Friday, August 11, 2006

Congratulations to Thomas Deakins

Good friend Thomas Deakins prevailed in a tough race for the 6th District School Board race. I hope everyone in Farragut will help Thomas in the cause to fully fund the Hardin Valley High School.

From the Farragut Press:

“The first thing I want to do is to help [Knox County] commissioners work together to make sure the Hardin Valley School is fully funded,” Deakins said. “When this school was put on the books, it was originally planned for two-thousand kids. The idea of going to a school for thirteen hundred is not a good thing because what that is going to do to impact Farragut High School is that it will not alleviate overcrowding. That’s what it boils down to.”

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Super Ingles arriving soon

The Farragut Regal Cinema and the Farragut Towne Square shopping center have been purchased by Ingles Markets, Inc. The theater will be torn down and a new Super Ingles will be built at that location.

West Farragut has a bright future.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

FMPC talks Old Stage light

From the Farragut Press:

Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Kingston Pike by spring of 2007 “is a great possibility” according to Farragut town leaders.

“To say it’s a done deal, not exactly, to say we think it’s a great possibility, the answer is yes,” Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said during the bi-monthly Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Thursday, July 6, in Town Hall.

Darryl Smith, town engineer, said the time frame was “about six months” after required paperwork is sent to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for their approval, adding up to “probably eight or nine months” before a traffic light at Old Stage and Kingston Pike actually would be up and operating.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Weigel's debate continues

There have been some improvements to the design of the Weigel's project at Smith Road and Kingston Pike. The nagging question of the variance for the Smith Road entrance remains. It is the quintessential government question, should a variance to save a business money be allowed when the public perceives that the variance will compromise public safety.

The debate continues.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Roundabout questions still exist

The idea of temporary three way stop signs is being considered for the roundabout at Northshore Drive and Concord Road. Having spoken with both Craig Leuthold and Mike Hammond about the roundabout I can tell you that this idea of stop signs is due to public pressure. The people of Southwest Knox County are furious over the roundabout. The question is whether their feelings matter. Like so many things in the past few years public input does not carry the same weight as it used to.

The contract for roundabout construction will be let in September. Time after time we have been told the roundabout is the only solution.

That is not correct. I spoke with Bruce Wuethrich of the Knox County Engineering Department. There are other options. I will have more information on this subject after I meet with Allen Childers of Canon and Canon engineering who did the design for the roundabout.

Friday, June 30, 2006

The importance of the traffic light at Old Stage Road

The greatest growth in Farragut is in the Southwest quadrant. The two most dangerous intersections are Old Stage Road at Kingston Pike and Virtue Road at Kingston Pike. The slow process for a traffic light at Old Stage and Kingston Pike has begun.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Link to Leonard Brown website

I encourage everyone in District Five to ask for a paper ballot and vote for Leonard Brown for the District Five C seat. Don't take the chance on what is behind Door Number Three.

Vote for a solid member of our community and a long time leader in the Republican Party in Knox County.

Doc Brown's website is here.

Leonard Brown endorsement

I want to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Knox County that I am withdrawing my write-in candidacy for County Commissioner, District 5 C.

The recent decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court to impose term limits on County Commissioners resulted in four write-in candidates for the Republican Primary in District 5C. After much discussion with the other candidates, I determined that Dr. Leonard Brown shares my passion for advancing educational resources, public safety, road improvement, and supporting local businesses. Therefore, I endorse Dr. Leonard Brown for Knox County Commissioner. I want to thank my supporters and encourage them to ask for a paper ballot on May 2nd and write-in Dr. Leonard Brown for District 5C.

Garry Strand