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Elliott ‘shoe-in’ for Haynes alderman seat

Twenty-year Farragut resident Jeff Elliott will be running unopposed for alderman for Ward II, currently Vice Mayor and Alderman J. Michael Haynes’ seat.

Elliott, a member of Farragut’s Parks and Athletics Council, is running on the slogan “Keep Farragut Green and Growing.”

Elliott hopes to see the Town take “a bigger initiative on trying to promote” recycling by sponsoring or providing recycling centers for residents.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people who would like to see the Town be a little bit more proactive in that,” Elliott said, also mentioning expanding Farragut’s park and ride lot.

Elliott, who initiated the “Buy in Farragut” campaign in 2005, also hopes to see a growing business community in Town limits.

Although he is “really pleased with how the ‘Buy in Farragut’ campaign is going,” Elliott also said he would like to pursue the possibility of having a “secondary window” of the campaign at another time during the year.

Elliott hopes to see the Town pursue some way of filling existing empty commercial spaces, such as the former sites of Ingles market and Kroger.

“Are there some bright ideas out there that we could come up with to promote ways to fill existing commercial space … and use what we have?” Elliott said.

One way to do that, he said, is to recruit businesses, similar to a football coach recruiting players. Perhaps a survey sent to Farragut residents would reveal what they think Farragut needs, Elliott said. Then the Town could recruit more restaurants, for example.

Elliott said he does not view Farragut in the same vein as Turkey Creek or Lenoir City’s Town Creek developments.

“Common sense tells you [Farragut’s] chances of recruiting big box commercial entities and businesses are pretty slim,” Elliott said.

Instead, the Town can become a “niche” kind of market, where small businesses thrive and grow.

“We’ll be able to offer smaller ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses that have been having trouble being identifiable and found in Turkey Creek and Lenoir City … a chance to be visible and accessible,” Elliott said.

Volunteer participation also is important to Elliott. While talking with other Town residents, he said, “People were really unaware of what they could do.”

“I think there is some real talent in this community,” he said.

In a related vein, Elliott also would support term limits. Given Farragut’s “vibrant” population, “there is no shortage of good ideas in Town,” Elliott said.

Elliott also extended his appreciation to Haynes for his 14-year term of service as Alderman.


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