Town Center slowly but surely coming along: Quinn

Construction on Farragut Town Center at Biddle Farms continues as building construction multiplies.

“Construction is going well now that we are up and moving,” said Alex Quinn, leasing agent for CHM, LLC, developers for the project. “Steel is complete on some of the buildings and going up on others.

“We are looking at turning over the first spaces to some tenants to begin their build-out in the early parts of summer,” he added. “Construction will continue into the fall with some tenants opening by end of the year and others first of next year.

Currently, three restaurants have committed to opening businesses in Town center: Tupelo Honey, Super Chix and Parlor Donuts.

“We are still trying to attract the types of businesses you see in downtown markets, so we will have a variety of restaurants, workout spaces, lifestyle retail and shopping,” Quinn said. “We should have between four to six restaurants and another five to six retail tenants, depending on square footage requirements.”

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FMPC approves TDEC park upgrades

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved a park improvement projects, funded by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Local Parks and Recreation Funds matching grants, at McFee and Mayor Bob Leonard parks during its meeting Thursday, Feb. 15.

“This is fantastic,” Planning Commission Chairman Scott Russ said.

“I appreciate all the hard work you’ve done on these grants,” Commissioner Noah Myers added.

“Thank you for the opportunity to present this exciting Local Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation Fund grant project to the Planning Commission,” Parks & Rec director Ron Oestreich said. “As of the 2020 census, the Town of Farragut had 23,506 residents and 8,870 households.

Projects included in the grant at McFee Park include a 2-acre dog park with an Americans with Disabilities Act pathway to the dog park, plus a restroom facility and fenced-in elements. Total cost is $465,366. He said the restroom would be a drop-in facility with the same design as the restroom at Town Hall Park.

Projects at MBLP include replacement of synthetic turf on Fields 1 and 2 with a price tag of $1.447,400; ADA pathway replacement, $267,500, and a sand volleyball court renovation, $50,000.

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Town’s Black History celebration; ugly scene at Concord AME Zion Church

Resistance from repression did not begin with the Civil Rights era — it was there from the beginning in Africa, Dr. Cynthia Fleming, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor, told an audience during Town of Farragut Museum Committee’s Black History Month Program in Farragut Community Center Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26.

(See related photos in West Side Faces)

The program also featured the presentation of Colors by Sunsphere Squadron Civil Air Patrol, music by W. James Taylor and a reading of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from a Birmingham jail by Edmund Terry, a student representative to the Farragut Museum Committee.

“‘…I am here in Birmingham because injustice is here,’” Terry read the late Rev. King’s explanation in response to public clergymen’s criticism of his methods of protest and resistance.

“‘Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town,’” Dr. King wrote in his letter as read by Terry. “‘Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid. .…I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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A new advertising rep on board

Saying he’s “never met a stranger in my life” and has developed customer service skills, Sam Birdwell has joined farragutpress as an advertising rep, effective Monday, Feb. 26.

“I think the strongest thing pulling me into this job is that I’ve spent years working in customer service,” said Birdwell, 25, who will be servicing Farragut along with Loudon and Blount counties.

“Sam comes to us with a wonderful résumé of outstanding customer service and a keen understanding of the importance of not only acquiring new clients, but retaining and appreciating current clients,” Charlene Waggoner, farragutpress advertising manager, said.

“We are excited to add him to our team. I think his energy and fresh ideas will be a true asset to farragutpress,” she added.

A native of Powell and a 2018 grad of Powell High School, Birdwell is engaged to Holly Bollmann. The couple will marry in May.

FUD sewer line upgrades for Turkey Creek area start in July

Town residents along portions of Turkey Creek and North Fork of Turkey Creek from Turkey Creek Road to Interstate 40/75 can expect to be affected by First Utility District’s major sanitary sewer line upgrades, proposed to take place starting in July.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously during its meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, to approve the project. Farragut Municipal Planning Commission recommended approval during its meeting Thursday, Feb. 15.

During the FMPC meeting, FUD engineering supervisor Edwin Deyton requested right-of-way permits for the project, which “will affect a number of properties, including Town-owned properties at Red Mill Dam, the Outdoor Classroom and Founders Park (at Campbell Station),” Town Community Development director Mark Shipley said. “FUD will be working hard to coordinate their activities with all affected property owners to minimize disruptions.”

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Three Knox Primary election poll changes

Three polling locations in the Farragut-West Knox County area have changed, with the upcoming Knox Primary election to be held Tuesday, March 5. These changes are as follows:

• Precinct 65W & 65SW – Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Bvld. In Farragut. (This replaces the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Farragut Town Hall is no longer a polling place).

• Precinct 64 – Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Hardin Valley. (This replaces Solway Church of God, 3317 Solway Road. Solway Church of God is no longer a polling place).

• Precinct 65E & 65S – Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Road in West Knoxville. (This replaces Shoreline Church, 9635 Westland Drive. Shoreline Church is no longer a polling place).

KCSO reports

• At 1:19 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, a complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct to report theft from a Chapel Point Lane residence. Complainant advised she bought her 2019 Audi 07 in September 2023 and was advised by the dealership her new license plate would be mailed to her. Complainant said she never received her license plate and believes it might have been stolen due to her being out of town. At this time there are no known suspects. Total value of loss was listed at $20.

• At 4:33 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, a complainant called KCSO Teleserve unit to report a forgery of checks with a Sonja Drive resident as victim. Complainant said three checks totaling $500 were mailed to Rural Metro. Complainant said she was notified they never received the checks, but when speaking with her bank, Y12 Federal Credit Union, it was confirmed the checks were cashed through Bank of America with the name Lackend Gtd. The first check of $100 was cashed on March 10, 2023, the second check of $200 was cashed on April 22, 2023, and the third check of $200 was cashed on June 20, 2023. She was advised by Y12 Federal Credit Union a report is needed for them to investigate.

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