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• Every Sunday morning, I notice a series of [Knox County] Sheriff’s cars and deputies guiding traffic at the First Baptist Church on Kingston Pike there in Concord. Who pays for that? Do we pay for it out of our taxes, or does First Baptist Church pay separately to have that service rendered?

Editor’s Note: No, taxpayers do not pay for the service. Albeit having officers at the church is a matter of public safety, the church pays the officers for their time. However, the officers are required to pay the County a rate of $6 per hour (four hour minimum) for the use of the vehicle(s). This is standard procedure throughout the County.

• I am amazed at the stupidity of people that are complaining about the road dividers on Grigsby Chapel Road. Obviously this is a neighborhood street and they are put there to slow down the traffic. Now if people would drive slowly, there should be no problem. I can’t believe that the ignorant people keep complaining about this situation.

• Reading in the Farragut paper about funding schools’ extracurricular activities: I would vote yes on funding the soccer field at the Farragut High School.

• It seems I missed the photo competition this year. I actually look forward every year to looking at all the photos. What time of year do you have this?

Editor’s Note: The Annual farragutpress Photo & Imaging Contest is held in June. Winning entries appeared in the June 25 issue and all contestants’ photos appeared online at www.farragutpress


• This is to St. John Neumann’s [Catholic] Church: we are excited that you have a new church and a new bell tower, but please stop the bells. Every hour from 8 [a.m.] to 6 [p.m.], seven days a week, is a little bit much. We are trying to sleep-in some mornings; we don’t want to be awakened at 8 a.m. And I think 70-plus rings at a time is way too much. Could you please have some consideration for your neighbors and cut down on the bells?

• Via e-mail: Cash-for-Clunkers — another government boondoggle. What a waste of money, and cars! Now we taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the selling of new cars (in the case of GM and Chrysler, ostensibly government built cars) in order to rid the roadways of “older” vehicles simply because they are not up to government mileage and/or emissions standards. Standards that have been established in a misguided and futile attempt to ward off climate change, a liberal lie and ruse intended to foster social control and destroy the free market economy of the United States. Additionally, the large majority of these so-called “clunkers” (hardly an accurate description) are still very usable vehicles that could be donated to charity, or purchased by less fortunate people and/or those who wish not to perpetuate a trend of indebtedness, which got us into the current economic crisis in the first place. Once these vehicles are in the possession of the dealerships they are mandated to be rendered totally unusable and unsellable by literally destroying the engines and ultimately going to the crusher. When is this insanity going to stop? Let’s just keep printing money … how much … another $1billion for another 222,000-plus cars ... another $2 billion for 444,000-plus cars … do I hear $3 billion? And these same “leaders” want to manage and administrate health care (one-fifth of our GDP)!? It’s time for Americans to take back their country. Do we want socialism or liberty? Remember, as this past November has taught us so well, or I so hope so, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!

• Via e-mail: No, I do not think the town of Farragut should help fund the new soccer stadium for Farragut High School, UNLESS they help fund Hardin Valley Academy with something they need as well. We have lived in Farragut for five years and were one of the (unfortunate) neighborhoods to be zoned for the new high school. We live in Farragut but our children are not allowed to attend the high school. Therefore, I oppose our money be used for something for the high school my kids CANNOT ATTEND, since THEY (the school board) have chosen to zone them somewhere else.

• Via e-mail: While the idea of a soccer stadium at [Farragut High School] is a novel idea, the town of Farragut has no business supporting any of the financial burden of such a project. For a number of years now the Town has held fast to the concept of not being in the school business. This concept should extend to all facets of the local schools. Farragut administrators MUST remember that the taxpaying residents of this community do in fact have children attending schools outside of the city limits. If the town is willing to pay a single penny towards a complex at one school, they must be prepared to match funds at other schools in the area that support our student base. It is not fair that one school benefits from town funds while other families have been forced to send their students to other schools. I would also like to remind the town administrators that we have a wonderful soccer field at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Improvements and the addition of bleachers or other seating would allow this park to support any high school soccer events. Improve what we have for all schools to use rather than focus on one entity.

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