Jefferson Commission OKs industrial megasite

Jefferson County leaders announce plans to pursue a megasite. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jefferson County Commission members have voted to begin securing land options for an industrial megasite.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the 14-1 vote came Monday after the proposal was amended to state the county would not invoke eminent domain to option the land.

In proposing the amendment, Commissioner John Neal Scarlett said the proposal has to be good for all sides.

The Chamber of Commerce announced the project last month and it has met with stiff resistance from owners of property in the area of up to 1,800 acres for the proposed certified site.

Charlotte Kenley, who raises cattle with her husband Jack on 400 acres, said they are only stewards of the land, but don't think God intended it as a megasite.

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