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As of this writing, another year has come and gone.

There have been many good things happen in the town of Farragut this past year.

Some of those good things include the reopening of Ott’s restaurant, a new Ingles super store and a new Kroger Marketplace, not to mention the addition of a Best Buy and the genesis of JCPenney, Red Robin, Marshall’s and Belk along the same stretch of Parkside Drive.

Other good things include the completion of the McFee Road project and new bridges on Turkey Creek Road and Northshore Drive. Also, McFee Park opened off McFee Road.

Area residents also began the learning process for navigating a round-about on a major thoroughfare — namely Northshore Drive. Unfor-tunately, several residents still don’t get it and continue to pause or stop while driving within the circle.

The Town celebrated freedom in the United States with its annual Independ-ence Day parade and Christmas with Celebrate the Season. Halloween continued to be a Town event with the much anticipated Freaky Friday Fright Night at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Hundreds of parents and children turned out in a pouring rain for pieces of candy given out by Town staff and several area businesses.

Farragut High School also came out well in 2008. The school opened its football season with a new stadium and a repaired sewage system, eliminating a longterm problem in the former stadium restrooms.

The FHS football team, under the leadership of head coach Eddie Courtney, completed its season 11-2 — a great year in anyone’s book.

Speaking of good years, head coach Tommy Pharr’s Diamond Admirals won its fourth state championship in six years and FHS boys golf, led by first-year golf coach Scott McKenzie, also took state honors.

Politically, an end finally came to the controversy surrounding appointments to Knox County Commission following a judicial ruling voiding previous Commis-sion seat-filling actions with the election by the people for those seats in question.

Filling our 5th District, Seat C, position vacated by term-limited Commissioner John Griese was Dr. Richard Briggs, who, to begin with, had been appointed to fill the seat.

Some of the not-so-popular issues that developed over the year included the controversy of Belleaire Drive and the purchase of the Seal property off McFee Road.

At the end of the day, you have to appreciate the stand Vice Mayor J. Michael “Mike” Haynes took against the purchase. Haynes’ view just made better sense.


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