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• An innovative idea came out of the concerned citizens Hardin Valley High School rezoning meeting on Feb. 13: Make the new school a middle school, sending all Farragut Middle School students there, then creating and ninth- and 10th-grade campus at the middle school. It solves a multitude of problems: No high school students on bad roads, it keeps Farragut High School programs intact, it keeps the community together, all bearing the point of a bad choice by the school board on where they built the school, as well as saving money for the county.

• This is for all the, I guess, the ignorant people that like to ride their bicycles on county roads, especially the ones that do not have a shoulder. If they do have a shoulder and sidewalks, you need to be on there. You didn’t pay the Wheel Tax, so get off my road. Otherwise, you do not need to be on a road that does not have shoulders on it — for example, Bluegrass Road. You do not need to be on that road riding a bicycle unless you can go the speed limit.

•Can somebody check into why LCUB seems to get so many holidays? They were closed on Monday, when I’m sure more than 75 percent of the county worked, and then they were closed back in July for July 4; they got Monday the 3rd off, and then Tuesday the 4th. Referring to the branch office there on Campbell Station. Maybe they have some job openings, but maybe they should be out keeping the service going and taking care of business instead of taking holidays.

• I am calling in regards to the crossing guard at Farragut Intermediate and Farragut Middle schools. She is wonderful. I totally disagree with the person that had the ugly comments about her (Feb. 15 presstalk). She does a wonderful job, she’s very beneficial and she saves me a lot of time during the day because she’s able to get me in and out of the school system without having to wait through a lot of traffic. I think she’s fabulous, I think she does a great job and, yes, she is always smiling. So thank you so much for the excellent job that you do.

• It will take a lot more than a fluff piece in the farragutpress for Jimmy Jones to rid himself of the stench surrounding his recent appointment as sheriff. The outgoing sheriff [Tim Hutchison] recommended him as his replacement, then he returned the favor by hiring him back as his chief deputy. Ethics was never one of the Sheriff’s department strong points. As one resident commented, all that was needed to complete this sham was for Boss Hog to come waddling out of the backroom. Hutchison needs to packs his bags and retire to the controversial private villa he built for himself in Sevierville and he can fly in and out using his private helicopter license that the citizens of Knox County paid for.

• I thought the salt that was applied to the Farragut roads on Feb. 18 was a waste of resources. I found the roads to be mostly dry at 7 a.m. Needlessly applying salt results in long-term damage to the roads and vehicles that travel them. I think the town of Farragut should develop guidelines to follow in the future so that we don’t waste resources in this manner.

• What’s wrong with the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission? Thank goodness we have Commissioner Carol Evans in the midst of this group. I’m talking about the recent discussion about an ordinance to allow for outdoor storage of marine and recreational vehicles on some property off of Concord Road near Northshore Drive. Commissioner Evans asked a very pointed question: What about pollution run-off from this massive paving job, and this pollution running into our lake? She was concerned about the pollution, and yet the rest of the commissioners didn’t consider this an issue at all in their Pall Mall rush to address the needs of the business. Why don’t we focus more on the environment and less about the profit margin for businesses? And yet, there goes Commissioner Ron Honken, who’s also a candidate for alderman, saying “I think this would be a great idea for the town.” Seriously, do we want people who promote pollution to be representing our


Editor’s Note: We checked with Commissioner Honken and he tells farragutpress he’s not running for alderman this go-round.

• That creek that runs along West End Avenue at Concord Road and Kingston Pike is looking awfully dirty these days. Let me suggest that the Farragut High School Science Department and students get together with the town of Farragut and take a closer look at this creek and determine the source of the pollutants.

• Rules and traffic laws certainly don’t apply to many in this area, or so it would seem. As a recent accident victim in which a driver ran a red light at the Kingston Pike-Concord Road intersection and directly into me without even as much as slowing down, I’d say a traffic camera there would be a great idea. Hit them where it hurts, and maybe they’ll stop and think. Or at least just stop.

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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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