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• I’m calling with regard to the Knox County School Board’s proposal for Hardin Valley High School and the redistricting. The reason Knox County Schools bought land out there was because at the time that they were looking for the land, [two Board representatives] were in a bitter feud as to who more erroneously used funds from the county. The focus was on that feud and it was not on acquiring land. So now we have land out in an area where the population overcrowding is not. If we want the county to act responsibly, next time there’s an election, everyone needs to get out and vote for people who will act responsibly because there is a problem when you elect the Good Olé Boys in there and they start to have a fight, then we all pay in the long run. If people would remember what was going on back then about reimbursements and who was using things erroneously, they would recall that was the main focus and not where the land was being acquired. You know, it’s very unfortunate that the students now are going to have to pay for two Good Olé Boys who had to duke it out.

• Thank you for your wonderful article on those who served in Moldova [Dec. 21 issue]. It really helps put things in perspective during a time of year where materialism seems to be


• I’d like to thank you all for putting the Christmas song book in the farragutpresss this week [Dec. 21 issue]. It was just a real pleasure to open it up and see all the songs you remember from growing up. That was great.

• This is in response to the person that called in about pet owners walking their dogs off leash at [Mayor] Bob Leonard Park. They mentioned that it was against the law in Farragut. It’s also against the law in Farragut to set off fireworks, but that doesn’t seem to stop anyone in the city of Farragut on the Fourth of July — and they’re also a danger to children and to pets and to property.

• A big Bah Humbug to the anti-bell ringer.

• This past week we looked at the beautiful Christmas lights in Farragut. Driving in most subdivisions this area has — covering many, many streets — the most beautiful Christmas light decoration we saw is on Lake Park Circle in Lake Haven subdivision. They are just simply


• I know who it was that tore down the barriers at Northshore and Concord roads. I saw it happen. It was an orange pickup truck with a couple of bumper stickers on it. One said “Sportsman for Bush” and the other said “Ax the Tax.” Yep, it was redneck.

• Just thought you might want to know where “Redneck” comes from: “Redneck” was applied specifically to Presbyterians, one scholar explains, because, in the early 1640s, some members of that group signed their names in blood to documents declaring their separation from the Church of England. They signified their strong opposition to the Church, so the story goes, by wearing red pieces of cloth around their necks. Many of their descendants later immigrated to America and settled in the South. The name eventually faded, however. In the 1954 edition of the massive Webster’s New International Dictionary Unabridged, it doesn’t even show up as a noun.

• I’d like to know what genius thought that having a secular holiday lighting event off Northshore was a good idea. Saturday night traffic along Northshore Drive was backed up at a standstill for miles headed west. The root of the backup was the park light display and the lack of adequate parking, which in this area is becoming more and more common. Traffic could flow east until you ran upon someone who had pulled their vehicle into the oncoming lane to, I suppose, see what the holdup was. I also was surprised to see that the parking lots at the county-owned baseball fields were gated and locked. Traffic on Northshore, especially at the Concord Road intersection, is bad enough on a daily basis with its backup without adding to it. This event used to be a drive along the road in Concord Park until someone decided to sell off public land to business. You should do as Pigeon Forge at Patriot Park and provide ample parking for your spectacle and not be the cause of hazardous situations. This event would be more suited for Chilhowee Park not The Cove at Concord Park.

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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.


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