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Vandals strike multiple Town targets

Vandals spray-painted several Farragut-area locations last week, including a well-known liquor store in Dixie Lee Junction.

“They did some spray painting on the side of our building where the dumpster is and the back of the building as well,” said Dixie Lee Wine & Liquors co-owner Ellen Taylor Jones.

The night of Sept. 2, vandals wrote “evolution,” “865” and another derogatory term on the exterior side wall of the building, Jones said.

They also “scribbled” on the back wall, she added.

“I don’t know if it’s supposed to mean something or not. It was just that scribbled graffiti look. There were no words,” Jones said.

Jones said the vandals were partially captured on video surveillance tape.

Vandals, possibly the same as those who targeted Dixie Lee Wine & Liquors, also spray-painted a building and pavement at Anchor Park off Turkey Creek Road.

That graffiti included the letters “AOW,” marijuana leaves and swastikas.

“I think our guys went out pretty quickly after they found it on Monday and cleaned it up,” Town Administrator David Smoak said.

“It’s unfortunate that somebody decides to go out there and deface property like that. But fortunately, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is working on the case,” Smoak said.

He said anyone with information on the vandals could contact KCSO officer Mark Harvey at 865-215-2772.

Graffiti seems to be an ongoing problem for at least one area just outside Farragut town limits: the Boyd Station Road underpass.

“That underpass gets graffiti’d all the time. It just happened three or four days ago again,” Jones said.

The underpass is frequently spray-painted, and although it is not in Town limits, the Town normally repaints the underpass after each act of vandalism.


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