When the public was asked about the redevelopment of West Walnut Street, one recurring issue that popped up time and time again was the traffic problem at the intersection of University Parkway.
With the West Walnut master plan almost complete, Kimley-Horn consultants proposed a two-pronged approach to solving the issue Thursday. First, by installing a median on University Parkway to prevent cars from turning left onto West Walnut Street, and secondly by addressing the proximity and frequency of traffic signals where West Walnut and State of Franklin intersect University Parkway.
The West Walnut Street master plan is currently in the final stages of development. Its primary goal will be to fix stormwater issues, encourage development, address traffic and parking issues, and make the overall district more pedestrian- and bike-friendly.
For the full run-down, read Zach Vance’s article on our website.
Thursday night, the seventh scheme to be presented to the Washington County Board of Education for a proposed Jonesborough K-8 school solution failed again, in another split vote.
Board member Todd Ganger presented the motion at the roundtable discussion at the end of a nearly three-hour board meeting. “Scheme 6,” which had been presented by architect Tony Street, suggests renovating Jonesborough Middle School with new flooring, a new ceiling, new lighting, new heating and air, new lockers and a new roof, plus a 64,000-square-foot addition to the building.
As he made the motion, Ganger said he believed the board “owed it” to the three departing board members — Clarence Mabe, Mike Masters and Chairman Jack Leonard — to have another vote on the school project. The motion failed in a 5-4 vote, however, with members David Hammond, Mary Beth Dellinger, Annette Buchanan, Philip McLain and Keith Ervin voting against it.
The newly elected board will meet Sept. 6 with new members Chad Fleenor, Jason Day and Mitch Meredith taking their first meeting.
If you watch sports, and especially ESPN, then you know we are smack dab in the middle of the Little League World Series. Also happening is the Little League Softball World Series, and we have some young ladies in our region who are a big part of it.
In Wednesday’s first game of pool play in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, Southeast Region Champion Daniel Boone was defeated 9-5 by Kirkland, Washington.
Boone fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, but battled back to tie with two runs in the bottom of the first and another in the second before Washington took advantage of several defensive misplays by Boone, and scored six times in the top of the third inning to pull away.
Last night’s game with Canada also ended in a tough loss, but these young ladies have accomplished a lot this year, and the can continue to compete with their heads held high. Games are still going on today, and will continue through the weekend, so pay attention, and pay some respect to the ladies of Boone.
Don’t forget, the Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and the schedule is jam-packed with local and regional bands Friday and Saturday.
Along with the great vendors and fun times to be had and seen on Main Street, you can also catch popular acts like Indighost, Jackdaws 7, A Great Disaster, Dullside, Scull Soup, JB 5’n Dime, and many more.
For the full line-up, visit our website and make plans to attend this weekend. It should be an immense amount of fun.