State Right-of-way Battle Brewing in Townsend, TN

Knoxville News-SentinelResidents protest TDOT orders: 80 people told to remove structures, signs in Townsend:

The orders came from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, stating that the encroachments must be removed or the state will do the job at the property owner’s expense.

Included in the order are things as small as signs and landscaping to a national chain campground that was ordered to remove six cabins, 550 feet of fence, trees, a swimming pool, 11 parking spaces, a porch, a patio, a sign, a block wall, gas pumps and tanks, and more.

Some structures TDOT wants to remove are 40 and 50 years old. The swimming pool and gas pumps mentioned in the article are at the KOA campground and gas station on the left just before you enter the Smokies. Those things have been there as long as I can remember. It’s hard to believe the state could come through and remove them. If the state wins a number of Townsend businesses will be wiped out.

Hat tip to Michael Silence.

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