Farragut business owner worried she will get the boot

Farragut business owner worried she will get the boot with purchase of historic home

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The town of Farragut is purchasing is the historic Russell Home located on Campbell Station Road, which was built in 1835. The town of Farragut is purchasing is the historic Russell Home located on Campbell Station Road, which was built in 1835.
For nearly a decade, the owner of Dog Days Canine Playschool has rented a building on the same property of the historic Russell Home. She now worries her business will be kicked out after the sale is complete. For nearly a decade, the owner of Dog Days Canine Playschool has rented a building on the same property of the historic Russell Home. She now worries her business will be kicked out after the sale is complete.
"We are still in our due diligence period," said Farragut town administrator David Smoak. "We have until November first to close on the property." "We are still in our due diligence period," said Farragut town administrator David Smoak. "We have until November first to close on the property."
The owner of the dog daycare just wants to stay put. The owner of the dog daycare just wants to stay put.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - Town officials in Farragut recently made the decision to buy a historic home in their community, but this decision has caused a little controversy.   

The house the town is purchasing is the historic Russell Home located on Campbell Station Road, which was built in 1835.

For nearly a decade, the owner of Dog Days Canine Playschool has rented a building on the same property of the historic Russell Home. She now worries her business will be kicked out after the sale is complete.

"The location, it's in the middle of Farragut," said manager Natalie Wynkoop. "A lot of people work around this area and they depend on us."    

The Russell family has already accepted the town's $1.25 million offer for the property, which includes the playschool.

"We are still in our due diligence period," said Farragut town administrator David Smoak. "We have until November first to close on the property."

Town officials are not saying much about their plans for the Russell House, but the owner of the playschool wants to know if she has to go or if she can stay.

"We are actually booked for boarding all the way up through New Year, so it would just be nice to know in advance to give us some time to find an alternative solution," said Wynkoop.

Town officials say no final decisions have been made about what will happen with the dog daycare building.

"It's too early to tell," said Smoak. "I think we will continue to study the issue and figure out what's best for the overall property."

Smoak says so far they have not come across any major issues, and is confident the sale will become final on November 1.

The owner of the dog daycare just wants to stay put.   

The Russell home has been on Knox Heritage's "Fragile 15" list for some time now. The executive director there says she is thrilled the town of Farragut has made the move to purchase the property.

"It is one of the most intact antebellum homes left in Knox County," said Knox Heritage executive director Kim Trent. "It's been in the same family for seven generations and they lovingly cared for it. It's just really nice to have a house in that condition that was built in the 1830s."

Smoak says they decided to purchase the Russell house because of its history in the town, and they wanted the community to be able to see it because it has never been open to the public.

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