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Thanks for story

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the coverage today on Atomic City Aquatic Club!! We love to see our kids represented!! Our family gets a lot of phone calls when our kids make the farragutpress so many people are reading! Keep up the great work!

Lynn Benko

Johns passes on mayoral race

I am thankful for all the calls and e-mails over the past weeks from elected officials, teachers, citizens, and neighbors inquiring if I would be a candidate for mayor in the upcoming Town of Farragut election in 2009. I truly appreciate your supportive and persuasive comments.

As most of you know, the reason I sought the office of mayor of the town of Farragut in 2005 was due to the fact that our community, at that time, was at a crossroads. Farragut would have either remained as a reactive community or would have had a transformation toward the adoption of proactive and innovative leadership.

For those who are curious or may not already know, I made the decision several years ago not to seek public office again in the town of Farragut after some critical junctures came and passed in our local government. Among these junctures were the opportunity to proactively address the following: community growth; school zoning; support of businesses, merchants and entrepreneurs; and embracing the American Society for Public Administrationís Code of Ethics.

Since the 2005 election, I have remained active in our community through my support of several outstanding candidates for office and through my leadership of the Farragut Community Alliance. I pledge to continue this support and service. It remains my belief that there are ample opportunities for emerging leaders and room for renewed enthusiasm and charisma in the leadership our community. For anyone seeking elected office, I recommend the journey, as it will be a rewarding one. I also offer my encouragement, as citizen participation is the lifeblood of a strong, vibrant community. It is only through such participation that our town will have the chance to reach its maximum potential.

Bill Johns



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