Book stirs interest in utility safety

Fourth grader Seth Crossing looks on as Zoey Horton takes her turn using a piece of test gear to check a battery used by Dandridge Utility Department. The demonstration day, held October 17 at Dandridge Elementary, followed up on a book fourth graders had been reading by Carl Hiaasen called “Hoot.” The book told about a restaurant owner in town who wants to build over  burrowing owl nests. The Dandridge Utilities Department was invited to show how they check for underground owls or utilities, and what safety procedures they use. – STEVEN LLOYD | THE STANDARD BANNER

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