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• Shame on Mayor [Ralph] McGill. I couldn’t believe he is replacing homeowner representation on the Town’s planning commission, and instead packing the planning commission with more developers and business interests. I guess we now know what he means by “business friendly,” as in “putting vested interest people in a position to vote, or approve to vote, to make changes that benefit themselves or their fellow developer and business brethren.” Remember, Mr. Mayor, Farragut is first and foremost a residential community. Residents need to be in charge. Let’s not turn our Town into what happens in Knoxville and Knox County, where the special interests run roughshod over the homeowner interests.

• Via Costco locating in Farragut is a great retail opportunity for local residents. Now that eastbound traffic at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road has been changed from a one-lane left turn to a two-lane left turn to accommodate the high traffic volume, it’s imperative to realize that attempting to negotiate a left turn onto the proposed property next to Walgreen’s will be very dangerous. The westbound traffic at this juncture is a combination of right turns onto Kingston Pike, thru traffic as well as southbound traffic on Lovell Road making left turns onto that access area. It’s a very high volume of traffic as well as visually confusing. Attempting to negotiate a left turn in this hazardous traffic environment onto the Costco property access is against moral and ethical reasoning because of the inability to make a safe left turn without the high potential [for] collision with westbound traffic. Once a car starts to negotiate a left turn, the driver doesn’t have enough reaction time to complete the crossover or stop and go back to the turning lane without a possible head-on collision. A responsible traffic engineer would put a barrier of thin plastic rails to prevent left turns there. Where is the common sense in traffic analysis in this high-volume, confusing intersection? We can save property and lives by putting this big commercial complex in an open area with easy vehicular access.

Editor’s Note: The Costco plan calls for installation of traffic signals at both Kingston Pike and Lovell Road entrances to the property, thus alleviating hazardous turns.

• Via I would like to agree and share in the comments made by the lady last week about the Knox County Sheriff’s [Office] deputies placed outside of First Baptist Concord church in Farragut (easy to glean because they are the only church to do this [on Kingston Pike] in Farragut!). These gentlemen (and I use the term very loosely) are a menace to everyone but the churchgoers. On numerous occasions I have witnessed and been on the receiving end of their aggressive, ill-mannered and basically primal behavior. They will stop an entire line of Kingston Pike traffic to enable one or two church cars to go. If people on the Pike don’t respond to the jumping in front of cars to get them to stop, they proceed to yell, scream, hoot, holler and basically make fools out of themselves to get people to oblige. There is no rhyme or reason to their traffic management except to get the churchgoers in and out as quickly as possible at the expense of everyone else in Farragut and those passing through. It is a hindrance to Farragut and a total misuse of taxpayer dollars, personnel and equipment (I would like to see the actual cost [vs.] what they pay for the “rental” fee). What gives the church the right to stop traffic on a main thoroughfare to enable the churchgoers an easy exit at the expense of all others? This has to stop before there is accident!

• Via With regard to the previous comments concerning First Utility District’s $50 charge for verifying the integrity of your back flow prevention device, farragutpress readers should be aware that this is truly a “cash cow” for FUD as KUB charges only $35 and numerous private concerns were able to make a profit charging $50 until FUD made [its] inspection mandatory.

• Via In response to the person who said (via email), “Need to keep wine in liquor stores, so it want [sic]be so easy for underage.” Are you kidding? Do you really think that kids who want to get a buzz are buying WINE? Do you have facts and data to back up that statement? Please, get in this century. Anywhere else in the country where wine is sold in grocery stores the problem you are suggesting doesn’t exist. Stop putting the responsibility on retailers and ask the parents to step up. Also, for those who say that wine in grocery stores will shut down package stores, do your homework. Do you really think that wine is what keeps their doors open? Wake up and keep your morals to yourself, don’t ask me to be responsible for your kids, and allow me, as an adult, to have and make my own choices.

• Via e-mail: Red-light camera comments: I wonder if the angry person who ridicules and makes disparaging comments about people he does not know is worried about red lights or just likes to malign others who do not share his view.

• Via The April hailstorm, even though not welcomed, did produce the need for a significant number of construction worker jobs. Practically every house in my Farragut neighborhood was affected; several of them have already been re-roofed and non-English speaking crews are everywhere. Most roofing companies that I called for an estimate refused to promise me they’d only use legally documented workers on my job and they were seemingly surprised that I’d expect such a thing. Refusing the pressure to act now, I soon found a local company with a real Knoxville address to do my roof and abide by the law. I even visited one of his jobs in process and [that] convinced to use his company. I would not knowingly permit lawbreakers to work on my home and so I spent the extra effort to find the right company. Shame on those homeowners who gladly turn a blind eye for their own self interest while harming that of the American worker in these especially hard times.

• Via A hilarious post appeared recently in presstalk. Let me paraphrase. “I am a selfish, abrasive person and a menace on the road in my big, big truck. Because life is all about me, I annoy my neighbors and fellow motorists who, by the way, are parents, professionals, entrepreneurs, veterans, cancer survivors and people with sick children. When I annoy the people around me, they respond in a variety of nonviolent ways, as they have a right to do. I am now tired of adults confronting me about my behavior, so herein, I whine to the farragutpress about the whiners in Farragut.” Brilliant! Thank you. I have a suggestion for Mr. Big Big Truck in Sedgefield: clip your editorial and put it in a safe place. Wait about 10 years, and then read it. You’ll have a good laugh as I did. In the meantime, try leaving the house 15 minutes earlier. Also, try assimilating. You’ll find that the good people of Farragut are friendly when you greet them with a handshake rather than “the finger.”

• Via The recently improved Campbell Station Road is so wide, and so smooth, that it has become a bit of a speedway. The posted speed limit is 40 mph — but you have to look pretty hard to actually find the speed limit signs. On the other hand, the Farragut “rules” are that the Town speed limit is 25 mph, “unless otherwise posted.” Bikers and walkers are still taking risks in crossing Campbell Station Road (even at the designated crosswalks), as numerous drivers still speed and still run the red lights. The same is true for Parkside Drive — the speed limit is posted as 40 mph. Drivers still speed and they still run the red lights.


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