Concerning the Union Road improvement project, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a professional services agreement with Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers Inc. during its meeting Thursday, May 12.
The Board contracted with Vaughn & Melton to help with acquisitions for right-of-way easements for the project for an amount not to exceed $214,000.
HARDIN VALLEY — Hardin Valley Academy is seeing “the light at the end of the tunnel” for its overcrowding concerns, as it awaits the passing of Knox County Commission’s proposed $954 million budget, which includes $11 million to add 32 classrooms to the high school.
Knox County Board of Education already has approved its budget and has passed it on to ommission. At the same time, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs has presented his proposals for when Commission is scheduled to meet Monday, May 23.
With General Fund revenues estimated at $13.5 million and expenditures estimated at $9.535 million, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously adopted its Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget (July 1 to June 30) on first reading during its meeting Thursday, May 12.
“This year-end estimate accounts for a 12.2 percent increase in sales tax revenue from the FY ’22 budget, as well as additional revenue increases in state sales tax, wholesale liquor taxes and building permits and fees,” Town administrator David Smoak said. “The proposed FY 2023 General Fund revenues are $13,520,706, which is a reduction of 2 percent from the estimated FY 2022 (revenues).”
While Food City committed nearly two years ago to anchoring the under-construction mixed-use Kingston Pike Village development, at the corner of Kingston Pike and South Watt Road, unconfirmed rumors are swirling that the regional grocery chain may not be locating there after all.
Social media posts have floated the rumor, with no substantiation.
Farragut Mayor Ron Williams said he has repeatedly, and recently, reached out to the project’s developer “and other powers that be,” asking about its status, but had not received an official response as of late last week.
Food City officials had planned to lease a 56,000-square-foot building, Williams added.
The Thursday, Aug. 4, Town of Farragut Election and Knox County General Election features several contests.
In preparation for Aug. 4 and beyond, Farragut and Knox County residents who are not registered to vote have until July 5 to register.
Early Voting period for Aug. 4 elections, which also includes State and Federal Primary Election, is July 15-30. Absentee deadline is July 28.