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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.

• I hear a lot of people talking about putting a red light at Concord [Road] and Northshore [Drive]. If they put a red light there, they should just make it only active during busy hours, and other times it should just be a caution light.

• I would like to thank [a local utility] for going above and beyond the call of duty. It was a Monday afternoon and we had some excavating work done in our backyard. And all of a sudden the excavator was at our back door saying, ‘I think we have a problem,’ and he hit a sewer line that was leaking into our backyard. And [the utility] was there within an hour, and had a temporary fix on it and went above-and-beyond the call of duty. I would just like to thank [the utility]. I would name names, but you can’t put that in [presstalk], I heard.

• I would like to comment about the policy of the landlord of [a Farragut business]. I fail to see his logic in preventing [adjacent business patrons] from parking in the [landlord’s business lot], even when that office is closed in the evening. He has even gone so far as to rope it off and post a guard at the entrance to his lot. What possible harm can there be in sharing his lot when it is not otherwise in use? Words that come to mind are small-minded and mean-spirited. What has happened to neighborly cooperation, community spirit and goodwill? [The adjacent business owner] does so much for the community and the City of Knoxville, and does not deserve this kind of treatment. ... I sincerely hope he will reconsider and promote the positive image for which Farragut is known.

• I totally agree with last week’s presstalk comment about the restaurant that cut down all its trees, and would extend that concern to the many, many huge, beautiful tress being lost in Farragut to these massive developments. Go along Northshore [Drive] and Boyd’s Station and look at the bulldozer destruction of these trees. Maybe these folks failed fifth-grade science classes, but trees produce oxygen, and we breathe oxygen. So when you bulldoze all these beautiful farms and trees, you’re bulldozing something that we very much need for our health.

• I saw the piece in your paper about the Farragut Nationals [Farragut Baseball, Inc. youth team], and it said they were the [Willie Mays] League champions; and I know that Farragut Baseball recognizes the tournament champion as the champion for the league. Even though I applaud the Nationals on their 12-0 [regular season] record, I wanted to make note that the official champion for the Willie Mays League, as recognized by [Farragut Baseball, Inc.], is the Farragut Rockies.

Editor’s Note: A clarification can be found in this week’s Sports section, page 20.

• I just drove approximately 20 miles round-trip to recycle. Is there any chance Farragut could have a recycling center and make it closer to home?


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