Sept. 25 meeting: will reflect citizen interest in McFee $5.5 million cost?

Although Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen have scheduled a public meeting to address concerns about the proposed $5.5 million purchase of 55 acres of property along McFee Road beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25, in Farragut Community Center, four residents raised questions and voiced their objections to the purchase — and the conduct of the Board — during BOMA’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 14.

During Citizen Forum time at the end of the meeting, citizen Patrick Lee asked Mayor Ron Williams, Vice Mayor Louise Povlin and Aldermen David White and Drew Burnette several questions. Among them:

• “Are you aware there is a nearly 2-acre active sinkhole on the McFee land purchase site?

• “How does this impact the access easement for the road?

• “What was the reason for refusing to vote to Alderman (David) White’s request to delay the vote to allow for a workshop to ask the residents if they want this purchase over other needs?

“Will you commit to significant public outreach and allow the citizens to decide if they want to purchase this property,” Lee asked.

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$120,000 divided by 4

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen presented the Town’s four public schools a combined $120,000 — $27,000 to each plus $12,000 to Farragut High School Education Foundation, during a brief ceremony early in BOMA’s Thursday, Sept. 14, meeting in Town Hall boardroom. Joined by the Town’s Education Relations Committee youth representatives, on hand for the presentation were, front row from left, youth representatives Abby Doyle and Sophie Lu, Farragut Primary School principal Lynn White, FHS Education Foundation president Mary Cook and youth representatives, Vaishnavi Tathineni, Michelle Lin and Lauren King.

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Ward explains nightclub’s side concerning Anthony cancelling Sept. 27 show

Statement from Chuck Ward, owner of Cotton Eyed Joe, concerning the cancellation of Country Music sensation Oliver Anthony’s scheduled performance at the Farragut nightclub Wednesday, Sept. 27:

“On Sept. 6, 2023, Cotton Eyed Joe’s entered into conversation with the intention to create a formal agreement with Brian Prentice, who was identified as Oliver Anthony’s manager, on the terms and conditions specific to a concert and meet-and-greet the artist (Anthony) would furnish on Sept. 27, 2023. “... Prentice verbally stated Anthony requested $120,000 in compensation, plus two nights hotel accommodations.

“Additionally, Prentice verbally agreed that Anthony would participate in a meet-and-greet prior to the concert. Cotton Eyed Joe suggested a ticket price of $99 per ticket for the concert and a concert/meet-and-greet combo ticket at a price of $199 per ticket. Prentice verbally agreed to both the concert ticket and the concert/meet-and-greet combo ticket prices and asked for Cotton Eyed Joe to produce a formal agreement.

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Neighbors of Knoxville CC lead kill of Choto affordable housing plan; Zachary quote

CONCORD — Dominion Group’s recent announcement to withdraw its application for the Choto Landing affordable housing project “marks a significant triumph for the residents of Knox County, underscoring the power of a united community,” stated a press release from Neighbors of Knoxville Community Coalition, the main coordinated effort to stop the development.

“A coalition of area neighbors appreciates Dominion Group’s commitment to responsible development and respect for the character of the Choto community.”

Dominion Group planned a 56-unit townhome community, which would house residents earning less than $70,000 per year, at 12320 Northshore Drive, just east of Town of Farragut limits in Knox County.

Residents of the area, led by NKCC, held a protest Tuesday, Sept. 5, opposing the development (see specific concerns later in this story).

According to a press release from State Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14, which includes Farragut) Tuesday, Sept. 12, “I confirmed that Dominion sold their property off Northshore to a private owner and they are no longer pursuing the development at Choto Landing.

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Offer input on Town Center plans via online

As part of an effort to collect public input on how property in Farragut’s Town Center should develop and what new infrastructure is needed, the Town of Farragut invites its citizens to complete a survey.

Share your feedback by visiting the Town’s engagement site, To participate, scroll down to Featured Projects and choose “Mixed Use Town Center Input.”

First-time users will need to create an account by entering a name and e-mail address. Once you are on the project page, you can read more about the public input process. The survey is at the bottom of the page.

Collected data will be used to update Farragut’s land use map, which guides decisions that influence how property develops.

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KCSO reports

• At 2:05 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, a complainant sent an e-mail to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to report license plates missing from Hertz Vehicles, LLC, 9000 Executive Park Drive. Complainant stated the license plate was lost in the mail and was notified by e-mail at 1:07 p.m., Sept. 14.

Complainant was required to file a report in order to receive a new license plate. Total value of loss was listed at $65.

• On Tuesday, Sept. 12, a complainant, a Knox County Litter Crew employee contacted a KCSO unit about an illegal dump site located near 10817 Parkgate Drive in Farragut.

Items found were a large box, broken furniture and household trash. Inside the trash documents, the suspect’s name and address were found. These documents consisted of a bill from from Precision Tune Auto Care with the suspect’s name, home address, phone number and e-mail address.

A shipping label with the suspect’s address also was found. “The amount of trash found at the site was well over the 10 pounds needed for an aggravated littering charge,” the report stated. “A records check found that the suspect currently is on parole from Texas for a robbery conviction.”

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