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Volunteers call Knob Hill controversy a 'disappointment, not defeat'

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Community members were upset to hear the news about the sergeant's home. (WRDW-TV / June 23, 2011)
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News 12 at 6 o'clock, Thursday, June 23, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Volunteers from Clear Channel Radio and the executive director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project are talking Only to 12 about the Knob Hill controversy.

"I am pretty disturbed about this story," said radio host Minnesota Fattz.

Homes for Our Troops was set to build Sergeant First Class Sean Gittens a handicap-accessible home, but the Knob Hill neighborhood association in Evans brought those plans to a screeching halt.

"But on the national level people see Augusta," said Jim Lorraine who is Executive Director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project. "This is not representative of Augusta."

Some members of the community expressed concerns that the home could bring down their property value.

"And then to find out at the last minute this thing is not happening as scheduled," said Kevin Harbison who is operations manager at Clear Channel Augusta. "Well what do we tell everybody."

The radio station has taken to the airwaves for months inspiring the community to come help build the new home. Many Clear Channel workers turned down pay to come volunteer for the build.

"I hope this is disappointment and not defeat," said Ivy Elam, president of Clear Channel Augusta.

You can find similar homes in 34 states across the country, including Georgia.

"This whole situation has been quite upsetting to our staff, but more so to that family," Elam said. "They still don't have the home that they need. We still have not achieved mission accomplished."

Company leaders say they are still looking to help with the project, they just want to know the time and place.