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Proposed redistricting plan keeps Farragut intact


Knox County Commission will review a single recommended County redistricting plan at a special called meeting in August.

The Redistricting Committee unanimously and quickly approved Plan 3A for consideration at its last meeting, Wednesday, July 8.

“I’m going to defer to Mr. [Gary] Palmer [Interim Town Administrator] for the latest update on the redistricting,” Alderman John Williams told Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, July 9.

“Apparently the vote took place as I was parking, and I was not that late,” he added.

Palmer agreed the meeting was quick, completing in perhaps 10 minutes with “minor discussion.”


“It met our goal, which was primarily keeping Farragut in one district,” Palmer said.

“That is the only plan they’re sending to County Commission,” District 5 Commissioner Richard Briggs said.

“I think it’s very important for people to know Commission can do absolutely anything they want with it,” Briggs said, although he added it was unlikely to generate much more debate.

“I would not be surprised if it just about wouldn’t pass without any further changes,” he added.

Plan 3A keeps Farragut intact and in the Fifth District, so Town representatives did not address the committee during the meeting.

“We had no objection to Plan 3A,” former alderman Tom Rosseel said.

“None of the plans under serious consideration would have split the Town,” he added.

Also under serious consideration was Farragut’s own plan, 7B. However, 3A seemed to garner the most acceptance from committee members and County Commissioners, with the exception of Mark Harmon and Amy Broyles, who were concerned about the Norwood precinct moving.

Plan 3A transfers Concord North out of the Fifth District, also moving incumbent Commissioner Mike Hammond. However, Hammond has intimated he will not seek a Commission seat in District 5 again.

All in all, Plan 3A moves 52,164 voters and keeps the new districts roughly equal in size (District 4 will be the largest).

Commission districts are being redrawn to comply with a charter amendment approved in the November election reducing the number of County Commissioners from 19 to 11.

The lines will be redrawn following the 2010 census.

 

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