Bill would end Town’s annual six-figure fee

Fifth District Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker has authored a bill that could return almost $140,000 in tax revenues to Farragut — along with millions of dollars in tax revenues to towns, cities and counties across the state — by eliminating the state Sales Tax Administration Fee.

Schoonmaker, who district includes Town of Farragut and Concord, delivered the bill to state Rep. Jason Zachary [R-District 14, which also includes Farragut, and Concord], who filed HB 1532 last week in General Assembly in Nashville to repeal the fee.

At issue is the Tennessee Department of Revenue’s 1.125 percent across-the-board administration fee required of every municipality, which amounted to over $30 million in fiscal year 2017 alone, Schoonmaker said.

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Local residents ready for March for Life

Jack and Jenny Hay of Farragut attend the annual March for Life, which is Saturday, Jan. 21, at World’s Fair Park. They will be bringing their five adopted children. The children, from left in back, are Clara, 17; June, 2, on Jack’s shoulders, and Marybeth, 1, being held by Jenny. In front are Zachary, 8, and Skyler, 9.
This Sunday, Jan. 21, hundreds of pro-life supporters will gather at World’s Fair Park at 2 p.m. to participate in the annual March for Life, including several from Farragut.

Former Farragut Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche plans to be there, just has she has ever since she and her husband, Lou, moved to Farragut 23 years ago.

“I have been a pro-life person all my life,” she said, crediting her Catholic faith and personal convictions for her position. “I believe abortion is wrong; it is taking the life of another human being — it is murder.

“The only time taking a life is permissible is in the time or war or [in] self-defense.

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BOMA votes 4-1 for hotel/motel tax; awaits state exemption

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen is seeking state authorization to enact a hotel/motel tax to fund a tourism program.

The Board voted 4-1 during its meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, to approve a resolution requesting Tennessee General Assembly exempt the Town from the state’s law prohibiting municipalities from enacting the hotel/motel tax and allow the Town to levy the tax.

Alderman Bob Markli, who voted in opposition to the resolution, said, “I think [the tax] will be a real negative for the Town, especially if we want to promote tourism.”

Mayor Ralph McGill, Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok and Aldermen Louise Povlin and Ron Williams voted in favor of the resolution.

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'Rising Star'

Mary Claire Carter from FMS earns Bijou ACE Award

Mary Claire Carter of Farragut Middle School emerged as a winner during 6th Annual ACE Awards, presented by The Alliance For Creative Excellence,

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SCAN helping Town seniors stay warm

Farragut senior citizen Helen Trent, center, has a visit in her home Friday, Jan. 5, by Senior Citizens Awareness Network volunteers Marianne McGill, left, and Lynda Armstrong.
With the recent frigid temperatures dropping into single digits, the welfare of senior citizens in Farragut and throughout the county rested on the shoulders of volunteers.

SCAN, a cooperative effort between volunteers and Knox County Sheriff’s Office, has been checking on senior citizens since 1997. Of the 200 to 225 recipients countywide who receive visits, 14 live in Farragut.

“It’s been really a big help,” said Helen Trent, a Farragut recipient of SCAN services. “You feel more secure.

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Police Reports

• At 11:47 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, a Hickory Woods Road complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to report her vehicle was burglarized at her residence. Complainant advised at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 10, she noticed the phone charger was missing from her BMW. She returned home to check her video surveillance footage, which revealed an unknown male suspect going through both family vehicles between 4 and 5 a.m., Jan. 10. Complainant advised both vehicles were left unlocked. Value of chargers was listed at $25.

• At 9:06 a.m. Jan. 10, a Northshore Drive complainant called KCSO Teleserve Unit in reference to her 2007 GMC Yukon XL being burglarized at a Woodsmoke Circle address. Complainant advised she noticed several items, including a smart watch valued at $150 and a Bumblebee purse valued at $200, missing around 7:30 a.m., Jan. 10, adding she last saw the vehicle around 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, before the incident took place. Complainant advised the vehicle was locked and did not appear to be damaged. Total value of loss was listed at $510.

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Re-enactment to honor Pleasant Forest legends; auditions set

Nine inhabitants of Farragut’s historic Pleasant Forest Cemetery will be celebrated in through live re-enactments June 10, and Town officials are looking for eight men and one woman to bring them to life. Open auditions for the nine scripted roles will be held starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, and at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, in Farragut Town Hall.

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letters to the editor

A big ‘thank you’ to FWKCC

Dear FWKCC Board of Directors,

On the behalf of The Volunteer Ministry Center, I offer my sincere thanks to the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce for the generous donation of gifts for our annual Holiday Store during the Chamber’s Christmas Open House in December 2017.

Please pass on a big THANK YOU to all of the businesses and individuals that donated gift items to make this holiday special for many in our community!

The Holiday Store enabled 186 shoppers to earn points to “buy” holiday gifts for 563 loved ones and family members.

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This Mayor Bob Leonard Park soccer field along Watt Road has a new artificial turf surface.

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presstalk 671-TALK

• I’m calling about the empty buildings that are all throughout our city of Farragut. I’m really ashamed of them. I think that it makes our village, our city, look really tacky. Personally, I think the solution is with the person who owns the [given] building. [The owner] should be responsible for the upkeep of the building. If the shingles fall off like they do over at the old Ingles store, then that should be repaired.

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