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• Via e-mail: What is being done about the continuous trash and debris in the old Kroger parking lot that is constantly being left behind by teenagers at night and especially after the high school football games? I see it every morning as I go by. Today I observed a huge pile of trash that was being blown all over the lot and even onto Kingston Pike, along with a pile of old wood. (No idea how the wood would have gotten there or for what reason. Very strange!) This is a disgrace, an eyesore and a total lack of responsibility on the people that are littering the town.

• Via e-mail: When is the Taste of Farragut this year and can tickets be picked up early like last year? If so where? Is the price going to be the same? Great event, can’t wait!

• Via e-mail: Say it ain’t so. I have heard that the Taste of Farragut is not going to take place this year. This is a great event that the Town puts on for its residents and I would hate to see it cancelled. I can’t imagine why it would be cancelled since it is so popular. The town is really starting to make this a community with events like this and I hope it continues. Please say it is still going to take place.

Editor’s Note: The Taste of Farragut is alive and well, planned for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., next Friday, Sept. 23, at the old Kroger off Kingston Pike. Pre-sell tickets are available until Sept. 22 by calling 865-675-6397 and are available at a $5 discount for adults. Tickets at the event are $25 for adults for food and drinks; $20 for adults having food only; $10 for children 12 and under, and free for children 6 and under.


• Via e-mail: Instead of the Town replacing lights that are very attractive and in perfect condition why does the Town not consider spending the money in some more useful way like creating a police department? We desperately need a police presence in this town as we continue to grow with theft and vandalism on the rise. Sure, we have the Knox County Sheriff’s department that may sometimes be visible, but they are also slow to react or they have the common response “we can’t do anything about it.” Sure the $500K won’t pay for a large department, but it will certainly go a long way and will cover the expense for the present and near future for a smaller force that will at least be able to show their presence and react faster when a crime is committed.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: Two subjects “du jour,” the picture of flooding of Turkey Creek at Kingston [Pike] and the new lights for “historic” Campbell Station Road. When one uses the Farragut greenways between the north end of Farragut Commons and the Campbell Station Library park one has to be depressed at the trashy condition of that branch of Turkey Creek with far too much debris in and around the creek, often resulting in back ups and lack of proper free flow and just plain “eye sore” status. Why doesn’t the Town Parks and Rec group enlist a volunteer effort with P&R supervision to clean up what could be an attractive scene like the section in the [Campbell Station Road] Park. Of course it should be extended to the rest of the creek before it flows into [Fort Loudoun] Lake. Turkey Creek is one of the best natural features of Farragut and its current lack of maintenance is a shame and could produce a flooding hazard worse than the temporary scene in the farragutpress photo. Since it seems the money for the lights “must be spent” why not just shift the location on the road out to the more “historic” section of “extended Campbell Station” and put the lights on Concord Road where it has serious curves near the entrance to and then continue the lights into the street in Old Concord Town? That would not only light up the truly historic section, but pay more attention to a somewhat neglected section of the Town.

• Via e-mail: Shame on [a local] cemetery and the thieves: On Sept. 1 my sister and I visited our family’s gravesite. When we entered [the] cemetery, we noticed something was terribly wrong. ALL of the flowers on all of the monuments were gone. This is a highly decorated cemetery containing thousands of monuments. Families here obviously don’t just bury them and forget them, but visit often, showing love and respect for loved ones. Apparently, the man responsible for opening and closing the gates to the cemetery had a heart attack. [The cemetery] did not replace him while he is recuperating so the gates stay open 24 hours/day. There was no police report made until I made one. I was last there on my brother’s birthday, July 27, and all of the flowers were on their monuments, just as they should be. We even tie down the arrangement with 200-pound fishing line to prevent winds from blowing the flowers away. Someone had the leisure to cut the line in order to take our arrangement.

• Via e-mail: Reference the above subject article that was in the Sept. 8, 2011, edition. In that article you stated that military intelligence is an oxymoron. I take great umbrage to that statement. The phrase is usually used by anti-military persons who have never served or low ranking, disgruntled, trouble-making military members. It implies that anyone in the military is of low intelligence, which is far from the truth. Many senior [non commissioned officers] have associate or bachelor degree[s], [more than] 90 percent of officers have bachelor degrees. Of that number well over half have graduate (master) degrees and 15-to-20 percent have [doctorate] degrees. Was that the writer’s sophomoric attempt to be “cute?” At a time when military members are being honored, why is the farragutpress insulting them? I think the editor and writer should publish an apology on the front page.

Editor’s Note: The phrase “military intelligence” was borrowed from Bill Mauldin, creator of “Willie and Joe” political cartoons from the front lines during World War II. Mauldin was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for his efforts and has been lauded as World War II’s greatest cartoonist.

• Via e-mail: Regarding the “historic lighting” down Campbell Station [Road]. I do not believe that Farragut needs this type of lighting at this time. In strong economic times, when public revenue is high, would be the time to revisit this. During these tough economic times I believe the public would be better served by addressing the needs rather than our wants. Some of these needs would definitely be improving the roads in Farragut. Some of the roads are clearly unsafe being narrow with no reflectors. Others are [barricaded] by medians thus debilitating getting on the freeway in the mornings during rush hour, backing traffic up blocks upon blocks. To the government of Farragut ... please be good stewards of our hard-earned tax-paid money. Concentrate on public needs versus wants in this tough economic time.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I read the comment today in presstalk about the improper LEFT turns onto Kingston Pike in front of the Firestone/McDonalds access road to Kingston Pike. The sign clearly says NO LEFT TURN!!! I see this happening quite frequently, and at busy times of the day, the left turners are dangerous to those on Kingston Pike. My idea would be for Farragut to move one of the red-light cameras to that location, now that they can’t ticket people for turning right on red. I’ll bet they would write more tickets for improper left turns in front of Firestone than they do now on straight ahead red-light runners.

