Farragut Rotary sponsors Free Flu Shot Saturday

Stuart Phillips was one of several hundred who took advantage of Free Flu Shot Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Farragut High School Commons. Administering the shot is Laura Schmid, then a junior in The University of Tennessee’s School of Nursing. Taking advantage of annual Free Flu Shot Saturday in Farragut every fall, sponsored once again by The Rotary Club of Farragut, goes beyond concern for your own health.

It can help ensure loved ones, some of whom can be seriously or even fatally vulnerable to disease, don’t get the flu.

This year’s Free Flu Shot Saturday takes places from 8 a.m. until noon, or until vaccine runs out, Saturday, Sept. 27, in Farragut High School Commons. There is no charge.

“It doesn’t cost anything and it isn’t painful,” said Mark Bialik, a Farragut Rotarian who heads up Free Flu Shot Saturday at FHS for the club.

“The reason I get so worked up about this is, back in 2006 when I first became a Rotary member in Farragut and they had this, I worked mainly to get my flu shot because at that time my wife and I were primary care givers to her parents,” added Bialik, who will among an estimated 25 FRC volunteers, in addition to help from The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek Sunset, coordinating things at FHS. “And if we brought the flu into their house it could literally kill them. That was eye-opening to me.
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Farragut 5k moved to Oct. 11

Julie Predny, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce executive assistant, presents a cash prize to Jake Houston, the first person to cross the finish line in the 5k at the Farragut Fall 5k Run, Fun Walk & Pet Parade event Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Houston had the money donated to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs. The 20th Annual Farragut Fall 5k Fun Walk and Pet Parade, presented by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, has been moved up to October.

Race begins at approximately 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, on Watt Road near the intersection with Kingston Pike, running through Sedgefield subdivision and ending in Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

“Being our 20th makes it even more special,” Bettye Sisco, Chamber president/CEO, said. “We’re thrilled about it. It’s a lot of fun getting together.”

Registration for those who do not pre-register goes from 7 to 7:30 a.m., Oct. 11, in the park and costs $25 per runner or walker. “Watt Road closes at 7:30 so they have to get in,” Sisco said about participant arrival times.
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FMPC delays zoning vote

The Perry Management Group will have to wait for at least another month before Farragut Municipal Planning Commission will act on its request to rezone PMG’s property along North Campbell Station Road, near I/40-75 Interstate, from R-2 to R-6.

If the rezoning were approved, it would allow an apartment development on that property. However, the Planning Commis-sion voted 8-1 to defer action until it receives traffic impact study findings on the proposed rezoning during its meeting Thursday, Sept. 18. Commissioner Ron Honken voted against deferring action.

The 33-acre property on which PMG is requesting the rezoning is at 109 N. Campbell Station, located north of the Interstate and Holiday Inn Express and next to Knoxville Christian School.

“We are not against this project,” Blake Graham of KCS said. “We would like to see the traffic studies, and we would like to work with them to make sure our properties are adjoined properly, that there’s plenty of space around it. I’ve seen the plans. I think it’s going to go well.”
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FMPC rejects proposed car wash at Silver Spoon

Rocky Chambers of Chattanooga Engineering Group, the developer proposing a car wash at the former Silver Spoon restaurant site at the corner of South Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, can expect to look elsewhere for a location.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted 7-1 to reject a proposed site plan for the car washat its July meeting, citing the use for the location was not consistent with its Land Use Plan, which FMPC certified in 2012.

While Commissioner Noah Myers voted to approve the site plan, fellow Commissioners Betty Dick, Ed Whiting, Ron Honken, Mayor Ralph McGill, chair Rita Holladay, Ed St. Clair and Louise Povlin voted against Myers’ motion for approval.

Chambers applied to put Farragut Express Car Wash at 103 S. Campbell Station Road, the southwest intersection of South Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike. Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Develop-ment director, said Chambers recently finished a car wash project in the Cedar Bluff area along Kingston Pike.
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Town receives $258k traffic light federal grant

Smoother traffic flow along Kingston Pike, Campbell Station Road and Parkside Drive in Farragut, based on improved synchronization of the Town’s 24 red lights, is estimated to be a reality sometime in late 2015.

A $258,000 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality federal grant, fully funding the project, recently was presented to town of Farragut as part of a nationwide effort to reduce vehicular emissions that build up through excessive idling at red lights.

“It’s kind of taking a step back and looking at how all of the signals operate. … The re-timing of the signals,” Darryl Smith, Town engineer, said. “The idea is by reducing congestion within an urban area, we can improve the air quality by having lower emissions.

“To improve the flow of traffic, oftentimes it’s best just to get your signals working together,” Smith added. “We’ve all faced that problem before of driving on a busy road and you stop at a light and you wait for the green, and you go up to the next light and it turns red just as you get there.

“This is to try and reduce that as much as possible.”
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FHS receives Reward School recogition for second year

During the previous two school years, Farragut High School has achieved special recognition as a Reward School from Tennessee Department of Education.

FHS is one of only a handful of schools in Tennessee to achieve in the top five percent statewide in both student performance and student academic progress during 2012-13 and 2013-14 — and the only public school in Knox County achieving both.

“That’s exceptional, actually,” John Beckett, director of Research and Evaluation for Knox County Schools, said..

Last school year, FHS was one of just 10 schools in Tennessee to achieve in the top five percent in both categories statewide.

For 2012-13, FHS was one of only 16 schools statewide to achieve both benchmarks.

Performance and growth during the past two schools years was measured based on six subjects: algebra I, algebra II, English I, English II, English III and biology I, Beckett said.
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