By MELINDA WILLIAMS
When it comes to building a home, dirt probably isn’t the first thing that comes to many people’s minds.
However, dirt is an important part of the “Homes for Our Troops” project that will result in a new home for Marine SSgt. Jeremy Austin of Pulaski County.
Before work begins on the Chicwood Estates home, the excavation contractor is in need of fill dirt to prepare the lot. That’s where the town of Pulaski comes in.
Pulaski Town Council recently voted to donate 2,400 cubic yards of fill dirt from the closed landfill site on Draper’s Mountain to the Austin home project, which gets underway this Friday, Nov. 30.
“Homes for Our Troops” is building a new handicap-accessible home for Austin and his wife and children. Austin lost both legs in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack during his fifth deployment to Afghanistan in April 2009.
Volunteers will join R.L. Phipps Construction Inc. and Highlander Construction and Development in constructing the home.
For more information on the project, visit www.homesforourtroops.com.