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Weighing in: Farragut EDC members OK anchor sign design

Farragut’s Economic Development Committee made a recommendation on planned Farragut entrance signs, choosing a sign with a nautical theme — in the form of an anchor.

The conceptual designs were presented by Town Administrator David Smoak, who said the new entrance signs would give the Town a sense of place.

Two sign designs featured stacked stone, similar to the Town’s park signs.

But a majority of EDC members voted for a different type of sign, one complete with a large anchor.

“I think they all look good. I like them all,” Turkey Creek Partners principal Jim Nixon said.

The signs will be placed at five locations: Kingston Pike and Lovell Road, Campbell Station Road south of Interstate 40/75, Parkside Drive at the Town boundary, Kingston Pike near Dixie Lee Junction and Watt Road at the Town boundary.

The EDC’s recommendation will go to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval of an entry sign design.

The EDC also approved changes to the Shop Farragut campaign held in November and December that would prohibit special events signs two weeks before and after the campaign.

“A business would have to participate in Shop Farragut” to get a special events sign, Smoak said.

The restriction only applies to businesses, not churches.

“I think the Town is going to open itself up to a lot of questions,” R. Knick Myers, Myers Bros. Holdings, said.

The EDC also discussed recent Farragut business information acquired by the Town.

According to Knox County’s recorded business licenses, Farragut has 513 businesses, including home-based.

Nancy Howard, a stay-at-home mother and Loudon County resident, calculated that approximately 6 percent of Farragut businesses are members of the Farragut Business Alliance.

Thirty-one percent of Farragut businesses are members of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, and 19 percent of businesses participate in the Shop Farragut campaign.

Howard also updated the group on her idea of providing Farragut attraction and business listings in Knoxville-area and Tennessee tourism guides.


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