Spaun champ

Surrounded by tournament volunteers and officials on the 18th green at Fox Den Country Club in Farragut, J.J. Spaun of Los Angeles is all smiles holding his crystal Jim Wakefield Memorial Trophy after winning Tour’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot Sunday, Aug. 21. Finishing 26-under-par (258), Spaun, 26, nailed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to finish the final round at 66 (5-under) and pocket $99,000. Eventual runner-up Sam Ryder (25-under) then missed an 8-foot birdie putt that, if made, would have resulted in a sudden-death playoff.

FHS student sparks HVA ‘dress’ forum

A dozen Knox County Schools students turned out to address their concerns about and offer suggestions for the School System’s dress code during a student forum in Hardin Valley Academy Thursday, Aug. 18.

The forum was a response to Farragut High School sophomore Hollie Sikes’ petition, which she posted online at Aug. 13. Her petition challenged rules regarding females’ shorts. Since Monday, Aug. 22, the petition has generated 3,558 supporters.

“We just wanted it to be easier to find clothes that fit the dress code,” Sikes said after the meeting. “It’s not that we don’t want to be covered, we just want some liberties.”

A number of students said they wanted minor changes, such as measuring shorts by knuckle-length rather than the currently required fingertip length.
read more

Grigsby area sites pitched again

Sal Gauldiano once again is requesting to rezone property he owns on which Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen turned down a proposal to rezone two years ago.

The proposal, before Farragut Municipal Planning Commission during its Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting, includes the rezoning of two separate parcels.

The first would be 11 acres off Grigsby Chapel Road and adjacent to Westside Unitarian Uni-versalist Church. It would be rezoned to S1, a community service zoning district type that allows for assisted care living facilities. Currently the land is zoned R-2, general single family residential.
read more

From 35-year nurse to politician, Vice Mayor LaMarche retires

Farragut Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche with Ron Williams, South Ward Alderman-elect, right, and Bud McKelvey, Town Public Works director, during a reception for LaMarche Thursday, Aug. 11. A Patient Care coordinator at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., Dot LaMarche came to Farragut in 1994 having served as a nurse for 35 years.

“When I came here I wanted to continue in nursing,” she said.

Unable to find work suitable for her talents and interests, “I came home one day and I was very sad, and I told Lou [LaMarche, husband] … ‘I’m going to retire and I’m going to volunteer and I’m going to work in my neighborhood [Sugarwood subdivision],” said LaMarche, town of Farragut Vice Mayor and an alderman for 13 years — in addition to prominent national and state service — who retired this week after not seeking re-election earlier this month. “I became president of our homeowners association.”

Fighting Sprint’s attempt to put a cellular tower “in one of the neighborhoods” around the year 2000 was the final spark toward piquing LaMarche’s interest in local politics and Town issues.
read more

Assisted living site plan along N. Campbell Station approved set near N. Campbell Station

From left, Mari Falk, Autumn Care executive vice president; Steve Young of Odle and Young architects; Richard LeMay of LeMay & Associates Consulting Engineers, and Peter Falk, CEO Assisted Living Division at Signature Healthcare, at Farragut Town Hall with samples showing surface materials for a new Autumn Care facility near Herron Road and North Campbell Station Road. Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously passed a site plan for an assisted care living facility near North Campbell Station Road.

Alderman Louise Povlin made the motion to approve the site plan for Autumn Care, LLC, with all of the conditions provided by Town staff. Noah Myers seconded.

FMPC discussed various issues before voting, including lighting, access route, utility easements, placement of a walking trail and a dog park.

“I’m very heartened by what I hear tonight,” Farragut resident Carol Christofferson said.

However, she asked about making the height of a cupola as low as possible.
read more

Town to receive $500,000 grant for Mayor Bob Leonard Park

Farragut will receive a $500,000 grant from the state of Tennessee for various projects at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

“I am thrilled for the town of Farragut and the surrounding community. This will be a wonderful and needed renovation to the Town’s second park,” Sue Stuhl, Town Parks and Leisure Services director, said.

The grant requires a 50 percent match by the Town.

Stuhl said the grant would help pay for the conversion of rectangular field No. 3 from natural to synthetic turf. She also said it would help pay for enlargement of the park’s restrooms.

“It has yet to be determined if the restroom will be renovated or razed and reconstructed, but it will be located in the same area, and we will use the concession stand area and the picnic table area to enlarge the facility,” Stuhl said.
read more

police reports

• On July 12 at around 4:46 p.m., a Hughlan Drive complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office that between 2 and 4:46 p.m., July 12, an unknown person took the listed Huffy bicycle that was leaned up against his house. Estimated loss is $100.

• On July 14 at around 10:38 a.m., a Oran Road complainant advised on July 11 when she opened her safety deposit box, which was inside the vault at Regions Bank, 11513 Kingston Pike, Farragut, she found an unknown suspect had stolen coins and certificates — two sets of Ben Franklin coins and silver and gold certificates — and left a $50 bill in the box. She stated both her and the bank have to have their keys to open the box and is uncertain as to how the box was entered as the key is in her possession. Estimated loss is $1,500.
read more

Kail off to Germany in FRC Rotary Youth Exchange

Alex Kail shows off Tennessee icons. Before traveling to Germany with Rotary Youth Exchange Program Aug. 18, Kail gave a presentation to The Rotary Club of Farragut Wednesday, July 27. Alex Kail, 17, said he was excited to head to Germany as part of Rotary Youth Exchange.

“Just the culture. I just want to live and breathe German and be a little German boy,” Kail, a 2016 Farragut High School graduate, said when asked about the aspect of Germany that appealed to him the most.

Kail said he was looking forward to seeing anything that was different from the United States. However, he said he tried not to have too many expectations and was willing to see how the experience goes.

“I’ll just go in without expectations to live it to the fullest,” he said.

Kail will travel to Paderburn, Germany, for one year starting Aug. 18. He said he would attend a gymnasium, which he described as an advanced high school similar to U.S. advanced placement classes.
read more