KNS Open champ

Alan Sloan Martin Piller of Fort Worth, Texas, a 2008 Texas A&M graduate, stares upward with joy at the crystal trophy he earned, along with $99,000, as champion of 25th News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot. Despite a cloudy and rainy final round Sunday afternoon, Aug. 17, at Fox Den Country Club, Piller fired an 8-under-par 63 to finish 22-under par 262. Bronson Burgoon of The Woodlands, Texas, finished second, two strokes behind Piller at 20-under.

SERC welcomes new members, ponders teacher rewards

New town of Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee members Lee Wickman, left, Carla Werner and Tony Carasso study a SERC agenda during their first-ever meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Town Hall boardroom. A new member of Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee tapped into her personal experience, warning the committee of its consideration “to reward money” to top achieving teachers in four Farragut public schools and Hardin Valley Academy.

“One of the things that happens when you start giving money to people as an award, is that Miss So-And-So down the hallway says, ‘I did that as well, why am I not getting awarded?’” said Carla Werner, a teacher “for 40 years” who recently retired from Maryville City Schools.

“You might want to look at taking away the money component and giving them an honor where they are recognized in the paper or something to that effect,” added Werner, one of three new SERC members who attended their first meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Town Hall boardroom.

Mark Littleton, SERC chair, said committee member Mike Singletary “is a strong ally … also in that same camp” against using a monetary award.

While strongly considering a proposal last spring to go before Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen and ask for money to be set aside for monetary awards for two teachers — criteria to be determined — at each of the five schools, Littleton added, “I think we could probably back up and better consider [Werner’s] type of idea.”
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Faulty switch causes power outage

Farragut area residents and businesses experienced a power outage when a 69,000-volt switch failed Friday, Aug. 15.

“That’s the main feed that comes into the substation,” Mark Robinson, Lenoir City Utilities Board assistant to the superintendent of operations, said. “That’s the reason everyone was out of power.
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Stabbing at Farragut Market sends one to UTMC

An altercation in the parking lot of a Farragut business left one man stabbed and another on the run from Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

KCSO officers were dispatched to Farragut Market at 11104 Kingston Pike (pictured right) at around 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, following a report of a stabbing.

According to a KCSO website update, the victim, whose name is being withheld, was stabbed in the leg during an argument with another man.

The victim was later transported by ambulance to The University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said the suspect has been identified and his vehicle was found and processed by KCSO.
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Farragut receives LPRF grant for Mayor Bob Leonard Park playground replacement

Town of Farragut has received a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Depart-ment of Environment and Conservation in support of the playground replacement project at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

Sue Stuhl, Town Parks and Leisure Servisces director, said, “We are thrilled to be receiving the 2014 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant for $43,000 that will pay for 50 percent of our upcoming playground renovation project. The playground at Mayor Bob Leonard Park has been well loved for 12 years and it is time for a replacement. Receiving these funds will allow us to put the $43,000 back in to the Capital Investment Plan budget for other park related projects in the future.”
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FMPC approves Split Rail Farm concept plan, prelim plat

Farmstead Developments, LLC, developers for Split Rail Farm Subdivision, received the green light for a concept plan and preliminary plat, which includes adding more lots and changing its walking paths.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the new concept plan and plat of the subdivision on the north side of Everett Road, allowing stacked stones on headwalls around storm pipes and pea gravel or pug mix on the private trails during its meeting June 19.

Planning Commissioner Ron Honken, who made the motion for approval, said he had no problem with their requests either way.

“You’ve done what we’ve asked people to do, to allow people to move from one development to another,” Honken said.

Mark Shipley, Community Development director, recommended using precast concrete headwalls, similar to the public trails, to lessen the potential for soil reduction and erosion around the pipe edges.

Shipley also said pea gravel could become an issue for the homeowners association if they are not properly maintained.
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BOMA approves Dura-Line signs, talks with KCS

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen will allow Dura-Line to have two signs placed on the Parkview Plaza building at Parkside Drive.

The Board voted unanimously to amend the Town’s sign ordinance on second reading, allowing two additional signs on the five-story building, during the Board’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 14.

“I feel comfortable with [the amendment],” Alderman Bob Markli said.

The ordinance originally allow-ed only two wall signs on the building; however, businesses in the building asked for additional signage, Mark Shipley, Community Development director, said.
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Farragut Beer Board approves two permits

Beer permits for The Casual Pint Craft Beer Market and The French Market Crêperie got the green light as the businesses are preparing to open their doors in Farragut.

Farragut Beer Board approved a Class 5 Off-Premise and Class 4 On-Premise Tavern permit for The Casual Pint during its meeting Thursday, Aug. 14. Dr. Patrick O’Brien and wife, Barbara, plan to locate at 143 Brooklawn St., in the former Sunset Tanning Company building in Kroger Marketplace.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted May 22 to allow additional classes of beer permits, such as Class 4 on-premise tavern.

“I’m excited,” Barbara O’Brien said. “I think it’s going to be a place where people can get together, have a pint of beer, socialize with friends and neighbors and enjoy relaxing.”

“Thank you for choosing Farragut,” Alderman Bob Markli said.

Barbara O’Brien said they plan to open in mid-October.

Patrick O’Brien said Monday, Aug. 11, he and his wife have lived in Farragut for 26 years, have been involved in the community in various ways.
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