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BOMA, EDAC in middle of Town tourism tussle

New position, part-time coordinator, featured in BOMA’s $120,000 plan

After an hour’s discussion, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen has agreed to hire a part-time tourism coordinator, who would implement a marketing plan for the Town.

The Board voted unanimously in favor of a marketing plan, which is budgeted at $90,000 and hiring a part-time tourism coordinator, budgeted for $30,000, during its meeting Thursday, Sept. 14 despite objections from three Farragut residents and concerns from Alderman Bob Markli.

The biggest bone of contention, brought up by Markli, was having more specific metrics in place to measure the effectiveness of the program and the coordinator.

“It’s definitely going to take some time to come up with all those metrics to see how successful this [plan] is,” Town administrator David Smoak said.

“It seems to me, if we are going to hire someone and give them a position, then we should have specific goals in mind before we hire them,” Markli said.

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Hotel/motel assistance a better option: Hill

Encouraging Farragut’s hotel and motel management to develop a tourism promotion plan, which would help the Town avoid government expense and bureaucracy, sparked debate during the most recent Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting.

As for government expense, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently decided to hire a part-time tourism coordinator [see related story on this page].

Speaking against hiring the tourism coordinator was Robin “Bob” Hill, former Farragut Municipal Planning Commission chair and a Farragut resident, who promoted using the Town’s hotel and motel personnel.

“This Town has within its limits, I believe, eight motels. … I don’t see anything in this job description that incorporates the people who actually are benefitting from guests: the motels,” he said during the EDAC meeting Wednesday morning, Oct. 4. “In my opinion the motels here ought to organize themselves … and do the things that you are creating here for the Town to do. … We are not putting the people who have the most to benefit from tourism in charge of it.”

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U.S. rep. candidate’s wife builds ‘brick’ foundation

Speaks of Matlock’s strong ethics he wants to bring to D.C.

Using analogies with a brick from a historic structure, Dean Matlock spoke about her husband, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [R-District 21], and his bid for the 2nd District U.S. Congressional seat. She was featured speaker at Concord-Farragut Republican Club’s monthly meeting Thursday evening, Oct. 5, in Knox County Sheriff’s Office Turkey Creek precinct off Parkside Drive.
Dean Matlock brought a brick to Concord-Farragut Republican Club’s monthly meeting last week.

Filling in as the club’s featured speaker for her husband, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock [R-District 21], “My husband is the brick that can go to Washington, D.C. and help firm the foundation for an ethical, moral government; to keep it firm,” Dean Matlock said Thursday evening, Oct. 5, in Knox County Sheriff’s Office Turkey Creek precinct off Parkside Drive.

State Rep. Matlock is running for the 2nd U.S. Congressional District seat to be vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., a Republican.

“This happens to be a Civil War brick. It was made in Lenoir City … it came from what I think they referred to as the Jackson Hotel because Andrew Jackson supposedly stayed in it when he came through,” Dean Matlock said. “This brick, after 200 years, is still pretty firm. … My husband has the strong composite of a brick.”

Dean said her husband’s qualities of “maturity and responsibility” were formed “when he was very young. … “It’s in the composite of his ‘brick.’ God has put those things in his life.

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Town commercial permits $9.2 million

In the calendar year through September, 122 new homes have been under construction in

the Town of Farragut according to David Smoak, Town

administrator.

“That’s about an average of $367,000 per home,” Smoak said as part of his monthly report to the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee during its Wednesday, Oct. 4, meeting in Town Hall.

“So far this year we’ve had seven commercial permits for around $9.2 million,” he added. “This is all new commercial.”

About Dollar General Store’s new store under construction along Kingston Pike near its intersection with Old Stage Road, Smoak said, “They’re looking to move out of their current facility at the old Ingle’s shopping center [along Kingston Pike] to that new building probably, I would say, sometime this winter.”

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Global warming details by the numbers for 5th District Democrats

Joanne Logan, associate professor of environment climatology/biosystems engineer & soil science at the University of Tennessee, speaks about climate change in association with global warming. She was featured speaker during 5th District Democrats’ monthly Thursday evening meeting Sept. 21 in Rosarita’s Mexican Cantina.
Sharing specific details about global warming’s worldwide effect on climate change, an associate professor of environmental climatology at the University of Tennessee visited 5th District Democrats recently.

About global warming’s harmful effects, “Right now the scientific community has been pretty much on board … somehow there’s a lot of controversy,” Joanne Logan said during her address to FDD at its monthly meeting Thursday evening, Sept. 21, in Rosarita’s Mexican Cantina off Lovell Road.

“The largest source of global warming pollution is the burning of fossil fuels,” Logan added, noting it’s about “80 percent” of the problem.

As for a measurable amount, Logan said, “We’re putting 110 million tons of man-made global-warming pollution into the atmosphere.”

With China and the United States the world’s two biggest polluters according to Logan, “India will overtake us soon, so we will be in third place,” she said.

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police reports

• At 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, a Branford Court complainant called Knox County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct to file a report on an incident, which occurred at 10939 Kingston Pike, the location of Check First Cash Advance. According to the complainant the suspect, between March and Sept. 22, accessed the business’ inactive customer files and filled out fraudulent applications for payday loans with customers’ information. He said the suspect forged the signatures of the customers then pocketed the money. Complainant advised between March and Sept. 22, she had made 18 fraudulent applications. Complainant said when he uncovered what she had done during the month of March it involved 13 fraudulent applications, which totaled $5,000.Complainant said he confronted the suspect and told her if she would repay the $5,000 by making a $250 payment each payday he would not press charges. According to the complainant the suspect was making her payments and he gave her another chance by continuing to let her work there. He advised she had it paid down to $2,737.04 when he discovered she had done the same thing again in September. Complainant stated the suspect had filled out five more fraudulent applications totaling $1,500. According to the complainant this made the total balance still owed $4,237.04. Complainant said he took the suspect’s total paycheck of $553.51 and applied to the debt, which left a balance of $3,683.53. Complainant advised the suspect paid $100 more, which has left the current balance owed at $3,583.53. He stated the suspect told him she could not pay anymore so he said he had no choice to but file a report.

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correction

In a Farragut High School golf story on page 7B in our Oct. 5 issue, the first names of FHS golfers Chad Homan and Antonio Farinella were incorrectly listed. We regret the error.