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Municipal Drive name change discussed

Alderman Bob Markli recommended changing the name of the street on which Town Hall sits at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Oct. 22.

“One of my neighbors … suggested that we, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Town, rename the rather generic name of the street out here, Municipal [Center] Drive to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Drive,” Markli said.

He said the name had not been used on a street in the Town, although Admiral Drive already was in use.

Town Recorder Allison Myers asked for something perhaps a little shorter, for the sake of the Town letterhead and Town staff.

“Can we shorten it, just for telling people everyday where we’re located?” she asked.

“And for those of us who have to write it,” Town Engineer Darryl Smith said.

Mayor Ralph McGill recommended the shortened Admiral Farragut Drive, but added Town Hall was not the only building on Municipal Center Drive.

“The credit union and the post office would have to change,” McGill said.

Because the discussion was not on the agenda, the Board did not vote on the idea.

McGill asked instead that staff research the change, specifically asking Enrichment Federal Credit Union and the U.S. Post Office if they would be amenable to the change.

Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer said he would return with additional information in time for the Board’s December meeting, to be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10.

In a meeting where the two agenda items were postponed, staff took the time to report on various projects within the Town.

Smith mentioned Loudon County is researching plans to modify Dixie Lee Junction.

The proposal Smith showed at the meeting involved a roundabout, but the plan was by no means final.

“If you drive through there often, you’re probably aware, it’s kind of a difficult intersection,” Smith said.

Smith said he was excited about the improvements, but emphasized the Junction was outside Farragut limits.

“It’s something Loudon County is pursuing, but they definitely have our support on that,”

Smith said.

Any improvements, while not quite “pie in the sky,” he added, were certainly still on the horizon, perhaps three to five years away from fruition.


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