The issue of whether or not to relocate the power lines along Main Street came back up for consideration this week, about a month after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen had decided the matter.
A power outage took place along Stone Drive Thursday afternoon when a truck snagged a telephone cable at the Sullivan County Transfer Station. Nearly 700 customers were impacted, with most having their power restored in about an hour.
Jerry and Vickie Foulk live on Bancroft Chapel Road and back in early June a private tree trimming company – hired by AEP - came to their home to trim the trees away from the power line that ran across their backyard. The problem is, the couple thought the company would haul off the debris.
Construction is expected to begin the fall of 2017 and be complete by the end of 2019. Once complete, the project will generate estimated annual tax revenue of about $2 million to Hawkins County, the release noted.
“This is something we do on a regular basis and something that those people would do for us in the same situation. Our line people and forestry and circuit coordinators do this on a regular basis, and they do a great job. We hope and pray they stay safe.” — John Shepelwich, AEP spokesman
Public reaction to the proposed franchise fee was mostly negative, prompting Alderman Margaret Christian to make a motion to completely "do away" with the franchise fee proposal.
KINGSPORT — Sherrie Crawford has no idea what she’s going to do. A Wednesday afternoon storm toppled a large tree onto her mobile home and SUV on High Point Avenue in Lynn Garden.
KINGSPORT — A new power franchise agreement working its way through city hall could generate as much as $3.3 million in new revenue for the city, money that city staffers are recommending go toward a sustainable paving program, economic development and streetscape aesthetic improvements.