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• The extremely threatening weather on April 27 alerted me to the scary reality that Farragut does not have a tornado siren warning system. Repeatedly, I heard on the TV coverage that Greenback sirens went off. Many little towns offer this life-saving warning. I strongly suggest that Farragut spend what is necessary to create a warning system. During the day and early evening, most of us are aware of approaching weather, but we’re not aware during the night and early morning. The edification projects, Town and social donations, social and recreation Town events, establishment of a senior center should all be on hold until a tornado warning system is established. Hope more people like the opinion on this lifesaving suggestion and pressure city hall to do something that is really, really important. Thank you.

• I live off Grigsby Chapel Road and recall attending a big crowd meeting a few years ago when Tom Rosseel suggested a traffic light at St. John Court as the cheapest, safest and quickest fix for traffic problems on Grigsby Chapel [Road]. That sure would have helped solve the morning school traffic for those of us with kids at St. John Neumann. Instead, [former Mayor Eddy] Ford and [former Vice Mayor Michael] Haynes pushed and got their lovely traffic islands.

• Wow. Is there nothing the negative presstalk crowd won’t complain about? Some grumpy old man actually opposed parks, walking trails and parks, like the new McFee Park, among the reasons I like living in Farragut. Thanks for reminding me that [former alderman] Mr. [Tom] Rosseel did something to benefit all of us, when he pushed the council to expand our parks. I only wish the rest of that old guard city council had done something as valuable for Farragut.

• Regarding the red-light cameras: even the dumbest criminal knows where not to commit a crime.

• The excessive Hardin Valley [Academy] band fee and crazy trip to Italy is why my kids won’t be in it. They are trying to buy recognition, saying they go to national shows, but that just means they pay big entrance fees. Anybody that pays can play. Also, it is against state law to charge a fee for a class offered for credit. If your kid can take the abuse, join the band but don’t pay the fee. But I will spare mine that torture. They are hijacking the music program that should be offered to all, and making it an exclusive club with your tax dollars plus their unlawful fees. Knox County School Board needs to wake up.

• Via Hey, in response to the [Hardin Valley Academy] band fee comment — “if you write an article that is uninformed, expect to get a rebuttal.” My rebuttal did not reflect on the “students, parents, faculty, administration and students” ... what a laugh. I could say the same thing about your comments. Practice what you tried to preach — “tearing someone down to make yourself feel better” ... I’m still laughing ...

• Via I would like to commend our town administrator, David Smoak. The night the horrible storm moved through, a power pole broke and power lines were falling over Turkey Creek. I was not able to get in touch with law enforcement to have officers stop traffic that could have easily not seen the downed lines in the dark and rain. David had been driving around Farragut to assess damage when he approached the down lines. He waited by the lines to help prevent a disaster until other people arrived to stop the traffic. We, the town of Farragut, are blessed to have a man representing us who cares so much about his town. Thank you, David.

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