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• Ken Lay is an excellent writer and his sports columns are appreciated. In his Jan. 19 article entitled “A sweep for West versus Farragut,” it was mentioned that West High is in Marble City. West High is located in the Pond Gap community. Third Creek, just east of West High School, divides the two fine communities. Thank you.

• We wanted to debate the issue of the decorative lighting on Campbell Station Road with the town of Farragut. I have been reading in the farragutpress about this for several months and almost 100 percent of anyone commenting on these lights is against it. And I understand we are supposed to go to the town of Farragut website to communicate our thoughts on this and I tried to do that. I went to the Farragut website and I cannot find how to navigate this site, and I cannot find how to comment, I cannot understand the website and how to navigate it and where to leave comments. Is this on purpose? Does the town of Farragut really want our feedback?

Editor’s Note: To leave a comment on Farragut’s website, visit www.townoffarragut.org and click on the “Citizen Requests” tab on the home page.


• I was reading the paper. Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen are not required to publish their agenda earlier than the day of the meeting. How convenient for the mayor. It’s kind of hard to take off work when you don’t know what issues are being addressed by the mayor until the day-of. Just like living in Farragut. You get what you pay for. Thank you.

• It seems just like the mayor and the aldermen of Farragut to not have to address any issues before the day of the meeting. How about the people that work? Do you really think that we can just take off any day when you decide what you want to discuss? Do you really care about the people of Farragut or are you just kind of cushioning your own pocket to better benefit what you want? Come on, mayor. It’s your turn; it’s your ball. Let’s hear you. Bye.

Editor’s Note: Farragut’s mayor and aldermen aren’t paid. Tennessee’s open meeting law requires governmental bodies to provide “adequate public notice” of meetings, regular or not. Farragut’s Board regularly meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings also are televised live on local public access cable channels.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I love reading your paper with all of the “past” current events but I gotta tell ya, I am actually shocked at the way our local city planners “i.e” MR. “MAYOR” and Board of Alderman are acting!!! “Historical lighting,” come on, seriously ... the town of Farragut is not a classic car!!!! MR. Farragut may have been born here but really??? I am really laughing inside at the thought that the very people that are “supposed” to be in charge of running our fine city are acting!! If you, MR. MAYOR, really care about the thoughts and concerns of the community, then why don’t you publish the “town agenda” in a substantial amount of time for the people who “work a normal job” to make arrangements to be at your meetings??? Just curious!!

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: As a 20-year resident and realtor in Farragut I applaud and support the plan to beautify our Town with decorative lighting along the entrance to our community. If the budget allows, then by all means go forward. With the beautiful view of the mountains to the south and the library park, Campbell Station Road could be a wonderful entrance to Farragut. I also appreciate the previous administration responsible for the landscape islands on Grigsby Chapel [Road] as my clients and visitors appreciate this enhancement of what otherwise would be a less attractive raceway. And if my mother-in-law had been more attentive she would not have ruined her car by hitting them. A tough lesson, but better for her than hitting someone head on. So again, thanks for being good stewards of our tax dollars and having the funds available to beautify our Town. Keep up the good work.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: I find it very interesting with all the comments that have been submitted to farragutpress regarding activities of the Town Board there has been no response from [its members]. Are the residents of Farragut regarded as petulant children whose opinions should be disregarded? I would like to hear a response from the Board and it is imperative that the agenda and minutes be posted on the Town’s website in a timely manner. Guys, you are not running your own little fiefdom, Farragut belongs to its citizens and the continued dismissal of legitimate complaints by its citizenry cannot continue to be ignored!

Editor’s Note: Members of the Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen, just as any Farragut residents, have an open invitation to submit comment to farragutpress’s editorial page. Several members of past administrations took advantage of this open forum.

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