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Major upgrades being considered for Roan Mountain Convenience Station

John Thompson • Jan 8, 2019 at 6:31 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Landfill has made a lot of progress over the past few years, with the latest being a new garage for the landfill’s vehicles.

The next target for improvement may be the landfill’s satellite operation in Roan Mountain. Called a convenience station, the facility provides the community with a much closer place to take household waste and recyclables than the main landfill in Elizabethton.

The facility may be in line for a major upgrade. Landfill Manager Benny Lyons discussed the future of the Roan Mountain Convenience Station during a Monday night meeting of the Landfill Committee of the Carter County Commission.

Lyons said the hope and dream is for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to approve a $100,000 grant to provide a major renovation of the facility. The landfill has applied for such a grant and is now awaiting the announcement from TDEC on which applications have been approved.

Lyons told the committee that the announcements are usually made during the end of December or the first part of January. That means the committee will not have much longer to wait. If the grant is approved, it will mean a complete renovation of the facility.

The plans have already been drawn up by a firm that won’t be getting a cut of the $100,000. The technology and engineering students of Daniel Arnett’s classes at Hampton High School have already developed the plans. Some might be surprised that high schoolers were given such a task, but many of these students have already won state championships in such things as balsa bridge construction.

In the event the state does not award the grant to Carter County, there should still be some improvements needed at Roan Mountain, Lyons told the committee on Monday.

He said the compactor and two compactor boxes will need to be replaced because they are worn out. He said the cost of the replacement would be about $28,500.

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