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presstalk 671-TALK


• I have an exciting idea to help make Farragut a true destination city. Let’s launch the entire [Economic] Development Committee on a space ship, under the command of Capt. Bill Johns, and set the controls to have the ship return on March 22, 2228. Every year, beginning on March 15, and culminating with fireworks and music on March 22, the city could celebrate Capt. [James Tiberius] Kirk’s future birthday, and the anticipated return of the intrepid U.S.S. Economic Development. We could call it “The Farragut Shopping Trek.” It would be the perfect spring complement to “Shop Farragut.” Not only would it be a fun family event, it would also be a Sales Tax bonanza.

• I am a citizen of Knox County; I go to church in Farragut. On one Sunday, Dec. 5, I was leaving church and going down Kingston Pike to turn right on Concord Road to my son’s house, and a couple of weeks later, we got a letter saying we had run a red light on right turn. I think that is not very nice for them to do that because it’s like a rolling stop, and the light was red; we did not run a red light; we did not go through a red light; there was no traffic that morning. And I think it’s a dirty shame that Farragut has to make some money regarding giving people tickets because they are doing rolling red-light stops. I would appreciate you listening to my comments, and I hope that you have received other people who have had this same problem, and I will not shop in Farragut anymore, even though my son lives there and I go to church there. I will not give them my money. Thank you very much for listening to my comments.


• There is still time to get it on the election ballot to vote on where we need traffic-light cameras in Farragut. Let the people vote on it. They voted on term limits; or is [sic] the ones that are running for re-election afraid that there would be such a turnout they would get defeated. What about it, aldermen? We will always vote against an incumbent if possible. This is our policy, except for national elections. Thank you.

• Via e-mail: How moral is Tennessee’s dependence on Sales Tax revenue for government services? Not very, in my opinion! We all need police protection and road services so we should all pay for them. I believe that as your income increases, the percentage of your income that goes to support government services should also increase. The reverse is true in Tennessee. According to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (www.itepnet.org), the poorest 20 percent of Tennesseans earned less than $17,000 in 2007 and paid almost 12 percent of their income to the state. The richest 1 percent earned more than $414,000 and paid only 4 percent to the state. I do not believe that Jesus approves of this system.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I don’t understand why anyone would use the Farragut Post Office for any reason other than to retrieve mail from a box. There [are several commercial mailing businesses located in the area]. There you can purchase stamps or mailing supplies and send letters or packages. The staff can immediately tell you how much it will cost to send an item by USPS, Federal Express or UPS, as well as the expected delivery date using each method. Also, they don’t ask, “Do you want stamps with that?” For the record, I have no affiliation with [any] business; I’m just a very satisfied customer who got angry and irritated nearly every time I had a transaction at the counter of the Post Office and was delighted to find an alternative.

• Via e-mail: I am writing this to generate some interest in the Farragut community breaking away from Knox County Schools and becoming their own ISD (independent school district). I have watched for years as an educator and parent of children in Farragut schools the problems the schools encounter being a part of a huge school system (Knox County attempts to meet the needs of 52,000 students). There are many reasons I feel this would be a positive solution to several problems Farragut schools encounter. I would like to challenge the citizens of our community to open their minds up to the idea. We have five systems around us that are successfully operating this way — Oak Ridge City Schools, Lenoir City Schools, Alcoa City Schools, Maryville City Schools and Clinton City Schools. They all have very good reputations. Farragut schools seem to get left behind by Knox County at times when it comes to new computer equipment, new schools, etc. because the impression is that we are all affluent and the classic “Robin Hood” effect takes place. Our primary school has over 1,000 students in K-3 with portables sitting all over the playground areas. We would be able to control our own destiny and make decisions on what is best for our own schools and not be put on the “back burner” while the bureaucracy of the Knox County Central Office goes through the long drawn-out process of making decisions. I do not want to create the impression that Knox County is all negative; it is just too big of a system that does not take our community’s best interest into consideration. What do the citizens of our community think? I challenge everyone (even if you do not have children in school or if you private school your children) to think about what this would mean for your community. We have a huge property tax base in our area due to the property values and hopefully no additional taxes would be necessary. I feel it would help increase property values in our area because we could improve our schools as the other ISDs have around us. Hopefully, some of the parents that feel it necessary to private school their children based on the size of Farragut schools would consider getting involved and sending their children to Farragut schools if we could get the school sizes under control. I realize this is a new idea for our community; however, I strongly believe it is one that would benefit every citizen in Farragut!

Editor’s Note: Tennessee state law prohibits the creation of independent school districts in the state of Tennessee. Also, the town of Farragut does not levy and is not allocated a share of Knox County Property Tax. The majority of Town revenue is generated by an allocation of state Sales Tax coupled with a portion of Hall Income Tax.

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