Dixie Lee revamp in the works

Dixie Lee Junction today If 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.”
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Dodgen selected as Farragut High School AD

Norris new assistant principal

Farragut 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.
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Farragut election final

With 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.”
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KCS joins Innovative Schools league

Though Knox County Schools is one of only 46 school districts nationwide with membership in League of Innovative Schools — districts that support and are implementing electronic personalized learning devices — further expansion of PLDs within Knox County is an inexact science. read more

Legal Notices

AGENDA FARRAGUT BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN August 14, 2014 RECEPTION FOR ALDERMAN ELLIOTT 6:15 PM BEER BOARD 6:55 PM BMA MEETING 7:00 PM I. Silent Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call II. Approval of Agenda III. Mayor’s Report IV. Citizens Forum V. Approval of Minutes A. June 26, 2014 B. July 24, 2014 VI. Ordinance A. Second Reading 1. Ordinance 14-07, an ordinance to amend Title 9, Businesses, Peddlers, Solicitors, etc., Chapter 4, Sign Ordinance, of the Farragut Municipal Code, Section 9-406 (4)(p), to amend the requirements for wall signs in the office district, three stories (o-1-3) and office district, five stories (o-1-5) – shared entrance building B. First Reading 2. Ordinance 14-10, on first reading, to rezone Parcel 59, Tax Map 152 and Parcels 001-034, Tax Map 153IB, located on the north side of Turkey Creek Road across from Anchor Park, approximately 28.4 acres, from R-4 Attached Single-Family Res-idential District to R-1 Rural Single-Family Residential Dis-trict and OSMR Open Space Mixed Residential Overlay VII. Business Items A. Approval of Bids for new 2015 Two-Wheel Drive Half-Ton Pick-up Truck B. Approval of Agreement with White Realty and Service Corporation for reciprocal and access easements for property located at 11409 Kingston Pike C. Approval of a Residential Subdivision Development Agreement with Farmstead Developments, LLC VIII. Town Administrator’s Report IX. Town Attorney’s Report read more