Fox Den residents do it again

Alan Sloan Dave Largent, Fox Den Country Club general manager, leads the way as Helen Ross McNabb representatives stopped by FDCC Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 9, to collect toys during the club’s 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Also carrying out toys, from left, are Jess Curtis, FDCC receptionist/communications coordinator, Nancy Wilson of Akima, a women’s service organization assisting HRM, and Emily Scheuneman, HRM director of communications. Fox Den Country Club holiday toy donations made such a big pile in the club’s lobby, general manager Dave Largent got excited when describing just how high the pile rose.

“We didn’t count them but there were hundreds of toys this year. I’ve been here seven years and I’ve never seen a pile of toys that high,” Largent said about FDCC’s 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive, which ran from Nov. 18 through Dec. 9.

The club’s annual Member Holiday Open House — which fell on Tuesday, Dec. 2, this year — again provided the biggest number of Toy Drive contributions.

“We’ll have about 350 members up here celebrating Christmas with us for the holidays,” Largent said. “We’ll collect toys prior to that, but a lot of members will bring toys that night for that event.

“We had probably four or five bicycles. … We just had a variety of toys this year,” Largent added. “There was everything for a 1-year-old probably up to an early teenager.
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FIS’s Tharp wins grant; outfits class with iPads

The Sandovals were among the families getting an up close look at their children’s iPad learning experience in Erin Tharp’s fourth-grade class at Farragut Intermediate School. Dave Sandoval, who was joined by his wife, Tracy, during Sharp’s classroom Open House Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, enjoys an iPad experience with Tharp student and Sandoval’s daughter, Amelia, 9. Also enjoying the experience is Amelia’s little brother, Baker, 7. Erin Tharp went above and beyond to receive a grant worth about $10,000 through Tennessee Department of Education.

As a result her, fourth-grade students at Farragut Intermed-iate School actually are having fun learning while enjoying a unique opportunity at FIS.

With Tharp using the grant to buy $6,500 worth of iPads for her 25 students, “My daughter comes home and teaches me new things about technology all the time. And she is just gaining a huge amount of knowledge from this,” Aimee Klenske, the mother of Tharp student Virginia Klenske, 9, said during Tharp’s iPad Open House in her classroom Tuesday evening, Dec. 2.

“Virginia is so excited, she’s learning so many new things that she’ll be able to apply. … Ms. Tharp has done an amazing job with the kids.”

For Patty Murphy’s daughter, Alyssa, 10, “It’s been very beneficial to her in her reading,” Murphy, a special education teacher at Gresham Middle School, said. “It’s helped guide her in decoding some words. Her comprehension has increased a lot.”
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Wreaths: remembering our fallen

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett addresses veterans, volunteers and other citizens at Perceptics in Farragut Thursday evening, Dec. 11, during a ceremony in front of one of two Wreaths Across America 18-wheelers that brought in almost 6,900 wreaths. The wreaths were placed at almost every gravesite at Knox County’s three veterans cemeteries Saturday, Dec. 13. Joining Burchett is Edie Clemmons, a community supporter of veterans’ causes. Escorted from Jefferson County into Farragut by Rolling Thunder Tennessee 3 combat veterans motorcycle club, two Wreaths Across America 18-wheelers rolled into Perceptics (former Food City building, 11130 Kingston Pike) Thursday evening, Dec. 11, to big cheers.

With Perceptics’ $18,000 donation to buy 1,200 wreaths to place at every gravesite at New East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery off John Sevier Highway, one of three veterans cemeteries in Knox County serviced by Wreaths Across America, this new Town business served as host for a kickoff ceremony Dec. 11: two days before thousands of wreaths would be placed at almost all Knox veterans’ gravesites.

Perceptics also served as storage area for 766 boxes of wreaths totaling almost 6,900 individual wreaths, bought after Knox County volunteers raised thousands of dollars, going to all three cemeteries.
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BOMA approves traffic study mandate

When a developer or resident requests rezoning in Farragut, he or she will be required to do a traffic impact study.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to approve an ordinance requiring a traffic impact study be done in relation to rezoning requests during its meeting Thursday, Dec. 11.

Previously, the ordinance’s language did not require a traffic impact study with a rezoning request. It required the study when a site plan and preliminary plat were submitted, Ashley Miller, Community Development assistant director, said.

She said the logic of requiring a study with a rezoning request is the rezoning process could result in a substantial increase in density.

“The impacts on the affected roadways and any other public safety issues associated with this increased density need to be thoroughly assessed prior to the zoning change being made,” Miller said.

Alderman Ron Honken made the motion to approve the request, and the Board voted.
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BOMA approves Impact Fee

Anyone developing property along Everett Road can expect an Impact Fee imposed in the future.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance to enact the fee during its meeting Thursday, Dec. 11.

“This [fee] only relates to Everett Road right now,” David Smoak, Town administrator, said. “We want to be consistent with other developers on the corridor.”

However, he added the Board could look at other areas. Smoak said the fee only applies to new subdivisions.

The fee is based on a formula that takes into account the number of dwellings and impact a development would have. Some developers or property owners could pay as much as $6,000 per dwelling for road improvements, he said.

Developers or homeowners would pay about 32 percent of the cost to improve the road while the Town would take on 68 percent of the cost, he added.
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