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‘STP-Champion’ robber hits First Horizon

FBI Special Agents along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office units are searching for the suspect responsible for the robbery of First Horizon Bank, 11685 Parkside Drive in Farragut, Monday, Jan. 10 (submitted security cam photo, right).

“At approximately 2:15 p.m. … the suspect entered the bank and approached the tellers, handed them a note and demanded money,” stated a report from Darrell DeBusk, public affairs officer with FBI’s Knoxville Field Office.

“The tellers complied with the demands. It is believed the suspect fled the bank towards Campbell Station Road.”

No further information was available at deadline Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11.

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Kilt Trip

Farragut man does 10,000-mile U.S. hike in special, ethnic attire

Farragut resident Nicholas “The Wandering Kiltsman,” Cornett, 35, recently completed the American Triple Crown trail systems — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — becoming one of less than 500 to achieve that goal.

Cornett hiked 10,000 miles in three years on some of the most difficult and remote terrain in the United States.

“I’m glad that I was able to finish what I started,” Cornett said. “Now I just need to figure out the next step to take.”

Along with that three-trail feat, he did it all wearing a kilt.

“I always wear a kilt,” said Cornett, a Farragut High School Class of 2004 graduate, filmmaker and former Navy Corpsman. “It’s the only way to live.”

While his paternal grandmother has the Scottish genes — “she traced her lineage of the MacDonald clan back to the 1600s” — he was introduced to wearing the kilt while attending the Scottish Highland Festival in July 2016 in Los Angeles.

“I was given a kilt by my ex-sister-in-law,” he recalled. “I wore it all weekend and then came home and threw away all of my pants because I decided I was only going to wear a kilt.

“It’s more comfortable, it’s an automatic conversation starter; people become a lot less shy around you,” Cornett added. “It’s amazing what people will come up and ask you.”

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Development plans feature N. Watt Road- Harrison Lane

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission will consider a rezoning request during its regular Thursday, Jan. 20, meeting which, if approved, would be the first step in constructing a mixed-use development along North Watt Road.

The issue to rezone 9.22 acres at 421 N. Watt Road from General Commercial to Neighborhood Convenience Commercial was a discussion-only topic during both the Town Staff/Developer meeting Tuesday, Nov. 30, and the FMPC meeting Thursday, Dec. 16 — and is on the Thursday, Jan. 20 agenda for discussion and public hearing.

The property fronts “North Watt Road within the Town and extends westward into Loudon County, where it also has frontage along Harrison Lane,” according to a Town report.

Tentative plans shared with Town officials proposed 40 attached single-family town homes along with space for commercial/retail construction and a community use playground.

“It is consistent with the Future Land Use map,” Town Community Development director Mark Shipley said during the Nov. 30 meeting. “Conceptually, it shows a mix of residential and non-residential construction ... looks to be (similar] to what they are doing at the Swan Farm.”

Pointing specifically to the planned playground, Shipley commented, “one objective is to blend the residential and non-residential to have a common amenity they can both share.”

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Town, county, other election ’22 info told

Several county, state and federal races are up for election this year, as are the offices of Farragut mayor and two aldermen seats — one each in the North and South wards.

Current Mayor Ron Williams had indicated he will be running for re-election, as has North Ward Alderman Scott Meyer.

South Alderman Ron Pinchok is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

No other potential candidates had formally announced at presstime Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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New hotel planned adjacent to TopGolf, part of Farragut Station development

Farragut’s Outlet Drive Entertainment district will be adding a hotel in the months ahead.

A SKORE brand hotel is to be built on the east side of the under-construction TopGolf property as part of the Farragut Station development.

Its site plan will be considered by Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission during its Thursday, Jan. 20, meeting.

Rusty Baksa and Chad Brown of Land Development Solutions attended the Town Staff/Developer meeting Tuesday, Jan. 4 to discuss plans. The four-story hotel will feature a bar and gym, will offer 106 rooms and include 16,000 square feet per floor.

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KCSO reports

• At 10:22 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit observed an alleged violator’s vehicle, black in color, traveling on Lovell Road near Parkside Drive. His vehicle changed two lanes without using the vehicle turn signal, then pulled into the McDonalds parking lot.

Officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the alleged violator, who provided necessary documents. A check trough LEIDS confirms alleged violator’s driver license “is suspended for multiple violations, including failure to pay child-support and failure to provide insurance. He was issued a misdemeanor citation and released,” the KCSO report stated.

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town calendar

• Farragut Museum, 11408 Municipal Center Drive in Town Hall, is taking a hiatus as it prepares for its newest exhibit, “The Craftsmen of Yesterday,” featuring antique farm tools and other implements.

The museum, which closed Monday Jan. 10, will remain closed through Monday, Jan. 31, and will re-open at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, with the exhibit. “Visitors will travel back in time to see the fascinating tools used by farmers in this area during the early to mid-1900s,” the Town’s website stated. “In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will unveil a country store scene on the vignette.”

A special “Friends of the Museum” preview is scheduled for Jan. 31. Those who are not already a Friend of the Farragut Museum and would like to attend the event may sign up during the preview. Admission is free and open to the public.

Typical museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 865-966-7057.

SSCL delivers Christmas to elderly

Send Senior Citizens Love volunteers were extra busy in the days leading up to Christmas, providing more than 1,100 gifts throughout East Tennessee to residents of nursing homes and assisted living communities who might otherwise have gone without.

Founder Ashley Lynch of Farragut, along with Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad Hall, Darryl Whitehead of Pinnacle at Turkey Creek and Karen Cooper of Mercedes Benz, Knoxville, began deliveries Saturday, Dec. 18.

It was the third year the foursome had worked together on providing Christmas gifts to area seniors, beginning under another organization before shifting over the last year to work through SSCL, which is a year-round senior-focused non-profit Lynch founded in memory and honor of her late grandparents.

“We began in Greeneville … we came back down and hit some Dandridge nursing homes, then Sevier County,” Lynch said. “Our total up there was 270.

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