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• Via e-mail: In response to the Belleaire Drive complaint. I travel Bellearie Drive several times daily. I have found that although there is much construction, the workers are doing an admirable job keeping the roadway free of debris and for the most part are aware and courteous regarding residential traffic. Per information distributed regularly by First Baptist Church Concord, the new Belleaire Drive will be opened for traffic soon. We will soon be removed from the major construction as the church continues to build. I think the new road is a great improvement and appreciate the new sidewalks and lighting! These improvements came to us despite the problems and accusations created by disgruntled neighbors that seem to thrive on discontent.

• Via e-mail: “Happy New Year City of Farragut.” Now that all the hoopla of our most recently passed holiday is over I’m wondering how many of you unbelievers really knows that when you are Christmas shopping or uttering the words “Happy Holidays,” which translates “Holy Day,” or saying “Seasons Greetings,” you are indeed praising the one for whom the season represents? No way around it folks. So remember the next time you go out shopping for a tree, wreath, gifts, etc you are actually worshiping the one who is (the way, the truth, & the light ) right along side of us. You are blessed by our prayers, which covers you even though none of us is worthy of his grace and mercy. You must also understand as long as a dollar can be made by promoting this glorious of holidays it will continue on forever. Have a safe and blessed 2009 Farragut.

• Via e-mail: I wanted to write in to say Thank You to a wonderful person who lives in our community. On Friday, Dec. 26, I visited the Farragut Town Hall in hopes of being able to renew my tags and to sign over a car title. Upon finding the offices closed until Monday, I got back in my car and headed out on my other errands. On Saturday, Dec. 27, I received a piece of mail with no return address or name, just a note saying they found my title and wanted to return it. I did not realize I had dropped the title in front of the Farragut Town Hall. I wanted to say “Thank you” to the anonymous sender who returned this VERY valuable piece of paper to me. I wish I could personally thank them for being so honest, gracious and kind. Thank You whoever you are! I will definitely “Pay it Forward!”

• What’s up with the Taco Bell removing all of their landscaping along their ridge next to their restaurant? They’ve simply removed some nice greenery and replaced it with an ugly red hill. Can’t the town do something about that?

• To the recent person who expressed his dismay at the long response time of the Knoxville Sheriff’s department in response to his home alarm, he answered his own question because it was a false alarm. Eighty to 90 percent of the cases of these home alarm systems going off are indeed false alarms. So the police define them as low priority. So the police did exactly what they were supposed to do; when frankly the homeowner should have been fined for causing a false alarm and having the police respond to a false alarm. They do that in many communities. I live in Concord Hills and my neighbor’s alarm goes off once a week and I would hope that she would be fined for that. If you were fined $250 each time it went off maybe every day at noon I wouldn’t hear an alarm going off. So really you have no reason to complain.

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