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Sugarwood residents curious about Glafenhein’s plans

Seven residents of Sugarwood subdivision were present for Farragut Municipal Planning Commission’s Thursday, March 16 meeting, curious about plans for the development of 155 to 170 units adjacent to Sugarwood along Virtue Road by developer Glen Glafenhein.

“This is a nice piece of property with some physical opportunities, including the Little Turkey Creek floodplain and some steep slopes,” Mark Shipley, Town’s Community Development director, said.

Due to the topography, he said town staff see the property as a potential candidate for a cluster development rather than a traditional development.

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Town mom to become 5th-D Dems’ female chair

A Farragut mother of three elementary school-age children, envisioning a “huge sea of blue” flooding the Farragut area’s political future, has been elected new female chair of Fifth District Democrats.

Lisa Plawchan, who will join FDD male chair Brad Duckett after he ran unopposed for a second term, starts her first 2-year term April 1 to begin the Knox County Democratic Party “year,” which runs through March 31.

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‘Stealth’ towers sought

Can you use the words “stealth” and “colocation” in a sentence with “cell tower?”

These terms were thrown around a lot Thursday night, March 16, at the Farra-gut Municipal Planning Commission meeting. Why? Because the town is creating an ordinance, with the help of expert Larry Perry and town attorney Tom Hale, in order to regulate telecommunications towers and support equipment installation.

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BOMA looks to adjust budget with changing tax revenues

Budget talks have begun for Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The Board started the process with workshop before its meeting Thursday, March 9, to look at its expected revenues and expenses.

“I think our budget is strong,” David Smoak, town of Farragut administrator, said, adding the staff was conservative in its projections for revenues and expenses for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget.

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RWB Jam goal: spark West End biz

Businesses along West End Avenue in Farragut are the initial targets for a new event, sponsored by Farragut Business Alliance, to boost their visability while inviting the public to enjoy a fun outing.

Red, White & Blues Jam, formerly labeled The Mini Event, is targeted “around July 8 … a Saturday after the Fourth of July,” Stephen F. Krempasky, FBA executive director, said during the alliance’s monthly third Thursday morning meeting, March 16, in Town Hall boardroom.

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Police reports

• Around 2:16 p.m., March 17, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to a disturbance at a Werndyl Drive residence. The complainant/victim stated that someone lit fireworks at the back window of his residence, estimating damage to his window at $2,000. Victim also said it had happened the previous two nights. There appeared to be burn damage on the wood of the window.

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Farnsworth Goodwood Furniture era ending

The big orange and white rocking chair is for sale.

Dave and Debbie Farnsworth, owners of Goodwood Furniture, 8843 Kingston Pike, have had a 16-foot tall rocker sitting in front of their furniture business for years.

The rocking chair has become a Knoxville icon, and so has Goodwood Furniture itself. The store was known as the place to go for unfinished or finished solid wood furniture.

But after 27 years in the furniture business, the Farnsworths say they are happy to be retiring. Everything in the store is up to 70 percent off.

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