War memorial walkway planned

Photo by Dave Boyd
A walkway honoring Carter County veterans is expected to begin.

By Thomas Wilson
Brick by brick. That's how the Carter County Veterans War Memorial Committee plans to develop the next component of the East Elk Avenue site.
The Elizabethton City Council voted Thursday night to establish a second financial account to be used for fundraising to begin the second phase of construction for the Carter County Veterans War Memorial.
The memorial's walkway will be a paved walkway from E Street to Elk Avenue on the former railroad right-of-way.
"The city is going to take up the railroad track," said Deacon Bowers, chairman of the Veterans War Committee. "We will be constructing a five-foot high brick wall and each brick will have the name of a Carter County veteran that served honorably."
Council voted 6-0 with Mayor Sam LaPorte absent to create the walkway with the city's department of finance managing funds related to the memorial's continued development and maintenance.
Construction of the walkway will be partially funded by the purchase of bricks bearing the names of Carter County veterans. Bowers said the bricks could be purchased and dedicated by the public, family members of veterans or veterans.
He said the committee expected to announce the price of dedicating the bricks at a Memorial Day ceremony in November. Bowers said the walkway plans include a brick wall, along the walkway, a monument dedicated to soldiers who were prisoners of war and listed as missing in action, and a flag display representing the four branches of the military.
City staff and council also passed a resolution honoring members of the 776th Maintenance Company. Roughly 40 members of the Army National Guard unit based in Elizabethton came home last weekend after nine months on active duty. The entire unit was activated for military duty as part of Operation Noble Eagle and shipped out of Elizabethton to Fort Campbell, Ky. in January.
The council also honored the Elizabethton Twins for winning the 2003 Appalachian League championship. Twins General Manager Mike Mains and Manager Ray Smith presented Mayor Pro Tem Shipley with the championship trophy.
In other business the council also voted 6-0 to approve the following resolutions presented by the city government:
* Voted to pay $1,209 in additional charges for the Elizabethton Twins, 2003-2004 annual dues to the Appalachian League. The charges cover copyright, marketing, and Web site assessments by the league.
* Approved a $3,004 fee for the city's membership in the First Tennessee Development District.
* Approved on second reading an ordinance adopting the latest International Building, Plumbing, Fuel Gas, Residential and Mechanical Codes as well as the National Electrical Code. Plumbing and fuel gas codes were prepared by the Southern Building Code Congress International. The National Electrical Code was adopted through the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, under the Division of Fire Prevention code's electrical standards section.