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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 8:00am.

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A 150-foot communications tower being designed to resemble a white pine tree will soar over the upscale Biltmore Forest suburb of Asheville if residents approve an upcoming test run. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday that town officials plan to launch a balloon to demonstrate the height and placement of the tower, which is needed to improve reception for police dispatchers and cell phone users. Town administrator Nelson Smith says officials hope that the literal trial balloon they plan to tether near the public works building will help determine what people think about the idea. Smith says persistent problems with wireless phone service have generated support for the project so far. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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