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Nurses applaud

Prayers answered for Webb as kidney found; surgeon labels it a ‘perfect’ match

A week and a day after being placed back on the national kidney transplant list — and just after deadline of the July 15 farragutpress story detailing his steadfast faith in God despite near misses at receiving a kidney — Roy Webb got the call he had long awaited.

“The hospital (University of Tennessee Medical Center) called at 6:45 that morning (Tuesday, July 13), telling us they had a kidney coming from out of state, ‘but not to get too excited until he woke up and actually had a new kidney because anything could go wrong,’” his wife, Vicki Webb, explained.

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BlueCross all-inclusive Town playground well under way

It’s Christmas in July for the Town of Farragut, as workers have begun preparing space behind Town Hall for its new all-inclusive playground.

While Town Parks & Recreation director Sue Stuhl said the playground — named the BlueCross Healthy Place at Town Hall Park as it was awarded through a BlueCross BlueShield grant late last year — is anticipated to be completed sometime in late summer, employees from Copponex Group had begun initial site prep following equipment delivery earlier this month.

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With U-40 age growth, Town needs new school soon: FBA

School options in Farragut, without children enduring overcrowding at the primary and intermediate levels, for parents under age 40 with elementary-aged boys and girls — a quickly growing demographic in Town — was a hot topic at Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance’s latest meeting.

As with meeting topics before, Alliance chair Candace Viox shared her observations as a Farragut business owner to get the ball rolling during its monthly meeting Wednesday morning, July 14, in Town Hall Conference Room.

At Water into Wine bistro & lounge during the span of a few years, “The amount of under-40s has tripled in my restaurant,” she said.

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Rezoning denied by FMPC, killing senior housing

Despite an impassioned plea from Farragut resident Michael Wilson, the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted 8-1 Thursday, July 15, to deny developer Doug Horne a Future Land Use map amendment and a zoning map amendment that would have allowed him to construct 240 senior living apartments on 20 acres behind Ingles grocery store.

Horne, who also owns Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress, requested a future land map amendment within the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan from Medium Density to High Density residential, and the second request was to rezone the same parcel from R-1 rural single family residential to R-6 multi family residential.

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Tax-Free Holiday popularity reflected by Briggs, Massey

Holidays run a week: July 30 through Aug. 5

State Sen. Richard Briggs (R-District 7, including Farragut) and state Sen. Becky Massey (R-District 6, including a portion of West Knox County west of Pellissippi Parkway) joined Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) “to encourage citizens to take advantage of Tennessee’s new and traditional sales tax holidays, which are set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30,” a state of Tennessee press release stated.

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police Reports

• At 8:38 a.m., Saturday, July 17, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to Country Inn and Suites, 805 N. Campbell Station Road. Eventual arrestee “was impaired and running at other guests,” the deputy’s report stated. Complainant, a front desk clerk, said she received complaints noticing the eventual arrestee “was ‘acting strange, taking his clothes off, hands down his pants’ and running at guests,’” the report stated. Officer contact was made with eventual arrestee on the second floor of the hotel, noting “he was very unsteady on his feet and unable to answer simple questions.” After a brief investigation, it was made known that eventual arrestee’s room number.

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