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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.

• This is in regards to the caller who called in [May 25 issue] about Farragut Baseball [Inc.]. I think the caller needs to have more information before they make presumptions about how the money raised is being spent. I know, having been involved in it, and my two sons playing in it, that the people who run it are doing the very best they can with limited resources. This spring, I think they brought in about $80,000 in registrations, which immediately, $50,000 to $55,000 of that goes to equipment and cleaning uniforms for all the players before you even talk about what the umpires cost, what the field expenses are, insurance for the entire league, and repairs and maintenance. Although she seems to think it’s an expensive league to play in, I think if she checked she would know that we’re $50 to $100 cheaper than most comparable leagues in our area and that the money goes to really good causes. So instead of just making assumptions, she should probably ask what the reality is at the baseball league.

• I frequently shop, and also bank in Farragut. However, I have to make a left turn from Concord [Road] onto Northshore [Drive] to do so. I’m afraid I’ll have to shop and bank somewhere else if we don’t get a traffic light at that intersection. After all, there’s three traffic lights on Northshore near Pellissippi. A traffic light is the only solution.

• In regard to the Concord-Northshore problem, I don’t think a roundabout would be proper. Those are really good when you have multiple intersections, like four or five coming all into one area. I think a stoplight would be too costly. I think we should go ahead and maybe try a three-way stop sign. That is the cheapest way to go for the time being, and see what happens. Stoplights would cost probably $100,000. I don’t think we need to spend $100,000 when we could try stop signs the first time around.

• I was calling about [the Through the Lens] in the farragutpress dated May 18 on Northshore [Drive]. It asks what should be done. Right now it’s a two-lane road, I think it should be four lanes. And the developers who are putting in all the new houses in should be asked to contribute, or should contribute fulfilling that. The road is dangerous with no shoulder, and people, as mentioned in the [Through the Lens], are going faster than 40 mph.

• I see that our former mayor, has once again controlled the FMPC. Weigel’s presentation was only going to take 12 minutes. Well, [it was] decreed that any opposition should also be limited and the FMPC rolls over and bows to his demands. And what does [Weigel’s] do with [its] 12 minutes? [It] whines about how not getting [its] precious variances is going to create an economic hardship for Weigel’s. The FMPC wants to concentrate on the Smith Road variance when more important issues [such as] full entrance access across from Sugarwood Drive. If left turns are not prohibited from the exit there, they’ll be accidents and fatalities far more serious than the one that just occurred on Smith Road. And it had a traffic light. The FMPC should look at the real issue, which is safety. Deny the Weigel’s variance request.

• I am calling about crosswalk rights. They don’t stay on walk as well as they should. The intersections are longer than most. In about three to five seconds after I try to take my first steps, it goes to don’t walk. I’m like, in the middle of the road. They need to lengthen some of them, I reckon.

• We would like to complement the May 25 issue of the farragutpress for running such a truthful cartoon regarding E. coli on page 4. We believe this water goes directly into Fort Loudoun Lake — not sure. This is where our drinking water comes from and people swim. Common sense tells you the right people could tell you where this is coming from. Not only could this sewer have an overflow problem, friends with other friends may know and letting it slip by. This might need to be checked, we don’t know. We don’t know if this is happening in other states where lakes are located. Check this, the sores on fish people catch should be turned in somewhere and let the right people check them. This could be causing many of our new diseases we hear of. Who knows? As many good Farragut people [as there are], there is someone that knows something. We would not go and swim in this lake. Let’s clean it up for all people. Everyone should [call] presstalk that knows something if they know of things being done to pollute our fine lakes.

• Why is the FMPC refusing to acknowledge the problems associated with permitting a full access entrance [to a proposed Weigel’s] across from Sugarwood Drive? They prohibit left turns from a number of businesses just like Weigel’s. No left turns onto Kingston Pike from Walgreens at Smith Road, no left turns onto Kingston Pike from Firestone, no left turns onto Campbell Station Road from the Weigel’s there. Why are there no discussions on restricting it from this Weigel’s? Has it already been promised to them? People turning left out of Sugarwood Drive almost always have to use the center lane in order to merge westbound. But now they’ll have to be watching out for those people using the center lane to turn into the Weigel’s. The people turning left out of the new Weigel’s will almost certainly have to use the center in the same manner in order to merge eastbound. But that part of the center lane is dedicated to [a] left turn lane onto Sugarwood Drive. You don’t have to be a traffic engineer to realize that this situation is an accident waiting to happen.

• There is no way that fertilize people use on their lawn could be running into Fort Loudoun Lake. After a rain this goes into the ground, [it’s] what makes our grass grow. We’re happy to see all the new houses being built in Farragut. This problem, we believe, could be Farragut’s alone. Now, let’s look at our boat docks 25 to 30 years ago. The moss then was still growing on the poles that went through the water into the ground.

• Please do something about the intersection at Concord Road going south, intersecting with Northshore Drive ... [inaudible].

• It’s distressing to see the clearing of trees that is going on along Campbell Station Road and Sonya Drive. Why is it the developers need to pick the most wooded of lots to want to clear? Don’t we have enough empty buildings and empty cleared space? Can’t we just build developments and commercial businesses in those locations first?

• This is concerning the Farragut High School property and how trashy it is. Imagine that in prestigious, pretentious Farragut, to have such garbage and trash, including condoms, used apparently, and used tampons. Of course, every beer can known to man, every fast food bag and container is represented on that property. I’ve called the school twice about the mess and as yet nothing has been done. I look at the same condoms and tampons whenever I take my walk every day. I’ve looked at it for three or four months now. I really think this is an absolute eyesore in lovely, prestigious, pretentious Farr-agut. But the Farragut parents don’t want their children, especially those in detention, to get out there and make them pick up the garbage. There’s absolutely no pride or self-respect, and it’s just — to go with a better word and an overused word — appalling. And it’s quite a reflection of the students there, and the faculty.


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