Industrial site draws big hopes in West Tennessee

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Business boosters have big hopes for a West Tennessee industrial development site where Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to locate a solar energy plant.

The 1,700-acre tract near Interstate 40 is designated by the Tennessee Valley Authority as a "megasite." Such sites are marketed by the TVA and the state as prime locations for major manufacturing complexes.

The Haywood site was reportedly a contender several years ago for a Toyota truck plant that ultimately went to San Antonio, Texas.

But now, business boosters hope the governor's plans will make the site more attractive to developers. Bredesen recently announced that he wants to use $30 million in federal stimulus money to build a 20-acre solar power plant on the site.

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Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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