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Highway commissioners voice opposition to selling rock quarry

Published: 9:13 AM, 07/11/2013 Last updated: 9:13 AM, 07/11/2013
 

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Several members of the Cocke County Highway Commission voiced opposition Tuesday to a recent suggestion of possibly selling the county's rock quarry.

The issue arose last week during a meeting of the Cocke County Legislative Body's Finance Committee, which is currently working on the 2013-14 budget.

Finance Committee member Norman Smith suggested the county explore the possibility of selling the quarry and establishing a deal by which the county could get gravel at a reduced rate, plus receive a royalty to help with other expenses for the department.

"I think it would be a mistake," said Highway Commission Chairman Ronald Blazer on Tuesday.

"We looked at it and it's the same as when we looked at it before," said Road Superintendent Kenneth Ford. "If it could save money for the taxpayers, that would be one thing. But, other companies are not going to buy your quarry, give you rock and then pay you a royalty. If they did, all companies would sell their quarries."

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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