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• Hey, guys. It’s Thanksgiving; let’s call in and be thankful for something. I’m thankful that I was born in the United States, in East Tennessee, that I have a wonderful husband, wonderful parents, two children [who] have good jobs, grandchildren that are doing great. Although I have two life-threatening illnesses and take over 20 pills a day, I am happy. I am happy. And I want other people to be happy. Be thankful for what you have; enjoy life. Life is beautiful.

• LCUB, on behalf of all your customers, I challenge you to step up to the plate and do the right thing by providing some actual customer service to those of us who pay your salaries. I refer to your meter change-out program, which you started without any advance notice to your customers whatsoever. Today I was terrorized by what can only be described as a series of explosions at the side of my house. I ran outside, expecting to find a fireball, only to see LCUB had just changed my meter. Why no notice? The reply was that he knocked. Knocking and immediately leaving without giving the owner a chance to respond does not constitute proper notice at all. What about the deaf or the elderly or infirm? I’m asking LCUB to do the right thing. Halt the change-out program and issue written notices to the remaining customers so no one else has to endure what I did today. Last year, KUB did a meter upgrade, and they had the foresight and courtesy to mail advance notices, but no such courtesy was extended by LCUB. So how ’bout that changes, as of today? Thank you.


• I just have a quick question. Why are the intersections, which are monitored by red-light cameras, only the approaches that are monitored by red-light cameras have pedestrian crosswalks and [white] lines? If the intent of the red-light cameras was for safety, I would think that all approaches, whether they are monitored by red light cameras or not, should also have pedestrian crosswalks and white lines, especially those at Farragut High School. Just a question. Thanks.

Editor’s Note: A visual inspection of the three intersections with red-light cameras reveals that there are pedestrian crosswalks and white stop bars at all approaches at the Campbell Station Road/Kingston Pike intersection. At the Smith Road/Kingston Pike intersection and the Concord Road/Kingston Pike intersection, there are crosswalks only at the approaches monitored by cameras. Farragut Photo Enforcement Manager Ben Harkins said the crosswalks have been unchanged since before the cameras were installed, except one: he requested the crosswalk across Smith Road as an “extra visual reminder” to motorists to stop. Harkins said crosswalks are present to connect sidewalks, greenways and public access areas, and may be absent in certain areas to discourage multiple pedestrian crossings at specific intersections.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: My comment is regarding the work being done at a station on Turkey Creek Road. First, the workers are all very pleasant and considerate of the traffic on that road and I by no means am complaining about them. However, some work on the road they did in August is causing a problem. There are two manholes that have been placed terribly … one protrudes highly from the road and is right on a sharp curve that is very difficult to avoid. This curvy part of the road is already a hazard with drivers crossing over lanes, but this adds to the issues. Do they plan to move or fix these so that they are more flush with the road?

Editor’s Note: Town engineer Darryl Smith confirms FUD will repave the road next spring.

• I believe that a majority of farragutpress readers look forward to reading the OPINION page more than any other part of the paper. Even though some opinions seem trivial and border on being ridiculous, others make good sense and are mind provoking. All are feedback from those wishing to speak out and therefore the opinion page is a great community service. Those of us that religiously read the opinion page are smart enough to dissimilate between the useful and useless. Thank you farragutpress for recognizing the need for this citizen forum. In addition, I wish to thank Mr. Marty Mansfield for his strong determination to push for removal of red-light cameras. At his suggestion in last week’s paper, I went to www.camerafraud.com and read about how other cities and states are starting to recognize the red-light camera programs as scams.

• Via e-mail: I would like to sing the praises of the dog owners in Village Green. I see them walking their dogs and taking care of the mess that is occasionally left behind. That makes our neighborhood a fine place to live. I’ve watched, and without fail, the owners have picked-up when their pet has left a donation. Me, I don’t have a pet, but I like the fact that my neighbors respect other people’s property. Keep up the good work my friends.

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That’s it. The forum is open for comments regarding anything you have on your mind — local politics, world affairs, sports, religion, community affairs, city-county unification or anything else.

 

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