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• Reading your story on Fox Den, I’ve lived in Farragut 45 years, and I just know that Thornton [Heights] was here, Thornton [Heights] subdivision and both Belleaire were here, long before Fox Den was ever built. We bought the house in Belleaire in ’63, and it was here then.

• When I lived in the north, they put traffic islands in the neighborhood I lived in, and not one person complained.

• I agree with the caller that was listed in the May 28 farragutpress regarding the farragutpress having to make comments about every caller or e-mail. That seems out of line to me, too. I thought this was a community forum to air concerns, not a dialogue with farragutpress. Also, how about giving us some feedback on the percent of callers who are for or against the Grigsby Chapel islands? I would guess four to one against. But as usual, elected officials ignore the wants of the people. They can’t afford to look like they are wasting taxpayer money, so they will not admit this was a bad idea from the start. Also, the few who are for the islands don’t have to drive that road six or seven times a day like I do.

• Hearing about plans for a new soccer stadium at Farragut Intermediate School during last week’s FBMA meeting, I’m thinking one thing: it’s about time. Of course, with funding tight everywhere given the horrible economy, it’s no wonder the Town has yet to commit funds. Still, with Bearden already having its soccer complex, Bruce Allender Field, up and running for a number of years now, it seems about time Farragut kept pace. Doesn’t a program that’s won four state titles the past seven years — speaking of the boys program — don’t they deserve a top-notch facility? And Dennis Lindsay’s girls program always fields a winner, and has come painfully close to winning a pair of state titles within the past 10 years. They also deserve better.

• I just thought of something recently after smoothly exchanging from Northshore Drive to Concord Road, and then vice-versa later that day. I thought how well our new roundabout seems to be working. All the bellyaching about how it was a death trap waiting to happen has, of course, gone away with the “flat earth society” folks. Score one for being a little “European,” as some presstalk callers labeled roundabouts during the so-called controversy about its safety. Now it’s much smoother sailing.

• Via e-mail: To the person in the silver BMW tailgating me and blowing your horn at me Saturday, June 6, around 10 a.m. on Grigsby Chapel Road because I was driving only five miles over the posted 40 mph speed: you, and drivers like you, are the reason we now have calming islands on GCR. Thanks. It has been interesting reading all the comments in presstalk left by those of you who are responsible for these islands complaining about how you can no longer pass in the center lane when people force you to do the speed limit. It also was heartening to see you teaching the young child who was with you sign language.

• Via e-mail: Thank you to the city of Farragut for these islands of tranquility. Being in my 70s (the new 50s!), I have found it so troubling driving down Grigsby Chapel Road and having people constantly pass around me on the left. I follow the law and never go above 25 miles an hour on Grigsby Chapel. Now, I can calmly drive 20 miles an hour and there will not be anything all those young people in their little sport cars can do about it. I have been waiting for something to happen for the longest time. I think I will just laugh inside when those sports cars start backing up behind me on Grigsby Chapel. Thank you mayor for supporting elderly rights to drive. Giddy.

Editor’s Note: The speed limit on most of Grigsby Chapel Road is 40 miles per hour, with the exception of the curve at the intersection of Smith Road and GCR, where the speed limit is 25 mph.

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