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2006 Gone but not forgotten
We are the champions ...


Academy versus Comprehen-sive? Zone Farragut schools by its ZIP Code? Will it be 2,100 students or 1,300 at the new Hardin Valley High School by 2008?

Such debates about the new West Knox County school raged on — with heavy parent input — and helped highlight farragutpress’ biggest news stories during 2006.

One of the major players in the school debate is a new face that emerged following the 2006 elections: Sixth District School Board representative Thomas Deakins.

Meanwhile, the developmental landscape in and around Farragut either became functional — the opening of Campbell Station Road extension — or became real in concept — $30 million Kroger development. And Turkey Creek continued to grow by leaps and bounds with Gander Mountain and Calhoun’s added to the fold.

In sports, Farragut, Bearden and Christian Academy of Knoxville each had a pair of state champions — BHS and CAK are current defending champions in both boys and girls soccer, while Farragut’s baseball team overcame a mediocre regular season to claim its third state title in four years. The CAK soccer boys won its fourth consecutive state title. And while Erika Thonrton’s individual golf state champions led her FHS girls team to become No. 1, coach Dave Meske celebrated a golden 10th anniversary by leading his Webb Spartan football team to its first state crown since 1996. The following is a month-by-month breakdown of the top news stories from farragutpress (Dates listed are farragutpress issue dates):

JANUARY

• Jan. 19: The nostrils of residents and passersby along with the presstalk line at farragutpress were inundated with and about the odor coming from the First Utility District Wastewater Treatment Plant off Concord Road, culminating weeks where residents had voiced concerns about the odor.

• A convicted murderer, David L. Scarbrough remained in Knox County Jail, his attorney said, even though a Knox County Criminal Court judge has set a $750,000 bond for his release. Scarbrough, 29, is one of two men convicted of felony murder in 1998 at a jury trial stemming from the Feb. 3, 1995 slayings of Lester and Carol Dotts in their Farragut home.

• Jan. 26: The Kroger Company announced plans to locate a flagship store in Farragut as part of a retail development estimated at more than $30 million, proposed to be located along Kingston Pike and the Campbell Station Road extension. Tim McNamara, head of real estate development for Kroger, said the new store would have a total footage of about 115,000 square feet.

FEBRUARY

• Feb 9: Farragut resident Capt. Brian Austin of the 134th Air Refueling Wing said he supports the efforts of Gov. Phil Bredesen to protect the Tennessee National Guard from cutbacks proposed by the U.S. Department of Defense as Bredesen paid a visit to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard Tuesday, Jan. 31, in order to thank its members for their efforts.

• Feb. 23: A McMinn County man was killed, a second was charged with vehicular homicide and two Karns residents were among those injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday, Feb. 19, at Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road. Trooper Marty Nix of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Heather R. Paul, 31, of 8032 Wilnoty Drive, Karns, and her daughter Kaitlin, 4, were injured when a 1995 Toyota Tercel, driven by Martin D. Smith, 32, of Englewood, ran a red light and struck Paul’s 2000 Geo Tracker on the passenger side.

• After the Bunsen burners began sending out flames at the wrong end about three weeks ago, teachers and staff at Farragut High School decided it was time to shut down the biology and chemistry lab.

• Knox County school children are not receiving their fair share of the money pie, said local officials, who sought to do something about it by approaching state officials. The issue of tax dollars had 6th District Sen. Jamie Woodson, leaders from the Knox County Mayor’s office, members of the Knox County Board of Education and the schools system upset.

• Farragut High School senior (Class of 2006) Nick Reveiz repeated as Division I TSSAA state wrestling champ in the 215-pound class, going unbeaten during the 2005-06 season. Reveiz, also a Mr. Football Finalist among Class 5A players for his work as a linebacker, joined The University of Tennessee Volunteers football team as a preferred walk-on 2006.

MARCH

• March 2: Tennessee Center for Policy Research president Drew Johnson presented the town of Farragut an award, naming it the “Most Business-Friendly City” in the state. Johnson said this is the first year for the award and the TCPR chose Farragut from more than 50 cities. The award was decided based on four categories — a fair and reasonable tax structure, a satisfying community environment that draws high-quality employees, a skilled labor pool that delivers high return on investments in human capital and local amenities that draw customers and make it easier to do business.

