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• Via I drive past several schools on my way to work each day. There are two things that I have noticed as “not quite right.” The first is: I see kids sitting in the street as they wait for the bus. And yes, you do have to swerve to go around them. Even when there is a sidewalk there, kids will sit on the curb and stick their legs out into the street. And there is one teenager who actually lies in the street and uses her backpack as a pillow! And some of you think islands are dangerous! The second thing is: there are lowered speed limits at school zones. Fine. Now if you turn down the street to the school, shouldn’t you still abide by the lowered limit? I really find it strange that speeding up to a school is somehow fine. And two replies to comments made last week: to the person who says that if you don’t live in neighborhoods along Grigsby Chapel Road to not to drive through there — HA! And for the person who says that the islands are slowing your morning commute — you might try getting into the lane where the traffic is and not wait for the islands to move. Thanks for the chuckles folks! (I can give you a hint — traffic is not bad if you leave before 7:30 a.m.! Hope that is helpful.)

• Via The other evening, I sat on my motorcycle, waiting for that light to give me a go signal for more than five minutes. There was no traffic either coming on Concord [Road] or from the other direction on Northshore [Drive]. It was tempting to run the light, but that big lit sign said, “No right turn on red.” Just my luck that a sheriff would be sitting around the corner waiting. So, I waited and cursed at myself for obeying the law. What about turning it off during off peak hours to flashing red or placing a Farragut official person there with a flag. Something needs to be done to address this stupid ridiculous situation. I am sure we all would heed a sign that read, “One lane ahead on Concord. Please drive courteously and carefully.”

Editor’s Note: The roundabout, the flashing red lights and the railroad bridge construction are not in the town of Farragut. It is a Tennessee Department of Transportation project in Knox County. Town officials have no jurisdiction in the area.

• Via I have a little different concern regarding the red light camera issue. Recently my father rolled thru a red light in California and the fine was 507 dollars!! The reason the fine is so high is all the fees associated with the ticket. The way it appears the use of cameras to stop motorists from running red-light or turning illegally has turned into a money making racket for the cities. California is broke in more ways then one so they use the cameras to generate income. You see they can raise the fees at anytime they like. They are not taxes, so the public has no way to stop the increases. What has Farragut put in place to stop the fees associated with a ticket from getting out of hand? Can you see how someone on a fixed income would be hurt by these kinds of charges. I await your response.

• Via The town of Farragut put in islands on Grigsby Chapel that have “calmed” no one. If they really wanted to help the citizens and calm them there is something else they could have done. How about leaving out the islands and in the mornings, using changeable directional lights, make the turning lane from the Catholic school zone east to Campbell Station an additional eastbound lane. Instead, they put in islands that only create worse bottlenecks, especially the one at the trail crossover. Tuesday morning I got in stop and go traffic at the west side of the Catholic school zone. No, I was not late leaving home, but I was late for work. It took me 35 minutes for something that usually takes 20 minutes. I think the geniuses that thought up and voted for the calming islands should have to get at the back of the line and sit in the traffic on Grigsby Chapel every morning.

• Via e-mail: To the person who wrote in about the town limits sign with the anchor. First the anchor is the logo for the town of Farragut (named after Admiral [James David Glasgow] Farragut — thus the anchor). You speak of branding, well the anchor is on all the town flags, the town Web site, the high school mascot has an anchor on [its] uniform, local businesses use it as their logos and almost everything connected to Farragut uses the anchor as their symbol. The town is recognized by the anchor. I say that the anchor is branding more than a stack of stone, like you suggested. A stack of stone is not unique and found everywhere for entrances or signage. From what I read in the article about the sign, it will be made with a real anchor and not one that can be easily vandalized or stolen. I cannot imagine using any other symbol to represent the town limits.

• Via e-mail: I always go by Kohl’s to get a copy of the Farragut Press, but the box has been removed and now I have to go out of my way to pickup a copy. Why was the box removed? I know other people used this location because I saw them.

Editor’s Note: The box was removed at the request of Kohl’s and the development’s management.

• Your presstalk article last week regarding the $75 million of fake drugs being sold in the U.S. each year: it looks like these would have to be sold in the drug stores. We certainly believe it is happening and it is happening in this area. They are for everything else but habit-forming drugs. And just the amount of drug stores in Farragut, we hope this is soon to be checked out by some independent labs, labs in another county nearby where we know they have the labs to do this. It will be published hopefully in a short period of time. Thank you.

• Via e-mail: Traveling through town last week I could not help but notice a couple of Lenoir City Utilities Board (LCUB) trucks with service crews working on the north side of Kingston Pike across from First Baptist Church, Concord. What caught my eyes were the flashing blue lights from two police cars. The police cars were Lenoir City Police cars driven by two Lenoir City policemen. This is not the first occasion I have noticed LCUB crews accompanied by Lenoir City policemen in Lenoir City Police cars working in Knox County. If assumptions were correct, the officers were probably “off-duty” and hired by LCUB for traffic control while the crews were working alongside the highway. This raises the questions: Why isn’t LCUB hiring “off-duty” Knox County deputies since LCUB was working in Knox County. Knox County has a thousand deputies; a number of them probably “moonlight” on their days off. Using Lenoir City officers inside Knox County makes LCUB’s hiring practices look parochial. A large share of the money that goes into LUCB’s budget has got to come from Knox County customers. If LCUB is using “off-duty” officers why not spread the wealth around and be fair about it. Knox County also has officers who can use the “extra” money during these hard times. If an all out emergency developed and policemen are needed which dispatcher receives the first call for assistance — the Lenoir City Police Department or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office? (Houston, we have a problem!)


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