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Renovations begin at Lookout Valley's baseball fields

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Lookout Valley's baseball fields are getting a new look.

The project didn't receive enough support from Hamilton County commissioners, so the community raised enough money to cover the costs.

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This weekend, volunteers invested labor and time into prepping the fields for the players and fans to enjoy. 

A fresh coat of paint is breathing new life into Lookout Valley's baseball fields. The colors, gold and black, now cover the stands and the concession stand.

"I'm glad to see it not running down. That would be a tragedy," Keith Rogers, a Lookout Valley resident said.

Keith Rogers is a long time Lookout Valley resident.

The fields mean a lot to him since he played on them when he was younger. He was also a coach for his son and daughter.

"I like to see work being done and the fields being kept up, the lights kept on, the scoreboard working," Rogers said.

Getting to this point wasn't easy.

Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham who represents the Lookout Valley area wanted to use up to $2500 from his personal expense budget to pay for it.

He didn't receive enough support from commissioners, so people across the county donated the money instead. Graham announced this at a news conference, which angered some commissioners.

"When a majority of these commissioners feel like it's not a good expense and I'm in the minority, I accept that and go on. I don't go to the media. I don't pout," Hamilton County Commissioner Randy Fairbanks who represents District 1 said.

Hamilton County Commissioner Randy Fairbanks didn't back the idea. He mentioned at Wednesday's meeting Graham hasn't supported many of his projects.

Graham defended himself.

"Why did I do that? Because I'm doing the public's business in the public. I don't attack anybody up here. It's not our job to attack anybody up here," Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham who represents District 6 said.

Despite commissioners disagreeing, residents like Rogers are welcoming the renovations.

"I really enjoy living right here and watching the community pull together," Rogers said.

Commissioner Graham said volunteers still have some painting to finish. New signs will also be added at the fields.

He's expecting everything to be complete in the next week or so.

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