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As much ballyhoo was cast over the re-opening of the historic Tennessee Theatre last week, Farragut residents are reminded that in order to partake an evening of live entertainment a road trip of more than 25 miles to Knoxville must be part of the evenings’ itinerary.

Farragut is now boasting a population of more than 19,000 residents and the only source of live entertainment are the occasional school plays produced by Farragut High School and, on a shorter jaunt, Bearden High School. Both of which have been known to put on excellent productions.

But what Farragut is lacking is live community theater as seen in towns such as Crossville, Oak Ridge or Sanibel, Fla. Even Mayberry in the fabled Andy Griffith TV series had a community theater group.

Farragut should take a hard look at considering diverting some of its park construction funds to providing a venue for residents in the town to express their creative juices and talents.

The town has many venues for athletic recreation, but the creative needs of citizens should be met too.

Who knows, New York has a Ford Theater, why not Farragut?

 

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