Choto RMFD station could offer cost savings

Rendering of Rural/Metro Fire Station No. 42 near the Northshore Drive-Choto Road intersection. Rural/Metro Fire Department Station No. 42, the construction of which recently broke ground, could result in substantial savings on homeowners’ insurance premiums for roughly 40,000 residents within a five-mile radius of Northshore Drive-Choto Road intersection.

Jerry Harnish, RMFD chief, listed two reasons for constructing the new station behind Weigel’s less than 200 yards from the intersection.

With the closest current R/M stations several miles away along Watt Road and Campbell Station Road, “One is to reduce response times. … It’s a public safety issue,” Harnish said. “The second reason is, the way the insurance industry is regulated, properties further than five miles from a fire station are rated as if they had no fire protection. So they have disproportionately high premiums.”
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Vandal ‘tags’ Farragut Wine & Spirits

Police are searching for a suspect who was recorded on video vandalizing Farragut Wine & Spirits Saturday, Jan. 17. Though his Farragut business was vandalized with an estimated $500 worth of graffiti damage — sprayed on the dumpster, storage unit walls and back door — owner David Purvis said he is grateful for security camera video that might help nab a suspect.

One male suspect committed the vandalism at Farragut Wine & Spirits, 11238 Kingston Pike, “Saturday night at 10:10 or so,” Jan. 17, Purvis said.

Purvis said he wasn’t sure if the suspect could have been tied to “a break-in over in the old Kroger space New Year’s Eve. Kids got in there breaking in the back door. … They tagged the inside of the walls and emptied the fire extinguishers.”

“Police are looking” for a connection. “They said that had come up,” Purvis added.
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Knox County hosts Canton Hollow Road information session

Randy Huckeby, left, raises a question as Stephen Ladner, right, as several concerned parties look on in Strang Senior Center Tuesday night, Jan. 20. About 45 residents living alongside Canton Hollow Road or Woody Drive came to Strang Senior Center Tuesday night, Jan. 20, to ask questions and express concerns about Knox County’s estimated $800,000 revamping of the roads’ intersection.

After an introductory address about basic features of this project from Jim Snowden, deputy director with Knox County Engineering & Public Works, residents broke up into three groups.

Snowden, other county Engineering & Public Work officials plus transportation services representatives from Gresham Smith and Partners, project designer services firm, fielded questions from the three groups.

“We look at a lot of crashes in the county … and this intersection keeps coming up as a problem for us,” Snowden said in his introductory address. “As a matter of fact there’s been 34 crashes at this intersection in about the last five years time, which is highly elevated.”
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No Styrofoam, no glass accepted at FLWR site

Fort Loudon Waste & Recycling Center’s facility off Kingston Pike, Farragut, is no longer accepting glass for recycling.

Last month, the company put up signs, giving the public notice they are no longer accepting glass or Styrofoam. Mike Shahan, special projects manager with FLWR, said the company decided glass recycling has become too big of an expense.

“People I’ve talked to have been pretty understanding,” Shahan said.

Shahan said the facility has been in Farragut since 2008. The company has accepted glass for recycling for years but it does not have anywhere to haul it, he said.

“We can’t do anything with it right now. I was told the closest place is in Atlanta,” Shahan said. “It’s become a big expense for us.

“There’s nobody who will take glass for free for us, and it’s been piling up in our lot,” Shahan said.
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Parkside rezoning request fails

Residents of Sweet Briar subdivision had their voices heard, so a vacant lot between Tennessee State Bank and Parkside Medical Center off Parkside Drive will remain zoned for office use.

After hearing Sweet Briar residents’ concerns, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted unanimously against Farragut Land Partners’ request to rezone property at 11454 Parkside Drive as commercial during its meeting Thursday, Jan. 15.

Ashley Miller, Community Development assistant director for town of Farragut, said Farr-agut Land Partners asked FM-PC to change zoning from O-13 (office, three stories) and B-1 (buffer) to C-1 (general commercial) and B-1.

As part of the initial development plan, the property was specified as office and it included a 100-foot buffer from the rear of the property, Miller said.

The rezoning would be consistent with the dominant plan of development along Parkside Drive, she added.
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Town, Cool Sports host Skate Date

Megan Hacker, left, skates with others during Farragut Skate Date Saturday, Jan. 17, at Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium in Farragut. Farragut area residents put on their ice skates Saturday, Jan. 17, and took to the rink at Cool Sports: Home of the Icearium for the annual Farragut Skate Date.

“This is our first time,” Rachel Hacker of Knoxville said. “We have family in town from North Carolina. We were looking for something to do that was not dependent on the weather.”

“It’s really fun,” Megan Hacker said about the event.

Town of Farragut partnered with Cool Sports to hold the annual event as part of National Skating Month and a Let’s Move initiative.

Kelly Maine of Village Green Farragut said her family came to Cool Sports for a birthday party.

”We skate all the time,” she said, adding she has 10 children and they all skate.
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