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Reader touts local BBQ restaurant, Make accident records public, FHS Drivers’ Ed instructors respond

Reader touts local BBQ restaurant



Dear Editor:



I would like to throw my 2 cents in regarding this establishment.

First of all, please let me say that it is good to see a business trying to make it in this location despite the odds against it. Considering the number of businesses leaving our community, ANY new business (with a few obvious exceptions) is a good thing. I have met the gentleman who owns Cook’s (though I am terrible at names and I can’t remember his) and from my conversations with him, I am quite convinced that he is trying very hard to make a good go at this business and provide our community with products that we will find valuable. Granted, the building is not the most attractive one out there, but then did it really look any better as a Burger King? At least it has a fresh coat of paint and someone who is trying to keep it from rotting away!

When I was last there a week or so ago, I asked the owner if he had any of his smoked Carolina-style pulled pork shoulder still available. He said to me, “Son, I have been pulling pork in my sleep for the last few days!” Based on his somewhat exhausted appearance and the wonderful taste of the pulled pork I bought from him, I have to believe him. I requested 2 pounds to go and he delivered in very short order. He was extremely friendly and helpful ... AND he gave me another shot of that wonderful pulled pork that would get me through the next couple of weeks as well as plentiful supplies of the three different versions of barbecue sauce he has created. This was my third trip there and the barbecue seems to get better each time.

If you want to judge this business, please do not do it by its appearance. This is an excellent example of the dangers of judging a book by its cover. Anyone who loves good barbecue (especially smoked pork) will find this place to be a good bit of heaven. I understand from others I have talked with that the other dishes are also quite good (steaks, burgers, etc.). Let us please give Cook’s a chance to at least prove itself and to permit ourselves the joy of Cook’s wonderful smoked pulled pork!



Sincerely,

Paul “Brian” Barnard

Farragut



Make accident records public



Dear Editor:



In the Feb. 17 edition of the farragutpress “through the lens” feature, the paper asks the question: “Should the town have reacted sooner to the conditions on Virtue Road considering the number of accidents Knox County police have worked in that area over the past few years?”

Does the town have access to serious accident information? I suggest that the Knox County Sheriff’s Department make this information available to both the town of Farragut and the farragutpress. It would be a great community service if the farragutpress could include serious traffic accidents in the Police Report section of the paper.

In addition, the accident database for serious accidents could be listed on the town of Farragut’s Web site at http://-www.townoffarragut.org/ so people would know to take extra care in certain areas.

Traffic enforcement is vital to ensuring public safety, and I encourage the Sheriff’s Department to engage in helping our community by implementing stricter traffic control.

The Farragut MPC also has the ability to proactively address traffic safety issues. For example, following the town engineer’s suggestion to have the entrance to the new Super Weigel’s (on the corner of Kingston Pike and Smith Road) directly across from the entrance to Sugarwood subdivision will make that intersection much safer.

Ultimately, however, personal responsibility is the most important aspect of the safety equation. We all can and should slow down and obey traffic laws. In the end, it is a personal decision. Yet the decisions we make may influence others.

If you are concerned about public safety in the town of Farragut and would like to join others with the same concerns, contact me at ccrgd@-charter.net. Concerned Citizens for Responsible Growth and Development is working to find ways to make Farragut a safer town, and a town that provides a balance between business and residential growth with the needs of existing and future residents.



Sincerely,

Mike Mitchell

Concerned Citizens

for Responsible Growth

and Development



FHS Drivers’ Ed instructors respond



Dear Editor:



The following is in reference to the article about Virtue Road and the “ourview” segment in the editorial page found in the [farragutpress] Feb. 17.

First, we all share a deep sadness concerning recent injuries and deaths associated with vehicle accidents. It is a distressful time when these things occur. Also, it is well known that certain areas are a location for more accidents than others. The area mentioned at Virtue Road is one of these places. The fact of the matter is that our technology, unfortunately, has far surpassed some of the older roads in our area and there is a lack of funds to properly address all of these. To summarize — yes, the area discussed on Virtue Road is a very poorly designed area as it relates to today’s vehicles and commuters. It is, however, only one of hundreds of such places in our area.

You state in your “ourview” segment that “an examination of drivers’ education courses reveals that what is in fact taught are the fundamentals of driving, not the art.” We appreciate the fact that you go on to state that there is a need for more guidance from drivers and parents with good driving examples.

We, however, take some exception to the statement about not teaching the “art” of driving. While it cannot be deeply instilled in the short time we have our students, we actually do spend a great deal of our available time with the students talking about the mental aspects of driving.

In fact, we try to impress on them that a very young child has the “physical” fundamentals of driving as they drive a whole host of battery and gas-powered vehicles parents buy for them, but it is the mental choices we make as drivers that determine how safe the road is for us and for others. Unfortunately, most accidents — even in poorly designed areas — are a direct result of traveling too fast for the conditions, being inattentive, or a combination of the two. In fact, most drivers probably do not know that speed limits are established for ideal driving conditions (ideal being dry and during daylight hours), and that the basic speed law requires drivers to slow down when the conditions are not ideal.

Finally, while we agree with most of what you state, we just wanted to go on record that the mental task of driving, or as you state —“the art” — is something we here at Farragut High School take very seriously and try our best to impress on those students we have contact with. We only wish we could make everyone slow down and become more courteous and careful drivers.



Sincerely,

Driver Education

Farragut High School

 

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