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Now it’s Farragut, TN, 37934

The Town of Farragut is “government official,” just in time for its 40th anniversary.

Mayor Ron Williams announced last week that “Farragut” now matches up to its own ZIP code as the official address — not Knoxville — thanks to diligent work by Farragut Municipal Planning Commissioner Jon Greene, Town administrator David Smoak and federal help from U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-2nd District) and his staff.

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Happy 40th Farragut

Town anniversary coupled with ribbon cutting of new Community Center, Sr. Center

Seated are Ron Simandl, left, and Eric Johnson. Standing, from left, are Marty Rodgers, widow of David Rodgers, the Town’s first attorney and the Founders’ main legal source; Marianne McGill, whose late husband, former Mayor Ralph McGill, also was a Founder; and Betty Dick. Marinanne McGill and Johnson also served as aldermen on the first Town Board beginning in April 1980.
Hundreds of area residents, volunteers and elected officials — along with a handful of Town Founders — attended a milestone event with a dual purpose.

Town of Farragut’s 40th Anniversary celebration coincided with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Farragut Community Center/West Knox County Senior Center, with a joint program Thursday, Jan. 16, in the gym the dual-centers will share inside the former Faith Lutheran Church building, 239 Jamestowne Blvd.

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Several residents speak against 5G cell towers in nearly 5-hour FMPC meeting

Village Green resident Jerry Guthrie presented a graphic noting potential health hazards from proposed 5G cell towers during the Thursday, Jan. 16, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting. Guthrie was one of nearly 20 residents who spoke against the applications for 11 towers to be placed in Town limits.
For nearly five hours Thursday, Jan. 16, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed and listened to debate regarding 11 proposed small cell support structures to be placed in Town limits.

In the end, however, state and federal laws effectively allowing telecommunication companies to be treated as other utilities tied the hands of Commissioners, who reluctantly voted to approve all 11 applications from Towersource, a subcontractor for Verizon/MCI.

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