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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.

• Thank goodness we have [Farragut Board and Mayor of Aldermen officials], as they continually ask the tough questions and represent the best interests of our town. I’m referencing the recent [farragutpress] story about the Farragut Mayor and Board of Aldermen discussing the rezoning of 110 acres on the north side of Union Road between Saddleridge and Fox Run subdivisions. There seems to be a valid question of just who is responsible for maintenance and improvements to Union Road under the R-2 zoning. [The town leaders] made the very logical point of getting a definitive answer before proceeding to approve the request. In what is fast becoming an all too common occurrence, [other town leaders] voted yes on this rezoning request despite not knowing whether the town will or will not be responsible for maintenance and improvements to Union Road. Talk about irresponsible. It’s too bad these … elected leaders don’t follow the lead of their fellow aldermen in asking first, approving second.

• I applaud the people of Farragut for using presstalk to voice their opinions [and] concerns about a growing community. I know as a reader it’s an avenue for further discussion amongst my neighbors and friends. It would be most helpful for [a town leader] to have a column … in the farragutpress to respond to presstalk issues so that these issues do not fall on deaf official ears. By that I mean that there’s some indication someone in government is listening to us. … As some type of good thing that might come out of McFee Road expansion and other streets that are getting expanded such as Concord Road because we’re having so many problems with bicyclists and cars on the same street, that maybe they want to consider putting bike lanes in to roads that get expanded, in addition to sidewalks, so that bicyclists can be safe as they cycle through the area.

• The parking lot by the Ingles on Kingston Pike is really a mess. There’s all kinds of cigarette butts, paper, receipts, everything all over the ground. It’s full of litter. It used to be kept clean. Can’t something be done to keep it neat and clean and look like the rest of Farragut?

• I wonder if your paper could contact First Utility District and find out why residents can water only three days a week. Most of us abide by that. [A Farragut area business] waters for hours every morning, and we’re wondering why they’re allowed to when we can’t?

Editor’s Note: The First Utility District voluntary restrictions apply to both residential and commercial property. We have previously published the FUD reasoning for voluntary restrictions, which is a water shortage. Those who choose not to comply are legally within their rights, though perhaps not morally.

• I’d like to echo the remarks made by the bicyclist from the Fountain City area in farragutpress [July 27] last week. Only my experience with road rage was in Farragut on Grigsby Chapel Road and I was riding with my husband on our motorcycle a week ago, Sunday morning, around 10 a.m. As we rode down the street at a little above the posted speed of 40 mph, we were tailgated the entire ride by a man driving a large, white SUV, who appeared to be dressed for church. Had we had a breakdown, belt rupture or whatever, he would have run over both of us. Probably killing us. As we pulled to a stop at Smith Road, he pulled into the turning lane and pulled past the stop sign, blocking our view of an approaching car from Smith Road; he began a stare-down while motioning for us to enter the intersection, placing us in danger. We got his tag number and are in the process of filing a police report. I do believe assault with an automobile is still a crime, even in Knox County.


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