TOP PHOTO: WLAF’s Charlie Hutson was on hand when ground was broken to construct the first of several Downtown Lafollette flower beds on April 22, 2020, and he was there on Tuesday (below) when the removal of the almost three year old flower beds began with the first scoop of dirt.

By Charlie Hutson

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – About 9:30 Tuesday morning is when crews with Lafollette Public Works (LPW) began flower bed removal on Central Avenue; removal that the City Council voted to do. Mayor Cliff Jennings and Vice Mayor Wayne Kitts, along with City Administrator Stan Foust, were on hand as the removal project began.

Excavator Operator Steve Goins cuts the dirt.
Mike Suttles, skid steer operator, starts to break out the concrete form.

By lunch time, LPW had the first bed removed in front of Community Trust Bank on West Central Avenue. Crews then moved across Tennessee Avenue to the next flower bed in front of Russell Tower on East Central Avenue. The second bed was history by 3:30pm.

The concrete curb and base are being broken up with the hammer drill.
Brandon Stanford rolls down the gravel fill.

“With the rain expected on Wednesday, we may not be able to work on the next bed tomorrow,” said Casey Boshears, Director of Public Works.

Not one, but two flower beds were removed on Tuesday.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/25/2023-6AM)

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