Covered Bridge Celebration to be held June 5-9

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce has set June 5-9 as the dates for the Covered Bridge Celebration.
   Keith Young, co-chair of the event, in a letter to City Manager Charles Stahl, asked permission for the chamber to use the Elk Avenue Bridge, Covered Bridge Park, Edward's Island and adjacent municipal parking on Riverside Drive.
   The celebration will kick off 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, with gospel night on the Elk Avenue Bridge stage.
   On June 7 and 9, a Covered Bridge Cruise-In, sponsored by the Carter County Car Club, will be held in conjunction with the 1950s and 1960s rock and roll events on the bridge.
   Elizabethton City Council, at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, is expected to grant a 250 square-foot easement to the State of Tennessee for a bridge rehabilitation work area along Riverside Drive.
   Work on refurbishing the Covered Bridge and rehabilitating the Elk Avenue Bridge, the latter a State of Tennessee project, will not begin until after the Covered Bridge Celebration, according to David Ornduff, director of planning and development for the City of Elizabethton.
   In other action, Council will consider:
   * Approving the expenditure of $20,000 to install flashing traffic lights at Bemberg Road and West E Street to reduce speed of vehicular traffic in the area of Elizabethton High School;
   * Approving the expenditure of $3,835 for emergency repairs to a truck used for storm catch basin and drain line maintenance;
   * Approving the expenditure of $2,000 to participate in the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool "Safety Partners" Loss Control Matching Grant Program;
   * Approving purchases and expenditures, totaling $23,318, for diesel fuel ($4,154) and gasoline ($5,400) for city garage and water purchased from the City of Johnson City ($3,918) for the period ending Feb. 11, 2002.
   A total of 7,200 gallons of low sulfur diesel fuel was purchased from Kelso Oil Co., Knoxville, for .577 cents per gallon.
   A total of 8,000 gallons of premium grade gasoline was purchased from Kelso Oil Co., Knoxville, for .675 cents per gallon.
   A total of 13,966 gallons of water was purchased from the City of Johnson City for a net amount of $3,918. The water was purchased due to the water shortage at the Big Springs facility in the western part of the county.
   Council is also scheduled to hold a public hearing and consider on second reading ordinances to:
   * Close an alleyway between East K and East L Streets and adjoining the property of Victor S. and Judy C. Deloach, Jerald and Kim Oliver, Bobby Greene, Raymond K. West and Diana McClay;
   * Amend the appropriations budget for fiscal year 2001-2002 in order to transfer the Elizabethton Bicentennial Fund account balance, totaling $15,265, to the Watauga Historical Association, attention Jim Bishop, treasurer of the Elizabethton, Carter County Chamber of Commerce, for use by the Historic Train Committee.