Startling statistics revealed at FHS mental health meeting

The statistics are startling: with the average high school class in Knox County roughly 30 students, six or more of those students meet clinical symptoms of depression and other conditions. Four students have contemplated suicide. Three have planned it, and 2.6 students have attempted it.

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Dr. Galdun answers the call

At 58, Farragut resident joins Navy as a way to ‘give back’

Ensign Sterling Smith, right, swore in Farragut resident and anesthesiologist, Dr. John Galdun, into the U.S. Navy Reserves as a lieutenant commander.
When Farragut’s Split Rail Farm subdivision resident Dr. John Galdun, 59, received a letter last year asking him to consider joining the U.S. Naval Reserve, he saw that request as an opportunity to “give back.”

“I just missed Vietnam on my age and they even stopped the selective service registration,” said Galdun, who took the plunge and joined the Navy. He is now a lieutenant commander in the Medical Corps who is a full-time reservist with a commitment for eight years. “We’re given a tremendous opportunity to live in this country, and I felt a strong need to give something back in that regard.

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Proposed condo development for Grigsby Chapel discussed

Travis Fuller, applicant for a new condominium development, brought plans to the Tuesday, Sept. 5 Town of Farragut Staff/Developer meeting in Town Hall. Grigsby Park is an 83-unit condo development proposed for the 24.8 acres between Chapel Point Subdivision and Westside Unitarian Universalist Church.
Two residents living along Grigsby Chapel Road made a point of being at the Sept. 5 Town of Farragut Staff/Developer meeting in Town Hall to express their concern about the traffic and how a new 83-unit condominium development could add to the current traffic problem.

The meeting also included discussion about the next phase of Bridgemore subdivision and drawing inspiration for a town center from other area developments, including Northshore Town Center, South Knoxville, Sequoyah Hills and the Avalon development in Atlanta.

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Meet gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee Sept. 26 at FBC

Bill Lee, left, Williamson County businessman and gubernatorial candidate, will meet the Farragut community Sept. 26 at First Baptist Concord.
For the next several months, four women and two men will duke it out to win the Republican nomination towards becoming the next governor of Tennessee.

Candidates are Diane Black, U.S. Representative; Randy Boyd, Knoxville resident and former Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development; Beth Harwell, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives; Bill Lee, Williamson County businessman; Kay White, realtor and Tea Party activist from Johnson City, and state Sen. Mae Beavers.

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police reports

• At 11:57 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, a Lanesborough Way complainant arrived at home to find the rear door had been forced open, causing damage listed at $250. The victim said the home is being remodeled and they have numerous tools and building supplies on the property. After discovering the damage to the rear door, the victim inspected the rest of the property and found that a Ryobi saw had been taken, with a listed value of $120. The victim had recently purchased the saw and had the identifying serial numbers available. The victim did not have any suspect information at the time of report.

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Could Concord Road eventually see a shopping area?

One of the two heirs of Callaway’s Landing, the pre-Civil War farm near the Concord/Northshore roundabout, was at Town of Farragut Staff/Developer meeting Tuesday morning, Sept. 5.

Sarah Mailen and her husband, John Mailen, were there to ask for a curb cut. The Mailens, who live off Northshore about five to 10 minutes from the property, said they would eventually like to develop the property by putting in some stores or offices.

Sarah Mailen inherited the Callaway’s Landing property along with her sister, Anne Ralston. Part of what Mailen owns is 4.8 acres along Concord Road between Loop Road and Second Avenue. The couple came to the meeting to ask Town staff to help them get a curb cut into their property while Tennessee Department of Transportation is widening Concord Road.

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letters to the editor

Response to an Aug. 24 letter to the editor

I hate to see erroneous information go unchallenged, so I feel compelled to respond to the incorrect assertions and distortions in the Letters to the Editor in the Thursday, Aug. 24 edition of the farragutpress by Ms. Plawchan [The new female chair of the Fifth District Democrats] and Mr. Battistelli [who is not a resident of Farragut].

As one who has followed closely and with great interest the Concealed Carry Permit movement across the nation over the last 30 some years I can tell you that the overwhelming preponderance of actual, hard statistical data gathered by government agencies over that period conclusively and inarguably demonstrates a reduction in violent crime, and particularly firearms-related crimes, in states where these laws have been enacted.

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Dog Daze @ Village Green draws up to 1,600

Becky Smith and her feisty dog, Pierce, during Dog Daze @ Village Green Sunday, Sept. 17.
Hundreds of dog-jumping competitors and fans turned out for Farragut Business Alliance’s first Dog Daze @ Village Green presented by TDS competiton, telling organizers they are ready to compete again next year.

FBA teamed up with Smoky Mountain DockDogs, and local sponsors including Ricki’s Pet Depot, for the event in Village Green shopping center parking lot Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17. This event was the nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition leading up to the DockDogs International competitions.

The weekend also included Pooch Plunge presented by K-9 Center of East Tennessee Friday afternoon, Sept. 15, for dog owners to allow their pets a chance to jump — many for the first time.

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