MLK lesson at FIS

Middlebrook said significance of Dr. King being lost locally

Cole Henrie, Farragut Intermediate School third-grader, reaches over to give a hug to The Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, after Middlebrook spoke to FIS students during a Character Counts program at FIS Friday, Jan. 13. The Civil Rights achievements of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are not well known by most of today’s children and teenage students, said the Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, who personally knew King and was present when he was assassinated in 1968.

Retired pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in East Knoxville, Middlebrook has visited Farragut Intermediate School the past 16 years to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 16, attempting to inspire students with a speech as King inspired him in the 1960s.

“You are somebody,” Middlebrook told students during his speech as part of a Character Counts program Friday, Jan. 13, in the school gymnasium.
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Countdown starts for Dixie Lee revamp

Dixie Lee Junction construction revamp began Jan. 4. Mark Nagi, Community Relations Officer for Region I of Tennessee Department of Transportation, said motorists should expect small delays at different times in the coming months, as happened above on Friday morning, Jan. 13. Completion date, Nagi said, is on or before Nov. 30, 2018. Penalty for exceeding the date is $1,000 per day. Whaley & Sons, Inc. was project low bidder at $3,496,631.

Mohney: Town short on affordably good homes

Bob Mohney, left, president of Saddlebrook Properties, and Brian Mohney, project manager with Saddlebrook, reviews plans for a proposed development for affordable houses in the area. Bob said he is seeking zoning that would permit him to build less expensive homes in Farragut. Looking to bring “affordable” housing to Farragut, Knoxville developer Bob Mohney, has been building homes in Farragut for about 30 years and said he has seen a change in the demand for affordable homes in Town.

However, town of Farragut’s zoning ordinances have not changed so the cost of homes being built are too high for these people to purchase, he said.

“We’ve never been able to build [affordable and accessible homes] in Farragut, and now with the economic growth the country’s had and the cost of new construction, you certainly cannot do it today with the restrictions and regulations that exist on zoning in Farragut,” Mohney, president of Saddlebrook Properties, said.
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Grove retires after 26 years at fpress; Long new Ad head

With 26 years serving and working in lock-step with the Farragut business community, Elaine Grove has retired as associate publisherladvertising manager with farragutpress.

“”It’s been more than a job to me. I have enjoyed almost every minute of it,” Grove, with more than 30 years in the newspaper advertising business, said. “The people, both here in the office and the ones I’ve worked with in the business community, have made it very special. It’s something I will miss.”

“It’s been an extreme pleasure working with Elaine for the past 26 years. She’s been a tremendous asset to the farragutpress and Farragut,” said Tony Cox, president of Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress. “She’s been the community representative of the newspaper in many organizations. She will be missed inside this building. We all wish her nothing but the best in her retirement.”
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Gala’s ‘Black tie-jeans’ funds badly needed for FHS library computers

With the style theme of “Black Tie and Blue Jeans” — dressing up above the waist but wearing jeans and casual footwear, such as boots, below the waist — Second Annual Farragut High School Technology Gala is set from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike.

With last year a formal event from head to toe, “We would like to see the money used at the gala instead of [dressing] for the gala,” said Emily Lin, FHS technology coordinator plus a math and computer science teacher at the school.

Emcees are sports anchor Mark Packer of WVLT-TV Channel 8 and reporter Sara Mitchell.
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police reports

• On Jan. 12, complainant stated between 3:10 p.m., Jan. 11, and 2:27 p.m., Jan. 12, two suspects came into a Parkside Drive store and took the victim's wallet with the listed items inside, with total value of $49. He advised the wallet is his wife's and he has the suspects on video taking the wallet. He stated both of his wife's credit cards were used at Walmart, Walbrook Drive, for $200 each. Total charge was $400.

• On Jan. 10, a Meadow Walk Lane complainant advised be-tween 4:41 and 4:53, Jan. 10, an unknown suspect broke into her vehicle and took a purse, wallet and cash valued at $90. The complainant advised the vehicle was locked, but the suspect broke the rear drivers side window, damage valued at $150, to gain entry. The complainant stated at this time she is only missing her purse and the items in the purse. The complainant was advised to contact Teleserve if more information arises.
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