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presstalk 671-TALK


• We didn’t know the [gubernatorial] candidate Bill Haslam was for gun control. After reading the Knoxville paper, [we discovered] you could not carry a gun in the City parks and him going along with the New York mayor and wanting to meet all mayors and form a program where all mayors would be against guns. We understand Mayor Haslam is a lifetime member of the NRA. We believe he has been a lifetime member now for nearly one year. That is not very long. No one is going to take our guns from our cars and our household guns away from us as long as we have a permit to carry them. Our weapons have cut down on crime very, very much.

• I was reading in the papers today where they were talking about the time delays on the yellow lights, or caution lights. And it said … in the editor’s note, “According to a third party — not Redflex — the timing has not been reduced at any intersection from its original time and cannot be adjusted or influenced by red-light camera systems.” The timing on the yellow lights, or caution lights, [is] adjusted by the traffic engineer. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Redflex camera. But it can be adjusted to any amount of time that the engineer wants to put on it. So don’t say that it can’t be adjusted, because that’s nothing but a lie. Have a great day.


Editor’s Note: We acknowledge the Town traffic engineer could adjust the timing of yellow caution lights, but to date he has not. The yellow light timing is the same today as it was prior to the installation of the red-light camera system.

• I’m calling in reference to presstalk article one where it says the calming islands on Grigsby Chapel [Road] had caused yet another accident. The calming islands did not cause the accident — the drivers caused the accident by being inattentive to doing what they were supposed to be doing, or driving too fast or whatever. But the islands didn’t cause the accident; you have to drive around the islands calmly and slowly. Thank you.

• Yes, I was just calling about the pond by Kroger down there. It looks like a mosquito haven. Is the city of Farragut breeding mosquitoes? Looks like they’d put a[n] agitator or something in there to keep it stirred up.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: A presstalk caller stated that we should have a “no cell phone in the car ban.” There are already a few bills regarding this: Tennessee Senate Bill 393 bans all drivers from texting. Senate Bill 36 prohibits drivers with a learners or intermediate permit from using a cell phone. Enforcement is another issue altogether. Especially when it’s not uncommon to see Knox County Sheriff’s [Office] deputies using their cell phones while cruising. It’s against department policy, but it happens. The solution is to use common sense: texting and talking on the phone is a distraction while driving. We don’t need more laws, just smarter drivers.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to play in the Farragut Sand Volleyball league this summer. The courts at Bob Leonard Park are great, the officiating is well done, folks use good sportsmanship, and it has been a very positive and friendly experience for all I know who are involved. I am glad to live in a town that develops its community through the good-natured competition in sports leagues. To our Town leadership I would like to say “Thank you!” and ask if there is any chance of developing a similar facility and league for tennis?

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: In the July 29 edition of presstalk, a reader claimed that the Grigsby Chapel Road calming islands in front of Weatherly Hills had caused a three-car wreck. Calming Islands don’t cause wrecks. Reckless and inattentive driving are what cause wrecks. Period. Blaming the islands is simply an excuse for poor driving habits. Pay attention, put down the cell phone, and just drive. We’ll all be safer.

• Via e-mail: Could someone please explain to me why Union Road was detached from Watt Road?? This seems like a “back room deal” for a very few people. The residents of Fox Run, Saddleridge and Sedgefield [subdivisions] would benefit greatly if it were reconnected. Thanks!

• Via e-mail: From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mr. [Jeff Ivey] [farragutpress July 29] for donating your property for the widening of Union Road. I’m sure most of the residents of three of Farragut’s largest neighborhoods who use Union feel the same way. This road is the worst in the Town and ignored by our roads division. This might be the spark to gets it completed earlier. Let us hope that the brilliant minds that govern our town don’t put calming islands in the middle of Union once it is widened!!

• Via e-mail: I’m a resident of Village Green [subdivision] and directly affected by the entrance closure [at Olde Colony Road] at Campbell Station [Drive] due to the construction. I LOVE IT! I wish it would stay closed. Campbell Station traffic flows better, there’s less traffic on the main road in the neighborhood from cut-through drivers (clocked at 50-60 mph in a 25 mph zone when a study was done for speed humps). I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts!

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I was recently presented with a discussion of what kind of parent I was with regards to the Internet and social media, how old will my children be when I let them get online, or get a Facebook account, ect … . I believe it comes down to child maturity and parental monitoring, and teaching responsibility equivalent to that of physical social scenes. I am an IT professional for just nine of the Internet's 16 years of existence and experienced the rate at which technology develops. I think competent responsible Internet usage is as essential as learning personal finances, nutrition, communication, religion, ect. Whether it’s social sites or Wikipedia alike, it's all a source of information. I think it is my job as a parent to remain educated about the uses of the Internet and social sites, and be credible to teach my children. If a child doesn't learn personal finances from their parents, they’re likely to flounder in debt until they figure it out for themselves, so the solution is often early age appropriate lessons including allowances, saving and spending exercises. How might a similar teaching approach enhance your child's ability to manage their usage of the Internet in life? My children’s lives are enhanced by “visiting” their grandparents via skype video chat, else we’d only see them once a year. We teach them it’s not appropriate to run around unclothed when the camera is on, learning about the Internet starts now.

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