Town celebrates inaugural Founders Week

Sandra ClarkFarragut

Founders Week in Farragut – the first of many to come – is underway.

Farragut Mayor Ron Williams introduced a short video honoring the seven individuals generally credited with adoption of the town’s incorporation on January 16, 1980, at last week’s meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The founders will be recognized each January going forward.

Williams said, “Farragut, Tennessee, is well-known for its beautiful neighborhoods, high development standards and great schools. But the town might never have existed if not for the dedication of a small group of men and women who fought for responsible development over 40 years ago.”

While many assisted with the incorporation effort, seven residents are acknowledged as the town’s founders: Ralph McGill, Eric Johnson, Betty Dick, Ron Simandl, Gene McNalley, George Dorsey and David Rodgers.

A second proclamation honoring Betty Dick, who worked tirelessly in the effort to incorporate before volunteering on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (1981-1986) and Municipal Planning Commission (2012-2021), will be read at the Jan. 19 planning commission meeting.

An exhibition of items related to the incorporation of Farragut has also been added to the Farragut Museum as part of Founders Week, Williams said.


Pickleball open gym is noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $4. No need to register, just bring a paddle and a ball.

Basketball open gym takes place from 2-9 p.m. on Mondays; 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays; 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays; 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays and 2-4:45 p.m. on Fridays. Cost is $4 per person per session. Bring a ball.

Meeting rooms for rent: The Farragut Community Center offers a middle school-sized gym, two classrooms and an assembly hall for public rental. Info: here or email [email protected] or call 865-281-3376.

Text your announcement to 865-661-8777. No charge. It’s what we do!


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