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The Blount Countian, January 5, 2011

Special Needs Foundation disburses over $375,000

With renovations at the Cleveland workshop building leading the way, the Special Needs Foundation of Blount County (SNF) reported spending over $375,000 in the past fiscal year on Arc (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens) services. Arc of Jefferson County, which administers Arc services in Blount County, purchased the Cleveland structure for use as a multi-purpose facility.

Covered bridge repairs slowed by approval delays

“Hurry up and wait” might be an apt summary of progress toward reopening Blount County’s covered bridges, since they were closed for repairs in the summer of 2009.

The bridges were closed indefinitely by the Blount County Commission at the recommendation of county engineer Richard Spraggins. Spraggins recommended the closings for safety reasons because all three bridges failed to meet a load requirement test of 3 tons, based on a structural analysis conducted in early 2009.

Spraggins said completing the repairs depends on a process of submitting complete restoration plans to the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval before bids can be let for construction. That approval process has proved to be lengthy.

ELCA wins Oneonta Holiday Classic

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) of McDonough, Ga., a last-minute replacement, won the 2010 Oneonta Holiday Classic last week.

The Chargers, a 1A in Georgia but a 4A in Alabama, used a combination of athleticism and second-half heroics (ELCA trailed in the second half of their last two games) to win the title.

ELCA had an easy time in each of the first two rounds – beating Douglas 66-38 and Randolph 70-43. However, the Chargers were pushed to the limit by Briarwood Christian (44-41) in the semifinals and Barbourville, Ky., (54-46) in the finals.