Plans for Jeff. Co. megasite could attract thousands of new jobs

Jan 9, 2013 Full story: WBIR-TV 163

Jefferson County leaders have a plan that they hope will attract a major automotive manufacturer to the area, that could provide thousands of new jobs.

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Reporter

Jefferson City, TN

#1 Jan 9, 2013
This is not really newsworthy. Most of the chairs were empty and this was really such a waste of time. There are sites similar to this all over the state including in Knox. already. Your chamber is about 3 years too late in getting this started and once again shows that they are way behind the times and don't know the first thing about putting this county on the map. Just because they finally put in a decent size industrial park, after about 5 years, doesn't mean that anyone will move into it. Yes, it is something that this county needs, but it should have been done a long time ago.
Bluebird

Hollywood, FL

#2 Jan 9, 2013
CAN YOU SAY PLANNING? Here we go, we are going to have a Body Farm, a Rail Yard and now, a Mega site? In the beginning, folks were all worked up about family finding jobs in the County and staying close to home. Tell me, after all of this, who in the world would want to stay here much less move here?
Taxpayer

Dandridge, TN

#3 Jan 9, 2013
Are we going to pay them to move here? No net gain there.
Obviously

Kodak, TN

#4 Jan 9, 2013
Reporter wrote:
This is not really newsworthy. Most of the chairs were empty and this was really such a waste of time. There are sites similar to this all over the state including in Knox. already. Your chamber is about 3 years too late in getting this started and once again shows that they are way behind the times and don't know the first thing about putting this county on the map. Just because they finally put in a decent size industrial park, after about 5 years, doesn't mean that anyone will move into it. Yes, it is something that this county needs, but it should have been done a long time ago.
Obviously you were not there. There was not an empty seat and people were standing shoulder to shoulder. It is very exciting news for Jefferson County.
PATRIOT

Morristown, TN

#5 Jan 9, 2013
Sounds like a lot people, property owners, are gonna get screwed.
Pipe Dream

Dandridge, TN

#6 Jan 9, 2013
Sounds like a real nice pipe dream to me. Until I heard TVA was involved. Looks like we are going to find out how another area of our county feels about being bought up and turned industrial. Hope for the best, but keep the vaseline in your back pocket.
I wonder if the wasteful 25+million exit 8 project has any potential benefit for this pipe dream ? Or is it to screw all the people who announced years ago that there farms were NOT for sale ? TDOT sucks !TVA sucks ! And we really expect them to actually do something to benefit our county ? Again hope for the best...
Sinking

Jefferson City, TN

#7 Jan 10, 2013
I am optimistic. but there isn't anything about this that is really all that interesting. I am sure this is just the chambers idea of getting some attention. I can also say that I am putting an amusement park in my back yard, but it doesn't mean anything. They don't even own this property and there is no reason why property owners would have to sell for this. I think they sprung this on the people of Jefferson County to avoid what happened over in east knoxville just a few years ago, when they claimed they were starting a "megasite" It never got off the ground and people protested the hell out of it. The chamber honestly is a sinking ship and they are just trying to save their necks and their jobs.
Well I ll be

United States

#8 Jan 10, 2013
Ya'll people are pessimist at best. We need jobs and the tax base to pay debt, we are in up to our necks.
Does anyone ever use math? Let us hope we get some big time companies here, we deserve better times ahead.
Land owner

Morristown, TN

#9 Jan 10, 2013
We are not giving up our land without a fight. They have showed no respect for the land owners in this process. Mr Wagley from the chamber told one of our neighbors that land for a factory has higher purpose than farm land. I hope these GREEDY sob's can sleep at night. They might have launched the first round of the battle but now the war is on!

Why not build it at exit 407 where they is land sitting empty that has already been developed....

“Enjoying a 'piece' on Earth”

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#10 Jan 10, 2013
Didn't work out for Knox County too well. It's a warm and fuzzy idea and we do need jobs but do we know how many Jefferson Countians will actually be employed? Now..here goes the battle over our precious farmland. Kinda makes the " body farm" seem insignificant now, doesn't it? Maybe its the flu talking but I'm over it. Really over it.
Green Pastures

Dandridge, TN

#11 Jan 10, 2013
Maybe if the assessorís office would do a special assessment of all these greenbelt "farmland" properties and tax the ones that aren't farming anything at the same rate everyone else is taxed, some of these property owners might not think it is so desirable to sit on these "precious" lands for generations.

