Work began last week on the highly-anticipated Erwin Utilities fiber optic project that will bring locally-provided high-speed internet to Erwin.
Earlier this year, Lee Brown, general manager of Erwin Utilities, gave the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) details about the company’s Pilot Fiber to the Premise Project.
Brown told the board that the utility company plans to deploy a pilot project to bring broadband Internet and telephone services to serve approximately 1,200 residential and business customers in and around downtown Erwin. According to a map Brown shared with the board, the pilot program region covers the area within the boundaries of Horton Ridge to around Broad Street and from Nolichucky Avenue to Greenway Circle. More...
The Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, as well as the appearance of the disease in the United States has many people in our nation concerned about their chances of contracting the disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control website, “Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five identified Ebola virus species, four of which are known to cause disease in humans: Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus); Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus); Taï Forest virus (Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus); and Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyo ebolavirus). The fifth, Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus), has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.”
The CDC also reports that Ebola first occurred near the Ebola River in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More...
Updated October 23, 2014 05:27:56 PMPhotos sought for annual calendar
The Erwin Record is now accepting entries for our annual “Images of Unicoi County Calendar.”
“I am pleased to announce that we are going to publish the calendar again this year. It is so nice to see local residents and businesses enjoying this publication throughout the year,” Publisher Keith Whitson said. “I encourage everyone to submit entries for the calendar. We would love to feature your photos of life in the Valley Beautiful.”
Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the photo, as well as the name of the photographer. Photos can also be dropped off at The Erwin Record office at 218 Gay St., in downtown Erwin. More...
Updated October 23, 2014 05:27:32 PMAccident investigation underway
An investigation is currently underway by state agencies into the death last week of an Erwin ResinSolutions employee.
According to officials, Gary Reedy, 51,was killed in an industrial accident the morning of Oct. 14 when he fell into a concrete hole at the plant measuring 25 feet deep. Reedy reportedly died from his injuries sustained in the fall.
Unicoi County Emergency Management Services Director Ed Herndon said that his department received a call from 911 dispatch around 8:57 a.m. that someone had fallen into a hole at the Erwin ResinSolutions plant. EMS and the Southside Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. More...