Bob Hill, FMPC fixture, remembered

Highly respected for his knowledge and zeal for all matters concerning the growth and overall well-being of the Town of Farragut, which manifested itself with more than a quarter-century of service on Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, Bob “Robin” Hill passed away Wednesday, July 10. He was 90.

Bob’s work with Town of Farragut was matched by what many observed as “an exemplary career” in Project Engineering Management at Y-12 in Oak Ridge.

Rita Holladay worked alongside Bob and succeeded him as FMPC chair — saying he held that post for more than 25 years — and fondly recalled his work ethic and commitment.

“After my husband, my sons and grandson, he was one of my favorite men in the whole world,” she said.

“He had such knowledge, and was always willing to share it, and he was such a help to me. When he said he was going to retire from the Planning Commission, we talked a lot about the procedure of things — not about individual issues, but more on how to run the meetings,” Holladay added.

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Farragut’s natural beauty

One of the region’s most renowned nature centers has been helping the Farragut community enjoy what nature has to offer

Annie Brahlek was one of the first to jump into the North Branch of Turkey Creek in a search of “water critters.”
Since last Fall, Ijams Nature Center, in a cooperative effort with the Town of Farragut Parks and Recreation Department, has brought monthly programs to Town that showcase Farragut’s natural beauty and habitats.

While they started a bit slowly last fall, the monthly offerings have become so popular they typically sell out.

“We had a lot of people express an interest in coming to us, but the distance sometimes posed a challenge,” said Nick Stahlman of Ijams who has been leading the Farragut programs.

The June 22 group, which assembled in Founders Park at Campbell Station, featured an excited group of children, parents and grandparents using nets to discover “water critters” inhabiting the North fork of Turkey Creek, which runs through the park.

“We love these programs,” said Dawn Greenwald, who attended with daughter, Sadie. “Nick is awesome and is a great teacher. It is very informative, and he makes it fun for everyone.”

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Phase III ‘The Plaza’ target date spring 2020

While officials continue to evaluate what will be the ultimate use for the historic Campbell Station Inn, the property around it will undergo a major facelift in the coming months.

Farragut Parks and Recreation director Sue Stuhl said Phase III of the project, now being called “The Plaza,” is an elaborate “park-like setting” for what is nearly two acres of land.

The design plans have been approved, and the project will be put out for bids in the “next couple of weeks,” she added. “We hope the project will be constructed and completed by spring 2020.”

Two elaborate lawn areas will serve as centerpieces of the project. The larger of the two will lie along the west and north portions of the property, while a smaller circular one will overlook Campbell Station Road.

A parking area, which will be topped with pavers, also will be constructed.

“The big, flat open lawn will be good for small festivals or small special events,” Stuhl said. “The Circle Plaza area, we are thinking could be used for a lot of different things or special events, too.”

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Sales Tax Holiday is coming as the countdown to a new school year approaches

With the new school year on the horizon, Farragut and other East Tennessee parents will be able to save money on school purchases this month.

Tennessee Department of Revenue again is holding its annual statewide Sales Tax Holiday starting 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 26, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 28.

During that weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax-free, said Kelly Cortesi, Department of Revenue communications director.

“The holiday is provided in statute as a way to provide sales tax relief on qualifying items — primarily school-related items — to citizens of Tennessee,” Cortesi said.

“The Sales Tax Holiday exists because of law that the Tennessee General Assembly enacted in 2005.

“The first holiday was in August 2006,” she added. “Anyone — not just students — can buy (items) that qualify.”

The tax-free items eligible items include clothing priced $100 or less, such as shirts, pants, jackets, socks, shoes and dresses.

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Dog Daze II competition back Aug. 16-18

DOG DAZE II @ Village Green presented by TDS Telecom will be back for a third straight year in Farragut Friday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 18.

Labeled “a three-day festival of fun, food, shopping and competition,” by Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, DOG DAZE II is a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition of Dock Dogs International.

Festivities will take place in the Village Green shopping center parking lot, just south of Stein Mart and Planet Fitness.

“Competitors from as far away as Ohio and Florida for this national competition,” stated Trent Steele, SMDD club president, in a press release. ”... There will be over 300 jumps with 150 competitors.”

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