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• I see “develop lighting throughout the Town with a theme” is a part of our strategic plan. So, with [lighting] part of Campbell Station Road costing half a million dollars, how much is lighting the rest of Farragut slated to cost? Somewhere near $8 million or so? Are we trying to light our community so the aliens can come visit a historical community? Are we trying to spell “Farragut” so these aliens can tell from outer space where they’re coming to visit? Has the community actually figured out how much this “theme” will cost? Is anyone actually in favor of this? Let me hear your opinions. Maybe it is not too late for lighting Farragut. Why are we replacing lights that work fine with very expensive replacements? Will we space these new lights closer together, because we know our streets are just so poorly lit? Anyone visit McFee Park at night? Well, there is no darkness on that street. Let’s let our aldermen know that this is not fiscally responsible.

Editor’s Note: The streetlight replacement project that’s been proposed for Campbell Station Road would include a style of lighting that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has stated would tie in with Farragut’s “historic” theme and create a “corridor effect.” Alien visits are presumably optional.

• Why are [Town attorney Tom] Hale and [Farragut Mayor Ralph] McGill blaming the homeowners [of Powell Acres] for using city information that turned out to be wrong because of a mistake made 10 or 20 years ago? At least Costco and Powell Acres are acting like reasonable adults and reached an amiable agreement. It’s long past time for our city leaders to grow up and act like adults, rather than finger-pointing children.

• I’m calling in regard to the “Historic Farragut” title that the leaders are wanting to put on our signs. I’m all for it; I’m a historic preservationist and in the past, our local government leaders have shown little or no interest in preserving our history. However, talking about history and doing something about it are two different things. I would point out that we have several opportunities here. There was a Civil War battlefield near Campbell Station that is now a strip mall and a huge parking lot. Signs or some indication that there was a battlefield would help. The Campbell Station [Russell] home itself needs to stay where it is. The Town wants to move it, which would destroy its historic import. I don’t think the land is that valuable for another gas station or restaurant when you see all the closed ones we have up and down Kingston Pike. We also have a Civil War battlefield fought in the vicinity of Virtue Road and Turkey Creek, where a medal of honor was won by a Union soldier for his bravery in the battle, and also, General [James] Longstreet was almost killed — and he was blown off his horse — by a mortar round there. It was a small but pretty deadly battle. In addition to that, Virtue Mill is right there. It was burned by arsonists years ago, when preservationists were trying to save it, but the foundation is still there and the ruins could be preserved just as Lenoir City has done with [its] mill. It’s all part of a bike trail area, or a walking trail. It would add to the historic nature of the area. Signs, again, would help. And lastly, Admiral [James David Glasgow] Farragut’s birthplace is just a few miles away on the Tennessee River. It’s not within the [Town] limits ... [cut off].

Editor’s Note: The town of Farragut has no immediate plans to purchase Campbell Station, known as the Russell house, in the immediate future. The property is available for purchase.

• Via So it turns out Mr. [Tom] Rosseel got the details wrong again. This time it was the Costco Buffer width (50 feet not 100 feet), just like his secret spring write-in ballot attempt (illegal), the old McFee Park “gift” to Knox County Schools effort (they didn’t want it) or his failed push for impact fees (a new tax). What is new is that the Town [Municipal Planning Commission] had to back up, rescind all of [its] earlier actions based on the Rosseel presentation and say meekly “Never mind.” Hopefully the developers and Costco won’t sue for the delay and next time our Town Leaders will remember to consider the source before acting on surprise information.

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