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Farragut area docs on Thomas ’18 wagon

A group of Farragut area doctors and their wives want to get the message out early: “We want Bob Thomas to be the next county mayor.”

Although the primary election isn’t until May 1, 2018, they aren’t wasting any time picking their favorite to replace Mayor Tim Burchett, a Republican, who can’t run again because of term limits.

On a beautiful evening Thursday, April 6, eight Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance members and their wives, along with friends Kent and Rhonda Bostick, met at RiverSound clubhouse to throw a party for Bob and Kim Thomas. Some of the KAMA members have known Thomas — a Knox County Commissioner, At-Large Seat 10, with strong Farragut ties — for a long time. All of them seem to think of Thomas as someone “who will get the job done,” no matter what it is.

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Aldermen getting an education in Town branding

A pair of Farragut aldermen said they received an eye-opening education in Town branding, which could be used to boost overall Town growth while specifically boosting tourism, during Tourism Society Conference Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-29, in downtown Knoxville.

Sharing her observations about Town needs following her attendance at the conference, Alderman Louise Povlin said one thing lacking in Town “is wayfinding signs, we don’t have any. That is something we really need to look at.”

Povlin was among those addressing the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Commit-tee during its monthly meeting Wednesday morning, April 5.

Wayfinding signage “is a big deal for coming off the Interstate. We’ve already started doing a little bit more signage on the greenways to make sure it’s as easy to navigate those as possible,” Sue Stuhl, director of Parks & Leisure Services, said.

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FIS 130 to new school ‘not in stone’

Given that a few dozen parents from communities near Hardin Valley said they were unhappy their children aren’t zoned, in a preliminary outline, for the new Hardin Valley Middle School beginning in August 2018, the zoning fate of 130 Farragut Intermediate School students tentatively set to attend the new school could change.

During the latest and final open meeting to discuss zoning for HVMS, held Tuesday evening, April 11, at Hardin Valley Academy, about 45 parents were on hand.

Rick Grubb, director of Enrollment and Transportation for Knox County Schools, led the meeting in HVA auditorium. He emphasized that zones are not set in stone and that KCS is very interested in hearing parents’ opinions.

“We want to impact as few families as we can and get accomplished what we need to get accomplished,” he said early in the meeting.

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police reports

• A Poland Hollow Road complainant advised between 1:45 and 2:10 p.m., April 12, an unknown suspect took his vehicle, a Ford Ranger valued at $2,000. He advised the vehicle was parked in the parking lot of Tennova Healthcare, Parkside Drive. He advised the vehicle was left unlocked and with a spare key in it.

• On April 11, 2017, At 1:46 p.m., April 11, Knox County Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to an Evans Road residence on report of vandalism. The victim stated she had the listed property vandalized by the suspect/construction crew that was working nextdoor. The victim further stated the suspect said he was given permission to remove her fence and trees. She stated the suspect not only didn’t have permission, but was informed by her farm worker to send a certified letter stating what they wanted to remove, which the suspect failed to do. The victim valued repair cost around $5,000. The victim was given a report number and advised of her legal rights.

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