March 17, 2002

Future of Elizabethton railroad uncertain

By Rozella Hardin
STAR STAFF
rhardin@starhq.com

   For more than 150 years train whistles have inspired poets and pierced the American landscape. They are sounds that have spurred candidates to stage "whistlestop" tours and inspired Walt Whitman to describe the locomotive as a "fierce-throated beauty."


The future of the East Tennessee Railway, the shortline railroad serving Elizabethton since 1983, is uncertain. Photo by Dave Boyd

Sen. Crowe believes economic recovery just around the corner

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
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   A 12-year veteran of the Tennessee State Senate hopes to continue to serve the people of Carter and Washington counties, subject to the August 1 General Election.

Pictured: State Senator Rusty Crowe

Highway Department benefits from State-Aid Program

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
Last year was an incredibly busy year for the Carter County Highway Department. On Aug. 12 and 13, Carter County experienced another flood resulting in approximately $175,000 in damages to roads and bridges. Major repairs were made on Minton Hollow, Bob's Hollow, Sciotha Road and Peters Hollow among others.

State resources answer to local economic hardships

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   East Tennessee needs to utilize the state's resources in order to recover from its economic recession, according to State Rep. Ralph Cole (R-Elizabethton). Cole believes Carter County would be wise to tap into state agency resources in order to bring highways, industries, jobs, and a better education system to the region.

Rep. Ralph Cole talks about his hopes for Carter County's economic future. Cole believes that improved roads and education will put the county back on top economically. Photo by Rick Harris

Carter County annexation controversy at a lull

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
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   The annexation controversies that plagued Carter County five years ago have left for now. The last of the annexation cases from 1997 cleared the state Court of Appeals December 28, 2001, and the county is reveling in what appears to be an extended break in the City of Elizabethton and Carter County annexation headache.

Fans hope 2002 will be great year for Twins

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
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   Fans of the Elizabethton Twins Minor League baseball team are keeping their fingers crossed for an encore performance, or better, from the 2001 West Division Champions.

Additional stormwater regulations to be written

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   Amidst completing a plethora of reports for the state, Chris Schuettler, Director of Planning and Zoning for Carter County, hopes to get some additional local business done this year. He plans to have the stormwater Phase II regulations completely written by January of 2003.

County building projects completed; economy kept steady

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

   In a year filled with revenue shortages, Carter County saw three major building projects come to fruition. The new Health Center Annex, Recycling Center and Cloudland Elementary School stand as major accomplishments for the county in 2001.

City prepares new budget with reductions in mind

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
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   Charles Stahl, manager of the City of Elizabethton since 1994, is hoping for the best but preparing for less austere times in the city budget planning for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Sept. 11 took toll on Elizabethton Municipal Airport

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF
khughes@starhq.com

   America's 15,000 airports were closed almost immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Federal authorities cleared U.S. airspace and ordered in-flight planes to land immediately. Those en route to the United States were diverted.

EES spends $1.9 million to upgrade facilities for present and future needs

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   The Elizabethton Electric System (EES) spent $1.9 million in 2001 to upgrade its facilities to meet the needs of its present and future customers, according to Phil Isaacs, general manager.

Carter County doing well despite economic hardships

by Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff
mharrell@starhq.com

  
Despite national and state economic hardships Carter County has fared very well in the last few years, according to Haynes Elliott, executive director of the Elizabethton and Carter County Economic Development Commission. Elliott believes Elizabethton is holding its own even though several local businesses have closed.

Grit, stamina, determination -- training building blocks for City of Elizabethton firefighters

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

It takes a lot of grit, stamina, determination and specialized training to be a good firefighter. Only a chosen few make it through the strict selection process.

Homeland Security top priority of President Bush's budget for fiscal year 2003

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   President Bush's budget for fiscal year 2003, the federal government's first post-Sept. 11 budget, almost doubles spending to secure the homeland.

Elizabethton Housing & Development Agency serves low-rent housing needs

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   The primary goal of the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency (EHDA) is to provide safe, sanitary and decent housing to low and moderate income families in Carter and Johnson counties, according to Kelly Geagley, executive director.

Urban Growth Plan: A helpful tool for controlled growth

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   The Urban Growth Boundary enables the City of Elizabethton to meet future infrastructure needs of residents.

Landfill maintains status quo despite shrinking recyclables market

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF
khughes@starhq.com

   Product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. In 1999, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 230 million tons of municipal solid waste, or about 4.6 pounds of waste per person per day, up from 2.7 pounds in 1960, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Holland native making things safer in Elizabethton

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   A five-year-old Dutch immigrant is working hard to make Elizabethton safer these days.