Farragut Treasure Hunt

Hoping to create ‘clues’ buzz for customers, Town business

Inaugural Farragut Treasure Hunt is a creative and fun way for customers to further “discover” Town of Farragut businesses, leading toward a bevy of prizes for three lucky customers — and one prize for scores of other customers.

With most of the credit for the Treasure Hunt concept going to Wendy Smith, Town Public Relations and Marketing coordinator, and Lauren Cox, Special Event and Program coordinator with Town government’s Parks & Leisure Services department, the Hunt begins July 31.

“Businesses have really stepped up with some great prizes,” Smith said. “I think when people will see the prizes then they’re going to be motivated to go for it.”

Participants simply go to and search “Town of Farragut,” then find a menu on the left side of the page for “Events,” then click and search for “Farragut Treasure Hunt.”

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Overflow crowd at Town eclipse lecture

“About 1:04 in the afternoon here in Farragut, you’ll see the moon begin to edge the sun. It will be like someone eating a moon pie,” said Mark Littmann, solar eclipse expert and journalism and electronic media professor at The University of Tennessee. He is author of a number of books on the topics of eclipses, astronomy and space.

At 2:33 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, — if it’s not too cloudy — Farragut area residents will experience a total ecli-pse, with the moon blocking the sun. Knox County Schools officials decided last week to close schools Aug. 21.

Farragut resident Lin Budlong already has made plans for the big event.

“We’re going to an eclipse party down in Tellico at a friend’s house,” he said before the lecture began. “I’ve seen a partial eclipse before. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a total eclipse.”

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Stimulating times of late for Town administrator

David Smoak, Town of Farragut administrator, enjoys viewing Cirrus Aircraft “parachute” planes.
Beyond his duties as Town of Farragut’s top non-elected government official, Town administrator David Smoak has enjoyed quite a mix of success, family accomplishment and fascination in recent weeks.

As president of The Rotary Club of Farragut, Smoak was front-and-center during a Rotary year filled with club service goals attained and awards earned. That was celebrated Wednesday, June 28, at the end of his term.

Meanwhile, Justin Smoak, David’s brother, was voted by Major League Baseball fans nationwide as starting first baseman for the American League — based on impressive statistics so far this season as a Toronto Blue Jay — during MLB’s annual All-Star Game Tuesday evening, July 11.

As for fascination, Smoak got a first-hand look at Cirrus Aircraft “parachute planes” last month at McGhee Tyson Airport.

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Tenant-Landlord rights seminar set

Town of Farragut is offering a free educational seminar, Landlord and Tenant Basics, during which landlords and tenants can learn more about their rights and obligations.

The session will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 24, in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

“It really covers the wide range of landlord-tenant laws,” said G. Keith Alley, Town Municipal judge who will be an instructor for the seminar with Christine Magrans-Tillery, a volunteer mediator for Knox County General Sessions Court and attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

The program covers landlords’ and tenants’ rights and obligations cited under the Tennessee Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, state of Tennessee Human Rights Act and the federal Fair Housing Act.

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police reports

• Around 11:17 p.m., Saturday, July 8, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to a Kingston Pike location in reference to a vandalism. Upon speaking with the victim, she said while she was away from her rental vehicle, a 2017 GMC Acadia, an unknown suspect damaged the rear passenger window. The victim did not see anyone around her vehicle and stated the window was not broken when she was last with the vehicle. Estimated damage is $200.

• A Qualls Bend Lane complainant advised between 5:43 and 8:32 p.m., Friday, July 7, an unknown suspect stole $90 worth of items from her 2001 Toyota Echo. She advised the vehicle was unlocked and parked in the parking lot at Mellow Mushroom, 635 N. Campbell Station Road.

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