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Friday, August 17, 2018

Cocke County Partnership meet
The Cocke County Partnership and Economic Development Commission Board met Thursday and was told four new developments are planned for the Exit 432 area. "The high level approach to Exit 432 is looking very good right now. Looking very, very good," said Partnership President Lucas Graham. He went on to say there are a number of other prospective projects in the county, but only one is in manufacturing. And some of the proposals are contingent on other planned projects. He also said several other projects are "progressing rapidly" and his office has been extremely busy recently. According to Graham, some of the projects are awaiting road upgrades and principles have been in discussions with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Newport Utilities General Manager Glenn Ray also reported that he has been contacted by a developer who is interested in building a motel in Hartford. Tourism Director Linda Lewanski reported that a decision has been made to cut back on the number of decorations in the downtown area for the Harvest Street Festival, in a cost cutting move. The festival is planned for the first weekend in October. She reminded the attendees that the Celebrating Cosby series will continue this evening at the Cosby Campground in the national park. This evening's Homecoming program will include storytelling and next Friday evening, Mountain Edge will provide bluegrass music. Lewanski also is working with Steele Away Home Dog Rescue for a Quilts and Canines fundraiser. The event on September 15, from 10 am till 4 pm will be held at the Foothills of the Smokies Quilt Shop in Cosby. A barbeque lunch will benefit the dog rescue organization. The Tourism Department has received several grants, and will partner with Pittman Center to place an ad in the state Visitors Guide which reaches more than 16 million visitors annually. Chamber Executive Director Lynn Ramsey reported that Partnership Member Appreciation nights are planned for two Friday nights next month. The chamber will set up a tent at the Cocke County High football game on September 14, and at the Cosby High School on September 28. Chamber members will receive free tickets for the games. Ramsey also reported that on November 15, Lt. Col. Bob Darling will speak at Memorial Baptist church. He was in the White House on 9/11 and was evacuated into the president's bunker. "He does a speech about how everybody worked together to make sure everything was flowing right and that everybody was protected," she said. Ramsey said she has been working for some time to find a motivational speaker to bring to Cocke County, "because we need someone to show us how we can work together and get along, in an effort to move the county forward." Several area businesses have signed on as sponsors for the program, and so the tickets will be $10 for the event, and $20 for dinner and the speech.

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