Lighting change brightens mood in neighborhood

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By Cindy Simpson

People on Harriman’s Morgan Avenue are no longer in the dark.
The city recently finished the lighting phase of the long-overdue Tennessee Department of Transportation Trailhead project which included new walkways and lighting for stretches of Walden and Morgan avenues.
Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said the city will save even more on the lighting than first thought because the city decided to use utility labor instead of rebidding that portion of the project to outside contractors.
Morgan Avenue resident Pat LaDue had complained for years on the historic district street.
His current assessment?
“Our lights look great,” LaDue said. “I appreciate it.”
One place still needs a little brightening up, however, he said: The intersection of Cumberland Street and Walden Avenue is “dark as a dungeon.”
Concerns that bricks on the redone sidewalks have washed out in areas prompted a call for a city council walk-through of the project before its workshop scheduled for next Tuesday at 6 p.m.