Friday, April 26, 2019

Newport Planning Commission
The Newport Planning Commission at it's Tuesday meeting, approved two new site plans in the city. First Baptist Church of Newport plans to move from East Broadway downtown to a 10 acre site off Amanda Circle. Mike Johnson told the board that the church plans a 300 seat sanctuary, but has parking for 150 vehicles. The church also provides a daycare facility which currently has 20 enrollees. The primary access to the church will be from Bailey Street onto Amanda Circle, but State Planner Dan Hawk suggested the church consider multiple entrances. In response, Johnson said the church has an easement to allow access from Lookout Drive. The planning commission agreed to recommend that the Newport City Council approve the planned street from Lookout Drive to serve the church. The planners also approved a plan by Douglas Cherokee Head Start to place a modular facility off Crowe Lane. That facility and a playground will be located between Westmoreland Dentistry and Newport Pediatrics. There was a question as to whether the facility would meet the requirements of C3 Interstate Commercial zoning regulations but after the board decided the facility could be described as a school, it was approved. Members also gave approval to the Cocke County Health Department to erect a 4' X 6' electronic message board on College Street, with the stipulation that it not obstruct visibility of motorists pulling onto the street.


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Thursday, June 04, 2020

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