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• I’m just wondering why Police Reports are unavailable. I don’t know if that’s with the Sheriff’s Office or with the ’Press, but it is vital information for our community and when you do get them, how come we don’t get the full two, three weeks that we’ve missed? Thank you very much.

Editor’s Note: Police Reports are supplied at the pleasure of Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

• I’m wondering if the Economic Development Committee and other entrepreneurs in the town of Farragut have thought about attempting to get a nice cafeteria in one of the vacant buildings in the community. Something like the S&S, which is up in Bearden. I think it would be a good addition for the town of Farragut. Thank you.

• Your headline last week should have been “Town pours $19k down black hole,” which is exactly what The Farm at Willow Creek has turned into for the town of Farragut. When our mayor and aldermen don’t have the political courage to say “no” to a bad idea like this, the result is the rest of our citizens lose out big time.

• Via e-mail: Chalk up another winner for the Farragut Economic Development Committee. After all, what better way to promote Farragut’s historic identity as a community that values aesthetics and parks over the clutter of signs and billboards than to use an electronic Interstate sign? This committee is in a class all by themselves and at this rate they’ll never graduate!

• Via e-mail: Are they serious? Did the EDC really suggest using a billboard in Loudon County to promote Farragut? These amateurs don’t understand the very brand they’re promoting and should immediately resign!

• Via In the light of Robin Purvis’s concerns and other incidents in our community (presented in farragutpress police reports), I fully support the creation of a police department for Farragut. As the Knox County Sheriff’s deputies patrolling our town don’t seem to be as involved as they should with our community safety it just makes sense to have our own Sheriff’s Department led by an elected person. Our town is large enough for this, and the sharing of responsibilities with Knox County Sheriff and the source of funding should be learned from how KCSO and Knoxville Police departments operate. This matter should be discussed and hopefully approved at the next BOMA meeting.

• Via Regarding the parent who was upset over Blount and Sevier County tags dropping off children: You may be concerned over nothing. When I bought a car over on the “Motor Mile” the registration and tags came from Blount County. The same as when I got one in Oak Ridge it was Anderson even though I live in Knox County. So relax and consider other possibilities.

Editor’s Note: According to Knox County Clerk at Farragut Town Hall, vehicles purchased out of Knox County must report to the Knox County Clerk’s Office to have proper county designation on their tags and pay the Knox County Wheel Tax, which goes to support Knox County Schools. Those not doing so could be cited for improper registration if their operator’s license and vehicle tags do not match. Auto dealers in neighboring counties are supposed to register vehicles sold to Knox County residents in Knox County. It is the responsibility of the vehicle purchaser to see that the dealer does this since the purchaser will be paying the fine.

• Via e-mail: In response to “In Support of KCSO” it is my understanding Mr. Johns works from his home and therefore he has no understanding of the security issues that the small businesses, or employees at these businesses located in Farragut, have to deal with. Yes, they do help during parades and special events like National Night Out, but the issue is their assistance during normal security issues and protection of the Farragut residents.

• Via e-mail: So let me get this straight: Knox County Sheriff’s Office isn’t responding to repeated calls from Farragut Wine & Spirits about vandalism and kids running amok because the offenses are taking place on private property? Is that a joke? Don’t MOST crimes take place on private property? So ... J.J. [Jones, KCSO sheriff], ’splain it to me. If somebody is murdered in the old Kroger building, your officers wouldn’t respond, because it’s private property? If some of the drag-racing students from Farragut High School wreck in the FWS parking lot and are seriously injured or killed, that will be out of your jurisdiction because it’s private property? Is that right? At what level are crimes on private property bad enough that KCSO will stoop to take down a police report? Vandalism clearly isn’t bad enough. Apparently, neither is pyromania, public exposure or dumping oil in a storm drain — a federal offense, by the way. Well then, I guess there’s no hope that anyone with KCSO will investigate ANY crimes, unless they happen on public sidewalks or public right-of-way. You’ve got to be kidding me.

• Via e-mail: After reading Mr. and Mrs. [Bill and Margaret] Johns’s letter in support of [Knox County Sheriff’s Office], I wanted to point out that the [sales] tax from Costco and Publix will certainly go a long way in helping to pay for a police department in Farragut. Isn’t the additional taxes one reason Farragut worked so hard in getting those businesses to locate here, to help Farragut grow? Part of that growth should include a police department.

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