Admiral Landing takes shape: from demolition to renderings

Updated images were provided from Doug Justus this week for the planned Admiral Landing development at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike (former Phillips 66 convenience store site). Justus, along with Carlos Cortez, own the property and are developing it.
The old Phillips 66 convenience store is almost completely gone at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road, thanks to quick demolition work that started last week making way for Admiral Landing, a new restaurant concept receiving site plan approval last month from the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission.

Owners Doug Justus and Carlos Cortez are planning a 9,600-square-foot building complex, with a centerpiece concept of rotating food trucks that would be located in a semi-enclosed space at the east end of the building.

“As proposed, the food trucks will essentially act as revolving kitchens for the brewery/restaurant,” noted a report from assistant Community Development director Bart Hose that was included the in October FMPC packet.

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Thankful to be alive

Garcia running late prevents injury as a truck plows into his home

This is an interior view of Manuel Garcia’s living room after a truck driven by a reportedly drunk driver crashed into the home around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Manuel Garcia was thankful that on Wednesday, Nov. 13, his El Mezcal co-worker had been running late. It probably saved his life.

“I was on break for lunch, and was a little late, because my co-worker was late because of traffic,” Garcia said the day after a truck — reportedly driven by a drunk driver — had plowed into the living room of his Roane Drive home.

“That might have saved my life,” he said. “After I eat, I usually go to the sofa and take a nap, and when the truck hit it came in right where the sofa was.

“Things happen for a reason — it must have been a miracle or something like it.”

“He must have a guardian angel looking over him,” said Garcia’s nephew, Arturo Leon Jr., who was on the scene of the accident later in the day and went on to cover his uncle’s shift at the family-owned restaurant.

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Rotary gives voice to Wreaths Across America

Public urged to participate to honor fallen vets Dec. 14

Rotary Club of Farragut learned how they could honor fallen veterans through Wreaths across America.

Chris Albrecht, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1078 Communications director, talked to Rotarians during a meeting earlier this fall in Fox Den Country Club about the upcoming laying of the wreaths in Knoxville’s veterans’ cemeteries.

“The mission of Wreaths across America is simple. It’s ‘remember our fallen; honor our veterans and teach our children,’” Albrecht said.

Wreaths Across America is a nationwide program, where evergreen wreaths are placed on the graves in veterans’ cemeteries on a Saturday in mid-December each year, he said.

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Farragut’s Rocky Goode - respected SEC referee, ex-BHS star - fondly remembered by ‘a best friend’

Rocky Goode, left, presented Eddie Courtney, Farragut High School varsity football head coach, with the 2017 Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award during the Aug. 3, 2017 Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony.
A popular Farragut resident, who for years could be seen nationwide on CBS on various Saturday afternoons in the fall refereeing Southeastern Conference Football games, has died.

Rocky Goode, 66, passed away about 2 a.m., Monday morning, Nov. 18, at Parkwest Medical Center from complications involving dementia, pneumonia and internal organ issues, close friend Chuck Cavalaris advised.

“He had been in declining health for a few years,” said Cavalaris, a well-known Tennessee Football and Men’s Basketball TV pundit, journalist and golf expert.

Regarded as one of the best high school running backs in East Tennessee in the early 1970s — a Bearden Bulldog — Rocky was recruited by Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant before choosing to stay at home and be a Tennessee Vol.

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A second chance to be heard: Mayor’s Night Out, part 2, at Water into Wine

Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, second from right, held his second Mayor’s Night Out — this month at Water into Wine bistro & lounge Tuesday, Nov. 12. Beside Williams is his wife, T.C. Williams, left, and Farragut Vice Mayor Louise Povlin. Also joining the discussion were Town administrator David Smoak, front left, and Alan Proctor and his wife, Elaine Proctor.
Candace Viox and her restaurant, Water into Wine bistro & lounge, hosted Farragut Mayor Ron Williams’ second Mayor’s Night Out Tuesday, Nov. 12.

“My daughter discussed the high school,” Viox said about topics brought before Williams.

The mayor said earlier this fall he hoped Farragut citizens would taken advantage of the monthly Mayor’s Night Out events to share their opinions, concerns and ideas about Town matters.

Saying he was appreciative of Viox’s hospitality, Williams was joined by his wife, T.C. Williams, Town Vice Mayor Louise Povlin and Town administrator David Smoak.

Vice Mayor Jennifer Wampler of Lenoir City also happened to be at Water into Wine, and she introduced herself to the Farragut officials.

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Summer 2020 Phase 1 finish; left turn active at week’s end

The long-awaited reopening of the northbound left turn lane on Concord Road turning west onto Turkey Creek Road will happen “Friday or Saturday,” state Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14) said Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19.

An issue with the left-turn arrow traffic light will be resolved by the weekend. “The light (arrow) will be on a different pattern than it’s on now,” he said.

As for Phase 1 completion of the Concord Road Widening project, “The current schedule shows the anticipated completion date for Phase 1 is Summer 2020,” said Mark Nagi, Community Relations officer for Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1 (East Tennessee).

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