Carter County Highway Committee seeks to name bridge for Harry Stout | News

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Commission’s Highway Committee voted unanimously Monday night to honor one of the county’s oldest citizens. Harry T. Stout was a well-known veteran and businessman who died on February 20 at the age of 94.

Stout served in the United States Army in World War II and in the Korean War. He became a master locksmith, and in 1967 he started his own business, Harry T. Stout Locksmith Company. For several decades, Stout used his skills as a locksmith to ensure that all voting machines in the county were thoroughly checked and ready for each election. Stout last worked in the November 2020 presidential election.

After private citizen Mike Taylor requested naming the bridge over Old Watauga Road after Stout, the motion was moved by committee member Gary Bailey and seconded by Nancy Brown. A public hearing will be held on the designation of the bridge at the next meeting of the Roads Committee.

The committee also voted to name the new bridge off Tennessee Highway 91 at Blevins Hollow Road in honor of William Lundy Davls. The request was made by her grandson, Chris Davis. He also granted the right of way for the new bridge.

Melissa Larson told the committee about tree trimmings and logs clogging ditches and filling the span under her driveway bridge in the Blue Hole community. She said road crews and electricians had left large logs along the road in the forest. Highways Superintendent Roger Colbaugh and Highways Committee Chairman Mark Blevins said they would visit the area to view the problem on Wednesday.

Committee member Sonja Culler passed a motion to erect signs prohibiting 18-wheeler trucks on Gap Creek Road from the Mary Patton Highway to Bob Little Road. Culler said the trucks are directed to use the route by the global positioning system even though the road is not suitable for those trucks.

The committee also met as at the Landfill Committee and discussed the needs of the transfer station and more land for landfill expansion.

Committee chairman Gary Bailey said he discussed the transfer station with landfill manager Benny Lyons, who came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to build a new transfer station than to renovate. the old transfer station. Part of the problem is that front-end loaders have worn down the concrete from the floor of the transfer station over the many years of solid waste being pushed from the ground into waiting trailers.

While the transfer station is used for household waste, which is then moved to another landfill, the department buries its demolition and construction waste. But Lyons said that landfill is only five years away from being full. To extend the life of the landfill, he said three nearby properties may need to be acquired. County Attorney Josh Hardin said only one of the landowners was willing to sell his property to the county. Lyons said the first thing to do is get core samples from the land to test its suitability as a demolition and construction dump. The committee instructed Lyons to confer with Hardin to determine how to proceed to consider expanding the landfill.

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