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Town’s sinking 300k+ feeling

Road repairs caused by recent flooding, including sinkhole, proving to be costly

A sinkhole, likely due to the heavy rains experienced during the last month, opened up over the weekend on East Kingsgate Road in Kingsgate subdivision, and Town of Farragut crews were on site early Monday, March 18, to determine damage and repair. KUB workers had to shut off the gas lines before the Town could evaluate, according to road crew foreman Chris Brown. Officials said the road will be closed at least through Friday, March 22. However, residents are still able to access their homes.
At least three Town of Farragut roadways have been compromised by recent heavy rains, with reports indicating repairs will cost the Town more than $300,000 for just two of the projects.

Two, Mapletree Drive in Sedgefield and Red Mill Lane off Turkey Creek Road, have been approved for repairs, while a third, a sinkhole that opened up during the March 15-17 weekend on East Kingsgate Road, is still being evaluated.

The hole that opened up on Mapletree Drive was quickly discovered following county-wide flash flooding, which occurred the weekend of Feb. 22-23, and was caused by a drainage pipe failure. The road has been under repair by Whaley Construction.

Town of Farragut engineer Darryl Smith reported Monday, March 18, the project tentatively is scheduled to wrap up this week, with a cost estimate of “approximately $200,000.”

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Povlin ‘frustrated’ with 2 water line emergencies, calls for further study

Sonja Drive residents, from left, Kimberlie Parks, Cecilia Freeman and Freeman’s son, Cooper, addressed the Town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen last Thursday, March 14, appealing the Town’s traffic calming measures, requirements which had not been met.
The news that a second emergency road repair is needed in the wake of recent wide-spread flooding became a point of contention Thursday, March 14, during the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman.

“This is a big issue — it is a huge issue,” Vice Mayor Louise Povlin said after the Board officially was informed a pipe collapse necessitated repairs to Red Mill Lane, just off Turkey Creek Road which serves as the back entrance to Kingsgate subdivision. “I am frustrated that now we have two projects that are having to be handled on an emergency basis, and were are unable to bid them out competitively.”

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Skylar’s sense of purpose found at Cracker Barrel

Skylar Coffield and Erika Rennich are now co-workers at the Campbell Station Road Cracker Barrel, thanks to Rennich’s compassion and foresight in lobbying for Skylar to work with her. While these employees are found in the Cracker Barrel gift shop.
Mona Coffield never thought she would see her son, Skylar, have what she believes is a crucial component of a man’s satisfaction in life.

Skylar, 30, is autistic and has a number of health issues that seemingly preclude what his mother describes as “every man’s need to have a sense of purpose.”

“A lot of men (in his position) feel shuttled to places or taken care of or dictated to, but I was hoping for a place that was his.

“It was one of the things we felt was lacking in our son’s life.”

However, through the intervention of a caregiver and friend, Erika Rennich, Skylar has found a sense of purpose through his part-time job at Cracker Barrel’s Campbell Station Road location.

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Farragut youth fired up about teen Town council

Farragut High School junior Alisha Soni, left, shares her ideas for a Farragut Youth Council while FHS junior Amy Enyenihili and Mayor Ron Williams listen during a Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman workshop Thursday, March 7.
Projects and events getting youths involved in the community and a program to introduce youths to how the Town works topped ideas Farragut High School students shared for a Youth Advisory Council during a Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop Thursday, March 7.

Although five of the youths, who had expressed interest in the council, were absent because of school trips, three — Alisha Soni, student representative on the Town’s Education Relations Committee, Amy Enyenihili and Bennett Ogle — were ready with ideas for the council.

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Police Report

• At 4:07 p.m., Monday, March 11, an Autumn Leaves Lane complainant filed a report with Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct about an incident at her residence. She advised the suspect is her ex-husband, who has been using her personal information to obtain loans. She advised she received a letter from CashNetUsa where she has a loan out and owed $221.14. She advised she did not take out a loan, and they told her it was done online. She was able to get the bank name where the money was deposited, saying her ex-husband is the only name on that account at Chase Bank in Michigan. She tried to file a report in Michigan, but they advised her she would have to file in her own jurisdiction.

• At 1:11 p.m., March 11, a Mount Vista Drive victim called KCSO North Precinct to report an incident, which occurred at Marshall’s in Turkey Creek, 11455 Parkside Drive. According to the victim, between 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9, person(s) unknown stole her Firefighter license plate off her 2011 Hyundai Sonata while parked at Marshall’s. Total value of loss was listed at $65. The victim advised the license plate couldn’t have fallen off.

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Building code updates mulled during BOMA workshop

Builders in particular and businesses in general can expect to see some changes in the Town of Farragut after April 11.

Paul Karl Swierzko, Farragut building official, proposed updates to the Town’s building codes during a workshop Thursday, March 7.

The first reading of the ordinance is slated to appear on the agenda for the Board’s meeting Thursday, March 28. If passing that test, the second reading will be on the April 11 agenda.

“(Swierzko) came in last year, and he’s spearheaded efforts with our staff to help get our codes updated,” Town administrator David Smoak said.

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