Crews will begin moving dirt for the construction of the Upperman Veterans’ Monument next week.
Manager of the Upperman Campus Community Council Eric Brown said the school administration has already approved the monument construction plan.
“So hopefully next week, they will be able to get crews out there to begin moving dirt and getting sidewalks and some of the concrete work done,” Brown said. “As soon as the initial part of that is done, they will move to get electrical put into place.”
Brown said the poor weather delayed the project over the winter.
“The weather has been on our side finally. We’ve had probably one of the wettest Tennessee winters I can remember,” Brown said. “So weather is kind of coming into our favor again. The area has been marked up as far as actual locations and things like that.”
Brown said during the winter, the council collected a total of more than 550 names for the monument.
“We have also used the time since we were on a very extended rain delay, we have continued to collect some other names that have come through,” Brown said. “So we have not stopped adding to the list because we were having to wait anyway.”
Brown said the council will continue to fundraise for the monument and other campus beautification projects.
“We are getting close to having enough money with the monument, I mean we are close. We are still looking for donations on that. And in the coming weeks, once we get the rest of the monument work complete, we will go into our next fundraising cycle.”
Brown said the council hopes to build a “U” outside of the Upperman High School once the Veterans’ Monument is completed.
The monument will honor Baxter veterans at the Upperman football field.