UPDATE - NEW GREENBACK SCHOOL &
BY: PAT HUNTER
Thurman Drive Gas Leak
During Monday's Oct. 17th Loudon County Capital Projects Committee meeting, a gas leak problem was discussed after a committee member asked Sheriff Guider about hearing police cars, ambulance, and an unmarked police car responding to an emergency call in Lenoir City. He explained how there was a gas leak, and an almost gas explosion, which was averted on Thurman Drive and how a young man with Turn Key Plumbing was very lucky. LCUB had gone out there and measured it and missed it; and how someone dug into it and hit it. It had been checked twice according to the Sheriff. It caught the house and car on fire, but the fire was finally under control. He wasn't sure about the amount of damage to the home.
Greenback School Gas Leaks
This led to another gas leak discussion, this one at the Greenback School. Purchasing/Maintenance Director Leo Bradshaw informed the committee about Turnkey Plumbing being at the Greenback School, Monday morning, regarding a gas leak. This morning Fire Chief Ronnie Lett smelled gas. Last week, there was a leak outside the Greenback School. The problem was at the gas meter and relief valve so the county had the utilities move the meter toward the end of property line. Turnkey plumbed where the meter was located.
Loudon County Commission recently approved a 20 cent property tax hike (per $100) for county residents (excludes Lenoir City incorporated area) to finance two new schools, Greenback School and Ft. Loudoun Middle School, and a a cafeteria renovation at Philadelphia School. Bids have gone out for grading and parking at the new Greenback School with eleven bids received for grading, and four bids for the asphalt portion of the project. Bid will open on Tuesday Oct. 25 at 2:00 at the County Office Building.