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The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An innovative idea could put a roof over the head of families who need it the most and at the same time, reuse a hulking box of steel that would otherwise be around for a long while.
Shipping containers may hold more precious cargo around Kentucky than anyone would have ever imagined. You don't have to use your imagination because this is already happening in some parts of the country. In Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity said it took a tragedy to open eyes to the possibilities here in the Bluegrass.
They have all the elements of home sweet home -- hardwood floors, high ceilings and a place to lay your head -- except these homes started out as home instead to cargo shipped across the seas.
"The way our economics work, we're more of an importer than an exporter. We have a lot of the shipping containers that are abandoned that aren't being used," said Auburn University professor Anthony Tindill.
Tindill led a group of students five years ago trying to turn shipping containers into quality housing. Since then, the trend has caught on with homes in North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and soon, Kentucky.
"We've got a lot of interest and a lot of buzz about this," said Mary Shearer with Kentucky Habitat for Humanity.
Shearer says the idea for shipping container homes in the Bluegrass started when tornadoes hit West Liberty in 2012.
"Habitat encountered a client base of an individual, elderly couple, family with children of such a low income that we really could not serve them with our typical program," she said.
A traditional Habitat home costs $50,000 or more, which is too much for a family living on $500 or $600 worth of benefits a month to pay back.
Shearer says a container home costs about half of that. "We're going to be just around the $20,000 to maybe $23,000 range."
That includes new windows, doors, and insulation -- everything you can think of to make a box of steel feel like a home.
"We're going to put a traditional roof on it and it's going to have a front porch with that little dormer over it," she said. "We want to expose some of the container aspects of it on the outside but we will also add some other sort of building materials, maybe wood, maybe some brick or stone."
Since cargo containers are made of steel, they're much stronger than your typical mobile home. They can also be set into concrete or attached into the ground with poles.
Shearer knows that the idea may have its doubters. She believes you'll change your mind once you see it in action.
"We need a project to get it going to show, to invite people to come to see the process of building this," she said.
Habitat is looking at two places for its first container home. One will be built for two sisters in Hardin County who are currently living without heat, electricity or plumbing. The organization is also applying for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Lots of Possibility program, which tries to find new uses for abandoned or foreclosed properties.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>