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Finally some action on ‘old Kroger’ property usage

While no entity or company has been officially named, the “old Kroger” property currently is under contract.

Budd Cullom of CHM Development LLC confirmed that news Tuesday, Nov. 5, following the monthly Town of Farragut Staff/Developer meeting in Town Hall, at which he and John Anderson of SITE Inc. discussed a preliminary plat and site plan for changes to a portion of the former Kroger parking lot.

Mark Shipley, Town Community Development director, confirmed Friday, Nov. 8, the project currently being discussed is “mostly the construction of a small area of parking along Brooklawn,” which runs between the “old” and “new” Kroger properties.

The former Kroger site has sat nearly vacant for some time, and currently only has one operating business located there.

“They would be adding permeable pavers across from the ‘new’ Kroger and platting part of the right way,” Shipley explained about the plans during the meeting.

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'Surreal' incident: truck plows into local family's living room

Homeowner Manuel Garcia and his niece, Jazmin Leon were interviewed by a WATE-TV news reporter Wednesday, Nov. 13, in front of Garcia’s 11017 Roane Drive home which sustained major damage when a reportedly drunk driver slammed into it earlier that afternoon.
Manuel Garcia was thankful Wednesday that his El Mezcal co-worker had been running late. It probably saved his life.

“I was on break for lunch, and was a little late, because my co-worker was late, because of traffic,” Garcia said the day after a truck — reportedly driven by a drunk driver — had plowed into the living room of his 11017 Roane Drive home.

“That might have saved my life,” he said. “After I eat, I usually go to the sofa, and take a nap, and when the truck hit, it came in right where the sofa was.

“Things happen for a reason — it must have been a miracle or something like it.”

“He must have a guardian angel looking over him,” said Garcia’s nephew, Arturo Leon Jr., who was on the scene of the accident later in the day, and went on to cover his uncle’s shift at the family-owned restaurant.

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Lee discovers, by accident, quilting helps soothe PTSD; ‘Combat Quilter’ international

Andrew Lee poses in front of his “Shock and Awe” quilt that has been shown several times this year, and was accepted into the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In the Army and overseas, Andrew Lee saw combat.

But today he sees, and hears, “combat” much differently.

The Knox County native, who now lives in Loudon, found out quite by accident that quilting helped his own struggle with post traumatic stress disorder, and he is on a mission to help others, too.

“Combat, as a verb — to fight against PTSD, and all the other things we struggle with,” said Lee, who currently is in the Army Reserves after 10 years of full-time service, and has carved out an identity for himself as the “Combat Quilter.”

As such, he has embraced the Quilts of Valor program, which makes and presents quilts to service men and women worldwide, while also making showstopping quilts of his own, including one, “Shock and Awe,” which depicts the raising of the American flag following the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Concord Road Phase 1 work laid out — no timetable

There are three phases of construction for the Concord Road Widening Project.

However, no timetable for completion of Phase I was released despite a request for one from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Timetable for completion of the entire project is Fall 2021, TDOT recently confirmed.

Phase 1 work details follow from Mark Nagi, TDOT Community Relations Officer, Region I: 

 “Phase 1 consists of performing clearing and grubbing, grading operations, bridge construction, traffic control, signal improvements and paving for widening Concord Road.  

“The widening in this phase will be along the east side of existing (Concord Road) between Summerdale Drive and Fairground Drive and along the west side of (Concord Road) from the beginning of the project to Turkey Creek Road and from Fairground Drive to Northshore Drive.

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Horn to lead community meeting at FHS Nov. 19

Knox County Board of Education chair Susan Horn, along with 5th District Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker and Farragut Vice Mayor Louise Povlin, will host a community meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Farragut High School Commons.

Horn, whose district includes Farragut, said she called the meeting, and invited other officials to attend, “to have a time to touch base with our community and hear concerns and answer questions.”

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Students teach local leaders in FHS setting

Farragut Alderman Ron Pinchok learns about coding with an iPad from Farragut High School Advanced Placement computer science students Raymond Jin, center, and Aidan Caritu during a PolitiCode event at FHS Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Education was turned on its head Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, at Farragut High School, where students were teaching programming skills to elected officials.

Groups of students from seven Knox County Schools gave more than 30 Farragut, Knox County and state-elected officials lessons on coding as part of PolitiCode, a fun-filled half hour giving officials a unique insight into not just future technology but what students are learning today.

“It’s happening now,” said Brandon Bruce, founding member of Knoxville Technology Council. “These are our future entrepreneurs. This is our future workforce … the talent is all in this room.”

Officials went from room to room where students from FHS, HVA, Northshore Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Vine Middle, Holston Middle and South-Doyle High School interacted with them on exercises.

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‘Enthused’ Intro to Farragut Class of ’19 shares

The seventh Introduction to Farragut class “graduated” Wednesday, Nov. 6. Its graduates are, front row from left, Ashley Lynch, Vikki Felts, Annie Judkins, Sandy McAdams and Stephanie Clark. Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, standing far left, is alongside class graduates, from left, Whitney Kent, Jeff Ullian, Edward McGimsey, Bill McAdams, Todd Klepper and Jeff Pinchok.
Following in the footsteps of Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, Vice Mayor Louise Povlin and Alderman Scott Meyer, 11 Farragut residents graduated last week from what was the Town’s seventh Introduction to Farragut class.

The group completed nearly two months of hands-on “getting to know Farragut” classes, governmental meetings and volunteer hours at Farragut Intermediate School before “graduating” during a program Wednesday Nov. 6 at Fox Den Country Club.

Among the enthusiastic class members were life-long Town residents Jeff Pinchok and Stephanie Clark, recent Farragut transplants Bill and Sandy McAdams, local television personality Whitney Kent and Farragut museum volunteers Todd Klepper, Annie Judkins and Ed McGimsey. Other class members were Ashley Lynch, Vikki Felts and Jeff Ullian.

“I loved the class,” said Kent, who works at WVLT-TV, Channel 8, where she hosts a daily show, “Moms Everyday,” and also serves as the station’s Community Affairs coordinator.

She said the class helped her with contacts and story ideas, and she learned about different ways WVLT can get involved in community activities and better publicize events.

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Tellico Village VFW Post steps up

Tellico Village VFW Post 12135 recently held a Fall Clothing Drive that topped last year’s Drive.

The clothing drive brought in  40 20-gallon bags of clothing and 50 coats. The clothing was equally divided between men and women.

Thirty-one new coats were donated by Tellico Village Kiwanis Club.

After clothing was sorted and bagged, it was distributed to:

• Loudon VFW Post 5150, which received four bags that was delivered to Sen. Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville.

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