Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Another Young Life Taken Away From Farragut

Are we just willing to continue living with the status quo? The citizens of Farragut spoke (or didn't speak, to be more precise) and voted to continue with the status quo. Well, with the 3rd traffic fatality within the last 6 or 7 months, this is becoming all too familiar. And don't tell me that it's up to law enforcement or that kid's parents. The root cause is the community mentality which apparently is to speed, drink & drive, speak on the cell phone, apply makeup, eat, and read the paper (sometimes all at the same time!). That, and drivers who believe that they pretty much "own the road" with the bigger vehicles bullying the smaller ones.

Meanwhile, we're supposed to be courteous and share the road (doesn't matter if it's a Hummer, Big Rig, Vespa, Harley-Davidson, or even my Bicycle!). I mentioned on my other blog about what I'd do in a humorous way, but being serious, it's time we either fix what's really wrong (and I mean root-cause) with these roads, or we start heavily enforcing the speed limits within our town!

I know that there is a short period of time at the beginning of each board meeting and planning commission meeting where citizens can voice their concerns. Maybe it's time for all of us to start making time to do that. Ask for a road commission, safety commission, and other commissions to make our towm a better place. Sure it'd be a volunteer job, but you know what I think at this point anything to make our town better has to be considered.

Let me know if you feel differently.

I see that on one of my fellow Bloggers has issued a challenge here. I say we take him up on it!

Anonymous comments are allowed, but keep them clean, o.k. We don't want to become the editng police!


Blogger mpower1952 said...

I live in Cedar Bluff but my children go to Farragut HS, thus my interest.

As a New Yorker, living in the south since 1981, in Knoxville since 1996, I can tell you that you should never start a sentence, "When I lived in 'name any northern place' this is what WE did."

It doesn't matter if the idea is the next best thing since sliced bread, it will be ignored as a Yankee idea.I found that when I lived in Franklin, TN and had many neighbors who worked for Saturn and were from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. The local establishment did not like to be told they may not have been doing the best for the city. They town had gotten rid of school buses in the 1970's to avoid integration. Twenty five years later they claimed there was not enough money to start again. One industrious northerner did all the research and work out the details and presented them with a perfect plan. They adopted it but they promptly rezoned his development into the poor section of town.

About five years ago, I had a story in the Farragut Press about 'impact fees'. I had lived in Florida and they used these fees on developers to finance new schools that were needed because of the housing developments. I spoke at the county commission meeting and was told that they couldn't do this because it would raise the price of houses (since the developers would pass on the cost) and builders wouldn't build houses because people wouldn't be able to afford another few hundred dollars.

Yes, they also think we're stupid. But they stick together and control everything.

So I'd love to see you make some headway in Farragut.

April 28, 2005 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Anyone hear about the latest accident on Virtue Road? A car which would have hit a tree went through the fence and ended up on Willow Creek golf course.

I guess it is a good thing those trees were cut down.

Anyone have any details on this?

April 29, 2005 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this morning. There was an accident @ Concord and Northshore. We've got to start holding our leaders accountable!

April 29, 2005 10:46 AM  

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