CCA proposal for Hartsville TN


#1 Feb 18, 2007
Yes Metro Hartsville does want new industry and jobs but we want industry that will reflect positive impact And we can and will attract industry that will provide the needed jobs to this area the tax revenue that is needed as well as that will define our fair town in a more positive way
CCA apparently is looking at several site locations for new prisons and it appears that all of the negative issues that goes along with such an industry The debate continues in Pike County and many charges have been levied against CCA there

We are seeking industry here in Trousdale County that will be of positive reflection and impact Alternative Energy is the fure and we want to be a part of that
Recently Feb 2007 Governor Bredeson proposed millions to make TN a biofuel leader with ethanol plants and fuel centers, a research program into biofuels and a network of alternative-fuel filling stations along Tennessee highways Biofuel from switchgrass
And new ethanol plants that will re energize rural communities
What a grand ideal! Farmers to grow the switch grass for biofuel And I personally could not think of a better area and location to start up such a program and industry than Trousdale County at the TVA site Alternative fuel cutting edge technology and such a positive impact not only to Hartsville but to the entire state as well as to our environment
Please allow me to provide some data:
Oil prices and alternative energy viability
In the last five years oil prices have ranged from $20 to just over $70 per barrel. Analysts expect the range to be between $35 and $55 per barrel over the next 20 years. Capital investment in ethanol plants are a two decade plus commitment. Currently the subsidy given to ethanol – 51 cents per gallon – is equal to about $30 per barrel. That is to say that ethanol is competitive, with the current subsidy, when oil is $50 per barrel of more.
Production from Canadian tar sands, sans subsidy, is profitable when market prices are $25 or more per barrel. Saudi oil is viable when prices reach $10 per barrel. Over the next decade it is expected that production from the Canadian tar sands will triple, from the current one million barrels per day to three.
U.S. ethanol production, almost entirely from corn, has increased from 106,000 to over 250,000 barrels per day since 2000.
Cellulosic ethanol, produced from grasses, ag waste, and other sources of biomass other than the relatively more expensive corn, sugar cane, and other high value feedstocks is more expensive to produce. The hope is that with increased support and research production costs will fall. Currently it costs about $2.25 per gallon to produce cellulosic ethanol, twice the cost of corn based ethanol, and three times the cost of gasoline. Cellulosic ethanol has a lower (ton of mass per unit of fuel produced) conversion efficiency than does corn based ethanol
Estimates are that the U S has enough biomass to produce 100 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol but only enough corn potential to produce 20 billion gallons or 14% of gasoline consumed per year At present there are 105 corn-to-ethanol plants in the U S with potential output of 5 billion gallons per year Congress has mandated the production of 250 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol by 2013 a level of output that would require anywhere from six to 10 plants Currently there are no plants in the U S
The process
Cornstalks wheat straw and other biomass is pulverized and treated with enzymes which breaks down the cellulose into sugars The sugars are fermented and purified which yields ethanol
This type of industry will most definitely bring more income tax revenue jobs and as the Governor said, will re energize rural areas in TN
Governor and alterative fuel industry....we have a prime location here in Trousdale County and would be overjoyed at the possible opportunity!

Since: Feb 07


#2 Mar 30, 2007

The facts:

1. Latest (Jan., 2007) unemployment rates (from Tenn. Dept. of Labor & WD) for Tennessee rural counties with prisons compared to unemployment rate for Trousdale County:

Trousdale County: 6.2%

Hardeman County (CCA prison): 7.7%

Morgan County (Brushy Mountain Prison + extensive construction going on for expansion): 6.6%

Bledsoe County (Pikeville Youth Prison): 6.8%

Wayne County (Clifton S. Central Correctional Ctr.): 9.5%

See anything strange about those unemployment figures? That’s right: Trousdale County has a better employment rate than all those Tennessee rural prison counties. Why? According to a statistical study by The Sentencing Project,“Big Prisons, Small Towns: Prison Economics in Rural America,” it’s because a vast majority of the prison jobs do not go to residents of the county of the prison. The prison guards come from elsewhere, most construction workers come from elsewhere, inmates fill the lower-wage jobs in the county inside and outside (during work-release) the prisons, and “spin-off” jobs (also called “multiplier effect,” or new jobs created in the community because of the prison being there) are really not created to any significant degree.

2. Per Capita Income (average income per person) in rural counties does not increase due to a prison being put there:

The above referenced statistical study that compared 7 rural prison counties to 7 rural non-prison counties actually showed that per capita income rose at a 9% greater rate for non-prison counties during the prison building boom period of 1982-2000.

3. The conclusion of the study:

“Reliance upon a prison as a means of economic development is short sighted and [does not provide] any long-term growth. The siting of a prison did not significantly influence either unemployment or per capita income. Moreover, once a town hosts a prison and becomes known as a “prison town,” discussion of other means of economic development is likely to evaporate. This is the real danger for the community. Potential host counties need to be particularly wary of viewing a prison as the panacea [cure-all] for their economic woes. Although the pitch may be enticing, the results indicate that there is little substance behind these claims. There is a high likelihood that these counties could be closing themselves off to other options of sustainable development.”

No decrease in unemployment? No increase in income for county people? Why would we want to become a Prison Town? Short-term profits for a few people (some who don’t even live here) and property taxes from a private prison (that will likely stop tax revenues from other business and new home construction ) are sell-offs and not good trade-offs for Hartsville and Trousdale County.

Help us work to keep Hartsville from becoming

still another Prison Town..


Dayton, OH

#3 Sep 27, 2009
Yeah, two and a half years later, how's that ethanol plant going for ya?
Shoulda let CCA build it there! Hartsville's STILL got nothing!

White House, TN

#4 May 1, 2014
It has been approved and 18 months away form being complete.

White House, TN

#5 Jun 2, 2016
Well here we are,the plan has come together. What next?

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