Concord Christian High could end up in Loudon County

Looking to keep up with a growing enrollment and build a high school separate from its current kindergarten-through-12-grade facilities, Concord Christian School may build it in Loudon County.

The proposed site, about 17 acres, is near the corner of State Route 1 Highway 70 and Wilker-son Lane about four miles west of the CCS K-12 campus, which is along Kingston Pike in Farragut. Wilkerson Lane becomes Old Stage Road, which crosses U.S. Highway 11 heading east before going into Farragut.

“Roger Jones, director of planning for Concord Christian School, was present to discuss the proposal to build a private high school on Highway 70E,” stated the minutes from Loudon County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Tuesday, June 21.

The BZA “approved the use of the property as a school,” Laura Smith, Loudon County Planning director, said in a phone interview Friday, July 15.
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Vehicle break-ins prompt ‘watch list’

A Knox County Sheriff’s officer said a string of recent vehicular break-ins occurred at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

KCSO Capt. Robbie Lawson said the break-ins occurred during a recent lacrosse camp.

Lawson said the area was on a watch list, meaning when officers are not on call they patrol that particular area more often than others.

“Most of the time, they’re drug related,” he said about vehicular break-ins, adding most people who break into cars are trying to get money for drugs — particularly opiates.

Lawson provided a list of tips from KCSO on how to keep one’s person and possessions safe in parks. Town of Farragut published the list in it’s “At Your Leisure” newsletter..
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Storm hits FHS hard

Knox County Schools Maintenance workers Tim Kerley, right, and Jess Smith compile a material list for repairs to the visitor’s dugout on the Farragut High School softball field that was damaged when storms with high winds came through Farragut roughly between 4 and 5 p.m., Thursday, July 14. The wind took off the roof and deposited it on the east side of Lendon Welch Way or Stadium Drive that leads to the school. It was 20 years ago this summer that Donald Dodgen, life-long educator and basketball head coach, started applying his craft at Farragut High School.

In that length of time, however, a severe storm hitting Farragut and the Knox County metropolitan area last Thursday afternoon, July 14, stood out.

“It’s the worst storm since I’ve been here. And I was in it yesterday for a while,” Dodgen, now FHS athletic director, said Friday after assessing damage to the school — hardest hit were the softball, football and baseball field facilities along Lendon Welch Way.

“The softball field we lost the roof off the dugout,” on the third base side, representing the most extensive damage, Dodgen added.
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Siebe seeking to reach out as new Farragut High boss

Ryan Siebe, new Farragut High School principal, alongside Kellie Ivens, left, veteran FHS educator and assistant principal, and Candace Greer, new curriculum principal. Though it’s been almost 10 years since Ryan Siebe was an English teacher at Farragut High School, relationships remain ingrained from six school years at FHS (2001-2007).

Stressing an open door policy of communication, the new FHS principal also said he’s best suited for the high school environment.

“I definitely have an advantage having taught at Farragut, being familiar with the community quite well,” Siebe, appointed new principal last month, said. “That’s a big advantage in and of itself.

“The other aspect of it that is really going to be big is getting input from the community,” Siebe, principal at Carter High School the previous three school years, added. “If we need to know which direction to head we need to hear from students, we need to hear from staff, we need to hear from the community.
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Farragut Gateway gets FMPC nod

A new development may soon take the place of the vacant Silver Spoon Café.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted on two different measures related to the Farragut Gateway development at the former Silver Spoon site, June 16.

FMPC voted to approve a resolution allowing any tenant in the Mixed Use Town Center zoning area to have two separate wall signs on different sides of its building. Kelly Hedden, senior vice president of Barber McMurry Architects, said Starbucks, a potential tenant at the site, requested the change.

FMPC did not accept Starbucks’s other request for internally illuminated signs on the building’s walls. The site’s zoning, Mixed Use Town Center, does not allow them.
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FMPC recommends amending CLUP for assisted living facility

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously recommended amending Comprehen-sive Land Use Plan for the rezoning of a parcel of land north of Farragut Church of Christ, from Medium Density Residential to Civic/Institutional, subject to its rezoning.

The meeting took place Thursday, June 16. Committee member Betty Dick was not present.

Doug Horne, owner of Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress, is owner of the land to be rezoned. It is adjacent to farragutpress office at 11863 Kingston Pike.

Goodworks LLC, represented by Gary Keckley, director of development, applied for the change. The company plans to build an assisted living facility, Villages of Farragut, on the site.
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SERC looks to reward teachers

Some teachers at Farragut schools and Hardin Valley Academy may get recognition, including a cash prize, from the town of Farragut.

The Farragut Knox County Schools Education Relations Committee discussed future recognitions for teachers during its Tuesday, June 7, meeting. They agreed they would recognize the teachers already chosen for Teacher of the Year Awards in Knox County.

“I wish we could recognize each and every teacher. I think we have some of the most excellent teachers here in our school systems. They are outstanding … but teachers are underpaid and underappreciated, so anything and everything that we can do to help recognize all the effort and hard work and love that they put into their jobs is a great thing,” Kristen Pennycuff-Trent, SERC Chair, said after the meeting.
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Farragut EDC officers elected

Town of Farragut Economic Development Committee elected Brandon Hackett chair and Pamela Milliken vice chair.

Hackett is senior vice president at First Volunteer Bank. He said after the meeting he was excited about the chance to serve the community.

“I hadn’t put much though into it. It was just brought up today. So, we’ll find out what the next year has in store,” he said.

Milliken is a mother, a volunteer with Farragut schools, part-time substitute teacher and part-time marketer for Zaxby’s. She said she was looking forward to serving as vice chair.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to help give back to Farragut and make sure the town goes in the right direction,” Milliken said.

EDC met Wednesday, June 3. Phil Dangel, current chair and The Shrimp Dock owner, nominated Milliken. R. Knick Meyers of Meyers Brothers Holdings, nominated Hackett.
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BOMA conducts business minus mayor, vice mayor

Alderman Bob Markli, at center, served as chairman of town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the absence of Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche. With just three Aldermen, Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche absent, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted on various measures Thursday, July 14.

The members in attendance were Aldermen Ron Pinchok, Bob Markli and Louise Povlin. By a unanimous vote, the BOMA members present chose Markli to serve as chairman for the meeting.

On second reading, BOMA unanimously rezoned about 13.706 acres of land west of Briarstone subdivision and across from Anchor Park to R-3. The rezoning comes with a restriction that the property have no more than 35 households. Ron Pinchok made the motion and Louise Povlin seconded it.

BOMA voted unanimously on first reading to approve three other ordinances related to setbacks and parking areas in General Commercial, Regional Commercial and Office zoning districts. Mark Shipley, Community Development director said the ordinances would give incentive for developers to put parking areas to the side or behind buildings.
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police reports

• On June 4 at around 12:33 p.m., KCSO patrol division recovered some of a Prince George Parish Drive victim’s listed property from a vehicle after it crashed into a house off Grovedale Drive. During the investigation, it was revealed that the recovered items had been stolen from inside the victim’s vehicle that was parked inside of her attached garage. The garage door had been accidentally left open overnight. All of the recovered items, $125 of an estimated $695 loss, were returned to the victim on June 7.

• On June 7 at around 4:07 p.m., a Wheeler Road complainant stated between noon and 12:10 p.m., June 7, an unknown suspect took her cell phone from her bag. She advised she was at McFee Park when this occurred. Estimated loss $800.
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