Multiple members of the public who spoke against funding the new road said the county needs to abandon the school project, period.
Sullivan County is building a new 1,700-student high school off Interstate 81’s Exit 63 on a site accessible only by winding, hilly two-lane roads.
The new location, on Wilcox Court, is about a half mile from the present EMS station off Wilcox Drive near Industry Drive. That means response times should be similar after the move.
TDOT identifies “basically two options” for design of the road from Highway 357 to the site of the Lynn Road school, projected to open in about two years off Interstate 81’s Exit 63.
“It looks like this is in the county commission’s lap,” County Mayor Richard Venable said. “It’s in the commission’s hands now and we know what the school board thinks about it.”
If it ever comes to a vote, the proposal to go forward with building a new road to provide better access to the new school will need a simple majority to gain approval.
Commissioner Sherry Grubb is primary sponsor of the resolution. And until a few days ago, her co-sponsor was Commissioner Mark Vance. But at the commission’s work session last week, Vance asked that his name be removed.
BLOUNTVILLE — After a lengthy debate Monday, the Sullivan County Commission voted by a narrow margin to change the time of its monthly business meetings from morning to evening. But apparently not all those voting in favor knew what they were voting on, and a motion soon followed to reconsider.
County Attorney Dan Street told the commission he had — with County Mayor Richard Venable’s support — filed an application for appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court on Feb. 26, the deadline for doing so.
"I did not violate any law and I take this as a character assassination," Sullivan County Commissioner Cheryl Russell said. "Some people talk really, or let their mouth go, before they kind of let their brain think.”
“They think if they can stop the road, they can stop the high school,” Sullivan County Commissioner Mark Vance said.
Bristol area commissioner says city would gain edge as only one of Tri-Cities to have hotel in its downtown.
BLOUNTVILLE — Swimming pools and access roads. Those two things, related to the new high school Sullivan County is about to construct, dominated much of the Sullivan County Commission’s monthly meeting on Monday.
Almost all elected offices in county government are on the general election ballot in August. Party primaries are in May.
The Boone Lake Association has lost much of its traditional income source — dues from lakeside property owners — since the Tennessee Valley Authority dropped the lake’s water level in order to repair Boone Dam.