Traffic signal planned for Pike at Virtue Road

Southbound view of the Kingston Pike intersection with Virtue Road A request from Cannon & Cannon, Inc. to build a traffic signal at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Virtue Road received a unanimous vote of approval during the town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Aug. 13.

Cannon & Cannon issued the request to Town engineer Darryl Smith. The lump sum fee for the engineering services would cost $13,500.

Cannon and Cannon also provided a traffic signal design and schedule that would allow a submittal of plans to TDOT for review within six weeks.

“For several years, staff has monitored the operation of the intersection at Kingston Pike and Virtue Road,” Smith said. “That’s one of my pet projects because that’s the way I go every day. We made a request to install a signal several years ago at this intersection and at that time the intersection the [Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices] and [Tennessee Department of Transportation] felt it was not a strong enough argument at that time and wanted us to simply wait until traffic grew to the point that a signal would be warranted.
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BOMA OKs Future Land Use Map change

The town of Farragut took one step closer to its downtown area, Thursday, Aug. 13.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted in favor of a request that would change an office/industrial area to a Mixed Town Use Center and expand its use.

The property is located west of Village Veterinary Medical Center and east of the former Phillips 66 gas location off the corner of Kingston Pike and N. Campbell Station Road. Community Development director Mark Shipley provided the Future Land Use Map during his discussion, which was reviewed by the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission before Thursday, Aug. 13.
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Drivers asked to heed school zones

With school in session in Farragut, motorists are reminded to be aware of pedestrian traffic, buses and flashing speed limit lights at school zone.

The first day of school for Knox County students was Monday, Aug. 10. Students from Farragut Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High schools will be walking and riding bicycles or buses. Capt. Brad Hall, Knox County Sheriff’s Office liaison with Farragut, said motorists should be mindful of this traffic.

“Be aware of kids walking to school or riding their bikes, Hall said.

As usual, the sheriff’s office will have deputies present in cars or on motorcycles in the mornings at school zones, he said.

“They will be monitoring traffic, running radar and writing tickets,” he added.

As motorists drive into school zones, Hall said, “Pay attention to the flashing signal lights and be aware of the posted speed limits.
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Rezoning request in BOMA hands after FMPC vote

Proponents and opponents of a request to rezone 22 acres north of Farragut Church of Christ off Smith Road and north of Kings-ton Pike at Peterson Road for apartments will have to wait for a Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen decision next month.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, during its meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, voted 6-2 against recommending approval of a request to rezone the property from R-2, general single-family home residential, to R-6, multi-family residential.

Commissioners Ed Whiting and Annette Brun voted in favor of the rezoning while Commis-sioners Noah Myers, Betty Dick, Ed St. Clair, Louise Povlin, Mayor Ralph McGill and Chairwoman Rita Holladay opposed the change.

Commissioner and Ron Honken was absent.
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police reports

• On Friday, Aug. 14, at around 7:44 a.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at 11863 Kingston Pike (farragutpress). Upon arrival, the complainant stated that when he arrived for work he noticed that several of the windows in the building were open and that the screens had been removed. Complainant stated that it appeared the unknown suspect had entered through the conference room window that was unlocked and had damaged the interior door trying to gain access to the rest of the building. Complainant stated that he would make a detailed list of the property missing from the business when the rest of the employees arrived. A forensic officer responded and processed the scene. Property damage was estimated at $200. read more