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• It is amusing to me that the citizens of Knox County sit back and watch the [alleged] mis-use of credit cards by the County mayor’s staff and the blatant mis-use of travel funds by some county commissioners as if they are watching some type of TV soap opera. I must admit that this inappropriate and unethical behavior is entertaining, and we look forward to reading the next episode in the newspapers in the morning. But we fail to take into consideration that our taxes fund the show. That is why I think the show has to go. At the polls, our citizens will have the opportunity to say no to this blatant mis-use of public funds.

• During the Knoxville Open, the speed limit has been reduced to protect the increased pedestrian walking activity. Could this speed limit reduction be a permanent change due to the increased traffic on Smith Road? This would keep residents safer in the community in which they live.

• I agree a hundred percent with the caller about the Concord pool. Why don’t they just remodel it and fix it up where everybody can start using it again?

• I think there’s something wrong when a church of God has $37.5 million to spend to upgrade already huge facilities. Concord Baptist Church has too much money, and perhaps it’s time that they were taxed on their multiple properties and so many buildings. Could you please run an article on how they handle their expenses and if they are taxed in any way?

Editor’s Note: Churhes are not funded with tax dollars and thus do not have to share their financial records.

• Are they ever going to finish McFee Road any time before the Second Coming? It’s been torn up forever, and it should have been done by now. There’s absolutely no reason why it’s not finished.

• Once again Farragut Baptist Church has said it wants to be a good neighbor to the residents of Belleaire, Farragut Crossing, Glen Abbey and the subdivisions that are adjacent and very close to its property. However, once again, their actions belie their words. This is at least the third time they have supposedly said they want to be a good neighbor and want residents’ input — yet they already have plans on paper to go ahead and make changes that are detrimental to our community, to our property, to our property values and to our families. This started over 30 years ago when they said they would not do curb cuts onto Belleaire Drive, and they did. They razed the house that they bought they said they would not tear down. They said they would not build athletic fields. They already have. Where’s it going to stop? The town of Farragut will probably do nothing because, after all, members of [this] Baptist church have many more votes than us that live in Belleaire. But we’re citizens of Farragut, too. Isn’t anybody going to protect us?

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