FPS welcomes Keen as new assistant principal

Farragut Primary School’s newest assistant principal, Kelly Keen, stands by some of the reminders — including a birdhouse — that have been given her over the years. New Farragut Primary School assistant principal Kelly Keen has surrounded herself with reminders.

“If you look around the office,” Keen said, “you can see things that children have given me or parents have given me that I keep surrounding me because they remind me that I’m here for each individual child everyday.”

She has a birdhouse on one of her bookshelves.

“The birdhouse is actually from a sweet grandfather at Copper Ridge [Elementary School] that he made for me,” Keen said.

Keen said the opportunity to be at the primary school “is a perfect fit.”

“I’m just thrilled to be here,” she said. “It’s an incredible honor to work at Farragut Primary and I’ve known [FPS principal] Gina [Byrd] a little while and I was close with her assistant principal Keith [Cottrell] and it’s a perfect fit.”
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Meksiko Cantina, three others cited for beer violations

As in this example taken from the state of Tennessee drivers manual, a red box surrounds the photo on the license indicating the person is underage 21 until a set date, which is included in the red stripe. Owners of three Farragut businesses have pled guilty to serving beer to minors while the license for another business was suspended for 60 days.

Farragut Beer Board heard from owners of La Cabana, 723 N. Campbell Road; Little Joe’s Pizza, 13100 Kingston Pike and Taco Boy Sports Bar, 747 Campbell Station Road, during a beer ordinance hearing Thurs-day, June 25.

Owners of Meksiko Cantina, 120 West End Ave., did not attend that meeting, so Board members voted to postpone that business’ hearing until the Beer Board meeting Thursday, July 23.

Representatives of Meksiko still did not appear at the hearing Thursday, July 23, and had two violations stemming from a beer sting June 2.

“Frankly, I would suggest that we suspend [Meksiko’s beer license] for a period of time,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.
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FMPC ponders Concord Road cell tower zoning request

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission is expected to take action on a request to rezone a parcel located off Concord Road for a cell tower during its Thursday, Aug. 20, meeting.

Applicant Branch Towers has asked Commission to approve its request to rezone that property, which adjoins Clarity Pointe and First Utility District, from R-1/Open Space Residential to a Telecommunications Tower Overlay.

Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Development director, said there are two issues. First, he asked if a telecommunications tower is necessary and appropriate for the proposed location. Second, if it is, then what would be the most appropriate base zoning district for that property?

Shipley said the tower overlay zoning district is not an option for property zoned residential. The property to the immediate north is zoned commercial, with the eastern portion of that property containing Clarity Pointe.
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police reports

• On July 17 at around 12:56 p.m., a Clayton Way victim stated that he had a prior theft occur in Oak Ridge where credit cards were stolen. A theft report has already been filed with the Oak Ridge Police Department. The victim stated that after the theft he contacted his credit card companies and found that two of his cards had been used in Knox County. The cards had been used at the Best Buy store located at 11491 Parkside Drive as well as a second Best Buy located at 8925 Town and Country Drive. This investigation is still open and on-going. Value of the loss is about $4,800.

• On July 17 at around 1:14 p.m., KCSO responded to Best Buy at 11491 Parkside Drive for a theft by shoplifting. Com-plainant reported that the suspect, an 18-year-old white male, removed a video game from the shelf and cut the case open and then tried to take the merchandise from the store without making any attempt to pay for it. Merchandise total value was $4.99 which is a Class A misdemeanor. Suspect was arrested. Suspect’s vehicle, a 2009 blue Mazda 6 with Tennessee license plates, was towed to Sutherland Avenue.
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