Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inter-modal Attention

The controversial railroad inter-modal project in Jefferson County is finally getting more serious and sustained media attention:

The Knoxville News-Sentinel has to be given credit for finally covering with some greater detail the controversy surrounding Norfolk Southern Railroad in Jefferson County, and the Railroad's plans to construct a truck-rail inter-modal transfer facility in New Market. For a very long time, Norfolk Southern has held this project over the heads of many in the local community, and the company has said that it would bring hundreds of jobs to Jefferson County-but has never been able to guarantee those jobs or explain its figures with any detail. Confidentiality agreements have been signed by public officials in the recent past not to reveal all that they know of the railroad's plans, something that can be construed as a violation of the Tennessee Open Records Act, and perhaps the Open Meetings Act as well.

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