Hoss

Oliver Springs, TN

#1 Sep 19, 2010
McCreary county shoud be returned back to the 3 counties it was made up of. We are never going to prosper as we are.
Little Joe

Williamsburg, KY

#2 Sep 19, 2010
You're absolutely right. Too many people here don't want change. We'd be better off as a part of the original counties.
Come On

Wartburg, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2010
And exactly how would we be better off as part of Wayne, Whitley and Pulaski Counties? You think we would suddenly prosper as part of these counties?
Ben

Columbia, SC

#4 Sep 19, 2010
You are correct, 98 years of Nothing here.
Buckwheat

Loudon, TN

#5 Sep 19, 2010
If anything, the progress of the county has gone in reverse. 30 years ago, there were two swimming pools. One at the county park and one in Stearns. There were two new vehicle dealers. McCreary Motors in Stearns for Ford, Kidd Motor Company in Revelo for GM. Many men and a few women were making a great living at the Justus Mines in Stearns. Not minimum wage jobs in our sweatshops that are called factories. Speaking of factories, I think the county is down to just one of those now. OVC if I'm correct? Movie Theaters. The county at one time had one in Stearns, one in Pine Knot and if I'm not mistaken, one in Whitley City Where the library is now? For sure I'm correct about Stearns and Pine Knot. Where are all of these things I've written about now? Gone, defunct and belly up. It was a huge economic strike to the county when the mines closed in 1988 and the county has never recovered. It is what has led to things being as they are there now. Granted , it is kind of difficult to have much economic infrastructure when much of the county is government-owned land. Land on which no taxes are collected. No MEANINGFUL growth will ever happen there in the county until people can work LOCALLY at jobs in which they can make a living, instead of getting by at poverty level. One of the many reasons I left a few years ago. Another thing is that McCreary County is "landlocked" in that there is no direct access to a major interstate. Perhaps the hwy 92 project making I-75 more easily accessible may help. I really don't know what the real answer is to making the county more developed however, electing county officials to office that are "visionaries" and that will really go after growth and opportunity cannot hurt any. Admittedly, I've been gone from there for the last couple of election cycles, but from all I can gather, those "visionary" type candidates have not been very plentiful.
Jacob

Oliver Springs, TN

#6 Sep 19, 2010
What about the Economic Department? Is that an elected office?
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#7 Sep 20, 2010
I don't think so.
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#8 Sep 20, 2010
A lot of things come from taxpayer dollars, but you don't get to vote on all of them I guess.
Ben Dover

Columbia, SC

#9 Sep 21, 2010
Who is on the Industrial Developemant Board? How do people get selected for this Board? When do they meet? Why is it not reported in the Newspaper what was said? Done? or trying to do?

The people that own the factories that pay minimum wage are on the board, and if some good company tries to come in here and pay more they will lose thier work force, so they are on the board to keep those companies out of the county.
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#10 Sep 21, 2010
Industrial Development...Economic Development... Seems like we should be a little more developed!
McCreary Man

Wartburg, TN

#11 Sep 21, 2010
To answer a few questions...the industrial development authority is appointed by fiscal court. Current members that I know of include Rick Stephens, Bruce Lominac and Tony Jones. They run the economic development office and tell the director, Tim Duncan, what to do and not to do. They get nearly $200,000 every year from occupational tax funds and do very little with that money. The reason they are not reported on, at least by The Voice, is that Rick Stephens owns The Voice.
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#12 Sep 21, 2010
McCreary Man wrote:
tell the director what to do and not to do.
So that boils down to what?
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#13 Sep 22, 2010
I mean, are these full time jobs or just committees?
Sweet Little Ol Me

Williamsburg, KY

#14 Sep 22, 2010
poster wrote:
I mean, are these full time jobs or just committees?
Only one paid position and I think that is the one Tim Duncan holds. I never hear any report on what they are working on or what they have accomplished. Guess that speaks for itself!
poster

Oliver Springs, TN

#15 Sep 22, 2010
:-) Well then... it creates at least ONE job, doesn't it? LOL
Anita Payday

Oliver Springs, TN

#16 Sep 23, 2010
Surely NONE of these are full time....? What in the world do they do all day? Perhaps we need a "Development Awareness Board" that keeps track of their progress. I'm sure they would be insulted to know that we're all wondering what the heck they do.... though I have a lot of time to wonder as I drive OUT OF TOWN to work.

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