the commercial sector.”

He highlighted current and future road projects. “We are continuing to build this infrastructure,” he said.

Ford is enthusiastic about his many roles as Farragut’s mayor.

“Where else could you be given an invitation to come and start the 5K run at seven-thirty in the morning? I am honored that they would ask me,” he said.


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