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Author: Erin Curry
Sain’s branch in Pulaski, TN is a made up of a hard-working group of four: Richard Holt, Branch Manager, Mark Randall, Project Engineer, Justin Watson, Designer, and myself, Erin Curry, Project Manager. We enjoy the ability to work for a thriving engineering firm from the comfort of a small town like Pulaski. Since our office size is small, we’re able to focus on our work without the formalities that a larger office might require.
As a branch office, we frequently collaborate with other Sain Associates teams. For example, our Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) signal design contract typically involves the Traffic and Survey departments from our home office in Birmingham. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Horizontal Curve project was another very collaborative project. It required an “all hands on deck” mentality throughout the project.
As a branch, we’ve been through good times and bad. On December 17, 2010, Richard’s 13-year-old son, Trent, died in an accident. Trent was a funny kid who was loved by everyone – he never met a stranger. My last memory of him was the day of the Pulaski Christmas parade, which goes down 1st Street, right outside our office. Our office cleaning lady always gave us a box of chocolates for Christmas, the kind that has two layers and shows you on the inside lid what each chocolate is. When Trent checked out the candy box during the Christmas parade, he gave me a hard time for dipping into the second layer before the top layer was empty, even though that’s exactly what he was doing too. He was mischievous and clever. He loved football, especially the Oregon Ducks.
In Trent’s honor, the 7th annual Trent Holt Memorial 5k will be held on Saturday, May 13th with registration beginning at 7:00 am at Giles County High School. Trent’s birthday was May 15th so the 5k is always held on the weekend closest to his birthday. The 5k raises money for a variety of causes including the Trent Holt Memorial Scholarship, the local Boys and Girls Club, the Giles County High School (GCHS) Football Locker Room, the GCHS Baseball Team, the Bridgeforth Middle School Football and Basketball Teams, and other local memorial scholarships in memory of other children who passed away too soon. About 360 runners/walkers of all ages participate every year. Pulaski, Giles County, is a relatively small community where everyone knows everyone else. As anyone who lives in a small town knows, that’s not always a positive, but the love and support the Holt family received after Trent’s death, and continues to receive today, is one of many reasons I’m glad to call Pulaski my home.