Outlet Drive a future entertainment hub?

Could the Outlet Drive area become a entertainment hub for Town of Farragut?

The Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee discussed the area’s business growth potential during its monthly meeting Wednesday morning, June 6, in Town Hall boardroom.

“A lot of people are unaware as to what land we own out there and how it’s zoned,” Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok said. “I have thought about the Outlet Drive area possibly as an entertainment area.”

Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, suggested “something high” building-wise in the area for entertainment purposes, “something that breaks the view to gather some interest.

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Social media safety Patterson’s theme in upcoming FWKCC Speaker Series

Farragut area businesses can hear about ways to stay safe using social media when West Knox Chamber of Commerce presents its 2018 Breakfast Speaker Series “Social Media Overload? Cure Your Viral Workspace.”

The series, which features attorney and speaker Randy Patterson, will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, with the presentation starting at 8 a.m., at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike.

Cost is $30 for Chamber members, $40 for non-members, $15 for students with a school ID and $275 for a table of 10.

With June as Internet Safety Month, Julie Blaylock, FWKCC president/CEO, acknowledged, “Social media has become a fixture in most of our lives, both personally and now, professionally.

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E. coli updates: KCHD

Knox County Health Department continues to investigate a cluster of Escherichia coli (E. coli) 0157 cases in children likely associated with consumption of raw milk and contact with farm animals.

To date, more than 10 cases of E. coli 0157 have been reported to KCHD, all are among children.

However, KCHD has not indicated any of the cases have a Town of Farragut/Farragut area connection.

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• At 6:43 p.m., Saturday, June 2, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to Walgreens, 10701 Kingston Pike, on report of counterfeit money. Officer spoke to store manager/complainant who said while working her shift unknown suspects came into the store and gave the cashier two counterfeit $100 bills. The currency was taken as evidence and complaint was given a property receipt. Manager said she would have a DVD for detectives Monday, June 4, with suspects on the video.

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Internet Safety Month a time for parents

Facebook, chat rooms, Twitter, blogs … oh, my.

In recognition of June as Internet Safety Month, Capt. Aaron Yarnell of Knox County Sheriff’s Office urges parents to make sure children are learning to use social media from them — not friends.

“Your best course of action is to become familiar with the technology,” said Yarnell, who heads KCSO’s special investigations and technology division.

Children and teens constantly are exposed to Twitter, chat rooms, virtual worlds, blogs and other forms of social media on cell phones, iPads and computers.

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letters to the editor

Markli’s views, votes, character praised

I was one of the seven founders of the Town of Farragut and served on the first Board of Mayor and Aldermen when Farragut was created 38 years ago.

Our idea was that a small local government was more responsive and could better serve the community than a large more distant government, and that with proper planning and limited services a property tax would not be required until the citizens demanded more services. Private companies compete for our fire protection and ambulance service, garbage pickup and brush and leaf removal.

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God the Father guides Council, father to many

James Council and his wife, Anna, have fostered more than a half-dozen children through Safe Families for Children, while also working in other church-related ministries and parenting their biological children, Jael, front, Landon, second from left, and Madyson.
James Council did not have a male father figure growing up, but instead found guidance through the ultimate Father.

Having what he called “my ‘Burning Bush’ experience” at age 20 when “God showed up and laid (my life) out for me,” Council has been a true father not only to his biological children, but to foster children and other “children” in need.

“I always wanted to be a dad, and I have tried to be the dad I fantasized about,” adding he realizes the only way this has been possible is “by recognizing my source — my relationship with my real Dad — God in Heaven.”

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presstalk 671-TALK

• In regards to (a recent Letter to the Editor), I’m curious of the reasoning of both the Alderman Bob Markli and (a recent pro-Markli Letter to the Editor author wishing) to put a law in place requiring a gun in each house. With Markli being in (a) conflict of interest for the last nine years, do we really need this hard-nosed drill sergeant mentality? ... According to a book I recently purchased in the (Farragut) Museum called “Full Speed Ahead,” this is not what the founders of our Town had in mind when they incorporated Farragut 38 years ago.

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