Residents pleased with cell tower disguised as flag pole

Knoxville residents pleased with cell phone tower disguised as flag pole

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The 140-foot tower sits at the intersection of Washington Pike and Mall Road at the entrance of the Alice Bell neighborhood. The 140-foot tower sits at the intersection of Washington Pike and Mall Road at the entrance of the Alice Bell neighborhood.
The American flag hangs on top, while 4G cell service runs inside the tower. The American flag hangs on top, while 4G cell service runs inside the tower.
"It's not a hindrance to the neighborhood. It's an asset," said resident Richard Lyon, who can see the tower from his house. "It's not a hindrance to the neighborhood. It's an asset," said resident Richard Lyon, who can see the tower from his house.
"It could have just been an ugly pole out there. But now, it's more than that to all of us," said Ida Tuggle. "It could have just been an ugly pole out there. But now, it's more than that to all of us," said Ida Tuggle.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's a new cell phone tower in one Knoxville community, but you might not even notice it thanks to its special design.

The 140-foot tower sits at the intersection of Washington Pike and Mall Road at the entrance of the Alice Bell neighborhood.

The structure is far from what you'd expect a normal cell phone tower to look like due to the efforts of people living nearby.

When residents of Alice Bell first heard that U.S. Cellular planned to install a tower at the entrance of their neighborhood, they didn't like the sound of it.

"Oh wow, do we really need that here?" said Ida Tuggle, of Knoxville.

"You think about a wrought iron tower or something going up, and just an ugly tower sitting there," said Richard Lyon of Knoxville.

Fearing an industrial monstrosity in the middle of the place they call home, the Alice Bell/Springhill Neighborhood Association went to work.

They convinced U.S. Cellular to give the plans for the tower a major makeover.

Recently completed, it looks like a standard flag pole.

The American flag hangs on top, while 4G cell service runs inside the tower.

The flag atop the tower is 20 by 30 feet with a brick wall surrounding the base to protect the equipment.

Residents say they feel a lot more comfortable with the appealing design.

"It's not a hindrance to the neighborhood. It's an asset," said Lyon, who can see the tower from his house. "What's there is well situated and well decorated. I think it fits in the neighborhood well."

Neighbors say the pole is now the talk of the neighborhood, not only because it makes reception better, but has the red, white and blue flying high above their homes.

"It could have just been an ugly pole out there. But now, it's more than that to all of us," said Tuggle.

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