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• Hi; I just wanted to call and say that I applaud the Farragut High School principal [Michael Reynolds] for wanting to keep his students safe. I question whether he has the power to keep that intersection [at Campbell Station Road and the high school driveway] closed; however, he must have if the [town of Farragut] is letting him do it. I was wondering why the traffic cops that help the primary school couldn’t just come on down to the high school when they’re done and assist with left-hand turns. I think a traffic light is much more needed at Sonja Drive, and to put one at the high school would be excessive, considering it would not be used all year and not even for the whole day. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: The Campbell Station Road driveway at Farragut High School is just that, a driveway. The driveway is property of town of Farragut terminating at the school property line where is gate is in place. The gate to school property is controlled by FHS principal Michael Reynolds. Town of Farragut is not in the school business and has no influence over the school’s day-to-day operations.

• We want to thank you for the wonderful coverage and amazing photography you’ve provided to middle school basketball this year. We also really appreciate the thoughtfulness and professionalism from your reporter in interviewing these young athletes, as he has helped them feel comfortable in a new role of talking to the press. Thank you very much.


• The use of red-light cameras in Farragut is indeed controversial. More and more of your readers write that they will no longer shop in Farragut at the risk of getting a $50 traffic ticket. Now we will soon get a fourth red-light camera at Parkside [Drive] and Grigsby Chapel [Road] intersection. No one can come in our town and shop without encountering one or more camera lights. It seems like four camera lights in a town of 20,000 people is just overkill and [inaudible] ploy to milk the citizenry of their money. The Shop in Farragut motto is soon becoming a joke, with most people preferring to shop on Parkside Drive without a camera light worry. I’m surprised that Farragut’s Chamber of Commerce is not more vociferous about the camera lights, since they can affect business. Since opinions differ over the effectiveness of the red-light cameras in preventing accidents, maybe it’s time for the Town to have a referendum vote on their existence. At least the candidates for aldermen in the upcoming election should have the guts to express their opinion[s] on the value of the cameras. Thank you.

• Via e-mail: How dare the town of Farragut try to mandate stopping at red lights before turning right? It’s completely outrageous that I should be expected to stop for pedestrians, bicyclists and oncoming traffic, or just to pause to be sure the way is clear; and I take it as a personal affront that the Town is trying to make me obey the law. If I want to rob a bank because I need the cash, that should be permitted. And if I want to run a red light because I’m late for a meeting, I should be allowed to. On top of that, that $50 fine is outrageous too. I can’t imagine paying anything to a camera that doesn’t recognize how connected I am or the people I know, and gives me a ticket as I coast around a right turn. Bourgeois. And I must say, I agree wholeheartedly with the sensible people who plan to take out their frustrations at being forced to obey the law on the innocent businesses in Farragut. “Don’t shop in Farragut!” they cry. And I say, “Here, here!” In these difficult economic times, I think we can all agree that the best way to get rid of red-light cameras is to stop supporting our friends and neighbors, the ones who own businesses in Farragut. If that doesn’t bring down these law-enforcing monstrosities, I don’t know what will.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I live off Grigsby Chapel and would like to comment on two items in last week’s farragutpress pertaining to this road. First of all, I appreciate Mr. Don Maloney for speaking out against the red-light cameras (soon we’ll have a camera at each end of our road). Unfortunately citizen Maloney’s concerns fell on the deaf ears of Town leaders who insist on extreme traffic enforcement when making right-hand turns without coming to a complete stop. Yet remarkably, there’s “Yield on Right” turn signs successfully doing the same job at several intersections throughout Knox County, one’s in Fountain City at a school crossing/traffic light, God forbid. Secondly in response to the difficulty of exiting from St. John Court due mainly to speeders on Grigsby Chapel, I’m confused and have to ask: Aren’t those Beautifully Landscaped, $300,000 to install plus all future cost for upkeep CALMING islands, they told us were designed to slow down and discourage excessive traffic flow on Grigsby Chapel — not working out for you?

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