• Via USPS: I listened to the president tell all the great things he will submit later. I noticed that the person next to him was the president of AFL-CIO. I saw him creating problems for the people of Wisconsin. Now we have a senator in the Tennessee Senate that wants to be the state’s AFL-CIO director as well as a senator. Please, Let’s get real — [President Barack] Obama was elected by the unions and we are a “right to work” state.

• Via e-mail: [In the article “FMPC tables road request” appearing in the Sept. 8 issue of farragutpress], “Nixon said ... We have an inordinate number of people in our subdivision who should not be there.” Is it against the law in Farragut to walk or drive in neighborhoods that you don’t own property in?

Editor’s Note: We are unaware of any law prohibiting traffic, both foot and vehicular, on publicly maintained sidewalks and streets.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: In the Sept. 1, 2011, issue of the farragutpress, the editor listed key historic events of Farragut, which served as a terrific start to chronicling our history. Our civic leaders should consider spending more funds to promote historic Farragut by highlighting past and recent events. Origins: 1785, a non-Native American settlement was established by David Campbell. 1820s, an inn and horse track were built in the vicinity of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road. 1860s, Union solders and westward settlers passed through the area on their travels. 1980, Farragut was incorporated as a town and named after Admiral [James] David [Glasgow] Farragut who never lived here, but was born at Lowe’s Ferry on the Tennessee River near present-day Farragut. Recent History: 2009, traffic-calming islands are built on Grigsby Chapel Road for safety, beauty and historic panache. 2010, citizens elect a state senator who advocates for guns on college campuses and the historic “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. 2012, the Town permits running red lights when turning right without penalty thereby quashing a historic precedent that red means stop. 2012, the Town declares itself “historic” and hopes to lure travelers to visit Farragut through wishful marketing. I am proud to live in Farragut except when we do dumb things like exaggerating our Town’s historic stock. Anyone for a reality check and tearing up the “historic” marketing check?

• Via e-mail: In regards to the recent letter regarding an early morning bicyclist: I am that bicyclist, and I am the victim of a violent crime. During the summer months I sometimes bicycle to work. It is over 20 miles to work and to avoid the morning rush hour I leave before dawn. On this particular day I left home at 5:45. In [the] dark, I ride with a bright headlight, a bright flashing taillight and reflective clothing, in accordance with Tennessee law. I also have a mirror, which provides a clear view of approaching vehicles. My route took me up Virtue Road with a left turn onto Kingston Pike, heading west. As Virtue Road approaches Kingston Pike the road widens to incorporate a left turn lane. As I approached the area where the left turn lane begins I saw a car in the distance approaching at a high rate of speed. The speed limit on Virtue Road is 30 mph. Clearly this car was exceeding 30 mph. I signaled a left turn and began to change lanes into the left turn lane. Instead of slowing I could hear the car accelerating even faster than its already excessive speed. Finally I heard the car begin to slow and as I moved into the left turn lane it flashed by on the right. I yelled “slow down” to the driver. The driver rolled down the window and began jawing at me. Colorful language ensued. As I turned west onto Kingston Pike the driver gunned the engine, spun the tires and accelerated towards me as though the run me over, coming within feet of hitting me. As I progressed west on Kingston Pike towards Fox Den the driver did this over and over, repeatedly coming within feet of hitting me. Fed up with this aggressive and dangerous behavior I slowed almost to a stop so as to get the license plate of the car and call the police. The driver realized I was trying to get his license plate and so slowed almost to a stop on Kingston Pike creating a further traffic hazard. Eventually he did a u-turn and fled to the east. I could not make out the number and so was unable to call the police and press charges. The fanciful recollection of the driver is not surprising. It is indicative of the aggressive and illegal behavior of many drivers in the Farragut area towards bicyclists. ... By far Farragut is where I witness the most aggressive and illegal driver behavior. Upon encountering most traffic situations drivers slow, evaluate the situation, and choose a reasonable course of action. When some drivers see a bicyclist they go absolutely berserk and choose the very worst course of action. This behavior crosses all societal boundaries as I have been run off the road by econo-boxes and luxury SUVs alike. Two dominant themes in the national discourse are health care and energy. Bicycling advances both causes, as bicycling is great for cardio-pulmonary health and doesn’t burn fossil fuels. Bicyclists should be commended for their efforts, not vilified as they so often are in this community. Come on Farragut; show some class. Give your fellow citizens a break and come down off your high horse.

• I was so excited to read that the Russell House was on the market and the asking price of $2 million does seem like a lot for the Town to buy, but at the same time, if we’re spending half a million to replace lights that do not need to be replaced, what a great time to put that money down on the house and really make the town of Farragut historic. If we built up the history that’s here, we wouldn’t have to fake it in saying that Farragut is historic. We could have the signs that are the brown signs for history that show the places to visit, and tell the story of the Battle [of Campbell Station] that has gone on here. There is so much truth of history right here around us; I just hope that we will pursue the truth and build on that, instead of making up “historic Farragut.” Let’s don’t make up, but let’s push the real history that is here. And take that half a million dollars and put it on something that is real history.

 

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