Black history observed at Town Hall

Jack Haines, left, chairman of Farragut Folkife Museum Committee, presents the museum’s Community Service Award to William “Bill” Valentine for Valentine’s contributions in providing his one-man act, “The Buffalo Soldiers,” during the museum’s Black History Month event Sunday, Feb. 22, in Farragut Town Hall. About 40 Farragut and surrounding area residents turned out for Farragut Folklife Museum’s Black History Month presentation, Fostering Dreams Toward Future Success.

The event, which took place Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, in Farragut Town Hall, showed the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history.

“We just wanted to come to the program,” Farragut resident Nathan Wood said. “This is the fourth year. We try to come every year.”

His wife, Gina Wood, echoed Wood’s support of the Town’s event.

“We always like to come,” she said. “We never miss it. We like to bring our kids so they remember the history of our area.”

“I think I’ve been to quite a few [Black History Months],” Vivian Varner, Black History Month committee member, said. “It seems like more and more people are getting interested in what we are trying to do, get the young people involved.
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FMPC sets drive-thru parameters

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission has revised the Town’s ordinance on Town Center zoning regulations to allow drive-thrus in the district.

However, FMPC has recommended more restrictions to limit what kind of business would be allowed to have a drive-thru.

During the FMPC’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, commissioners voted 7-1 to recommend the Board of Mayor and Aldermen allow drive-thrus with some “parameters” attached.
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State of emergency ...

Farragut Hills Boulevard in Concord Hills subdivision was blocked by this fallen tree until town of Farragut Public Works personnel cleared the road Tuesday, Feb. 17. Resident Jamie Pratt took a few minutes to climb the tree and give its size perspective as Emily Pratt took the picture. For helpful tips to survive cold weather and the effects of ice and snow storms, see our special section, State of Emergency.

2015 Farragut Quilt Show a success

Beverly Hoffman. left, and daughter, Nancy Miller, show Hoffman’s entry in Quilt Show 2015: The Love of Quilts during a reception Friday, Feb. 13, in Farragut Town Hall. The quilt was one of three she made for her sons using her late husband’s T-shirts. Geometric designs, bears and even T-shirt-decorated quilts were featured in this year’s Quilt Show 2015: The Love of Quilts.

Quilters and their family members gathered at a reception Friday night, Feb. 13, in Farragut Town Hall to check out the 85 quilt entries submitted and hear about the history of quilting from Farragut quilter Lynda Wallace.

Sue Stuhl, Farragut Parks and Leisure Services director, estimated between 500 to 600 people turned out during the weekend to view the quilts.

“It went very well,” Stuhl said of the exhibit and reception. “We had a good crowd the whole weekend. People were pleased with it.

“It brought a lot of exposure to the museum,” she added. “People got to see the museum in addition to the quilts.”
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Turkey Creek land sales took years to complete

Part three of a four-part series on the retail development of Turkey Creek

An aerial view of Turkey Creek around the year 2000, which is plotted with future retail phases and showing construction progress of Walmart. The once-powerful Butcher family of Knoxville used roughly 260 undeveloped acres in the late 1970s through early 1980s, known as Turkey Creek near the town of Farragut, as a tool for loans according to one prominent developer.

“The Butchers had used that piece of ground for years and passed it around between their banks and appraised it and made it more expensive every time, and then borrowed the money on it internally,” John Turley, chief manager and founder of Turkey Creek Land Partners, said about the property he contracted in late 1994, about 360 acres total, and helped turn into one of Knox County’s top retail areas.

With Parkside Drive connecting Cedar Bluff and Lovell Road by the early 1990s, “When we saw that happening we recognized how good of a piece of ground the Turkey Creek tract was,” Turley added. “I wrote a contract for it in December of ’94. … We raised $7 million in 60 days with local investors. We closed Feb. 10 of ’95 on the 360 acres. And we ended up buying another 40 acres.
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BOMA sets goals at its strategic planning meeting

The vision for Farragut took center stage for Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen as its members went over their goals for the next five years and beyond.

The Board set those goals during its annual strategic planning meeting Saturday morning, Feb. 21, at Tennova Medical Center.

One vision cited by Mayor Ralph McGill is for Farragut to be known, far and wide, as a “great place to live, shop, work and visit.”

A vision for Alderman Ron Honken is to have all the business buildings along Kingston Pike filled.

Aldermen Bob Markli said he wants Farragut to “become a sporting, cultural, hospitality, shopping and historical destination through development and prudent management of our resources.”
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