The first day of business at the new City of Alcoa Service Center started off with a flag raising at the front entrance of the new facility.
The City of Alcoa Public Works and Engineering Department, Electric Department, and Meter Division along with the Alcoa Municipal Employees Credit Union moved into the new facility on July 12 and began work there on July 14.
Veterans Gene Branson and Simon DeVente coordinated the ceremony. Military veterans or active duty personnel were asked to help in the flag raising, said Kenny Hendrix, a public works inspector with Alcoa Public Works.
“It was real sentimental for veterans. Gene Branson and Simon DeVente headed it up to make sure we did it right,” Hendrix said. “It was Gene’s idea to have veterans who work for the city unfolding it. It’s in honor of those who served.”
Mayor Don Mull said the new facility is something to be proud of, especially since it was laid out and designed by engineers with the city.
“They laid it out according to their needs,” he said. “The design of it has been together by people working in the building. It’s a very large building, it’s state of the art and to me it’s something for all citizens of Alcoa and Blount County to proud of.”
The Alcoa Service Center is located at 725 – 727 Universal Street off Wright Road on the former site of Burruss Wood Products/Veach May Wilson. A grand opening and public open house will be planned for a later date.