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New ramp for rafting approved; Contingent on fee increase

Published: 9:53 PM, 07/19/2013 Last updated: 9:54 PM, 07/19/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Rafting companies on the Pigeon River may get another put-in ramp if a fee increase is accepted.

Members of the Cocke County Legislative Body’s Finance Committee Thursday approved providing $118,000 for construction of the ramp with one stipulation. The committee also voted to increase the fee the county receives from each rafter from the current $2 "to $3, not to exceed $5."

This issue arose when Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler addressed the committee. Butler reminded members that last March rafting companies had requested the new ramp. At the time, the committee agreed to look at the issue during budget discussions.

“The ramp would help with traffic congestion,” said Butler. “You would also have to move the work shack.”

Committee member Michael McCarter inquired about increasing the fee to pay for the project.

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

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