Where the streets have new names

By Thomas Wilson
star staff

  Members of the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission get another chance to approve street names commemorating the town's pioneer and Revolutionary War legacy at tonight's meeting.
  The city's Department of Planning and Development proposed several new street names for public streets that will be opened to accommodate the Wal-Mart and Lowe's superstores off West Elk Avenue.
  City Planning Director David Ornduff proposed the streets Overmountain Drive, Patriot Drive, and Frontier Avenue as names for public streets at the commission's October meeting. Militia Court was a name selected for the cul-de-sac between Wal-Mart and Lowe's.
  Commissioner Nancy Alsup questioned the proposed names. The commission then deferred street naming until tonight's meeting.
  Ornduff said in October the street names coincided with the property's proximity to the Sycamore Shoals State Park. The park honors the Watauga Settlement and the muster of the Overmountain Men and their trek to King's Mountain, S.C., during the Revolutionary War. The Northeast Tennessee region has been marketed as America's "first frontier" by local tourism agencies.
  "I've put the same names on the agenda," Ornduff said, "but I've got no feedback from the commission."
  He said the street names received approval for designation with the U.S. Postal Service office and the Carter County 911 Communications District. Different street names suggested by the city or the commission will require new approval from the two agencies.
  In other business, the commission will hear the city's recommendation for the ingress/egress to the Save-a-Lot market on West Elk Avenue. Ornduff said the city proposed a right-turn-only entrance at the site with a six-inch buffer and two marked lanes that only permit vehicles to turn right into and out of the market at the West Elk Avenue entrance.
  An elderly North Carolina couple were killed at the entrance last month when a sport utility vehicle struck their car while it was turning left across two lanes of traffic on West Elk Avenue into the Save-a-Lot parking lot. The city placed do not enter signs at the entrance shortly after the accident.