Tower May Be Allowed To 'Fall On Its Own'

SAND GAP, Ky. (AP) - Officials in southeast Kentucky's Jackson County say it could be weeks before a decision is made on what do with a leaning water tower.

Caldwell Tanks Operations Manager Mike Braden has told officials the tank alongside U.S. 421 at Sand Gap will either be demolished or allowed to fall on its own. Authorities were notified of the tower's tilt Sunday morning. U.S. 421 was then closed, which sent drivers on a 15-minute detour around the county. The highway department reopened the road Monday when it was determined the tower was far enough away from the highway.

After leaning an inch each hour, the tower has slowed considerably. It was constructed on former quarry property.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Heather Location: Sand Gap on Oct 5, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    I couldn't have said it better myself Eugene.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    come one come all and see the leaning tower of jackson.....the eighth world wonder
  • by Eugene Location: Mckee on Oct 4, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    To all the people outside of Jackson County that respond to this each day make sure you're facts straight before you start jumping to anything you here outside of Jackson County if you are so worried about it come to Jackson County walk up to a Jackson County person face to face and tell them that they are the blame for this tower that is going to hit the ground the people of Jackson County that drive by the tower everyday has to risk their lives not knowing what will happen but I put my faith in the hands of the people that sitting and waiting everyday watching the tower so if anything major should happen they will before anything drastic happens they will shut the road down so all you outsiders from Madison, Lexington, Laurel, and everyone else thing about it what you are doing in your cities like selling alcohol is more dangerous and kills more people than one water tower in Jackson County SO THINK ABOUT IT OUTSIDERS!!!! at least Jackson County don't sell stuff that kills. THANX
  • by Eugene Location: Mckee on Oct 4, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    RUN FOREST RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Thinking Out Loud Location: Lex on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:20 PM
    The headline states "Tower may be allowed to fall on its own." I have a question...if it does fall on its own before they make the decision to take it down manually, will they arrest the tower for not complying with the rules? It does sound stupid for officials to say "it will either be demolished or allowed to fall on its own." Which one is it and how long are you willing to wait? Lastly..."allowed" to fall on its own? I don't think it is going to wait for anybody to "allow" it to do anything. It probably has a "mine" of its own (yes, pun intended).
  • by Heather Location: Sand Gap on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    O.K. I've seriously had it with people making fun of Jackson Co., the tower, not our idea, not our plan, key word, we didn't have anything to do with it except be chosen as the beautiful county to build it in, grow up DAVE, when Garden Springs screws up with something, I'll be sure to make fun!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    What great county officals Jackson Co. must have. Sure it's easy to blame a company from Lexington, but the bottom line is that Jackson County did NOTHING to prevent this from happening in the first place. Was a permit issued for this project. If so, stupid is as stupid does Forest.
  • by Anonymous Location: sand gap on Oct 4, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    why an the world would they build a water tower over a mine shaft?? did they know that it was on a mine shaft??
  • by Heather Location: Sand Gap on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:48 PM
    Maybe the person that thinks there is water in that tower is the one that constructed it. Secondly, no one from Jackson County came to the conclusion it was okay to build the tower, I think they were from Lexington...
  • by wondering Location: ky on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:35 PM
    What kind of nut builds something like this on mined land.Sounds to me like they don't have a mine either.
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