BHS, FHS, HVA garner national recognition

Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy and Bearden High School earned silver medals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 ranking of Best High Schools.

The rankings showed the three schools ranked higher than 2,763 other high schools in the nation. Knox County has 16 high schools in its schools system.

“Of the Tennessee schools on the list, six were awarded gold medals and 21 earned silver medals, Abbey Harris, Knox County Schools System public affairs specialist, said.

“The presence of Bearden High School, Farragut High School and Hardin Valley Academy in the silver medal levels of the US News & World Report High School Rankings validates what we already know: that these schools are successfully educating their students and preparing them well for college and career,” Dr. James P. McIntyre III, Knox County Schools superintendent, said. “Great things are happening in the Knox County schools, and I am glad that our schools are being recognized at a national level.”
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LCUB could seek funds for new building

Lenoir City Utility Board, which supplies Farragut with electricity, could borrow $50 million to pay for a new administrative and warehouse building.

“We chose this particular site because we had the Knox County rate payers in mind,” Lenoir City Mayor Tony R. Aikens, who is also on LCUB, said regarding the new LCUB building’s location off Highway 321, near I-75. He said it would be more convenient than the old one.

“We’d probably cut our response time by a third if not half in some cases,” he said.

LCUB is considering borrowing funds from Public Building Authority of Clarksville working with the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund. LCUB approved a series of resolutions making it easier to borrow the money at its meeting April 18. The resolutions will next go to Lenoir City Council for approval.
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Chamber’s ‘Road to Rio’ benefits KARM

About 200 Chamber members turned out for “Road to Rio,” this year’s theme for the annual Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Auction.

The event, which part of the proceeds benefited Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, featured a silent and live auction and dinner at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center in Knoxville on Friday, April 22.

Julie Blaylock, Chamber executive assistant, said while her staff is still going through receipts, the Chamber presented KARM with $2,000 out of the event’s proceeds.

“Oh, it’s great,” Blake Rust, Chamber board member, said. “It’s an exciting event. There’s usually a good turnout.”

“It’s fun,” Paige Davis, attendee, said. “It’s absolutely fantastic. We missed last year, but we’ve been several times before.
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Solicitors now need Knox County, Town permits

Soliciting on Farragut streets will require a permit from Knox County and town of Farragut as Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen move to amend the Town’s Municipal Code rules for solicitors at its meeting April 14.

In addition, BOMA voted unanimously 4-0 to approve a resolution in support of a 2016 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant for improvements to Mayor Bob Leonard Park and approve bids for Contract 2016-05, Street Resurfacing. Mayor Ralph McGill was absent.

“This section of the Code has not been amended since 1985, so we think it’s time to amend it,” Town recorder Allison Myers said.

The amendment defined various groups to which its rules apply. It defined peddlers as people, firms and corporations without fixed places of business that travel between different places to sell merchandise. It defined solicitors as people, firms, or corporations that go from place to place taking orders for merchandise for future delivery. It defined solicitors for charitable or religious purposes as people firms and corporations who solicit contributions from the public for charitable or religious organizations. These groups cannot sell any products over $10 to the public and still qualify for that category. It defined solicitors for subscriptions as people, firms and corporations that sell subscriptions from place to place. It defined transient vendors as people that bring merchandise into temporary locations to sell. None of the new rules apply to people who sell wholesale to dealers or deliver goods in the course of regular business. They would also not apply to news agents employed by newspapers distributed in Farragut, even if the agent asks for subscriptions.
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FHS senior charged with vandalism, aggravated assault

A Farragut High School senior faces charges after police say he drove his car onto a go-cart track.

Steven Popovich, 18, of an Oak Cove Lane address, is alleged to have driven through the grass at Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center located at 10925 Kingston Pike then over the go-cart track railing and onto the go-cart track in a 2013 white BMW SUV at around 12:45 p.m., Friday, April 22.

Johnnie A. Stringfield, Sir Goony’s owner, told Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy Taryn Bryant the suspect went around the track several times before bumping Stringfield’s leg when exiting the track. The victim was trying to take pictures of the suspect’s vehicle when he was allegedly struck.
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Summer cycling in Concord Park

Kelly Hamm, owner of Echelon Bicycles in Farragut rides a section of 8.9 miles of mountain bike trails found at Concord Park off Northshore Drive in Knox County. See this story and our camp listings in the Summer Living section in our printed edition.

police reports

• On March 23 at around 2:48 p.m., a Georgetown Drive victim contacted KCSO about an attempted break-in. There were two witnesses to the attempt and both witnesses observed the suspect, a 20-year-old male of unknown race, attempting to open a rear door to the victim’s residence. Suspect was later located by KCSO officers. Suspect was arrested for vehicle burglaries in the area. read more