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• Just see here at the gateway to Farragut, the intersection of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station [Road]. To the left is a time and temperature sign that hasn’t worked in years, still hung on 60 degrees. On the other side of the street is our ratty-looking Christmas tree, just a little bit out of date. Good going Farragut, way to take care of your appearances.

• I called to say that I agree with the caller from last week who said that the parent at Farragut Intermediate School who’s been directing traffic is just wonderful. I don’t know who the guy is, but he’s a saint. He makes a lot of difference. I want to say also, that there is a problem with afternoon pick-up times because of middle school parents who come early and block the traffic in the circle because they want to be first in line to pick up their kids before the intermediate school traffic is done. Those folks would really help everyone out if they would wait until after the intermediate school traffic is done.

• I see that [City of Knoxville] councilman [Steve] Hall plans to run as a Republican nominee for [Knox] County mayor. Mr. Hall will certainly be elected with a landslide if he would just come right out and announce that he will abolish the Wheel Tax.

• There is a simple solution to the problem of the homeless tramps who congregate on the greenways between Lovell and Watt roads. First, the good people of Farragut need to stop handing out money to them. Most of these vagrants are alcoholics, drug addicts or felons. Giving them handouts only attracts more of them. Second, the sheriff’s office needs to enforce vagrancy laws that prohibit camping in public areas. Because of our excessive tolerance, Farragut has become a magnet for addicts and criminals. But it’s not too late to deal with the problem.

• I read with dismay the page one article about the possibility that driver education may be dropped in county schools. What this area definitely does not need [are] more drivers with no knowledge of or respect for traffic laws. Take pedestrian crosswalks, for example. There’s one of these on Grigsby Chapel Road. just east of Farragut Commons, connecting the town “greenways.” Twice in the last week I was almost run down while crossing there with my dog. The last time it was by some dizzy soccer-mom who layed on her horn and gestured at me like I was doing something wrong! Here’s the rule: when a pedestrian steps off the curb and into the crosswalk they have the right-of-way over vehicular traffic. That’s why they have those big yellow signs with a graphic of a person walking across the road! I’d suggest maybe a written warning on the sign would be more effective than the graphic, but that pre-supposes a degree of literacy, which may not be realistic.

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