• March 9: The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission denied final approval for The Farm at Willow Creek proposed development after a lengthy presentation by David Black, an attorney representing developer Chip Leonard.

• While the Bearden High School Varsity Boys Basketball team earned its third trip to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament in Mark Blevins’ tenure as head coach — which included surpassing the 300-win total in 2006 — Farragut’s varsity girls won the program’s first-ever region tournament title under the direction of head coach Mike Driver.

APRIL

April 13: Before the new Hardin Valley High Schools opens in 2008, county officials discussed whether it will be a regular “comprehensive” high school or an “academy” school? No decision was made.

MAY

• May 4: Bill Wilson, former West High School head football coach where the football field is named in his honor, came out of retirement to become Bearden High School head coach. Wilson went on to lead his 2006 Bulldogs to a final 7-4 record, which included a TSSAA Class 5A playoff appearance and regular season upset victory against Central.

May 18: E coli bacteria amounts in the North Fork of Turkey Creek were said to be “off the scale” by one official during a Farragut

Board of Mayor and Aldermen

meeting May. 11.

JUNE

• June 1: Seven times during post-season play, the Farragut High School baseball team faced elimination — and seven times they found a way to survive and eventually collect a TSSAA Class AAA state championship trophy, the program’s third in four years. Senior southpaw pitcher Rob Catapano led the Admirals (30-15-1 final record), ending with a 7-0 blanking of Bartlett (33-13) in the title game Friday, May 26, at Middle Tennessee State University. This success came despite four losses to archrival Bearden, who won the District 4-AAA Tournament thanks to a pair of wins versus FHS.

• The Bearden SoccerDawgs won a penalty-kick shootout against Hendersonville to claim a Class AAA boys soccer state championship Saturday, May 27, after 110 minutes of scoreless play. With the 4-2 shootout win, head coach Eric Turner won his third state crown with the BHS boys.

• Beating archrival Knoxville Catholic 1-0, Christian Academy won its fourth consecutive Class A/AA boys state soccer title Saturday, May 27.

• Bearden’s tennis doubles combo of junior Hunter Maltsberger and freshman Taylor Patrick, who had never played doubles together before this season, finished 2006 unbeaten (18-0) while winning the Class AAA state championship with a 6-3, 6-4 title match sweep of Miles Malloy and Andy Rogers of Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett.

• Senior Eric Pickle completed in 2006 what he almost accomplished in 2005: a Class AAA state championship sweep of the discus and shot put in helping his Bearden Bulldogs track and field boys finish third Friday, May 26. In the 4 X 400 relay, Jay Oatts, Nathan Grace, C.J. Gunn and Sean Cunningham broke a 30-year school record (3:16.68) to win a state title, while Oats was state champ in the 300 intermediate hurdles (:38.20).

June 15: The town of Farragut filed a lawsuit against the Pilot Corp. alleging that the Pilot store at 701 N. Campbell Station Road is in violation of the Farragut sign ordinance. Tom Hale, attorney for the town of Farragut, said the town position on the matter is that Pilot violated the town sign ordinance when it rebuilt the store in late 2004

June 22: As thousands watched, the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Farragut DDG-99, during a ceremony Saturday, June 10, in Mayport, Fla.

• In winning the 2006 Knoxville Open, Hunter Haas became the first two-time winner in the event’s 17-tournament history (also 2004).

JULY

July 13: A pair of Fox Den property owners face nearly 33 years in jail for animal cruelty charges. Charles Wade Sexton, 70, and his wife, Sylvia Jeane Sexton, 68, both of a Tazewell Pike address, were charged and arrested with a combined 33 counts of cruelty to animals by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, July 5.

July 20: Many girls would go to great measures to be a varsity cheerleader at Farragut High School. Lucinda Fletcher, a freshman at FHS, had the opportunity to be one of those cheerleaders but turned it down to ride her horse and win a national championship in Ribbon Roping at the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M.

July 27: Large trees along Farragut’s McFee Road fell to a $2.4 million road-widening project.

