Vandals: racist graffiti, damage to fields
Kohl’s, baseball youth are victims
Two vehicles are believed to have torn up youth baseball fields managed by Farragut Baseball, Inc. along Northshore Drive, while a separate incident saw the defacement of an exterior freestanding wall behind Kohl’s shopping center, 11530 Kingston Pike, with racist and profane language spray painted.
The baseball fields’ damage was discovered Tuesday, March 17, with an FB Inc. representative noting on Facebook (with accompanying pictures) “the damage to the outfields will take many hours and dollars to fix.”
One of the vehicles involved may be a reddish or maroon SUV/crossover, with the other possibly a large four-door truck or Jeep described as “black to very dark green, jacked up with a snorkel attachments with loud exhausts,” according to the description shared on Facebook.
Damage was reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
The wall defacement occurred sometime during the early morning hours of Thursday, March 19.
“For the Glenn Abbey neighborhood, it’s quite disturbing,” wrote a Glenn Abbey resident who did not want his/her name used for fear of retaliation.
“This happened directly behind English Station Road with seven homes, (there is wooden fence at the back of these homes) facing Municipal Center Drive, which faces the sprayed wall of Kohl’s.”
Residents reported the incident to KCSO.
The owner of the shopping center in which Kohl’s is located is listed as Crown Properties Holdings LLC, 4820 Old Kingston Pike. Attempts to contact Crown were unsuccessful.
Kohl’s officials announced their stores closing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one could be contacted to address the matter. The graffiti remained on the walls as of deadline Tuesday afternoon, March 24.
Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call KCSO at 865-392-1670.