BOMA opens door to possible apartment complex

An unofficial conceptual site plan for an apartment complex off Grigsby Chapel Road next to Chapel Pointe subdivision was distributed to GCR area residents. No plans have been submitted to the Town for this complex. As Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen prepared to pass proposed ordinance changes regarding apartments, residents living around Grigsby Chapel Road objected to having another apartment development under consideration in the community.

Residents spoke out during the Board meeting Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Town Hall about traffic congestion, threat of overcrowding schools and lowering property values.

“I don’t think having more apartments is always a good thing,” Emma Bea Stallings, 425 E. Fox Den Drive resident and a realtor, said. “No one is buying a house at any price range where there are apartments.

“It’s going to devalue the property values, and our traffic is going to be greater,” she added. “I don’t think we need to change the ordinance. I don’t think we need apartments. People don’t want our Town to change.”

Before residents spoke, Mayor Ralph McGill said, “What we are doing tonight is not approving a plan for apartments — nobody has come to us with a plan for apartments.
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Farragut Market assailant killed

A suspect in an August stabbing incident at Farragut Market died at The University of Tennessee Medical Center after shots were fired by Knox County deputies.

Elijah Jackson, 33, was wanted for aggravated assault and violation of probation. Officers with Major Crimes and Narcotics spotted Jackson in North Knox County Friday morning, Sept. 12, in a gold-colored Mazda SUV and followed him to East Beaver Creek Road where they attempted to make a traffic stop.

Jackson rammed three Knox County Sheriff’s Office cars and attempted to run over several officers. That’s when officers opened fire, hitting Jackson. He drove into a subdivision on Mountain Mist Road tearing through a backyard and coming to a stop only when he came to a wooded area.
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Farragut football, community mourn loss of Sterling

Andre Sterling, a Farragut High School senior and All-state running back in fall 2007, signed with Ole Miss Feb. 6, 2008, at FHS with his family and Admirals coaches on hand for the ceremony. Sitting alongside Andre are his parents, Jack and Linda Sterling, and sister, Jessyca. Coaches, standing from left, are then FHS receivers coach the late Ryan Shoup, then offensive coordinator David Sweetland and head coach Eddie Courtney. Andre Sterling, a former Farragut High School student/athlete whose rushing skills with the Admirals varsity football team earned him a Southeastern Conference scholarship, was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning, Sept. 10.

Sterling, an employee at Lakeside Tavern in Concord, was 24.

“At approximately 1:11 a.m. officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on the ramp from west I-140 to east I-40. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a single vehicle off the roadway. The male driver of the 2001 Acura had been ejected and was pronounced deceased on the scene,” Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police Department Public Information officer, stated in a press release.
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SERC discusses Town/high school apprentice program

As an apprentice-type learning experience building toward a career in politics or civic leadership, would students at Farragut High School or Hardin Valley Academy take advantage of “shadowing” town of Farragut employees, office holders or committee members?

A new member of Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee, herself a former FHS Parent Teacher Student Organ-ization president, thinks the answer is yes.

“Would it be feasible for any of the community groups at Farra-gut High School to be in charge of an activity?” Lee Wickman, SERC member, asked during the committee’s latest meeting Tuesday afternoon, Sept, 2, in Town Hall.

For example, “They would love to do [Freaky Friday] in the Park, that would be just so right up their alley,” Wickman added. “I guarantee you these kids could handle it, and they would enjoy it.
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FWKCC event serves up bacon, eggs and Bass

Thanks to “the wife” of a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce member a few years ago, Dr. Bill Bass began his long-running series of gripping presentations in front of FWKCC.

This world-renown forensic anthropologist and head of The University of Tennessee’s Anth-ropology Research Facility, also known worldwide as The Body Farm, once again will speak in front of what is anticipated to be yet another packed FWKCC audience.

“Apparently he’s extremely popular because we’re booked to solid capacity,” Bettye Sisco, FWKCC president/CEO, said. “… Sometimes he brings bones.”

Bass is scheduled to make his latest appearance during FWK-CC Breakfast Speaker Series starting at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Fox Den Country Club. The subject is scheduled to be “Cremains,” which is all about cremation, Sisco said.
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