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Crane lowers 17,000-pound steeple from Greeneville church

January 15th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Greeneville Sun reports a decades old church steeple strongly associated with downtown came down on Wednesday afternoon.
Rising 100 feet into the air at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the decades-old steeple was brought to rest on Church Street by a crane. Idell Construction is scheduled to add steel structure to the church's wooden steeple base in preparation for the new steeple.
Bill Wilson, who operated a crane that gently lowered the steeple to the road below, said the job was simply all in a day's work for him.
"It wasn't a big deal," Wilson said after he successfully removed the 17,000-pound steeple section. He added, "It seized (for a while), but once they got the bolts out, it came out. No problem."
But Carlos "Pappy" Lowe, the E. Luke Greene Construction superintendent on the project who worked steadily on the church's roof prior to the steeple's removal, said Wilson was being much too modest.
"It makes a big difference when you've got a good crane operator" like Wilson, Lowe said.


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