May 22, 2013
The Carter County, Tennessee, planning director has retracted a proposal for an alternate route for trucks entering and leaving a rock quarry and sand mine by Holston Mountain, Johnson City Press reported.
Chris Schuettler, Carter County’s planning director, had proposed routing trucks that would usually use Judge Ben Allen Road instead to a portion of the Carter County Landfill and onto Minton Hollow Road. Carter pointed to costs as the reason for his retraction, noting the estimate cost as approximately $625,000.
Jim McGill, manager for Aggregates USA, previously said the company would consider paying for the route. However, McGill has since said the cost was too high for the company.
Several nearby residents opposed the road, arguing that the road would encourage more trucks. Some residents have expressed concerns about the quarry’s operation, such as its effects on property value.
However, Chairman Joel Street said it is not the county’s decision whether the quarry should be open.