Chamber cheer

Annual Chamber Auction draws record numbers

Courtney Herda bids on and wins one of the tables during the live acution portion of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and auction Friday, April 11, at Rothchild Catering and Convention Center in West Knoxville. Business and non-profit organization representatives and others gathered to bid on auction items and mingle during the “Once Upon a Time” Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce dinner and auction held Friday, April 11, at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center.

“I think it’s great,” Knoxville resident Brenda Herron said. “It’s a great chance for everyone to mix and mingle and raise money for a good cause.

Event co-chairperson Amy Chandler said the Chamber sold 270 tickets, and 15 percent of the sales of those tickets went to support Junior Achievement of East Tennessee. Diane Jones and Michelle Carr also were co-chairs.

The annual event featured both a live and silent auction, and a drawing for a necklace from Rick Terry Jewelers. Doug Russell won the necklace for his wife, Angela.

“I’m impressed,” Chip Reed, JAET president said. “It’s very nice. We are very pleased to be part of the event, and the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is a great group of people.”
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Farragut Dogwood Trail open

Dogwoods cover the yard of Sandra and Evander Schwartz’s home along Farragut Dogwood Trail in Fox Den. When moving to their family’s new home along Oakmont Circle in Fox Den roughly 30 years ago, Sandra and Evander Schwartz inherited five dogwoods.

Now a can’t miss yard along the Farragut Dogwood Arts Trail each April — which catches your eye as far as 50 yards away going east with its cluster of big white dogwoods — Sandra Schwartz said the couple’s count of dogwoods is up to about 13.

How eye-catching are these Schwartz dogwoods?

“A couple of years ago someone actually ran into my mailbox looking at the trees,” Schwartz said. “The weather’s been real good. This year they’re pretty. It depends on the weather. Some years they are prettier than others. Every year when the trail happens there people actually stop and look.

“We had a Corvette Club, I guess, they were all coming through Sunday [April 6] I think it was,” she added. “It was a whole string of them. A bunch of them.”
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Farragut trio headed to Boston Marathon

Brad Adams running in Downtown Knoxville during a New Year’s Day 2013 marathon. Brad Adams has a top 100 Boston Marathon finish under his belt among “25,000 to 30,000” of the world’s top marathon runners.

But for 2014 Boston Marathon, the Super Bowl of marathons dating back to 1897, Adams and his friends are looking to score on the fundraising end in the shadow of last year’s tragic bombings.

“That kind of motivated us to go and do it again,” said Adams, 35, Farragut High School Class of 1996 and new president of Knoxville Track Club, about he, Brad’s brother, Bob Adams of Chattanooga (FHS Class of 1998) and Farragut resident Stewart Ellington, a former All-American Cross Country and Track and Field 5k and 10k runner at The University of Tennessee. They will be among a handful of runners representing KTC after qualifying for Boston Marathon, annually the third Monday in April on Patriots Day, which falls on April 21 this year.

“Support the local community up there. … Give some money back,” Brad added.

Meanwhile, “Me, Stu and my brother have a chance to get a top five team finish.”
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Mayor lends hand to feed Farragut hungry

As part of the March for Meals, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill went on a Mobile Meals route Wednesday, March 26, and helped deliver meals to Farragut residents and people in the surrounding area.

“I was just told that we have 47 recipients out in Farragut area, so obviously there are a lot of people who need this kind of service. And fortunately, we have an organization here that tries to take care of them as much as possible,” McGill said.

The people receiving meals were at locations including Linda Heights and the area around Fox Den subdivision.

“We do have some people who are having a hard time in Farragut, and the people who could best help them are the ones who they’re closest. So their neighbors, the community, should try to help people who need some help,” he said.

Dorothy Grisko, 88, was one person who received a meal with McGill’s help.

“I was in the hospital for a while,” Grisko said. “I still can’t walk without a walker because I fall down. So, [Mobile Meals has] been a blessing.”

