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• Via mail: We read with interest that Farragut BOMA has awarded $40,000 to KAT. With this, we are very pleased. A reverse route from downtown to Turkey Creek is a great idea — even for students and elderly who live closer to downtown. Now they will have options. The best thing FBOMA can do is to beef up public transportation. The Economic Development Committee should also support this, even if Turkey Creek is not part of Farragut — it makes the Farragut area a destination. We would love to ride the bus downtown to have dinner, theater event, movie etc. but in the 10 years we have lived here we have yet to see a KAT schedule published in this paper. With the $40,000 grant, use some of this to publish a complete schedule to include bus stop locations and departure times.

• Hi. … I am curious to know if there will be a time when lacrosse is covered in your sports section. My grandson and like 15 or 20 others from right around here just came back from going to a 4-day camp at Vanderbilt University for lacrosse. And you know, I don’t think I have ever seen a picture or anything about the lacrosse team. Farragut has a very nice team; it would be nice to see them be covered. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: Farragut youth participate in many sports and activities throughout the year. So many, in fact, that we are only able to cover those sanctioned by Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Unfortunately, lacrosse, rugby and other ‘club’ sports are reported on a “submitted” basis.

• I wish something could be done about the recycle place on Kingston Pike just outside of Farragut city limits. It’s always overflowing; there’s glass on the ground and it’s full of potholes. And it’s always messy — very, very messy. Instead, I happen to go to the recycle place near Cross Park Drive, and I would prefer to use this one on Kingston Pike, because it’s much closer to me. I’m hoping you would be able to tell them, or print this; that way they’ll see it. I appreciate it. … Thank you.

• I live in Bent Tree subdivision. There’s a yellow and white, long, hairy cat that keeps running around here with sores all over its face and it’s got blood coming off of it and all sorts of cruddy looking stuff. It’s amazing to me that people can let their animals run around and look like that and never take them to the vet. I don’t know whose cat it is, but I wish they would get the cat, take it to the vet, have it treated or either have it euthanized. Because it’s very obviously in pain and it’s just really tearing me up.

• Yes, I’m a neighbor in Bent Tree subdivision also. This poor cat is in terrible pain. If somebody, the owner, could take the cat to the vet, we would very much appreciate it because it is in serious pain. Thank you.

• Via If the Farragut Business Alliance really wants to help Farragut they need to push really hard for an actual downtown. We need a central place where people can come together, not just for festivals, but anytime. This downtown doesn’t have to be some grand collection of three-story buildings as originally proposed. I think we should model it after Market Square and put it between Town Hall and Kohl’s. Turkey Creek has become too congested and too boring (chain stores). We need a nice mix of unique, locally owned shops and restaurants. Downtown Farragut could host concerts, July 4th festival, fall festivals, antique shows, farmer’s markets, etc. If you build it ... they will come. That is the vision I would love to see fulfilled for our town.

• Via Thanks Mr. [Danny] Hodge [Letter to the Editor, June 17] for your open letter that expressed very similar feelings many of your fellow citizens like me share with you regarding red light cameras. I think all of us fully support government decisions that make common sense, but this isn’t the case with the red light camera decision. I believe it was rather just another moneymaking scheme disguised as a way of protecting us from ourselves. It seems most red light camera tickets are issued to those not fully stopping before making right turns on red; I wonder if this is such a major safety issue, why are YIELD On Right signs still widely used throughout the state and country? To save “even but one life” shouldn’t these worried and concerned government officials immediately remove and ban these Yield On Right signs from roadways and drivers training study guides?

Editor’s Note: Red-light cameras are positioned in Farragut at intersections frequented by pedestrians. All Farragut red-light cameras are placed at intersections that require full stops at red lights — even for right turns. Other intersections, such as Smith Road and Grigsby Chapel, have a full stop sign in the southbound right turn lane, which is frequently ignored.

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