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• I just wondered if they had changed the time of the traffic light at the corner of Concord Road and Turkey Creek [Road]. It took me 10 minutes to get from Red Mill [Lane] to Concord Road this morning. Just wondered if you might check on that for us.

• I just wanted to speak my opinion on these historic lighting arguments for the supposed historic district in the town of Farragut. I’d like to know what history is actually being contemplated here. There was a minor Civil War skirmish in the area and after that, it was pretty much farms and cows. I’m not sure where the history is here. The Town wasn’t even incorporated until 1980, so exactly what historic tradition is supposed to be being honored here by the installation of these lights?

• First, I’d like to say I am totally opposed to replacing the existing lighting along Campbell Station Road with fancy, historic, extremely expensive lighting. But if the town of Farragut is so bound and determined to install this lighting even though the majority of the people in Town are opposed to it, why don’t you contact some local businesses to see if they will donate money toward a pole? And then they could have a sign on the pole that they have donated that light, kind of like how you see so-and-so has adopted a section of highway. This would defray the cost to the Town and also would appease we taxpayers, emphasis on we taxpayers, whose sales tax dollars would be going to pay for this unnecessary lighting project.

• Via Kingston Pike is a state road, not a Farragut road. Accordingly, the state — not Farragut — decides when and what improvements to do for Kingston Pike.

• Via e-mail: It was with considerable anger and frustration that I read the Jan. 5, front page report of a press release from the Knox County Administrator of Elections. In November 2004, I worked as a poll worker and more than 800 ballots were cast in the Farragut North Precinct. I remember the elections of the early ’80s when the entire floor of the Farragut High School gym was covered with voters standing shoulder-to-shoulder while they waited to cast their vote. Early voting has gone a long way in reducing the time needed to vote. We need to go further to reduce the financial burden on Knox County Taxpayers. As I recall, Greg McKay, then administrator of Knox County Elections and a Democrat, proposed a lower-cost alternative to conventional elections. He called it convenience voting. It had a try-out for a Farragut election. The Republican Commissioners voted it down for permanent implementation. The last time I worked on Election Day at FHS it was not worth my time. There were never any lines and the total number of ballots cast was rather small compared to the number of workers. Perhaps, it’s time for the Republican Commissioners to rethink their definition of fiscal conservatism.

• Via In regards to the last few comments here on presstalk I’d like to respond. The proposed lights on Campbell Station [Road] [are] ridiculous! The city planner, or planners, should have given this a thought before construction ever began. To do it now is a waste of money! You wouldn’t let that happen in your own home, so don’t do it with the tax monies either. The people who vote you into office are opposed to the lights, so wake up! Historical lighting? Give me a break! Here are some historical facts ... when the town of Farragut decided to be on [its] own and not be a part of the City of Knoxville, we suffer the consequences. That means [Knox] County Sheriff’s [Office] and Rural Metro Fire. How is it that our neighboring city, Lenior City, has its own police and fire department? It would be nice to have our own police and fire department. But, like everything else it costs money. When we boast about our low taxes people forget that fire protection is not included. Neither is a police force that is staffed for this size of town. So, when you see calming islands, parks, street lights (historical) you’ll know where the priorities lie. People do not want to pay for services. It’s a fact. You get what you pay for. It’s that simple. Rural Metro will respond to your call and bill you for the service if you’re not a subscriber. Most people think that their homeowners insurance will cover the cost of Rural Metro. Wake up! Your insurance will cover your loss, but not the fire service rendered. That is quite costly. Pay me now or pay me later. We’ve all heard that before. They got you one way or the other. Please join the town of Farragut meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, to voice your concerns. Don’t just sit [at home] and complain. Stand up for what you believe in! Maybe it’s time for a new set of faces on the Board. It’s time for new faces in local government as well as at the federal level!

• Via At the top of my list for 2012 is my wish that BOMA will drop their fiscally irresponsible desire to install new street lighting along Campbell Station Road.

• Via The Russell-Campbell house purchased by the [town] of Farragut. I would like to suggest to the [town] of Farragut moving the house back 50 to 60 feet, (demolishing the building behind the house.) Restoring the house, keeping in mind the goal is a historical museum. Add a nice historical looking sign, parking lot with lighting to match the ones being used on Campbell Station Road. This would be the most cost-effective way to preserve the property and give the people of Farragut a lasting historical sight.

Editor’s Note: The Town has not indicated it has a plan to purchase the property. Town leaders have expressed a hope the property will be donated to the Town.

• Via I have been advocating for a community center since I moved to Farragut 12 years ago, and everyone I talk to agrees we need one. Our town doesn’t have a “downtown” area in which to meet and build community. We are urban sprawl, very disconnected. A community center would help bring people together for various events and make them feel part of something bigger than themselves. Farragut has met the needs (through government and private) for parks, historical statues, dance, gymnastics, ice sports, shopping, martial arts and fitness. We are still in need of an aquatics center, amphitheater and multi-purpose room. Our local high school swim teams have nowhere to practice, even with the new Jefferson Park YMCA here in Farragut. There is such a need for pool time, that the Y cannot accommodate local swim teams. They have to go outside the community to The University of Tennessee, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Maryville College, with some having to practice at 10 p.m. We also do not have a local theater for local groups or to bring groups in. A big multi-purpose room would be great to accommodate trade shows, community parties or anything else. The local businesses would benefit by bringing more people into Farragut. When people come to Farragut for swim teams, performances, classes, trade shows, parties, etc., they will drive through our fast food places on the way home, or plan to eat out before a performance, or buy groceries and shop while their kid is at a practice, event, club or meeting — we’ve all done this. Let’s spend money on something that will bring our community together — will streetlights do that?

Editor’s Note: Jefferson Park subdivision and the YMCA, which used to be in Farragut, are not in Farragut. Both are in Knox County or as locals call it, Concord.

• Via USPS: Wish list to help Farragut be all that it can be for all of its citizens. Tennis courts would fit well in McFee Park. Seven courts as a minimum would work. Tennis is a sport for all ages, beginners, juniors, seniors and leagues. Farragut High School could have a place for practice and tournaments. The city or town of Farragut has a strong program and facilities for soccer, volleyball and other sports except tennis. Tennis courts are low maintenance. Continu[ing] to build things that last and improv[ing] the facilities available to the citizens will continue to make Farragut the desired place to live.

• Via Farragut Town Board is still pursuing its own agenda! Note from the last issue of the farragutpress, in leaders share hopes “Still pursuing decorative lighting ... .” Farragut is NOT Franklin, TN! The Town has a website, and the last minutes posted were for Oct. 4, 2011. I propose that the Board post the agenda for their next meeting 10 days in advance, so we the residents can determine whether it is necessary to attend and have our voice heard. Furthermore the minutes from each meeting should be posted with “exactly what was proposed and who voted for it,” so we the citizenry of Farragut can be appraised of what is currently on their plate NOT old news. We can then go to the polls and cast a ballot in the next election for the candidate who supports the residents and know who is promoting their own agenda. The word transparency in government seems to not only be abused on the federal level, but right here in Farragut!

Editor’s Note: Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen is not required to publish its agenda earlier than the day of the meeting.

• Via I’m running a bit short of cash. I wonder if I should run for County Clerk. In my 25 years in Knox County, it seems to me to be the most reliable source of cash and perks for the office holders and employees.


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