Book Fest fills park with books and such

Kellie Hudgens, left, and Kendall of Village Green subdivision check out the books available at a book sale, which was part of Book Fest for Children Saturday, April 11, at Knox County Public Library Farragut Branch and Founders Park at Campbell Station. Families from Farragut and the surrounding area took advantage of the sunshine to turn out for the 2015 Book Fest for Children.

The event, hosted by Farragut Arts Council and Knox County Public Library Farragut Branch, drew 450 children and 13 local children’s book authors, Saturday, April 11, in Founders Park at Campbell Station, Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said.

“The event was perfect,” Lauren Cox, Farragut Special Events and program coordinator, said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the storytelling, crafts, authors and entertainment.

“We were very pleased with the collaboration between the Knox County Library’s book sale and the Book Fest event, as both programs benefit from one another,” Cox said. “We look forward to partnering with them in the future so that both events continue to be a great success.”
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New sidewalks link communities

Tom Patty, equipment operator for town of Farragut Public Works Department, puts the finish on a sidewalk extension alongside Grigsby Chapel Road, across the street from Grigsby Chapel United Methodist Church. The sidewalk will continue to St. Charles Place subdivision as the budget allows. With the budget process under way for Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, they are looking at the Town’s sidewalks and walking paths as part of the Capital Investment Program funding.

Meanwhile, work is underway. The first week of April, Farragut Public Works crew started extending a sidewalk alongside Grigsby Chapel Road at Grigsby Chapel United Methodist Church to St. Charles Place Subdivision with remaining funds in the current budget, Chris Brown, Farragut’s road foreman, said.

As the Board and Town staff look at future projects, Darryl Smith, Town engineer, said currently there are three sidewalk/greenway connectors under consideration. One of the proposed projects would be the Kingston Pike sidewalk at Willow Creek Golf Course. Smith said this project would involve construction of a sidewalk with a curb and gutter on the south side of Kingston Pike from about 1,000 feet east of Old Stage Road to Virtue Road.
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Mayor Burchett’s constituent meetings keep homegrown feel

During one of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s constituents meetings, Mark Jones shared a photo of the county mayor’s late father, Charlie Burchett, taken during a May 2008 Honor Air trip to the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. Honor Air participants in the photo, from left, are George Broberg, Burchett, Edgar Bowen and Roy Heatherly. About a half dozen Farragut area residents stopped by to chat and voice concerns to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett as part of his regular constituent meetings.

Burchett said he hosts these district constituent meetings twice a year. He is having 10 meetings this month. One such meeting was Monday, May 16, when the county mayor met with Farragut area residents at Frank R. Strang Senior Center, 109 Lovell Heights Road.

“Generally, folks just come out to meeting on constituent issues, and they prefer one-on-one contact,” Burchett said. “We meet at senior centers because of the ease of access, they are safe and everyone knows where their senior centers are.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of these meetings,” he said. “I am term-limited, and we made a commitment to meet with these people and we are going to keep it.
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Union Road quandary

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission’s urgency to widen Union Road has left at a potential development project up in the air.

Representatives from Horne Properties Inc. asked Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, during its meeting Thursday, March 19, to amend the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan for a 30.13-acre property at 12639 Kingston Pike and change the designation from medium and low density to commercial.

Doug Horne, president of Horne Properties Inc. and owner of Republic Newspapers Inc, parent company of farragutpress, said HPI has an option to buy the property from the Swan family.
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BOMA approves zoning

A map of Briarstone Subdivision and the adjacent Smith property showed the proposed rezoning changes to the two properties, switching the zoning from R-1 to R-1 Open Space Mixed Residential and R-1 OSMR to R-1. Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave a green light to a rezoning that would clear up zoning and property lines for a subdivision across from Anchor Park and an adjacent property.

The Board voted unanimously to approve on first reading rezoning a lot on Smith property at 11739 Turkey Creek Road and portions of a lot in Briarstone Subdivision, formerly Villas at Anchor Park, from R-1 to R-1/Open Space Mixed Residential Overlay and R-1/OSMR to R-1 respectively during its meeting Thursday, April 9.

Rackley Engineering submitted the rezoning request on behalf of Briarstone Subdivision development.
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