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FHS Project Grad chairs offer thanks, Second Harvest thanks U.S.P.S. carriers, Marriage between men and women, reader says, Reader questions business tree cutting, Reader offers solutions to ‘problems’

FHS Project Grad chairs offer thanks

As the school year comes to a close, our seniors have walked across the stage and collected their diplomas and Farragut High School’s 2006 Project Graduation is but a mere memory, we would like to take this opportunity to give credit where credit is due.

To our wonderful and hard-working committee chairs, we say, “Thank you.” We “Survived the Amazing Race” and had a great time doing it.

Thanks also to all of the senior parents who volunteered before, during and after the celebration. We could not have done it without you. Hopefully you have fond memories of Project Graduation and your children have learned that all of the time you invested in them was well spent.

When we took on the challenge of co-chairing Project Graduation back in August, we had no idea what we were getting into. We were given some great advice though, “Surround yourselves with good people and everything else will fall into place.”

Well, we did, and it did.

We have learned a great deal. First of all, e-mail is a wonderful thing, cell phones have now become more of a necessity than a luxury and so much good can be accomplished through


After all is said and done, we truly enjoyed this experience and getting to know all of you better was an added benefit.

The Class of 2006 was very well behaved and made us proud. They all seemed to have a great time during the party and many, many “Thank you’s” were spoken throughout the evening.

Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication. It was our pleasure.



Judy Briody & Betty Perry

Project Graduation

2006 Co-Chairs

Second Harvest thanks U.S.P.S. carriers

The Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse isn’t empty today — thanks to the National Association of Letter Carrier Food Drive that was conducted on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers, truck drivers, media partners, postal employees, union officials, volunteers and the Knox County Community pulled together to help fight hunger.

As you may know, Second Harvest Food Bank is typically low on food this time of year but now we have a record breaking 120,000 pounds of food from the generous people of Knox County to help feed the hungry, thanks to the NALC food drive. Your efforts to help people in need are greatly appreciated by Second Harvest, our agency/food partners and those who will receive the food.

The food is already being distributed throughout the community and will find its way onto the tables of thousands of local families struggling for food.

I want to especially thank Bill Doneski and Kathy Durant, the NALC representatives who worked so hard to make the food drive a success. I would also like to extend our gratitude to the U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster Mona Mitchell, the Rural Carriers and other postal employees, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge AFL-CIO and the United Way of Knoxville.

Raising awareness and eliminating hunger in our community is something a daunting task. Thanks to you and this vital food drive, we have taken a giant step in fulfilling our mission.


Elaine Machiela

Executive Director

Marriage between men and women, reader says

For centuries now, in every civilized culture, marriage as the union of one man and one woman has been the building block of society. But it may be not true in America for long—unless Congress approves the Marriage Protection Amendment.

It’s important to note that those who support the amendment aren’t trying to deprive homosexuals of any of the legal protections they currently enjoy; gay marriage has never been a constitutional right in America. It is not ‘discriminatory’ to want the law to continue to provide for reasonable limitations on who can marry.

If the MPA were to be voted down again, as it was two years ago, we may very quickly see as many as 50 different state definitions of marriage — not just homosexual marriage, which has already been legalized in Massachusetts, but marriages among multiple partners or even between siblings or other blood relatives.

Efforts to pass such an amendment stalled in Congress two years ago, but we have another chance before senators vote in early June to convince them to do the right thing this time around.

Dr. Charles Delaine


Reader questions business tree cutting

I am writing to express my disappointment in your store’s decision to clear cut trees at the corner of Campbell Station Road and the ramp to the east bound interstate lanes. Those were some very nice red buds, dog woods and hard woods and I, for one, really liked looking at them on the many occasions that I frequent this location.

Why would Cracker Barrel be interested, after all of these years, in suddenly requesting TDOT to cut down these trees? I asked someone at TDOT and was told “visibility”. Just who do you expect to be able to see your business while driving at 65+ on the interstate? You already have a large billboard sign. Even if someone were to physically see your store through the cleared area, what do you realistically expect them to do….turn off the next exit and come back? The next exits on either side are several miles away. This just doesn’t make sense.

Cracker Barrel is an institution at this location and I, along with many who live in Farragut, enjoy frequenting this location. There is so little remaining greenspace along the interstate that it is frustrating to see another piece of it go away for such a…in my opinion…weak reason.


Jeff Elliott


Reader offers solutions to ‘problems’

I would like to humbly offer some solutions to some of the problems that keep being brought up in the presstalk section.

Overcrowding in our schools and on our roads can best be combated by a temporary moratorium on new home construction in our area. This will allow time for our infrastructure i.e. our roads, parks, and schools to grow to meet the demands of increased use.

The intersection of Concord Road and Northshore Drive was a major area of traffic congestion long before they began construction on Concord Road and Campbell Station Drive. I think that the best solution is a stop sign. Traffic control is only needed in that area during peak travel times. A traffic light would cause needless back-ups during those times when traffic is light. A round-about would only make the situation worse. Cars continuing down Northshore would make it hard for cars turning left onto it to enter the round-about. It would also be difficult for vehicles hauling boats or trailers to navigate the turns.

If you keep being passed on the roads then maybe you are driving too slow. Northshore and Westland are major east-west travel routes but since they are only one lane in each direction a person traveling at 25 or 30 mph is a major clog in our transportation arteries. If you are going less than the speed limit and you see that there is a line of cars building up behind you, they aren’t the problem, you are. So please do the polite thing and pull over so that the other cars can go around.

Benjamin C. Signer



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