AUGUST

• Aug. 3: A new “darkhorse” candidate for mayor emerged on Election Day, Thursday, Aug. 3. Signs around Farragut advocated Marty for Mayor, a Farragut golden retriever who “spoke” with farragutpress.

• The former Regal Cinemas building and Farragut Towne Square shopping center were in the hands of new owners by late July. Horne Properties Inc. sold the former movie theater as well as the entire shopping center to Ingles Markets, Inc. By the end of 2006, the Regal Cinemas building would be razed.

• Aug. 10: In one of the most contested races in Farragut during the Aug. 3 general election, Knox County Board of Education 6th District winner Thomas Deakins edged out competitor H. Lee Martin. Deakins won 2,860 votes or 53.48 percent of a total of 5,348 votes. Martin earned 2,488 votes or 46.52 percent of the vote. Fifth District Knox County commissioners Mike Hammond, Seat 5A, Craig Leuthold, Seat 5B, John Griess, 5C, and Republican incumbent Tim Hutchison all won reelection.

• Aug. 24: Two seniors at Farragut High School received a 36, the highest composite score on the ACT, a college entrance exam accepted at most colleges and universities across the country. Sarah B. Brand, 16, is the only high school student in Tennessee to receive a 36 on the ACT, offered April 2006. Two months later Umang Shukla, 16, followed in Sarah’s footsteps, becoming the only student in Tennessee to receive a 36 on the June 2006 national test administration of the ACT, according to ACT officials.

• Aug. 31: Hardin Valley stood to lose an institution if the Knox County Schools system proceeds with its eviction of Sims Market and Deli and the adjoining barber shop. This was the common sentiment among 75 area residents who gathered Saturday, Aug. 26, at Sims Market and Deli off Hardin Valley Road to show support for owner Helen Ray in her ongoing dispute with KCS system. Ray and barbershop owner Virgil Hackworth were given a 60-day eviction notice Aug. 4 from the schools system, which owns the property where the market, barbershop and fire hall are located.

• The question of whether the proposed Hardin Valley High School will house 2,100 students or 1,300 students was delayed.

SEPTEMBER

• Sept. 7: The curtain opened on what seemed be the final act in the Smith Road Weigel’s Farm Store saga during the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Aug. 31. Commissioners, Weigel’s president Ken McMullen and the often-vocal residents of Sugarwood subdivision all gave their blessing to the plan. The plan calls for a right in, right out on Kingston Pike and full access off Smith Road, but the driveway would not have to line up with Walgreen’s driveway. The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen closed the final chapter in a more than two-year deal Thursday, Sept. 1, by unanimously approving variances for a “right in, right out” access via Kingston Pike. Members split approval on variances for Smith Road.

• Sept. 14: André Sterling ran for 263 yards on 36 carries as the Farragut Admirals retained its dominance during the annual U.S. Cellular How the West Was Won duel versus archrival Bearden. Farragut grabbed its sixth straight win against its cross-town rival with a 27-14 win Friday, Sept. 8, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. And for the second straight year the Admirals duplicated its regular season feat in a TSSAA playoff game, beating the Bulldogs 20-6. Led by Sterling’s 2,000-plus yards rushing as a Mr. Football Finalist in Class 5A. Farragut finished with a 9-4 overall record — reaching the state quarterfinals — while also beating William Blount twice during the season.

• Sept. 21: Residents of Weatherly Hills and Holly Oaks subdivisions expressed concern about plans Lenoir City Utilities Board has to remove trees from a walking trail in their area.

OCTOBER

• Oct. 12: Led by individual state champion Erika Thornton, the Farragut High School girls golf team won its second TSSAA Class AAA state title in three years with a commanding 19-stroke victory (290) versus runner-up Hardin County (309) Oct. 3-4.

• Forget Beverly Hills, 90210. Farragut school patrons, at a Tuesday, Oct. 3, hearing on attendance zones for Hardin Valley High School, showed school officials an even stronger sense of community — one built around Farragut’s own postal ZIP Code, 37934. Several parents told a crowd exceeding 300 gathered in the Vickie Wells Auditorium at Farragut High School they wanted Farragut students attending Farragut schools, even with crowded classes.

