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• We really don’t need another box along Northshore Drive. If you drive along Route 70 into Roane County to see what has happened along Caney Creek, Northshore is too narrow for this thing. What we really need was a replacement for the pool. We don’t need this extra traffic over there regarding the marina.

• Concerning the Grigsby Chapel Road improvements, [I’m] suggesting like I did a couple of months ago that a traffic light be put at the Grigsby Chapel-Smith Road intersection instead of the stop signs. If you look at all the lights that a commuter coming off [I]-40 going home west would have to face going Campbell Station to Kingston [Pike], there must be five or six traffic lights. And there’s nothing if they turn right at Grigsby Chapel off of Campbell Station. So, yeah, a traffic light at Smith Road and maybe a traffic director during church and school exits from St. John [Neumann].

• If you receive a phone call from someone with an Indian accent asking for your bank information, beware. These fraudsters are calling a lot of people asking for Social Security numbers and bank information. The Sheriff’s department tells me that there may be little that can be done about it. So it’s up to the public. I’d advise you to hang up if called. … I respectfully disagree with the caller who thinks that the Democratic Congress will lower your gas prices. The first action of the new Democratic Congress was to raise taxes on oil by $14 billion. This tax has been passed on to consumers, as one would expect. Now, the same Democratic Congress refuses to approve drilling for vast oil reserves known to exist offshore and in Alaska. The Democrats’ solution is to halt new production of oil and gas and raise taxes on consumers. No wonder gas costs $3.30 a gallon.

• To answer the person’s question who wanted to know who owned the house where the new rerouted Belleaire is going to go through, that is one of the many houses in the Belleaire subdivision [to be razed]. … That is not one of the houses that was to be used for missionary use [by First Baptist Church, Concord], but it is one of the houses that was used for storage, which is against town of Farragut codes and regulations. … By the way, the Town is aware of this and they don’t seem to be doing anything about it. …

• I live in Farragut Commons and it’s almost impossible to get out of our subdivision now at certain hours of the day, especially the morning hours when we need to get out to go to work, to doctor’s appointments and so-on. Unfortunately, this is the time the traffic is worst. The right turn on red at Campbell Station on to Grigsby Chapel further complicates the situation. We certainly do not need an assisted living complex with all the many type cars that would be there. We’ve already got one new condo complex on Grigsby Chapel and it’s going to make it bad enough. We’ve got to have some relief: traffic signals or stop signs or something.

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