Freaky Friday Fright Nite 2017

Ty Alexander, left, and Nia Alexander donned law enforcement uniforms when they attended last year’s Freaky Friday Fright Nite. This year’s event, the 21st annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to trick or treat along the walk trail while local businesses, community groups and Town of Farragut volunteers hand out treats, provide games with prizes and help with cookie decorating. This is a free event that is open to the public; however, attendants are asked to bring items to benefit Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Additional information can be found by contacting Lauren Cox at or by calling 865-218-3372.

National chairman

While running for District 13 state house seat, FHS alumnus Emert leads U.S. Young Republicans

While running for the District 13 state House of Representatives seat, a 2003 Farragut High School alumnus has been learning the ropes of being a leader from coast to coast.

Jason Emert, 33, has served as national chairman of Young Republican National Federation since being elected in August.

An eighth-generation East Tennessean, Emert also is a former YRNF Man of the Year. He is vice president for business development at First Choice Medical while founder/CEO of the Emert Group, an international political consulting, public affairs and government relations firm.

Active in student government at FHS and the starting kicker and punter for the Admirals football team — earning a scholarship to Southern Illinois University — Emert recalled, “As a junior and senior at Farragut High School, I worked with Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2002 campaign and later in his Knoxville Senate office assisting with responsibilities for engaging constituents in Knox and surrounding counties.

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Knox Navy vet running for Congress

A retired Knox County combat veteran having served more than 18 years in the U.S. Navy, earning numerous medals while being wounded during his service, is seeking a seat in Washington, D.C., in his first run for political office.

But “sitting in Washington” is something Vito Sagliano said he wants to change.

Sagliano is a Republican candidate for the 2nd U.S. Congressional District seat, which is being vacated by retiring GOP U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr.

On the subject of Duncan’s constituent service, Sagliano has a mixed message.

Leaving the service “through the Wounded Warrior program … I’ve actually had personal experience with Mr. Duncan and he helped out a lot both for me and my family,” Sagliano, 40, said.

However, in his campaign literature, Sagliano states a problem with “having our voices not heard by those whom we have elected to represent us. It is time for change.”

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BOMA: careful consideration of curb cut

John and Sarah Mailen will have to wait on an answer to their request for vehicular access to their property off Concord Road.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 3-1 to postpone action on the Mailens’

request during its meeting Thursday, Oct. 12.

“I just want a curb cut so I can get to my property from Concord Road,” Sarah Mailen, the applicant, said. “I would like to develop it. It would be a very nice


A preliminary site plan for her property shows a strip mall development.

Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok, who made the motion to postpone, which was seconded by Mayor Ralph McGill, said he wanted more information before making a decision.

“I don’t feel comfortable making a decision today,” Pinchok said.

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FWKCC Speaker Breakfast tackles ‘Cyber Security’ Nov. 7

With recent headlines about cyber security threats, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is holding a panel discussion on “Cyber Security” as its upcoming Breakfast Speaker Series topic.

The quarterly breakfast series, which is open to the public, will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Fox Den Country Club, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive. The panel discussion will begin about 8 a.m.

Presented by Town of Farragut, First Utility District of Knox County and farragutpress, registration is available online at Cost is $30 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Students can attend for $15. Prices will increase after Friday, Nov. 3.

“We saw great success and a great response from the previous breakfast panel we did last August on the opioid epidemic,” Judy Blaylock, FWKCC president/CEO, said. “And so, we decided to do another panel format because it seems to be something that the community and our businesses really like.

“It also allows us to give them a lot more information and from more diverse sources.We have a wonderful panel coming up,” Blaylock added.

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Palmer headed to Ga. after 11-plus years in Town administration

Serving more than 11 years in Farragut government, assistant Town administrator Gary Palmer announced his resignation last week.

“As you already know, I have been offered the city administrator position for the City of Roswell, Georgia,” Palmer, a former U.S. Marine, announced to Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen near the conclusion of its meeting Thursday, Oct. 12.

He added the decision was made “with mixed emotions.”

“I wasn’t necessarily looking for a new job or searching for a new path, but this opportunity presented

itself and checked all the boxes,

so to speak, for me and my wlfe, Emily.”

Palmer’s last day with the Town will be Friday, Oct. 27. He will start his new position in Roswell Nov. 1.

“It will be a quick transition, for me, from here to there,” he said.

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Courtney named TSSAA Football Coach of the Year

Eddie Courtney, center, Farragut High School varsity football head coach (standing in front of the 2016 Class 5A state championship trophy) has never been hesitant to credit his assistant coaches for their role in the Admirals success. Pictured alongside Courtney during the program’s December 2016 end-of-season banquet are assistant coaches, from left, Marcus Huie (wide receivers), Alex Cain (defensive quality control), Geoff Courtney (the coach’s son who was promoted to offensive coordinator along with coaching tight ends) and Chris McNeer (assistant head coach).
Enjoying yet another stellar season as head coach of Farragut High School varsity football, Eddie Courtney’s coaching honors keep piling up.

The governing body for Tennessee high school athletics, Tennesee Secondary School Athletic Association, has named Courtney 2016-17 State of Tennessee Football Coach of the Year.

“It is a tremendous honor and very well deserved,” Gene Menees, TSSAA assistant executive director, stated in a press release when the honor was announced Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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police reports

• At 10:26 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to vandalism at a Baltusrol Road residence and made contact with the homeowner [victim/complainant]. Victim stated her glass front door had been vandalized and she believed the door was shot with a BB gun. Victim advised she was away from her residence from Monday, Oct. 9, until the morning of Saturday, Oct. 14, and discovered the vandalism upon her return Saturday morning. The glass pane on the door had a small hole, approximately the size of a BB, in the lower portion of the pane with spider cracks throughout the entire pane. The victim estimated the value of the door at $3,000 at the time of purchase.

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