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• I think it’s time for a traffic light between Lovell and Concord roads. Maybe in front of Stonecrest Subdivision. It has become congested and very dangerous to cross. What does the rest of the town think?

• [Farragut] assistant town administrator Gary Palmer is pushing a plan that would have him heading up a daylong meeting with developers to hammer out the final details of a plan before presenting it to [Farragut Municipal] Planning Commis-sion. I really disagree with his assessment that the public would still have an opportunity to have input on a matter when an item went before the FMPC for approval. I disagree with that entirely. Once the details are lined up and finalized, the train has already left the station. For the public to show up at the FMPC meeting, it’ll be too little, too late. Please, everyone let’s make some calls and let’s stop this plan in its tracks.

• As I drive down Smith Road it just amazes me how many times a sidewalk can be built and rebuilt. What is the purpose of this sidewalk? Where does it go? And is this really a good use of taxpayer dollars when there are so many other things in the town of Farragut that need to be accomplished.

• Congratulations to Dr. John Williams on his election as our newest alderman. Congratula-tions also to the other gentlemen who entered the race. It takes a lot of time and effort to put your hat in the ring; and we should all join together in applauding these folks for trying their best at representatives.

• I’m calling in with concerns to the recent mention of zoning changes for the town of Farragut in relation to Hardin Valley High School. We got our letters today, and to say I’m mad as a hornet is an understatement. I’m a resident of Fox Run, I went to Farragut High School, I live in the town of Farragut and intend to go to Farragut schools. I do find it interesting, however, that Karen Carson, a member of the board, is somewhere off [inaudible] Canton Hollow Road, and her children have remained zoned for the Farragut High School and the Farragut schools — albeit they do not live in the town of Farragut. It is very interesting to me when people who are supposed to be representing our best interest in serving the community, represent their own interests. If anyone else has comments on this, I would like to hear your feedback.

• In 1973 my husband and I were hit by someone who ran a red light. There were no airbags then, and we were hit with such force that my head struck the windshield. As a result, most of my hair was yanked out and my face and scalp were full of tiny shards of glass. So I know firsthand the tragedy of running a red light. Having said that, I too feel like the driver of a car should be held responsible, and not the owner. What if a car is stolen and the thief runs every red-light in town? Yes, this was discussed in public hearings — but wasn’t this a subject suggested for discussion in presstalk as well?

• People treat driving as a right — it is not a right, it is a privilege. My understanding is that there is an appeals process for the traffic lights. They show a picture of you when the light turns red and a picture of where you were.

• In your police reports you use the term “busted,” and the word should be “broken.” Busted has another meaning in slang — it means arrested, or caught and called to account by an authority figure. And busted is just incorrect when you’re talking about breaking a window.

• I would like to commend principal [Richard] Dalhaus of the Farragut Middle School for his professionalism and his willingness to confront a problem that I’ve faced. I talked to him today regarding a student causing some problems at my business, and he was very prompt and very quick to try and resolve that problem. And I just think that should be given public recognition.

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