Town Sampler contest starts March 1

Direct-e-mail shopping between Farragut consumers and Town businesses will become much more of a precise science thanks to “Town Sampler,” the contest brainchild of a Shop Farragut board member.

That’s the prediction of Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, following the alliance’s “third Thursday morning” meeting Feb. 15 in Town Hall.

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Orange & Black ... On Rocky Top about to turn 50

Farragut’s Bobby Scott witnessed, assisted Lester McClain’s football journey breaking UT, SEC color barriers

Lester McClain, UT varsity wide receiver, 1968-1970.
Farragut resident Bobby Scott, a sophomore quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers almost 50 years ago, was part of some groundbreaking moments when the Georgia Bulldogs visited Neyland Stadium to open the 1968 football season Saturday, Sept. 14.

It marked the first Southeastern Conference football game ever played on artificial turf; the first Vols versus UGA football game in 31 years, and the first UT Football game ever broadcast by now retired “Voice of the Vols” legend John Ward — also a Farragut resident.

But most importantly, it was the first varsity game for sophomore wide receiver Lester McClain — the first African-American UT Football player and one of the first three black athletes in Vols history.

During Black History Month, and coming up on the 50th anniversary of McClain’s first UT varsity game, both men looked back upon Big Orange history — which also became SEC history.

Though “Kentucky had two [African-American] guys who came in ahead of me,” neither finished a complete season according to McClain.

As a result, “I was the only black guy [in the SEC] who played every game in 1968 … and the first black football player to actually letter in the SEC,” added the former State Farm agent in Knoxville, and most recently Nashville, who came from the mid-state as a teenager to help break the school’s athletic color barrier.

McClain, who went on to earn Honorable Mention All-SEC honors during a three-year UT career, contributed to a Vols rally to earn a 17-17 tie with the Bulldogs that groundbreaking afternoon in 1968.

“When I think about Lester McClain, I think about a kid who was hard working. … There wasn’t anybody who was going to outwork Lester,” Scott said. “He didn’t expect anybody to give him anything. He wanted to earn it.

“If I wanted to go out 20 minutes early before practice and get some extra throwing in, or if I wanted to wait until after practice and get 30 minutes of extra throwing in, he was the first one in line,” he added.

“I thought we were good teammates,” McClain said about Scott, adding with a laugh, “I always liked it when he threw it to me.”

Overall, “I had a great relationship with him,” Scott, a sales representative with Balfour, said about McClain. “… He also was a great guy; he was somebody you enjoyed being around.”

The Scott-to-McClain connection helped the Vols compile a 20-3 record in two seasons, including the 1969 SEC championship.

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Developer eyes ‘R-4’ 28 acres off K-Pike

A new developer for the former Swan property, located across from the former Weigel’s at 12639 Kingston Pike just west of Everett Road, said he wants to build a ”neighborhood commercial” development on 28.76 acres.

Developer David Robinette, owner of Site Inc, is asking Farragut Planning Commission to rezone the parcel from R-2, R-1 and Floodplain District, to Commercial-1, R-4 or Attached Family Residential zoning and FPD.

At the same time, Robinette is asking that parcels belonging to the Ivey family and totaling 115 acres off Union Road be rezoned from Agriculture Zoning to R-1/Open Space Residential to make way for a residential development.

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Green light for new Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna Wings Restaurant has received the green light on its site plan for a new restaurant building, which will be located at 12802 Kingston Pike, right beside Renaissance | Farragut.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved the site plan, presented by BKW Restaurant owner Matthew Beeler, engineer Mark Bialik and R. Knick Myers with Myers Bros. Holdings, which owns Renaissance | Farragut, at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 15.

Planning Commissioner Noah Myers, who operates Myers Bros. Holdings with brother, Knick Myers, recused himself from the discussion and vote.

Since BKW opened the Farragut restaurant in 2014, it has been growing, so now it is working with Myers Bros. Holdings to construct a new facility at the nearby location.

“I want to thank you for staying in Farragut and continuing to work with the Myers Bros Holdings,” FMPC member Louise Povlin said.

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police reports

• At 8:35 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, a Boyd Station Road complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit in reference to her Toyota Camry being vandalized at Kroger Market Place, 189 Brooklawn St. Complainant advised she left the vehicle and entered the store around 7:50 a.m., Feb. 14, then returned to her vehicle around 8:05 a.m. Complainant said she was moving an item on her dash when she noticed the windshield had been broken. Estimated value of damage was listed at $500. Complainant advised the damage appears to have been done by a suspect striking the windshield with an object.

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‘Reformed’ Jones keys Town’s Retail Crime Forum talk

For more than 20 years, Bill Jones made his living stealing merchandise.

He made a very good living actually — typically raking in more than $100,000 annually for what he describes as “just a few hours of work a week.”

“I lived a pretty good life — at least I thought it was a good life,” he told a packed crowd of retail shop owners and law enforcement officials Feb. 13 during a Retail Crime Forum in Farragut Town Hall.

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