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• I’m the manager of Cook’s Grill, the famous or infamous green restaurant. First, let me say that the color for the outside was chosen because the interior is dark green. And second, we wanted people to know that it was not a Burger King. I want to thank all of our friends and friendly critics for their support and patronage the last, past few months. Yes, even color critics enjoy good barbecue. Regretfully, the restaurant (closed last) Saturday, April 23. … Again, we thank you for your past patronage.

• I feel that Knox County should consider putting all the principals, teachers and downtown administration in uniforms, along with students, if they think this is the route. Uniforms have never helped with discipline. Uniforms have never helped educate the children. Education is what we need, not uniforms. Also, I feel that (Dr. Charles) Lindsey (Knox County superintendent) needs to be more apt in getting his survey information.

• Today while driving I noticed there’s a man in a (vehicle), he had an open beer bottle in his cup holder. I just got finished reading presstalk with the concerns about where the kids are learning their driving habits. An open beer at eleven o’clock in the morning? … In response to the caller who was concerned about what was being published in the Metro Pulse, I couldn’t agree more. What they offer is trash.

• I’m deeply offended by the lack of respect at the (First) Baptist Concord church … by not taking their flag down to half staff at the death of the pope. It seemed that the entire world was giving their condolences, you know, showing their respect for the pope. However, this church didn’t deem it necessary and I just feel very upset about that.

• I look forward to receiving the farragutpress, and I live in Rockwell Farms, and it seems like I have to call every week to have a paper delivered to our house. And I don’t know if other subdivisions have this problem or not. But, if that could be corrected I would really appreciate it.

• I was just reading presstalk about the absence of Bettye Sisco. I just happened to notice that David Osborne guy … was in the last ribbon-cutting. What’s up with that? I was reading in presstalk about a lady putting on mascara from Buddy’s Bar-B-Q. I just didn’t know Buddy’s Bar-B-Q sold mascara. Is it smoked?

Editor’s Note: Mr. Osborne is a Chamber member. Many Chamber members turn out to show their support of new Chamber businesses and join in on the ribbon cutting.

• In regards to the reader who called in and said that “enough was enough” on the trees for Virtue Road, I just wanted to say that, do you think cutting down these trees will actually slow drivers down? If anything, I think the golfers now that play at Willow Creek better watch out because now there’s not any trees to protect them in case someone is driving too fast on Virtue Road, and just may come right through the fence. I think we should have thought about that before we cut the trees down. … All I can say is: the town of Farragut you deserve what you get for that poor performance in people getting out to vote. The fact that Eddy Ford was re-elected (mayor) is our own fault. If we care to see any goodness come to this town, and better businesses, we should have gotten out there and voted and really expressed our concerns about the current mayor and his buddies that are in office. I’m very disappointed in Farragut and I think they should have stood up and taken care and voted in a new mayor. We get what we deserve.

• Forgive me, but I fail to understand the logic behind extending Watt Road to Old Stage Road. Old Stage Road is a racetrack and adding additional traffic to this two-lane road with no turn lanes, into various subdivisions, is a recipe for gridlock and accidents. The idea that this extension will somehow divert traffic from Kingston Pike into downtown Farragut makes no sense, and is in my view a complete waste of the taxpayers’ money. I know this is a radical idea, but let’s take the money that would be spent on this extension to building more bikepaths, installing new traffic lights, lighting some of our dark streets and paying for additional police patrols in our community.

• To that writer who wants accountability for the Wheel Tax, I agree with you one hundred percent. Go ahead and e-mail or call you representatives and find out where that money went.

• This is in response to the letter written expressing dissatisfaction with the Knox County Animal Control over their lack of response to aggressive dogs running loose (unless a full name and address is given). One far west Farragut neighborhood has had a couple of unprovoked dog attacks with an adult being knocked to the pavement, and physical harm being done to an animal resulting in substantial medical bills. In one of the attacks, the owners were walking two dogs on leashes in the public street. Thank goodness it was not a little child walking his or her dogs, as I am not sure whether the vicious dog would, or would not, have gone after a fallen child. The Animal Control was called, names and addresses exchanged, and all the Animal Control would do was go out to the address, check to see if the dog was loose (at that time) and check to see if the rabies shots are up to date. Unless a child/adult is harmed or killed there is nothing they can do. So it really doesn’t matter if you leave your name and number as there is nothing they are going to do until someone is maimed or killed. And by then, it’s too late.

• Editorial freedom is a wonderful concept, but it does come with its responsibilities. With that in mind, the farragutpress has developed policies that will be followed regarding the publication of presstalk comments:

• Libelous comments will not be published.

• Malicious comments will not be published.

• Comments will remain anonymous.

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• The farragutpress reserves the right not to publish any comment for any reason.

• Because of space limitations, not every comment will be published. Also, portions of the 30-second message may be omitted, but the basic message of the call will remain intact.

• Vulgar language will not be printed.

That’s it. The forum is open for comments regarding anything you have on your mind — local politics, world affairs, sports, religion, community affairs, city-county unification or anything else.


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