SMITHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state will review plans for a controversial $10 million water treatment plant in DeKalb County due to opposition from a group of residents.
State officials told The Tennessean that it is the first time a citizens group has successfully petitioned for a state review of such a project.
DeKalb Utility District, which gets water from the city of Smithville, wants to build its own plant but a group of residents says it isn't necessary and it would raise their rates by 22 percent.
The lawyer for the district says opposition has been fired up by a public relations firm hired by the city to fight the project.
The case is being watched across the state, which has 180 rural utility districts that critics say operate with little oversight.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.