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‘Taste’ organizers report thefts

A theft marred a successful Farragut community event the weekend of Sept. 10.

Unknown suspects stole three tents and three water coolers donated to the Taste of Farragut event Saturday night, Sept. 11.

“We’ve previously never had a problem with this, so we left the tents up, got up Saturday morning and it was raining, and the tents were filling up with water. One of them collapsed,” David Purvis, one of the planners of Taste of Farragut, said.

David and his wife, Robin, took the tents down to prevent them being damaged by the rain and placed them out of the way in the parking lot, near a dumpster.

“We got them all down and were just sopping wet, so we left them there ... thinking nobody would mess with them,” David said.

They had planned to return for the tents after the rain stopped.

But Sunday morning, the tents and three large water coolers, also left in the parking lot, were gone.

The tents and the coolers were very large, so “It had to be someone with at least two pick-up trucks to haul that much stuff away,” David said.

Waste Connections donated the tents and Lenoir City Utilities Board donated the water coolers.

Purvis said he last saw several high-school age students in the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

“I’m just hoping some parent will look in the garage and say, ‘Why do we have a Waste Connections tent in here?’” David said.

The tents were stamped with the “Waste Connections” name and logo.

“There is no way to disguise the tents, nor should someone have possession of the Waste Connections tents unless they are stolen,” Robin said in an e-mail.

The large white coolers did have “Courtesy of LCUB” labels on them, but those could have been removed.

The donated items had to be replaced, David said. The coolers cost $212.64 to replace, and the tents cost $1,645 to replace.

“If anyone sees Waste Connections tents, or knows of someone who suddenly has possession of three large white coolers, please report it or please drop them off at the back of Farragut Wine & Spirits,” Robin said.

The Purvises did report the theft to Knox County Sheriff’s Office.


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