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2010: Farragut in retrospect

A sculpture symbolizing two centuries of Town and community identity was unveiled on a rainy May afternoon, as Town leaders representing 30 years of Farragut incorporation were proud witnesses.

Wrapping up Farragut’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2010, which stands tallest among farragutpress’ retrospective stories, was the largest picnic ever thrown in Town limits.

Within Town limits came term limits, as overwhelmingly ex-pressed by Farragut voters in a November referendum.

Traffic citation mail, thanks to three cameras, was a new irritant to many Farragut, Knox County and East Tennessee motorists traveling through Town during the past 360-plus days.

Those irritations often found expression in this publication’s weekly opinion page.

A new public market, and a newly aligned and widened way to get to it, were given the go-ahead in 2010.

Farragut’s newest park went green and expanded its fun features by year’s end, while Knox County Commission shrank by eight members.

A new ally to promote Farragut business kick-started with the new decade, while the Town became home to a chamber looking to promote Hispanic business and culture.

• Highlighting 30th anniversary events was the unveiling of Adm. James David Glasgow Farragut’s sculpture, which culminated the Farragut Memorial Plaza Dedication ceremony where the sculpture sits as a centerpiece adjacent to Town Hall, Sunday afternoon, May 2.

Town government leaders spanning 30 years of Farragut incorporation joined other area dignitaries for a roughly one-hour ceremony, ending with the 7-foot bronze likeness of Adm. Farragut unveiled.

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jay A. DeLoach, a military historian, declared about the sculpture and new plaza, “Job well done,” adding Adm. Farragut was “the greatest naval officer of the 19th Century.”

• Picnic on the Pike showcased Farragut’s 30th anniversary celebration Sunday, Oct. 10 — the numerical date 10-10-10 adding up to 30, as in 30th anniversary, which is why planners chose that date.

Hundreds of local, area and East Tennessee residents enjoyed treats from craft and food vendors, live music and entertainment plus games and inflatables for children on farragutpress property, 11863 Kingston Pike.

• In a landslide vote (91.52 percent) on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, Farragut residents chose term limits for the Town’s mayor and aldermen.

Term limits will not go into effect until the Town’s next election for mayor and aldermen in 2014. It will only apply to officials who run after that date, so anyone who has been elected before 2014 will not be limited from running again, no matter how many terms they’ve served.

• Citation revenue from Farragut’s six red-light cameras at three intersections has been set aside to fund community grants in fiscal year 2011 — largely for non-profit organizations that serve the Farragut community.

Three intersections monitored by red-light cameras — Concord Road and Kingston Pike, Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, and Smith Road and Kingston Pike — have been a source of controversy, leading to state attempts to legislate such cameras out of existence.

• Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the concept of Turkey Creek Public Market at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Public Market will be located at the former Outlet Mall property off Outlet Drive.

The Public Market will be initially open only on weekends.

• McFee Park’s newest phase — which includes pavilions, a splash pad and a large playground — was completed by late 2010 with a touch of “green.”

Green elements include solar panels, permeable pavers in the parking lot allowing rainwater absorption, bio-swells, drip irrigation and more efficient LED lights.

The largest pavilion at McFee Park will have solar panels, allowing the Town to sell any excess power from the solar panels back to TVA through a credit program.

• Knox County Commission shrunk in number from a 19-member body down to 11 in September, with Farragut representation shrinking from three to one: Dr. Richard Briggs.

New County Mayor Tim Burchett was elected in November. Burchett is a former state senator representing District 18, which includes Farragut.

• Farragut Business Alliance, with a mission to promote business interests within town of Farragut limits, began planning community events and fundraisers under the direction of founder David Purvis.

Among Alliance promotional efforts was a Farragut schools fundraiser, the inaugural Red, White & Blues festival that drew about 1,000 participants on property adjacent to farragutpress Friday, July 2, along with the second annual Taste of Farragut.

• The $4.6 million, 2,400-foot Outlet Drive connection to Campbell Station Road, including 1,100 feet of realigned Snyder Road, has been approved despite an unknown construction start-up date. Town and county leaders had estimated project completion sometime before the end of 2012.

The extension and realigned Snyder Road portion will include a center turn lane, featuring a sidewalk on one side and “an eight-foot asphalt trail on the other,” said Darryl Smith, Town engineer. “Plus curb and gutter on both sides.”

An 1,100-foot portion of Snyder Road, running east from where it connects to Campbell Station, is being moved north — about 200 feet north at its furthest point — to line up with Snyder Road west of Kingston Pike.

• Robert “Bob” Leonard, Farragut’s first mayor and highly respected attorney for decades, served his 55th year as general counsel for First Utility District before retiring in 2010.

• Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee relocated from Market Square to Farragut, holding a grand opening at its Concord Square office Oct. 29.

“We got to the point that, in the process of growing, we didn’t have enough space at [the Knoxville Chamber] and we wanted to have our own office if possible,” HCCET executive director Luis Velazquez said.

• Among prominent Farragut citizens memorialized in 2010 was David Rodgers, one of seven “Farragut Founders” credited with pioneering the Town’s incorporation, who served as first Town attorney.

• Farragut High School baseball completed a “threepeat” — winning its third straight Class AAA state championship with a dramatic seventh-inning home run from junior shortstop Nicky Delmonico.

• Webb School of Knoxville won six Division II-A state titles in 2010: football, baseball, girls and boys tennis and girls and boys cross country.

• While winning its second straight football state title, head coach Dave Meske’s Spartans also were crowed back-to-back champs in farragutpress How the West Was Won presented by 3-Minute Magic Carwash contest.

The annual HWWW bronzed Stetson hat trophy was retained by Webb thanks to a perfect 10-0 regular season record.

• Hardin Valley Academy’s Boys Cross Country team earned the 3-year-old school its first-ever team state championship, winning the Class AAA state crown in November led by Will Templeton’s individual state title.

• Christian Academy of Knoxville Boys Golf team pulled off a repeat performance at state, winning its second straight Class A/AA state title Oct. 6. A few months earlier, CAK’s Boys Tennis team was crowned Class A/AA state champs.

• Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill suffered a brief health scare due to dehydration Friday, July 2, while attending the inaugural Red, White & Blues event with his family.

Taken to a hospital after he fainted near the end of the event, “I’m OK. In fact, I was OK pretty quickly after my brief encounter with another universe,” McGill joked in an e-mail.


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