Dixie Lee revamp in the worksIf a pair of professional estimates are close to reality, a reconfigured and supposedly much safer Dixie Lee Junction (intersection of state highways 11 and 70) would be constructed and operational by 2017.
“The Right of Way plans are scheduled to be issued to begin appraisals in early October 2014. While we anticipate a fall 2015 construction letting, the progress of the Right of Way phase will determine the earliest letting date,” Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1 Community Relations officer, said.
Projecting a reasonably accurate date for completion of Dixie Lee Junction reconfiguration also “depends on which plan [TDOT] goes with,” Pat Phillips, executive director of Loudon County Economic Development Agency, said. “There’s three different scenarios” which are being considered.
Following “design” work and “alignment issues,” the next step is “a decision on which layout they will go with,” Phillips added.
To let bids then begin construction within an estimated 30 to 45 days, “I think probably late 2015 could be a possibility,” Phillips said. “I think that’s very aggressive but it’s doable.” read more
Dodgen selected as Farragut High School AD
Norris new assistant principalFarragut High School’s new athletic director, Donald Dodgen, is an old hand at dealing with athletic issues at FHS.
Meanwhile, the school’s new assistant principal, Anthony Nor-ris, brings 14 years of experience from South-Doyle High School.
Norris, a TAP Mentor Teacher at SDHS, will serve as freshman class principal.
“Mr. Norris is a strong instructional leader, and he is very knowledgeable in the areas of curriculum and instruction,” Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Schools superintendent, said a-bout his ap-pointment of Norris late last week. “He was a dynamic teacher and leader at South-Doyle High School, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job at Farragut High School.”
Dodgen, 64, an educator for 40 years and a former high school and college basketball coach for more than 30 years, was appointed AD by McIntyre Thursday, Aug. 7. read more
Farragut election finalWith a significantly bigger turnout versus the Town’s last election in 2009, Farragut voters chose a 65-year-old political rookie among its three positions up for grabs on Election Day, Thursday, Aug. 7.
Ron Pinchok, 65, credits family and volunteers for a strong campaign push toward being elected as Farragut’s new South Ward Alderman (2), beating Ronald Edward Williams (52.81 percent versus 47.19 — 1,799 votes cast).
Meanwhile, Bob Markli, 63, took a relaxed approach on Election Day in his bid for a second four-year term as North Ward Alderman 1.
“I was on the Nantahala River up in Bryson City, N.C., whitewater rafting with my grandchildren,” Markli, who also won a close election, said Friday, Aug. 9. “I got some congratulatory voice mails, that’s how I found out.” read more