Former teacher Siebe named Farragut High School principal

As an English teacher at Farragut High School from the 2001-02 school year to April 2007, Ryan Siebe left a favorable impression on one of the assistant principals soon to be under Siebe’s direction.

“I get excited any time we get a person who is capable of doing the job,” Dwayne Simmons, an FHS assistant principal and veteran educator at the school, said about Siebe, recently appointed FHS principal effective in

the 2016-2017 school year. “He’s very academic, and that’s what we’re all about.

“He was an excellent teacher, and I think he got along really well with most of the staff. The kids liked him.”

Dr. James McIntyre Jr., superintendent of Knox County Schools, announced his decision to appoint Siebe Monday, June 10, following three years serving as principal at Carter High School.
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Here comes the parade

A similar scene to this Independence Day Parade view from 2015 — possibly without the clouds and rain — can be expected as town of Farragut’s 29th Annual Independence Day Parade is set to kick off at 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 4. Highlighting the 29th Annual Farragut Independence Day Parade includes representation from Delta Airlines, Model A Ford cars and local sports radio personality Jeff Jacoby, with Farragut ties, as Grand Marshal.

“What I hear, this has become a tradition for a lot of families,” Sue Stuhl, Farragut Parks and Leisure Services director, said about the parade and its 95 entries, which first gathers in Farragut High School parking lot before making their way down Lendon Welch Way to its intersection with Kingston Pike. The parade begins there at 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 4.

“We have a lot families and friends and groups that actually make a picnic, bring tables and chairs and really make a little party,” Stuhl said. “That’s how they kick off their Independence Day celebration.”
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Registration begins for annual Intro to Farragut

Registration for the fourth annual Introduction to Farragut Class has begun.

“It will teach you about how the inner workings of the Town operate. We feel it’s an important program to offer the community,” Chelsea Riemann, Town of Farragut public relations coordinator, said.

An official news release June 7 said Introduction to Farragut “is a unique way to connect participants with the Town, providing information on its history,

government structure and operations, public safety,

education and volunteer opportunities.” The release said the program is open to any interested person. Participants do not need to be Farragut residents in order to qualify.

The classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 17, and go until Tuesday, Nov. 15.
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Savings expected from new LED lights

Bettye Newby, town of Farragut receptionist, stands below the new, more efficient LED lights installed in Farragut Town Hall’s interior, including the museum, offices, board room and committee room. Lori Saal, town of Farragut stormwater coordinator and former sustainability coordinator, said new LED lights will save the town of Farragut $6,000 per year.

“It’s important for energy conservation. The LED lights use significantly less energy than the old ones, which also is going to save the Town thousands of dollars on our electric bill each year,” she said.

“It has a higher up front cost, but the savings long term make the operations of our facilities more sustainable,” she said, referring to the cost of the new lights compared to the old ones.

“Sustainability is about finding a balance between economic, environmental and social aspects,” she said.
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Resurfacing project has begun

The town of Farragut’s contractor, APAC-Harrison, continues work on resurfacing streets and parking areas.

“Proper maintenance of the roadways keeps the Town’s network of streets from deteriorating,” Darryl Smith, Town engineer, said.

“As streets age, the cost to make repairs and resurface increases dramatically. It’s imp-ortant to replace the surface before underlying layers are affected and require replacement as well,” he said.

The resurfacing project includes Campbell Lakes Drive, Turkey Cove Lane and Fords Cove Lane at the Cove at Turkey Creek Subdivision, Lost Tree Lane near Fox Den Villas, Long Ridge Road in Saddle Ridge Subdivision and Allen Kirby Road, all of which are now finished.

Chelsey Riemann, Farragut public relations coordinator, said as of June 20 the contractor had not finished with Outlets Drive. It has not yet started on Boyd Station road underpass, Public Works Facility parking lot and Applegate Lane in Ramsgate.
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Turkey Creek road property to be rezoned

Spinnaker Road resident David Dickey, left, addresses the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, including Noah Myers and Betty Dick, about drainage and other concerns related to a potential new residential development along Turkey Creek Road near his property. The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed the rezoning of the property, 11739 Turkey Creek Road, during its April 21 meeting. Property to the west of Briarstone subdivision and across from Anchor Park could be rezoned to support more houses.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed Site Infrastructure Transportation Engineers Incorporated’s requ-est for that property at its meeting Thursday, April 21. It voted to approve the rezoning, but limit it to 35 lots during its meeting Thursday, May 19.

The property that will be rezoned is at11739 Turkey Creek Road. Under the new zoning, the 16.3-acre property would be R-3, meaning small lot single family residential. It would have a minimum of 8,500 square feet per lot.

Henry Henski of Spinnaker Road said at the April 21 meeting the density of the development concerned him.
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police reports

• On May 12 at around 6:35 p.m., a Woodrose Court complainant advised Knox County Sheriffs Office that between 2 and 7:30 p.m., May 11, an unknown suspect vandalized the back door to her residence. The complainant stated the glass on the door was shattered. Estimated loss is about $550.

• On May 13 at around 8:39 a.m., a Grigsby Loop Circle complainant stated to KCSO that between 8:30 p.m., May 12, and 8:05 a.m., May 13, an unknown suspect gained entry into her vehicle, a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, by unknown means and rummaged through it. All of the property was moved from the back of the vehicle to the front and the front to the back. She advised no damage was done and no property was taken. She advised she is sure she locked her door and on her vehicle it will automatically lock after about five minutes, if no key is in the ignition and no weight is in the seat. No loss was reported.
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