BOMA amends setback ordinanceFarragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance on second reading regarding measuring of setbacks Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Mark Shipley, interim Community Development director, said the amendment came out of a lawsuit involving the Town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, which denied a request for a variance concerning uncovered structures. Shipley said during the proceedings, the judge questioned the word, “appurtenance,” in the ordinance and suggested the Town make the language more clear.
Shipley said the word was replaced with “patios, decks, pergolas, arbors and other similar non-roofed and/or non-enclosed structures attached to and/or adjacent to a principal building.”
On another note, the Board amended its budget to show a $35,000 increase in its expenses for the Town’s softball fence replacement project. Allison Myers, Town recorder, said the project was budgeted at $75,000. The increase will fund the installation of softball field fencing at the upper and lower softball fields at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, and the installation of the backstop area at Anchor Park softball field. Bids for the project came in at $106,479. read more
HVA PSTA outlines technology concerns at SERC meetingDon’t be fooled into thinking that Hardin Valley Academy, only in its sixth school year of existence, isn’t struggling with technology concerns.
Meanwhile, a critical deadline looms.
Susan Perry, acting president of HVA’s Parent Student Teacher Association, outlined a handful of such concerns during Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee’s regular first Tuesday of the month meeting Dec. 3, in Town Hall’s boardroom.
“Everybody needs technology, especially with Common Core and the PARCC testing. We have almost 2,000 kids, are we ready for that online testing [starting next school year]?” Perry said. “Nope.”
“Are we going to be by next year? I don’t know.”
HVA Foundation, the school’s major fundraising group, “apparently is still trying to get off the ground” with the goal of “raising big money,” Perry said. “… The Foundation goes after the big amounts of money because we need technology.”
Although pointing out HVA’s technology “was brand new” when it opened in August 2008, “It’s been well loved,” Perry added. “It just doesn’t hold up like it should or like we would like for it to. … The original set of computers are probably ready to go out the door. read more
Town celebrates the seasonHundreds flocked to Farragut Town Hall for the Town’s annual Celebrate the Season event Thursday, Dec. 5.
“It’s great,” said Jacob Gruzalski of Farragut. Noting he and his family had attended Celebrate the Season two years ago and decided to come again this year.
“”We’re glad there’s different activities, and you don’t have to wait in line to see Santa,” said Gruzalski’s wife, Celia.
Celebrate the Season is a free event the Town sponsors for the community; however, those attending were encouraged to bring canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Chelsey Riemann, public relations coordinator for the town of Farragut, said food barrels for donations are located in Town Hall throughout December.
In addition to visiting Santa, the event featured many activities, such as reindeer ornament decorating, cookie decorating, Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio and Bearden United Methodist Church Children’s Handbell Choir, where children could come down and play a song on the hand bells, Riemann said.
“Celebrate the Season is one of our favorite community events of the year,” Riemann added. read more
Town Hall packed for Galbraith’s ‘Day of Infamy’ talkA packed crowd listened to Frank Galbraith, a retired geography and history teacher from Farragut Middle School, present “Dec. 7, 1941 – A Day of Infamy” Monday, Dec. 2, at Farragut Town Hall.
Among those in attendance were numerous veterans, and in particular, four World War II veterans. All veterans were recognized at the presentation.
Charles Benziger was one of the World War II veterans in attendance at the presentation.
“It’s great,” Benziger said. “I’ve been here four or five years while he’s been giving this thing each time he gives it. So it gets better every time.”
Galbraith, a member of the Missouri wing of the Commemorative Air Force, wore his Commemorative Air Force uniform as he gave the presentation.
“It’s a voluntary organization,” Galbraith said. “I paid to join, to be a member of it, and I’m a part of this Missouri wing. ... We have a couple of World War II planes, you know, and we promote these old planes. We want to keep them in the public’s eye.” read more
Legal NoticesPublic Notice The Town of Farragut, TN is now soliciting requests for proposals (RFP) for Professional Retail Marketing Services. The RFP is available on the Town’s website at http://www.townoffarragut.org/Bids.aspx or at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Proposals must be in by Friday, December 13, 2013 by 3:00 PM. Questions? Email David Smoak at david. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-966-7057. read more
police reports• Dec. 5: Oak Ridge Police Department received information regarding a student armed with a handgun at Robertsville Middle School at 8:53 a.m.. At least five officers responded to the scene. At 9:05 a.m., officers located the 13 year old student and detained him pending further investigation. A BB pistol, similar in appearance to a Colt Model 1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, was subsequently located in the student’s backpack, which was contained in his locker. The student was arrested, charged with carrying a weapon on school property and aggravated assault. The investigation remains ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
• Dec. 4: Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Kohl’s department store in Farragut to arrest a 16-year-old female after store personnel reported observing her taking merchandise into a dressing room and exiting without it. Upon investigation, it was discovered the tags were removed from the clothing and the suspect was caught leaving in a gray 2004 Jeep. Suspect admitted to taking the merchandise and surrendered the clothing, which was valued at about $100. read more