EDC passes $585k FBA funding package

Farragut Economic Development Committee members heard David Purvis, Farragut Business Alliance president, center, present a Memorandum of Understanding between town of Farragut and FBA during the EDC meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3. The memorandum would provide $585,000 in funding from the town to FBA over three years. Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to decide whether or not to enter into a contract with Farragut Business Alliance to and increase its funding.

FBA’s funding proposal is on the agenda for the Board’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 11, in Town Hall. The Board will have a workshop on the issue at 6 p.m. before the Board meeting.

The contract, or memorandum of understanding, would increase FBA’s funding from the Town from $23,000 a year to $585,000 over three years to implement the Town’s branding efforts and expand the Shop Farragut program year round.

Farragut Economic Development Committee members voted 3-1, with four abstentions, to recommend the Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding during EDC’s meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Town Hall.

“The motion did indeed pass according to ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ and the EDC bylaws,” David Smoak, Town administrator, said.
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FHS inducts 2016 Hall of Fame Class

FHS alumni and keynote speaker Bill Bates returned to Farragut High School to speak during the annual Farragut High School Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, Jan. 30, in FHS Commons. Farragut High School inducted the Class of 2016 into its sports Hall of Fame Saturday night at a banquet in the FHS Commons.

The class included Tonya Ambler (a three-sport athlete who lettered in volleyball, softball and basketball. She graduated in 1992); Pam Cioffi Ritchie (a tennis player, who graduated in 1989); Christina Elliott Campbell (a 1994 graduate who lettered in basketball and track); Bobby Gaylor, who graduated in 1982 and played baseball, tennis and track); Chuck Johnson (who played basketball for two seasons and graduated in 1982); Chris Groer (a 1992 alumnus, who was inducted for his play on the tennis court but also played golf for the Admirals); Jimmy Johnston ( a golfer at FHS who graduated in 1988); Laura Lauter Smith (a 1997 graduate who played soccer); Nick Reveiz (who lettered in football and wrestling and graduated in 2006) and Kim Simmons Bragg (a track star at FHS who graduated in 2000).
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Horne receives DAR award for flag at farragutpress

Doug Horne, center, president of Horne Properties Inc. and owner of Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress, receives an award Monday, Feb. 1, in the farragutpress office for the proper way the American flag is displayed at farragutpress from National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Gen. William Lenoir Chapter. On hand, were, from left, Mona Smith, DAR chapter vice regent; M. Jan Gibson, regent; Katie Lee, chaplain; Beverly Cantine, treasurer; Joy Morgan and Betsy Houston, members; Renee Hamilton, secretary; and Teresa Bennett, member. Farragut resident and businessman Doug Horne has received recognition from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Gen. William Lenoir Chapter for the way he displays the flag at farragutpress.

DAR chapter representatives presented Horne, president of Horne Properties Inc. and owner of Republic Newspapers Inc., parent company of farragutpress, with the honor Monday, Feb. 1, in the farragutpress office at 11863 Kingston Pike.

“The flag of the United States of America is our national emblem and symbol of freedom,” Jan Gibson, DAR Gen. William Lenoir chapter regent, said. “It stands for dignity, honor and protection of all who love liberty and equality and who claim the sheltering protection it has always given, said the father of our country, George Washington.
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police reports

• On Jan. 26 at around 6:10 p.m., a Foxford Drive complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office he discovered an unknown suspect had stolen his debit card information and used it without permission for three transactions at Walmart store No. 0890 in Orlando, Fla. The three transactions totaled to be around $1,022. Complainant advised his debit card is physically still in his wallet and has been cancelled. The complainant was advised by the Walmart in Orlando to make a report of this incident.

• On Jan. 27 at around 8:07 a.m., KCSO was dispatched to a Waterslea Road address in Farragut for a vandalism complaint. The Better Living Home Builders complainant stated his employees contacted him on Jan. 26 and told him someone had damaged a window and door in the house at the above address. During the KCSO investigation the officer found that the suspect(s) had gathered wood and paper in an upstairs room and tried to burn them. The investigating officer called the arson investigators to investigate the burning. The officer also called the forensics unit out to process the scene. Estimated damage was $3,200.
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