Bearden wins

Bearden Bulldogs win state competition in Soccer, 5-2!

Farragut seniors begin a new path

Farragut High School Class of 2016 graduates, such as Heather Winter, front, walk to the front as “Pomp and Circumstance” plays during FHS’ commencement ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, May 21. Farragut High School Class of 2016 graduates started a new chapter in their lives after they passed their tassels over their caps at their commencement exercises in Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, May 21.

During the ceremony 418 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

“As you move forward, stay true to yourselves,” Stephanie Thompson, FHS principal, said.

Kaci Deakins, commencement speaker, urged her fellow graduates to “change the water.”

“Deakins, referred to Cinderella to tell how the graduates obtain their happy ever after is their choice.

“Now, it’s time to choose our path,” Deakins said. Along the way, she said failure should be seen as an opportunity, not a roadblock in their path.
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End, beginning for HVA seniors

Hardin Valley Academy graduates toss their caps to end their commencement ceremony, which took place at Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday, May 18. Hardin Valley High School graduates said they were excited but nervous and sad about graduating Wednesday, May 18.

“I’m excited, but I can’t believe it’s happening already,” Cariya Guya, HVA graduate, said.

Four hundred and forty HVA graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during the ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena.

“I’ve enjoyed high school,” Summer Allen, graduate, said. “Everything is coming to an end, then there’s college.”

“It’s an end and a beginning,” Grace Bean, graduate, said.

“True greatness can only come with the intensity of your passion and the dedication of your energy, “ Amy Linn, said in her commencement address, “To Mars and Beyond.”
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Bearden graduates proud of legacy

Bearden High School students make the traditional cap toss to end their graduation ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday, May 19. Bearden High School graduates are leaving their mark on their school even after graduating at Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday, May 19.

“To say our graduating class has simply left a legacy at Bearden would be an understatement,” Callie Elonen, senior committee president, said during the commencement ceremony.

Each year, the senior class purchases a senior gift to the school. This year, the 2016 class raised more than $34,000 to renovate the auditorium.

“The more people we got involved, the bigger the project got,” Elonen said. “Although the campaign is still in the works, we applaud the Class of 2016 for initiating the biggest gift in the history of BHS.”

“Our time at Bearden High School is not over,” Andrew Chance, senior class president, said as he welcomed attendees to the ceremony. “The impact the school has had is just beginning.
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FMPC unanimously approves measures

Annette Hommel of Site Infrastructure Transportation Engineers addresses Noah Myers, Betty Dick, Ed Whiting and the rest of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission about plans to build an O’Reiley Auto Parts store on 10870 Kingston Pike. The Commission unanimously approved the current plans for access routes to the store while also unanimously deciding that staff should talk to SITE about the architecture. The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously decided to work with a proposed O’Reiley’s location on improving its architecture while also approving a plat of correction for Phase II of the Cottages at Pryse Farm subdivision and discussing rezoning on Turkey Creek Road, changes to distance from the road for businesses, mixed use neighborhoods and the 2017 Capital Investment Plan.

They met on April 19.

The FMPC unanimously approved a variance from the Driveways and other Accessways Ordinance for a future O’Reiley’s Auto Parts store on 1080 Kingston Pike. The minimum separation between accesses on an arterial street is 400 feet according to Farragut’s ordinances. As proposed, the right out access is roughly 200 feet from the existing Thornton Drive access point and at a slight offset to the Newport Road access on the north side of Kingston Pike.
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McFee Splash Pad inching closer to completion

Wesley Brock and Dennis Conner of W&W Concrete lay concrete for the Splash Pad at McFee Park. Construction work continues on an updated McFee Splash pad, which will give residents and visitors a place to cool off this summer.

“People love to play in water,” Sue Stuhl, Town of Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Director said. “It’s a great way to cool off and have fun.”

“We’re inching closer to it,” she said regarding the Splash Pad’s completion. She said the Town was aiming for early June as a completion time, but weather such as storms might delay work on the project. She said the project was not currently behind schedule.

“Everyone can play in everything,” Stuhl said. However, she said different elements will appeal to different ages.

She said the new Splash Pad’s spray area will be 5747 square feet, five times that of the old spray area. 25 elements will spray out of the ground. 16 above the ground elements will spray down, out, or can be moved by the user. She said a miniature river system called the river journey will especially appeal to small children. It will be operated by pump, and visitors can float toy boats on it.
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police reports

• On April 28, 2016, at around 4:18 a.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the parking lot of McDonald’s restaurant, 11205 Kingston Pike, where the victim, a driver with Paradise Taxi Company, called 911 to report that the defendant, a 53-year-old white male, failed to pay the taxi cab fee. The defendant had the victim drive him from the City County Building, 400 Main Street, to 11205 Kingston Pike. When they arrived, the defendant handed the victim a credit card that was expired. The victim advised him that the card was expired and he did not have any other means of payment. Fifty percent of the $33 fee belongs to the victim and 50 percent belongs to the victim’s employer, Paradise Taxi. The defendant was arrested and charged with Theft of Services and issued misdemeanor citation in lieu of continued custody. This did occur in Farragut. Booking date is May 12. read more