Site bustling as preparations are under way

Site bustling as preparations are under way

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 8:42 pm
By: Glenda H. Caudle Special Features Editor

By GLENDA H. CAUDLE Special Features Editor While groundbreaking on the Discovery Park of America is set for Tuesday morning, the building site was busy with activity Friday. A three-man crew from Searcy Contractors in Union City was putting the finishing touches on a sign poised on the Everett Boulevard side of the project. The colorful attention-grabber, produced by Sign Depot of Union City, announces the site as the future home of Discovery Park and features an architectural drawing of the project, in addition to listing the firms and service providers already on board for the endeavor. Nearer the site of the aged barn was another crew sent out by Searcy to “whack some weeds” and do some preliminary work to prepare the site for Tuesday’s event. Bob Nichols of Nichols Engi-neering, a local civil engineer, was on hand to check on the poles that his company had set to mark the boundaries of the property. And Civil War enthusiast Earl Wayne Powers of Kenton was studiously moving his metal detector over the edge of the wheat field in hopes of adding to his collection of Civil War memorabilia. Already he had located several bullets, including some that bore the imprint of the teeth of soldiers who made have left their very personal marks on the instruments of war as they underwent crude battle-front surgery to remove similar bullets from their own wounds. Powers said he received permission to search the grounds for artifacts and will be donating his “finds” to the museum, in turn. State archaeologist and American Indian specialist Bill Lawrence plans to stage his own investigation of the area soon — possibly in the wake of the very machines that will be turning over the farmland to prepare it as a construction site. Today, even more activity is going on at the location and behind the scenes. The shovels and hard hats that are commonplace at such “birthing” ceremonies must be transported to the site, an appropriate staging area and some seating must be set up, last minute plans to transport guests from the parking lot of the church to the groundbreaking must be reviewed, the flags of the United States, Tennessee and Canada — an excited partner in the construction of Discovery Park of America, thanks to Cardinal and his team — must be accounted for and marked for setup Tuesday, sound systems must be checked, speeches must be written and clear skies must be prayed for. There is a lot to be considered when the earth is turned in preparation for a new beginning. “Discovering” just how much promises to be an exciting task. Glenda H. Caudle may be contacted by e-mail at glenda caudle@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 6.30.08

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