Numerous emergency crews responded to a vehicle fire at Pella Middle School Wednesday evening. Pella Fire, Pella Ambulance, and Pella Police all assisted as a car caught fire in the parking lot during the Pella softball game at approximately 6:55 p.m. The car was significantly damaged, but no injuries were reported.
As the holiday approaches, THRIVE Knoxville is finalizing preparations for the first annual 4th of July on the Square celebration in downtown Knoxville. Pastor Brent Hanna with THRIVE says the theme is about keeping the community in Knoxville together; in previous years everyone in town had to go elsewhere if they wanted to participate in activities on the 4th of July. The day includes a flag raising ceremony beginning at 7:45 am in the city parking lot, with the Knoxville Police Department Freedom 5K to follow at 8am along with a pancake breakfast. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes for a parade beginning at noon, follwed by a best burger contest beginning at 1pm, and a dodgeball tournament, with live music and games throughout the day. A fireworks show will take place at the Knoxville Municipal Airport beginning at dusk.
As several major road construction projects on Highway S45 and Highway T25 in Marion County wrap up, the Marion County Road Department will soon begin their county-wide projects of pavement marking and placing seal coat. Marion County Engineer Tyler Christiansays the seal coat projects will focus on subdivisions and townships, while the pavement markings will be on all centerline paved roads. The projects are expected to last several weeks until completion, and will be hard to pinpoint when and where the construction will take place.