• Oct. 19: The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved agreements with the Tennessee Department of Transportation Thursday, Oct. 12, that paved the way for installation of two traffic signals along Kingston Pike: at the intersection with Old Stage Road, and intersection with Brooklawn Street, a public street that would run through the Kroger development from Kingston Pike and come out on S. Campbell Station Road.

NOVEMBER

• Nov. 2: The Farragut Admirals’ 17-6 win against Oak Ridge to close out the 2006 football season ending a 15-game ORHS winning streak from 1994 through 2005.

• The Christian Academy of Knoxville Lady Warriors made it look easy in the state title game against a once-beaten foe. CAK was quite decisive in a 3-0 victory against University School of Jackson Saturday, Nov. 4. Winning the program’s first-ever girls state soccer championship, the Lady Warriors also ended its season unbeaten at 22-0-2.

• The Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs whipped the state’s three highest-ranked teams during the Class AAA state tournament, and the end result was a state title — the first for Bearden’s girls program — following a 1-0 victory against 2005 state champ Collierville in the title game Saturday evening, Nov. 4. The state title came despite all of its losses (22-3-2 final record) coming to Region 2-AAA and District 4-AAA champion Farragut, who also earned a state tourney bid.

• Nov. 16: It what appeared to be a surprise to most members of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Farragut Mayor W. Edward (Eddy) Ford III presented Resolution R-06-09 laying out what the town recommends as zoning boundaries for Farragut High School. Ford said that the “logical” zone for Farragut High School “is the total three seven nine three four ZIP Code plus the Ridgeland

subdivision.”

• Nov. 23: A recent court decision could pave the way for Farragut to resume its press for property at the corner of Kingston Pike and Canton Hollow Road. Town attorney Tom Hale said the first thing it may mean for Farragut is a case that has been in legal limbo for two years may go to trial. Hale said the town annexed the corner at Canton Hollow Road and Kingston Pike a couple of years ago, but property owners filed a lawsuit to stop the annexation.

• Farragut businesses turned out in force to participate in the town’s “Buy in Farragut” campaign Thursday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 3.

• Despite a stiff wind blowing in his face, Steve Ball’s Ball’s 44-yard field-goal in the final seconds cleared the posts with room to spare, giving the Webb Spartans the Division II Class AA state crown with a 17-14 win against Evangelical Christian School Saturday, Nov. 18.

• Nov. 30: Knox County Board of Education members grappled with a school attendance zone proposed by Knox County Schools Supt. Dr. Charles Lindsey Nov. 20 concerning the opening of Hardin Valley High School by 2008. The proposal leaves most Farragut residents attending crowded Farragut High School.

DECEMBER

• Dec. 7: Knoxville Catholic football standout Harrison Smith was awarded Class 3A’s Mr. Football Back-of-the-Year at the TSSAA/-American General Mr. Football Awards luncheon Monday, Nov. 27. Smith, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound running back/safety, who produced 1,340 yards rushing on 155 carries and 19 touchdowns in addition to his stellar work in the Irish defensive backfield, was also named Gatorade Player of the Year for Tennessee and the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club East Tennessee Player of the Year. Leading KCHS to a 12-1 final record, Smith and his Irish were denied a Class 3A state title after an 18-13 loss to eventual state champion Fulton in the state quarterfinals. Later in December, Smith picked Notre Dame over Tennessee as his college choice — hoping to see action soon in the ND secondary.

• Dec. 21: Eight Farragut men from First Baptist Church, Concord have been on a selfless mission — one that aids children as it reflects the seasonal message of giving freely of one’s blessings. Since Thanksgiving, the eight Tennesseans have flown halfway around the world and back to help orphans in impoverished Moldova — an Eastern European nation where hope’s become a luxury that few can afford.

• Dec. 28: A Farragut business formerly owned by a man who has pled guilty to drug and money-laundering charges is closing its doors, probably in January. Earth to Old City, 601 N. Campbell Station Road, is projected to close its doors at the end of January when the store gets consolidated into Market Square, according to a press release. Scott West was sentenced to 75 months in a federal prison Dec. 1 after pleading guilty to charges that he conspired with his brother, Mike West, to distribute and sell tons of marijuana over the past 10 years and launder the money through West’s Market Square properties.

 

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