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• Well, I called in before about the Atlanta courthouse shooting and made mention that the courthouses needed to tighten their security. It’s getting closer, you know. People need to wake up. Atlanta, now Roane County. You need to wake up, people.

• I find it very interesting that there are so many complaints in the farragutpress about all the factors of loss of business in Farragut. However, it is highly ironic to me that farragutpress gives exclusive advertising rights to businesses that are not even in Farragut. It is no wonder why businesses in Farragut are struggling when they cannot even advertise in this paper.

Editor’s Note: Please send us your contact information and we’ll be happy to speak with you about advertising in farragutpress. The majority of farragutpress advertisers are within the town limits.

• Yes, I work for the United States Postal Service, and I was calling about the guy that spent all day wrapping his coloring books [for] his 4-year-old granddaughter. I thank God that my colleagues check the package before they send it out. I carry up to 30 or 40 packages per day, and just knowing that they have checked it before I take it out makes me feel happy. And yet, Christmas has yet to get here before I even haul 60 to 75 packages per day. If this guy is so inconvenienced, let him carry it himself to his family.

• I’d like to make a comment on the article in the Aug. 11 issue of farragutpress regarding the review board looking for a new town staff overseer. I think I’d like to recommend somebody, and that would be Bill Johns. I think he would be outstanding, based on their description of such a person. So I think that’s very interesting, and I think Bill Johns would be outstanding for that position.

• I find it interesting that once again, the [First] Baptist Concord church is once again showing its total disrespect and lack of concern for the residents of the Belleaire subdivision. It’s the first day of school. Traffic of course, because they’re having school, is much heavier than normal and they choose this day to have a big truck of mulch parked on the street loading mulch onto their playground. Now this is a narrow street to begin with. And, because of this, traffic with just the school, is heavy. I personally am now going to be late to work, even though I left early because I wanted to make sure I gave myself plenty of time with the school traffic. I wasn’t expecting the administration of [this] church to be totally inconsiderate. So thank you so much, and I appreciate you helping me get my pay docked.

• The next time you hear someone make a comment about “you don’t know why it’s necessary for kids to have to wear helmets and knee pads to rollerblade, roller-skate or [on] bikes” — when your child or grandchild tries to talk you out of making them wear it — think about this: I have a friend whose 20-year-old daughter is expecting a baby. Unfortunately, she was riding her bicycle [recently] and somehow slipped and fell and had a severe brain injury. We all thought she was going to be all right even though she had a pretty severe head injury, but [the night before calling in this presstalk], her brain swelled and swelled so fast she immediately hemorrhaged. She is now brain dead. And the family is going to be burying their beautiful daughter and probably burying the baby that she was carrying. So, people think twice, be careful. Our children are precious. It doesn’t matter what age they are. Don’t be stupid, protect them.

• This is in regards to the person who wrote about Ruth Hawk [town of Farragut community development director] last week. What does her being unelected have to do anything? She has a job with the town of Farragut like many others, and what people don’t seem to like about her is the fact that she makes everybody follow the rules no matter who they are. That’s the way it should be. We need more people like this, not people who are influenced or bought off by others.

• I couldn’t resist comment on your Aug. 11 caller’s comments on the big, new Pilot sign on Campbell Station [Road]. Obviously they’re a new resident, given the fact that that sign has been installed for 15 to 20 years. It does look good, though, since it’s been cleaned up. Too bad other Farragut businesses don’t do the same — or is it that the town of Farragut won’t allow them to do that? One other comment: So much for farragutpress’ policy of not publishing business names.

Editor’s Note: farragutpress will continue to omit the name of businesses or the call entirely if the caller is complaining about a customer service issue. The newspaper will use the business name if a question of compliance with town ordinances is at issue. In this case, the caller in question alleges that the sign at Pilot is new and that other businesses in Farragut that have requested to change signs or rebuilt physical structures have had to bring their signage up to present code. We mention the Pilot name since signs in Farragut have long been a contested issue.

• What has ever happened to our community? I thought a community was when people share things; open their [homes] to other people and be nice to people, yet in [a] respectful manner. Apparently that wasn’t’ the factor of this so-called “community” when my family and I went to watch the Farragut [Independence Day] Parade. We have always sat in the same location for the past several years up until this year when we were rudely told that we had no right to be on the property. The [person] had a very negative attitude toward us when he approached us; he could have been nice about it when he told us. But he chose to tell us to get off the property in [a] very disrespectful and hateful manner. We had to move to another location … the vicinity of where First Baptist Concord is. I just wanted to share this since the Farragut community was trying to improve its quality of service and be more friendly and efficient to its residents. That incident on the Fourth of July has just proved that a community supposedly known as “friendly-efficient” to be nothing but a false statement and something that I and my family will not forget.

• 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.

• Recorded comments will be limited to 30 seconds.

• Names of individuals or businesses mentioned in the call will not be published (public figures and officials excluded).

• 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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