Farragut, area fallen hero salute

Ken DeBoer, Commandant of the Marine Corps League Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment 924, and Charlene Cotton, president of Marine Corps League Auxiliary of Knoxville, presented the Marine Corps Wreath Monday, May 25, during the annual Memorial Day Service in Virtue Cemetery at the Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout Medal of Honor Memorial.

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Young Marine Lance Cpl. Luke Jones simulated “Taps” while in the background the 924 Detachment’s Marine Corps Honor Guard Rifle Team, having just performed a 21-gun salute, stood at attention during the ceremony.

Big view of Town Center

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission was treated to several new drawings during its regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 21 — its second held electronically — as plans for the old Kroger development Town Center continue to unfold.

The renderings — proposed building elevations, streetscapes and even a concept master plan — were just the latest offered by Budd Cullom of CHM Development. Along with his design team, Cullom plans to create a bustling Town Center on the 40-plus acre property, complete with retail, restaurants, multi-family housing, office space and parks.

“As they are doing more research, they are trying to get as much feedback as possible from the FMPC as early as possible,” Town Community Development director Mark Shipley said. “There is a lot of green space, and certainly it has a lot of good elements here.”

The property, with a street address of 11238 Kingston Pike, is located directly across the street from Farragut High School’s Lendon Welch Way main entrance, which would align with the development’s Main Street.

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Citing 10 incidents, FMPC denies latest MCI/Verizon installation bid

In the wake of numerous utility breaks and unclear about the direction MCI/Verizon is taking as it pursues fiber installation throughout Town, Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission — still meeting electronically by Gov. Bill Lee’s orders — denied the company’s latest application Thursday, May 21.

MasTec, a subcontractor for MCI/Verizon, had requested permits allowing it to install underground fiber along North Campbell Station Road, Herron Road, Cottage Creek subdivision, portions of The Cove at Turkey Creek, Stonecrest and Sweet Briar subdivisions, as well as West End Avenue.

The agenda item appeared to be a continuation of a six-phase project first approved last year by the FMPC, although Mike Majka of Verizon told commissioners last week the project is not an expansion — the application was simply a new one. MasTec received approval for permits in December to install underground fiber throughout Farragut in both commercial and residential areas.

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‘COVID-19 safe’ awards earned by Town, area biz

As businesses re-open, Knox County Health Department is issuing certificates to those meeting COVID-19 guidelines that they can display in their workplaces.

“Based on these three zip codes (37932, 37933 and 37934) we have 58 businesses that have received their ‘Community Commitment’ certificate,” Deborah Crouse, Knox County COVID-19 Joint Information Center Media Relations and Project director, stated in a Thursday, May 21, e-mail.

Local honorees were Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, OsteoStrong Farragut, Little Joe’s Pizza, Kat’s Lash Lounge & Wax Studio and the Southern Market, 5400 Homberg Drive in Bearden.

”Businesses receive the certificate through completing the following actions: identifying a COVID-19 coordinator, displaying COVID-19 safety signage at employee/public entrances and enrolling in the COVID-19 communication listserv,” Crouse said.

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July 4 Parade is cancelled; Center to open

• Per Knox County Health Department guidelines on Phase 2 Re-opening, Town of Farragut announces its annual Independence Day Parade has been cancelled, along with Fun with Farragut’s Fleet.

• However, Farragut Community Center and Town Hall will re-open next week.

Details, other events

• In lieu of the parade, the Town is asking businesses and neighborhoods to participate in Festive Fourth at Home. This event, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 4, encourages residents to decorate yards, houses, cars, trucks, etc. and dress in festive attire for drive-by viewing. The Town asks participants to send their location to by 5 p.m., Thursday, July 2, for inclusion on a map of participating locations.

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Ben Boring, wounded vet, salesman of 52 years from prominent Town family, dies

A military veteran wounded in battle serving his country in the Korean War, a highly respected furniture salesman of 52 years while able to mow his property into his 90s — from one of Farragut’s most prominent families — has passed. Ben Boring, 91, died Friday, May 22.

“Called to into service for the Korean War, as a corporal in the 101st Airborne, Ben Boring went overseas and joined the 1st Calvary where he was wounded by friendly fire in Japan,” his obituary read. “After three months of rehabilitation, he went to Korea participating in the mock invasion that helped end the Korean War. Ben has recalled he thought he would be part of the actual invasion until 24 hours before, and remembers thinking it would be his last day on earth.”

The following is a tribute to Mr. Boring from Mona Smith, an active Farragut High School alumnae quite involved in keeping up with graduates of the FHS “Old School,” those from 1976 and prior, about Mr. Boring’s life, as sent to various FHS alumni. Mr. Boring was from the FHS Class of 1946.

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Fox, Nagy, Veigth, Guinn honor our fallen veterans

While many Memorial Day activities were cancelled or relegated to online status, a call to participate in the nationally socially-distant movement “Taps Across America” was met by four Farragut High School marching band students.

Mason Fox, a rising sophomore, eagerly agreed to participate after FHS band director Kenneth L. Carrico III posted about the event, which asked buglers and trumpet players to perform “Taps” at exactly 3 p.m., Monday, May 25.

“(Carrico) put it up on the Band Facebook page,” said Mason’s mother, Tina Fox. “He didn’t say why, but it was really up to the kids to make the decision to participate or not.

“I’m so proud of Mason for doing it.”

Tina promoted Mason’s participation on her own Facebook page, then recorded it and posted as Mason went live.

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KCSO police reports

Concerning our continuing issues communicating with Knox County Sheriff’s Office records personnel to receive “Police Reports” came the following from Hillary Martin, KCSO Public Records Request coordinator: “we’ve been receiving a lot of similar complaints, so we let our IT Department know yesterday (May 20) that the website isn’t working.” We apologize for the continuing issues.