Adding pickleball facilities in Mayor Bob Leonard Park, dealing with traffic and building a greenway under Kingston Pike near Rick Terry Jewelry Designs — at the intersection of the Pike and Campbell Station Road — are among the projects that topped the list of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen priorities in 2024.
The Board mused over Town-proposed projects, challenges and concerns during its annual retreat, which took place for about six hours in Jersey College, next to Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center, Friday, Feb. 9.
A new proposed project involved a Christmas ice skating rink in Town.
“Getting started on the pickleball courts (at Mayor Bob Leonard Park)” was one of Vice Mayor Louise Povlin’s priorities, as well as wayfinding signage.
“It would certainly help with newcomers, as well as visitors,” she added.
Other Board priorities included initiating a master plan and public input process for the future park land at McFee Road, implementing wayfinding/placemaking (signs) efforts, beginning renovations on Campbell Station Inn, identifying critical missing greenway connections or needed open/park space, adding sidewalks along spine streets in older subdivisions and enhanced park security, and researching new technology to increase efficiency and management of the Town’s lawn maintenance program, among others.
Pellissippi State Community College students, faculty and area visitors had an opportunity to hear from the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which came in January 1961.
Theotis Robinson Jr. shared his experiences and advice as that first student during a “Conversation with a Legend,” as part of Black History Month, at PSCC’s Hardin Valley campus Tuesday, Feb. 13.
“Understand that government, that politics impact your rights very directly,” Robinson advised. “For example, I mentioned tuition and how that impacts you and your families.
“Pay attention to what’s going on in government,” he added. “Right now, our country is really at a crossroads. Are we going to remain a democracy or are we going to become an autocratic (government)?”
Sounding a warning, “We need to understand that and how that affects our freedoms,” Robinson said. “You see, many freedoms are being eroded constantly.
“I hope you are leaving your footprints behind,” he added.
Robinson has been leaving footprints behind since he graduated from Austin High School in 1959, when he filed a lawsuit to attend University of Tennessee.
A second round of questions from Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast Speaker Series in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center Wednesday morning, Feb. 7, have been answered by the following 5th District Primary candidates during early voting, through Tuesday, Feb. 27, leading to Primary election day Tuesday, March 5.
County Commission candidates — S. Arthur Moore (Democrat) and Republicans Toni Scott, Dale Skidmore, Brian Walker, Brad Hall and Angela Russell — and School Board candidates Lauren Morgan (Republican) and Terrye Whitaker (Democrat).
Russell’s bio, not included last week, is at the end of the answered questions.
What is your specific experience in participating with or serving alongside our local government to date? Commission candidates
“In my career in law enforcement, I have been a team player, a problem solver, a counselor and managed a lot of crises, so I think that helps. I would bring everyone to the table that’s involved and work on the issues.”
“Since turning 18, I have been an active voter in all elections, including local elections and Republican primaries.
Tickets for the popular Shamrock Ball Father-Daughter Dance — offering either a late afternoon or evening session Saturday, March 2, in Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd. — are selling fast, according to Rachel Malone, Town Recreation and Event manager.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Malone said. “It’s the first time that I’ve experienced it, but I know that it’s a Farragut favorite.
“We’ll have lots of dancing, music, crafts, light refreshments, photo opportunities,” she added. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun for the families who attend.”
Families can chooses one of two sessions: from 4 to 6 p.m., or from 7 to 9 p.m.
“Limited tickets remain for the early session,” Malone added. In the past, she said the tickets have sold out.
There is a cap of 250 people per session.
• At 1:41 a.m., Monday, Feb. 19, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office unit responded to a Belleaire Drive residence in reference to a vehicle burglary. Complainant said he was awakened by his garage door opening. Complainant said when he came out, he observed individuals running away from his vehicles. Complainant said “he then observed a white Nissan Altima leaving his dead-end road at a high rate of speed,” the report stated. Complainant said he then “noticed that all of his vehicles had been burglarized. He said his firearm, a Glock 19, had been taken from his truck”. No dollar value of damage was listed.
A Farragut High School dance team member, Mary Elizabeth Noble, was inadvertently omitted from the list of dance team members in a story that ran on Page 4B of our Community Section Wednesday, Feb. 14.
We regret the error.