(Press Release August 27, 2001)

3502 Overlook Circle, Knoxville TN 37909  Phone:  865-291-2898

 ON SEPTEMBER 22 & 29, and OCTOBER 6, 2001!!

Briceville and Fraterville have been subject to disastrous floods from Coal Creek for a hundred years. A unique government-citizen partnership is taking an important step to reduce future flood damage to property along this historic stream.
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund materials for a bank stabilization project in Briceville. The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation received the check for $13,360 at a community meeting in Briceville on August 21 from Anderson County Executive Rex Lynch and FEMA Project Impact Coordinator Mark "Hollywood" Whaley.


Presentation of check for Coal Creek 
Bank Stabilization Project (from left to right), Rev. Roy Daugherty, State Rep. William Baird, Whaley, FEMA Coordinator Joe Rachel, and Lynch.

Completed bank stabilization
project on the Clinch River

This money is a matching grant. The Briceville community will provide its share with "sweat equity"...the labor needed to complete the project. Permits have been obtained from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and work will begin on Saturday, September 22, 2001.

 Residents and volunteers are needed to perform the work, which will consist of excavating a pad at the toe of the slope to enable wire mesh (gabion) baskets to be installed and filled with rockfill. After the toe of the slope is stabilized, the eroded bank will be regraded to enable a geosynthetic mat to be installed and the bank to be revegetated. These bank stabilization methods were recently demonstrated at a similar project on the nearby Clinch River.

Bring your work gloves, pliers, and shovels and meet at Briceville Elementary School at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2001. Briceville School is located on State Highway 116, about 4 miles southwest of Lake City. No previous experience is needed. We have tasks ranging from serving refreshments to operating a backhoe.

The local church women will provide lunch and the workday will end at 3:30 pm. If you have prior commitments on this day, then you can still participate on workdays scheduled for the following two Saturdays on September 29 and October 6. For additional details, contact Rev. Roy Daugherty at (865) 426-2273, Carol Moore at (865) 584-0344, or visit our web site at www.coalcreekaml.com.

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