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"I have a ton of questions," says homeowner Cathy Maurer. "I know nothing about what they're going to do so I'm trying to find out. They've put 5 stakes in my backyard and I have no idea what that means."
Maurer is one of over 200 homeowners whose property adjoins the easement for a natural gas pipeline.
"We've actually gotten a little over 80% of all those property owners with an easement that we've come to a mutually agreeable decision on it," says Piedmont Natural Gas' David L. Trusty. "That's the way we try to work it. We want to be up front and open with people about this. It's a very transparent process."
The Piedmont Natural Gas line will run for 13.5 miles along the existing TVA right-of-way from Antioch to Chickering Road in Southwest Davidson County. Part of it will cross Radnor Lake State Park.
"I'm sure these guys will do a good job of what they do but when they're gone the animals will be gone," says homeowner Glen Sisk. "The birds will be gone, so the disruption of the park might change Radnor Lake forever."
Piedmont says it will work to minimize the impact on Radnor Lake and surrounding homes. Like it or not, the pipeline is on its way.
"It's kind of like a road or street," says homeowner Boyd Simmons. "They're going to put it in anyway. All you can do is fuss about it, that's about it I think."
Piedmont says it has to build the new pipeline to comply with Federal Department of Transportation Safety regulations. Construction could begin as early as next month. Another public information meeting is scheduled for February 19 at Forest Hills City Hall.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 05:24 AM CST
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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