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8-court Pickleball plan for Mayor Bob Park

After months of waiting for a solution to its courts, Farragut and area pickleball players got some good news.

Of the $17.6 million approved for in Capital Investment Program projects in its 2025 budget, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved funding for a new, lighted pickleball facility at Mayor Bob Leonard Park during the Board’s meeting Thursday, June 13.

Furthermore, they approved a $110,000 contract for professional services to design the courts and parking to Ross/Fowler, a Knoxville architectural firm.

Last year, Brass Lantern subdivision residents sought a solution to the noise emitting from the pickleball courts at McFee Park. The Town responded by closing the four courts.

Pickleball players reacted by showing up in force to a Board meeting to plead for the courts to re-open. After a Nov. 29 meeting between the subdivision residents and pickleball players, it was agreed the pickleball courts would remain closed with the provision there would be new pickleball courts at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

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Late ’25 goal for N.Watt Publix

It’s official — Publix will be opening in Westerly Commons shopping center at the corner of North Watt Road and Kingston Pike in Farragut.

“As Publix announced earlier in the week, Schaad Companies, LLC (owner) and CHM, LLC (development manager), are pleased to announce the future development of Westerly Commons on property owned by the Schaad family for decades, at the northwest corner of Kingston Pike and Watt Road in Farragut,” announced Budd Cullum, partner/president of CHM, LLC./Cullom Properties Inc.

The construction crew has yet to break ground.

“We hope to begin site preparation work in the next 30 days,” he added, noting the tentative schedule to open the store would be late 2025.

Along with Publix, Cullom said there will be 10,000 square feet of small shop space and one to two out-parcels as well.

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Town Budget OK’d, but greenway issue hot topic; lawsuit threatened

Despite objections from a few residents on hand, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, in a 4-1 vote, approved its 2025 budget, which included the $500,000 allocation for the Turkey Creek greenway expansion and road improvements, on final reading during its meeting Thursday, June 13.

While Alderman David White voted against the motion to approve the budget with the Turkey Creek project funding, Mayor Ron Williams, Vice Mayor Louise Povlin and Aldermen Drew Burnette and Scott Meyer voted for the motion.

“I’m fine with keeping the Turkey Creek greenway and road improvements in the budget,” Meyer said. “If we have to take it out later because of legal matters, then we’ll take it out there.”

“My thought is this has always been a road project; with it comes along what we’ve always done, and that’s a sidewalk or walking trail,” the mayor said about the greenway and road project. “The curve (on Turkey Creek Road) is a dangerous curve. In the afternoons it’s a blinding, (with) sun in your eyes. It’s something that homeowners down there are aware of.”

Contesting the greenway funding at the meeting included Randal L. Roberts, who is seeking the Ward II (South) Alderman seat opposing Burnette in the upcoming election.

“I’d like to address the matter concerning Farragut’s proposed spending of an estimated $2.5 million to put a 1,600-foot sidewalk on Turkey Creek Road,” Roberts said.

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Town, Knox County Early Voting July 12-27

Farragut and Knox County Early Voting times and days run from Friday, July 12, through Saturday, July 27, for the County General and Town of Farragut non-partisan elections, plus state and federal primary elections, all ending on Election Day Thursday, Aug. 1.

• List does not include times for either Karns Senior Center or Meridian Baptist Church (south). Watch for local election locations in our June 26 issue:

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 12

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 13

• (City-County Building, Downtown

Knoxville, is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 13)

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, July 14, through

Thursday, July 18

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 19

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 20

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, July 21, through

Thursday, July 25

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 26

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 27.

KCSO reports

• At 8:33 p.m., Friday, June 7, a complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to report theft of services from the CM Chicken, 115 Brooklawn St.

Complainant said “three listed unknown suspects dined in the restaurant, ordered $80 worth of food and left around (8:15 p.m.) without paying,” the report stated. “Complainant advised the suspects left in a white Honda.”

• At 3:47 p.m., June 7, a complainant called KCSO Teleserve Unit to report a theft from McFee Park, 917 McFee Road. Complainant reported a purse, with a debit card and credit card, vehicular keys and driver’s license “were sitting under a bucket hat, on a table, at the park,” the report stated. Value of loss was listed at $385. “Complainant said she saw the listed items under the hat around (2 p.m.), and noticed around (3:15 p.m.) they were no longer there. The complainant advised she will speak with her bank and cancel the cards.”

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