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Lights not islands

When I first saw the construction of the calming islands, my first thought was chaos islands, not calming.

These islands may be OK further up Grigsby Chapel, but near Campbell Station Road and Farragut Commons, where I live, they will create problems.

The traffic is so heavy during rush hour in the morning that [it] is hard for me to turn left onto Grigsby Chapel. There have been mornings when no one would let me over and I would have to ride down the turn lane to get to the light. Now I can’t do that because the island will block my way.

Maybe Mr. [Ron] Rochelle should spend his time and money fighting these calming islands rather than filing a lawsuit about the lights on Grigsby Chapel [Road], which I happen to think are a necessity.

Also, the town of Farragut could have spent the money more wisely by building a sidewalk in front of Farragut Primary that connects to the sidewalk further up Campbell Station Road and at Grigsby Chapel Road.

Dian Crossland


Islands equal

lack of judgement

In the immortal words of John McEnroe: “You can’t be serious.”

I am, of course, referring to the the amazing lack of judgment in installing “calming islands” on Grigsby Chapel Road. This does a wonderful job of addressing a problem that doesn’t exist.

I drive the road every day and have never seen anyone speeding to pass in the middle lane. I suppose it has happened; but I have never seen it.

However, I could be convinced with accident statistics due to speeding on the road. Where are the accident statistics?

Don’t we have better things to spend money on in this economy?

To compound the lack of good judgment, the last island is clearly too close to the intersection. In the morning at rush hour this will no doubt add to delays in getting through the light. And, don’t get me started on the design of the traffic light at Campbell Station and Grigsby Chapel [roads.]

The only thing really needed on the road is a stop sign at the Catholic school entrance to give those poor people a chance to turn. But I hesitate to suggest this in fear we will wind up with a round-about. ...

J. Paul Dittmann


Hostage to Wall Street?

Have we become victims of Wall Street? Some say we have. Just because we have caught the miscreants, they and their minions have hurt our economy. Advertising is still misleading, proposing to be able to take over our portfolios and stop market losses, when in fact they can do no better. The big lie has done enough damage. People are hurting and monkey business as usual continues.

The general public must become better informed and much more skeptical concerning any claims. The stock sellers, television sellers, auto sellers and even cheating utilities must not be allowed to continue lying, or implying, that things are as represented. This includes staid old professions, (you know who you are) where new employees are not adequately trained and errors made, not in the customer’s best interest. It also includes the companies that dress sub-professional employees in uniforms or badges designed to imply they are trained professionals when they are not.

Enough of this. A generation of cheating the customer is part of the backlash. It starts with student loans, escalates to auto repair, housing and mortgage costs, credit card companies punishing those who pay on time (calling them deadbeats), instead of the other way around. Truly I’m not a malcontent, in fact have an upbeat attitude most of the time, but this downturn is hurting our economy, our country, and most of our citizens.

Harry Hogan


Dumb to dumber ...

I have opposed the idea of the traffic calming islands on Grigsby Chapel Road since it was first discussed by the town council last year.

I believe the idea was born after a town employee visited Europe and saw these islands in use. The employee recommended such a system as a way to calm traffic on Grigsby Chapel.

The theory is that if the roadway is narrower, or appears to be narrower, motorists will slow down. The Town hired a firm to do a survey of traffic patterns on Grigsby Chapel. If I remember correctly, speeding was not listed as a major problem on the road.

At one of the town meetings at which the islands were discussed, it was brought up that passing in the center lane on Grigsby Chapel was of concern.

I am not saying that this does not happen, but I have used this road daily, both driving and running, for more than eight years and I have not once seen a car use the middle lane as a passing lane. If the idea is to slow down cars, it is not going to work. As the initial islands are being built they are currently surrounded by safety barrels which makes the island area much larger than it will be when they are completed and the barrels are removed.

From negotiating these areas for about a week now, I can attest that the islands will do nothing to slow down traffic. The main use of the center lane is to allow motorists to turn off of and onto Grigsby Chapel without impeding the normal flow of traffic. As more of these islands are built, the use of these turn lanes as turn-off or merging lanes will be reduced. By reducing the space used for merging, these islands will further complicate the ability to cross all lanes of traffic when making a left turn out of some of the subdivisions. Exiting the subdivision along Grigsby Chapel is becoming much more difficult as traffic on Grigsby Chapel steadily increases.

This was a dumb idea when it was conceived, and now that I see it being implemented I am convinced that it is even a dumber idea. The town of Farragut should void the contract, pay any penalty fees and remove the islands that have already been built. I am certain that there [are] better ways for the Town to spend our money!

Gary R. Steimer


Islands will cause


I drive on Grigsby Chapel Road twice a day, almost every day. I think the new islands are a traffic hazard and a great waste of taxpayers’ money.

The one closest to Campbell Station Road will exacerbate the long back up of cars at the traffic light during rush hour.

The islands will cause many minor accidents and some broken axels. This is a foolish, costly project that should be reversed.

Gerald A. Thornton


Islands ridiculous

I think that these [Grigsby Chapel Road islands] are the most ridiculous things yet. The person who commented on their location in the March 12 issue is quite correct. These islands will only cause confusion, interrupted traffic flow and accidents.

I admit, I don’t stay on top of all “goings on” but was there any meetings on this or was this an arbitrary decision?

I travel down that road every day, on my way to work and on the way home. The islands aren’t even completed yet and they are backing up traffic. Traffic needs to flow better, not be interfered with.

Farragut needs new leadership. At this point, I don’t think I’ll vote for any incumbents.

Henri Usey


Bend rules for S&A

I have a question for our elected officials.

Why is it you can bend the Town rules for a large corporation and not for a locally owned business that has paid taxes to us for years?

I have no objection to the additional sign at [JC]Penney, but I think it very unwise not to bend the rules for Sam & Andy’s.

This structure has been there for years and has added to their business so we can collect more taxes. It is at the end of the business strip and hinders no one but the commisioners’ strict black and white rules (except for [JC]Penney).

Jeane Vann


Whose idea?

Whose idea was this?  Who is paying for this?  How much thought was given to accidents this will cause?  How will these islands be lit at night? These islands will be a gigantic, dangerous nuisance.  Hopefully, the town will come to its senses and remove before some gets seriously injured. 

Rena and Wayne Walters


Vote for Elliott

I was delighted to learn of Jeff Elliott’s candidacy for Farragut Alderman, Ward II.

Having worked over 25 years as a healthcare fundraiser for various Knoxville area hospitals, Jeff understands the economic challenges facing both business and government today and the need for creative thinking and cost-effective management. He also understands the importance of community involvement as demonstrated through his service on the town of Farragut’s Parks and Recreation Committee, his neighborhood homeowners association, and his longtime committment to coaching youth baseball and basketball.

Jeff is an individual who possesses the energy, enthusiasm, positive attitude and overall character we all seek to find in our elected officials. Perhaps most importantly of all, he has a deep appreciation for the Farragut community that he and his family have called home for over 20 years and a sincere interest in its future. This is evidenced by his support for more greenways and parks, more convenient recycling locations for residents and schools, and a business recruitment approach that will focus on filling existing vacant commercial space, and attracting businesses that Farragut residents will support and which will enhance Farragut’s reputation as a premier residential community.

I appreciate Jeff’s willingness to serve, wholeheartedly support his candidacy and encourage my fellow Farragut residents to vote for him as Alderman, Ward II in the upcoming election.

Charlie Wright



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