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Local Contractor Finds Value at Damaged Smokie Harrington Park

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The Feb. 10 tornado severely damaged the press box at Smokie Harrington Park, but the structure remains useful to one local contractor.

"When I look there and see those 2x12's, 20 feet long, I get happy - like a boy with a Christmas present," says Benton Construction owner Frankie L. Benton Sr.

Benton says he has been sub-contracting from Gray Builders for about three weeks, salvaging everything he can from the wreckage.

"Whatever is in here that's in the building, I take it, pull nails just like he's pulling nails there," says Benton. "We pull the nails and we take it down."

Benton says nothing he salvages goes to waste.

"I salvage all the stuff but I can't use all this stuff, so I don't want it laying around rotting, so if you need a door, come get it."

Since 1952, Benton's made a living by finding value in things he says most people overlook.

"A lot of people don't see it that way because they're too lazy to pull the nails and too lazy to take it down," says Benton. "Some people don't know how to take it down, and the ones that do know how to take it down, it's too slow for them."

But even at 87 years old, Benton still enjoys taking the road less traveled.

"I just love it," says Benton. "I just love taking it down and putting it up, that's all."

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