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FBMA clears way for 2005 Festival on the Green, Dogwood Trail

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the right of way signs for the 2005 Farragut Dogwood Trail and a $10,000 donation to the Dogwood Arts Festival at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Jan. 13.

The Farragut trail, added five years ago, is one of seven trails in the festival. The festival begins Friday, April 8, and continues through Sunday, April 24.

Ed Pasley, executive director of the Dogwood Arts Festival, discussed the growth and participation of Farragut volunteers this year.

“I am thrilled that so many folks in our community are participating. We have an enthusiastic community spirit,” Pasley said. He added that both 2005 co-chairs of the entire festival, Rip Creekmore and Susan Wyatt, are from Farragut. “That hasn’t happened before.”

The mayor gave Pasley a $10,000 check from the town of Farragut for the festival, while Creekmore and Wyatt presented Mayor Ford with a framed print of the official 2005 festival painting.

The mayor said, “I am honored to receive such a beautiful piece of artwork.”

Pasley said local talent will be emphasized for the third year of the town of Farragut’s Festival on the Green, a pre-festival event held in the Village Green Shopping Center, Friday through Sunday, April 1-3.

“We plan to have local bands and other local entertainment on the stage sponsored by WEST 105.3,” Pasley said.

“We’re also going emphasize crafts more than last year, which will supplement the Tennessee Artists’ Association art exhibits,“ he said. “We’re thrilled this year to have the Embroiders Guild exhibit, which will probably be at the (Farragut) Folklife Museum.”

Marianne Morse, co-chair of the Festival on the Green, said, “This will truly be a springtime celebration. We have about nine people on the committee now, and each is in charge of certain responsibilities for the local festival. We’ll have the biking event again. The schedule on Saturday and Sunday is totally full.”

In other news, the Board voted unanimously to approve a check for $1,000 for the Farragut High School Project Graduation, now in its 15th year. Cindi Altshuler and Heather Schoonmaker, co-chairs for the project, expressed appreciation for the support and explained the importance of the annual event.

Project Graduation is an alcohol and drug free, all night party for Farragut seniors that includes food and fun activities.

“We want to keep our kids away from risk-taking behavior if we possibly can,” Altshuler said. “Graduation night can be one of the most deadly for teens. We know not all of the six hundred twenty six graduates will attend, but we’d love to have close to one hundred percent participation.”

The event will be held at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Club beginning at 10 p.m., Saturday, May 21, graduation evening, and will conclude at 5 a.m., Sunday, May 22.

The Board voted on first reading:

• To unanimously deny Ordinance 04-37, a request by Ammy Yeh that would rezone 3.89 acres located at 400 North Watt Road from agricultural A to C-1 commercial district.

Under new business the Board:

• Voted unanimously to approve Resolution R-05-01 to reappoint Judge Tim Priest as municipal judge for a one-year term.

• Voted unanimously to approve a contract with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. for engineering services for Campbell Station Park Expansion Phase 2, which includes adding trails and a picnic shelter.

• Voted unanimously to approve an easement to TDS Telecom across the frontage of town property located at 603 Concord Road for 16.5 feet in width to bury fiber optic cable and copper cable lines. They will remove the aerial lines in this area.

• Voted unanimously to approve a request to conditionally abandon a small portion of the town of Farragut easement from TVA at Anchor Park for an easement for equipment storage by TDS Telecom.

• Voted unanimously to approve a contract with Vaughn & Melton for engineering services for the Smith Road sidewalk project. The project calls for 1,650 feet of sidewalk and curb and gutter along the north side of Smith Road and will provide pedestrian access to the town’s Grigsby Chapel Greenway for Andover Place and Hickory Woods subdivisions.


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