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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cocke County Industrial Park
Plans for the new Cocke County Industrial Park, stretching west from Highway 25E and north of West Highway 25/70, are progressing. Lucas Graham, president of the Cocke County Partnership says due diligence studies have been conducted on the full 740 acres of the site, including engineering, as well as environmental and geotechnical assessments. In addition, several concept design plans have been drawn up. Current plans are to develop 100 acres and then incrementally add infrastructure as the site is developed and expanded. "The money to purchase the acreage by the county has not been allocated so I have advertised the site to be purchased from the landowner. Still we need to put in the infrastructure and provide site preparation for clients." The Partnership president says there is a prospect who is interested in being the first tenant in the new industrial park. "We are getting numbers on the cost of the infrastructure and what it would take to get them into the park. Obviously long term the goal is for the project to be a county owned park that we would manage and market. But budgets being what they are, we do what we can and if we can cut costs on land acquisition, then we can focus on the infrastructure and still accomplish our goal," explained Gtaham Currently the EDC office is actively pursuing grants for the infrastructure needs. Austin Consulting earlier this year determined the site is the best location to develop as an industrial park in the county and so Graham has applied for a Roads Access Grant, and the proposal also includes local incentives through tax abatements, TIF funding, state economic incentives and TVA grants.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • Cocke School Board
  • Jefferson City arrests
  • Smokies biodiversity
  • Campaign funding
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  • Social Security and Medicaid

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • Eternal Beverage project progresses
  • Arrington injured by train
  • Bobby Lovell has died
  • Early voting begins

    Monday, October 15, 2018

  • Cocke County IDB to meet
  • Stanley fatality
  • Worex crash/charge
  • Inmates charged
  • White cutting
  • Gubernatorial debate
  • Greene County fire fatalities

    Friday, October 12, 2018

  • Corker nominated for judgeship
  • CLB workshop
  • Bredesen in Newport
  • Wyse conviction
  • Pattottsville Heritage Days
  • Assad lawsuit

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

  • Cocke Public Safety Committee
  • More Tennessee adults in school
  • TVA cuts support for solar
  • Hurricane Michael
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