Beyond Biddle

Details, blueprint presented on Horne-Ford Town Center alternative; also seniors community

Horne Properties Inc. unveiled plans for two new Farragut developments — a seniors-only multi-family community and a Mixed Use Town Center project on former Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford’s property — Jan. 7 during the Town’s regular monthly Staff/Developer meeting.

Company owner Doug Horne, who has constructed numerous developments in Farragut and across 27 states (and who also owns Republic Newspapers, Inc., parent company of farragutpress), is seeking zoning changes for both properties, which will be discussed as workshop items on the Thursday, Jan. 21, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission’s agenda.

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First two-time TOWN SAMPLER winner told

Hardin Valley resident Jessica Fox, left, is delighted to Shop Farragut again. A TOWN SAMPLER winner back in 2018, Fox becomes the first two-time SAMPLER champ as the December winner.

With prizes presented at JCPenney in Farragut, Fox also is pictured with her son, Colt, holding the winner’s bag of goodies, and Michelle Austin, JCP general manager. December prize package (all prizes transferable) was a $180 value: $25 gift cards from JCPenney, Best Buy-Turkey Creek, Cracker Barrel at Campbell Station and Kroger at Brooklawn Street; $20 Gift cards from Dairy Queen-Farragut and Wendy’s-Farragut; plus two Zalads at Zaxbys in Turkey Creek and two free pints of liquid refreshment from Admiral Pub. The first monthly contest for 2021 is under way. A $250 value (all prizes transferable), January prizes are a $50 gift certificate from Flour Power Kid’s Culinary School and $25 gift cards from Ricki’s Pet Depot, Publix-Turkey Creek, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Chili’s restaurant-Turkey Creek, Kohl’s, Linda’s Hallmark-Village Green shopping center and Clean Juice. Visit to to enter.


• At 3:11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, a complainant contacted Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to report his property stolen from a Meadow Pointe Lane residence.

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Donations record for Festival of Lights at The Cove

The recently concluded Holiday Festival of Lights at The Cove at Concord Park set a record for non-perishable food items donated — enough to fill 16 barrels. A total of $7,428.49 in cash also was donated. This most recent collection benefits The Love Kitchen in East Knoxville.

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Kitchen fire spreads in area residence

At 3:48 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, Rural Metro Fire responded to a reported house fire at 11009 Wellesley Lane just outside of Farragut.

“When crews arrived they saw smoke coming from the roof line and windows. The one occupant had already self-evacuated and was treated on the scene for possible smoke inhalation,” a R-M press release stated. ”Firefighters discovered a kitchen fire that had extended into the attic. The fire was extinguished quickly. (It) ventilated through the roof, reducing the amount of damage inside the house. No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.”

Photo courtesy of Jeff Bagwell, PIO Rural Metro Fire