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Burchett reaches out

For all the personal issues Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett fields during his one-on-one meetings with constituents, occasionally there comes an idea for common good that gets serious consideration.

A Farragut property owner stepped up during Burchett’s one-on-one sit-downs with area constituents, this one held Tuesday evening, July 26, in Hardin Valley Church of Christ.

“We’re going to have to do some road improvements in an area, and [a constituent] had some soil, and if we wanted to come and get it we could,” Burchett said of the perceived need for fill dirt, which would help flatten out a section of Outlet Drive extension near its planned connection to Snyder Road.

“To level off the area there, because there’s some topography issues, some ups and downs,” Burchett added. “They had an area there across the street that had some soil, and they were going to donate to the cause if we needed it.

“I appreciate that; I’m going to pass that on to engineering. I don’t know if it is their plan or not to fill that area.”

By the end of the evening, however, less than 10 people came by to meet with Burchett in Hardin Valley, while only “six or seven” came to his previous one-on-one session in Cedar Bluff July 12.

“People don’t trust government, and for good reason — look what’s going on in Washington,” Burchett said.

Fielding a number of constituents’ personal issues, “In some cases, folks feel some intimidation from somewhere, there’s a neighbor being ugly towards them” for example, Burchett said.

“I see that more and more, and if I can give them a little security by talking to them one-on-one and [them] not worrying about retribution, I think that’s a positive thing.”

Burchett’s next Farragut-area one-on-one sit-down will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, Farragut Branch Knox County Public Library off Campbell Station Road.


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