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Town public works director injured in fall


Farragut Public Works Director Bud McKelvey was injured Sunday, March 15, when scaffolding he was working on collapsed.

McKelvey has been public works director for almost 22 years.

According to Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer, McKelvey “sustained some non-life threatening, off duty injuries that will preclude him from his normal work duties for an unknown period of time.”

His injuries required surgery Monday, March 16.

“I broke my left foot, broke it. I broke my right leg, right below the knee, and then my right wrist,” McKelvey said.

His lower-extremity breaks required surgery, while his wrist was simply casted.


“We’ve got a little ways to go here … we’ll just take it day by day, that’s all we can do,” McKelvey said. He left the hospital Monday, March 23, and is reportedly expecting a several-month recovery period.

While McKelvey is recuperating, Pete Hammontree will be in charge of the public works department, which employs 18 people.

The public works department is responsible for street and park and public facility maintenance, such as placing traffic or street signs or handling most repairs.

Public works also installs seasonal decorations and does landscaping at public facilities, removes snow, mows the right-of-way and handles public drainage projects.

 

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