Park’s new turf field getting rave reviews

Area middle school soccer players enjoy Farragut’s recently resurfaced Field No. 1 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park Saturday, Aug. 20. With a new, green coating of artificial turf, Mayor Bob Leonard Park’s Field No. 1 opened again for teams to use Saturday, Aug. 6.

Eight middle schools used the field, along with the park’s other rectangular fields, as part of Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer Jamboree Saturday, Aug. 20. It was a fundraiser for Farragut High School Lady Admirals Soccer Booster Club.

Lori Witchen, mother of Farragut Middle School soccer player Emma Witchen, appreciated the resurfaced field.

“Really nice. Especially after a big rain, it’s nice to not have to worry about the grass and the mud being torn up,” she said.

Rob Records, Farragut resident and booster club president, said he was pleased with the fields and their ability to be used regardless of weather.

“They’re very nice fields, very well done,” he said.
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Fretz-Grigsby noise monitored, addressed

With decibel monitors and video cameras, Farragut resident Doug Kimzey announced he had been monitoring noise from traffic on Fretz and Grigsby Chapel roads for two-and-one-half years.

“Believe me, if I weren’t interested in this, I wouldn’t do this,” he said.

Kimzey said he had permission from property owners on land that he uses to monitor and video.

He spoke to Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, Aug. 25.

“Just to give you an indication, this year alone I’ve got 60 instances of vehicles that are easily admitting well over 100 decibels as they go down the road,” Kimzey said.

In a later interview, he said vehicles with custom glass pack mufflers made the most noise, and custom stereo systems were the second biggest problem.
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Site plan, subdivision plats top agenda for new-look FMPC

Greg Terry, design director at Studio 4 Design, presented this sample of bricks for the propose Premiere Eyecare building to Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, Thursday, Sept. 15. With new commissioner Drew Carson, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed and voted on issues including new buildings for Premiere Eyecare and Fox Den Country Club during its meeting Thursday, Sept. 15.

After a long discussion, FMPC voted unanimously to approve a revised site plan for a future Premiere Eyecare building, 11111 Kingston Pike.

Greg Terry, design director at Studio 4 Design, said the more modern look of Premiere Eyecare’s proposed building was intentional.

“Your building is an extension of your brand,” he said.

In other business, FMPC voted to approve a plat that would combine two Bridgemore lots into one, shift a property line on an existing house lot and re-plat existing property lines to incorporate an adjacent sinkhole into an open space lot.
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Run-pet parade Oct. 8

How alluring to a broad age spectrum, not to mention a broad geographical draw, is annual Farragut Fall 5K Run, 1-Mile Fun Run and Pet Parade?

Broad enough for hearty spirits in their late 80s and early 90s, on the more experienced end, to have participated in recent years’ events.

Yet young enough for toddlers to start training for next year’s event. That’s because a 3-year-old actually ran the entire 5K course with his father during last fall’s event.

This fall’s 22nd Annual fundraising run and walk, sponsored by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, begins with early registration at 7 a.m., Saturday morning, Oct. 8, in Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

“How about that,” Bettye Sisco, FWKCC president/CEO, said about the 3-year-old running last year.
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Design work for Old Stage-Virtue roads connector walk continues

Design work continues on a sidewalk that, when finished, would connect Old Stage Road and Virtue Road.

It would run adjacent to Willow Creek Golf Club.

Darryl Smith, town engineer, said when finished, the new section of sidewalk would be about 2,050 feet long. It would continue from the sidewalk’s present end adjacent to the Town-houses at Wentworth to Virtue Road.

“It essentially ex-tends [along] the entire frontage of Willow Creek Golf Course,” Smith said.

He said it would connect existing pedestrian facilities in western Farragut to those east of Virtue Road.

“Pedestrian facilities are important to any community. They enhance the quality of life, and provide an active means of transportation,” Smith said.
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Beer to flow at festival, Chili’s

Thanks to two decisions by Farragut Beer Board, Farragut Business Alliance will be able to serve beer at its Farragut Wine and Food Festival, and customers at the future Turkey Creek Chili’s Grill and Bar may enjoy beer with their food.

Beer Board met in Farragut Town Hall, Thursday, Aug. 18.

It approved a special occasion beer permit for the festival, waiving a $100 fee for FBA. The event will take place on the lawn at Renaissance Center, 12470 Kingston Pike, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m, Friday, Oct. 21.

Alderman Louise Povlin, who also is an FBA member, moved to pass the motion, waiving the application fee and approving the permit.

Farragut’s municipal code requires applicants pay a $100 non-refundable fee for special event beer permits. However, FBA requested the Town waive the fee because the Town is a sponsor of the event.
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Starr touts legal marijuana to Dems

Legalization of marijuana topped issues Stuart Starr, Democratic candidate seeking the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat, addressed during a 5th District Knox County Democratic meeting.

About 20 attendees turned out to hear from Starr, who is running against Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the Republican incumbent, during the meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, in Rosarito’s Mexican Cantina, 210 Lovell Road.

Starr said people are less interested in foreign policy than basic issues, such as legalization of marijuana.

He referred to Knox County resident Steve Cooper and said Cooper got 14,000 signatures from Knoxville residents on a petition for a referendum on legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
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police reports

• On July 27 at around 1:59 p.m., a Butternut Circle complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office that he received his statement in the mail for his Kohl’s department store credit card, which had five separate charges on different dates, which he did not make. The complainant advised the charges made on the card amounted to around $600. The victim has made a report through Kohl’s fraud department and was advised to make a report with local law enforcement as well.

• On July 27 at around 6:37 p.m., a Rivers of Living Waters complainant advised KCSO that 7:30 p.m., July 24, and 6:30 p.m., July 27, an unknown suspect shattered the window of the basement door in the building off Union Road. The complainant stated there is no video. Estimated loss is $400.
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