BTW - building at the 407 might help Sevier County, but it won't help the tax base in Jefferson County.
Well I ll be

United States

#12 Jan 10, 2013
Just like I was a sayin, Ya'll people are pessimist, anti-jobbers, tax the property owners more and more mentality. The tax invaders of all this precious farmland needs to go up and pay the debt and future county bills around here? What say you pessimist? Who should bare the tax burden?
Sam

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jan 10, 2013
Reporter wrote:
This is not really newsworthy. Most of the chairs were empty and this was really such a waste of time. There are sites similar to this all over the state including in Knox. already. Your chamber is about 3 years too late in getting this started and once again shows that they are way behind the times and don't know the first thing about putting this county on the map. Just because they finally put in a decent size industrial park, after about 5 years, doesn't mean that anyone will move into it. Yes, it is something that this county needs, but it should have been done a long time ago.
Please tell where there is 1000 acres available in Knox County close to the Interstate?
locationlocation location

United States

#14 Jan 10, 2013
Sam wrote:
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Please tell where there is 1000 acres available in Knox County close to the Interstate?
Knox county is out of the question. Jefferson county has the land and it is up to 1700 acres considered to buy. Just look at other states and areas where this has already been done. The state will have to help with this. It can happen if they want it to because the auto industry been leaving the all union states and the country for years now. Look at BMW plant in South Carolina 20 years now and still building on with more jobs. Build it and they will come.
PATRIOT

Morristown, TN

#15 Jan 10, 2013
Land owner wrote:
We are not giving up our land without a fight. They have showed no respect for the land owners in this process. Mr Wagley from the chamber told one of our neighbors that land for a factory has higher purpose than farm land. I hope these GREEDY sob's can sleep at night. They might have launched the first round of the battle but now the war is on!
Why not build it at exit 407 where they is land sitting empty that has already been developed....
How about the old ENKA site just up road that already has the infrastructure, rail lines, etc...Oh wait we can't steal anybody's land if we go there.
Barbara

United States

#16 Jan 10, 2013
Just where is this site? At the 424 exit area or the 417? Can't tell from the map.
If the land is not being farmed, than it is not farm land, and that applies to the entire country.
Tax the land for what it is, property with a large yard.

Make sure the train can get to this site.
Green Pastures

Dandridge, TN

#17 Jan 10, 2013
Barbara wrote:
Just where is this site? At the 424 exit area or the 417? Can't tell from the map.
If the land is not being farmed, than it is not farm land, and that applies to the entire country.
Tax the land for what it is, property with a large yard.
Make sure the train can get to this site.
It is beside the interstate at the I-40 / I-81 split.

Yes, all the land in the county that is not being farmed should be taxed at regular rates, but unfortunately we have many 15+ acre tracts where that is not the case in this county.

“Enjoying a 'piece' on Earth”

Since: Dec 11

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#18 Jan 10, 2013
If it is just merely having hay mowed off of the land, its being farmed. Don't know why Greenbelt is always an issue. Not everyone wants to get rich off of land their family left them.Seems to be a bunch of jealousy over Greenbelt property. Why would anybody to pay residential taxes on a 20 acre hayfield?
boo hoo

Rutherfordton, NC

#19 Jan 10, 2013
look at any map the 81/40 split is within 400 miles of the eastern half of the country. This county cannot survive on farm a residentual taxes for ever. Anyone that thinks our little chickencrap co commission has that much insite to come up with this plan are in lala land this was the state and tva that came to the table. any were from 2000 to 6000 jobs and taxes. there are already some of the land owners saying they will sell and the rest can injoy watching mercedes rolling buy their cows and chickens. the mage site will happen cry us and the whole 5 rivers region a river
Green Pastures

Dandridge, TN

#20 Jan 10, 2013
SlidersAlterEgo wrote:
If it is just merely having hay mowed off of the land, its being farmed. Don't know why Greenbelt is always an issue. Not everyone wants to get rich off of land their family left them.Seems to be a bunch of jealousy over Greenbelt property. Why would anybody to pay residential taxes on a 20 acre hayfield?
Bull Sh!t! Bush hogging a damn field once a year is not farming it! I wouldn't call it jealousy; I would call it taxpayers who are tired of carrying a bunch of freeloaders! This county would be a lot better off financially if all those freeloaders paid their share on the thousands of dormant acres they pay someone to bush hog once a year. Many of the greenbelt properties are owned by people with out of state addresses. Why would anyone want to pay residential taxes on anything if they could come up with some excuse to get it reduced? What a STUPID question! I guess it is always the guilty who squawk the loudest and get the most defensive.

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