‘Many projects’ keeping Pinchok, Town busy

Right now, I can honestly say I’ve never been busier serving the Town as an alderman. There are so many projects under way right now that it’s a challenge to keep up! Improvements to the future Farragut Community Center are in the design stage, and Phase 2 renovations are wrapping up at the Campbell Station Inn (restoration of the home’s exterior). Phase 3 renovations (improved access and a park-like plaza) are currently in the design stage.

The Town is in the process of two major road improvements (Virtue and Union roads), and the board is currently making decisions about the next phase of improvements to McFee Park. It’s a little overwhelming to tackle all of these projects at once, but when they are completed the Town will be safer and offer more amenities than ever before.

Each of these projects is already covered by our budget. But Farragut residents need to remember that such projects are primarily funded by sales tax revenue from merchants within Town limits. Farragut doesn’t charge a property tax, and Knox County property tax revenues don’t generate revenue for Farragut.

To put it plainly, if people don’t spend money in Farragut, there will be little money for improving roads, building park facilities or providing services.

That’s why I encourage you to make a conscious effort to Shop Farragut, especially during this season of giving. Many readers may not be aware of where Farragut ends and the City of Knoxville or Knox County begins, so here’s a primer on Town limits:

• Farragut’s northern boundary is Interstate 40/75 except at Campbell Station Road and Snyder Road/Outlet Drive. The only shopping/dining within Town limits on Snyder Road/Outlet Drive (at this time) are Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes and Cotton Eyed Joe.

• The Town’s eastern boundary is Lovell Road on the north side of Kingston Pike and Thornton Heights and Concord Hills subdivisions on the south side. The last Farragut retail establishments while traveling east on Kingston Pike are the Costco Shopping Center on the north side and O’Reilly Auto Parts on the south side.

• Slightly less than half of Turkey Creek Shopping Center is located within the Town. The last Farragut retail establishments while traveling east on Parkside Drive are the Belk Men & Home Store on the north side and Chili’s Grill & Bar on the south side.

• Farragut’s western boundary is the Loudon County line. Little Joe’s Pizza is the last Farragut retail establishment on Kingston Pike heading west.

The other benefit of shopping in Farragut is providing a successful livelihood for our retailers. A community that supports small, local business is a community that has fully-occupied shopping centers. If you want a vibrant retail community in Farragut, say it with your shopping dollars.

I hope that you and your family will revel in joyful moments that money can’t buy during this holiday season.

I hope that you will then spread that joy by shopping in Farragut.