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Friday, July 20, 2018

Graham on local job prospects and Conagra
Members of the Cocke County Partnership Board met Thursday evening for an update on activities. President Lucas Graham reported that three new projects that are on the drawing board are "progressing rapidly." Engineering, needed infrastructure and land agreements all are in place for the projects, and other areas also are being developed. A developer also has expressed interest in a project in Hartford, and so infrastructure and development planning are continuing. Graham reported his office has been "slammed" with work in connection with the planned projects. Recently there have been a number of rumors with regard to the Conagra operation in Newport. The firm recently acquired Pinnacle Foods in a $10.9 billion deal. Since then there have been suggestions that the local 650 employee operation may close or it may expand to take in some of the Pinnacle processing. Recently Conagra spent more than $20 million to upgrade it's local plant. "There have been alot of rumors and discussion about Conagra recently. I don't have any comment to make on behalf of EDC, on anything going on with Conagra right now. It's up to their HR department to to address those issues. There's really nothing to report," he told the board. Conagra has not released information on it's future plans with regard to its Newport operation. Executive Assistant Jennifer Brown reported that $107,500 in grants were received over the last year, thanks to the grant writing of Tourism Director Linda Lewanski. The Partnership just recently was awarded a $25,000 state grant earmarked for the local trails program. A program is planned for tonight at the Smokies-Cosby campground as part of the month long Celebrating Cosby program. On tap this evening is dulcimer music and a discussion of the roots of Cosby families. And the board was told applications are being accepted for the 32nd Annual Newport Harvest Street Festival this Fall.

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