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FBMA creates liaison for new town-schools ‘relationship’


The Board of Mayor and Aldermen established four new citizen volunteer committees at its meeting Thursday, June 11.

A permanent committee will provide liaison between the Town and Knox County schools.

“This relationship with the schools can take many forms. … We’ll explore opportunities for additional funding for the schools coming from this community,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

“This also opens the possibility of projects carried out by the schools and the group of volunteers working together, as well as enriching the school’s curriculum.

“We’ve got a lot of smart people in Farragut, a lot of whom are ready and willing to share their knowledge with people interested in hearing about it,” he added.


The committee would be permanent, and temporarily will be chaired by Knox County School Board member Thomas Deakins.

Members would represent homeowners, the business community, parent-teacher organizations and Town government.

Three temporary committees will study the development of a Town community center, the development of a Town recycling center and possible celebrations for the Town’s 30th anniversary next year.

The community center committee would study the feasibility of building a community center and the possibility of a public-private partnership for funding.

“The job of this committee would be to scope out what are the possibilities, including the size of such a facility, potential locations, as well as cost,” McGill said.

Members would represent homeowners, the business community and Town government.

The recycling center committee would study the feasibility and advisability of a recycling center within Town limits, including potential locations and costs.

“A lot of people believe there’s great need for us to have localized recycle facilities,” McGill said.

Temporarily, Alderman Jeff Elliott will chair this committee. Members would represent homeowners and the business community.

The 30th anniversary committee would initiate plans for anniversary celebrations throughout 2010.

“We’d like to put together an ad-hoc committee to work on plans for next year,” Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

In addition to celebrations already planned around the unveiling of the Admiral Farragut Statue in May, Stuhl said plans throughout the year also would be welcome.

Members should have an interest in organizing such plans and preferably have long-term knowledge of the Town.

None of the committees were filled at the Board meeting; interested applicants may contact Town Hall, 865-966-7057.

 

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