Downtown Rogersville bustling Thursday with work zones

Jeff Bobo • Mar 29, 2019 at 9:39 AM

ROGERSVILLE — There was a historic church getting a new roof, a historic sidewalk getting straightened out, and an elderly deceased tree going down, all at the same time Thursday afternoon in downtown Rogersville.

The long awaited exterior renovation of the 107-year-old St. Marks Presbyterian Church began Thursday at the corner of Kyle Street and Hasson Street.

RJR Construction of Rogersville began work Thursday replacing the roof and repairing the soffit. The section of Hasson Street adjacent to the church was closed due to the roof work taking place. 

A committee has undertaken the complete renovation for the former African American church which was part of Swift College, and is now part of the Hawkins County School System's Central Office campus.

Grant funding has been awarded to cover the roof and guttering, as well as the facade.

Rogersville building inspector Steve Nelson, who also sits on the St. Marks Renovation Committee, said renovation of the building's facade should begin this summer.

A few blocks away a huge Ash tree in the front lawn of the H.B. Stamps Public Library was being cut down because it died.

Nelson noted that nearly every Ash tree in Rogersville has died due to a blight.

The tree in the front lawn of the library had to come down quickly due to concerns that it might fall on the library.

And, about a block from the library at the intersection of Main Street and Colonial Road, a Rogersville city crew was repairing a historic limestone sidewalk which had become a safety hazard over the years.

No one knows how old those limestone sidewalks are, but they've been around longer than anyone can remember.

"When the street department has a little time we've been trying to salvage and even out the old limestone sidewalks," Nelson said. "They're taking them out and trying to make them a little more level and a little more safe."

Colonial Road at the Main Street intersection was closed while work was taking place.

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