‘Femi’ has program for safer winter roads

Dr. Olufemi Omitaomu leads a team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing a variable control mechanism to enable precision de-icing on urban roads.
Saying he has a special interest in Town of Farragut as a resident along Choto Road, Dr. Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu decided to make a study of Town roads and streets for his “Precision De-Icing Technique” program.

“We just did it on our own,” Omitaomu, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory research scientist, said of his desire to inquire about the slope and amount of sunlight absorbed for each 50-meter stretch of a given Town street or road.

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$136k tax fee again fought

One way to offset Town of Farragut’s reduced amount of Hall Income Tax revenue, according to Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker, is getting relief from the Sales Tax Administration Fee.

“That’s what the [state] Department of Revenue charges the City of Knoxville, Knox County and the Town of Farragut to get their sales tax returned to them,” Schoonmaker, representing 5th District that includes Farragut and Concord, said during an annual meeting of local and state leaders. “Rep. [Jason] Zachary introduced a bill last year [to eliminate the fee] but it was exclusively for Knox County. That didn’t go forward.”

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Joyful rings, Santa list, holiday treats

Santa letters HQ ‘staffed’ by biz, Town, FHS

Kris Ray, a Town of Farragut employee in the Public Works department, picked up Santa letters last week from the official mailbox, located at Founder’s Park at Campbell Station along Campbell Station Road. A representative from Public Works picks up letters daily, and they are delivered to Town Hall and CH Interiors & Gifts for “Santa’s Surrogate Elves” to respond.
Because his North Pole elves are working fast and furiously toward the Christmas Eve deadline, Santa has personally selected a very special group of surrogates to help him answer children’s letters this holiday season.

Volunteers from CH Interiors & Gifts, along with Town of Farragut staff and several Farragut High School students, have been responding to letters dropped off at the new Santa’s Mailbox in Founder’s Park at Campbell Station.

The mailbox was unveiled during the Nov. 27 Lighting of the Park ceremony, and organizers determined early on they could respond to Santa’s personal request for assistance.

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Police Reports

• At 5:28 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, a complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to report a theft from NHC Farragut, Cavette Hill Lane. Complainant advised her grandmother, the victim, had multiple items taken while she was staying at NHC Farragut. Complainant advised two gold wedding bands, with a listed value of $1,000, and a silver wrist watch, value listed at $200, were on the victim’s nightstand beside her bed.

• At 12:57 p.m., Dec. 7, a complainant called KCSO Teleserve Unit to report a theft from an Ackley Circle residence. Complainant advised she had five Christmas light projectors in her front yard as decorations. Around 7 a.m., she noticed the lights were not shining in her home. Complainant advised she checked her video cameras and could see the lights being taken but could not see the suspect. Estimated value of loss was listed at $200.

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