Vandals strike cemetery

A normally serene setting, Pleasant Forest Cemetery off Concord Road in Farragut was the scene of vandalism and theft Aug. 26. Pleasant Forest Cemetery off Concord Road in Farragut was the target of thieves and vandals causing more than $19,000 in thefts and damage, Knox County Sheriff’s Office reported Thurs-day, Aug. 26.

Michael Karnitz, Pleasant Forrest Cemetery caretaker, said he had been receiving phone calls from several upset family members, including former Farragut High School boys soccer coach Wallie Culbreth, who Karnitz said was among “the ones that were most upset.”

“The ones that are really upset were people with children that have passed away and that’s hard on a parent to begin with,” Karnitz said. “I’ve had up to eight to 10 people call me.”

Karnitz isn’t sure when the thefts or vandalizing occurred, but said it may have happened around Aug. 10 or 12, when he and his wife visited a plot they purchased at the cemetery only to find that a crepe myrtle, which was originally growing beside the plot a couple days earlier, was missing.

“We drove through on a Sunday night, Aug. 10, [his wife] said the crape myrtle was blooming about that high — up to Karnitz’s waist — and she said, ‘I’m going to water that thing.’ She didn’t do it Monday [Aug. 11], she came back Tuesday [Aug. 12] with some buckets to water it and she came back and said, ‘It’s gone.’
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Farragut Food Festival slated for Sept. 25

Linda and Mike Barillaro are among the attendees at last year’s Farragut Food Festival. This year’s event is slated to take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, on the lawn of Renaissance | farragut at 12800 Kingston Pike. Food lovers once again can sample best bites of what Farragut eateries have to offer when Farragut Business Alliance and town of Farragut host Farragut Food Festival.

Advance tickets are available for the seventh annual event, presented by TDS Telecom and slated to take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, on the lawn of Renaissance | farragut at 12800 Kingston Pike.

“I’m looking forward to the festival,” David Purvis, FBA president, said. “We are looking forward to all the restaurants participating, and the wine distributors will be pouring a big selection of wines.

“I think it’s going to be bigger and better than ever,” Purvis added about the festival. “We’re looking forward to a fun night.”

“We are expecting 1,200 to 1,500 people since it’s being held on a Farragut Football bye week, and The University of Tennessee is playing out of town,” Allison Sousa, FBA executive director, said. “Tickets are selling much faster than usual, which is a good sign and helps us better prepare our participating restaurants.”
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Town hosts Impact Fee forum

Farragut residents and developers have an opportunity to have their voices heard regarding a study for an Impact Fee in relation to roads in future developments.

Town of Farragut will host an Impact Fee Study Public Forum from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, across from Farragut Post Office.

The impact fee study is being led by Duncan Associates of Austin, Texas, in collaboration with The Corradino Group in Nashville, Chelsey Riemann, public relations coordinator for the Town, said.

During a May 28 meeting, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 3-2 to improve the Impact Fee Study and contracted with Duncan & Associates for $64,460 to implement the study. Mayor Ralph McGill, Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche and Alderman Ron Pinchok voted for the study while Aldermen Bob Markli voted against it, and Alderman Ron Honken was absent.
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police reports

• On Aug. 22 at around 9:31 a.m., a Hickwick Circle complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office her bank account was compromised by an unknown suspect between Dec. 31, 2014, and Aug. 10. Suspect paid $17,100 to several different accounts using the complainant’s funds. The money was removed from the account over time beginning on Dec. 31, 2014, and the last transaction attempt on Aug. 9. It is unknown how the account information was obtained. Complainant advised the account has since been closed. Loss is $17,100.

• On Aug. 22 at around 6:30 p.m., KCSO was notified by the complainant, a employee of Petro fueling center off Watt Road, that she had video of an employee shoplifting items from the store and hiding them in his truck. The suspect admitted to KCSO that he did take items from the store without paying and put them in his truck. Suspect was then taken into custody without incident. The items that were recovered from the suspect were: Hershey Rolo ($1.99), Hershey Payday ($1.39), Hershey York Peppermint ($1.39), 32oz. Breast Cancer Cup ($5.99), Breast Cancer Shoe

Laces ($1.99), and a 5 Hour Energy ($3.69). This did occur in Knox County. Total loss was $9.37.
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