Town turns out for ‘Light the Park’

Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and Santa Claus get ready to flip the switch at the tree lighting ceremony during Light the Park at Founders Park at Campbell Station Monday, Nov. 28. Anticipation of lighted trees, music and the arrival of Santa drew hundreds to this year’s Light the Park.

The Farragut Business Alliance event, presented by TDS Telecom, was hosted by town of Farragut at Founders Park at Campbell Station Monday, Nov. 28.

Attendees heard musical performances from Concord United Methodist Church’s Concord Brass, Angela Floyd School of Music students and Farragut High School Madrigal Singers.

“I’m excited,” Farragut resident Sherry West said. She and her children, Anna and Landon West, come to Founders Park to play every year, but West said this is the first year they have attended Light the Park.

Children crowded close as Santa and Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill flipped the switch to turn on the lights.
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County offers Christmas lights, trees recycling

A Knox County convenience center employee places one of the recycled trees on a pile at his center. Now that the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are put away, families are pulling out their Christmas lights, testing them before hanging them on the tree and discovering some bulbs have gone bad.

Zachary Johnson, recycling coordinator with Knox County Sold Waste, recommended instead of throwing those lights in the trash, where they will end up in the landfill, recycle them.

“Anything you can keep out of the landfill is beneficial, especially with electronic waste,” Johnson said. “If we are repurposing these items, it’s better than throwing them in the landfill, especially if the waste has value.”

Christmas lights have metal wire and plastic recyclers want because they can reuse them, he said.
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FUD service area drought free

The Thanksgiving season has passed, and Bruce Giles said it’s an appropriate occasion for town of Farragut, Concord and West Knox County residents to be thankful as First Utility District water customers.

In fact, while many surrounding utilities’ water supplies are running dangerously short during the drought, FUD customers as a whole are watering their lawns and landscaping at a record rate according to Giles, FUD general manager.

“Count your blessings. We’re extremely fortunate because our water supply is the Tennessee River,” Giles said about the utility’s roughly 35,000 customers. “We’re positioned to where we don’t have any real concerns.
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Town hosts ‘Keys to Successful, Healthy Aging’ class

Senior adults age 55 or older who are concerned about the aging process, and who live within an hour’s drive of Farragut Town Hall, are encouraged to sign up for a town of Farragut class.

Keys to Successful, Healthy Aging is the topic of a one-hour presentation by Choices in Senior Care. It runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Town Hall boardroom. Class is free of charge.

As for feedback, “people who have heard this presentation in the past have said, ‘it made me feel better about myself because you talked about some of the things that you might expect with typical or normal aging,’” said Elaine Wilson, director of outreach for Choices in Senior Care.

“And also, people seem to enjoy or are interested in the way we sort of talk about those five areas: exercise, nutrition, social interactions, mental stimulation and positive emotions,” she added.
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police reports

• On Oct. 9 at around 10:20 a.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to Rocky Tops Granite and Marble, 12660 Palestine Lane, for an alarm. Upon arrival, KCSO discovered that the front door had been pried open. Another KCSO officer then responded and together checked the business. Upon the owner arriving, he stated that the drawers in the office had been opened but nothing appeared to be missing at this time. The doorframe had been damaged during the incident. Upon our arrival we observed that a possible suspect vehicle, a green 1992 Lexus with Tennessee license plate, had been left abandoned in the roadway by the Petro truck stop, 722 N. Watt Road, just down the road from the victim on Palestine Lane. Employees at the truck stop had seen the suspect, an unknown white male, and another unknown suspect, an unknown white female, driving around the truck stop and Palestine Lane in a suspicious manner. The vehicle then broke down on Palestine Lane. The male suspect was seen walking east on Palestine Lane toward the victim business. Shortly after the alarm was called in, the suspect and the unknown female were seen walking from the area. A general assignment detective was notified of the incident. The suspect vehicle was inventoried and towed to Cedar Bluff Towing with a hold put on it. Two backpacks that were found in the vehicle were inventoried, taken and turned in to the detective. read more