Fifth District Dems ‘sign’ on

Fifth District Democrats discussed various campaign tactics at its meeting Thursday, July 21.

During the Democrats’ meeting, campaign manager Jennifer Ridgeway talked about putting up political signs. “Just to put up political signs along Kingston Pike has been challenging, but that’s just what it is,” she said.

In reference to town of Farragut, “They have their rules for a reason,” she said.

Linda Lawson, Fifth District county representative for Knox County Democratic Party, said, “The town of Farragut won’t allow you to put [signs] on city property ... but that’s not true in the county,” she said.

Ridgeway said she had moved a sign at Lovell Road and Kingston Pike off of Town limits and put it in a different location.

While Ridgeway said signs were allowed in private yards within the Town, she added that even though Kingston Pike is a state highway, the Town would still take down political signs placed there.
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Annual Fun With Farragut Fleet Aug. 13

Adam Sparks shares a father-son moment with his father, Hayden Sparks, a Farragut Public Works employee, during Fun with Farragut Fleet Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Area children have an opportunity to climb aboard dump trucks, emergency vehicles and tow trucks when town of Farragut sponsors the 15th Annual Fun with Farragut’s Fleet.

The event, scheduled to take place from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road, usually attracts about 800 to 900 attendees, Lauren Cox, Farragut Special Events and program coordinator, said.

“Fun with Farragut’s Fleet continues to grow in popularity because kids and adults alike love to see these vehicles and equipment in person and up close,” Cox said.

“We moved the event to Mayor Bob Leonard Park three years ago because our attendance continued to increase and we outgrew the Town Hall parking lot,” she added.
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Tax-Free Holiday July 29-31

Farragut parents and businesses can save money sooner with state of Tennessee’s annual Tax-Free Holiday.

The state’s Sales Tax holiday now will be a weekend earlier than before because of a law enacted this year, Kelly Nolan Cortesi, director of Communications for Ten-nessee Department of Revenue, said.

Tax-Free Holiday previously took place in August, but recent state legislation has changed that date. This year’s Tax-Free Holi-day will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 29, and end at 11:59 a.m., Sunday, July 31.

During that weekend, Tennessee’s shoppers can get a tax break on clothing, school supplies and some computers.

Tax-Free Holiday will continue to take place the last Friday in July through the following Sunday.
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Koepp, 1st Town employee, dies

Mary Lou Koepp enjoys a celebration held in her honor, which focused on more than 23 years of work as town of Farragut’s first employee [recorder]. Town of Farragut officials remembered the late Mary Lou Koepp, the Town first employee and first recorder, as an integral part of the Town’s success.

After battling an undisclosed illness, Koepp died Saturday, July 2. She was 78.

Koepp was hired by the Town in October 1980 and retired July 2004.

“It was hard to see her go,” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill said. “I don’t know of any [other staff member] who was as close to that in longevity.”

McGill knew Koepp before she was a Town recorder.

“We were actually neighbors,” he said. “We knew the Koepps well.

“She was an outstanding person and an important part of the Town staff,” former Mayor Eddy Ford said. “Her insights, her participation and hard work for the Town were an integral part of its success for many years.

“Mary Lou had a great personality and a great sense of humor. She was a great person to be around and a great asset to our Town.”
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Culbreth, champion soccer coach, dies

Wallie Culbreth, then Farragut High School boys soccer head coach, with Class of 2014 alumni Kai Miettinen, left, and Marvin Mendy in Spring 2015. Former Farragut High School boys soccer coach Wallie Culbreth passed away on Thursday, July 21, after a battle with cancer.

He was 61.

Culbreth, who coached the Admirals from 2002 through 2015, won four Class AAA State Championships at Farragut and served as a mentor for his athletes.

“He was a great person and this is a tragic loss for the Farragut family,” FHS athletic director Donald Dodgen said. “His record stands for itself with all the state tournaments and state championships.

“He was Farragut soccer. He took over for Dennis Lindsay and he put Farragut boys soccer on the map. He really turned things around and he taught life lessons.”
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Town offers free clean-up rentals

Abby Taylor, Putt-Putt Golf and Games employee, with trash picking devices. The town of Farragut now offers free rental of cleanup equipment, including vests, pickers and trash bags, for neighborhood cleanup days.

“Obviously, we want to try and beautify our Town, and we want to help our homeowners and people interested in getting out in the community and beautifying the area, to give them all the tools they need to make that happen. So I think that’s a great thing we can do and hopefully we get a lot of people taking advantage of it,” David Smoak, Town Admin-istrator, said.

“Farragut staff and citizens take pride in living in a beautiful, well-kept community, and this is just another way to encourage and promote the continued beautification of the Town,” Chelsey Riemann, Town Public Relations coordinator, said.
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Town class on four types of dementia set for Aug. 2

A one-hour presentation on the four types of dementia, its symptoms and how families can cope — open to the public and free of charge — begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Board Room of Farragut Town Hall.

“I think if someone is wanting to know a little bit more about what dementia is, or is finding themselves or thinking they may find themselves soon in that type of a care-partnering situation in their family, this type of presentation would be helpful,” said Elaine Wilson, director of Outreach for Choices in Senior Care in Knoxville who will lead the presentation.

“… As we talk about some of the areas that are affected with dementia, as well as some of the common forms of dementia, those pieces around symptoms or behaviors that may be seen will come out as part of that discussion.
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police reports

• On May 30 at around 6 p.m., suspects entered Kohl’s department store, 11530 Kingston Pike, in Farragut. The suspects, a 46-year-old white male, a 41-year-old white male and a 22-year-old white male, cut the security devices off of merchandise and concealed the items. The suspects were observed on recorded video surveillance leaving the store to go to an unidentified vehicle in the parking lot and would re-enter the store to conceal more merchandise. Kohl’s loss prevention positively identified the suspects. The suspects worked in concert with the intent to deprive the owner of the merchandise. The total retail value of the merchandise was $1,879.91. The store does have recorded video surveillance of the incident on file. This did occur in Farragut. read more