‘Lights Up!’ for Mission of HopeHoliday lights and children’s activities drew Farragut and other area residents to The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek’s second annual Lights Up!, which benefited Mission of Hope.
The event, which took place Friday, Nov. 21, at The Pinnacle off Parkside Drive, featured a ceremony for the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree, live reindeer, entertainment, photographs with Santa and other children’s holiday activities.
“This is going to be Hudson’s first Christmas,” Carrie Grey of Seymour said about her 6-month-old son. “I heard this was a great photo opportunity with Santa and the sleigh.”
“We were here last year,” Courtney Nieman of Knoxville said. “It’s fun. It’s great with the reindeer and all the activities kids get to do.”
“My wife is conducting the Cedar Bluff choir, and my kids wanted to see Santa and the Christmas tree,” Rob Taylor of Knoxville said. read more
Zoning workshop meets resident oppositionGrigsby Chapel Road residents continue their protests against TDK Construction’s request to rezone a parcel of property located next to Chapel Pointe off Grigsby Chapel Road to R-6, a zoning change that allows multi-family housing or apartments.
While Farragut Municipal Planning Commissioners took no action during its meeting Thursday, Nov. 20, members heard from about 80 residents who spoke against TDK Construction’s rezoning request.
“It’s an intrusion, incompatible, out of character and it’s an invasion,” Mul Wyman of Wyndham Hall said. “It creates a complete neighborhood change.”
Likewise, Bill Ensor of Fox Den said changing this property to R-6 would change the character of the neighborhood.
“I’m concerned about how [the neighborhood] is shifting now,” Pauline Hamilton of Farragut Commons said. read more
School Board looks at ‘balanced calendar’ optionConsideration for moving Knox County Schools to a Balanced Calendar, also loosely known as “year-round school,” got its first serious look during a Work Session of Knox County Board of Education Wednesday evening, Nov. 19.
A Balanced Calendar, which has been adopted by Oak Ridge, Maryville and Alcoa city schools, basically shortens summer break and starts its first of four school year quarters in latter July while also adding longer fall, spring and winter/holiday breaks.
“A balanced calendar is something that a number of parents and students and teachers and staff and administrators have expressed some interest in,” Dr. Jim McIntyre Jr., KCS superintendent, said. He added there has been “some potential concerns” also expressed. read more
‘Light the Park’ slated for Dec. 1Farragut families are invited to enjoy holiday lights, music and fellowship during the fourth annual “Light the Park.”
Farragut Business Alliance and town of Farragut are ushering in the holiday season with the fourth annual event, presented by TDS. The event is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at Founders Park at Campbell Station, formerly Campbell Station Park, off Campbell Station Road.
“This is our warmest, fuzziest, most sentimental event,” Allison Sousa, executive director of FBA, said. “It’s the perfect way for families to kick-off the Christmas season or whatever holidays they might celebrate.
“Even though this event is only an hour long, it creates memories that will last a lifetime,” Sousa said. “Be sure to bring your camera to take photos by the trees.” read more
‘Shop Farragut’ now thru Dec. 31Farragut Business Alliance kicked off its annual Shop Farragut Holiday Campaign Saturday, Nov. 22, but it is not too late for businesses to register to participate.
This year’s campaign takes place now through Wednesday, Dec. 31, Allison Sousa, executive director of FBA, said. Businesses can go to the FBA website at FarragutBusiness.com to register.
Participation in the campaign offers free promotion for Farragut businesses with a Farragut business privilege license, Sousa said. Businesses get free advertising such as additional signage, while shoppers can benefit from deals, coupons, specials and events these businesses offer.
Sousa said the campaign’s purpose is to draw attention to Farragut’s businesses, encourage residents to “shop locally” and draw people from the region to Farragut to shop, eat and take advantage of services.
“I think there are a lot of people who don’t know what we offer in Farragut, and by highlighting the Farragut businesses, we allow the opportunity for community growth and a hometown feel,” Darla Berdal, FBA Board chairman, said. read more
ETCH seeks homemade art, supplies for patientsFarragut residents can help brighten up the holidays for children in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital this season.
Parents can spend time with their children creating homemade artwork and then bring in or mail the drawings before 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, to farragutpress, 11863 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934.
Donations also can be brought in to farragutpress before the deadline.
The drawings and donations will be delivered to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Cheryl Allmon, ETCH director of volunteer services and programs, said. “It’s a children’s hospital and what a better way to express that than to make it look bright, cheery and welcoming.”
The drawings will be displayed in farragutpress front lobby before being taken to Children’s Hospital, displayed and given to young patients.
Residents also can donate the following needed items: clean and used clothing for any age, sweat pants for ages from infants to extra-large, new socks and underwear, sample-sized toiletries, toys and craft supplies, food pantry items, microwavable meals and prepackaged granola bars.
“And, of course, toys for Christmas are always welcome,” Allmon said. “All donations come through the volunteer services office, so any donations that come in are processed through our offices and then distributed throughout the hospital and outlying areas.” read more
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