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"I have a ton of questions," says homeowner Cathy Maurer. "I know nothing about what they're going to do so I'm trying to find out. They've put 5 stakes in my backyard and I have no idea what that means."
Maurer is one of over 200 homeowners whose property adjoins the easement for a natural gas pipeline.
"We've actually gotten a little over 80% of all those property owners with an easement that we've come to a mutually agreeable decision on it," says Piedmont Natural Gas' David L. Trusty. "That's the way we try to work it. We want to be up front and open with people about this. It's a very transparent process."
The Piedmont Natural Gas line will run for 13.5 miles along the existing TVA right-of-way from Antioch to Chickering Road in Southwest Davidson County. Part of it will cross Radnor Lake State Park.
"I'm sure these guys will do a good job of what they do but when they're gone the animals will be gone," says homeowner Glen Sisk. "The birds will be gone, so the disruption of the park might change Radnor Lake forever."
Piedmont says it will work to minimize the impact on Radnor Lake and surrounding homes. Like it or not, the pipeline is on its way.
"It's kind of like a road or street," says homeowner Boyd Simmons. "They're going to put it in anyway. All you can do is fuss about it, that's about it I think."
Piedmont says it has to build the new pipeline to comply with Federal Department of Transportation Safety regulations. Construction could begin as early as next month. Another public information meeting is scheduled for February 19 at Forest Hills City Hall.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 05:24 AM CST
Afghan pilots learn air assault tactics from 101st
May 19, 2013 16:48 GMT
By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force's fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air.
The U.S. Army's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions, which they have started to use in combat operations.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. Paul Bontrager said the Afghans need to be weaned off American aviation during the drawdown of U.S. forces this year.
The ability of Afghan helicopters to quickly drop soldiers into combat is a new and critical role.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.