“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  That was written in the novel “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens in 1859. Last night was a different tale of two cities. I started out my night  by stopping by The Orangery in Knoxville to listen to Grammy nominated singer and pianist Lydia Salnikova. It truly was “the best of times.”  One minute into hearing her perform one quickly realizes why this amazingly talented individual was nominated for a Grammy.  Unfortunately, I could not stay for the whole show as the Town of Farragut had their monthly meeting.


“It was the worst of times…”  The Town of Farragut meetings, in my opinion, are the most frustrating to watch. Last night I saw the board go on and on about a “curb cut.” Basically a gentleman wanted to have his driveway in the middle of his property and not where it was placed because a telephone pole created a line of sight issue. Sadly, the town drilled this guy and the town administrator with so many questions that I was starting to wonder if I missed something.  In the end the Farragut resident was able to place his driveway in the middle of his property. So much time and effort spent towards something so trivial was mind blowing! I could understand if this involved an adult entertainment facility, but it was literally some guy just wanting to move his driveway.


-Dan Andrews