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Very good synopsis of how our state government is either asleep at the wheel or paid off when it comes to the poor getting shafted.
As I remember, Tim Burchett is very cozey with the payday loan folks.
Give him the chair.
First, there isn't anywhere close to 2600 acres in the Eastbridge area that would even come close to working. Maybe 500 at best. As for it being a brownfield, it is green farmland just like in New Market. There are two 100 acre tracks with riverfront across Clear Springs road from it both for sale in the $4,000,000 each range. Not exactly priced for railroad tracks. The land around Eastbridge other than the riverfront is either very steep (definitely not railroad friendly) or a working quarry, already employing more people than the railroad would.
As for your closer to the interstate argument, it is slightly closer to Midway Road from Mascot than it is from New Market to 1-40. However, it is 9.6 miles of mostly narrow, twisting two lane road from Mascot to Midway, but is all four-lane highway from New Market to I-40 with an estimated travel time (at the speed limit) of 35% less. The New Market route also brings trucks in much closer to the I-81/I-40 split to get them headed up the east coast. The new road you propose (Where you get 4 miles from Mascot to Midway is beyond me as well, as it is 7 as a crow flies) would be a real challenge to build as a new bridge would have to be constructed and there are bluffs along the river on one side and not on the other which would create an additional problem. It also would have to destroy several eagles nests residing on the bluffs.
I am against building in New Market, but Mascot just makes no sense and is probably not even feasible when you look at a map correctly.
What would make sense is for them to look at the area around their existing John Sevier freight yard. It is near the interstate at I-40 and Rutledge Pike, which already has industrial land on both sides along that stretch. Loudon County, close to the I-75/I-40 split, would probably be better than any of these, but John Sevier would be the only location that could utilize existing brownfield.
There you go again Frank, picking on our poor Mayor who is only trying to help the citizens. Oh wait, I'm not Van de Lie. This piece of trash should have been gone long ago. Your reference to cancer is a perfect description for him.
So Rags must like the low end Stag. SLV will run you $180+ and Cask 23 about 30% more than that at a restaurant like the Palm. Or, maybe Rags has more hidden receipts. I wouldn't put anything past that dirtbag. Did he have his girlfriend on the tab?
Frank, this is the best idea in a long time. Knoxville is a college town as well and we need to add some emphasis on that, but I like the concept. This town has tried to be something it's not for at least the last 30 years. It's time to embrace what we are, which is a relaxing college football town close to the Smokies. Let the marketing campaign begin.
It's time for the District Attorney to DO HIS JOB. Otherwise, it's time to start the ouster suit against Ragsdale. This county needs rid of our version of Boss Hog in the worst way.
Anyone who thinks this is beating a dead horse is either working (or worse) for Ragsdale or just clueless. We the people must remain vigilant against scoundrels like the so-called Mayor.It is time for us to act. We need to rid our county of him and his cronies.