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‘Smart growth, planning’ is Frazier’s focus

Hardin Valley resident Kimberly Frazier is working to help resolve traffic and mobility issues.
Hardin Valley resident Kim Frazier loves her community, and she is doing everything she can to help mitigate and navigate its growing pains by advocating for “smart growth and planning.”

The co-founder of Hardin Valley Planning Advocates is not doing it alone, but as ringleader she has helped bring about some very impactful changes, including rallying grass- roots support of Knoxville-Knox County Planning’s ongoing Hardin Valley Mobility Study and helping revive the nearly 20-years dormant Knoxville-Farragut-Knox County Growth Policy Plan Committee.

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One mother’s love

Seals’ book details son’s ‘Down, Up’ heroin battle

Brenda Seals recently released “Son Down, Son Up: How One Mother Battled Her Son’s Addiction, Found Hope and Survived,” as a beacon of hope for those dealing with addiction, and said it is a book she certainly could have used herself.
A Farragut area mom has written the book she herself could have used when her son was fighting a four-year addiction to drugs.

Brenda Seals released “Son Down, Son Up: How One Mother Battled Her Son’s Addiction, Found Hope and Survived,” about a month ago, which details her own struggles as she helplessly watched her son, Matthew, slide further and further into an addition to heroin.

Although Matthew is now 15 years sober with a loving family and successful nursing career, Brenda said she was compelled to share her story to help others.

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Easier now for permits, inspections

Farragut is going paperless in several key areas as it launches an online permitting and inspection process starting Tuesday, May 21.

According to officials, all permitting, planning and zoning processes will now take place using MyGovernmentOnline software.

“We see this as a several step process, with the roll out of the new system as the first step,” said Sue Stuhl, Parks & Recreation Director and Town media liaison.

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Massey awarded

For work on behalf of women, children

State Sen. Becky Massey (R-District 6, which includes much of Concord), center, was presented the 2019 Advocacy Award by representatives from Advocates for Women’s And Kid’s Equality Wednesday, May 8. Alongside are Yvette Hanshaw, left, AWAKE executive director, and Sara Beth Myers, AWAKE president of the Board and group founder.
State Sen. Becky Massey (R-District 6, which includes much of Concord) was presented the 2019 Advocacy Award by representatives from Advocates for Women’s And Kid’s Equality Wednesday, May 8.

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Founders Park stage soon ready

Founder’s Park at Campbell Station Road is getting a welcome addition just in time for the 5th Annual Summer Lawn Chair Series kickoff June 15.

A covered stage, partially funded through a sizable donation from First Watch in Turkey Creek, currently is being constructed by Town Public Works department employees as time permits.

The flooring has been poured, and last week the roofing was attached.

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Police Report

• At 4:57 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, a Spinnaker Road complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office to report her credit card numbers and bank account numbers as stolen. Complainant advised her credit card number through United Missouri Bank has been used multiple times totaling around $500, but she still has the card in her possession. Complain-ant also advised three checks containing her checking account information through BB&T have been created and cashed in the amounts of $362, $241.88 and $285.43. Complainant advised no checks had been stolen, and does have detailed bank statements that can be provided to the assigned detective.

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letterstotheeditor

Mayor Ron Williams’ part 2 letter on development: gov’t sector

Last week, I wrote about positive changes that are happening in Farragut in regard to commercial development and redevelopment. But our municipal government is also busy with several projects that will add value to our community.

Earlier this year, a viewing area was constructed at the Farragut Museum to showcase a new history documentary commissioned by our Museum Committee. Now that the exterior of the Campbell Station Inn has been restored, work will soon begin on the park-like plaza surrounding the house.

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presstalks

• As a disabled American and resident of Farragut, I must take issue with the (Town of Farragut) speed-calming plan for Sonja Drive and Admiral Road. Speed humps are in direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. So why is it municipalities keep forcing them on disabled persons? Obstacles placed on public roads cause excruciating pain for persons with low back disabilities.

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