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• This is in response to several people calling regarding zoning of the Village Green subdivision to go to the new Hardin Valley High School. What they are forgetting is that north of the Interstate is also part of Farragut. There are several subdivisions with children who are currently attending Farragut High School who would like to continue to finish their careers at Farragut High School, and just because we’re north of the Interstate does not mean we’re not part of Farragut anymore than they are not part of Farragut. So let’s not forget the people north of the Interstate. We’re part of Farragut, too.

• I’m calling regard the Everett Road-Kingston Pike question [Through the Lens, Sept. 7 issue]. I agree a traffic light is necessary. The problem there is at least threefold. You have limited visibility in either direction; you have drivers exceeding the speed limit by 20 to 30 mph — while’s it’s only 45 through there frequently folks pass me going 65 and 70.

• My mom dragged me to see the Al Gore movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” last week. I went for a good laugh. However, after seeing the movie, I was moved by much of the science. I encourage everyone to see this movie. The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real. It is already happening, and it is the result of our activities and not of natural occurrence. We’re already seen changes: glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitats, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing. The number of category four and five hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years, malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like Columbia and the Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level. The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade, at least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles. There is no doubt that we can solve this problem — in fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to make a difference. I encourage you to see the movie or go to www.climatecrisis.net

• Yes, I was reading in the Sept. 7 issue of the farragutpress concerning the Everett Road wrecks. I am a homeowner in Fox Run and I understand they’re going to be building another subdivision down Union, which is going to increase the traffic flow. I would definitely be in favor of a light at Everett Road and Kingston Pike. I think those two curves tend to hamper people, just the speed people tend to take around the curve, maybe the people that are coming out of Everett Road, the anticipating they have to get out on time. People do drive fast down that little strip, and I would definitely be in favor of a light.

• A couple of years ago we were told by [a Knox County government official] that we would have a Wheel Tax to fund a new downtown library. When opposition became overwhelming, it changed the choice to a Wheel Tax or property tax. But at least it was to fund new schools. In any case, a tax was forced down our throats. Now we can’t find enough money for the new school. Where, or to whom, did all this money go? Somebody needs to ask our county

government.

• In response to the [recent Through the Lens] question about rezoning for Hardin Valley High School, I believe that all students who are zoned for Farragut Primary and Farragut Intermediate should definitely be zoned for Farragut High School. Further, the zone for the northern boundary between Farragut High School and Hardin Valley High School should be the Farragut town limits. Those who live within the Farragut town limits should definitely attend Farragut schools. It is wrong to remove a child from their community in the ninth grade. The students who should be rezoned from Farragut High to the Hardin Valley High are those who come to Farragut High from West Valley Middle School. These students are not part of the Farragut schools or the Farragut community until they reach ninth grade. This solution keeps those children together with friends they have attended school with since kindergarten. Also, many parents who live in the West Valley Middle School zone already fully expect to be rezoned to Hardin Valley. And the children in this area would get the benefit of three relatively new schools: A.L. Lotts, West Valley Middle and Hardin Valley High. I would rather my child attend an overcrowded Farragut High School than be rezoned out of our own community to Hardin Valley.

• I am calling regarding the zoning for the new high school. I think that it should be if anyone is living in the town of Farragut limits, basically anybody that lives on a blue street sign in the literal town of Farragut, should attend the Farragut schools: Farragut Primary, Farragut Intermediate, Farragut Middle and Farragut High. Anyone outside of the Farragut town limits would go to either the new school, or Karns or Bearden.

• Perhaps LCUB has brought in new management from Baghdad, where daily power outages are normal.

• I just wanted to make a comment about the traffic light situation on Concord Road and Campbell Station. When you are going southbound on Campbell Station and make a left-hand turn to go back north on Concord Road, there is a right-hand turn lane for people coming northbound, and you’re turning left on an arrow with a traffic light and arrow. And people coming up on the right are supposed to stop, but they don’t. I’ve almost been broadsided twice there while I was making a left turn coming onto Concord Road. It would be nice if there were some kind of a sign put there — a yield sign or a stop sign — for those people using that right-hand turn lane.

• I have a simple question: Why doesn’t Farragut have a recycling facility?

• Warning, the following message was recorded by a quote, crazy environmentalist: “Corn, or ethanol, would make an excellent fuel source.” Let’s just consider the benefits: no reliance on foreign oil, no digging in protected areas, it’s clean and it’s renewable. Someone from last week commented that if we do this, we will have less or no food to eat. Surely there is more to eat in this world besides corn and soybeans. And surely, growing more wouldn’t hurt anyone. It would mean more jobs, after all. Let’s think about this for a while, weigh the pros and cons. It’s a great thing, and so are candidates who support it.

• The situation at Everett Road and Kingston Pike, I definitely think you need a light there. For years it’s been bad. It’s getting worse. People speed too fast making that curve. It would slow them down and it would give everybody a chance to get out without having any accidents — and we have so many there.

• I definitely feel we need a light at Everett Road, on the corner of Everett Road and Kingston Pike. People come flying by there so fast. It’s very, very dangerous. I would be anxious to see a light there.

• I’d like to say that I was extremely disappointed in the manner in which the latest FMPC meeting was conducted. … How are citizens supposed to follow the discussions where there are no overhead displays available because someone didn’t take the time to ensure the equipment was working properly? In circumstances like that, they should at least make handouts available to those of us who take time out of our busy days to attend the meetings.

• I was just wondering what happened to your police reports? That’s actually one of my favorite parts of the paper, so please bring ’em back.

• I’ve called before, and have written to you also and you’ve printed it in the [farragutpress]. There’s another accident that just happened [15 minutes prior to the call] on Everett Road and Kingston Pike. And, of course, it’s almost at the intersection, hidden from the traffic coming around the curve both from the west and the east on Kingston Pike. Of course, as usual, they’re doing 50 to 60 [mph] instead of 45. Please keep a count of these accidents because the state isn’t going to do anything unless you have a good count of accident frequencies and severity.

• I just wanted to say that I like what I take is a new column, The School View section, on the opinion page. I look forward to be able to keep up to date with what [the columnists have] to say. Thanks for adding the section.

• Yes, Everett Road is a major problem. There was a serious accident again there [Friday, Sept. 8]. And something needs to be done. There’s a lot of growth off of Everett Road, and a lot of kids, new drivers, will be making that turn. Farragut should be held accountable and TDOT should be held accountable. It should be changed. It’s negligent if it doesn’t change.

• It’s about time for the Farragut town commissioners to recommend that Everett Road be made a direct link to downtown Knoxville by not only putting a light at Kingston Pike, but also an on-ramp eastbound on I-40 and an exit ramp westbound on 1-40 at Everett Road. This would get most of the traffic out of the other areas of Smith Road.

• I was just calling to comment on the Everett Road wrecks. My mother has recently moved here to join us from Oklahoma, and I’ve forbidden her to drive out that way because it is so dangerous. I try to avoid it myself during rush hour. A traffic light there is just really needed, it’s so dangerous.

• Thank you for covering CAK Football stories with pictures.

 

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