Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Our business is good, even if it stinks"

By now, people in our part of East Tennessee are aware that the company Lisega and its 124 jobs are moving from Newport in Cocke County to Sevier County.

This morning on Newport radio station WNPC, it was revealed that a major reason for the move was the foul odor emanating from the Newport Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is located next to the industrial park where the Lisega plant is to be found. Further, other potential clientèle for the industrial park have apparently been shown the place and have told local officials that the facility "will not be considered." On top of that, the Newport City Council has been told that "infighting and personal agendas" on that body does not encourage business to locate to Newport and Cocke County.

The question of the century: Who's bright idea was it to build an industrial park next to a wastewater plant?

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