Farming group sees cropland in industrial park

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An industrial park in Rogersville could be producing crops soon.

The Kingsport Times-News reported the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board voted last week to begin negotiating with a southwest Virginia agricultural group that wants to lease about 90 acres of the Phipps Bend Industrial Park.

The acreage lies in the 100-year flood plain of the Holston River and cannot be developed for industrial use.

Development board member Gary Darnell said the bottom land could bring $200-$400 per acre each year if used to grow fruit and vegetables.

Board chairman Larry Elkins said at $200 per acre, leasing the land would being $18,000 -- money that could help pay the upkeep of the park.

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