Originally from Connecticut, Grisko estimated she has been in the Mobile Meals program for about one-and-a-half years.
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Four vying for two open aldermen seats

Ward II, South

Knowing that Jeff Elliott wasn’t going to run for re-election as alderman from South Ward II on Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman, Ron Pinchok said he’s willing to fill the void.

A neighbor of Elliott who said he’d talked with the sitting alderman, Pinchok added he “probably” wouldn’t have run had Elliott sought re-election.

Meanwhile, Ron Williams also has thrown his hat into the ring seeking election from South Ward II (Town election day is Thursday, Aug. 7).

“The big thing is, I would like to carry on the strategic plan that’s laid out for Farragut,” Williams, 63, said. “I’m serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals [secretary].”

A sales and application engineer who “travels all over the south,” Williams said he’s “really big on selling Farra-gut. … I’d like to make sure we do not have a Farragut [Property] Tax. If you can fill this Town up, I think that will go a long way toward providing the sales tax that we need to facilitate future growth and development.

“I really want to look at expanding the small business model here in Farragut,” he added. “… As far as developing Outlet Drive and developing the downtown district.”
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Four vying for two open aldermen seats

Ward I, North

A former Ford Motor Company management official who has a “solo civil practice in private law” in Farragut looks to unseat North Ward (Ward I) Alderman Bob Markli, as 2014 Town election year campaign heats up.

A resident of Farragut “for over 10 years now,” John H. Underwood, 61, has served on the Town’s Personnel Committee for the last eight years. “I’ve been chair of the Personnel Committee for the last seven years. … I know the staff well. I have seen the issues that have come up in at least the last eight years,” he said.

Retired from Ford Motors in its human resources management, “I have more time I can devote to community service,” Underwood said. “Running for Alderman, I think I can bring my management experience to bear, and serve and represent the homeowners of Farragut in a better way.

“I’m not throwing stones at anybody, including Bob Markli,” Underwood added. “I think Bob’s done an excellent job and I have full respect for anybody that’s taken the time and effort to devote to the town of Farragut — and they’re all volunteers.”
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Legal Notices

AGENDA FARRAGUT VISUAL RESOURCES REVIEW BOARD Farragut Town Hall, Tuesday, 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m. I. Approval of Minutes for the March 24, 2014 meeting. II. Review a request for a ground mounted sign for the Pleasant Forest Cemetery along Concord Road. III. Review a request for a ground mounted sign for the Enterprise Rent-a-Car at 12019 Kingston Pike. IV. Re-view a request for a ground mounted sign for the former Blockbuster Center shopping center at 11151 Kingston Pike. V. Review a request for a ground mounted sign for the Anytime Fitness/Marco’s shopping center at 12500 Kingston Pike. VI. Re-view a landscape plan for the detention basin and buffer strip associated with Phase II of the Bridgemore Subdivision. read more

police reports

• April 10: Knox County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a white Dodge Stratus traveling in the eastbound lane of Parkside Drive in connection with a shoplifting complaint lodged by Gander Mountain outdoor equipment store. Both the driver and passenger gave consent to search the vehicle, which produced a cereal box containing the tags and shirt taken from the store. The pair was Marandized and a records check found one of the arrestees had two warrants issued by Cumberland County for theft. Value of the theft was about $35.

• April 9: A 82-year-old woman advised police an unknown suspect entered her room at Clarity Pointe assisted care facility and took he 27-inch television and money. Estimated loss is about $325.

• April 7: About $40 held in a money clip was the only thing missing from a South Fox Den Road residence after the owner walked out of a room at the back of the residence and found an unknown woman standing in the den. The owner confronted the unknown woman who stated she had spoken to the owner’s husband who said the owner might need help cleaning her house. The owner stated she told the unknown woman she did not need help and escorted her from the residence. The owner added she watched as the unknown woman walked across South Fox Den Road toward Smith Road. The owner later discovered money missing.
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