Continental Properties to go ‘back to the drawing board’

Continental Properties Companies Inc., also known as Continental 333 Fund, has withdrawn its request to rezone 19.66 acres just north of Kingston Pike at Peterson Road for The Springs at Farragut, an upscale apartment development.

“We are going take that item off the agenda,” Mayor Ralph McGill said during Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, June 25. “There won’t be any action taken but representatives of Continental, at that time, would like to make a statement.”

Town administrator David Smoak said Continental Properties’ withdrawal of the application means the firm would have to come back and go through the whole process again. Smoak’s announcement elicited applause from residents.

Despite the announcement, Smith Road and other area residents asked to speak on the proposed rezoning

Baldwin Park subdivision resident Michael Wilson said residents did not have an issue with the developer.
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Village Green residents battle over pool assessment

Kristi Hulsey, Village Green Homeowners Association president, and Rob Eddins, HOA vice president, in front of the pool and tennis court, 218 West Heritage Drive, they are looking to replace with a $1.05 million proposed renovation. The fate of a proposed $1.05 million pool, tennis courts, sports court and parking lot renovation for Village Green subdivision, 218 West Heritage Drive, will be decided Saturday, July 12.

That’s the date where residents representing Village Green’s 462 households will gather in the subdivision clubhouse and vote whether or not to accept the plan, which would include a $400 annual spike in homeowners dues over eight years (currently $295 yearly) or a one-time “special assessment” fee of $3,000 per household for one year.

Proxy ballots for those unable to attend the July 12 meeting in Village Green clubhouse, 218 West Heritage Drive, recently were distributed to each home, Village Green HOA president Kristi Hulsey said.

A 60-percent quorum at the meeting, and at least a two-third vote of approval from household representatives is needed to make the project a reality, Hulsey added.
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Cottrell to head Cedar Bluff Elementary School

When Keith Cottrell refers to Farragut Primary School as his administrative “boot camp” for learning about how a kindergarten through second-grade school operates, it’s anything but a harsh reference.

“Farragut Primary was a fantastic area to grow for me,” Cottrell, FPS assistant principal for three school years, said after being appointed new principal at Cedar Bluff Elementary School Tuesday, June 2. “The school was great, the community was wonderful.

“First off all, I have to say that the principal, Gina Byrd, was a wonderful friend to me, a wonderful mentor to me,” Cottrell added. “She’s a great school leader as the community knows.

“And she was just fantastic for letting me have opportunities at the school to lead different instructional initiatives. To certainly interact with the kids, interact with the parents.”
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New concert series slated for Founders Park at Campbell Station

Shandy Dixon and Amy Boling recently took a labor of love and the duo soon hopes to reap the fruits of that labor.

“My friend Amy Boling and I wanted to do something for the town of Farragut,” Dixon said. “We love music. Our kids play music and I’m the daughter of a musician.”

Dixon and Boling set out on a mission that resulted in The Lawn Chair Concert Series, which will debut on July 30 at Founders Park at Campbell Station.

The concerts will be on Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m., July 30 and Aug. 27.

“This is for the town of Farragut and this is for fun,” Dixon said. “We wanted to do something simple without all of the money and politics involved.
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Farragut grad, family perish in plane crash

A plane carrying a 2015 Farragut High School graduate along with her mother and father crashed into the roof of a Massachucetts home killing all on board Sunday, June 28.

Nicole Kalister, her mother, Betty, and father, Dr. Joseph Rick Kalister, all residents of Rockwell Farm subdivision, were aboard the flight, which was bound for Boston on a college visit to Northeastern University.

Dr. Kalister was emergency room director at Starr Regional Medical Center, his wife, Betty, was a frequent yoga instructor at Farragut Town Hall.

A grief counseling was held at FHS from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday.

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

police reports

• On June 24 at around 8:10 p.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to Kohl’s department store, 11530 Kingston Pike in Farragut, for a theft by shoplifting. Complainant/witness/loss prevention reported that she observed the suspect, a 39-year-old white female, take merchandise into a fitting room and then not bring it out with her. The fitting rooms were checked and the merchandise was not there. Suspect attempted to exit the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. Complainant stopped the suspect and discovered that the suspect was wearing the merchandise under her clothing. Merchandise was recovered but cannot be resold due to suspect wearing the merchandise. The merchandise total was $127.03, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Suspect was arrested. There is Kohl’s security video of the incident. read more